Children’s art at Carriage Factory

Children ages second through fifth grades can have fun turning things upside down, exploring shapes and colors, and making art to take home in a special art activity Saturday, July 13, at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St. The activity, “Dogs and Balls with Joan Miró,” will be led by artist Peggy Wambold from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“Joan Miró’s art is most often described as ‘childlike and playful,’” said Wambold, who taught art in public schools for 38 years and says she has a love for teaching art to children. In her workshop, Wambold will share about the life and art of one of her favorite artists, the Spanish artist Joan Miró, while helping children to explore the shapes and colors that he used.

“Miró was influenced by many artists,” said Wambold, “but he developed his own ideas about painting. He created fanciful scenes of people and nature using free form and geometric shapes. Miró said that his paintings were meant to ‘celebrate the pleasures of everyday life.’”

Wambold is a member artist of Carriage Factory Art Gallery. She has a fine arts degree from Fort Hays State University with majors in drawing, painting and print making.

The children’s workshop is open to the public but limited in size, so reservations are needed. The workshop is free, with donations welcomed. All supplies will be provided.

Call the gallery at 284-2749 to reserve space or to get more information.

Book signing at Faith and Life

Faith and Life Bookstore will feature “Images of America: Newton” by Dena Bisnette and Joe Gilliam during a book signing Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. until noon.

The book is a recent addition to Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series, which presents local history through vintage photographs. Bisnette said many of the photos in the Newton book came from the personal photo albums of longtime Newton residents and have never been published before.

“We could never have done this project without the support of the community, especially the people who contributed images and information, and those who helped spread the word about the project,” Bisnette said. “We could never have done this project without all of them.”

“I owned several of the 'Images of America' books before working on this project, and I particularly like the way history is presented in them. Society has become increasingly more image-oriented, especially younger people who have grown up with electronic devices, and presenting a town’s story in photographs is a fun way to educate people while entertaining them at the same time,” Bisnette added.

Bisnette and Gilliam moved to Newton about 10 years ago and live in the McKinley Residential Historic District. Bisnette served six years on the Newton/North Newton Historic Preservation Commission.