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Sitka Center for Art and Ecology e-Newsletter

April 2009 - Vol 4, Issue 5


  • Notes
  • Spring Resident Open House
  • Collage Workshop -- Personal History Collage
  • Writing Course -- The Lives of Others
  • Creative Discovery -- Praise the Process, Squash the Critic
  • Spring Cleaning and Art
  • Fiber Arts -- Kumihimo: The Braided Silk Cords of Japan

Notes from the Director

There is so much going on this month we are giving you a bonus Newsletter!

On Saturday we are having a Campus Clean up and Bathroom Art Project. 1-4PM bring a shovel, a rake, or a pair of hedge trimmers.

Be sure to sign up for a Cyanotype Photo Printing Process workshop with Sitka Resident Sayaka Taninokuchi. Cost: Free (To register, please call the Sitka office at (541) 994-5485.) Date: May 16, 2009 Time: 10 a.m. to noon

The American Recorder Society, Oregon Coast Recorder Society and the Sitka Center are teaming up to offer a magical recorder concert at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church in Lincoln City on Friday, May 1, at 8:00 p.m more

Workshops are filling up. A few still have openings. Here are some highlights below...

  • An amazing Collage Workshop by Judy Vogland. Judy's student leave her classes in love with their new found freedom to create.
  • A brilliant Writing workshop with instructor Joanne Mulcahy. Take your writing to the next level by bringing your stories to life.
  • Popular instructor Lauren Manecon revives this soul enriching course that frees up your creative power to make your art richer and deeper.
  • Fiber Arist Rosalie Neilson introduces the Japanese art of Silk Cord Braiding.

Spring Resident Open House


Cyanotype Print by Sayaka Taninokuchi

Free Workshop and Open House
Saturday, May 16th
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This event will be held at the Sitka Center

Stop by for conversation, a chance to meet the artists and some refreshments! The artists will be sharing their completed and continuing pieces, processes, and experiments that evolved during their residency period at Sitka.

In addition, we're offering a free workshop called Cyanotype Photo Printing Process taught by Sayaka Taninokuchi, a current resident.

The cyanotype process is the first non-silver photographic printing process invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842. "Cyan" means blue and "type" is print in Greek. It is a simple and direct process and known for its deep, vibrant blue color. Learn how to make a cyanotype print using dried plants and transparent materials with UV light source.

Collage Workshop -- Personal History Collagecollage vogland


Instructor: Judy Vogland
06/15/2009 - 06/18/2009
10:00 AM 04:00 PM
$300 Tuition, plus $25 Material Fee
Total Cost: $325
Skill Level: all

Course Description

Explore those stacks of boxes filled with old family photos of trips to the beach or life in general. Assemble compositions formalizing and dramatizing your personal history. Black and white and color combined. Two or more surfaces accomplished, one on wood panel and the second on heavy weight watercolor paper easily framed as a family treasure. This great green project recycles the papers of your memory as you take time to visually compose your life.

About the Instructor Judy Vogland is an Oregon painter who has taught surface building with sand and found materials on the Oregon beaches for over thirty years. In addition to teaching for Portland State University, Haystack, Hillsboro High School, and the Sitka Center, Vogland creates public space artwork, corporate commissions, and work in collage/assemblage for gallery exhibitions.

Writing Course -- The Lives of OthersCourse Details

Writing Workshop

Instructor: Joanne Mulcahy
05/23/2009 - 05/24/2009
10:00 AM 04:00 PM
Tuition: $175
Total Cost: $175
Skill Level: All

Course Description

Biographies, oral histories, literary portraits, cultural journalism - these genres rely on the stories of others. How do we create frames to bring such stories to life? How do we blend the personal voice with writing about someone else? We'll explore how varied writers address these issues. We'll write portraits of others that may include visions of ourselves.

About the Instructor

Joanne B. Mulcahy teaches at The Northwest Writing Institute of Lewis and Clark College. Her essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Stories that Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write About the West and These United States. She is the author of Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island and the forthcoming Remedios: The Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz.

Creative Discovery -- Praise the Process, Squash the Critic









Course Details

Instructor: Lauren Mantecón
05/25/2009 - 05/28/2009
10:00 AM 04:00 PM
$305 Tuition, plus $40 Material Fee
Total Cost: $345
Skill Level: all

Course Description

Each one of us possesses a strong creative ability. Yet we often stop short of our potential. Lauren Mantecón facilitates your individual engagement with the creative process using innovative techniques that break through self-imposed barriers. You will be guided through idea-generating exercises, and visualizations designed for inspiration. Our materials: collage, drawing, and paint. This is an excellent class for all those seeking to stimulate their hidden muse.

About the Instructor

Lauren Mantecón is an experienced teacher and studio artist known for facilitating ways of expanding the active imagination. She has taught at the University of Portland in Oregon and has worked with diverse populations. Lauren teaches workshops throughout the country, and has exhibited internationally. She currently resides in Sausalito, California.

Spring Cleaning and Artartsybathroom

What is this image? Could it be a wall in our public bathroom? We want to spruce up the campus and one of the projects includes painting something artful and fun in the public bathrooms. Would you like to help with the design and/or the painting?

We'll also be doing some landscape clean-up involving raking and pruning mostly in the Sculpture Garden.

Would you like to spearhead a project? We have some ideas and would love to develop them further. Contact Jalene at jalenecase@sitkacenter.org or (541) 994-5485.

Saturday, April 25, 2009
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thank you!

Fiber Arts -- Kumihimo: The Braided Silk Cords of Japanneilson silk braids


Course Details

Instructor: Rosalie Neilson
05/23/2009 - 05/24/2009
10:00 AM 04:00 PM
$175 Tuition, plus $30 Material Fee
Total Cost: $205
Minimum Age Level:12
Skill Level: all

Course Description

Using traditional Japanese equipment-marudai (round braiding stand) and tama (weighted spools) -learn how to make a variety of braids suitable for decorative cording and jewelry. Using fibers which replicate the feel and luster of silk, participants will set up the stand to create a braid exhibiting round, square, flat, and oval cross sections. Participants will learn how to use "Braid Runner," a computer program which predicts designs of fourteen different braid structures.

About the Instructor

Rosalie Neilson, a weaver for forty years, teaches throughout the country. She writes for Handwoven and Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. She helped create "Braid Runner", the first software program predicting braid designs, and published The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi. She is currently writing a design book called The Exaltation of Blocks.



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