udy Mills and granddaughters Ruby and Bailey Mills get a lesson on making pins and magnets from Kathy Barrett, right, during an arts and crafts workshop at the civic center. Photo by Karen Lovett, KP News

On May 3, Two Waters Arts Alliance hosted a “Spring Splash” Arts & Crafts workshop in lieu of the Spring Fling Art Show. Nine artists had been planning for months to present a “get down and dirty day” of playing with art.

It proved to be a popular way to spend an afternoon as artists stationed around the room assisted budding students with supplies and an opportunity to experiment with various art techniques.

Local artist Tweed Meyer demonstrated figure drawing as a model posed for Meyer and others willing to try their hand at portrait sketching. Those who preferred to paint still life were provided with a vase of flowers as a subject.

“We wanted to bring the arts for people to play with hands-on art,” Meyer said.

Laura Mosley showed her skill in Chinese brush painting. She has been teaching in the area since 1997, one of the first teachers with Two Waters. She studied for 12 years in Los Angeles with master Ning Yeh and other painters he trained to become teachers.

Art was everywhere. Patty Finnegan was working a paper-art station where she showed paper marbling. She used thinned acrylics, dropped and swirled in carrageenan (a derivative of seaweed) to create many beautiful designs.

Kathy Bauer had plenty of dominos to make game-piece jewelry. Boxes of pictures, foam flowers and lady bugs, bits of fabric, colored foil and other various assorted odds and ends covered a table so users could make collage note cards and learn about harmony and texture from Margo Macdonald.

For three hours, the Key Peninsula Civic Center was abuzz with color and joy. Smiling children, senior citizens and ages in-between clutched creations and purchases from the art boutique that included paintings, jewelry, clay magnets, stained glass, collage cards, drawings and paste paper booklets — just in time for Mother’s Day.

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