Teen Art Classes

In collaboration with the Friends of the Roark Library, Roark Library, and the Brunswick Arts Council, CCO is proud to be offering FREE monthly art classes at Rourk Library in Shallotte. Sign-up here: Teen Art Classes

Who? Any student in middle school or high school

What? Art Class (medium changes each month)

When? 9/16, 10/21, 12/2, 1/20, 2/17, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18 from 1-3 pm

Where? Rourk Library

Why? To gain a greater appreciation for art as a positive way to express yourself!


SEPT. 16th: Painting with Pasco Markers

OCT. 21: Loom Weaving

DEC. 2: Mixed Media: Funky Faces

JAN. 20: Stuffed Animals

FEB. 17: Creative Movement and Music

MARCH: 16: Traditional Acrylic Painting 

APRIL 20: Black Sail Adventures: Pirate 

MAY 18TH: Creative Movement and Music

Meet the Artists

Cassi Mangrus is the owner and artist of Sweet Candy Lotus. It was created with humanity in mind. Kindness, happiness, anything considered ‘sweet’ is what I try to encourage with my colorful creations! I’ve drawn and created things from as long back as I can remember, and I have found that it’s a fantastic way to calm my mind or cope with any stressors. Cassi currently does shows in North Carolina. She’s always wanted to make an impact in her community, and she is excited for this opportunity.

Cassi Mangrus Facebook and Etsy: Sweet Candy Lotus

Weaver, Artist, Gardener, Mother, Oma. Wendy is a retired art educator who is proud of sending 32 years of artists into the world. She has always had a special love for weaving. Weaving as a personal art form enables her to use nature, texture and different types of looms to create functional and non functional pieces. 

Once students learn the basics they can explore using different types of weaving materials, color, textures, and various types of looms. Their weaving projects can be something functional or something whimsical to hang on a wall. The possibilities are endless! Weaving is truly one of Wendy’s favorite things to teach!

Wendy Weidenhammer Retired Art Teacher

Artist Becky Steele uses bold, vibrant, colors to create figurative abstracts that present diversity in a fun and respectful way, showcasing how different we all are and yet, how we are are also all the same. She utilizes vibrant, energetic color, spontaneity, and unexpected surprises to tell the stories of who she is and where she’s been.You can see Becky’s artwork in galleries and shops in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Becky Steele beckysteeleartist.com

Turning the Wheel Productions is a national non profit arts and education organization dedicated to making body based creative expression and play accessible to individuals of all ages, experiences, genders, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. They are committed to being a contributing force in fostering vibrant, healthy communities nationwide. Perry Smith is currently the director of the Wilmington Branch. He has been a co-facilitator for Turning the Wheel since 2008. He is also a musician who leads drum circles in the Wilmington area.

Perry Smith turningthewheel.org

Carla Gregory loves a variety of media including acrylics and watercolors. She was in the education field for 25 years. Currently, she teaches private art classes at Carla’s Creative Corner and art classes through the 4-H Club of Brunswick County.

Carla Gregory Carla’s Creative Corner

Anthony Benson is an entertainer and actor who owns and operates Black Sails Adventure Company with his wife Nikki. Black Sails Adventure Company provides beach activities and private entertainment in Oak Island, North Carolina. Anthony and his team can often be seen at community events in full character sharing their love and knowledge of pirates with young and old.

Anthony Benson blacksailsadventure.com