The Purple Pig

by Lindsay Kirkland

“This is a very loving and accepting space,”

says Charlotte Carney, owner and operator of The Purple Pig. Colors abound with soothing music and an array of paints, brushes, pencils and canvases. Every few feet you will also spot a pig, the namesake mascot of the studio.

Charlotte Carney taught art classes to both children and adults for the last 12

Charlotte Carney,
owner The Purple Pig

years at the Ventnor Cultural Arts Center. Now retired from that position, she has created a welcoming art studio in her own home in Somers Point which she fondly calls The Purple Pig.

Carney’s students’ work is proudly displayed and she tells a story of each artist. She embraces the uniqueness and creativity of each of her students. The Purple Pig offers adult and children’s classes, both private and semi-private. Carney also has experience with special needs artists and enjoys helping them to express themselves through art.

Now 70 years old, Carney has worked in the arts in one form or another her entire life. She has published many articles on art as well as a book titled “So You Want to Paint Roses.” Carney instructed evening classes at colleges in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her work can be seen throughout our community at the memorial wall for Gilda’s Club, in the children’s room mural at the Margate library and at the Palm Restaurant in Atlantic City where she did a tribute to the Miss America Pageant. In 2013, Carney was the recipient of a community service award for her contributions as an artist, teacher and proponent of the arts for adults and children in the Atlantic City area.

If you would like more information about The Purple Pig email or                  call 609-705-6001.