By Robert Nathan

Killeen Daily Herald

For some, Saturday was a day of learning to appreciate art.

The Killeen Civic Art Guild's third annual Coloring Outside the Lines Art Extravaganza kicked off Saturday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

"We're trying to bring the arts amongst the people," said Jutta Mack, the Art Guild's treasurer. "That is why we have not just crafts but fine arts also."

Coloring Outside the Lines was primarily for workshops and for the artists to come together to share their art through education. The festival included lessons in woodcarving, digital imaging, mosaics, stain glass and bookbinding.

"We want people to see that there is art in Killeen and want them to come join the Art Guild and get classes organized," Mack said. "They don't have to be artists; we want them to learn."

Nearly 20 vendors from across Texas were on hand, offering everything from framed photography to paintings, handmade jewelry and hand-woven baskets.

"Normally you don't see these baskets at very many shows," said Terry Thornton, a African basket importer from Sherman.

Coloring Outside the Lines also had free children's art activities, face-painting, and the Red, Hot and Cool Car Show, where the residents were invited to show off their decorated cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Coloring Outside the Lines continues today at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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