Families find art-tastic activities close to home

From pottery to screen printing, people are getting in touch with their artistic side at the Quincy Art Center.

The Quincy Art Center is attracting more people to its doors these days.

Part of the influx is due to Fall classes slated to kick off in the coming weeks. Click here to view a complete guide to classes for Fall 2013.

From pottery to screen printing, people are getting in touch with their artistic side at the Quincy Art Center.

The 'Paint Your Own Pottery' class kicked off this Spring and has been growing every since. Now it's a monthly class for all ages on Saturdays. Click here to watch more about the 'Paint Your Own Pottery' class from KHQA This Morning.

"This is a cool family thing because all ages can do this," Jennifer Teter, Director of Education said. "It doesn't take any special talent and they're all food safe glazes."

Becky Hoskins is a teacher at the Quincy Art Center. We caught up with her at another popular class teaching students to screen print and stamp aprons. She says its art with a twist on a Friday night. It's called "Cocktails and Crafts".

"I was looking for a way to get with friends and be creative; but in a setting that wasn't so stressful," Hoskins said. "I didn't want people to be concerned with being exactly perfect so I thought 'crafts and cocktails.'"

It's catching on.

"It gives you a chance to get away form the kiddos for a night for adult company, adult fun and adult conversation," Patricia Mahoney-Kuhn said. "And we're all doing something we really enjoy doing."

That enthusiasm is catching to folks like Donna Lukens - who got involved to stay tapped in to the art world - even though it's not what she does every day.

"I was an art major in school and I've been able to reconnect with that part of me," Donna Lukens said.

Click here to hear from other participants at the Quincy Art Center.

That's the word from everyone here. It's not the skill but the love of art that counts.

Artoberfest is coming up Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All activities will take place on the lawn of the Quincy Art Center at 1515 Jersey (one block off 16th and Maine).

All proceeds from this event will benefit Quincy Art Center TMs programs. Current Members of the Quincy Art Center who attend Artoberfest will receive a surprise gift as thanks for their support.

Enjoy these free 'Artivities':

Art Exhibit Scavenger HuntArt~Appetit! FundraiserFree Wine TastingPaint your own Raku Pottery and see it firedStage EntertainmentArt ExhibitsFood SalesFAMILY FUN!

Stage entertainment schedule:

11 - 11:45 a.m. Beth Heinze Dance11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. TBA12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Quincy Community Theater1:15 - 2 p.m. Cindy Vancil Dance2 - 2:45 Gem City Gymnastics

Click here for more information.

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