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What: An eight week art and music program (12 classes) for students age 11 to 17!
When: Thursday, February 27th thru Thursday April 24th, 2014 / Tuesdays and Thursdays (with a few skipped days) from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Mateel Community Center
Final Show: Saturday, April 26th (exact date TBA), 2014 at Artists of the Emerald Coast at MCC
Cost: Suggested donation of $60, ($5 per class)
Register at: Sign up at the Mateel office in Redway with Charity (that's a person).

Spring Arts Collective - Moskowitz PaintingSpring Arts Collective, (SPARC) the arts program for youth, embarks on it's 3rd season at the Mateel Community Center on Thursday, February 27th. This year students will be learning the art of mask-making; dye painting on silk; and for the musical arts, the fundamentals of improvisational jazz for beginners. SPARC founder, MCC board member, Cathryn Guillette takes pains to recruit the best of established artists in the artist-dense community of southern Humboldt and this year is no exception.

Hunter Gilliam, whose background in art involves a B.F.A. from East Tennessee University, has worked as a leather craftsman for close to forty years. Gilliam will be instructing the students in an age old process of molding leather into wearable masks from the initial sketching their own design to molding and painting the mask for public exhibition.

SPARC welcomes back celebrated local silk painting artist, Margriet Seinen, whose beautiful dye on silk paintings have been featured in books on the genre and whose work has been widely exhibited here and abroad. Seinen guides the young artists through the finer points of her technique which opens up a whole dreamy world of translucent color and design possibilities and produces a beautiful result that the students are proud to display. 

Guillette, who is a musician, will be teaching beginning rhythm and melody using recorders and marimbas. The class will include basic music reading, mallet techniques, bass guitar, and recorder playing, set in a loose jazz improvisation format, which will allow the students to engage their creative abilities from the first moment they begin to play the instruments.

Spring Arts CollectiveMany thanks to Whale Gulch woodworker Bryce Grey for building a new BASS MARIMBA that the Mateel has purchased to add to the marimba Grey made for SPARC at its start, three years ago. "It is going to be so much fun to double up on the bass this year," Guillette said. 

This popular program accepts 30 students between the ages of 11 to 17 who are interested in exploring different artistic expressions.  The fee will be a suggested donation of $60, ($5 per class). Students will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays (with a few skipped days scheduled in) from 3:30 to 6:30 starting on Thursday, February 27th for a total of 12 classes, with the last class being on April 24th. An exciting highlight of the class is that each student have the opportunity to exhibit their best work at the annual Artists of the Emerald Coast Art & Wine Tasting event which happens at the Mateel on Saturday, April 26th (exact date to be announced.)  

There are three teen volunteer positions open to participants of the classes for whom class fees will be waived. The volunteers will help the teachers set up and clean up the project areas as well as help with the final shows at the Artists of the Emerald Coast Art and Wine Tasting event, and the Summer Arts and Music Festival, where their art and music will also be exhibited. 

To register for the class, students may sign up at the Mateel office with Charity. The fee is a $60 suggested donation. Parents are asked to pay in advance and be willing to provide one snack for the group on the day of their choice. The first class session will be on February 27th.  Please come join us for a busy and rewarding spring.



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