Who We Are

Kpelle (pel-lay) Studios was created for community.
I am so honored and blessed to create a sacred space for people to gather, create, and build community.

The name Kpelle comes from my heritage - it is the tribal roots of my grandfather and my Liberian ancestors. My grandfather came to this country to learn his trade in order to return home and build his community.

In his honor, we're holding space to create, and grow the OKC Creative Community,

ŋá bá kɔlɔn

“I know you” – These simple words were a common greeting and life mantra for my grandfather. Anyone who knew him would tell you he never met a man he didn’t know and he always offered anything he had to someone in need.

That drive continues in me – Kpelle Studios was born to serve and build the OKC creative community.

I created this space from a longing for a place that felt sacred. A place where businesses created by women of color are centered, celebrated, and championed. A place where people from all walks of life can come together, learn from one another, and grow together.

Whether you’re needing space for creativity, a gathering place for a book club, a cornerstone for building something new, or a space to celebrate life’s special moments, Kpelle is here for you.

The Team

Chelsi LeBarre
Wife. Mother. Creator. Communicator. Entrepreneur.

Chelsi strives to center joy in everything she touches. Chelsi wears many hats, but whatever mode she’s in, you can bet intentional connection is at the core. Her passion is creating spaces for Black women to share joy, for women to feel empowered, for mothers to feel supported, and for all to feel welcome.

Through Kpelle Studios, Chelsi melds together her love for photography with her business acumen, and passion for community.

You belong here.

Jhanay Bryant
Studio Manager

Jhanay works with local brands to supply creative direction, with a strong focus in fashion marketing.

She is and artist, photographer and creative designers behind Piece of Peace, LLC. With her unique artistic style, Jhanay has supported dozens of local businesses in sharing their voice and work with the community, and bringing their creative visions to life.

kind words

From the Community

Love this studio space. So much amazing light and backdrop options available. I used the space for brand shoot as well as content creation. I have been to many events hosted here as well and am always amazed at how the space can transform
DeJa C. | Entrepreneur
The Velvet Bison