April 8, 2018

In Afton Minnesota, we celebrate the women or our community every 3rd Thursday.  Local businesses offer various activities and specials in their establishments. 

Here at Afton’s Old School Art Studio we not only honor the women of our community, we choose an inspiring notable women of history to celebrate.  I know you’ll agree that we have selected some fantastic role models; scientists, writers, pioneers, social reformers, singers, actresses and more.
We recently asked you to vote on 6 per month - we have narrowed the list to 3 per month. Please choose again or make a choice for the first time.
Below is a mini-profile of each fantastic lady.  Read through each one and let us know which beautiful badass woman you decide would be perfect for each month. 

The survey link is listed below.   Read through the list then click the link to begin the survey. We will tally the votes and reveal the women of the month at Afton’s Old School Art Studio on FB, our Blog, Instagram, Twitter and webpage.


Audrey Hepburn - Actress, fashion icon, and philanthropist Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium. At age 22, she starred in the Broadway production of Gigi. Two years later, she starred in the film Roman Holiday (1953) with Gregory Peck.

Cher – Born May 20, 1946. Married twice, Cher has two children: Her son, Chaz Bono, who was originally named Chastity and underwent female-to-male gender transition in 2008, is from her first marriage to the late Bono, who died in a skiing accident on January 5, 1998.
Gladys Knight: Gladys Maria Knight, known as the "Empress of Soul", is an American singer, songwriter and actress. A seven-time Grammy Award-winner, Knight is best known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s and 1970s, for both the Motown and Buddah Records labels, with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, which included her brother Merald "Bubba" Knight and her cousins Edward Patten and William Guest.


Marilyn Monroe - (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and was emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality.

Judy Garland – An actress and singer, Judy was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Garland, the star of many classic musical films, was known for her tremendous talent and troubled life. The daughter of vaudeville professionals, she started her stage career as a child

Nancy Sinatra: Nancy Sandra Sinatra (born June 8, 1940) is an American singer and actress. She is the elder daughter of Frank Sinatra and Nancy (Barbato) Sinatra, and is widely known for her 1966 signature hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". Other defining recordings include "Sugar Town", the 1967 number one "Somethin' Stupid"


Frida Kahlo - de Rivera, born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico.

Phyllis Diller - Phyllis Ada Driver (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012), better known as Phyllis Diller, was an American actress and stand-up comedian, best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating humor, her wild hair and clothes, and her exaggerated, cackling laugh.

Princess Diana - Born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961, Princess Diana became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. She married the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, on July 29, 1981. They had two sons and later divorced in 1996.


Queen Elizabeth - Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, his second wife, who was executed two-and-a-half years after Elizabeth's birth. ... In 1558, Elizabeth succeeded her half-sister to the throne and set out to rule by good counsel.
Lucille Ball - Lucille Désirée Ball Morton (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian, model, film-studio executive, and producer. She was best known as the star of the self-produced sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, and Here's Lucy.

Madonna - Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, Madonna is known for pushing the boundaries of lyrical content


Patsy Cline - (born Virginia Patterson Hensley; September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American country music singer and part of the Nashville sound during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Lily Tomlin - Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. Tomlin began her career as a stand-up comedian, and performing Off-Broadway during the 1960s. Her breakout role was performing as a cast member on the variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Bridget Bardot - Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is a French actress, singer, dancer, and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. She was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and was widely referred to by her initials, B.B.. Bardot was an aspiring ballerina in her early life


Minnie Pearl - Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (October 25, 1912 – March 4, 1996), known professionally as her stage character Minnie Pearl, was an American country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years (from 1940 to 1991) and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. 

Sarah Bernhardt - original name Henriette-Rosine Bernard, byname the Divine Sarah, French la Divine Sarah, (born October 22/23, 1844, Paris, France—died March 26, 1923, Paris), the greatest French actress of the later 19th century and one of the best-known figures in the history of the stage.

