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WORKSHOPS/DEMOS


The Art of Calligraphy with Karen Maker
Sunday, May 7, 2-4pm
$60 includes materials.
Space is limited please pre-register.

Let’s get started with beautiful lettering! Join us for an evening of calligraphy, learning elegant forms of writing letters. We will explore calligraphy in the simplest and most enjoyable way possible. Beginner or expirienced, you will be guided and helped to find your own way of writing two calligraphic alphabets. The main objective is enjoyment, not perfection! Let’s take some time to relax and enjoy calligraphy!

About the instructor... Karen Maker is a long time resident of Couit who has contributed to the art community of Cape Cod through her talents as an artist and as a teacher. Karen received a BFA in painting and a BA in education from Amhurst College in Connecticut. She studied painting and art history at the University of Perugia in Perugia, Italy. Throughout her 24 year career as an art educator in Bourne and Barnstable public schools, karen strove to instill a love of art in her students and had the honor of seeing many of her students rewarded for their achievements. Karen has also extended her interest in the art community as a children’s book illustrator and as the proprietor of “The Art Maker’s Studio”, a private art school in Cotuit. She is also a member of the core faculty of professional working artists at The Cotuit Center for the Arts and is a member of its Art Education Board.


Art Collage Workshop with Lisa Horton
Stay tuned for upcoming classes.


Artist Talk with Ric Haynes
Sunday, June 11th at 4:00pm

Several encounters with visual phenomena in my early life solidified my later path to becoming an artist. One encounter happened when I was five and visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. I now reflect back on that visit as one of the portals into an ability to imagine an event without the limitations of boundaries and time.

On the first floor of the Grand Gallery of the North Pacific Hall of Northwest I saw the wonder of a 63-foot long Haida canoe now known as The Great Canoe. In those days above the Imaginary waterline the canoe was manned with life-sized costumed, plaster cast people in ceremonial dress and equipped with artifacts of the Haida people. Within the canoe a prominent figure overlooked masked dancers who impersonated great Ravens and Bears. There were also tattooed paddlers wearing cedar bark clothing. While below the imaginary waterline the canoe was painted with lively mythic creatures, composed by merging various parts of animals fused into one single spirit being. The surface above the water represented the conscious, practical work, while the other surface was unconscious to the practical mind and was the realm of magic and myth. The scene propelled me into a faux reality of being on the seas of the Pacific Northwest while outside it was still West 77th Street.

Throughout my artistic life many things have inspired me. The scene that I encountered that day was a world divided into two worlds, one above the surface and the other below the surface that remain with me. However, although the Canoe remains important, it was not the only inspiration that brought me to the current work. Geography and its powerful magnetic field connect to me where I live and in a very practical way I am surrounded by fish. Now that I live in a town along the ocean’s coast thoughts of the sea infuse my reality and my dreams and the abstraction of making something is not guided by a known direction but is formed by stumbling from one thought to another. In many ways two worlds, the practical and magical, appear to me in the everyday. The impact of the two worlds crawled into my head and like a cornucopia has spilled throughout my creative life as I ride th invisible waves of an invisible sea.

Ric Haynes
Mashpee, MA
2017