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THERE IS A LOT GOING ON AT THE BARN AS YOU WILL SEE IN THE CALENDAR BELOW.

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April

Date: Saturday  April   5,  2014 
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Title: Photographing Your Art Work
Price: $15
Type of Event: Classes & Workshops
All artists need quality work samples, whether you’re publishing your work on a website, applying for grants, responding to calls for artists, or archiving your work. Paying a professional to photograph your artwork can be very expensive. Learn how to do it yourself instead!

 This workshop will teach you how to photograph two- and three-dimensional artwork using continuous lighting, and understand camera settings for point-and-shoot and DSLR format digital cameras. Appropriate backgrounds including use of a light tent, tripods, angle of view, and basic adjustments in your photo management software will be covered.

This class is for creating photographs for websites, jury submissions, portfolios and postcards announcing a show – brochures too – that sort of thing. This class will not teach how to photograph art that can be reprinted as cards or blown up and sold as prints. That requires a much more meticulous and detailed knowledge of lighting and digital online management for which a professional photographer should be hired.

Lorie Higgins is a community development specialist with University of Idaho Extension. She has been an amateur photographer since high school and has been offering the class, as well as use of photo studio equipment to Palouse area artists as part of the Two Degrees Northwest: Where Art Meets the Land program that has focused on developing a vibrant “place-based” (e.g., art, food and heritage) economic sector in a nine county region of north central Idaho and southeastern Washington since 2007.

This class is for students aged 16 and older who have a basic knowledge of point and shoot digital photography. Students should bring a camera (if you have one – if not, studio camera will be used).

Instructor will supply photography studio equipment and handouts.

Minimum 4 students; maximum 12

Please register as early as possible, but drop-ins will be welcome if there is space.





Dates: Sunday  April   6,  2014  - Sunday  April   27,  2014 
Time: Opening reception April 6 from 1 to 3 pm; otherwise during regular open hours
Title: "Here Comes the Sun"
Price: FREE
Type of Event: Exhibit
The “Here Comes the Sun” exhibit is a reflection of art and music for spring. Artists have dusted off the winter blues and have created some fun art. This is a perfect exhibit to kick off spring, like the perfect song of the same name written by George Harrison in Eric Clapton’s garden.

Exhibiting artists include: E. Spencer Rockett, Cheryl Greenstreet, Tracy Randall, Katherine Clancy, Laurel Macdonald, Jennifer Whitted, Carolyn Guy, Har-V, Craig Whitcomb and John Kirkland. A variety of media will be represented: wood block prints, barbed wire sculpture, watercolor, photography and textile.

The opening reception is Sunday, April 6 from 1 to 3 pm with artists present.
Date: Saturday  April   12,  2014 
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Title: Annual Art Demonstration Day - musical instruments made by hand
Price: FREE
Type of Event: Special Event
What a fun day this will be! It is our 8th annual special event of this type. We pick a different theme each year and bring in artists and craftspeople to demonstrate what they create. We encourage the public to engage with the demonstrators.

This year we have a wide variety of musical instrument makers lined up:

~ John Elwood from Garfield making a banjo from a Cougar Gold Cheese can, called a canjo. He also makes beautiful wood dulcimers by hand. John will demonstrate making tuning pegs by hand on his foot-powered lathe. John is happy to demonstrate playing the instruments he makes.

~ Geoff Crimmins and Jeff Jenson are amateurs who make and play bag pipes. Jeff Jenson is from Lewiston and Geoff Crimmins is from Moscow. They will demonstrate some of the wood-turning and other techniques used in making Scottish smallpipes and highland bagpipe practice chanters. Many of the skills can be applied to making the various types of bagpipes that are played in Great Britain and Europe.

~ James Fitzgerald creates guitars and artist Tim Ely paints on some of the unique instruments. James Fitzgerald and Timothy Ely began the guitar project in 2012. They have now completed 15 instruments, all of the steel string acoustic variety. These guitars represent a cross over of a variety of wood and book crafts, fusing the processes into the making of these unique instruments. You can expect some music from these two fellows.

