Fine Art in Watercolor and Mixed Media

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Christy! Studios – fine art gallery and working studio

located upper level, White Oaks Mall, Springfield IL. Home to watercolor, mixed media artist Christy (Freeman) Stark and Erin (Freeman) Cohen – sisters!

This is a working studio. You can come in and see the artists at work during the day and night! ¬†Along with Christy and Erin’s art, we feature a handful of unique, incredible artists as well as cool artsy gifts!

Contact Us for more information or visit the links to find out more!

About Christy:

Fine Art Painter. watercolor. mixed media


My paintings are a reflection of the impact that the natural world has on me. I am inspired by color and texture. I let the nature of the medium dictate the overall look of the piece. With watercolors, I let the paint flow and race across the page… Acrylics are funky and fun… Oils bring out the traditional, earthy qualities of the pigments. Recently I have been experimenting with layering found objects such as leaves, twigs, paper, feathers. I am fascinated by texture & color.


Small town, Central IL, Woods, Trees, Dogs, Cats, Birds..running wild through the wilderness, hunting rabbins with my Dad, fishing, barefoot, cut-offs, dirt, tree houses, Grandma’s garden, homemade applesauce, grapevines, lilac bushes, cops n robbers, baseball til dark, clean your plate, ticks, climbing trees, sleeping in the grass, canoe, stream, exploration, big rock, skips, crayons, bottle rockets, frogs, Billy Beathead, acorns, freeze tag, lightening bugs, crickets, bullfrog, pond chirps, happiness.

We are a creative bunch...where is Brett?!

We are a creative bunch…where is Brett?!


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I can not remember a time when I was not drawing or painting. I was a very serious art student from grade school all through college. I studied art under some very incredible teachers who still inspire me today.


…architecture, young people, art, culture, coffee, neighborhoods, flowers, old ladies, ethnicity, church bells, skyline, lights, sirens, birds, squirrels, dogs everywhere, shops, good beer, galleries, action, lakeshore, street fairs, people, people, people, art art, art

Springfield, IL

- surrounded by family and friends. Nature. Birds. Space. Peace. Room to create larger pieces. Time to expand on new themes on love, life, emotions, expression, energy

About Erin:


This is my partner in crime. My little sister, Erin. We come from a very artistic family…you may have heard of my brother, Troy Freeman (Freesky Studios)…well…there are more of us!

Erin has her degree in Art from UIS. She majored in ceramics, but is a fabulous painter as well. She has an eye for detail and color!

Erin will be teaching clay classes as well as mixed media. She is sharing my studio space so you will get to see her working on her own art as well!

Sign up for one of her classes today!

Featured Artists

We like to mix up the art in our studio! Come in and find one of a kind works of art by various local artists! You will find:

Brooke Serbousek (Wire & What Not)

Felicia Olin

Jeff Williams

Mehr Tumulty

Stan Squires

Judy Mogle

Tara McAndrew

Patrick Russell

James Howe

Shipping is Available. Inventory rotates frequently…so if you see a piece you love, contact me today to claim it as yours!