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Artfully Aging 2023

Artfully Aging

July 20, 2023 1-4PM

WEST PLAINS, MO – Ozark Action, Inc. (OAI), the West Plains Arts Alliance, Howell County Health Department, and MU Extension are partnering to bring a day of arts experiences to West Plains! The event will be held Thursday, July 20, 2023, 1-4PM in the Community Room at the MU Extension offices, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd. in East Towne Village, West Plains, MO.

Attendees aged 60+ will have an opportunity to enjoy special hands-on art activities from a variety of local artists, enjoy refreshments catered by Sole Café, food demonstrations, and receive important updates on benefits provided in some specific Medicare/Medicaid programs.

Arts Alliance members will share information on their upcoming events as well as information about the “Party in the Path” West Plains Eclipse celebration planned for April 5-8, 2024. Door prizes will be awarded, including a gift basket from Country at Heart, t-shirts from Explore West Plains, and Chamber gift certificates from the West Plains Chamber of Commerce.

Howell County Health Department will provide an activity, as well as have their new mobile unit open for tours. Vaccinations will also be available that day.

MU Extension – Stephanie and Hilary will provide a cooking demo or food demo with samples.

Featured artists and their projects include:

Cleo Cockrum and Naomi Saunders – Introduction to the mountain dulcimer. Participants will learn a couple of traditional songs and basic strumming techniques on the mountain dulcimer. Practice instruments will be provided by WPCA.

Lee Copen – Accomplished watercolor artist Lee Copen will guide participants through a simple watercolor painting on bookmarks or greeting cards.

Kathy Davis – Hand-loom baby hats – If you have a grand baby coming in the fall or like to donate to those in need, this class is for you. We will be making a simple loom knit baby hat and adding pompom if time permits. It is a fun and easy project, and you will probably get addicted. I once made 100 baby hats while healing from surgery.

Terry Hampton – Calligraphy literally means “beautiful writing,” and there are many styles of decorative writing throughout the world that fall into this category. The one that I have used most in my own projects over the years is a lettering called “Chancery Italic Hand.” It is simple yet elegant and the basics are fairly easy to learn. I’ll lead attendees in some simple practice pen strokes to help them catch on to the technique, and then we’ll write a short phrase as a take-home project, and everyone can also pen their name in Chancery.

Dawn King – Quilling is the art of rolling, bending, and creasing narrow strips of paper into coils and scrolls. The shapes are assembled into two- and three- dimensional decorative designs. Try your hand at manipulating paper and soon you will be “on a roll” when you start assembling your quilled shapes into intricate designs.

Barbara Robinette – Area watercolor artist Barbara Robinette will teach how to make your own handmade note cards. Her experience is with 5 X 7” notecards on 140 lb. watercolor paper.  Most of her cards are of flowers/plants in vases and trees/leaves, either drawn with pen and ink and filled in with watercolor or painted freestyle in watercolor.

Tara Shahan – Make a hand-painted alcohol ink ornament as a gorgeous addition to your Christmas tree or give as a gift!  Beautifully designed glass ornaments; no two are exactly alike! These unique ornaments make great gifts, perfect for teachers, a hostess gift, a Secret Santa gift and more! Multiple colors, shades, saturations and metallics are used in the design of each ornament to create different effects: marbling, melting, crackling, pitting, swirls, etc. 

Dolores Winkler – Art on material with Derwent Inktense Pencils. Beautiful ink made in a pencil form that can be used on watercolor paper, clothes, material, tennis shoes, canvas, and many more items.  Permanent color. Bright beautiful colors.  Mix with water, aloe gel, or textile medium.   Great for quilters who want to decorate tea towels, make a pillow, or use in a quilt.  A beautiful medium and so versatile.  I like to use fine line pens for details.

For more information about the event, contact Kay Mead at OAI or Paula Speraneo at

This material has been created or produced by CLAIM with financial assistance, in whole or in part, through a grant from the Administration for Community Living. Funding is administered through the Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance, and service is provided by Missouri Connections for Health, a non-profit organization.