New Year’s Resolution; add fun and friendship to our community!
By QCC Interim Executive Director
Do you have a creative skill to share? Join the Questa Creative Council’s growing roster of workshop leaders and help grow their Art-for-All project.
This popular project took a hiatus during COVID but returned in the spring and summer of 2022. Multi-day sessions in weaving, poetry, and creative painting started the resurrection. Now the QCC is seeking to add more offerings to the calendar.
Local creatives in any artform or craft skill, from quilting to cuisine, writing to figure drawing, are welcome. The workshops are held in the Questa Youth and Family Center, next to the public library on Municipal Park Rd. Monday to Friday. Weekend sessions have also worked in the past.
In addition, the QCC non-profit has a budget to cover a small honorarium for workshop leaders, and a small allowance for materials. With such a variety of topics at hand, each workshop may have different needs and the creative council team is there to sort out the details that will guarantee your success in the community and in sharing your passions.
The QCC depends on workshop leaders to establish that there is interest in their topic and to do active outreach in recruiting attendees: workshops must have at least four attendees to be a “go.” Once approved, talented publicity members of the QCC will help you draft a professional flyer and guide you in doing your part to publicize your workshop. The summer months are the most successful, reaching local youth, adults, and visitors (except for May, when graduation festivities seem to take over free time).
Workshops and classes are generally offered to all ages, with children under 12 requiring an adult chaperone. Individual exceptions to this can be discussed.
While the Questa Creative Council would not turn anyone away from taking part, they do ask for at least a $10 attendance fee (the lowest membership level), with further donations being VERY much appreciated!
We know there are some wonderful creatives in our community already taking part in the annual Questa Studio Art Tour, and others not yet on our radar. Plus, there are some very personable people out there who would be such fun to get covered in clay or paint with! Whether you are young yourself, or a newly retired teacher, this could be a great way for you to serve your community. So, email or phone the creative council team to discuss your ideas and your skills and become part of this exciting project.
Find out more about the creative council at QuestaCreative.org, (575) 586-5658; QuestaCreativeCouncil@gmail.com.
Creativity Lives On
By PEGGY TRIGG
The Questa Creative Council would like to thank the community for helping us raise over $1000 for our annual Art Kits for Kids Fund Drive. With your help we bought all sorts of materials including watercolor and acrylic paints, brushes, pencil sets, drawing and watercolor paper, sketch books, collage papers and fabric. Children from our community picked up their free art materials at the Questa Public Library between Dec. 19 and 22, just in time for Christmas! We are proud of another successful endeavor that will help the children in our community explore their creative side and have fun! What’s better than making things and solving problems through creativity?
Expressions of Love at Questa Public Library
By PEGGY TRIGG
Share the Love! Join us in spreading love throughout our community. Have your special “Expression of Love” Valentine’s Day card displayed at the Questa Public Library as part of our “Expression of Love” poetry display during the month of February.
This year the library will celebrate love and kindness by featuring local, handmade cards that share that theme in a heartfelt poem. We are calling on each of our community members to join us with a card featuring your favorite poem or one that you have created to “Share the Love.” We will be accepting cards the last week of January for this special display.
The requirements are simple: All cards must be completely handmade with a Valentine’s theme. Cards must contain an all-aged appropriate poem and may be made of lightweight materials of your choice. The size of the card cannot be larger than 8” x 10.” If you are sharing a published poem, please cite the author.
Cards made by both adults and children will be accepted. The card can be dedicated to someone or something, or not. It can also be signed or anonymous. All cards will be read before displaying to check for appropriate content. Overly racy cards will not be hung.
Got some love to share? Share it with your community. Make yourself happier as well as others. Join us by bringing your “Expression of Love” card into the library by the end of January to be part of this wonderful February display!
If you have questions, please call the library at (575) 586-2023.