TCAC, TCFR promote creativity in nature


GRAFTON— Art is an ever-growing form of self-expression that Gallery 62 West, Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC) wants to share with the youths of the community.

In cooperation with Taylor County Family Resources (TCFR), the organization will be hosting a series of summer art programs geared for children ages five to 14. The series consists of six classes including the TCAC’s Annual Kid’s Art Camp.

The summer art series, Art in the Park, will afford participants the opportunity to express themselves and get in touch with their creative side, while creating a unique pieces of art work in nature.

The first event of the series is slated for June 4-5, at Tygart Lake Park Pavilion, however, due to high demand the class is full. But, there are still plenty of opportunities to divulge in your creative side with additional offerings from the TCAC.

This year, the organization’s annual camp will be held in correlation with the summer art programs, and is scheduled for June 28 through July 1.

The event is open to children ages 8-18, and will meet at the Shriner’s Pavilion for camp, where art campers will be creating a Greenman Sculpture and a Triptych Painting embellished with up-cycled plastic.

Following the conclusion of their camp, there will be two classes offered on July 10 at the Tygart Lake Park Pavilion. The event will be divided into two groups; middle/high school students, who will be painting on an up-cycled vinyl record, while adults will be plein air painting using their choice of oil or acrylic paints.

The fourth part of Art in the Park will have participants gathering at Castle Creek Playground Pavilion on July 17. This class is suitable for those ages five-15.

In addition, classes will be held on August 6, at the Anna Jarvis Elementary Pavilion, and on August 14 at the Pavilion located at West Taylor Elementary. This set of classes is also recommended for those five to 15 years old.

The projects for the last three events have yet to be determined, but are sure to awaken your creative spirit.

Materials, snacks and drinks are included for all of the aforementioned classes, and volunteers from the TCAC, TCFR and North Central West Virginia Community Action Association will be assisting the students in the creation of each project.

The TCAC asks that each child taking part pay a five dollar fee to attend each class, however, help is available in the form of sponsorships for families who are unable to do so. Anyone in need of fee assistance can notify a member when registering.

Art in the Park is an opportunity that shouldn’t be wasted and is very limited. Each class will only be accepting a total of 15 children. Be sure to call Gallery 62 West at 304-265-5500 today, to claim your spot on the summer art tour.

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