Whether you're an artisan or don't think you have an artistic bone in your body, Farmhouse in the City is about to change everything you thought you knew about yourself and what you were capable of.
The unassuming house on Green Street in historic Roswell is hardly the type of place you would think might change your life, but it is. Even the name Farmhouse (formerly Holy Cow) seems deceptively simple in comparison to the inspirational creativity that is being channeled inside.
In 2006 Robin Donovan, who had a love of both art and animals, decided to fuse her loves together by combining the beauty of nature and the potential of people together in one setting. Right away Farmhouse in the City's concept caught on.
Specializing in children's birthday parties, "Cork and Canvas" painting parties, as well as walk-ins, the art studio has made a name for itself. "I have done close to 600 hundred birthdays now," said Donovan. "I do all of the birthdays myself."
And she goes all out when it comes to making a child's birthday special. Birthday parties include, a dress up time, face painting, bracelet making, pottery painting, a scavenger hunt in the garden and then cake on a beautifully decorated table.
But what farmhouse would be complete without a couple of animals running around? The unique art studio also houses bunnies, guinea pigs, kittens and a miniature chicken for visitors to pet.
Grownups aren't left out of the fun though either!
"Cork and Canvas is so much fun," Donovan said. "People bring wine and appetizers that we enjoy in the garden; then we move into the studio and paint a 16x20 canvas to take home at the end of the evening."Since the studio began they have gone from doing four or five parties a month to six or seven in a weekend. Don't worry, however, you don't need to always be invited in order to stop by Farmhouse. The studio is open to walk ins Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Maybe it's the idea of creating your own personalized masterpiece, or maybe its the chance to do something new and creative, but Farmhouse has certainly soared in popularity almost entirely by word of mouth. Needless to say, the whimsical art studio seems to be on to something.
"I get so much amazing feed back on a daily basis it always keeps me so encouraged," said Donovan. "People say often 'You have created magic, this is a magical place, I never want to leave.' Or, 'What an great idea. Please don't ever close.' Or, 'I don't know who is having more fun me or my kids.' Or, 'This is the best birthday ever,' after almost every party." HelloAtlanta Tip: Regardless of age or gender, it's never too late - or early - to tap into your creative side at the Farmhouse. Birthdays ($250 for 10 children), field trips and Cork and Canvas parties ($35 for three hour class) by reservation only. by Christine Foster, Atlanta Reporter for HelloMetro - by Christine Foster, Atlanta Reporter for HelloMetro Christine Foster
Christine is a freelance writer currently living in North Atlanta. She has worked as a reporter for numerous newspaper, magazine and online media companies, including the Florida Keys Keynoter and The Sunday Paper in Atlanta. When she's not working Christine enjoys baking and antiquing.