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Spruill Center providing arts for the community
by Eva Woghiren
June 12, 2013 10:11 AM | 2390 views | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brookhaven resident Rosa Lord polishes a piece of jewelry at Spruill's jewelry class.
Brookhaven resident Rosa Lord polishes a piece of jewelry at Spruill's jewelry class.
The Spruill Center for the Arts, in Dunwoody, is home to more than 20 different classes being offered this summer. The wide variety of classes at the center, not only for children and teens but adults as well, offer week-long training and practices in all of its departments.

The center offers an 11-week summer camp program for children ages 5 to 14, which CEO Bob Kinsey said is one of the highlights of the summer quarter.

The classes, which started the week of May 28, are offered every week and include different classes weekly. The last summer camp session will start Aug. 5. Three classes are available for registration for next week’s session, including calligraphy and bookmaking.

The one-week camps offer performing arts and visual arts programs. Specialty camp classes — the higher level classes — are for students ages 11 to 14.

“We love to see kids explore their talent, socialize and have a great time while they are doing it,” Kinsey said.

Among the classes offered for youth, like clay collage, creative drawing, painting, art and design, are several other courses for adults.

These classes, usually available year-round, are offering new options this summer. Mini-courses allow attendees to participate in jewelry-making, sewing and knitting.

Other classes like ceramics and fiber arts may meet once a week for 10 weeks rather than just once.

The classes at Spruill present many opportunities to fit the different schedules of the community.

Jewelry-making and ceramics are two of the most popular disciplines visitors sign up for. The center has plenty of space to fulfill the needs of the public.

“There is a high demand for all of our classes, though,” Kinsey said. “The public wants to come take the classes and we are very happy to accommodate. It certainly promotes and expands the arts in the community to have all of these things available.”

Also part of the center is the Spruill Gallery, which will present the first Spruill Arts Student and Faculty Juried Exhibition Friday through Aug. 17. The opening reception, Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., will include an award presentation for a first-place winner and two second-place winners.

Michael Rooks, the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art Atlanta, selected the submitted art work to be in the show and also chose the winners.

The reception is free to the public and there will be food and drinks available.

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