Walk-in studio to open in Artbeat space Saturday

When Artbeat the Creativity Store closed its doors Dec. 31, the public did not know what would happen to the retail space, next to the Capitol Theatre in East Arlington.

Now owner Jan Whitted has announced that the space will host gallery shows and art-related pop-ups in addition to its Creative Adventures walk-in studio.

“Our goal is to make it easy for everyone to have access to art experiences,” Whitted said in a Jan. 10 news release.

‘I Have a Dream’ workshop

“We will be using the space in several ways to enhance cultural offerings in Arlington, like hosting gallery shows and pop-up events. We’ve been talking with artists who are looking for space to work and teach, and with crafters who want open studio time shared with others. We’re exploring several partnership ideas.”

The space will continue to be called Artbeat. The Creative Adventures studio is just one of the activities that will happen in the Artbeat space.

While new programs are in the planning stages, the studio is to reopen Saturday, Jan. 18, with a workshop called “I Have A Dream,” honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Studio guests will create mini-suitcases to take on a journey to the future, along with mini-books to record adventures and a handmade pocket doll to be a companion along the way.

The Creative Adventures Studio aims to be a gathering place for art enthusiasts of all ages to engage in hands-on activities, such as sand painting, card making, decoupage, canvas painting, mosaics and felting.

The studio will also host children’s art birthday parties, in partnership with the Arlington Center for the Arts. A new series of meditation arts for adults will be introduced in the coming months.

Creative Adventures

Creative Adventures is a brand established by Jan and Drai Whitted, a mother-son team who have developed the Sand Artist line of sand painting kits. Sand painting is offered in the walk-in studio, and sand canvases and kits are sold in the studio and online at getcreativeadventures.com.

Creative Adventures participates in the Mass. Cultural Council’s Card to Culture, https://www.mass.gov/ebt-card-to-culture a program designed to make access to the arts accessible and affordable to individuals and families receiving transitional assistance from the commonwealth.  With Card to Culture, families with EBT cards can make sand paintings in the studio for only $5 per person, a $10 discount over the regular price.

Whitted announced Artbeat’s closing after nearly 24 years on Oct. 31.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, because this is a really fun and fulfilling business,” she said of the Halloween surprise. “But now it’s time for me to stop running a retail store and to listen for what’s next in my creative life.”

The Creative Adventures Studio (www.artbeatonline.com) is at 212A Mass. Ave. in Capitol Square. It is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., and at other times for special programs.

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