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Originally published in Compass, July 12, 2012
Seamark announces summer art program

Seamark Community Arts announced its schedule of art workshops and events for the summer season. Art workshops for children, teens and adults of all abilities begin on July 30 and run through August 17, according to a press release.

Seamark volunteers will be on hand to make hats with children during Fisherman’s Day at the Stonington Pier, Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In August, Seamark has scheduled three art workshops for children ages 6 through 12. Sarah Klofft will lead a two-day workshop, July 30 and Aug. 2, called “Fimo Beads, Bangles & Figurines.” Kids will learn to make colorful beads and figures with a baked clay medium then create wearable pieces.

Anne-Claude Cotty will teach “Printmaking Capers II,” Aug. 7 through 9. Children will make prints, both on and off the etching press, using drawing, rubbing, carving and embossing techniques which they will then incorporate into books with popups, stories and crazy structures.

Malinda Curtis and Holley Mead will teach kids how to make their own “Birch Bark Baskets” in Indian tradition, August 14 through 16. Kids will use birch bark and spruce roots to make baskets of different shapes and sizes. Class includes a field trip to Island Heritage Trust for a demonstration by guest artist David Moses Bridges, a basket maker and birch bark canoe builder, and gathering natural materials from nearby woods. All children’s workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Seamark Building in Deer Isle, located at 11 Church Street. Snacks are provided during each class.

Seamark offers art workshops for families, teens and adults as well. On August 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Deer Isle artist and master furniture maker Bruce Bulger will lead a workshop on designing and building a bench or box using mostly hand tools in a fully equipped wood shop.

In week two, August 7 and 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, artist Jill Hoy will teach “Plein Air Painting.” This class is open to all levels of experience. Kyra Alex, local quilt maker and owner of Lily’s Cafe, will also lead a workshop August 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. She will teach a quilt-making workshop called “Fire & Ice” which starts with monochromatic colors, then slashes into them randomly to add bursts of color and design.

In week three, August 13 through 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., jazz musician and teacher Phelan Gallagher will lead a music workshop for instrument and voice for ages 13 and up. This class will explore the roots of jazz and examine techniques for beginning improvisation. The group will perform classic tunes of the American songbook, blues, and rock n’ roll. Students will discover their individual voice as an improviser.

All workshops for families, teens and adults are offered in the studios of the artists/craftspeople. Information is provided at time of registration. Seamark offers scholarships to students of all ages based on need.

In addition to art classes, Seamark will hold a summer art festival and fundraiser on Sunday, August 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Seamark building in Deer Isle, located at 11 Church Street. “Art on the Line” is the theme of this year’s fundraiser which will feature live music, food, mural painting, portrait artists, kids activities and original artwork from local artists and craftspeople—anything that can be hung from a clothesline.

For more information, or to register for a workshop, call Seamark at 348-5208 or Holley Mead at 348-2333, or visit seamarkcommunityarts.com.