WOOLMARKET, MS (WLOX) - Makana Art Studio and Farm in Woolmarket might be one of the most unique operations in South Mississippi.
"This is a working studio. We're also a small farm. We have alpacas, sheep, goats, horses, a donkey and peacocks," said Cindy Schafhirt.
It's a co-op with a wide variety of artists sharing the studio. There's everything from pottery to painting, fused glass, jewelry making and weaving.
Roberta Chappell uses a historic loom to turn alpaca fiber into an array of products.
"This peg loom is like one used about 2,000 years ago. It's a simple way to weave," Chappelle told us.
The alpaca is an animal indigenous to South America and known throughout the centuries for its rich fiber or wool.
"They called it the fiber of the gods. In ancient times, it was only available to royalty," Chappelle said.
The artists at Makana Art Studio and Farm teach classes. All of these creative forces have come together to form almost a family in a farm environment.
"I like the friendship with everyone in the studio. We're all animal lovers. It's a nice, quaint area and everyone seems to like it," said Schafhirt.
Learn more about the Makana Art Studio and Farm at http://www.makana-art.com/