~ Paul Smith creates banjos from gourds and plays in a band. Smith will be demonstrating the installation of a glued goatskin head on a fretless gourd banjo. The fretless gourd banjo was the original design of the banjo made by Africans in the Americas, creating lutes that they knew in West Africa. In West Africa, skin heads are usually nailed to the gourds or hollowed-out wood instrument bodies, but in his most recent instruments, Smith has used a technique common in the Middle East and Central Asia, where the skin head is glued to the body. Smith will play gourd banjo music and will also play a five-string Ethiopian lyre (krar) he made a few years ago.

~ Marcus Daniels Luthiery from Spokane will be represented making guitars. Marcus is working on a solid body electric guitar dubbed the “Art Guitar.” This guitar has an Alder body and plain Maple top as it will have some sort of art work on the face of the guitar body.
Marcus will be demonstrating carving the top on a solid body electric guitar.

~ Kevin Peters from the Nez Perce Tribe creates traditional wooden flutes from elderberry limbs and will demonstrate his carving technique. The flute Peters plays was once considered the domain of men only as a courting flute, but men were active players and the courted lady an active listener - takes two to tango! Peters will bring some of his other flutes for display.

~ Joel Stehr from Spokane will show how he creates acoustic guitars. Artistic design, music, and the natural beauty of wood are some of the things that inspire Joel to create acoustic guitars that are uniquely pleasing to look at and equally inspiring to play. Joel often hears in conversation with his customers the term “functional art”. Throughout the years Joel has been honing his skills one guitar at a time, for players worldwide. Each instrument Joel builds is one-of-a-kind and a great source of pride for him, and for the musicians who helped to design it.

~ Stuart Gort Sr. will demonstrate electric guitars. Stuart Keith guitars are made in a small shop outside Spokane, WA. With two decades of aviation engineering and cad/cam/cnc experience preceding his foray into musical instruments, Stuart has produced very light weight and highly resonant electric guitars. As an artist, he fuses aesthetic designs with his modern technology to produce his unique instruments. Stuart will be playing his instruments and will allow visitors to try them out.

~ Michael Elwell is a maker of classical guitars for serious classical musicians. He builds Classical Guitars in the Spanish tradition. There will be work in progress on display and he will be demonstrating making the rosette, which is the ornamentation around the sound hole on the face of the guitar. The intricate patterns of Spanish rosettes seem to reflect the ascetic influence of Arabic occupation in southern Spain. Elwell believes that the rosette begins the process of giving the guitar its unique personality and no two of his guitars are exactly the same. Michael Volk, who has had one of Elwell's guitars for over 10 years, will be demonstrating playing the instrument.

There is sure to be some great music coming from this group during this event.
Date: Saturday  April   26,  2014 
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Title: Hog Heaven Big Band - tunes for dancing or listening
Price: $8 for a couple; $5 for a single
Type of Event: Music & Dances
The Hog Heaven Big Band has been playing dance music on the Palouse for decades and at the Barn since it opened in 2006. The tunes come from the Great American Songbook. Come to dance or to listen and to watch some expert dancers.

They will play again in 2014 the fourth Saturday in October.

May

Dates: Thursday  May   1,  2014  - Sunday  May   25,  2014 
Time: Opening reception Thursday, May 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Title: Raw Energy - acrylic paintings by Melissa Cole
Price: FREE
Type of Event: Exhibit
The subjects of Melissa's work may vary wildly, but the constant is the raw energy they show. If you have driven the levee by-pass in Lewiston, you have seen her mosaic work on the overpass bridge at 5th Street.

By reading below, you will see she is literally all over the map. For this reason, we are having the opening reception on a Thursday evening to accommodate her busy schedule.

Artist Melissa Cole often finds herself snorkeling with salmon, smooching manatees, and swimming with tiger sharks. It is from these amazing encounters that she derives much of her inspiration for her vividly colored, heavily textured and patterned acrylic paintings.

Cole was born in Oregon and raised in London, Hong Kong, and India. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Zoology and spent time as a naturalist guide in Mexico. She’s written over 30 children’s natural history books and travels with her husband Brandon, who is a wildlife photographer specializing in marine life. Melissa has always dabbled in art, but has spent the last 15 years fully devoted to it. She is strongly influenced by ethnic patterns, which she sees in her travels abroad. “You’ll find lots of dots, and a distinct border pattern in each of my pieces. Her work is found in galleries ranging from Stephan Fine Arts in Anchorage, Alaska to The Wild Side Gallery in Key West, Florida.

