Paint, plant, create with the Jersey County Arts Council


JERSEYVILLE — The Jersey County Arts Council (JCAC) has released its most recent course offerings.

JCAC recently created a miniature resurrection garden, brought to life by horticulturist Rhonda Allen. The class was extremely popular and each participant won a lovely tabletop presentation, just in time for the Easter celebrations.

Earlier in the week, a children’s class, led by Joan and Meredith Dougherty, decorated clay pots with thumbprints. They will meet with Jersey High FFA students to visit their greenhouse and plant flowers in their newly decorated spring pots.

The current schedule of courses and events is shown below.

Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Do you like to hike through fields and creek beds to search for arrowheads and other interesting artifacts? Join local artifact hunter Josh Soehnlin for a Q&A on the thrill of the hunt and the art of discovery. Feel free to bring your own pieces to evaluate and share with other Native American enthusiasts. All ages are welcome to attend this free session.

Thursday, April 21, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
If you liked Trudy Cairn’s first dot painting course, here’s another free opportunity. During this session, from 7 years old, decorate a mandala of butterflies using various everyday tools.

Friday, April 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Local artist Darla Cavins will guide participants in transforming newspaper, cardboard, lime and other materials to create a ‘Hanging the Laundry’ multimedia collage. The course is free and open to everyone from 14 years old.

Saturday April 23, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
In honor of Earth Day, join the NASA Space Place Art Challenge. A variety of materials will be provided for children to create artwork about their vision of Earth in the future. Some completed work may be selected by NASA for display on their website. Sherry Droste will lead this free class for children ages 6-12.

Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The third class in the dot art painting series will again be led by local artist Trudy Cairns. Children ages 7 and up will use everyday objects to create a bee. There are two more courses coming in this free series.

Other upcoming courses and events
• Clay bead making with Jerseyville jewelry artist Robin Soehnlin
• Cinco de Mayo party for children
• Wet-on-Wet Acrylic Landscape Painting with Skilled Painter Julie Wock
• Auditions for a community children’s choir
• Open House and Art Exhibit at Jerseyville First Presbyterian Church

Unless otherwise specified, all classes are held in the basement of the Jerseyville First Presbyterian Church.

Registration is compulsory and there is a maximum number of registrations. To register, visit the arts council’s Facebook page at [email protected] Use the online registration forms displayed under each Event tab. Anyone interested can also email an entry to [email protected]

For questions or additional information, call 618-639-5232.


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