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Art workshops are ‘a little crazy’

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Melissa Lanitis Gregory is offering a series of art workshops as a way to spark and encourage creativity in the community. She plans to offer a series like this each spring and possibly some holiday-themed workshops as well. Times and costs vary, but materials are included in all costs.

Gregory is a longtime local and mixed-media artist with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has worked in graphic design in the areas of publication design and advertising.

“I feel these can be an asset to the community, and an alternative to the wonderful college offerings, in that they are alternative, less of a time commitment and a little crazy,” Gregory said.

Space for all workshops is limited. To sign up for a workshop and for directions to the studio call Gregory at (530) 573-1670.

The first workshop is called Car Karma. Participants will create an original dashboard “shrine” to a deity, personage or even a pet. In the folk art tradition, they will use found materials as well as basic kindergarten craft supplies. Participants will supply an image of the chosen subject to go on the front of their piece. Car Karma will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and the cost is $25.

The second workshop is called “No Worry Beads.” Participants will create a series of three bracelets designed to bring their thoughts back to center and help them stay focused. These are fun to make, funky to wear and help to keep one’s thoughts positive. No Worry Beads will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. May 15. The cost is $40.

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The third workshop is called Barbie Bedlam. Exactly what this looks like will depend on the participants. The idea is to get a bunch of second-hand Barbies together. Gregory supplies the glue guns and what have you and – voila! Barbie Bedlam will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. June 5. The cost is $40.