Melissa's artist statement:
I create because I can lose myself entirely within that present moment.
Over the last fifteen years I’ve been delighted to discover that with the
most mundane ingredients: acrylic, canvas, concrete, glass, copper, clay and wood, I can form something that seemingly vibrates with its own raw energy. I relish the moments when my artwork makes people stop their mad hurtle through life to pause, breathe and enjoy an experience.

Because of my past experience as a naturalist guide and my marriage to a marine photographer, I’ve been lucky enough to snorkel with salmon, smooch baby gray whales and swim with tiger sharks. It is from these amazing encounters that I derive much of the inspiration for my vividly colored, textured and patterned acrylic paintings and sculptures. I am also influenced by a childhood spent in India, extensive travels abroad, and by my background in zoology.

Since I can remember, I have been attracted to unusual color combinations and intricate ethnic patterns. These I have seen in textiles, ceramics, paintings, carvings, and stained glass from Mexico to Africa. I am especially drawn to specific patterns that can be found in the artwork of almost every culture. In each of my pieces you will find dotted designs, a distinct border pattern and an abundance of texture. I frequently use mixed media, a fusion of different elements, to add tactile dimensionality and visual interest to my work.

June

Dates: Saturday  June   7,  2014  - Sunday  June   8,  2014 
Time: 10 am to 4 pm both days; one hour lunch
Title: Drawing and Painting Landscapes in Watercolor with visiting artist Wes Hanson
Price: $132; students bring materials listed below
Type of Event: Classes & Workshops
Learn to draw both loose and focused landscapes. Paint watercolors in various ways using eye-catching compositions, strong values and vibrant colors. Paint along with the instructor as you learn how to control watercolor and be helped by him as you paint your own subjects. Depending on the weather and the availability of subjects, we may spend part of the class time drawing and painting outdoors. If this takes place, we would spend the mornings learning drawing and painting skills and the afternoons using them outdoors.

Wes Hanson has painted watercolors for thirty-five years and teaches drawing and painting to adults in the Inland Northwest for Spokane Art Supply, North Idaho College, and the Dahmen Barn. His works are displayed at the Denise Oliver Gallery in Harrison, Idaho. He is a member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. He demonstrates painting products for Jack Richeson & Co., a major art supplier. His paintings and instructional information can be found at www.weshansonartist.blogspot.com.

Artist's Statement: "Watercolor intrigues me because of its transparency and the ways water distributes color. It invites painters to be spontaneous and creative. Though people often say watercolor is the most challenging painting medium, I find it forgiving and versatile. Painting successful watercolors requires understanding how water and pigments behave and learning how to create designs, organize values, and apply lively color. Imaginatively employed techniques produce compelling paintings. I can't think of a more enjoyable way to capture beauty."

This class is for adults who have basic drawing skills and beginning experience with watercolors. Minimum 6 students; maximum 10.

Materials to be supplied by students:
1. Close-up landscape photographs of area scenes.
2. A No. 2 school pencil, white eraser, and 8.5 by 11 inch sketchbook.
3. Two full sheets (22 by 30 inches) of Arches 140 lb., 100% cotton rag, cold press watercolor paper.
4. A plywood board or stout cardboard measuring 13 by 17 inches.
5. A one-inch flat watercolor brush and a #8, 10, or 12 round watercolor brush. 6. Artist grade tube watercolor paints containing the following colors:
    •    A Yellow with a touch of orange (like Gamboge, New Gamboge, or Cadmium    Yellow Deep),     
•    A second Yellow with a little green (like Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow             Lemon, or Hansa Yellow),     
•    A Red with a touch of orange (like Vermillion, Cadmium Red Light, or Cadmium     Scarlet),     
•    A second Red with a little purple (like Quinacridone Rose, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, or Rose Madder),     
•    A Blue with a touch of green (like Prussian Blue, Thalo Blue, Windsor Blue, or Antwerp Blue),     
•    A second Blue with a little purple (like Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine Blue),     
•    Ivory Black (for value studies)
7. A white plastic rectangular palette (measuring about 12 by 16 inches) or a round watercolor palette (measuring about 12 inches in diameter) that has an ample mixing area.
8. A wide-mouth plastic water container holding at least a quart of water.
9. One inch wide masking tape.
10. Paper towels.
11. A plastic tablecloth.
12. Outside equipment: a portable chair, broad brimmed hat, long sleeve shirt, sunscreen, sunglasses, drinking water.

