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Creation Station in Orange an artists’ outlet

Setting up shop at The Creation Station, an artists cooperative and meeting place,  on East Main Street in Orange are Lynn Englen, her daughter Angel Simon, Gina Gargone and Tyler Hakkinen.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Setting up shop at The Creation Station, an artists cooperative and meeting place, on East Main Street in Orange are Lynn Englen, her daughter Angel Simon, Gina Gargone and Tyler Hakkinen. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

ORANGE — Tyler Hakkinen and his girlfriend Ashley Fenner had a vision to bring artists together in the area to promote one another and share their works with the public. That vision has come to fruition as the grand opening of their storefront, The Creation Station happens today at 9 East Main St.

The location will be a consignment shop of sorts where artists are invited to display their work for purchase. The establishment will open its doors with a variety of merchandise from several area artists. Pieces range from music, paintings, photography and jewelry to handmade hammocks, blankets and piñatas.

“Basically, if you make something, we’ll sell it,” Hakkinen says half joking.

Growing up in Orange, Hakkinen says he was raised to have pride in his town.

“I was driven to do something to improve the area,” he said of his motivation to open the store.

Hanniken’s desire to strengthen and bolster a healthy community has had him working closely with his mother in the past on her fairly new cafe, the Bohemian Kitchen, which is also located in Orange just around the corner from Hakkinen’s storefront. He has also volunteered at the North Quabbin Community Coop, soon to be Quabbin Harvest. At an early age he says he was introduced to the concept of being able to make a living on your own terms through doing craft fairs with his mom who he says is his best influence. He has also owned his own balloon animal company providing entertainment for children’s birthday parties.

While he says he doesn’t think The Creation Station will make him rich by any means, he’s hopeful that it will fill a need within the community and support the local talent. Plans for the shop include not only the sale of merchandise, but also monthly workshops for the public to learn a specific craft taught by artists themselves. The workshops will be geared toward all ages, but the first two planned are for children. They will take place on the first Saturday of every month. So far, sock monsters, balloon animals and piñatas are on the agenda to be taught by local artist Lee Bingham.

The Creation Station’s grand opening is from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Glass blowing demonstrations will be presented as well as live music, and you’ll be able to watch as a graffiti mural is painted behind the store. The Creation Station will be looking for artist involvement ongoing and can be contacted through their page on Facebook, by stopping in the store or calling 978-894-4423.

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