Guest Article: Stop Gap Studio Offering Free Art Classes In Newaygo
By Regan Dykes
Stop-Gap Studio would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is interested in exploring art, but may not otherwise be able to afford it, to Open Studio sessions at Studio 37, downtown Newaygo. Currently there are two sessions available on Tuesday nights. Middle school and high school students are welcome from 6:15-7:15 and adults from 7:30-9:00.
The mission of Stop-Gap Studio is to facilitate expression and creativity by removing societal and economic barriers to artists. What I mean by this is...
... I want to provide a safe space for people to come and create, where a lack of money or resources is not an issue. I think that circumstances should not keep someone from being able to express themselves through art.
If you decide to attend, all you need to do is show up. All of the supplies will be provided! I will be starting off with supplies available for watercolor and acrylic painting ; pencil, colored pencil, pastel and charcoal drawing ; and some mixed media supplies as well. As the sessions progress and I see interest in other areas, I will try to meet the demands of the artist.
The sessions are an Open Studio, and while there will be no formal teaching, I will be available to assist in any way that I can.
I am very grateful to be partnering with Gabe Schillman of Studio 37. He has graciously opened up his space for this. I am also grateful to be partially funded by a grant from the Dillan Potter-Zimmerman Memorial Fund through the Fremont Area Community Foundation.
I hope that this outreach will honor the life of young Dillan Potter-Zimmerman by helping people find their creative potential!