Memories in the Making Class Excavates Stories

by Lynn S. Schwebach As an artist, I thought a painting class with Alzheimer’s patients an appropriate way to apply my skills as a volunteer while spending time with my mom who suffers with dementia, but I quickly discovered that a Memories in the Making class entails much more than simply painting colorful pictures. Unlike …

Interview: Jenny Wortman—What a Writer Wants

Not only is Jenny Wortman a great writer, but she's also a master teacher. She has that unique ability to immediately identify the allusive problem in your story you've been struggling with yet unable to identify yourself—what I call the writing "curse." Online classes allow anyone anywhere to take Lighthouse classes, and I recommend this …

Lit Matters: How HARRIET THE SPY Taught Me to Be A Writer (and a Spy)

I have taken classes from Erika Krouse for...gasp...7 years. I hope to take classes from her for another 7 years. Not only is she a great writer, teacher, mentor and friend, but she is a blazing soul. Her collection of short stories, "Come Up and See Me Sometime"(Scribner), won the Paterson Fiction Award, was chosen …

Fort Collins Artist Christy Alden Teaches Art

Artist Christy Alden points to her student's art. Three walls of art greeted me as I walked through the front door of artist Christy Alden’s house. A colorful assortment of birds, dragons, trees, bears, wolves, stars, flowers, fish, and buildings filled my eyes. I wondered, as I look around, enchanted, why we all don’t cover …

SMocK: A Paint Party, Gift Idea, and Creative Way to Help Fund The Arts

by Lynn S. Schwebach A lifelong friend who knows me quite well, called me while I was living in Chicago this past summer and asked me if I wanted to go with her to a party.  “I know you’re going to love this. The party involves eating, drinking, and PAINTING.” “I’m in,” I said, hearing …

Artist Tamarah Long’s Architecturally Inspired Drawings

by Lynn S. Schwebach Artist, architect, and actress, Tamarah Long calls herself “observer of the world.” That’s the name she gave herself in 1996, traveling around Costa Rica, writing in her journal. Having just finished graduate school with a master’s degree in architecture, she realized that she should be sketching as well. She had completed …