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BIG ARTS offers palette of fall workshops

By Staff | Sep 17, 2009

Whether the idea of learning how to fuse glass and make wearable and sellable jewelry appeals to you or the idea of learning something new and making some extra friends is what you’re looking for then one local non-profit art group might be the answer.

BIG ARTS on Sanibel is featuring a variety of workshops this fall including belly dancing, drawing, glass fusing and pottery.

The workshops are a draw for both people looking to learn a new trade for profit or those looking to nurture their creative juices and mind.

The masterminds at BIG ARTS have taken note of the popularity of previous workshops.

“We have the most instructors and the largest number of workshops ever offered in our 30-year history,” said Ken Nees, BIG ARTS Workshop Chair.

“This season, we have many new classes, including hand drumming, wall glazing and faux painting, painting children’s rocking chairs, and digital photo albums.”

Student and artisan Toni Ory uses the skills honed from BIG ARTS glass fusing classes with Petra Kaiser to make and sell pieces.

“It’s the best workshop situation that I have run across,” Ory said.

Ory’s pieces can be found throughout the island including the Island Gallery.

John Wolf, a returning student enjoys his time during the programs.

“Workshops are a way to improve your skills with an enjoyable group of ‘like-minded’ people,” he said.

Instructors work hard to give their students something they can use and take out of the workshops.

Glass fusing instructor Petra Kaiser said students in her class learn to make bowls and jewelry and other glass pieces.

“Anything you can think of you can make in glass,” Kaiser said.

Kaiser encourages people to come and try out the art of glass fusing.

“It’s something that everybody can do,” she said.

Anyone interested in attending a BIG ARTS workshop this fall can check out the following lineup of programs and dates.

For further information about workshops, classes and events at BIG ARTS, stop by BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road Sanibel, call 395-0900, e-mail info@BIGARTS.org, or log on to www.BIGARTS.org.