Winchester community helps turn cabin into art studio for young artist with cystic fibrosis

Kyla Blair hopes to become an artist one day and sells personalized notebooks in the meantime. Now her community has rallied behind her to give her a new art studio.

WINCHESTER, KY (WTVQ) – A Winchester teenager with cystic fibrosis has made art her outlet and escape and even built a small business out of it. Normally, his art studio was his dressing room. Thanks to Make-A-Wish, she moves her stencils and sketchbooks into a whole new space of her own. One day, 13-year-old Kyla Blair from Winchester hopes to see her art hanging in a gallery. Until that day comes, she starts small with a small business, selling notebooks that she designs from scratch.

“I basically buy the notebooks at the store, then draw on them with my markers or paint, then sell them for $8,” Blair explains.

With the number of customers she has acquired, her art is already out of stock. Her stepmother Amy acts as a business manager

“It was the one she did to me and so we kind of talked about how she was doing it for fun and I said.

Behind the closed doors of Kyla’s dressing room which she has transformed into an art studio, she lives with cystic fibrosis. Similar to asthma, the disease makes it difficult for Kyla to breathe and also affects her digestive system.

“I have to make a vest that looks like a percussion chamber and I have to do a breather and it basically sends a drug into my lungs which clears all the mucus from there,”

Blair is a Make-A-Wish child and she says she wants to have a studio to draw and paint.

“All my siblings are always trying to talk to me and play with me and whatever else and when I draw I forget about that and focus on what I’m doing,” says Blaire.

With the help of Make-A-Wish and 20 different businesses in her community, Blair closes her closet door and moves into a shed a few feet from her house. Now she can be an uninterrupted artist at work and step into the new space by filling a large order of custom notebooks.

“A lot of people have ordered them, so I have to work on that,” Blair says.

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