Cheshire has always been a creative community.
Whether it be theater, art, or poetry, the community has outlets to help fill those creative passions and one of the most popular is undoubtedly Artsplace, which has offered classes in performing and fine arts since the early 1990s.
When the pandemic arrived, the art center took a hit in terms of classes and enrollment, but they are excited to get back on their feet now that the new school year is starting.
“We have completely reconfigured the upstairs to accommodate for about nine students socially-distanced with masks,” said Artsplace Director Joan Pilarczyk. “We only hold classes for about two hours at a time and always operate in small groups.”
Since the onset of the virus, Cheshire’s Artsplace had to shift a lot of their traditional art classes online, but as the state has begun to reopen, so have in-person art classes.
“We’ve been lucky enough to be able to offer both in-person and online classes for those who are interested,” Pilarczyk continued. “Once things get up and running we will begin to have more classes at school.”
Right now, Artsplace is holding small, colored pencil classes that meet regularly in order to test out the facility’s current setup and how they are going to divide various classes to maintain proper social distancing.
“The classes have to be so small, but we are hoping once we iron out the kinks we will have some exciting classes coming up this year,” Pilarczyk added.
Artsplace plans on holding classes offering instruction in a variety of mediums, including stained glass, urban landscape drawing, and how to draw trees. Artsplace is also currently holding an “Artsplace Artful Attire Challenge” in conjunction with the Cheshire Public Library — a contest for Cheshire residents to design an outfit for a Barbie doll given various challenge requirements. The contest is happening from now until Oct. 3.
“People have really been turning out and enjoying the ‘artful’ competition. It really gives people something to do and a way to express themselves,” said Pilarczyk. “It’s also really cool to see.”
More information on Artsplace and what they are doing in the new year can be found by visitin http://www.artsplacecheshirect.org/.