The Brass Band buzz is winding down today, and it’s time to start thinking about summer activities. The Community Arts Center is bringing back a popular camp.
Arts Exploration Camp is back this year and will offer hands-on arts activities for children going into second through fifth grades in the fall. Participants will be led by artists, staff and volunteers to engage them artistically for an entire week.
Kids can expect a fun, messy time — so they should dress accordingly. Activities will include creativity-sparking things like T-shirt painting, making blueprints on cloth, paper mache and a banner for next year’s camp. Participants will be amazed with the artistic skills they can develop with a little guidance.
In addition to visual arts, theater and drama games will engage students, and a writing activity will have them creating their own mental art to share with others.
A new portion of arts camp this year is introduction to dulcimers — thanks to a grant procured by Executive Director Mary Beth Touchstone through the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels. Twenty-five beginner dulcimers with instrumental booklets were received due to the grant. Children will be able to pick out some tunes with some instruction.
The dulcimers are a part of a new program, still in the development stages.
Arts Exploration Camp is offered 1-4 p.m. July 9-13 for children entering second through fifth grades. Register online, or stop by the Community Arts Center’s front desk to pick up registration forms.
Summer is for dancing
Our new dance class teacher is ready to show students how to float away on the dance floor with Beginning Ballroom Dance. Wesley Bratcher has been dancing for more than 15 years, and will show students the basics of Latin and swing dancing. Bratcher says students can expect to dance for 45-50 minutes and learn new dance steps during each class, as well as review previously learned steps.
Bratcher will teach Latin and swing moves, and invites singles to participate as well as couples.
“Those who want to take the class without a partner will be matched up with others each class period,” Bratcher said.
As summer weather hits us, it’s a perfect time to take a sunny stroll down the block to the Arts Center.
“Gardenshapes,” by Kathleen O’Brien, and “Carvings and Quilts,” by Bob Gibson and Brenda Plaster, will be showcased through July 27.
O’Brien’s delicate and mysterious mixed-media collages open viewers’ eyes to non-traditional art, yet keep close to the natural properties of the Earth. Using elements such as copper leaf, mica and botanicals with watercolor and ink create soft yet outspoken illusions against exotic, handmade papers. Everyone from nature- to art-lovers will find a connection to O’Brien’s work.
“Carvings and Quilts” has visitors amazed with Gibson and Plaster’s attention to detail. Gibson spends an average of 200 hours carving each decorative decoy, and the intricacy of his wood burning tricks the eye to see actual feathers on each work of art.
Paired wonderfully with each handmade, traditional quilt by Plaster, this exhibit is a must-see. Plaster’s quilts reflect her unbelievable skills as not only a quilter but a pattern-design artist as well. She also designs traditional patterns for quilting magazines, retailers and supply stores.
- Lunch with the Arts will feature Conrad Shiba performing folk music noon-1 p.m. June 20. Read more about Shiba in next week’s Accent section.
- Starry Night Studio will feature “When Life Gives You Lemons,” 7-9 p.m. June 19; and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” 7-9 p.m. June 28. This is a Thursday night, different from the normal Tuesday studios. To register for any of these offerings, visit www.communityartscenter.net.
SO YOU KNOW
Lisi’s Art Lab is open throughout summer for those afternoons when kids need a change of scenery. Craft projects and puppet shows will keep them entertained with adult supervision. The lab is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.