If thereís secretly an inner painter with a little Pablo Picasso or Georgia OíKeefe in you, or if your kids are budding artists, or both, a new and inviting studio has just opened the door to your creative urges.
Christina Whalley, a 2010 Tarleton graduate with a degree in fine arts, is the owner of Creation Station, located at 1166 W. Washington where The Bijou Hair Studio used to be
If you havenít been in the building before, itís definitely cool, with brick architecture from a bygone era and arched, stained-glass windows - a perfect place for a studio. Even better, you donít have to pay the entire rent every month Ė only for the time you actually spend there.
Q: You have a degree in fine arts from Tarleton, is that what motivated you to open a store in this niche?
A: Yes, thatís certainly a big influence. But I love anything to do with arts and crafts and Iíve always thought it would be fun to do something like this. Thereís really not anything like it in Stephenville - a place where you can bring the kids if you want, or come with your adult friends and do something artistic. People are welcome to bring a bottle of wine for the adult activities. I just really want people to think of this as a fun, relaxing place to be.
Q: Creation Station was opened about a month ago. Whatís the response been so far?
A: Itís been just great, very positive. People tell me that Stephenville has needed something like this forever. Theyíre really happy weíre doing this and weíve booked eight parties already, which is great.
Q: Do you have regular hours scheduled for classes, or is it by appointment, or a little of both?
A: Itís a little of both. Thursday is ďMommyís Night Out,Ē and people can drop kids six and older off to do some creative crafts while they go run errands, go out and relax or whatever. Itís $25 per child from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday is Ladyís Night. Thatís $35 per lady from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. We want people to come in with their friends and hang out while they paint. Theyíre welcome to bring a bottle of wine, too.
On Saturday, we have craft class and thatís $35 per person, again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and thatís also BYOW.
As for parties, we can do crafts and paintings for all ages Saturdays through Wednesdays. If the party is under 10 people, we charge $25 per person. Over 10 people, itís $20 per person.
People can also rent the building. They just need to call me and Iíll try my best to accommodate their needs at a reasonable price.
For more information, call 254-434-5132 or email CreationStation2014@yahoo.com. You can also visit the Facebook page at Thecreationstationstephenville.