The Creative Arts Center, located off Hwy. 19 behind the Ozark Natural Cultural and Resource Center, is expanding its services and events.

The Creative Arts Center Libby’s Workshop will open 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 18 for a Taste of the Arts Expo.

“We are hoping this will be an opportunity to see the progress of the renovations we are making to the Arts Center, try and see demonstrations of things that will be available through the arts center, and sign up for classes, and more,” said Tana Kettner.

Kettner, recently retired Salem High School art instructor, has been involved with the center after her retirement in May. Danielle Norris, longtime art class instructor at the center, has also been an integral part of the center’s future.

Renovations planned for the building include adding a kitchenette, two handicap-accessible restrooms, a small office, three classroom spaces including a pottery room and two other studio spaces and a storage room.

“People have been so generous,” shared Kettner. “To see people in our community come to us and offer to cut out a doorway, change our lighting to LED bulbs, donate office furniture, offer to furnish a complete kitchen, donate a kiln and more, without even being asked; it blows me away. This is obviously a God thing.”

Plenty of classes are planned for the fall season. The expo event will help fund renovations of the building.

Events planned, for inside and outside of the center Saturday include:

• Music – Several artists and a jam session will take place.

• A ticket booth – For $1 per ticket, the event will be set up similar to a carnival. Tickets will be given in exchange for activities and art booths, and food at the event.

• Sidewalk Chalk competition - Squares will be marked off and votes tallied by number of tickets in the can. The winner receives a free meal at a local restaurant.

• Tours – See renovations and hear plans for the future at the Creative Arts Center.

• Concessions – Salem Middle School Art Club will host a stand with food, snacks, and drinks.

• Children’s tables – Art projects can be completed with the help of volunteers.

• Ceramics painting, screen print t-shirts, airbrush/tie dye, weaving and rope tying, corn husk dolls, quilting, mosaics, pottery, art lessons, painting, and more will be displayed with information provided on how to join classes.

• Popcorn and face painting, and other items and activities.

A goal of $2,500 has been set for the event.

The Creative Arts Center Libby’s Workshop is located at 202 S. Main Street. Follow the center on Facebook and stay tuned for future class announcements in The Salem News.