Note: Beattie Chicks is closing at the end of November 2012. Look for Leslie and Hannah’s great work at craft fairs and shops throughout New England.
PS: The Beattie Chicks currently have a cute shop in Brunswick called, Hatch On Maine.
MP and CP#1 enjoyed a girls’ day out on Saturday and visited the Grand Opening of the Beattie Chicks Makery in Brunswick. Owners Leslie and Hannah Beattie are creative sisters-in-law who teach art classes to both kids and adults. The two women originally held classes at their home studios in Topsham and Harpswell, but after outgrowing these spaces, they decided to open a new studio at the Fort Andross Mill. Their goal? To build community through art.
The Makery reminded MP of her high school art classroom—only so much cooler. The generously sized space features student work as well as original art for sale. There are also shelves of rubber stamps, bins of brightly colored craft paper, paints, markers, brushes, fabrics and a sewing station.
While we snacked on treats from the Chicks’ fabulous spread, CP #1 and MP made vases using colorful tissue paper, glue and recycled glass jars. Afterwards we fashioned flowers out of paper hearts, wire and buttons. So cute! And so easy!
The next craft table featured tiny sheep made out of toilet paper rolls, cotton, tissue paper and Q-Tips.
The final craft of the morning required hand painting an open mussel shell to look like a butterfly. Hannah collected the shells near the beach by her home, bleached them and glued the shells to card stock. The kids at the table loved this simple painting project. One girl MP met made at least a half dozen butterflies.
Before we left, Leslie’s seven-year old daughter, Jolee, gave CP#1 one the butterfly she made. Such a sweet gesture! We’ll definitely be back for another day at the Beattie Chicks Makery again soon.