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A record 400 kids and parents attended Winterfest at Lux Center for the Arts Sunday, Dec. 17.

“Winterfest is an important part of our outreach to the community,” said Lindsey Clausen, Lux’s education director. “We strive to be Lincoln’s community art center.”

The annual afternoon event provides opportunities for free hands-on art-making for families. This year, Lux’s staff members, artists-in-residence and volunteers led activities that included printmaking cards, scratch-art ornaments, snowflake chains, and creating with air-dry clay and watercolor spin art.

Local first-time author Charlotte Duncan-Wagner provided a story time every 30 minutes, reading from her book “The Backpacks with Feet,” which was just published Oct. 30. The book’s illustrator, Jerry Washington Jr., led a drawing activity.

“Our son Owais is fond of drawing, coloring and painting,” said Oways Ahmed Rageh. “We were very happy to see him focusing with Mr. Jerry Washington on learning how to draw in a professional way. Owais was very happy when he found himself being able to draw more efficiently.”

Rageh added that he is considering enrolling Owais in art classes at the Lux center.

The mission of Lux Center for the Arts is to enhance the lives of a diverse public through the visual arts by providing learning opportunities in contemporary art, craft and design. These opportunities, honoring the legacy of arts educator Gladys M. Lux, include art classes, residence programs, gallery exhibitions and community outreach.

For more information about the Lux Center for the Arts and its programs, call 402-466-8692 or visit Luxcenter.org.

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