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The rain wasn’t the only thing pouring in Columbus this week.

Three Girl Scouts got the chance to take part in the art of acrylic pour painting during a Tuesday evening class taught by Tammy Hempstead of Accent Floral and Galleria. The class is part of a collaboration between local artists and Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska for its annual artVenture program.

Pour painting involves filling up a cup with a mixture of acrylic paint, pouring it out onto a blank canvas and then spreading it around to create unique and abstract patterns. Participants in the class included Magan Waite of Norfolk, Shannon O’Neil of Columbus and Anna Lindahl, a sophomore at Columbus High School.

Lindahl has been an active member of the Girl Scouts for nearly a decade. She participated in Hempstead's class last year where they painted with oil pastels. When it comes to art, the student said she works by instinct.

“I kind of went with whatever I was feeling, just go with the flow,” Lindahl said about her painting. “I just like to see what it turns out to.”

Susan Nickels of Columbus is a program specialist with the Girl Scouts. She said the goal of artVenture is to expose the scouts to new styles of art. Other artVenutre classes in the area have included glass fusing, pottery and canvas painting.

“The nice thing about it is that the kids get to learn a different medium (of art),” Nickels said. “These guys are going to take it with them for a long time because it’s cool.”

The girls each got to paint a canvas to eventually take home after a week of drying and cleaning at the studio. The three also worked on a large canvas which is being sent off to the artVenture reception on April 14 in Lincoln. Here it will be auctioned off with hundreds of other artwork, with the money raised going toward supporting Girls Scouts across the state. Nickels said local artists who are interested in donating their work for the auction can contact the Girl Scout's Columbus Service Center at 402-564-8822.

Hempstead opened the gallery at 3413 21st St. in 2016, and this is the third year she has volunteered to teach a class for artVenture. The studio owner said she appreciates the opportunity to teach art to today’s youth, something she formerly did before retiring from teaching at Columbus Public Schools.

“That’s my greatest thing, I get to continue educating and having fun and seeing what the next generation is like and what they’re interested in,” Hempstead said. “I’m always impressed with how well-behaved the girls are, they’re very well-behaved.”

Hempstead plans on hosting another artVenture class of 10 Girl Scouts on March 27, but the studio also offers art classes to any age group. Anyone interested in scheduling an art class with Hempstead is encouraged to call 402-606-4713 or visit Accent Floral and Galleria, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at

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Eric Schucht earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon in 2018. He has written for The Cottage Grove Sentinel, The Creswell Chronicle, The Pacific Northwest Inlander and The Roseburg News-Review.

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