An ode to the arts

Adri's Adventures

This week the downtown ArtSpace bid farewell to its first-ever Artist in Residence, Cord McMahon.

McMahon has been working on his art medium of mixed media collage during his time in Webster City. With a passion for dogs and collage, individuals who passed by his studio over the last few months have seen numerous canine pieces on display. According to McMahon, much of his inspiration comes from his two dogs.

Along with working on his personal art, McMahon teamed up with Legacy Learning Boone River Valley to teach a youth workshop earlier this month.

Over twenty local students spent three days learning about the arts and even got to utilize their own creative processes.

After stopping by the youth workshop and art show myself, it hit me how important it is to keep the arts alive here in town. Art gives everyone a wonderful way to express themselves. Whether you use paint, paper, words, or pictures, there is a medium for everyone.

At the art show, I saw lions with googly eyes and mustaches, patterned paper creations, and a variety of animals drawn through the eyes of elementary kids. Each picture was a unique representation of that student’s personality and creative thought process, which I think is pretty cool. I myself was never gifted in the art department, so it was a neat experience seeing how talented students in the community are.

It was also awesome seeing so many parents, friends and other family members come out to show their support for these artistic youngsters. Amazing things can happen when youth in the community feel their work matters.

I hope that whoever occupies the downtown Art Space next is able to show Webster City a new side of the arts and also get the people of the community involved.

In the meantime, there are always classes and workshops going on through Legacy Learning. Check out to see what class offerings are available this fall.

Be adventurous and see where the arts can take you!