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NYM Cultural Center to continue bi-monthly art experiences

The New York Mills Cultural Center will have Pairings - bi-monthly art experiences paired with an alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) beverage of choice.

Classes are geared for high school aged students through adults and will take place at the cultural center. If minimum number of participants is not met, the center reserves the right to cancel a class.

Pre-registration for these classes is required - call (218) 385-3339.

• "Getting Graphic is for the Birds!" is a canvas painting class that will be offered from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. With color-blocking and stylized graphic depictions of an owl or a chickadee, participants will complete a canvas painting. Throughout the evening, participants will break for wine/cider, cheese and crackers. At the culmination of the class, participants will take home their completed work of art. All materials are supplied.

• "Make a Basket in a Day" basket weaving class will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. This one-day class covering the basics of basket weaving. Participants will be using cane and natural willow harvested from local swamps. Those attending need to bring hand pruners, old scissors and 10 to 15 spring-styled clothes pins. All remaining supplies and warm appetizers and drinks are covered in the class fee. Everyone will leave the class with one basket completed and another started to encourage future weaving.

• A journal creation class called "Bound Together' will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Participants will be completing the construction of a journal using paste papers and collage materials for the hard covers. Inside, the journals will contain blank white pages that have been secured with an external "stab," or Japanese binding which displays the stitching that can become quite decorative when beading is added. Sub sandwiches and beverages are included in the class fee.

• "Am I Losing My Marbles?" paper marbling class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Participants will learn the art of paper marbling using a technique of "floating" paint on the surface of thickened water, draping the paper onto the surface, pulling and rinsing. The newly created patterned papers can be used in scrapbooking, for gift wrap, to use in collage projects, applied to mat boards for artwork framing or even as cover paper for handmade books. Snacks and beverages are included with the class fee.

The series will be expanded based on the success of these first classes. The goal is to partner with local and regional artists to offer a broad selection of classes