Julie Andrews: Julie Andrews, Actress: The Sound of Music. Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career.


Georgia O’Keefe - Georgia O'Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. Photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz gave O'Keeffe her first gallery show in 1916 and the couple married in 1924.

Marie Antoinette - She was born an Archduchess of Austria, and was the penultimate child of Empress Maria Theresa and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor. ... After eight years of marriage, Marie Antoinette gave birth to a daughter, Marie Thérèse, the first of her four children.

Tina Turner - was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in Nutbush, Tennessee. Her parents, Floyd and Zelma Bullock, were poor sharecroppers, who, early in her life, split up and left Turner and her sister to be raised by their grandmother


January 28, 2018

Website Updates

Hello Fellow Creatives!

We are very excited to link our Blog and Website together!

Afton's Old School Art Studio is getting our website ready for the 2018 season! We will be updating our courses and bringing new classes and artists to the studio. We are even planning to stream our courses online for those of you who are unable to make it to the studio. 

Those of you here on our Creative Chicks Café can join the fun happening on our sister site too! Just click the link below and your email address will be added to our event list. We promise not to overwhelm you with emails. Just a few times a year we will send you information on the events we have coming up and we will also let you know when a new Blog post is here on this site too.

If you find that you want to have more access and join us in a creative journey, then head to our Creative Members page and join us there for some special classes and videos.

We are looking forward to a very productive and creative 2018 season! Below I have listed some of the amazing classes, courses, events and spectacular trainings we will offer this season!

  • Sunday in the Studio with Kate
  • Joy in the Journey - an online tutorial to creative journaling
  • Champainting with Gloria 
  • Exploring Oil Painting with Derk
  • Live interviews with Creative Artist
  • Afton's Strawberry Festival
  • July 4th Parade and Bandstand Jam
  • Afton's Annual Art in the Park
We are looking forward to seeing you in the studio and on the web this year. 

See you soon!

October 7, 2017

Sunday in the Studio with Kate

Oct 8, 1 - 6 pm

Sunday Theme: Community Outreach Project -  FREE

OPEN STUDIO -  Feel free to bring a project of your own to work on too!

We are looking for volunteers to come down to the studio Sunday Afternoon for a Rock Painting Extravaganza.  On Oct. 28th during Afton's Annual Trick or Treat Trail Afton's Art Studio will be hosting once again a "We Rock In Afton Event".   Hand painting rocks a strategically placed up and down St. Croix Trail for children participating in the event to find.  Once the rock is found the rock can be brought to a participating business to receive a prize.  There will be over a 100 rocks hidden for this event.  We are providing all paint, brushes and rocks for you.  This is a perfect way to enjoy our community and have fun creating.


Olympic Comcast Casting Call.......

Oct 8, 4 - 5 pm

Tiffany Company Casting will be touring and visiting Afton's Old School Art Studio this Sunday between 4 and 5 pm.  They are looking for 65 principal Roles and 300 extras.  The commercial is centered around our local cross country skier Olympian Jessie Diggins  The story line for the commercial is the town of Afton sees Jessie off to the airport for the 2018 winter Olympics.  I'm hoping the casting company sees an opportunity at the school house for some video shoots of our artists creating banners and other creative ways of support for Jessie.

If you are interested in role for this commercial you might want to bring some candid photos of yourself, a written statement telling a little something about yourself such as your age, occupation and what your favorite Olympic Sport is.
Come and down and lets show them how our small community supports one another

June 14, 2014

Afton Strawberry Festival June 21 & 22nd 2014

Come and visit our Creative Chicks Café members next weekend as we will be participating  in the Afton Strawberry Festival. The Old Art Studio is all geared up to surpass last years fun and attendance.

