Talented local artisans will now offer “Happy Hours” classes at the Many Historic Depot Museum on the second, third and fourth Saturdays of the month. Students will participate in hands-on painting, crafts,and a newly added jewelry making class from 1 to 4 p.m.
Depot Art Guild President Shanna Dees Gaspard said, “We like our new name ‘Happy Hours’ classes because we all really enjoy the three hours on Saturday afternoons making something beautiful, visiting with our friends, and making new friends.”
Painting will continue to be taught by Kimberley Remedies on the
second Saturday of every month. The September class will be Sept. 9, and its theme will be “A Walk on the Beach”. It will feature a sandy beach with a small sea turtle walking across the beach to the ocean. Remedies has been teaching the popular class for more than a year. The fee for this class is $20. The number to call to reserve a place in the class is 337-424-6526.
Crafts on the third Saturday afternoon of each month will be taught by Gaspard, president of the Depot Art Guild. Sept.16 is the date of her first fall craft class. Students will be making fall pumpkins to use in autumn home decorations and for Halloween and Thanksgiving. The charge for this class is $20. People wanting to take the craft class should call 318-602-1614 to reserve a spot.
Talented jewelry designer Cheryl Pearsall will teach the newest class which will be jewelry making. Pearsall has been designing jewelry for 16 years, and her handmade one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry is featured at the Depot Art Gallery. The first jewelry making class will be on Sept. 23 and students will be making a brightly colored beaded bracelet. Fee for this class is $25. Students should call 727-534-1057 to reserve a place. They are urged to call early as this is expected to be an extremely popular class.
The “Happy Hours” classes are co-sponsored by the Town of Many Cultural District Advisory Committee and the Depot Art Guild. All teachers are members of the Depot Art Guild and enjoy sharing their talents with their enthusiastic students. Mayor Ken Freeman and the Town of Many are also sponsors of the popular Saturday afternoon classes.
The Cultural District Advisory Committee is planning to offer photography classes on the first Saturday of the month starting in January. “Fine photography is also an art, and we are delighted that photography classes may be offered starting early next year,” said Gaspard. “We are looking forward to offering some type of art class every Saturday afternoon of the month.”