Imagine & Create
Creative Expressions is a division of Aspire that creates opportunities for people to imagine, explore and refine their artistic abilities. This not-for-profit art studio provides an encouraging environment for artists to create, exhibit and sell their work.
A History of Creating
Creative Expressions began in 2010 as a way to engage with people who were no longer part of the workforce. Participants experimented with different types of artistic expression. As the program grew, several people expressed a desire to learn more complicated techniques and give or sell their artwork to friends or family members. The first sale of artwork from Creative Expressions was made in the fall of 2014.
Today, there are 12 artists working out of the studio, each with a unique viewpoint and creative talents. Some people create works of art with paint on canvas while others like to add three-dimensional objects to their creations. Some artists create more tactile works of art like jewelry, lanyards, and woven rugs. Creative Expressions provides all the materials each artist needs to pursue their area of interest. This is supplemented by donations from community members. On-going learning opportunities are facilitated by professional artists, volunteers, and Aspire staff who support the professional and personal development of the artists.
Creative Expressions host two multi-artist art shows each year and a dedicated gallery space opened in 2018. Visits to the studio and gallery can be arranged during business hours. You can also find Creative Expressions out and about in Aberdeen with displays in local galleries, at their booth at the downtown Farmer’s Market and participating in events downtown.
Support Aspire and Our Artists
Purchase Creative Expressions Artwork
Get Involved with Creative Expressions
Share your artistic skills and enthusiasm with us. Many of our artists are new to the world of art and are willing to try almost any new technique or skill once. You can also give of your time to help arrange and run different events that Creative Expressions are a part of.
Part of our mission at Aspire and Creative Expressions is to create opportunities for people to connect with their communities. Our artist's love to take their artwork out into the community at gallery shows, the Farmer's Market and the Wine Walk. If you would like for Creative Expressions be a part of your event please contact our Creative Expressions Coordinator.
Have you decided you’re not a painter? Do you need to de-clutter your fabric stash? Have you just cleaned out your junk drawer? We are always on the look out for more supplies. See the list below for items that we will gladly accept. We will also accept monetary donations.
- Canvas/canvas board
- Paint (acrylic, oil, watercolors)
- Unused paint brushes, sponges, etc.
- Frames (8x10 or larger)
- Fabric (new or like new fabric, sheets, etc)
- Hand sewing needles
- Jewelry making supplies
- Watercolor paper/boards
Meet the Artists
Take a moment to get to know the artists of Creative Expressions and see a selection of their work.