A world of color
Wright County coloring group adds color to life, Wednesdays and Thursdays
By Miriam Orr
The brainchild for a coloring group started as a idea between a few local Wright County women, who wanted to get outside of their homes and spend time doing an activity, that by all means, would add color to anyone's life.
Pattie Dorf and Sherri Williams got the idea two-and-a-half years ago, first starting their miniature coloring group at Culver's in Buffalo, where they met up with a few of their friends and started mixing it up, and exchanging ideas and conversation. Eventually, their group outgrew the restaurant, and so they began looking around for meeting places where their group could gather.
"The Community Center is just big enough," Dorf said. "We have plenty of room to spread out and work together and chat. It's just a way for us to get out and explore the community every week."
Williams and Dorf, and other members of their group, began publishing their meeting place through fliers. They celebrate birthdays, made sure snacks were available, and as other members began arriving weekly, the perfect opportunity arose to be able to exchange tools and ideas.
"It gives us something to do that is cheap, and it allows us to curb those creative flings we sometimes get," Dorf said.
Dorf has been a landscape artist for 50+ years, and has always been supportive and involved with local art, as she's from Cokato. She is a hospital volunteer, music enthusiast, among other artistic hobbies.
Williams, on the other hand, is a Buffalo transplant from Indiana, where she operated her own children's museum out of her home, was involved with fashion and sewing, and even gained herself some professional reviews at the time. Since she's retired, she invests her time in the local farmer's market, where she runs the "Doggie Café" from May to October of each year.
"What makes this a good time is people," Dorf commented.
"Yeah, the more people we have, the more fun it gets!" Williams added.
The group meets Wednesdays and Thursdays, usually. On Wednesdays they will work on special projects, like the 4 x 6 poster the ladies have been working at for a few weeks. Their hope is to hang it in the Community Center, where they can publicize their efforts and let the community know that they are around.
"It's wonderful because you can color anywhere, and you don't have to be entirely focused on just coloring," Williams stated. "You can watch TV, talk on the phone – whatever. For everyone, it's different, and showcases different levels of talent and interest, and is a learning opportunity. You can't ask for a better activity."
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