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Bellport art program to benefit scholarships

Two years ago, the South Country school district started offering a one-week summer art course to introduce students to different media and techniques.

The response, said Suzette Fandale, art department chairwoman for the district, was overwhelming because it came not just from the students, but from their parents.

“They all said, ‘We’d like to do something like this, too,' ” Fandale said.

Now, they’re in luck. This year, Experience of Art for Adults -- a project by Students 4Art, a committee of the South Country Education Foundation -- will host three consecutive Saturday art lessons for adults, beginning this Saturday.

“Each day will be a different medium,” Fandale said. “It’s open to everybody and anybody. We just want people to come in and experience it.”

The proceeds from the program will go back to the Students 4Art program and help pay for scholarships to the Experience of Art program for students, which is in August.

At the first Experience of Art session for adults, participants will learn to paint with South Haven artist Mary Samuels. The following sessions also will be led by women from the community. On March 12, Lorena Salcedo-Watson, of Bellport, will teach printmaking. Stacy Patanjo, an art teacher at Bellport Middle School, will teach glass fusion on March 19.

Fandale said the classes, which are a package deal and include materials, cost $150. The sessions will be limited to 15 participants to allow each person to get individualized instruction.

There is no experience necessary to participate.

All classes will be held at Bellport High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Pamela Lerner Antiques, 145 South Country Rd., Bellport.

The program is also open to out-of-district residents, Fandale said.

“This is a great grassroots group to support,” she said. “It’s three hours on a Saturday morning, just come and play.”

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