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Family Art Studio event offered this summer

Are you looking for some low cost creative fun for your family this summer? Drop in on the Family Art Studio presented by the History Arts and Cultural Association in Perham. On four Wednesdays between June 10 and July 1, participate in fun "make and take" projects based on the work of great master artists. Each session takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the HACA Art and Events Gallery (in the same building as ITOW Veterans Museum), and no registration is necessary. Plan on about an hour to complete a project. The art events are timed to take place right after turtle races in downtown Perham.

Led by artist and former teacher Mary Jo Wentz, informal sessions connect participants to art through creative, hands-on projects that the whole family can participate in, grade school through adult.

• June 10: Draw a self-portrait Picasso style, finishing with color from oil pastels.

• June 17: Learn to paint with alcohol inks using different papers and straws to create abstract expressionist works of art in the style of Pollack and Kandinsky.

• June 24: Create a collage to state a thought, poetry, social statement, a study of artists Hannah Hoch and Nancy Spero.

• July 1: Create an enlarged flower drawing in black and paint using color values in the style of Georgia O'Keefe.

Each session is intended to apply artistic concepts, develop creative thinking and problem solving, foster sharing and interacting with different age levels and develop skills such of use of new tools and methods.

The HACA Art and Events Gallery is located at 805 W. Main, Perham.

Free will donations accepted for the Family Art Studio to defray material costs. Participants are also welcome to tour In Their Own Words Veterans Museum, which is located in the same building.

HACA is supported by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. For more information, please contact Darla Ellingson at (218) 346-7678 or