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Free Art Classes Being Offered For Military Veterans

Veterans salute during a 2013 event. Credit: Airman 1st Class Gustavo/U.S. Air Force

Those who served will have the opportunity to take part in a free series of art classes in Bristol Township.

Local artist Rose Marie Strippoli, who is currently the resident artist at the Centre for the Arts in Bristol Borough, will lead the class, Water Color Techniques, starting in April at Bucks County Community College’s Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks in Bristol Township.

The classes will be held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. running April 16 to May 21.

“The instructor is renowned artist Rose Marie Strippoli from the Artists of Bristol on the Delaware. The course, geared toward beginners, will cover a variety of methods used to achieve remarkable watercolor results, including techniques such as dry brush. Veterans will be provided with art supplies,” the course description reads.

Veterans do not need to reside in Bucks County to take part in the classes but space in limited, organizers said.

James Sell, executive director of the Epstein Campus, said the instructors are donating their times and the art supplies are funded by sponsorships.

“Art is such a great way to express oneself, so we thought it would be a great opportunity for our veterans to take advantage of this creative learning experience for free,” said Sell. “It’s also one other way to recognize and appreciate their service to our country.”

Those interested (who can show some form of Veterans ID card) can sign up for the class by contacting Christine Tompkins at 267-685-4801 or

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