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Workshops/Exhibits

As you peruse the scheduled activities below, please keep in mind that I am always open to the idea of scheduling customized workshops - the topics you want on days you are available.  Costs are dependent on topics, time, and how many folks come along with you.  Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mt. Mitchell Craft Fair – Saturday & Sunday, Aug 4 & 5, 9 am – 5 pm, in Burnsville, NC.  Come enjoy a day in this beautiful setting where over 200 artists will display a variety of hand-made crafts.  I am happy to be returning to this venue and have many new creations, so please plan to attend.  For more info:  www.yancey.chamber.com

Book Repair Clinic – Wednesday evenings, Aug 16, 23, and 30, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at my ArtConnections studio, 629 Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC.  Bring 2-3 of your favorite worn or damaged books to repair.  We begin with basic book construction information and learn to clean old books, repair torn pages, repair and/or replace torn covers, and to re-glue and/or re-sew text block.  This is a class for all levels.  Cost: $65* includes most materials.  Should full cover replacement be necessary, additional materials fee will be required.  To register or for more info:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Magic of Marbling – Wednesdays, Sep 6, 13, 20, 27, 11 am – 2 pm, at Shelf Life Art & Supply Co., 2178 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC.   Learn the magic of paper marbling with acrylic paint while learning a little of its history and science as well.  Marbling is an ancient technique that involves floating pigments on water and creating designs with a variety of tools.  Over the course of the 4 sessions, students will create both traditional and contemporary patterns, ending the class with many decorated sheets suitable for a variety of further artistic purposes or to simply frame “as is”. The final class session will teach two ways to create books specifically designed for displaying artwork.  No experience necessary.  Cost:  $225 (discount for early registration).  Bring a bagged lunch!  To register:  Shelf Life Art & Supply Co.

The National Folk Festival – Sep 8, 9, 10, in Greensboro.  One of America’s largest, most prestigious, and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage.   I’m excited to be among the artists selected to exhibit at this event.  Best of all, this three-day celebration is FREE! No tickets needed!  For more info:  www.nationalfolkfestival.com/

Introductory and Intermediate Marbling – Saturday & Sunday, Sep 23 (10 am – 5 pm) and Sep 24 (12-6 pm), at Wilkes Art Gallery, 913 C Street, N. Wilkesboro, NC.  Learn the magic of paper marbling with acrylic paints. Marbling involves floating pigments on water and creating designs with a variety of tools.  Create both traditional and contemporary patterns, ending the day with many decorated sheets suitable for a variety of further artistic purposes or to simply frame 'as is'.   The second day we will progress to learning how to reproduce specific traditional and contemporary patterns with names like “flame cascade”, “angelfish”, “fountain”, and “winged Icarus”.  We will also practice further with color balance in the marbling tank. Cost:  $100 for two-day workshop or $75 for one-day Introductory class. For more info or to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To pay online using PayPal: https://www.wilkesartgallery.org/donate

Festifall Art Festival – Sunday, Oct 1, 12 pm – 6 pm, in Chapel Hill, NC.  Chapel Hill’s 45th annual Festifall Arts Festival will provide a unique opportunity for the community, art enthusiasts and artists to interact.   I will be among the artists offering a vibrant market of handmade artworks.  Come enjoy live performances and engaging with the local art community!  For more info: http://www.chapelhillfestifall.com/

A Taste of Bookbinding – Wednesday evenings, Oct 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at my ArtConnections studio, 629 Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC.  We will learn four bookbinding techniques:  pamphlet stitch (Oct 4), a simple pop-up book (Oct 11), a blizzard binding (Oct 18), and a Japanese stab binding (Oct 25).  Each binding style has numerous variations which will also be explored. Cost:  $30* for a single evening or $100* for all four sessions.  To register or for more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kakishibu and Shibori – Saturday, Oct 7, 10 am – 4 pm, at my home studio in Winston-Salem, NC.  Kakishibu is a Japanese dye made from the fermented juice of astringent persimmons.  This dye imparts a rich brown color and water resistant, strengthening, and anti-bacterial properties to paper.  It also interacts with sunlight, allowing for a variety of artistic effects.  The class will explore the possibilities of this dye and its interaction with the mechanical resist techniques of shibori on both paper and fabric.  Cost:  $85*   To register or for more info:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Papermaking with Local Plants– Saturday & Sunday, Oct 21 (10 am – 5 pm) and Oct 22 (12-6 pm), at Wilkes Art Gallery, 913 C Street, N. Wilkesboro, NC.  Learn to make sheets of paper from local plant fibers:  prepare pulp, pull sheets and include embellishments.  You will leave with lots of paper suitable for journaling, bookmaking, or a variety of other artistic purposes and a sample book. Cost:  $100  For more info or to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To pay online using PayPal:  https://www.wilkesartgallery.org/donate.

Shaker-inspired Books – Nov 5-11, at the John C. Campbell School Folk School, Brasstown, NC.  Shaker life embraces unity of purpose and simplicity.  While keeping things simple, they sought efficiency in work.  The culminating book structure taught this week, a wood-covered Secret Belgian binding, embraces these principles in its simp le elegance and high functionality.  During this workshop, students will learn three books that cumulatively build on one another:  a simple paper-covered French linked binding; a hardback with Davey board and a Secret Belgian binding; and the wood-covered version.  To register or for more info:  https://www.folkschool.org/

 

 *Receive a 10% discount if registration is paid in full at least two weeks in advance.  Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to start of class for refund.

 I would be delighted to offer a customized workshop for any group. Please contact me and let's talk about sharing my knowledge and skills.

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