In Garden City in-person adult art classes have resumed at Garden City Art.
The Garden City Telegram’s Meghan Flynn reported on Monday the classes have been going on since August but not publicly advertised until now.
Flynn reported that Garden City Art wanted to make sure it could be done safely before announcing their plans. So far only two adult programs have resumed in-person — Blushing Artiste and Acrylic Pour.
To this we say, slow and steady wins the race, and it’s time for the rest of the state to brush up and get back to being creative.
If you can do it safely, get together and make art, Kansans.
We know how important art can be for building a sense of community and providing a creative outlet. It’s a stress relief. It’s a way to express yourself. It can be a way to mark the times or a cheap but heartfelt present to someone you care about. It’s something to do when you’ve watched all there is to see on that streaming service.
So why aren’t we making art all across the Sunflower State?
If you’ve never done it before maybe now is the time to start. Who knows you could be the next Birger Sandzen or John Steuart Curry. You won’t know until you try. Go ahead and pick up that brush. There’s no need to wait for others.
However, if you live in a community where there’s interest, why not? Surely in cities like Hutchinson, Salina, Hays, Wichita, Ottawa, Manhattan, Lawrence and Topeka, this can be done safely. It can probably be done in towns as small as Leon, Victoria, St. George and Alma. All you really need is a space, a teacher, supplies and a willingness to be creative.
Perhaps the local recreation commissions, art groups or community foundations can pitch in for the paint. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
If you’re wondering how to get started, maybe Garden City Art might even have some tips. It couldn’t hurt to call and ask. They seem to have it down to a science. According to Flynn’s reporting, everyone’s masked up and 6 feet apart, there’s an emphasis on cleaning and personal space, and walk-ins are only accepted if there’s room.
This seems very reasonable. Very doable elsewhere, too. Kudos to Garden City for showing us a template that could work great across the state to make some art. So let’s do it.