Our Artists

Barbara Clayton

My husband Joe and I moved our family to Spirit Lake in 1996.  This community has been a wonderful place to raise our 3 daughters.  I ran my independent recruiter business in the banking industry out of my home for the last 16 years, which is a very solitary business, now with Creative Spirits I am ready to add some more color and whimsy to my life.

I am one of those that thought I had no artistic ability, then one day decided I wanted to try to paint on glass.  Pretty soon I was painting wine glasses, coffee cups, bowls, plates, garage windows…if it was breakable I wanted to paint it.

I was introduced to the paint and sip industry by my daughter Mykal.  She said “Mom, you have to try this really cool new thing I found.  I have been waiting to try it until you came to visit.”  So we signed up for a Mimosa Sunday and painted a funky tree. From the moment we walked in the door, Mykal was saying “Mom, you can so do this.”  It was really fun, and everyone was having a wonderful time, it works in Denver, but can I make it work in Okoboji.

Okoboji is filled with vacationers just like the resort where I grew up in Northern Minnesota. I believe there is nothing better than helping someone turn a simple vacation into an unforgettable bookmark in their lives.  When I was introduced to the Paint and Sip industry last fall I saw it as an opportunity to  once again help others create bookmarks.

If we hit all the angles and broadened our reach, I think we can do it.  So instead of relying on in-studio public and private parties, we will heavily promote off-site business partnerships, special events, conventions and team building.  And then in the winter we will go on the road taking Creative Spirits to the rural communities in Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota, for instance, a January Tuesday Night Public Painting Party in Sheldon. I also needed the right artists to create fun, contemporary art everyone will love…I hit the jackpot when I found Marisa Sidles and Christine Boeve.  Their artwork is exciting and energizing  I am so proud and honored to have them as part of the Creative Spirits team.