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Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Things are a little more colorful at The MGC in Fortuna, thanks to a $5,000 grant from U.S. Bank for art supplies. Since opening in April, there has been a steady increase in participation in programs and activities, including art classes, at The MGC.

”A very important part of our center is opportunities for people to engage in creating art,” said MGC Executive Director Trina Pockett. She expressed her sincere appreciation to U.S. Bank, for the “very generous grant.”

The MGC offers a couple of opportunities for the community to get involved in art classes.

There is a weekly art class for youth, held every Friday afternoon from 5-6:30, where young people learn different art techniques and styles including beading, mixed-media, painting, jewelry making and clay formation.

”MGC Art Coordinator Heather Rust does a terrific job of teaching art at The MGC,” Pockett said. “Students are not only taught about different art techniques, but also art eras, and famous artists.”

The MGC also offers a free community art night once a month, usually featuring a local guest artist.

”The community art night is a great opportunity for friends and families to join together and create art” Pockett said. “This is a multigenerational event and we encourage people of all ages to join in.”

The next community art night will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

Another exciting program at The MGC is called Project Kindness, and next week will include a special event on Veterans Day. All veterans are invited to have pie and coffee at the MGC on Nov. 11, served by community members of all ages. The Project Kindness Veterans Day event begins at 5 p.m. at the MGC on Newburg Road in Fortuna.

The October Project Kindness project at The MGC was an evening of making holiday cards for active service members. Organized by Sarah Reback, it was a gathering of all ages that produced cards and crafts for soldiers. Every month there will be a different Project Kindness activity at the MGC.

Photos by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

1. U.S. Bank representatives Shannon Maciel and Mandy Marquez are shown making a check presentation to MGC Executive Director Trina Pockett and MGC art class participants.