Courtney Meyerkorth is the proud new owner of The Creative Outlet at 126 S. Main Street in Rock Port, which will have its grand opening Thursday, August 8, 2019. The Creative Outlet is a studio and gallery that will offer a variety of art classes for all ages.

Inside The Creative Outlet, visitors will find brightly colored chairs, artwork and plenty of space to create unique art and learn news ways to express their artistic side. Courtney created an eye-catching mural using only painter’s tape on one wall to demonstrate how lines can create depth and how simple tools can make impressive art. She also has her own art projects on display to demonstrate all of the projects that people will be able to do themselves during the classes.

Courtney Meyerkorth has created a unique business which will cater to a variety of learners and ages with interest in art. The Creative Outlet provides art classes for home education students, after school art enrichment for public school students and adult classes during the day. Interested patrons could take a class over their lunch break.

The classes will be grouped by week and each group attends three consecutive class meetings each 50 minutes long. Home education students, public school students, adults will all be accommodated. Class capacity is set for 10 students and optimal growth is the goal.

Courtney says, “You don’t have to be an art superstar to attend. We’re going to experiment and try new techniques. Our culture is so presentation-based right now that it can deter people from even attempting something new. The real joy is in the process; moving the paint around the canvas, creating an image without using lines, learning about perspective and how to make something appear 3D on a 2D surface. It’s going to be fun! Sign up!”

Courtney says that she decided to become an entrepreneur because everything fell into place. “I had been thinking about offering art lessons to home education families and would have started in our home garage, but then the space became available on Main Street and that was the game changer. Suddenly I could accommodate a larger group of students in a public space that is easily accessible. I decided to move forward because I want to offer a service within my community that will bring opportunities for others. I think when more options for enrichment are available in a community, the whole area wins.” Students and adults can book a class now on the website www.thecreativeoutlet.net or email Courtney at courtneymeyerkorth@gmail.com. Registration at the studio will be Wednesday, August 21, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Rock Port Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF) will host a business celebration for The Creative Outlet on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at 126 Main Street, Rock Port, Missouri. The public is invited to attend.

If you are interested in starting or retaining your own business, NWMEF can help. NWMEF is an economic development project which serves six counties including Andrew, Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway and Worth. Services are offered free and are strictly confidential. NWMEF is a not-for-profit organization. For more information, contact Keli Morris, facilitator, at 816-262-9400 or facilitator@nwmef.org. The Resource Board is comprised of more than 70 volunteer board members from each county as well as regional representation.