Meridian Star

June 16, 2013

Open House at Meridian Activity Center

By Barbara Wells / Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — This week – beginning Monday and culminating on Friday – Meridian Activity Center is opening its doors to show off the projects and artwork classes have worked on all these years.

    Classes will continue as usual at this time, but we will have displays in the main meeting hall for newcomers to enjoy and to get an idea of just what we are doing over here in this faraway place.

    Monday, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., we will have musical entertainment with Hershel Williams on bass and Bobbie Swearingen on piano. Snacks will be served in the dining area and kitchen.

    Theresa Twente’s crochet and knitting classes will have many examples of their work for viewing. Come see their latest learned stitch – the alligator! Or, the long snake scarves that twist around your neck. Joyce Luke’s decorative painters are safe on the wall, next to mama and baby giraffes.

    But I digress. Pegi Harmon’s painting class initiated this event. Some of her students show their work and sell at Weidmann’s Restaurant and the Meridian Museum of Art. It’s always a good idea for a painter to either turn a painting to the wall or put it away for a few weeks, then look at it with a "fresh eye." It’s a kind of self-reflection. As Confucius said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter.”

    By hanging a group of paintings on the wall in a public place one is forced to (1) hear what other people say about the work (2) look at their own work critically by comparing it from early work to later, or to others work (3) be honest in one’s self reflection.

    The hand quilters have promised to bring something to show off, and stained glass classmates will bring finished pieces. Look for basket weaving, ceramics, heirloom sewing items on display. And to top it all off, Hershel and Bobbie will entertain with lighthearted music.

    Talking about self-reflection, though ... a website devoted to the topic referred to self-reflection as "repentance" in Christian terms. Essentially, we all have a divine nature which “inevitably blackens with soot from the regrettable thoughts and deeds we commit as we live in this earthly world.”

    Self-reflection is a way to clean off the grime and discover the true self – the self that manifests divine nature and is connected to higher dimensions in the Spirit World. And, it is important to examine our thoughts as if they were in a transparent glass box and to check if we would be embarrassed if those thoughts were revealed to others and to God.

    That gives us pause, right? We will not be self-reflecting to such an extend at our open house Monday night, never fear. We’ll have a party atmosphere, food and drink, and music – and beautiful art to look at.

More workshops

at The Center

    Thank you very much! The iPad class filled up, no problem. The gentleman teaching the class will be available to instruct more computer-based classes in the future; he is that interested in teaching. Also we do not need Wi-Fi to teach this iPad class.

Mosaic stepping stone


    Linda Munoz of Cuba, Ala., plans to teach a mosaic stepping stone class on June 26 and June 28. The first day we will cut our glass and form a pattern, glue it to a stepping stone. Then on Friday we will apply the grout.     This class will include all materials needed to learn Linda’s technique; the fee is only $30. Call Meridian Activity Center at (601) 485-1812 to reserve your spot in the class. (There is so much more you can do with mosaics – look up Gaudi architecture to see how he incorporates mosaic in his buildings.)

Watercolor workshop

    The Painter’s Palette Club has invited Mark Polomchak, a watercolor artist from Indiana, to teach two classes at the MAC next fall, on a Friday and a Saturday. His style is suitable for beginners as well as advanced students.

    The fee is $50 per class. Call Pat Dean at (601) 774-8354 or the activity center and speak with me for more information. Visit his website at to see his style and determine if you want to take the class.  

    Meridian Activity Center is open to adults 21 years and older. The fee for an eight-week class for a Meridian citizen is $20; if you live in the county it is $25. Seniors over the age of 55 pay half price.

    We are located in the heart of Meridian, off 29th Avenue and 36th Street – 3300 32nd Ave. – in the old Lamar Elementary School building. Phone (601) 485-1812 for information or if lost.

    • Barbara Wells is director of Meridian Activity Center. You may e-mail her at