Crafts workshops planned at RAG

Halcottsville — In a new collaboration between The Roxbury Arts Group and The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild, artisans will demonstrate the “how-tos” of crafts from basketry and paper marbling to quilting and wood carving at the Patatakan Farmers’ Market every Saturday from July 3 to September 4 from 10 a.m. to noon as part of the Catskill Arts and Air events at the market.

Then, many of those same artisans will teach hands-on workshops at The Roxbury Arts Center. The fee for each of the RAG workshops is $35 plus a materials fee. Unless otherwise noted, no prior experience is required to participate. Space will be limited. In order to ensure that the workshops will take place, pre-registration is required, and early registration is strongly recommended. Call 607 326-7908 to register.

August 7 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Paula Desimone: “Recycled Jewelry.”
Do you have old, sentimental, unused or broken jewelry, pins you don’t wear or just one earring lying around in your jewelry box? If so, just gather a selection of unused jewelry and let’s refashion it into a new piece of wearable art. We’ll use chain, ribbon, wire, or leather along with crimps; jump rings and anything else you could possibly need.

Bring in your clean beads or parts and Paula will show you lots of samples and pictures for ideas. Or, if you have some pictures that you like, bring those along too. She’ll supply the inspiration while you do the work.

Material fee: $5. Paula DeSimone’s career started in graphic design, but she discovered that her true creative interests were in jewelry design. She enjoys working with color and the endless possibilities for new creations.

August 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nat Thomas: “Dyeing.”
This workshop will start with concepts of color theory, the color wheel and cover the basics of working with Procion or cold water dyes.

Participants will have the opportunity to dye a silk scarf or to produce yardage for a future quilt project. Dyed yardage can be used for future “Bog Coat Workshop.”

Materials fee: $15. Nat Thomas, noted local artist and textile artisan, has explored a wide variety of artistic media throughout his long career. He has produced textile creations ranging from art and bed quilts to scarves and T-shirts.

August 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Martha Bremer: “Basketry.”
The New England Tote Basket, also known as a shopper basket, is great project for a beginner weaver. Materials used are natural and dyed rattan, and shaker tape. Class will introduce the under over technique of basic weaving. A brief history of basketry and examples of other techniques will be discussed as well.

Materials fee: $30. Martha Bremer, a master basket weaver, studied at the Brookfield Craft Institute in Connecticut but has been mostly self-taught for the past 25 years. Her present focus is on traditional and functional styles.

Call 607 326-7908 for info.