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Adult coloring class promotes creativity and camaraderie

21 January 2018

From the Sioux City Journal:

At age 76, Kris Bergstrom is finally getting in touch with her inner artist.

“I never considered myself to be artistic in the past,” she said, methodically coloring in intricate patterns with a pencil, “but I’m amazed at how relaxing coloring books can be.”

No, you read that right.

Bergstrom is one of the regulars for Coloring Corner, a weekly class held every Wednesday at the Siouxland Center for Active Generations.

“When I heard about this class, I couldn’t believe my ears,” Bergstrom’s sister Kathy Anders, 65, admitted. “C’mon, coloring books at our age? Before we knew it, we were both hooked.”

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A former teacher before she married, Card dabbled in different forms of art. But the 70-year-old never tried her hand at drawing.

“I like the creative challenge of drawing,” she said. “Even more than that, I like spending time with my friends. Every member of the Coloring Corner has become friends, since there’s so much camaraderie in this group.”

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Miriam Clayton, 84, can’t help but smile when Wickstrom mentioned the marketplace for art.

“You know it’s the book publishers who are making millions of dollars by selling coloring books,” she said. “Go into any book store and you’ll see coloring books aimed at every age and every interest.”

“When I was a kid, coloring books were inexpensive,” Card interjected. “This isn’t the case anymore.”

Link to the rest at Sioux City Journal


5 Comments to “Adult coloring class promotes creativity and camaraderie”

  1. I agree. I belong to some coloring groups. It’s wonderful as I’ve met people all over the world and also discovered many artists. I also planning on doing my own.

  2. agree with you JM of the beautiful name

    good luck Vera

    Its been interesting, in our tribal history, following certain patterns and making them one’s own with color or materials, is an ancient practice: part of my response some who mock the current surge. Not everyone in the tribes is a stylist or artist; they do other things. All good. To each their own calling

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