Tracy's Place

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Owner/Operator/Instructor - Mary-Ruth Tracy

Tracy's Place started over an evening of coloring and wine. My friends and I would make a large delicious dinner and gather around to color. We have done it for so many years, that we used actual crayons and little kids coloring books. Imagine how thrilled we became when they started coming out with the "adult coloring books". We talked about how great it was to connect with one another while creating something pretty. This all led to a spark of an idea in my mind. We came up with the name "Tracy's Place" because my husband (Jeff Tracy) and I share ownership and, as you can see, Tracy is our last name.

For years and years I have been studying art, while trying creating my own.

My mom (Cheryl Harris) and I have loved to paint and create pretty things for as long as I can remember (I am sure longer for her, but we won't mention it). I have been surrounded by and fascinated with art my whole life. My favorite topics in high school and college were Art History and Humanities. Both of which tell stories of the past, present and future . I have a passion for all things of beauty and am looking forward to sharing that passion with you.

I worked in retail for 15 years, and learned as much as I could from that establishment. While there, I went to school and earned my Associate of Arts Degree from Front Range Community College. With the love and support of my husband, family and friends I quit my job and began the journey of starting Tracy's Place . I am relearning a lot of old techniques that I had forgotten while working in retail for so long. It has been so much fun to create art and crafts as my chosen career.

I hope you come in to see us. Take a class, have a cup of coffee, glass of wine or grab a gift for yourself. I am excited to meet new people, share my story and learn theirs.

Jeff Tracy of Tracy's Place
Owner/Bar Tender - Jeff Tracy

Jeff works many jobs while supporting Mary-Ruth and the growth of Tracy's Place. He comes in on his days off and in the evenings when classes are booked. He helps serve and maintain the high quality customer service that we are known for. With a sense of humor and a little teasing he keeps every guest smiling. He provides our guests with everything they need while here, whether it is more to drink, fresh water, or more materials.

Jeff has a degree in environmental sustainability from Echo Tech of Colorado. However, he chose to stay close to home and is working for the United States Postal Service. He is enjoying it, and the commute very much. He has two other side businesses that he is simultaneously growing along with Tracy's Place.

Not the painter of the family, but still very creative in helping to create many of the "couples" paintings available. As well as many of the "Beaded Tree of Life" samples that we have. Jeff really enjoys the string art projects the most though. Being the only guy most of the time, we think it has to do with the hammer and nails... very manly.

Cheryl Harris of Tracy's Place
Instructor/ Vendor Coordinator - Cheryl Harris

I have been drawing, sketching and painting since I was in my teens. I have taken many courses and just learned techniques on my own. I went to San Jose, CA in 2003 for the One Stroke Certification course, passed, and became a One Stroke Certified Instructor. I taught in Michaels and JoAnns until the programs disappeared. I love to teach at my daughters business (Tracy's Place).

I began beading and jewelry making about 22 years ago. The Bead Trader, a local bead shop and almost the only one in the Denver metro area, offered classes in the home for you and some friends. I hosted one of these and was off and running. I have been beading ever since.

Up until this year, my company was Blossoms, Birds and Beads. I painted on birdhouses with mostly flowers, flowers were always part of the design, and I made jewelry. I have evolved somewhat in what I paint on, such as wine glasses, vases, etc. I also paint on caps with a Colorado theme and they are quite popular in the mountain shows that I participate in. I love painting on fabric and would like to do much more of it, but haven’t found the one thing that works yet. I continue to take painting classes, as it will always be one of my loves.

I am now a Certified Jewelry Instructor for Tracy's Place. I enjoy teaching very much and meeting my students. I do take classes in many types of jewelry making areas to keep my skills up and hone my craft.

I participate in Arts and Crafts shows throughout Colorado. I also have several items available in Tracy's Place for sale. I not only enjoy getting to sell my work, but I enjoy meeting and talking to the people at the shows and in my classes. I have met some wonderful people out there. I look forward to meeting you.

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Hours of Operation

  • monday 7:00am - 5:00pm
  • tuesday 7:00am - 5:00pm
  • wednesday 7:00am - 5:00pm
  • thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
  • friday 7:00am - 5:00pm
  • saturday 7:00am - 5:00pm

Services

  • Beaded Tree of Life
  • Couples Painting
  • Painting
  • Painting Wine Glasses
  • Pallet Painting
  • String Art

Awards/Recognitions

Best of the Best 2017 Customer Service by Colorado Community Media
Best of the Best 2017 Art Gallery by Colorado Community Media
Best of the Best 2017 Family Entertainment Center

testimonials

  • great family owned business. Mary is a brilliant instructor and is able to bring out the creative side in EVERYONE! Aside from the wonderful paintings, string art and other projects they do, this is a nice relaxed place to just hang out and have a drink. Karen K. 2018-12-07

  • Thank You Mary and Crew!! We had so much fun today!!! Thank you for being so caring and understanding with the car. Can't wait to do this again. This is the best to come for painting. Couldn't have asked for a better place, people and group to have this time together. Thanks again Mary!!! Amy M. 2017-09-16

  • Tracy's place is awesome! Brought my niece and family to celebrate my niece's bachelorette. We had so much fun! Instructions were easy and we got to decorate two wine glasses that we gave to the bride. Love Yelpers for helping me find this wonderful business! Malorie S. 2018-10-05

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7330 W 88th Ave Unit E
Arvada, CO 80003
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