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April 2021

Blizzard Folded Book Structure with Karen Hardy

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Toe River Arts Gallery – Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Ave
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 United States
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Blizzard Folded Book Structure with Karen Hardy Stranded by a snow storm during travel, artist Hedi Kyle passed the time experimenting with paper, and invented a unique folded book structure that came to be known as the “blizzard book.” Since then, the basic pattern has been altered and expanded to create numerous additional designs, including the crown book, wheel of fortune, blizzard pockets, crown card, and blizzard boxes. Developed by Hedi and her protégés, a key feature of all these structures is their…

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May 2021

Monoprints without a Press! with Melanie Finlayson

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Double Island Studio, 2459 Double Island Rd
Green Mountain, NC 28740 United States
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In this special class, Melanie will push you to experiment with many different monotype techniques! Monotypes are one-of-a-kind prints made by applying and removing inks with a paintbrush or a roller to a plate and then printing the image onto paper. This can all be done without a press! Additional layers can be created by applying another element you will learn called Pochoir, resulting in rich, layered, complex prints. Inks can be wiped and scratched off, dotted on, applied or…

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Ready, Set, Fold: Innovative Book Structures with Karen Hardy

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Toe River Arts Gallery – Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Ave
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 United States
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Ready, Set, Fold: Innovative Book Structures with Karen Hardy Learn the secrets of unique and intricately folded book forms that do not rely on sewing or adhesive. This workshop will focus on bookbinding techniques that take the architecture and action of the book to new levels through masterful paper engineering. Participants will begin with a suite of books folded from a single sheet of paper, building on this basic foundation with more advanced projects. These include such inventions by renowned artist…

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Twined Basket with Sarita Westrup

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Toe River Arts Gallery – Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Ave
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 United States
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Twined Basket with Sarita Westrup When: Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10 AM – 4 PM Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery Create a beautiful and functional twined basket in the round. Learn how to weave with round reed, begin with a six-pointed star base and weave a spiral to form the basket. Finish the lip of the basket and add a strap to hang on the wall. This is a wonderful beginning level basket weaving class; all levels are…

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The Basics and Beyond: Soft Slab Handbuilding with Liz Zlot Summerfield

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Double Island Studio, 2459 Double Island Rd
Green Mountain, NC 28740 United States
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This workshop intends to demystify working with soft slabs and paper patterns and offers the essential components to creating unique slab built pots. Participants will learn slab building techniques such as rolling, beveling, and darting while they work on forms such as cups, creamers, and lidded objects. Demonstration and hands-on work time will include pattern making and the construction of a spout, lid, and flange. Included in the workshop is a discussion and demonstration on surface treatment using terra sigillata…

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June 2021

Soft Slab Construction with Custom Textures and Specialized Surfaces with Amy Sanders

June 12 @ 10:00 am - June 13 @ 5:00 pm
Double Island Studio, 2459 Double Island Rd
Green Mountain, NC 28740 United States
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This demonstration and hands-on workshop will focus on soft slab construction while exploring a wide variety of surface enhancements using texture and pattern as an inspiration. Participants will construct personal mark-making and texturing tools to use in their own work; as well as create stamped bisque molds. During the workshop we will also create a variety of forms on which to employ our new surface techniques including an altered slab cup, a plate, and a serving dish. Emphasis in instruction…

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Multilayer Screen Printing

June 26 @ 9:00 am - June 27 @ 5:00 pm
Toe River Arts Gallery – Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Ave
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 United States
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Multilayer Screen Printing with Stormie Burns When: June 26 – 27, 9AM – 5PM Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery Register here. Screen printing is one of the most versatile and accessible methods of printmaking! Learn to transfer your drawings and mark making onto silkscreens. In this two-day workshop we will create a small edition of two-color prints on paper while exploring various methods of generating transparencies, exposing screens using photo emulsion, screen registration, and ink mixing. We…

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Exploring Low Fire Surfaces with Liz Zlot Summerfield

June 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Double Island Studio, 2459 Double Island Rd
Green Mountain, NC 28740 United States
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Are you interested in working at low fire but feel intimidated with addressing the surface? This workshop intends to demystify low fire surfaces by introducing you to several techniques, many of which can be used at any temperature. The layering of these techniques has the ability to create a unique depth to the surfaces of your work. The workshop will cover slip trailing, underglazes, sgraffito, and making and applying terra sigillata. All of these techniques can be applied to sculptural…

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July 2021

Expressing Inner Thoughts: Bust Out with Melisa Cadell

July 9 @ 9:00 am - July 10 @ 5:00 pm
Double Island Studio, 2459 Double Island Rd
Green Mountain, NC 28740 United States
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Participants in this workshop will learn simple hand building techniques enabling them to build ceramic bust forms. They will explore their ability to develop content and build forms that represent the human embodiment of complex emotion. There will be ample discussion about surface considerations specific to the bust and various sculptural forms. Besides working with clay, we will do exercises in free writing as a way to create new ideas for our work.  This workshop will offer several ways to…

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Inked Up: Introduction to Block Printing with Roby Leigh Summerfield

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Double Island Studio, 2459 Double Island Rd
Green Mountain, NC 28740 United States
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This workshop offers the essential components to creating unique relief block prints. Participants will learn how to carve linoleum, ink blocks, and print their own personal imagery. Demonstrations include imagery transfer, building texture, and instruction of the required tools needed to create their own prints. There will be plenty of hands-on work time and each participant will leave with several prints and the required skills to continue their printmaking journey. Open to all levels ages 14(+) Artist Biography: Roby Summerfield…

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August 2021

Upholstery

August 16
Toe River Arts Gallery – Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Ave
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 United States
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Upholstery with Annie Evelyn When: August 16, 21, 22 Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery Register here. Over the course of this class we will completely re-upholster a chair from start to finish. Students will learn to properly remove old fabric, minor frame repair, spring tying, material selection, webbing, cutting foam, basic sewing, stapling, tacking, etc. Please be aware that if you choose to bring a larger chair, finishing may be an unreachable goal. Each student will receive…

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