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Southern Heartland Art Guild offering series of workshops

COVINGTON — A member of the Southern Heartland Art Guild, local artist Ann Wildmon wants the community to know that if they’ve got an interest in art, the guild is the place for them. Wildmon is organizing a series of upcoming weekend workshops at the guild, open to those interested in art on all levels, not just those who consider themselves artists.

Wildmon said the goal is to get folks through the guild doors, located at 1132 Monticello St., at the corner of Monticello and Washington streets on the Square in Covington.

“We’re trying to get people in the gallery. We’ve been here for 10 years and people still don’t know we’re here,” said Wildom. The guild is a nonprofit cooperative of artists, which offers a gallery space for the participating artists to sell their work, and art classes which are open to the public.

Wildmon kicks off the workshops on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. with a Paint Along in which class members each paint a tulip with instruction from Wildmon.

Proceeds from the class, which is $35 per pupil and includes all supplies, benefit the family of Tyler Head, a Covington teen injured during a wrestling match in December. Head and his family are currently traveling into Atlanta regularly to visit the Shepherd Spinal Center for therapy and Wildmon intends to purchase gas cards for the family.

“We hope to get them through a month or two,” said Wildmon, who added that there are still plenty of spots available for the class.

Other workshops include: Beginning Cartooning with Glen Dyer, on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Oil Portrait Sepia Underpainting, a process in which a brown paint is applied and other colors are pulled from the brown, with Ann Wildmon on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Multi-media Painting, in which different thicknesses of paint are used to make a work more three-dimensional, with Elise Hammond on Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fall offerings include: Multi-media Collage Basics, which uses stamping, photographs, and various paper types and treatments, with Susan Adams on Sept. 7; Color Pencil Basics, with Linda Pflug on Sept. 14; Scrapbook Journaling on Sept. 21; Photography with Phyllis Burchett on Sept. 28; and Calligraphy 101 with Ann Wildmon on Oct. 15.

Those interested may also attend Coffee with the Masters, a video lecture series on Saturdays in August from 9 to 10 a.m. at the gallery. The video series highlights great painters and artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn and Nicolas Poussin.

Wildmon said she also hopes to set up more workshops, some geared toward children and others focused on holiday crafts.

“I’m not being paid to be the workshop director. I’m just trying to get people in there,” said Wildmon.

To learn more, visit www.artincov.com.