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Tarken holds art show

Tarken Recreation Center held a spring art show on Thursday to showcase pieces made by the participants of its adult art club.

About 9 people joined the club and displayed their work at the show, which took place in the recreation center at Tarken Playground and was open to the public. There was also live music, food and refreshments.

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Shelle Cooper said she joined the classes as a way to connect with family. 

“I did it for me and for my grandkids,” she said. “My mother, she taught me to paint when I was a kid, and we used to paint windows and scenes for Christmas, and stuff like that.”

Tygh Kane, the recreation leader at Tarken, said he was inspired to start adult classes before the pandemic began. 

“We needed more activities going on to bring people out into the community, and we didn’t have too many things for adults. We have primarily youth programs,” Kane said. 

The classes were offered at a low cost, just enough to cover supplies. This kept the classes accessible.

“There was a lot of growth,” Kane said. “We kind of bounced ideas off of each other a lot. It was very therapeutic, coming off the pandemic a lot of people didn’t have a social outlet or somewhere to go outside of their homes. So I think everyone was excited to meet new people and share some sense of therapeutic, creative, art and it was really nice to see some people get out of their comfort zones.”

The classes will be held again later this year, with official dates to be announced.

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