Story last updated at 8/12/2009 - 1:17 pm
JUNEAU - Upcoming events at The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery will give Juneau residents the opportunity to create, learn and enrich their community through a series of various classes, workshops and performances.
TILES FOR A LIGHTHOUSE
This week, The Canvas is hosting the Clay at Lunch program, a chance to drop in and create a clay tile during the lunch hour. No previous experience is necessary, and potter Barbara Lydon will be on hand to assist tile-makers.
Once the tiles are glazed and fired, artists may choose to bring them home or donate them to the historic Five Finger Lighthouse, located in Frederick Sound between Juneau and Petersburg. The lighthouse is undergoing a restoration project and plans to use donated tiles as a design element in the renovation.
"They wanted to tile their bathroom with art inspired by the sea and asked if we could do that in our pottery studio," said M.K. MacNaughton, program developer for The Canvas.
MacNaughton said the lunch hour program is great for people who are interested in clay but may be too busy to enroll in classes.
"People can just drop in, make a tile and glaze in the same day," MacNaughton said.
In addition to Clay at Lunch, The Canvas offers numerous other clay and pottery classes, many of which are instructed by Lydon.
"I do always give the disclaimer that clay is addictive," Lydon said. "Pretty much everyone comes back for more."
Clay at Lunch began on August 10 and will be held until August 14 from noon-1:30 p.m. at The Canvas.
Thanks to grants from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and the Rasmussen Foundation and fundraising efforts, The Canvas is now the owner of a set of marimbas, musical equipment purchased as a part of the studio's 2008 renovation. The instruments will be arriving this week from San Diego, where they were hand-built.
The marimba is a percussion instrument with keys (or bars) in similar arrangement to the keys of a piano. The keys, usually wooden, are struck with mallets to produce tones. The instruments can be so large that it isn't uncommon for two people to play one marimba at the same time.
To celebrate the marimbas' arrival, The Canvas will host a series of classes and performances August 18-23. There will be classes for all ages taught by Zimbabwean musician Paul Mataruse and members of his Whidbey Island marimba band, Ruzivo.