Creativity

Jewel of Downtown

New location brings new opportunities

The first class at the newly relocated Athens Arts Gallery is "Weaving Without a Loom" and  is June 9. There are two sessions to choose from — an afternoon session (1-3 p.m.) or an evening session (6-8 p.m.). Classes are open to anyone 14 years and older. The cost of $35 covers all materials and supplies.
The first class at the newly relocated Athens Arts Gallery is "Weaving Without a Loom" and is June 9. There are two sessions to choose from — an afternoon session (1-3 p.m.) or an evening session (6-8 p.m.). Classes are open to anyone 14 years and older. The cost of $35 covers all materials and supplies.
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For more than a decade Athens Arts has enriched the community by displaying the work of local artists, hosting nationwide and regional art shows and featuring individual guest artists’ work.

This “jewel of downtown,” as it often is called, brings visitors from near and far.

In honor of its move to a new location, Athens Arts is offering new opportunities to the community. To accompany the unveiling of Athens Arts’ new home at 216 E. Main St. in June, the gallery staff and board is offering a feast of art opportunities all hosted in the new building (the former location of Four Seasons Market).

“It’s really exciting to premier new activities in a new location,” said board member Ellie Dieckmeyer. “We’ll look at our community from a new vantage point in a new place. We’ll be teaching several new art mediums: students can learn to print with a Gelli plate or how to do block printing. How to get started with abstract art will be the subject of another class. As always, these classes are causal and fun and we invite everyone to come and ‘be part of Art.’”

The new Art on Thursdays series will take place the second Thursday of each month. The first class is June 9 and will be “Weaving without a Loom.” Participants will learn to weave a tapestry and will be able to take it home. There are two sessions to choose from — either an afternoon session (1-3 p.m.) or an evening session (6-8 p.m.). Classes are open to anyone 14 years and older. The cost of $35 covers all materials and supplies.

“Ask yourself if it’s time to get out and explore the world of the arts,” Dieckmeyer said. “Even science shows us that participating in art is good for our health — it’s the Vitamin C of creativity. Of course, learning new art skills is enjoyable and you can do it with friends.”

To reserve a spot for the June 9 class, or for more information, call Dieckmeyer at 317-919-0851.

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