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Sitka Center for Art and Ecology e-Newsletter

January 2009 - Vol 4, Issue 2


  • Director's Notes
  • National Community Service Day January 19
  • Kim Stafford's Winter Workshop
  • Explore the World of Nature Essays
  • Love and Art
  • Making Rope with Plant Fibers

Notes from the Director

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Kim Stafford performing a song he wrote called "Sitka Song" during our Open House event at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on January 11th.

A brand new year, full of promise and possibility, awaits us. We've been busily coordinating with a wonderful array of instructors to create a set of workshops that that you can savor fully. The catalog is heading to press and should be in your mailbox by mid February. In the mean time, we will make the workshop listing available online by January 25. Currently the only workshops available for registration are Kim Stafford's Inaugural Portfolio and Melissa Hart's Writing and Selling Your Nature Essays

All other workshops will be available for registration on February 17 (when early registration for members opens). Call 541-994-5485 to renew your membership now.

The Sitka Residents put on a spectacular show at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. We've posted a few pictures on-line at our Flikr site.

We are having a campus cleanup party as part of Barack and Michelle Obama's national community service day celebration. You can sign up here

National Community Service Day January 19

On January 19, join millions of Americans by celebrating Martin Luther King's Birthday with a day of community Service. Sitka's staff will be hosting a studio and campus clean up party to prepare for spring residents and guests. After our clean up we'll take a hike up cascade head (weather permitting - and participants willing).

Kim Stafford's Winter Workshopstaffordjan09

Inaugural Portfolio
Kim Stafford
01/24/09 to 01/25/09
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

There is still room in Kim Stafford's winter writing workshop.

As the nation turns to a new regime, it's time in your life to manifest your beliefs, your calling, your story as a strand in the work of now.

Kim Stafford's classes are transformative and inspiring. Give yourself a gift and unleash that creative genius within you.

Explore the World of Nature Essays

Writing and Selling Your Nature Essays

Melissa Hart
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Learn how to get your nature Essay out in to the world.

This workshop will guide you through the steps for successfully writing and selling your nature essay. Now is the time to share your work with the world.

Love and Art


Nothing says love so well as Art. This year, instead of chocolate, give someone the chance to take a class at Sitka.

Gift certificates come in all denominations . . . just the right thing to say I love you to that special person.

Call us at 541-994-5485 and we'll set you up.  Your sweetie will swoon and we'll love you too!

Making Rope with Plant FibersMakingPlantFiberRope

During our Open House on January 11th, many people were astounded by the beautiful and durable rope made using plant fibers. Artist-In-Residence Dawn Stetzel made the rope as part of her exhibition and wants to share the technique so she's offering a free workshop.

What: Learn How to Make Rope with Plant Fibers

When: Saturday January 24th 1-4pm

Where: Chessman Gallery in the Lincoln City Cultural Center

Come see how artist Dawn Stetzel uses this rope in her large wall sculpture in the gallery and then learn how to twist and turn plant fibers to make your own. Use this rope for utilitarian purposes or turn it into the cordage for a bracelet or key chain. This an important wilderness survival skill and has been used for generations in the making of fish nets, snares and bow-drill fire making. Cedar bark, cattail and nettle plant fibers will be provided

.All ages welcome, free and open to the public, no need to sign-up in advance.


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