Newton’s Centre for Arts and Artists hosts open house

NEWTON, Iowa— Newton’s Centre for Arts and Artists (CAA) will host its open house, “Spreading Creative Roots Throughout Our Community,” on Friday, April 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be held at CAA on 501 West 3rd Street North in Newton and is open to the public free of charge.

Families and individuals alike are invited to celebrate art through several interactive activities:

  • Guest sculptor John Brommel will lead a beginner wire-sculpting workshop.
  • CAA’s clay studio will be open for guests to craft clay by hand.
  • Guests will enjoy live, acoustic music and refreshments.
  • CAA’s 10 resident artists will connect with guests as they work in their studios.
  • Tours of the facility and information on future building plans will be provided.

CAA has supported local artists and engaged the community of Newton in its own creative pursuit since 2005. Currently, CAA is comprised of 10 resident artist studios, a clay and kiln room, a therapeutic art room for children, a classroom and an extensive art collection.  CAA is home to several award-winning artists, including Judd Hoskins, winner of the 2011 Iowa State Fair’s “Best in Show” award and Herman Deaton, winner of the 2011 Iowa Sculpture Festival’s “Best in Show” award. The organization holds a variety of art classes throughout the year in crocheting, ceramics, watercolor, rug hooking, sculpture and more.

This event is a result of a partnership between CAA and Central College. A group of public relations students are responsible for planning and promoting the event.

 “We are proud of our community partnership with Central in the reciprocal learning we share in numerous projects,” said Executive Director Linda Klepinger, “We encourage the rest of the community to join and explore the creative energy of CAA.”

Free transportation will be available to Central students, faculty and staff through the Center for Community-Based Learning. Contact Cheri Doane at doanec@central.edu for more information.