Creator’s Corner: Come Create With Us!
Inspired by a lifelong love of crafting, Marion Ibsen wanted to pass along her love and joy to the public. She began painting in 1999, following the Donna Dewberry OneStroke painting technique, and was certified as a OneStroke Instructor.
“I have always loved to craft and make things, ever since I was a little girl,” Ibsen explained. “Having done craft shows for many years, I decided to have a place where I could not only sell handmade items, but also teach others how to paint with this simple way to learn technique.”
Located in the former Ardmore, Tenn., Post Office, Ibsen opened her business — Creator’s Corner — in August 2017.
“We’re about 30 minutes from Pulaski,” Ibsen said. “My dream is to someday buy an old house in Pulaski and turn it into an artist studio.”
Ibsen has created a friendly environment and gives individualized instruction whenever necessary to class members and clients while offering special opportunities to learn from guest artists.
“I have had guest artists come in and give classes,” Ibsen said. “Sherry Cowart with Air of Whimsy has come in to teach a Paint Your Pet Class; we have another session scheduled for this January. And we also have special sessions coming next year with Candles and Canvas and other things.”
Giving back to the community is part of Ibsen’s love for crafting as well.
“This semester I have been working with the Boys and Girls Club of Pulaski teaching art on Tuesday afternoons,” Ibsen said. “It has been rewarding and exciting to see the boys and girls learn and grow. We worked together to create a collaborative effort mosaic of a Henri Rousseau inspired mural that was auctioned at their Great Futures Luncheon in November.”
Offerings to clients also include a stencil bar.
“Customers can come in and choose their substrate, choose their stencil and paint a very creative, one-of-a-kind piece for a gift or special event.”
Special offers include a current special called a Party of Five.
“We can schedule special painting parties to accommodate a group of five or more, pay for four painters and the fifth one is free. We can do birthday parties or business get-togethers, team builders or any other groups.”
The location has recently been designated as a UPS Shipping Location.
“We can accept UPS drop off packages as well as initiate UPS shipping,” Ibsen added.
Creator’s Corner is located at 26555 Main St. in Ardmore, Tenn. The hours are Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information on UPS services or to book a special event, call 256-423-4044.