The Clinton Courier
After retiring, Jeanette Latimer and her husband, Elbert, settled in Clinton. Latimer is the author of several books and took first place in a Mississippi Writers contest. Never idle, she and her husband have traveled to thirty countries. She also taught herself painting, then went on to the creative “Junque Art” medium.
“It is hard to describe Junque Art,” Latimer says. “Things that would ordinarily be thrown out, such as plastic and tin lids, broken jewelry, pine cones, buttons, and small objects no longer of use, are turned into works of art.”
Last year, Latimer taught more than two dozen local children to use their creativity and “opened their minds to Mother Nature, in hopes of getting them away from their cell phones long enough to see the beauty in art and notice the world around them,” and she is planning to continue her efforts by offering free art classes to area children ages six and up.
Latimer says the children will be given a different set of items each lesson, along with an idea, but they will be free to make changes they like.
“They are given kits to complete as I see it or as they see it, by adding a snake, a monster, or a beautiful dancing girl,” says Latimer.
They will learn “a bit of sewing, chalk on sandpaper, using beads, gluing objects, and even how to make a special keepsake using Venetian plaster; but, most of all, they will learn about using their imagination,” she says.
Classes will be offered beginning September 26 in the Cascades subdivision. Classes will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Registration and promptness of attendance are required, and all classes are free. Latimer welcomes parents to visit a class ahead of time to see if it is something their children would enjoy and learn from. For more information or to register a child, call Jeanette Latimer at 601-924-9324.