The Sharing Tree Family
Carly is an art education graduate of Florida State University and a reusable resource guru. Spending time at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, she was certain that trash was her medium and resourcefulness her jam. Known by kids citywide as Miss. Sunny, she enjoys every minute of sharing the gift of art, nurturing hearts and fueling wild imaginations no matter where she roams.
It all began in the cold tundras of Minnesota where being creative was critical to entertaining ourselves in the long, hard winter months. When I was a little girl I frequented a local art haven, where weird and whacky materials roamed the shelves, creativity was abound and I was forever inspired to be an artist of a different sort, it was then that the seeds were planted.
In 2009 I used what little savings I had and opened Salvage Art, turning trash into treasure in a small studio in railroad square. Low and behold, this concept sparked interest with our now partners, Leon County Schools, Leon County, and Sustainable Tallahassee. A beautiful win-win partnership amalgamated and started to resonate in the community.
To know me is to know this growing Tree, I have invested hours, weeks, no actually a lifetime, of love and creativity in its walls, the exhibits, every nook and cranny, through paint, construction, imagination, and many, many smiles. Visiting The Sharing Tree is akin to walking through a doorway into my mind and heart. Every wall has been adorned with colorful tinkering and inviting doodles for your imagination to meet mine and grow wild. With the rebirth of The Sharing Tree as a children’s museum dedicated to the the development of creative confidence in kids, I know more than ever that this valuable resource will provide invaluable benefits to our community.