No one is ever too old to dive into their creativity. This seemed to be a theme of the Holland Area Arts Council’s newest edition, The Studio. Walking in, the first thing I noticed, other than the multitude of activities and options, was the amount of joy and playfulness that filled the entire room -- and not just from little kids.
The Studio includes a “Pond Life” photo wall by Mary Sundstrom, a puppet theatre, Texture Wall, made specially for the studio by Doug Lowe, Our Spinning Toys by James Cogswell, a Zen Wall, Squeegee wall, and Owl in Flight by Jessica Bohus.
At the grand opening of The Studio, Pat Williams mentioned her thoughts on the whole project. “I think that it is just a marvelous opportunity for the kids to express themselves. They are not worrying about getting dirty, and they can just enjoy themselves. Children of all ages can enjoy this!”
At the opening, not only were kids playing with the activities, but adults were getting their “hands dirty,” enjoying the many crafts that were available and playing with their kids.
I ran into a young girl named Ella Johnson who was there with her family, and she excitedly exclaimed that she loved spending time here and wanted to come back every day.
The opening of The Studio began with an opening reception followed by the grand opening day, in which at both snacks and refreshments were served and many people came excited and anticipating all that the new studio has to offer!
When the Holland Area Arts Council was just beginning, -- before we even had a building -- the organization leaders started a newsletter called Artline. In the spirit of our rich history, the Arts Council's new blog is titled Artline.