Swarts discusses art with Kiwanis P.M.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Kiwanis P.M. President Kenny Lamb welcomes Pam Swarts, of the Art and Frame on Main, as she presented a program on art and its impact.

The regular meeting of the Kiwanis P.M. was called to order at 7 p.m. on June 21 at O’Hungry’s. President Kenny Lamb called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. Ann Kent introduced guest Tina Humrichouse and the speaker Pam Swarts.

Swarts is the owner and founder of Art and Frame on Main, formerly known as The Perfect Setting, opening 11 years ago. The shop features more than 70 artists and custom framing. Swarts, an art major, wanted to share with us not only the importance of giving art, but the impact it has on the artist, the recipient and the giver. When you buy a piece of art as a gift you support the artist and the local business, you also have a story about the gift you are giving or enjoying yourself. Art on Main features not only paintings, but pottery, glass, jewelry, wood crafts, cards and textile art. A gift of art can mean that you the giver will be remembered each time the piece of art is viewed.

Swarts also reminded us of the up coming Linn Creek Arts Festival July 15 at the Fisher Community Center. Many of the artists from Art and Frame will be featured and there will be 20 new artists. The admission is free as well as the parking, shuttles are available. There will be a large selection of art, face painting, sand art and activities for the kids. The organization is still looking for volunteers for the day, if you are interested you can contact Swarts or go to www.LinnCreekArtsFestival.org.

The meeting continued with a thank you from Parks and Rec for the contribution to the Mega-10 park as well as an invitation to the ribbon cutting ceremony on June 29 at 4 p.m. Martha Edgeton moved that we donate $300 to Central Iowa Arts for the upcoming art camps it was seconded by Fred Wyngarden and approved. Candy has reserved the activity building at the fairgrounds for the next garage sale. Kiwanis P.M. next meeting will be June 28 at O’Hungry’s with a speaker from RSVP and members of the public are welcome to join the group.