The Pine Bluff Art League will meet from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave.
The session will feature a demonstration by artist Sherry Lee on quilling, an ancient art form that has become a new art interest in the last decade.
“Quilling has been around since before the Renaissance, and was an art form that Queen Elizabeth I enjoyed, according to history. Basically it is the shaping and coiling of narrow strips of paper to create a design. Nuns in the 1500’s made these filigree ornaments to adorn manuscripts, and some remain intact today,” according to a news release.
Modern quillers make designs of flowers, butterflies, animals, even snowflake earrings, according to Lee.
“It is one of the easiest art forms to learn,” she said. “I have taught young schoolchildren in the classroom and several church groups. I recently taught classes in my home for both children and adults.”
For her demonstration for the Art League, Lee will show the different types of tools used in the art.
“Quilling is one of the least expensive arts to take up,” she said. “The tools are cheap, and there is an abundance of various papers available.”
“The early quillers used porcupine quills, thus the name,” she added. “I will bring a variety of my designs and allow people attending to try their hand at the work. Once you see how to do it, you may be hooked,” she added.
Visitors are welcomed always, according to club president Vickie Coleman.
“This is a program that will show potential artists they can be successful, if they give themselves a chance,” a spokesman said.
Program chair Gerry Delongchamp is extending a personal invitation to the community to attend Sunday’s demonstration.
“We have so many examples of art from our fellow Pine Bluffians that we at the art league believe any visitor will enjoy a tour of the gallery in the Reynolds Building. Few cities have such a venue for its artists, and our fellow artists across the state comment on how lucky we are,” she said.
The drawing class by Linda Lewis has been moved to Saturday, Feb. 17, beginning at 9 a.m.
“This is a chance for beginning artists to learn the basics of drawing,” Coleman said. “Linda is one of the finest teachers of drawing around,” she added. “I can speak from personal experience. I studied with Linda for years and credit her with much of what I have learned about art.”
The cost of the workshop is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.
Visitors to the meeting Sunday are reminded to use the back entrance to easily access the meeting room. Refreshments will be served.