Southern alumnus opens art studio in downtown Joplin


Caleb Thomas

A look inside Create N Sip studios in downtown Joplin.

Caleb Thomas

Local artist, John Coleman, is the founder and sole operator of Joplin’s brand new Create N Sip Studios. Occupying the corner of 3rd Street, his downtown venue is part of a growing list of evening entertainment spots all within walking distance from Main Street.

As he was formerly affiliated with a similar public studio service, RSVPaint, Coleman eventually took control of assets, relocated to Joplin and launched the rebranded Create N Sip Studios.

“First of all, I love doing paint and sips. The idea behind the business was to give people a chance to create, and to make something that they may never have time for, or might not be comfortable doing on their own. I want to give people the ability to relax and try something new,” said Coleman.

“I originally attended Missouri State University for Art Therapy, or rather Art as Therapy. I also happened to have years of experience in bars and restaurants, so my original plan was to fuse those passions together. Art is very therapeutic. I want to give people the opportunity to let their feelings flow onto the canvas in an environment where there is no judgement.”

The studio follows seasonal patterns and themes for art projects and allows customers to bring their own beverages for a small fee. While studio sessions mainly cater to an adult crowd, participants ages thirteen and older are welcome.

Wednesday and Saturday nights are considered open for all ages and allow an open ended studio experience where guests are welcome to express and create however they wish.

Create N Sip offers plenty to choose from. Private rooms are available for parties and a full in-house bar is open to guests as well.

Participants may choose between a standard paint canvas, personalized pillows, photo boards, plant stands, wine caddies, shutters and so much more as the starting point for their creation.

Create N Sip Studios is located at 223 W 3rd St in downtown Joplin.