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Art Imitating Art

At Artful Hours, art appreciators can sign up for a class, bring a bottle of their favorite spirit and paint their own masterpiece in two hours, owner Jillian Romano says.

At Artful Hours, art appreciators can sign up for a class, bring a bottle of their favorite spirit and paint their own masterpiece in two hours, owner Jillian Romano says. Photo by Bridge in Argenteuil, Claude Monet/Wiki Commons

— Michelangelo took four years to complete "The Last Judgment" on the Sistine Chapel's altar wall. But who has that kind of time any more?

At Artful Hours (111 Colony Crossing, Suite 200; Madison), art appreciators can sign up for a class, bring a bottle of their favorite spirit and paint their own masterpiece in two hours, owner Jillian Romano says.

Local artists who possess at least a bachelor's in fine arts guide students to recreate works by artists such as Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. A kid's class featuring Keith Haring's "Friends" takes place Saturday, Aug. 4 (adults are also welcome to sign up). Next Saturday, Aug. 11, students will take on a Claude Monet-inspired work. The classes range from $25-$35 (visit artfulhours.com for more information).

Romano said the classes are perfect for people who always wanted to have a copy of a celebrated artist's masterpiece and prefer to not spend Saturday night in a smoky bar or nightclub.

"It's a good alternative for a girls night or a date night," Romano said. "It's a fun night out."

Byram-Clinton Project Awarded Grant

The planned Byram-Clinton corridor is getting more financial help from the federal government. Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson announced a $1.2 million federal transportation grant for the project that county supervisors have talked about since the 1990s.

According to plans, the 18-mile corridor would consist of a multi-lane road, sidewalks and bike paths between Byram at Interstate 55 South extending northwest to the Norrell Road Interchange at Interstate 20 in Clinton.

Hinds County has purchased all the property needed for a proposed Byram-Clinton corridor, and contractors have completed Section 5, a 2-mile, four-lane stretch from Terry Road to Davis Road in Byram.

A news release from Thompson's office said the U.S. DOT's Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program allocated the funds.

Biz Expo Seeks Biz

The 2nd Annual Small Business Expo that takes place this weekend, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jackson Medical Mall. Organizers are seekers vendors and companies to promote minority businesses and recruit new clients. The event is free. To register as a vendor or for more information contact dhardy@minoritybusinessnet.org

She's Crafty

The Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi in Ridgeland is coming under new leadership. Nancy White Perkins succeeds retiring executive director Julia Daily, who held the post for seven years. The former marketing director for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Perkins graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor's degree in public administration.

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