artist | founder of paint your noodz
Samantha Zaruba is a mixed media artist and art empowerment teacher interested in how self-constructed narratives and media consumption impact human beings on a cellular and collective level. Zaruba’s latest series examines our relationship to our identities in the modern era and is a revival of work she started while studying Art at UMass Amherst.
Her work has been featured in publications (Out Voices Nashville, Winner of Best Visual Artist in Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville, NPR’s Today in Nashville), galleries (Turnip Green Creative Reuse Artist in Residence) and album covers (Ron Gallo, Naked Giants).
Zaruba is the creator of Paint Your Noodz, a personalized and empowering paint & sip art experience. In her role as a business owner and visual artist, she utilizes her platform and passion for community organizing to raise funds and organize events for causes that align with her commitments.
Zaruba’s passion for giving back led her to create PowArt: art empowerment workshops. These free art workshops provide art therapy to underserved communities. Zaruba has led these classes at local nonprofits (Women on Maintaining Education and Nutrition, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Helping Our Music Evolve, Martha O’Bryan Center) and middle schools.
Zaruba is a co-founder of women-lead art collective, Tart.