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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES @ Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery

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Communities in Bloom Sarnia – Garden Tour
Saturday, June 24 | TBD

Please see the Communities in Bloom Sarnia website for more details.
Artists in the Garden
The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery is partnering with Communities in Bloom Sarnia to bring flowers to life with “Artists in the Garden”. Several amazing local artists will “pop-up” in gardens around Sarnia to enhance the spectacular Communities in Bloom Garden Tour. Stay tuned for a list of participating artists and their locations.

Family Sunday – Beaded Sun Catcher
June 25 | 1-3pm

Instructor: Brittany Sitzes
Catch the beauty of the sun for summer solstice by making a beautiful beaded sun catcher.
Engage, discover, and create every Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. All families are welcome to drop-in for an artist-facilitated studio activity, inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions or holiday themes.
Cost: FREE | $5 Suggested Material Donation per Family
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Sunday Drop-In: Birch Tree Collage Painting
Sunday, July 2 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

FREE | Suggested material donation $5/family
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Engage, discover, and create every Sunday afternoon from 1:00–3:00PM. All families are welcome to drop-in for an artist-facilitated studio activity, inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions or seasonal themes. Use newspaper and magazines to create collage trunks as the main focus of your water colour painting.

Summer RAAW – Adorn Me
July 4 – 6 | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FREE | Give what you can | Registration required | Spaces limited
Ages: 14 – 17

Everyone uses adornments being jewelry, hair dye, tattoos or piercings to express their own individualism. Artist Amara Hollow Bones will help you create fashion pieces and breathe new life into your wardrobe by teaching textile techniques such as hand and machine embroidery, photo transfers, and fabric appliqué.
Artist Bio
Amara Hollow Bones is a mixed–media textile and tattoo artist whose work reflects her diverse travels, life in radical communities and forays into wild places. Amara creates wall pieces, paintings, drawing, clothing, accessories, patches and works with found and recycled materials.
About RAAW
RAAW is a creative intensive workshop designed just for youth. Delve into the traditional mediums from a contemporary perspective, or try your hand at the latest developments in contemporary art. Led by practicing professional artists RAAW is the perfect balance of instruction and experimentation. No experience necessary.
To register, please contact Ann Helps at ann.helps [@] county-lambton.on.ca or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226.

Family Sunday Drop-In: Bird Sighting Binoculars
Sunday, July 9 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

FREE | Suggested material donation $5/family
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Engage, discover, and create every Sunday afternoon from 1:00–3:00PM. All families are welcome to drop-in for an artist-facilitated studio activity, inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions or seasonal themes. Create your own pair of unique binoculars to use and count how many birds are in the Group of 7 paintings on display.

Summer RAAW – Mo’zaik
July 10 – 14 | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FREE | Give what you can | Registration required | Spaces limited
Ages: 14 – 17
Work with artist James Kirkpatrick in creating a mural mosaic that will be displayed in the Sarnia Library. James will lead the workshop using his unique style to design a modern mosaic that would make Apollo proud.
Artist Bio
James Kirkpatrick is an artist who works in a variety of media including, drawing, painting, avant –garde hip–hop and electronic music, sound sculptures, murals, zines, comics, and mask– making. His paintings and sculptures incorporate sculptural, kinetic, and auditory elements, as he combines his 2D aesthetic with circuit–bent electronic toys.
About RAAW
RAAW is a creative intensive workshop designed just for youth. Delve into the traditional mediums from a contemporary perspective, or try your hand at the latest developments in contemporary art. Led by practicing professional artists RAAW is the perfect balance of instruction and experimentation. No experience necessary.
To register, please contact Ann Helps at ann.helps [@] county-lambton.on.ca or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226.

Panel Discussion: The Artist, The Gallery, The Collectors
Thursday, July 13 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
FREE | Give what you can
To compliment The Bold & The New exhibition the JNAAG is bringing together enthusiastic art collectors John Oravec & Marisa Bernardi, private gallery owner Michael Gibson, and artist James Kirkpatrick. The panel will discuss the unique relationship that forms between an artist and a collector, the roll that a collector and gallery can play in the life of an artist, and delve into the back story behind the London Room purchase. The discussion will touch on topics of collecting unconventional art, how to live and display a contemporary art collection in your home, along with why it can be important for donors to give works to public art galleries.
the Artist
James Kirkpatrick has exhibited his work extensively throughout the US and Canada including shows in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. Also known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as avant-garde hip-hop artist, Thesis Sahib, Kirkpatrick works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, zines, maskmaking and experimental sound improvisation. His sculptures are extensions of his drawing and painting practice and are also used in his collaborations and live performances.
the Gallery
Michael Gibson is President of the Michael Gibson Gallery. Upon completion of his BBA at Bishop’s University, Gibson opened a gallery in downtown London in 1984. Michael has built a successful business in London, ON by focusing on representing the leading artists in Canada. The gallery represents several prominent artists’ estates.
the Collectors
Enthusiastic local art collectors John Oravec & Marisa Bernardi will join the panel.
RSVP to Ann Helps at ann.helps [@] county-lambton.on.ca or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226

