Keep calm and color on - Kimball's coloring club


Aleta Pearson/Western Nebraska Observer

Left to right is Mary Moore, Carol Walker, Linda Thomson and Linda Bruer enjoying not only the creative fun of coloring, but new found friendships.

Although the days have been cloudy and cold, flowers, birds, butterflies and other signs of summer have recently popped up on the walls of the dining room at Vista Villa.

A welcoming ensemble of women gather in room 204 of Vista Villa at 10 a.m. every Thursday to enjoy an hour of relaxing adult coloring and camaraderie. Anyone, regardless of age, sex, religion or where you live, is invited. At the present, however, only the ladies have chosen to enjoy the therapeutic benefits and friendship this group has to offer.

The group was informally created by Carol Walker last summer.

"I enjoyed it and decided to start a coloring group," she said.

Walker enlisted the help of Pastor Carla Gunn of the Methodist Church, who supplied the colored pencils and, as Walker already had several coloring books of her own, she shared what she had at first. Since then, others have brought more books and pages to share with the group.

Anywhere from three to a dozen attend the weekly gathering and although numbers lately have been on the lower end, this group is undeterred.

"Because you don't have to commit, it's nice to come and go," said Linda Thomson the only resident of Vista Villa of the four in attendance last week.

For the entire month of February, the walls of the dining hall will be filled with nearly one hundred pieces of artwork, all colored by the local coloring book club. If you don't get a chance to view the pictures before Valentine's Day, Vista Villa will be holding an afternoon of refreshments, open to the public, on Tues., February 14 starting at 3 p.m.


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