Passaic County Holds Free Painting Class at Historic John W. Rea House

HAWTHORNE, NJ – Thirteen budding artists attended a painting class at the Passaic County Arts Center at the John W. Rea House Saturday morning. This event was the newest of the year-long free programs offered by Passaic County Parks & Recreation.

From fitness classes to dog training to historical lectures, Passaic County tries to have something for everyone. Many take place here in Hawthorne.

“We want to get people active and come back from their homes,” said Kerry Klug, leisure program coordinator at Passaic County Parks & Recreation. “I’m sure people are tired of being locked up. We want you to see what you have right around the corner. “

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On Saturday, attendees joined Hawthorne-based artist Dorothy Mae Morton to create paintings as Dorothy explained and demonstrated every step of the way.

“You are free to view and interpret the painting as you wish,” said Morton. “There is no right or wrong way. We’re only here to create and have fun. “

“In the past we did sewing lessons for children,” said Klug. “We’re holding a children’s cooking class in Hawthorne in November. They prepare the food here but take it home and cook it with their families. “

As you would expect, Parks & Recreation is hosting these free events across the county.

In addition to Hawthorne, we offer free classes at Weasel Brook Park. Garret Mountain Reserve in Woodland Park; and Camp Hope Commission in West Milford. We’re even going to expand to the new park that is opening in the city of Passaic, Dundee Island Park, ”said Klug. “We try to do such things at all.”

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