Located in the Hemet Valley Mall, this DIY arts and crafts gallery seeks to offer a fun artistic experience for all ages
■ Corey Evan / Reporter
Shopping malls aren’t just for shopping anymore; in an effort to stay relevant these days, these centers have had to evolve into entertainment destinations. Creative Creations in the Hemet Valley Mall is doing its part to help the work along.
Creative Creations is a new, mixed-use art gallery and art studio, open seven days a week during mall hours. Here, artists of any age can create crafts, paintings, watercolors and the like. The space is curated by Penny Warren.
“We are here because we found out that there are a lot of times when there’s nothing to do in the community for the kids, adults and seniors,” explained Warren. “So, we thought that this would be like an old-school arts-and-crafts center where people can meet and do arts and crafts.”
In addition to offering space for artists young and old to express their creativity, the gallery is available for artists here in our community to display – and possibly sell – their works. Instead of a fee, the gallery simply charges a commission when one’s masterpiece does find a fan to take it home.
While Warren offers a few lessons for those looking to sharpen their art skills, this gallery is not a school.
“The classes that we offer vary; The main classes we have that will start (in August) are knitting, crocheting and sewing. We do have some drawing classes, but it’s based on availability of the artists.”
The gallery is, however, available to schools for use, as the center is operating as a nonprofit. It’s also a great place for parents who homeschool their child, as well as a good gathering spot for after school. And you can bring food and drink in! Just avoid spaghetti sauce, as it stains, says Warren.
School may be going back in session soon, but Creative Creations still has studio times available where one can create three projects for a small fee, with no time limits! They also have canvases available for use upon request. The center also offers special events, including Ladies’ Nights and Couples’ Nights (for a fee). It’s the perfect opportunity to bring a companion… Just note, there’s no wine served at these events.
Creative Creations can be found in the Hemet Valley Mall, on the west end next to Hobby Lobby. You can reach them at 951-652-2893 or head to their website at www.creativecreationsartsandcraftscenter.com. Monthly discounts can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching “Creative Creations.”
Everybody is an artist in their own way. Creative Creations is simply one more great place to show it.