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Upcoming Events at Crossroads Art Council

The following events and classes will be held at the Crossroads Arts Council, 310 Pearce Blvd., Wentzville. Lower level. For more information and details, visit www.crossroadsartscouncil.org.
February will host the ninth annual “Spanning the Generations Art Show” which allows high school students through senior citizens to display their art. This is a non-juried show but will be judged. Cash awards and Honorable Mention ribbons will be given during the opening reception on Sunday, February 4. For more information, visit www.crossroadsartscouncil.org/event/spanning-the-generations-art-show-adults/. The March show is geared to younger students: 9th-12th grade. Please visit our website for details on the March student show www.crossroadsartscouncil.org/event/spanning-the-generations-art-show-youth/.

TRASH CAN DECORATING CONTEST
- Crossroads Arts Council, in partnership with Wentzville Parks and Recreation, is working to raise public awareness of litter in the local parks and community by sponsoring the annual Trash Can Decorating Contest. The goal is to highlight the parks and facilities offered to the public and the positive effects they have on the recreational activity of the community. The contest is open to students who live in Wentzville. The contest deadline is April 1. A total of 10 trash can artwork designs will be selected, and 5 of those winners will win a $25 prize. Each trash can will display two works of art (one prize winner and one runner-up). The art-clad trash cans will be placed in parks throughout Wentzville in the Summer of 2024. For details and application, visit www.crossroadsartscouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/TrashCanEntryForm2024.pdf.

Calling All Fiber Fanatics - Wednesday, February 7
, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Join the Sit and Sew Group - felting, applique, embroidery, rug hooking, and all needle artists; this group is for you! Bring along a project and join others and enjoy sharing designs, techniques, and plenty of lively conversations. Questions & RSVP (not required, but appreciated) - contact Laurie Sirtak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 314-614-5211.

Abstract Watercolor Flowers - Feb. 12,
from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $35 per person, and there will be a limit of 8 students. Let gravity define your whimsical flowers, and then use markers to create details. You will create four small paintings. All supplies are provided, including one frame. Contact Nancy Jackson by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Junk Journal Junkies - Monthly Class - February 14,
from 1 to 3 p.m. Make 2 Personal Valentine Cards and 4 Small Tags. The cost is $15, class size limited to 8. Register by February 10 to Nancy Calvert, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 314-808-8164.

Spring Tulips Needle Felting Class - February 17
, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $50 and includes all materials: Wool background & roving, felting needles, foam work block and picture frame. Class size is limited to 6 students. Don't get a case of the winter blahs …. Think spring and create a wonderful needle-felted tulip bouquet. This beginner's class will teach you the basics of dry needle felting to create a wonderful, dimensional scene. Contact Laurie Sirtak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 314-614-5211 to register or for more information.

Watercolor Using Neutral Colors with Linda Wilmes - February 24
, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $55 per person and 9 students maximum. The class will be using diluted neutralized colors, using wet into wet, pulling colors, glazing, and dry brush techniques. Pre-sketched image and all supplies are included. Contact Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or for questions.
Paint like Bob! - Sunday, February 25, from 12 to 3 p.m. $10 Registration (Buys your canvas) and $50 Class fee. (Due at the start of class.) No experience is needed. All Supplies provided. Wet on wet® Oil Painting, Paint using the same techniques as Bob. You'll complete a Sunset Ocean 16×20 painting you can proudly display. Small class sizes are designed to give you personal guidance for each step. Register at www.crystalworthyart.com.