ART BEAT: Anita's ArtsCool holding art contest for five scholarships


Special Photo Anita Stewart, who owns Anitais ArtsCool, is holding an art contest to give away five scholarships for art lessons.

Anita Stewart, who owns Anita's ArtsCool, is holding an art contest to give away five scholarships for art lessons. This will mark the third year these scholarships have been given. However, that's just the tip of Anita's iceberg. Classes, camps and community involvement abound in her corner of the world, which is located at 4264 Sudderth Road, Suite B in Buford.

Each scholarship is worth $85. This year, adults are being invited to participate for the first time. All entries are due by April 19, and artists age "5 -- 105" are welcome. The important aspect of the contest is the theme. Artists are asked to interpret the sentence, "I smile when ..." The specific rules regarding artwork size restrictions can be found at aas.theclever.me/news.html. These scholarships are courtesy of Anna Banguilan of Universal Radio and Nancy Nowak of Ink Strokes.

Art classes are in full swing and always welcome more young artists. Children ages 5 through 9 take lessons in fashion drawing, art stars, manga/anime, hand building and wheel. There are also tween classes with "tween art" and a course in fashion illustration. Teens can learn how to go from drawing to painting. Adult art classes are also offered.

Summer camps for kids are gearing up.

"This is your opportunity to draw pictures of your family, make 3-D cities where your pets live, draw mixed-up animals and use dirt, eggs and berries to paint like cave people," Stewart said. "Packed full of fun and led by experienced art teachers, your child will be eager to show you their accomplishments each day."

Two new classes are available. A class on Thursday called "Fashion Design" is taught by an experienced art teacher. Another new class is called "Step by Step," a painting event that goes from indoors to outdoors.

Anita's ArtsCool also has a new "roommate." Deep See Gallery has opened in the building. Owner Patty Wessels enjoyed a "soft opening" recently, making Deep Sea Gallery a welcomed addition to the Buford arts community. Stewart is among the many fine artists whose work Wessels has hanging on the gallery walls.

Stewart recently learned that artwork she had placed in the DeFoor Art Center in Atlanta last October was filmed by Pie Town Productions. It will be televised in a series on WE TV starting July 27. Sixty-five of her paintings also were displayed at the DeFoor this past January through March. This exhibition was filmed by VH-1.

Her next exhibition will be called "Children of the World." Fellow ArtsCool teacher Jean Plummer and Stewart will be displaying artwork depicting many children that Stewart has met on her travels to Panama, Italy, Ecuador and South Africa.

For more information about Anita's ArtsCool and Stewart's exhibitions, visit aas.theclever.me or call 678-230-4937.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.