By Candace Butler
Wow, can you believe it is March of 2017? It just seems like time flies faster and faster each year. Well the Ava Art Guild is ready for another year of art, art shows, kid’s camp and all the other stuff that goes on there. The Guild is winding up to have another very busy and productive year. The guild has been operating in Ava for over 37 years and it is not slowing down anytime soon.
The Ava Art Guild holds art workshops from March to November on the second Saturday each month. A different artist and different types of art are presented each month. These are hands on, do it along with everyone, take it home at the end, workshops.
The workshops are open to everyone and are presented so non-artists through professionals can enjoy and be successful in the projects.
This month on Saturday, March 11, attendees will paint an eagle bust in acrylic. It is a fun technique with realistic details in the face and impressionistic feathers. Sounds complicated but it should be fun and a great way to get back into the swing of our workshops.
Workshops are free and all supplies are provided by the Art Guild, so, you have no excuse; you are welcome and it does not cost anything.
A few of the past workshops have been macrame, jewelry, Christmas ornaments of polymer clay and pottery mugs with many more interesting and fun workshops coming this year. Social time (goodies and chatting with friends and meeting new ones) starts at 1 p.m., business meeting at 1:30 and workshop begins at 2 p.m..
The Art Guild also has a Gallery, with art to browse and unique handmade gifts for sale, that will open for the season on March 11, and is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is run by volunteers as this is an all volunteer organization. The Gallery is located at 303 E. Washington Ave., right across from the Douglas County Herald office, one block off the square, with the beautiful mural on the side painted by Rita Fancher.
AAG also holds two art shows a year in the spring and fall. The spring show’s deadline will be Memorial Day, May 29, at 4 p.m. All types are art are accepted with a very low entry fee. There will be monetary prizes and ribbons. Categories for beginners through advanced and junior (under 18). More information will be available in the Douglas County Herald and online at avaartguild.org.
Membership is available but not required to attend events and workshops. The membership helps support the workshops and general expenses of the AAG. Adult membership is $10 a year and junior membership is $5 a year.
For more information on workshops, art shows and much more you can connect with us at [email protected], avaartguild.org, via phone by calling Caryl Stillings 683-1129 and follow us on Facebook.