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The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is holding an open studio drawing session on Thursday, Feb. 28.
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In the past, the museum held similar events for elementary school and middle school students, but the staff believes in extending the arts to all ages.


“The idea is that kids don’t have to be the only ones that can have fun, but adults can have fun with us too,” said Print and Digital Media Producer Charlotte Hendrix. “So, we’ll be having the café open and just draw; and when you finish you can take a look at the galleries.”


Because the museum regularly closes at 4:45 p.m., the open arts studio program is part of the extended hours program that aims to inform any interested in the arts.


“We usually try to do it on the third Thursday of every month, so we have the galleries open until 8 pm, and for this semester we are trying to connect with students and professionals by having something in the evening that they could enjoy. “ said Hendrix. “It may not be something they do in their profession or course of study, but it’s a creative outlet for them.”


Movies, music and television sometimes fill up the weekly entertainment for many, but the museum offers a hands-on, unique opportunity to flex the creative muscle in the brain and put the fingers to work.


“Our mission here states art changes lives and we feel that through this experience of getting people to participate in the arts, they will get a taste of how,” said Hendrix. “There’s lots of research talking about how participation in the arts builds confidence and there’s a lot of talk about creative problem solving.”


Whether to explore the museum for the first time, attempt to become a cultured art connoisseur, grab a glass of wine with friends or change from the normal dinner and a movie date night, utilizing the museum is a blessing often taken for granted in Auburn.


“The idea is to get more people excited about the arts, making it a habit, making it a part of their lives, we hope that you have a sense of accomplishment from completing a task and solving a problem in a creative space,” said Hendrix.


Taught by visual artist and associate professor of art Barb Bondy, the class offers helpful insight for all skill levels and is completely free.


Other extended hours programs will include watercolor lessons, jewelry and bead making class and print making in the upcoming months. For more information on the museum galleries, memberships or anything else, visit

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