February 12, 2014

J.Harrison - A Visitor Across The Sea from Aberdeenshire, Scotland

While on a new quest for 2014 to find unique and talented artisans to feature on our Creative Chicks Café blog, I found a portrait of a stunning women on Facebook caught my attention. Her eyes were looking into my soul, they were beautiful and reminded me of my mother's eyes. She looked proud and prominent, but her eyes shown sadness and sorrow. It was not a photograph, or a painting. Rather a portrait created from wool fibre and I was mesmerized by this unique talent and I wanted to learn more. We are honored to connect with  Jill Harrison, and share her story. 

Jill Harrison, Wool Fibre Artist

I was born in 1956, just outside the wool textile city of Bradford, Yorkshire U.K. where I lived with Mum and Dad and three brothers in the same village that the famous Bronte Sisters were born that is Thornton. In fact, I went to school just a few yards away from the house that they were born in! I had a happy childhood and my memories were that of riding horses and playing on farms. I had always been artistic as a child and spent a lot of time drawing.
After leaving school, I went on to study Graphic Art at Bradford College of Art, unfortunately I left college before finishing the course to have a baby and did not pursue my art until years later when I returned to college part time to study Sculpture.
After my four children had grown up and gone their own ways, I moved to Scotland. I now live in rural Aberdeenshire on a smallholding with my second husband and my grandson. We have lived here for 8years now and we moved here to follow our dream of having land and being able to have the many animals that we love. Horses, goats, chickens and of course the sheep .
We wanted the rare breed Hebridean sheep and the beautiful small Shetland sheep, which are both native to our region. The Hebridean's have black fleece, but they range in shades of brown, cream and even white as they age . The Shetlands have the most beautiful, soft wool which is famous for the extremely fine garments which can be knitted with it. They are both hardy little creatures and tend not to need much doing with them .

When I bought my small flock, little did I know how these lovely little animals would change my life. I didn't know anything about textile art until 4years ago, when after a sheep shearing I decided to have a go at felting!

I bought myself a little book and followed instructions, my initial attempts were fun but very crude. I soon grew tired of 'abusing' the fibre, it was hard work! Instead, I started to 'paint' with fibre, carding the wool and laying it in very fine layers ,building up my images like a painting.

I was inspired by film stars and pop idols and later silent movie queens the haunting images of beautiful, but tragic looking women whom they portrayed . I was excited with the whole process researching their backgrounds and then recreating their dramatic beauty with my own wool. They just grew as if by magic.
I still love doing my portraits, but also draw inspiration from the sheep themselves and have made wool images of them in different positions as they move around the fields. My work and technique have progressed somewhat since I first started. I now dye my wool and blend the subtle colors as I work to create a more interesting finish. The final stage is placing the finished image between glass and board, this produces the 'painterly' look which I favor.

I work in my “Crofters Cottage,” everyday. At first it was just for my own satisfaction, but after being featured in various newspapers and on Scottish T.V. News. I have been selling pieces to individual collectors, interior designers  as well as  gettingmore commissions to do.
I have had exhibitions in U.K and Italy and some of my work is in Galleries. I am now venturing into the world of Fibre Festivals. I have been asked by many people all over the world to do workshops but I am afraid I have declined. Not because I don't want to share my technique, but because I am just too shy. I would be no good at standing up in front of a group and talking about my work.
I have a few questions for Jill to help you get to know a bit more about the artist . 1. Question: What is the most significant decision you ever made? 1. Answer: Moving up here to Scotland. 2. Question: What is your favorite food? 2. Answer: That's easy...cheese. I don't eat meat so cheese is good. 3. Question: What things make you laugh the most? 3. Answer: Usually everyday occurrences, silly things that others don't see. 4. Question: Who is your favorite artist? 4. Answer: I bought my husband a book for Christmas, Henry Moore's Sheep Sketchbook. It is made up of squiggles without taking pen from paper. Exquisite sketches of sheep which I actually prefer to his more monumental sculptures. 5. Question: If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it? 5. Answer: I would upgrade our home to incorporate a big studio space and also a gallery in which my husband and I could work alongside one another. Each of us would feature our own art and also host other artists work. 6. Question: What words of advice would you have for someone starting out? 6. Answer: Never stop dreaming, even when you get knocked back. Have fun creating your own ideas straight from your heart.  

