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The Creative at Klondike “Winter Lights” Exhibits

The Creative at Klondike is a collaboration between Four Rivers Arts Council, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and St. Charles County Parks and Recreation. This creative arts center offers gallery space and curated exhibitions; artist studios; artist residencies; studio workshops for photography, ceramics and fiber arts; community art and nature programs; art-focused professional development opportunities; and programs to support a thriving arts community.

The goal is to provide a creative space for the arts, artists, and community to build a culture of creative and inspired thought through art, creative processes, and experiences. The meeting facility at Klondike park was underutilized, so it was the perfect spot to promote the greater Augusta area as a significant arts and cultural destination. As they expand their presence in the market, they hope to attract unique or fresh talent for special events that contribute to community engagement and tourism. The Creative is located in Klondike Park, 4600 Highway 94 W, Augusta.

On January 27 and 28, they held their first installation, “Winter Lights,” a nighttime winter light exhibits both indoors and out. The “Winter Lights” was inspired and created by Kim Buxell Alsop and accompanied by musician Tim Kampen. Inside was a beautiful winter display, a kids' craft corner, an ice sculpture, and works by other artists.

Friday was a beautiful night for a lighted hike, with the cliffs lit in changing colors and a giant snowflake sculpture as you made your way around the path.

Teri Moore, the executive director, presented Kim with a beautiful bouquet of roses. Teri thanked Kim for all of her and her husband John’s hard work the past week to make the Winter Lights Installation a great success.

Kim expressed, “This was all made possible by everyone who volunteered, attended, and the artists for displaying their work. The Creative is a community center that has already served its purpose by bringing people together. When I see the community excited, it really motivates me. Thank you for coming, and have fun.” In her closing comments, Teri Moore reminded everyone, “Participation from the community is the only way for The Creative to be successful; the community will need to participate, donate, volunteer and be involved.”

The Creative officially opens on April 1 and will eventually include The Creative Café, a camp store, a family art and nature workshop space, self-guided interactive stations, working studios, homeschool workshops and much more.

Be the first to learn at The Creative at Klondike before they officially open their doors in April. Many of you paint, draw, or sculpt with materials you enjoy, like acrylic, charcoal, fabric or from many choices available!

This six-week learning experience will focus on how and why art has been created globally through a brief exploration of the late nineteenth to early twentieth-century art from the Impressionists to Contemporary times.
You will be introduced to several mediums, but choose your favorite to make at least three works in the medium of your choice. At the end of the sessions, everyone’s favorite pieces will be displayed for the opening of the Creative at Klondike. The class is six, three-hour long sessions, either from 2 to 5 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. every Thur. from Feb. 9 to March 16. The cost for the six sessions is a non-refundable registration fee of $10 and a $125 instructor/materials fee. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more details and updates, visit Facebook@Four Rivers Arts Council.


Ice Sculpture by Dave Van Camp
of Ice Visions.


The indoor winter display created by Kim Buxell Alsop.


Local Artists Work on Display at the Creative (3 pictures below.)




Tim Kampen playing during the Winter Lights Exhibit.


The cliffs at Klondike Park lit in changing colors with The Creative Center in the background. 


The snowflake sculpture on the lighted hike at Klondike.

Right (L-R): Cassie Grey, Bailey Kitchell, Rebecca Mayer, Kim Buxell Alsop,
Eric Ferguson, Teri Moore, Cis Kaiser and Snow Queens - Anastazia Alsop and Abi Watson.