Friday, December 27, 2019

Art is for Everyone, and the Arlington Public Library is offering a free art series this spring. Each month, a different local artist will present an exhibit of their work and offer free classes to the public. All classes meet in the Maker Space at the Downtown Library, and registration is not required to attend.

Five local artists were chosen from more than 100 applications received in 2019. Each artist will work in residence for a month at the Downtown Library, displaying their work and providing free classes. Residents are invited to meet each artist at a special artist’s reception each month.

Classes are free and are open to everyone, especially beginners! Online registration is not required, but classes are first come, first served. We recommend arriving up to thirty minutes before class starts to sign up for a seat.

Click here to learn more about the artists and see the full schedule of classes. 

  • January: Tschaner Sefas, offering paper, beadwork, and recycled materials classes
  • February: Alli Rogers, offering a sensory, community art installation
  • March: Sumbal Mushtaq, offering mix-media and traditional painting classes
  • April: Sara Easter, offering photography workshops
  • May: Bill O’Rly, offering contemporary and mindful workshops

Don’t miss the array of disciplines and techniques on display. All materials will be provided and no special art skills are necessary.

“This project will strengthen the creative capacity of our community by allowing anyone to learn to express themselves through art,” says Library Services Manager Melissa Jeffrey. “We’re excited to bring more arts events and education to Arlington.”

The creativity doesn’t stop when classes are over. Everyone is invited to celebrate this series with a Gallery Exhibition in June! Beginning May 1, drop off one piece of art to be displayed at the Downtown Library. All class participants are invited to show their work in this final exhibition. Click here to learn more about the gallery.

This series is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts