Create it and paint it at the Arts and Crafts Center

From left to right: Adrienne, Amber and Jasmine Arnold paint a coat of glaze on mold-cast ceramics July 10 at the Arts and Crafts Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal)

From left to right: Adrienne, Amber and Jasmine Arnold paint a coat of glaze on mold-cast ceramics July 10 at the Arts and Crafts Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Do you want to learn what a potter's wheel is for? Do you like painting, carpentry, auto parts or candle-making? If so, the Arts and Crafts Center may be for you.

The Goodfellow Arts and Crafts Center is currently located in Bldg. 144, behind the Airman and Family Readiness Flight. While in this location, the center boasts mold-cast ceramics, pottery classes-on-demand and has easels and other materials for the aspiring painter.

"The goal of the Arts and Crafts Center is to provide leisure-time activities for the base, provide creative outlets to relieve stress and foster a feeling of self-achievement," said Peggy Farnsworth, the arts and crafts director.

The center also offers engraving, embroidery and silk-screening services, all for a nominal fee. In addition, if the Arts and Crafts Center doesn't have the ability to accommodate a class request, they can act as a liaison, recommending an off-base location to pursue his or her craft.

The Arts and Crafts Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 6 p.m.

According to Ms. Farnsworth, the center is scheduled to move back to its original located in in Bldg. 109 as soon as construction is complete. Currently, the renovations on the new and improved Arts and Crafts Center are scheduled to be finished in January 2008, setting the stage for a Spring 2008 re-opening.

Among the improvements offered at the new center will be an expanded woodshop, an auto shop featuring six new bays, a fine art gallery and more classes on an "on-demand" basis to assist people who want to learn to create things.

"It's a blast," said Ms. Farnsworth of the changes going on. With the advent of a larger facility, she hopes to start a Raku-firing ceramics class again. Hopefully, she added, the word will get out about Goodfellow's well-kept secret.

"If people don't use facilities like this, they could go by the wayside," Ms. Farnsworth said.
For more information, call 654-3237.