Mercer County Area Agency on Aging, Inc., announces expansion of The FAST Track Project – Fine Art for Seniors Training – in the Sandy Lake (McQuiston Center) and Grove City Senior Centers, beginning Friday.

This project is made possible by a grant from the PA Council on the Arts – PA Partners in the Arts, managed by Erie Arts and Culture which provides funding for professional quality art supplies, and the help of local professional artist, Don Gold. 

For the past six years, Mercer County Area Agency on Aging, Inc., has supported The FAST Project at the Shenango Valley Senior Center in Hermitage where seniors have learned various art techniques under the guidance of Gold, a professional artist.

The aim of this project is to help enrich the quality of life for seniors who have a passion for fine art even if their skill levels may be diminishing.

It is designed for seniors who like to do art as well as for seniors who have never done art before. No talent is needed.

Participants will be offered art classes, individual instruction, and the use of professional art supplies.

Art students will then be afforded opportunities to enter juried art shows to exhibit their artwork, which one senior art student summed up by saying “you never know how good you are until you enter an art show.”

The Grove City Art Program will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Grove City Senior Community Center, 301 S. Broad St.. To register call 724-458-6844.

The Sandy Lake Area Art Program will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at McQuiston Center by the Park, 29 Railroad St., Sandy Lake. To register call 724-376-3608.

To register for a class at the Shenango Valley Senior Center, 220 N. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage, call 724-981-7950.

All supplies are provided for $5 per class.

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