Art Appraisals
Saturday, July 15 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

FREE | Give what you can
Registration required | Spaces limited
20 minute appraisal sessions | 2D work only
In celebration of the Share the Passion: Gifts of Art series, the JNAAG will offer free sessions with professional appraiser Jennie Kraehling. Registrants will be asked to submit images of the work before the appointment for research purposes, max 3 items.
To register, contact Ann Helps at ann.helps [@] county-lambton.on.ca or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226

Family Sunday Drop-In: Group of 7 in Gouache
Sunday, July 16 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

FREE | Suggested material donation $5/family
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Engage, discover, and create every Sunday afternoon from 1:00–3:00PM. All families are welcome to drop-in for an artist-facilitated studio activity, inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions or seasonal themes. Try your hand at gouache painting and be inspired by Canadian landscapes or create your own imaginary horizon.

Summer RAAW – Painting with Pixels
July 17 – 20 | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FREE | Give what you can | Registration required | Spaces limited
Ages: 14 – 17
Learn how to produce digital portraits using modern techniques and equipment with local artist Riley Shortt. This workshop will assist you in developing the skills and familiarity with the software needed to pursue a passion in design or video game character development.
Artist Bio
Riley Shortt is a local portrait artist who works with oil paints as well as digital paints. Her art has appeared in juried art shows in Guelph as well as at Sarnia’s Artist Co–Op, The Lawrence House and in the city’s annual Artwalk. When she is not creating art, Riley is a teacher, face painter and instructor at the gallery.
About RAAW
RAAW is a creative intensive workshop designed just for youth. Delve into the traditional mediums from a contemporary perspective, or try your hand at the latest developments in contemporary art. Led by practicing professional artists RAAW is the perfect balance of instruction and experimentation. No experience necessary.
To register, please contact Ann Helps at ann.helps [@] county-lambton.on.ca or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226.

Art Restoration: Bringing Emily Carr Back to Life
Thursday, July 20 | 7:00 p.m.

FREE | Give what you can
Join art conservator Jennifer Robertson at the JNAAG and hear about the complex process of bringing two Emily Carr paintings back to their original state. The paintings on paper have never before been exhibited and will receive a special feature in upcoming Heavy Hitters exhibition.
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RSVP with Ann Helps at ann.helps [@] county-lambton.on.ca or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226

Family Sunday Drop-In: Norval Morrisseau Window Decals
Sunday, July 23 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

FREE | Suggested material donation $5/family
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Engage, discover, and create every Sunday afternoon from 1:00–3:00PM. All families are welcome to drop-in for an artist-facilitated studio activity, inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions or seasonal themes. Be inspired by Norval Morrisseau and create a window decal based on his works’ imagery and bold colours.

Curator Talk: The Group of 7
Thursday, July 27 | 7:00 p.m.
Free | Give what you can
The JNAAG welcomes Jaclyn Meloche for a lecture about the Group of 7. The lecture will complement the Heavy Hitters exhibition which features many of the community’s most beloved paintings, including Lawren Harris Spring on the Oxtonge River, Tom Thomson’s Chill November, and Edwin Holgate’s The Lumberjack.
RSVP with Ann Helps at ann.helps [@] county-lambton.on.ca or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226

Family Sunday Drop-In: Bold Comics
Sunday, July 30 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

FREE | Suggested material donation $5/family
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Engage, discover, and create every Sunday afternoon from 1:00–3:00PM. All families are welcome to drop-in for an artist-facilitated studio activity, inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions or seasonal themes. Create your own comic strip using forms and characters seen in The Bold & The New exhibition.

Family Sunday Drop-In: See You Later, Alligator
Sunday, August 6 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

FREE | Suggested material donation $5/family
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Engage, discover, and create every Sunday afternoon from 1:00–3:00PM. All families are welcome to drop-in for an artist-facilitated studio activity, inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions or seasonal themes. Create and decorate your own artsy alligator that will remind you to come back soon and have fun with art.

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