‘Art Start’ is a new ministry at First United Methodist in Fredonia

Art Start is a new ministry offered at the First United Methodist Church in Fredonia. The program has a threefold purpose: creativity, therapy and mission. An open invitation is extended to anyone interested in exploring the visual and textural arts. No prior experience is necessary. All materials will be provided, and there is no financial cost to participate. Donations are being graciously accepted.

Beginning drawing class starts Aug. 18, and is held Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon through Sept. 15. There is no class scheduled for Labor Day. The class will be taught by Sharon Trask.

Sharon first learned textile arts at home, including sewing, embroidery, crochet and quilting. She earned a B.A. in art degree from SUNY Fredonia, including drawing, painting and clay sculpture in 1997. She is also a retired registered nurse. She sees the world filled with God’s art and has cultivated a spirit of thankfulness that she attempts to express in her art.

From Sept. 22 to Oct. 27, Ronnie Lafferty will introduce a six week watercolor class. Participants are free to bring and use their own supplies if they wish. No class will be held on Columbus Day.

Ronnie Lafferty is a retired school nurse. She has been painting for fifteen years. She has been teaching small group watercolor classes to adults and children for several years in her home and through JCC. She is a member of Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and Chautauqua County North Shores Arts Alliance. She paints “for pure joy” and considers both the ability and the passion as gifts from God that she loves to share.

Registration is necessary because of limited space and supplies. To sign up, contact Lafferty at 679-4918, or call or text her at 640-8199. You can also e-mail rlaff@netsync.net, or contact Mary Butcher in the church office at 679-1513.