Capital Arts to offer after-school programs, events and more

News Tribune file photo: Haley Ganey, 13, right, shows her sister Addison, 17, how to add beads to a yarn bracelet to finish it. Seated at left is Phoebe Cain, 7, who is working on a yarn bracelet. They were at Capital Arts for an art camp.

Capital Arts is bringing the summer fun into fall with new exhibits, the Chalk Art Fair, clubs and more.

"We have lots of classes this fall, of course," said Sarah Scheffer, executive director.

There are many events and meetings planned for the fall and even more activities that do not have a set date yet, such as ceramic classes, a Halloween party, a book-binding class, gravestone rubbing and more. Stay up to date on what's going on at the gallery at

Capital Chalk Art Fair

Drawing will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at Washington Park.

The Capital Chalk Art Fair is an opportunity for artists to express themselves through sidewalk drawings. Participants will sign in when they arrive at the Chalk Art Fair and will be given a backpack with chalk and four hours to complete their masterpiece in a roughly 3-by-5 space. The event is free, and judges will view the art and award cash prizes for different categories. There will be food trucks and vendors for those who want to come and look at the art. Participants can register online.

'Up Close and Personal' Exhibit

Sept. 15-Nov. 5

The Up Close and Personal exhibit will be the first interactive exhibit at Capital Arts since Scheffer has taken over as executive director. Artists can use any medium to create an up-close piece of art. At the exhibit, people can walk around and guess what the up-close art is. Artists can submit their artwork to be displayed at the gallery through the Capital Arts website.

The reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 22, at the gallery. Curtis Hendricks is the featured artist for the exhibit and will be speaking at the reception alongside other artists. Wine and other refreshments will be available.

After School Kids Arts Club

Capital Arts' After School Kids Art Club begins Sept. 7. Children ages 8-13 can meet weekly from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesdays to explore different art forms with instructor Lina Forrester. The program costs $40 monthly for non-members and $36 for members. Register for the club on Capital Arts' website.

Kids Photography Club

Capital Arts offers a free photography club for children ages 8-13 to learn about photography. The club meets twice a month on Tuesdays. Professional cameras are not required, and phones and Polaroids are welcome. RSVP on the website.

Pottery Wheel Basics

Several pottery classes are offered at Capital Arts to teach the basics of wheel-thrown pottery. Classes take place weekly from noon-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. on Sundays and 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Each class costs $40 per person, and participants can register on Capital Arts' website.

Crochet Group

The crochet group at Capital Arts meets twice a month at 9 a.m. on Thursdays. It is free to join the group and it is open to beginners and crochet masters. At meetings, participants discuss the art of crocheting and different techniques to use. Join the group through their website.


For Capital Arts director, art is both personal, expressive