Sharpsburg Community Library Revamps Free Adult Art Program

The Sharpsburg Community Library has relaunched one of its programs providing adults with an opportunity for artistic expression.

The library, at 1212 Main Street, hosts Art After Dark on the last Monday of the month at 6 p.m.

“It’s a raise,” said library branch manager Sara Mariacher. “When (program coordinator) Alison (Babusci) was on staff before, we had an adult art program called DIY After Dark, which was quite similar to what we offer now. The only difference was that we alternated between arts and crafts projects.

“Since Alison’s return to SCL, adults have expressed interest in her art programs returning, so we tested the waters with Mindful Making in May. The event was a success, so we decided to bring back Art After Dark as a monthly program.

Art After Dark is open to adults of all skill levels. Its first session took place in June.

Lauren Copeland of O’Hara was one of the participants.

“It was great to get out there and learn and make art in a friendly environment,” she said. “We did a lot more than I thought and had a lot of time to experiment and learn more about the materials.

I just went alone, but everyone was friendly so we had a good chat.

The group spoke Keith haringa Pittsburgh-area artist who moved to New York and gained international recognition in the 1980s.

Participants drew inspired characters and did some chalk drawing among other activities.

“I think Art After Dark would be a great opportunity for anyone who just wants to do something and relax,” Copeland said. “It was a great experience, especially for adults who might be apprehensive about making art on their own.”

O’Hara’s Femida Attaar echoed Copeland’s comments that the program was a stress reliever.

“I work during the day,” Attaar said. “So such activities in the library after 5 p.m. help me relax and focus on art and its meditative effect. It is so necessary after the pandemic. Plus, you get the chance to meet other people in the community and learn from each other.

Attaar said she was proud of the artworks she produced through the program.

Mariacher hopes to see more people at the July 25 workshop, which will focus on watercolor seascapes.

“If you gave up on art as a kid because someone said you weren’t good at it, this is the program for you,” Mariacher said. “Alison emphasizes a relaxed, pressure-free environment that fosters creativity for everyone. Our goal is to make art and have fun.

Supplies will be provided.

Participation is limited to 10 people per session.

People can register online at or call 412-781-0783 for more information.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Kayleen C. Rice