Gallery group to offer new summer classes

First Posted: 6/10/2009

The Gallery Group and Art Studio at 162-A W. Pine St. is offering new classes for both adults and children of all skill levels for the summer season, starting this month.
The Gallery Group was created four years ago as a place where the disabled population and local community could form a unity and passion for creating art. It holds free weekly classes for more than 40 disabled adults, and it also has classes for the general community.
This summer, a series of classes for various art forms will be offered for the community to take.
We are welcoming to people of all art levels, said Donna Jackson, an artist and founder of the Gallery Group. Monies spent on this will benefit the Gallery Group. A percentage of all the proceeds go directly to the program.
The Gallery Group operates through artists who volunteer their time to teach. Artists sign a contract to have their artwork displayed in the gallery, as long as they offer free instruction in turn for the student artists. Ninety percent of the sales go to the artists, and the other 10 percent goes back to the art gallery.
The first series of new summer art classes is Enhance the art in you for adults. It includes instruction for sculpting, collage, acrylic, oil and water color.
B. Maxwell Jackson will teach sculpting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 15 until July 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $250, which includes supplies. Ruth Lyle will teach collage every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. from June 16 to July 7. The cost is $80.
Pike Sullivan will teach watercolor every Tuesday from July 14 through Aug. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. The class is $100. Richard Zargurski will teach acrylic painting every Thursday from July 23 to Aug. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. The class is also $100.
Arlene Daniel will teach oil painting every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5-26 for $90.
Jackson said the deadline to register for classes is a week before they start and 10 percent of the class cost is required for a deposit in order to hold a seat in the class. Adult classes are for those 18 and older. Other than sculpting class, student artists are expected to have their own materials, she added.
The second series of classes, Tots of art, is for toddlers ages 3- to 5-years-old. These classes will be taught by Celeste Springthorpe-Tsaklis for three days from July 27-29 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $45 per child, and there will be free snacks daily and a T-shirt included. The focus each day will be a different theme including Van Gogh Day, Monet Day and Picasso Day.
The third series of classes is for younger children and it is called Summer Art Club. Those classes will also be taught by Springthorpe-Tsaklis and will be for children in first through sixth grades. The classes will run from July 13-15 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $105 for the first child and $90 for the second child. These classes also include free daily snacks and a T-shirt.
Jackson said there are limited class sizes and parents are encouraged to sign their children up as soon as possible.
She said so far, several children have been signed up.
I couldnt believe mothers started signing kids up so soon, and they love it. Its cheaper than a babysitter, she said. We are guaranteeing that the kids will come out of here with stretch canvas ready to be framed. These are not craft classes, these are fine arts classes. We will teaching the kids how to look at fine art and learn how to appreciate it.
For more information, contact The Gallery Group and Art Studio at 786-0057 or visit
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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