NEW LEXINGTON — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic with masks secured, social distancing, and temperatures taken, the Perry County Calvary Arts Center once again sponsored its summer arts program with classes two days a week which were limited to 10 participants.

With art supplies provided by a grant from South Central Power plus funding for registration and instructors from the Foundation of Perry County, the program was able to continue.

This year’s instructors included Roger Dusenberry who taught music on Mondays; Katrina Carpenter who taught recyclable on Wednesday mornings; and Dave Kunkler who taught drawing and self-portraits. Sabrina Ponting, a Master Recycler, also volunteered.

New Lexington City Schools provided the free lunch and Evie Swick and Lilly Powell were the junior helpers.

In Dusenberry’s music class, students learned songs from a different Broadway show each week. They also learned some history of the shows and the writers. The final three weeks they concentrated on songs from Disney shows and movies.

Ponting had the kids create Up-cycled Butterfly Art and pastel color sticks. Carpenter’s group also created a six-foot tall heart frame welded by Ben Carpenter. Kids filled it with roadside litter. It was displayed at the Perry County Fair with a sign that said “Don’t Litter! It’s Ugly!” They also made paper fridge magnets.

Kunkler’s group each received a box of paints, brushes, art pencils, drawing pads, and easels.

“The spirit of creativity was all around and we worked in a fun atmosphere of exploring the world of color and fun,” he said.

PCCAC plans to offer classes, workshops, and private lessons this fall and winter. They are looking for instructors who are interested in giving art, keyboarding, piano, guitar, and or vocal lessons. Contact Betsy A. Martin at or 740-651-5151 if interested.

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