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Assemblage Art for All

Family Fun Workshop Works Magic With Found Objects

by Roberta Werdinger

The next "Family Fun at the Museum" workshop will take place at the Grace Hudson Museum from 1 to 2:30 pm on Saturday, March 12. Inspired by the Museum's current exhibit, "In the Construction Zone: Mendocino County Assemblage Art," Cathy Monroe and Cassie Gibson will facilitate the creation of new art from old or repurposed objects. The event is free with Museum admission.

Assemblage art offers many possibilities and challenges. The coordinators for this Family Fun activity have been gathering potential materials to explore and play with but suggest that participants may also want to bring materials of their own: photographs, an interesting container or base, pictures or words from magazines or books, scraps from other projects, some small piece of junk or trash that catches the imagination or sparks an idea. Small shadow boxes, approximately three by five inches, and four-inch stencils for letters will be available along with some larger bases. The challenges of attachment will be met mostly with regular glue, hot glue guns, and string or wire. Assemblage is an art form that often evolves in the process so participants may find an inspiration they want to continue at home.

This workshop is recommended for children age ten and older. Space is limited so reservations are recommended by calling the Museum at 467-2836. Materials are included (but also note info in previous paragraph).

The Grace Hudson Museum is at 431 S. Main St. in Ukiah. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Sunday from noon to 4:30 pm. General admission is $4; $10 per family; $3 for students and seniors; free to all on the first Friday of the month; and always free to members. For more information please go to www.gracehudsonmuseum.orgor call (707) 467-2836.


The artwork is by Michael Wilson, "Indian Trader," from the Museum's current exhibit, "In the Construction Zone"

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