Adding color to a white winter…

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Lissa Biebl sketches a colorful red-bellied woodpecker in her sketchbook as her Wednesday artbook project.

NEW ULM — For those looking to put color into this cold white winter, a New Ulm art group has been quietly meeting at the New Ulm Library on Wednesday.

The group meets from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the New Ulm Public Library basement. Artists of all levels and abilities are welcome to join the adults-only group.

Artists are invited to bring their own materials and ideas to work on projects.

The program has been going for nearly four years at the library and previously met at the Community Center.

The extreme winter weather of recent weeks has limited the turnout, but a few dedicated patrons attended Wednesday.

Lissa Biebl worked in her sketchbook on drawing of a red-bellied woodpecker. Sue Kral put her watercolor and pastel skills to the test as she created a warm sunset.

Biebl said the library was a quiet place away from distractions that allowed her to focus on the art.

Kral said it was exciting when the attendance was high. It let everyone see the different projects.

Artists of every kind are welcome, as long as materials are non-odorous. On a typical Wednesday it’s common to see colored pencils, watercolors, pastels and acrylic side by side in the library space.

The next art group event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Artists are free to come and go as they please. The group is self-directed.