OLAH holds activities and classes in newly renovated studio

EVART — The Osceola League for Arts and Humanities kicks off its latest program of classes and activities in the Evart studio following a period of extensive interior remodeling, painting and decorating.

The newly renovated premises feature an administrative office, open classroom space for instruction and workshops, space for painting quilt blocks for barns, studio area for pottery wheels, refurbished lapidary room, redesigned gift shop displays and a colorful mural painted by Sue Edwards, league secretary.

The league has announced a full program of activities for the spring and summer.

To encourage area residents to visit the studio, tour the updated facility and mingle with artists, the league is sponsoring monthly coffee club social hours. Visitors are encouraged to bring a project and get tips and ideas from league members. The first coffee hours are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, and Saturday, May 21. There is no admission charge.

In a series of four presentations and rock tumbling demonstrations, lapidary artisan Doug Spencer will describe the various steps in cutting and polishing stone. The sessions are from 1 to 3 p.m. every Saturday in May, beginning May 7. There is a $5 fee per session.

“I like working with stones and polishing rocks,” said Deborah Pifer from McBain. “One of the main reasons I come to OLAH is to learn about using rocks in art and maybe learn to make jewelry.”

League member Mary Brininstool will demonstrate how to make beautiful homemade paper using a recipe of recycled paper scraps and other ingredients. The class is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. There is no charge.

Each month, classes in various arts and crafts will be held. First in the series is “How to Make T-Shirt Yarn,” also taught by Brininstool. For details about the monthly classes and fees, call the league studio at (231) 734-9900.

“We’re excited about all the great improvements we’ve been able to make to the studio,” said Pat Ermatinger, league board member. “The remodeling will really let us use our space better for the gift shop and putting on our lessons and workshops. We hope to show how important art is and help people channel their creativity through workshops and classes in a lot of arts and crafts.”

The Osceola League for Arts and Humanities is a nonprofit group created to promote and support artists, artisans and craftsmen in the greater Osceola County area. The league studio is a venue for members to exhibit and sell handmade items and to sponsor a variety of activities and classes of interest to the creative community.

The league studio and gift shop are located at 207 N. Main St. in Evart. For further information, call (231) 734-9900.