Laguna Madre Art Gallery features April workshops

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LMAG April workshops pic-4-18-13Laguna Madre Art Gallery has scheduled two new workshops for April. Gallery artist Sally Heath will hold a Beaded Bangle Bracelet workshop on April 22 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and gallery artist Beth Fedigan will present her Encaustic II workshop on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sally Heath, formerly a Theatre professor in New Mexico, restarted her jewelry hobby after moving to Laguna Vista in 2006. She had dabbled with metalsmithing while living in California, but was too busy with theatre productions to keep it up. To have something to do after retiring, she started “playing” with beads, which led to working with silver metal clay, and that led to wire wrapping and glass fusing. In this workshop Heath will teach participants how to create a Beaded Bangle Bracelet with two gauges of copper wire and the participants’ choice of beads, which will be provided by the instructor. This is a fast and easy bracelet to make. Students will make their own bracelet “cuff” and hook and eye clasp, and then wire wrap the beads to the “cuff.” This is a beginner level project. The cost for the workshop is $30.00, which includes supplies. Students are asked to bring three tools and a few supplies found in their homes. The list of tools and a complete supply list are available at the Art Gallery.

Gallery member and well known artist Beth Fedigan has lived in the Laguna Madre area since 1992. She began her career in art working primarily in pastels, but turned to watercolors when she lived in Hawaii in the late 80s. She started painting a line of clothing and giftware items and on silk while in Kona. After moving to South Padre Island she gave up her line of clothing and giftware, but continued to paint and displayed her work at many Island locations. In 2003 she started painting fish for a local restaurant and she was soon known for her “Fish Faces.” Although watercolors is Fedigan’s primary medium, she has turned more to the freedom she experiences when working with collage and Encaustic or hot wax painting. Encaustic painting is accomplished with a mixture of pigment, filtered beeswax, and damar resin which comes from the sap of an Asian pine tree. In this class students who took the Encaustic I workshop, will take a “step or two” beyond what they’ve already learned. In one technique they will use a torch for a shellac burn; in another they will use tar; and they will do wax transfers using another technique. More information on presentation will be given as well. Although this is a second level workshop, beginners are welcome to join the class.

Both workshops will be at the Laguna Madre Art Gallery, 405 E. Maxan St., Port Isabel (on Lighthouse Square). To sign up for the workshops, call (956) 943-1407, or drop by. Examples of the Beaded Bangle Bracelet and Encaustic Paintings are on display at the gallery. While there browse through the gallery’s fine selection of paintings, photography, jewelry, fabric arts, and wooden bowls and vases.

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