Highland County Arts Academy Plans Summer Workshops

The Highland County Arts Academy has a variety of workshops planned this summer.  Donna Bedwell is President of the Highland County Arts Council and she helps with coordination of the Arts Academy.  She has the schedule and details.

“I have to begin with just simply thanking the Highland County Arts Council for supporting this particular program,” says Bedwell.  “The Arts Council itself, you know, believes that art is essential to our community.”

“We have a, it’s kind of a new, but returning workshop to the calendar this year and it’s pottery,” says Bedwell.  “We’ll be using the art room at the Highland schools and Heather Scott will teach a wheel thrown and hand built pottery session from July 19th through the 21st and then Lorraine White will lead the participants through the glazing process on the 29th and the 30th.  This workshop had to be divided into the two week session simply because you have to allow for the pottery to dry and have some kiln time before you can apply the glazes.   It’s a little bit longer, a little bit more complicated, but it’s well worth it.  I think the people that come out of that are just tickled to death with their pottery pieces.”

“On July 22nd through the 24th we are doing printmaking,” says Bedwell.  “That’s a brand new one.  We have a very, very talented printmaker, Karen Milnes, living in Highland.  She’s a talented artist in a lot of different mediums, but she does a beautiful job printing on paper or printing on fabric.  And she’s going to be using a printing press that the Arts Council owns actually, that is in the Arts Council room at The Highland Center.  So she’s going to be leading the group through that process.  We do still have a few openings in this workshop.”

“The barn quilt painting is on August 6th through 8th,” says Bedwell.  “I think everybody that’s in Highland is familiar with the art of Margie Boesch.  When you drive around and see her beautiful barn quilts that dot the farms and barns in the area and then, of course, with the Highland County Barn Quilt Trail which is so popular.  She’s going to be teaching a workshop in her Hightown studio.”

“Then another new one, photography, on August 19th through the 21rd,” says Bedwell.  “Elizabeth Larson is a professional photographer with about 30, 31 years and she’s been teaching photography workshops for over 12 years.  We’ve got a lot of exceptional photographers in this county, there’s no doubt about that.  She’ll go over some of the basics of photography, such as aperture and shutter and ISO and even what all that means, on the first day, in addition to just basic composition and perspective and the use of light and so forth.  Then the participants get to explore the beautiful landscape of Highland and try to capture images and then we’ll get back together and they’ll be able to critique work and see how improvements can be made and learn a little bit more about their cameras.”

And another workshop has recently been added.  Eco printing with fiber artist Theresa Brown will be held the first weekend in October.

To sign up for workshops visit www.highlandartsacademy.com

More information on the Arts Council can be found at https://highlandcountyartscouncil.org

The Highland County Arts Council is a supporter of Allegheny Mountain Radio.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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