McMinn Senior Center hosts jewelry-making class


The McMinn Senior Activity Center in Athens is hosting a jewelry-making class on Thursday, April 26. The class is taught by Danae Sweeten and her husband, Ben, of Jasper in June.

Danae, a self-taught silversmith and Ben, a self-described "crystal hoarder" and collector, hand select each crystal, mineral, rock and stone for each piece they make.

All of Jasper in June's jewelry is handcrafted by Danae inside of their humble Tennessee home studio with love, intention, dedication and fervor. They take the process as an invitation to create love and joy. You can see more of their work at  or on Etsy at jasperinjune.

You don’t have to have any artistic talent to participate in any of the classes. Choose either the 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. session to learn from these talented artists and leave with the skills to make your own piece of jewelry as well as a finished piece to take home with you. We will supply all you need for the class.

Whether you’re looking for a little morning fun or a Ladies Night out, this class is for you. Space is limited, so sign up early! There are 10 spots in each class. While the Senior Center hopes to foster a love of the creative arts with these art classes, its main goal is to have fun.

All supplies and instruction for the classes will be free to senior citizens (those 60 and older). The cost of $5 will be charged to all non-seniors. Anyone in the community 18 and up is invited to join us for these classes. Funding for these art classes has been provided by grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission through the Arts Access Grant and Creative Aging Grant as well as funding from the C. Scott and Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation.

The McMinn Senior Center works to “encourage seniors to age successfully.”

For more information, contact the McMinn Senior Activity Center at 423-745-6830.


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