To see more of Jill Harrison's work, please visit her links and send a LIKE to her Facebook page from CCC.


December 31, 2013

Happy New Year from Creative Chicks Cafe

Thank you for staying with us in 2013. Even though we had issues with our blog being hacked the past several months, we are back on track. Our Facebook pages for Creative Chicks Café and the Old School Art Studio have remained strong thanks to you. We will see you next year!

October 1, 2013

Afton Art in the Park Festival September 28-29th

Creative Chicks Café Club

While the town of Afton Minnesota celebrated their 35th Annual Art in the Park Festival, the Old School Art School Studio had it's own party going on. By invitation only, our artisans put on the performance of a lifetime. We had arts, crafts, live music and free food sampling. Our missions is to find people with unique talents whom inspire others with their God given talents. Handmade all day, original, passionate and inspirational. The majority of us are entering the second half of our lives. The kids are gone and a spare bedroom becomes available, a corner in the basement opens up. Or even a darn shed in the back yard has been turned into a studio. For most of us, we work a full-time job and evenings and weekends are our time to create. To create with your hands and than "Wow" people with your talents is the greatest gift an artisan can give.
Join us on Facebook and send a LIKE our way. Take a moment to see our photos from our Fall festival held this past weekend.

August 9, 2013

June 2, 2013

Afton Old School Art Studio Craft Extravaganza

Mark your calendar for June 22 & 23 for the Afton Strawberry Art and Craft Festival.
Visit Kate Sullivan at the Old School Art Studio and meet the Creative Chicks Café creators and Artisans.

April 29, 2013

The Old School Art Studio May Painting Class Schedule

Saturday, April 27th we had a 'Banner" of a day. Gloria Popowitz from Creative Canvas hosted our Welcome Door Banner  painting class at The Old School Art Studio, home of Creative Chicks Café.

(left to right) Jenny, Bonnie, Pam, Kate, Eileen, Patty
We welcomed our first beautiful day of spring in Minnesota filled with inspiration and fun. We even created a video to honor Gloria on our Facebook pages for her instructional, teaching performance. Click on the link below.
Gloria Popowitz, Creative Canvas Artist, Instructor

Jenny Edwards, Creative Chicks Cafe

Pam Vincent

Patty Sullivan, Creative Chicks Cafe

Bonnie Jo Rohow

Kate Sullivan

Eileen Koch

Kate Sullivan, Owner of The Old School Art Studio and creator of Creative Chicks Café

We have our May classes in place and will be held at The Old School Art Studio in Afton, MN.
All supplies are included in the price. If you are interested, contact Gloria for information and price per class
 at 651-387-1946 to sign up.

May 2nd  - Paint A Wine Glass 6:00-9:00 PM
May 9th - Apple Canvas Painting 6:00 - 9:00 PM
May 11th - Apple Canvas Painting 2:00 - 4:00 PM
May 16th - Ladies Night Out Open Work Shop 5:00 - 8:00 PM
May 23rd - Tote Bag 6:00 - 9:00 PM
May 25th - Tote Bag 2:00 - 4:00 PM
May 30th - Poppies Canvas Painting 6:00 - 9:00 PM

March 30, 2013

The Meaning of Easter- What does it mean to you?

Easter did not always symbolize Christ's resurrection from the dead and the meaning of Easter was quite different than what Christians celebrate today. The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. Celebrated in the early spring, it honored the pagan Saxon goddess Eastre.
Goddess of Spring
When the early missionaries converted the Saxons to Christianity, the holiday, since it fell around the same time as the traditional memorial of Christ's resurrection from the dead, was merged with the pagan celebration, and became know as Easter. The meaning of Easter was also changed to reflect its new Christian orientation.

