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Paint Your Own Pottery with Metro Parks & Recreation;

Wednesday December 6, 2006

Ceramic items make unique, affordable holiday gifts

Metro Parks & Recreation is offering “Paint Your Own Pottery” sessions on Tuesday, December 12, at Douglass Community Center, Adapted Leisure Activities and the Metro Arts Center.  Participants can apply their imagination and a few brush strokes onto ceramic pieces to create unique works of art.  Both locations will be open for painting from 5 to 8 p.m., and the cost is $5 per item.

“This is a wonderful and affordable opportunity to design a nice holiday gift or make the perfect new decoration for your home,” said Mike Heitz, director of Metro Parks & Recreation.  “This is the first time we’ve offered this program, and if there’s a strong level of interest from the public, we’ll offer more art programs like this in our community centers.”  The painting sessions are ideal for families with children who want to paint as a group.

Customers are encouraged to sign up in advance, as space is limited and walk-in participation will be subject to availability.  During the session, participants will be able to choose from a variety of ceramic objects provided by Metro Parks & Recreation.  After the class, staff will collect the painted works so they can be glazed and fired in an oven for preservation. The finished pottery will be available for pickup in a few days, once the treatment process is complete.

Metro Arts Center, located at 8360 Dixie Highway, offers classes for children and adults in the fine and applied arts. To learn more about the Metro Arts Center, or to reserve a space in this program, call 502/937-2055.

Douglass Community Center – one of 17 community centers operated by Metro Parks & Recreation – is located at 2305 Douglass Boulevard in the Highlands/Douglass neighborhood.  For more information, or to register for this program, call 502/456-8120.

Adapted Leisure Activities offers recreation programs for citizens with mental and/or physical disabilities, along with their friends and families.  It is located at 2305 Douglass Boulevard #3.  For more information, call 502/456-8148.