Bringing back the arts: Library holds new watercolor workshop for beginners

Residents were able to paint scenic sunsets and backgrounds on Tuesday at the Manistee County Library watercolor workshop. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

Residents were able to paint scenic sunsets and backgrounds on Tuesday at the Manistee County Library watercolor workshop. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Typically a library is known for its endless shelves of books, but the Manistee County Library is changing that perception with its new community-centered events.

Held for the first time at the library — located at 95 Maple St. in Manistee — a watercolor workshop brought color into the lives of more than 25 people, who all attended the class on Tuesday night.

With brushes in hand and a pallet of paint in the other, residents joined Julie Herringa, the library’s head of circulation, who provided tips and tricks to creating a watercolor masterpiece.

However, Herringa said the workshop’s focus was to be fun and relaxing for residents of all ages.

“People do not come to libraries for books anymore really, they come for community,” said Herringa. “I paint, so I said I would host a watercolor workshop for beginners — something fun and easy. I love how simple watercolor painting is and how the colors mix, and I thought others would like it too.”

As the class on Tuesday was completely filled, Herringa said there’s a possibility for more classes in the future.

“I was really surprised by the turnout,” she said. “I would do this again in the future, but maybe with a smaller class size.”

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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