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Art lovers offer free classes in Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

BILOXI, MS   (WLOX) – Their inspiration comes from ordinary objects. Their brush strokes can sometimes seem shaky and unsure.

"Nothing's permanent.  You can always change your mind," artist Linda Hill told her students.

In the art class, students are learning to let go of their fear.

"So many people get so scared to start and try, because they don't want to mess anything up.  This way, hey, mess it up.  See what happens," said Hill.

Linda Hill is an artist from Moss Point. She is the founder of the Mississippi Art with Heart Organization.  Hill has been offering art classes in Moss Point.  Now, the program has expanded to Biloxi.

"I think a lot of people are missing art in their lives or they're taking it out of the schools," said Hill. "In south Mississippi, everybody loves art and there's no reason why it shouldn't be accessible to everyone."

That's why Hill doesn't charge for the lessons, ranging from watercolor to jewelry making.

"You have to buy supplies, and have to go through all the stress and hassle of getting things together. So I thought, let's make it easy and see how many artists we can make," said Hill.

The class is a blend of people of all ages. Dannie Chevalier signed up, along with her nine-year old granddaughter.

"It'd be a good way for us to do something together.  It was a little different," said Dannie Chevalier of Gulfport. "I've always liked to do art and do things with my hands and it would be fun."

Some have dabbled in art.  Others have never held a paint brush before. Together, the amateur artists are discovering their creative side.

"I just really love art and when I grow up, I may even become an artist," said nine year old Kristen Gossman.

"Most of the time they're surprised when they leave," said Hill.  "They're really proud of themselves. That's the touching part."

The free art classes are held every Tuesday at Colorful Creations at 2730 Pass Road in Biloxi.   The classes run from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.  Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a parent.  For more information, you can call (228) 343-3242 or (228) 475-7561.

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