Those on the hunt for some creative summer fun should plan to head to The Artery where classes will soon be in session.


Those on the hunt for some creative summer fun should plan to head to The Artery where classes will soon be in session.



Leslie Wentzell started her summer programs two years ago and has garnered strong interest from the local and tourist communities.



“I wanted to bring the availability to be creative to the community whether it’s kids or adults,” said Wentzell.



To meet the demand from summer visitors to the area, the majority of this year’s classes will be self-contained so that visitors can include their kids for a day, even if they’re just passing through.



Over the course of the next six weeks there will be plenty to do as Tuesday afternoons will play host to a three-hour art class for kids ages 11 and up.



A silk painting class will be hosted each Wednesday morning. During the nontraditional class, attendees will paint on a silk scarf and take the wearable art home the same day, making a one-of-a-kind souvenir.



Wentzell said, “One of the things I like to do is look at broader arts that we can bring to people.”



Kids aged six to 10 who have completed kindergarten can attend classes on Thursdays mornings. Each of the classes will explore a different theme and creative medium.



Plans are being developed for additional classes including a focus on acrylics and watercolor paints.



“I wanted to have a lot of things that people can drop in and do, especially on rainy days,” said Wentzell,



Classes will not be in session during the week of Fourth of July when the town will be participating in the Centennial Celebration, marking the 100th birthday of Port St. Joe.



Not forgetting the adults, Wentzell will host one to two classes a month focused on clay, pottery or painting.



On June 20 The Artery will host a “try it” class for clay to expose attendees to Wentzell’s favorite medium and let the curious “see what it’s all about.”



The completed pieces will be fired in the on-site kiln and Wentzell is able to ship completed clay works to any out-of-towners who may drop by.



The same day, a “Paint your own platter” class will allow budding artists to decorate an existing serving tray that will add a dash of personality and color to their next dinner party.



“I want to make the trip memorable and fun for visitors,” said Wentzell. “These classes are designed for people who want to have fun and try something new.”



The Artery is located at 214 Williams Avenue. For more information on summer classes, or to register a child, call 850-227-5741.