It All Started with a Burst of Color

Celeste Restrepo

 Owner, Creative Soul-Create*Connect*Shop, LLC

September 5, 2018 I saw beautiful colors and swirls in my right field of vision as I turned on the light to start my day. As beautiful as it was, I something was wrong. (Don't let up when you know something isn't right with your health.) I started a journey to discover what caused these ongoing “personal art shows”, and eventually it was determined that I had a brain tumor. Two very good friends guided me to Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN. During this process, as I questioned whether or not I would survive brain surgery and if so what the diagnosis would be, it made me appreciate every moment in my life - with my husband, my children and the friends I cherish. These moments became much more meaningful to me.

I was one of the lucky ones, I would recover and have the opportunity to have more time; Not a day goes by nor a special event that I don't offer up thanks for being here to experience it. Each milestone with my kids is sweeter. I feel compelled to make the most out of every moment in my life. I began to reevaluate my career and wanted to spend more time doing the things that fed my creative soul. I decided that leaving the corporate world would allow me to focus on art and to empower others to discover and develop their own creative soul.

My experiences have truly taught me the value of every day moments with my family and friends. None of us knows how many moments we have. I want everyone to be able to step away from the daily grind and appreciate as well as look to create the moments that matter.

Creative Soul art studio and gallery, enables me to share the beauty of art, offer classes and give you an experience that you can cherish with your friends and family. It is also important to me to use Creative Soul to support organizations that have made an impact on my life, and the lives of people that I care about. I'm proud that Creative Soul and its customers have done that since opening day and we will continue that commitment.

Creative Soul logo with butterfly final


208 North Second Street Suite B

PO Box 86

Dunlap, Illinois


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