The 30th annual Gilbertsville Baptist Church summer arts program will conclude with an open house Friday, Aug. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the New Life Fellowship Hall adjacent to the Gilbertsville Baptist Church on Commercial Street in Gilbertsville.
The location is subject to change. The open house, free and open to the public, showcases artwork created by arts program participants that week, according to the Rev. Randy Palada, director of the art program and Gilbertsville Baptist Church pastor. Palada said if the open house location changes, a sign will be placed on the front door of the fellowship hall directing people where to go.
This year’s summer arts program starts Monday and ends Friday. The art program’s mission statement is “To learn to grow individually as creative persons, sharing the blessing of creativity as a spiritual expression. We also seek to create, enhance and share our artistic talents with one another and to appreciate the process and rewards of such creative expression.”
Palada said the program started when he began pastorship at the Gilbertsville Baptist Church in 1989. The program started with 12 children, which grew to 35 the following year, Palada said. Eventually, upon popular demand, he opened up the program to adults.
Anyone with an interest in improving their artistic abilities, from kindergartners to adults, can participate in the program. There have even been participants from other countries, such as France and Japan, who came to visit their relatives and wanted something fun to do, he said.
“Over 30 years, I found it rewarding and fulfilling,” Palada said. “It is a very kind of positive way to reach out to people to enhance their creativity in life.”
In addition to the core painting classes, there will be digital photography, taught by Noelle da Silva Holdredge, who teaches art at Unatego High School. There will also be tie dye, weaving taught by Gilbertsville-Mount…