PLEASE REGISTER BY Tuesday, May 27.
Date: Saturday  June   21,  2014 
Time: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Title: Annual Fundraising TEA
Price: $20
Type of Event: Special Event
With a Downton Abbey theme this year! Our costume contest will be unforgettable and the refreshments properly English, of course.

A fashion show is planned along with live and silent auctions.

Seating is limited at this event, so call to reserve early.

More details to be posted.

July

Date: Saturday  July   19,  2014 
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Title: Introduction to Bowl Turning with Len Zeoli
Price: $95 includes all materials and use of tools
Type of Event: Classes & Workshops
This is a one-day session in Len's Uniontown studio where the beginning student will learn the basics of bowl turning and turn a green wood bowl. Several topics will be presented that include general wood shop and lathe safety, bowl design, choice of wood for turning, proper fastening of wood onto the lathe, and finishing. He will demonstrate bowl turning and give you hands-on instruction in the use of bowl turning tools. No experience is necessary, yet you will learn skills you can take to the next level. All tools and materials will be provided.

Len Zeoli has been working with wood since he first made his own toys as a child. Wood has always been for him a readily available material that possesses lots of personality and possibility. His professional career in woodworking began in 1978 when he set up his first shop, where he taught himself cabinet and furniture making. Not satisfied with just buying lumber, Len immersed himself in the idea of wood as material, falling and milling trees that would one day find their way into his finished work. This is nowhere more true than in his bowl turning, where he has focused on turning green wood. Many years of learning by doing have given him a sense of how to begin at the beginning and to persist through process to a finished piece. Len has a special place in his life for those who want to learn how to work with wood, and is desirous of sharing his hard earned knowledge to help his students move in satisfying and productive directions.

Minimum class size 3, maximum 5

Please register no later than: July 5. If you have registered and paid, but cancel after this date, a cancellation fee of 50% of the class fee will be retained.
Dates: Saturday  July   26,  2014  - Sunday  July   27,  2014 
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Title: Intermediate Bowl Turning with Len Zeoli
Price: $200 includes all materials and use of tools
Type of Event: Classes & Workshops
This is a two-day session in Len's Uniontown studio for those who are excited about and seriously interested in turning. Here you can hone your tool and turning skills. We will talk about how to choose wood for bowl turning and about good basic bowl design. Students can expect to turn one or two open form bowls. You will also learn to shape and sharpen your own tools. At this level it is appropriate for students to have some of their own bowl turning tools, but it is not required. You are encouraged to bring examples of your turning if you have them. All tools and materials will be provided.

Len Zeoli has been working with wood since he first made his own toys as a child. Wood has always been for him a readily available material that possesses lots of personality and possibility. His professional career in woodworking began in 1978 when he set up his first shop, where he taught himself cabinet and furniture making. Not satisfied with just buying lumber, Len immersed himself in the idea of wood as material, falling and milling trees that would one day find their way into his finished work. This is nowhere more true than in his bowl turning, where he has focused on turning green wood. Many years of learning by doing have given him a sense of how to begin at the beginning and to persist through process to a finished piece. Len has a special place in his life for those who want to learn how to work with wood, and is desirous of sharing his hard earned knowledge to help his students move in satisfying and productive directions.

Minimum 3; maximum 5 students.

Please register no later than: July 12. If you have registered and paid, but cancel after this date, a cancellation fee of 50% of the class fee will be retained.

September

Date: Friday  September   26,  2014 
Time: TBA
Title: Performance by Sheng Dong, which means "A Moving Sound"
Price: FREE
Type of Event: Music
In conjunction with WSU's Humanitas Festival, this group from Taiwan fuses traditional Taiwanese, Chinese and East Asian musical ideas. They present in a contemporary style using both Chinese and Western instruments.

We will bus the students from Colton School and welcome families from the quad cities area.


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