Maggie Standley of Wingspan Studio

Maggie Standley is owner, principal artist and lead educator at Wingspan Studio. Part working art atelier, part education hub specializing in the arts and French, she has been offering classes and camps here since 2004. The studio, in an old bristle brush factory dating from the late 1800’s, is located in Burlington, Vermont, amidst the South-End's burgeoning and vibrant arts, industry and business district.  Classes for all ages from pre-k to adult, and kids camps focus on the arts and French. An avid youth advocate and mentor, Maggie started a youth scholarship program in 2012 called Spread Your Wings! Her work with the arts and youth in the community garnered recognition from the City of Burlington and Burlington City Arts in 2016, when she was awarded the 2nd only Community Arts Award. Her youth program has received three grants from Burlington City Arts Community Grant Fund.

A community muralist, decorative painter and fine artist, Maggie wears many chapeaux (hats). Her largest mural to date is in Roosevelt Park in Burlington’s Old North End. It is a 2,000 sq ft exterior mural on the theme of “Potential,” completed with teenage assistants from the Boys & Girls Club. She participated in San Juan Puerto Rico’s vibrant Santurce es Ley art and music festival in 2016 with artist, Anne Campbell of the Catamount Art Center, and together they are the Chica’s MA. Her first mural was painted in Buea, Cameroon, while a graduate student there, and subsequent works can be found in Washington D.C. at the iconic Roma Restaurant, where she did a large 60’ exterior mural of an Italian village along the sea in 1991.

Maggie’s professional experience in faux finishing and murals includes apprenticing with some of the finest companies such as Evergreene Painting Studios, NY and Warnock Studios, WDC.  She began painting seriously in 1992 when awarded a working art studio as an emerging artist at Glen Echol Park, MD. She has maintained working art studios since. Maggie was commissioned to do an original Vermont landscape oil painting for Senator Patrick Leahy and is known for large, colorful abstract expressionist paintings as well. One of her earliest exhibits occurred at The Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. echoing her passion for youth empowerment and helping all kids to reach their potential. She continues this mission through her work as a teaching resident artist, mentor, offering summer camps open to all, founding a scholarship program, and starting a beautiful art park and community garden called The Myrtle Street Avant Garden. Maggie knows the first hand benefits of beauty as medicine and aims to share it with all.

Maggie first picked up a paintbrush in 1987 after spending two years studying in Paris, France at La Sorbonne and L’Institut D’Etudes Politique. She returned to Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and enrolled in her first painting class during her last year of college. She was hooked, but continued her initial career track of International Relations for several years in Washington D.C. and Yaounde, Cameroon for a year of study and work in community development on a Rotary Graduate Scholarship. Maggie has been an Artist-in-Residence at The Shelburne Museum; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, The Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, VT and Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD. Her technical skill is matched only by her passion and creativity. Her artwork and projects have been featured in The Washington Post, The Burlington Free Press, Seven Days, Kids VT and The Shelburne News.

Join Wingspan Studio and Maggie for an adult French class, art workshop, inspiring kids summer camp, a pre-k immersion FRArt class with your little, youth after school class or arrange private painting or French lessons to fit your specific goals. Read Wingspan Studio’s consistent 5-Star parent reviews on Find and Go Seek! for children’s classes and children camps.

To discuss a painting project - contact Maggie, 802.233.7676, maggiestandley@gmail.com and bring your vision to life!