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Holmes Theatre’s new visual arts coordinator adds art club, classes for kids

Courtney Stanley, who moved to the community with her husband and three children about a year ago, took on her new duties at the theater early this month.

“It’s been kind of a whirlwind,” she says, “but I’m loving it.”

Stanley is “diving right in” with scheduling for this year’s Holmes Art Show, which returns on Nov. 18-20 after a one-year absence due to COVID-19.

In addition, she has added several new arts opportunities for kids, from an eight-week Art Club for elementary, middle and high school-aged children to “Art from the Start,” an interactive class for kids between the ages of 3-5 and their parent or guardian.

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“I love to see how excited kids get — the joy on their faces (when creating an art project),” Stanley said. “Everyone can create something wonderful.”

Stanley, who operates a small online art business of her own, will be teaching some painting classes for adults this fall as well. Her goal as a teacher is to not only nurture her students’ potential talent, but to “make the process really fun too.”

“Art from the Start” gets underway this Wednesday, Sept. 29, with six more sessions on the schedule for Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 6, Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18. Each class will feature a different themed art project, and parents can register for just one, or as many as they would like. All sessions will take place from 10 to 11 a.m., and cost is just $15 per class.

Next up is the new youth-oriented Art Club, which will meet every Monday from Oct. 4 through Nov. 22.

“There will be two sessions, for grades 3-6 and grades 7-12,” Stanley said, with the younger artists meeting from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and the older group meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost to participate in the 8-week art course is $130 per student, with all materials included in the program fee.

Stanley’s adult art classes are set for Oct. 12 and Nov. 9, and will feature “Botanical Folk Art” and “Watercolor Winter Greenery,” respectively. Cost is $50 for the first class, $40 for the second, with all materials included in the program fee.

For those COVID-conscious artists who still feel a little uncomfortable with in-person classes, two “Take and Make” kits for painting on wood pallets are also available via the theater. One is for painting your choice of nine barn quilt designs, and one is for painting your choice of six unique designs, including a buffalo plaid-covered representation of the State of Minnesota to artiistically framed quotes from artist Vincent Van Gogh and fantasy novelist J.R.R. Tolkien. Cost is $45 per kit.

Multimedia artist Joann McFarlin will also be teaching a course on metal stamping at the Art Cellar on Tuesday, Oct. 19, with your choice of two sessions, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Each class runs approximately two hours; cost is $35.

All of the aforementioned activities will be held in the Art Cellar, which is located on the basement level of the theater at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Pre-registration is required for for the Art Club, and for most upcoming classes. To sign up, visit or call the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-7469.