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Encountering Art: A Workshop for Artists & Writers

Artists and writers! Take a deeper dive into our Gallery exhibits with Kim and Mary in this exciting workshop! Running roughly every six weeks in conjunction with each new Gallery installation, Encountering Art invites students to come and explore the current exhibit, then participate in a curated in-depth discussion of a single work. Artists will then sketch in response to the work with Mary, and writers will write in response with Kim.

All participants are encouraged to share and discuss their work over a brown bag lunch afterward in the Lower Gallery. Sign up for all eight in the series or try it out as a drop-in. Bring a sketchbook or notebook/laptop, and a brown-bag lunch. Class starts at 10:30, but students are encouraged to come early when the Gallery opens at 10 to experience all work in the show.

About the Instructors

Mary Richmond is a life-long resident of Barnstable with a long history of teaching art classes for all ages. Her special love is working with beginners and encouraging all to find their inner artist. She is also a weekly nature columnist for the Cape Cod Chronicle and Enterprise Newspapers and writes regularly for the Barnstable Patriot. Her ink drawings accompany her writings.

Kim Baker is the Center's Associate Director for Administration. Kim’s favorite experience at the Center is going to the Gallery when Michelle is hanging a new art exhibit. She is a widely-published poet, and two short plays have been produced. She is an exhibited photographer, NPR essayist, and publishes Word Soup, an online poetry journal that donates all submission fees to food banks.

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at