Today, the meaning of Easter, for million of Christians, is that of honoring and recognizing Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him. 

Happy Spring

February 21, 2013

Treasure Hunting in Nashville

Treasure hunting in Nashville....
Last weekend, Feb. 13 – 16th, in Nashville I attended an awesome antique show near the Grand Ol Opry.  The Fiddler Hotel was host to over 90 antique dealers.  Each dealer was given a room on the first floor to open up shop.
My particular interest this weekend was to find vintage jewelry and religious medallions and rosaries to use in creating unique bohemian jewelry pieces.
In one of the shops I found a beautiful silver bowl filled with religious medallions.  As I was sorting through this bowl I found a wonderful St. Christopher medal.  It was a larger than a quarter and had a wonderful image and patina.  I purchased this along with several other medallions.  Yesterday while taking a closer look.  I turned over the medal and there was an imprint on it that read “To FC  From Bishop Choi.”

My first thought, who is Bishop Choi and who is FC and how did this medal come to play?  So, I googled Bishop Choi and found that he was a Priest, Bishop and Archbishop in Pusan, South Korea, from 1962-1973, during the same time period of the Vietnam War.  There are many stories circulating the internet about these Vietnam-era-medals issued by Bishop Choi. The St. Christopher medal was often attached to a rosary and had the initials of the serviceman hand-stamped on the back of them by the Bishop’s assistants.  So cool, imagine my medal has already been stamped, especially for a certain serviceman.
Now the question is, ‘How much is my hand-stamped St. Christopher medal worth?”  Through research, I have discovered that since the death of Bishop Choi in 2008 these St. Christopher Medals have become highly sought after collectables.  The medals alone without the rosaries are worth anywhere from 15.00 to 65.00, some medals value in the hundreds.  One particular medal is said to have been given to John F. Kennedy.  Bishop Choi sent him one while he was President and unlike most of the medals, which only have the first and last initial stamped on it, President Kennedy’s had “JFK”. 
Call it what you want, treasure hunting, dumpster diving, picking, or even being a modern archaeologist.  I love it!  Meeting the collectors and antique dealers on this memorabilia- seeking mission was truly a history lesson, providing a distance glimpse into the past.
But, this was not the only treasure I uncovered.  Check back to see some of the other pieces I acquired…………
Happy Hunting,

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

We have had a blessed year with an abundance of inspiration and creativity. Many thanks to our friends and followers from 2012. Our new home for Creative Chicks Cafe at the Old Art School in Afton, Minnesota has been very rewarding. If you have followed our Facebook page, then you have followed our year of success, growth and opportunity for all artisans. Your passion drives us to be better, find new and interesting things to share and introduce you to amazing people with amazing talents.   Happy New Year!!!

October 28, 2012

Trick or Treat Trail In Afton MN at The Old School House

Oh my gosh, the "Trick or Treat Trail" in Afton Minnesota on Saturday, October 27th was a fantastic event. Kate Sullivan was a hit at The Old School House with her Witch Hat cookies. Of course our Chicks at Creative Chicks Cafe were on hand to assist with the spooktacular event. We had 100 children visit- Yahoo! Children from ages 9 months up to 75 years old came for Witch Hat cookies, treat bags and popcorn. (No, it's not a typo error as we are all kids at heart.) Costumes galore, even some scary ones. Hats off to the parents for taking time out of their day to visit our town and patronage the businesses along the way.
These are the great people that made this possible: Sponsored by Selema's Ice Cream Parlour, Valley Orthodontics and the Afton Business Association. Who gave out treats?
Afton Care Senior Homes, Making Waves Hair Salon, Sail Away Cafe', Afton Museum,The Creative Cottage, Bisou Bisou Salon, Swirl Wine Bar, Chelsea Rose Antiques, Historic Afton House Inn, Current Restaurant, Baglio's of Afton, JJ's Boutique, Calla Lily Day Spa, Squire House Gardens, Afton Leather and Old School Art Studio.

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