Pennyrile area residents may want to expand their horizons and their creativity with programs offered by the Hopkinsville Art Guild after being cooped up at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The guild is offering two different categories of classes for the 2020-21 season — Crafting After Hours and skill-development workshops.

Henrietta Kemp, guild president, said Crafting After Hours is “an opportunity for local residents to experience creating with more of a crafting focus than the fine arts.”

All Crafting After Hours events will be at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library community room, 1101 Bethel St.

Individuals must register for each class at or email Spaces are limited to the first 10 registrants.

Crafting After Hours classes are offered free to the public with the help of local primary sponsors, Planters Bank and Henderson Realty Investors and Mr. and Mrs. Randy Arnold, and about 40 other sponsors, Kemp said.

“It’s just a fun way to get to create things that are not complicated,” she said. “People like to experience the feeling of creating something and they get to take it home with them.”

Crafting After Hours

The first Crafting After Hours project will be hand lettering with Kim Mroch from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24.

“She is a very gifted artist,” Kemp said. “She creates lettering and journaling. This time will be decorating cookbook pages.”

Artist Anita Cummins will instruct participants in making fall garden flags during the second session. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15.

“The Tibetan origin of garden flags is to let your cares and troubles float in the wind,” Kemp said.

Just in time for the holidays, Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Brooke Jung will teach participants the art of cookie decorating.

“It will be a Thanksgiving theme for turkey day,” Kemp said. “Brooke is a talented young lady who creates some beautiful cookies. You get to make your own and take home with you.”

The class will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

Artist Betty Liles will help people learn how to make gift bags in the Bags and Tags session from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

“We’re going to use watercolor paper to make the bags,” Kemp said. “Before you make it into a bag, you’re going to paint a watercolor picture.”

Artist Teri Schultz will instruct participants on the art of suminagashi — a Japanese paper marbling process using sumi ink.

The class is slated for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18.

The final scheduled class at this time will be painting outdoor ornaments with artist Lynn Shepherd from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 10.

“We may be able to add some more (classes) in April and May,” Kemp said.

Skill-development WorkshopsThe guild’s skill-development workshops focus on painting and drawing for people who have more time spent in front of an easel.

“We will welcome a beginner, but most of these people will be experienced (artists),” Kemp said.

Painting with Tommy Fletcher will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 17 at Jeffers Bend Environmental Center, 1170 Metcalfe Lane.

Fletcher, of Paducah, is a retired chemistry teacher.

“He is a very creative Impressionist painter,” Kemp said. “He’s going to have us creating self portraits. Tommy will be using either oil or acrylic paint, so you’ll get to choose what medium you use.

Deadline to register for this session is Oct. 14.

Artist Betty Liles will be offering back-to-back workshops in November and February. The first is a drawing event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14.

“That will be using graphite and charcoal,” Kemp said.

Deadline to register is Nov. 10.

The second session with Liles will be watercolors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20.

“She has learned a new technique of painting watercolor on a board that is different,” Kemp said. “The paper is mounted before you paint it. With the process you don’t have to put the glass over the watercolor.”

Deadline to register is Feb. 13.

Cadiz artist Jeannie White presents a workshop on pastels from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13.

“She’s done several pastel workshops for us,” Kemp said. “She is a very talented artist.

Deadline to register is March 7.

The final workshop will be Watercolors with Leah Foote of Clarksville. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 10.

“She’ll be doing some abstract watercolor with us,” Kemp said.

Deadline to register is April 4.

These workshops are free for guild members with advance registration. Guild membership is $50 per year for adults and families and $15 per year for students.

Non-guild members pay $35 per workshop in advance. Supply fees are not included.

To register call Kemp at 270-886-3776 or email

“We just love to provide opportunities for the community to experience the visual arts,” Kemp said.

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