About us

Studio Retreat

Studio Retreat began as Studio on the Lake in 1985. Mary Ablao drew her artistic inspiration from the view outside her home studio window of beautiful and serene Round Lake in mid-Michigan. Mary moved her studio to historic downtown Saint Johns to share her passion for the beauty and healing powers of art to her clients and students, young and old alike. She believes thoroughly in the power of art to soothe, heal and fulfill.

At Studio Retreat, students are provided the space, materials and inspiration to create original, unique and beautiful art in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Studio Retreat also offers professional Art Therapy to help people who have experienced illness, trauma or challenges in living. Mary’s private art therapy practice includes treatment for clients with closed-head injuries, PTSD, depression and anxiety. Through the process of creating healing art, the client finds self-awareness and skills to cope with symptoms, ease the impact of traumatic experiences, increase self-confidence and improve cognitive abilities.

Studio Retreat offers a variety of mediums to choose from! There are art classes for kids, teen, and adults. Classes range from one-on-one beginner lessons to classes for experienced artists who just need a little guidance. Don’t forget about “Friday Drop-In Art” where you can just come in to work on your art where the supplies are provided for you!

Check out our Art Classes page to see what types of classes we offer!