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Arts Alive hosts exhibits, workshops

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The Visual Arts Committee of Arts Alive, Inc. proudly announces a schedule of exhibits and workshops through May, 2014.

Since 2004, the Visual Arts Committee has worked hard to provide talented artists in our community with opportunities to exhibit and sell their works. Community members are invited to bring their artwork to hang in each exhibit except the Invitational Exhibits for viewing by the public at the Robinson/Olsson Auditorium in West Point, VA. The Visual Arts Committee plans exhibits throughout the year to highlight local artists as well as workshops to offer opportunities to learn new art techniques. Co-chaired by Gail Nichols and Jeannette Wagner, the Visual Arts Committee only charges $15 plus any supply cost for these workshops which will all be held at the West Point Library. The workshops are open to adults and students ages 12 to 18 and fill quickly, so sign up soon!

Workshop instructors are artists from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or local artists. Workshops from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are supplemented by grants. The first adult workshop is on Thursday, September 5th from 9 am to 2 pm. Advanced Encaustics will be taught by Karen Elde, a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts artist. Participants will create paintings using the ancient process of melted beeswax. A second workshop will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 9 am to 12 pm. Scratchboard Drawing will be taught by West Point High School art teacher, Sue Kurfees. Participants will learn to create drawings by experimenting with lines on scratchboard. Scratchboard has a white clay layer covered by black ink. The drawing is made by scratching white lines through the ink with a sharp tool. A scratchboard drawing can be very detailed and resemble a wood engraving. On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Susan O'Rourke will present a Create a Pendant Workshop from 9 AM to 2 PM at the West Point Library. Participants will create an original necklace using materials supplied by the artist. Workshops in 2014 the double session Sculpture Class on Creating a Character/Fantasy Doll offered by Gudrun Kiel-Bullock, artist, at the West Point Library from 9 AM to 2 PM on January 23, 2014 for session 1 and February 13, 2014 for session 2. Session 1 will be making the armature as well as creating the head, hands, feet and body, while session 2 will be painting the doll as well as making clothes and attaching the hair. On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Mary Swezey, VMFA artist, will offer Silk Painting from 9 AM to 2 PM. Participants will design and paint a silk scarf that can be worn or hung as a work of art. Marjorie Perrin, another VMFA artist, will offer Watercolor Landscapes on Thursday, April 10 from 9 AM to 2 PM. The last workshop for this year will be Abstract Mixed Media taught by VMFA artist from 9 am to 2 PM. Using traditional and nontraditional materials and techniques, participants will create an abstract mixed media work of art.

Arts Alive will offer 5 art exhibits which coincide with Arts Alive performances that will be displayed in the exhibit area of the Robinson/Olsson Auditorium adjacent to West Point High School on Thompson Avenue during regular school hours. (Please enter through the high school office.) Exhibition in Arts Alive exhibits is open to all local artists, and art work on display may be purchased. The next art exhibit will be an All-Media Community Art Exhibit from September 24th to November 12th. Artists wishing to enter work in this exhibit should bring it to the exhibit area between 9 and 10 AM on September 24th. The art opening will be on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 6:30 PM, prior to Arts Alive's performance of An Evening with Hal Linden.

For additional information or to display your art work please contact Gail Nichols at 804-843-4418 or gcarternichols@cox.net or Jeanette Wagner at 804-994-9668 or puddin5515wags@aol.com. More information about Arts Alive and a schedule of events are also available at http://www.artsaliveinc.org.