SPRINGHILL – Stacy’s Art Studio on Main Street opened its doors to the public Saturday, Feb. 27.

The North Webster High School Book and Art Club members read a story to the children and had paint time with them, in which they designed their own planets.

Sanders says she was thrilled to see parents sitting down and painting with their children during the open house. For about 30 minutes, they turned into children again themselves, and got to share that experience with their families.

The studio is happy to offer this service each month on the last Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for free family story/painting time. This service is offered at no charge in partnership with Cultural Crossroads and NWHS Art and Book Clubs.

Cultural Crossroads Executive Director Chris Broussard says she thinks the studio will be great for the community.

“So many people now are recognizing the value of the arts, especially for their children,” she said. “We have gone too long without it and we have suffered for it. The critical thinking skills associated with the arts is a necessity we have realized has been missing in our educational system, because we took the arts out except for a proclaimed few.”

Art classes began this week for ages five to adult. In addition, Sanders will be offering a family-friendly monthly paint party on the second Saturday night of each month.

The first paint party will be March 12. The painting will be of a swirling cross on a peaceful blue background.
Sanders says she chose this design as the first paint party in order to honor God, whom she feels gave her a talent for drawing, painting and teaching.

“He made it possible for me to raise a child and provide a living doing something that I love,” Sanders said. “Now, He has made this studio possible. This is a God thing for me even more than it is an art thing. I want to give Him that credit and that glory by having the first paint party in His honor. The cross seems to be a perfect way to do that.”

Private parties can be booked upon request.

The studio has a gallery wall that displays the artwork of adults, teens and young children. New artwork will also be hanging in the gallery on the last Saturday of each month.

For more information about classes, parties, displaying your artwork in the gallery or making donations, stop by the studio after school or call 870-949-0269.

Stacy’s Art Studio is located at 227 North Main Street, directly across from Springhill Art League.

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