United Way literacy events
TRAVERSE CITY — United Way of Northwest Michigan will sponsor free “Days of Action” children’s literacy events in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties.
Families are invited to come to the location nearest to them for story time and craft projects. Each child also will receive a backpack and book. Events will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, June 16, at the Kingsley, Public Library; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Elk Rapids Rotary Park; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at the Benzie Shores District Library, Frankfort; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the Kalkaska Children’s Garden; and noon-2 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the Suttons Bay Bingham Library, Suttons Bay.
TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan artist and blogger Kimberly Kelly Santini, known for her fun and colorful paintings in her “Painting a Dog a Day” blog, will teach an acrylic painting workshop Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26.
Santini holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and a bachelor of arts degree in art history. She has completed a painting a day for more than eight years and her works are in public and corporate collections. Her art will be shown at this year’s ArtPrize event in Grand Rapids.
The class will be held at North Point Community Church. 2061 U.S. 31, and is sponsored by Artcenter Traverse City. Santini’s curriculum focuses on color mixing and brush skills designed to help artists “loosen up” their paintings. For details about the class or to register for this and other workshops, call 941-9488 or visit www.artcentertraversecity.org.
July art classes
FRANKFORT — Registration is underway for July classes at the Oliver Art Center, 132 Coast Guard Road.
Art classes are available for all skill levels and include “Driven to Abstraction ... Take Your Paintings for a Walk on the Wild Side,” “Acrylic 101,” “Seascape Oil Painting,” and “Paper Mosaics.” Classes in the writing program include “Collage Book: Make a Memoir from Fragments,” and “Found World: A Creative Lab for Poets and Writers”; and culinary classes include “Stylish Buffet Entertaining: and “Paleo Cuisine and Gluten-Free Cooking.”