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Chances to stretch your artistic wingsPosted: September 4, 2012

By Joshua Estabrooks

Do you feel like stretching your artistic wings this fall? Well, if you do, you’re in luck, because the Columbia Valley Arts Council is offering a number of artist run workshops that will teach you some unique ways to explore your creative side.

Starting on September 12, local pottery legend, Alice Hale, will be offering a two-part workshop entitled ‘Raku for Everyone.’ Whether you’re eight or 80, Alice’s long career and wealth of experience will help you become the potter you’ve always wanted to be.

The first class begins on Wednesday, September 12, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. where students will learn a number of techniques and begin modeling their clay. The second class, on Wednesday, September 19, will run from 3:30 – 6 p.m. and will include the firing of your pieces.


The cost of the workshop is $60, but only 10 people will be able to take part, so call 250-342-4423 to register today! All of your materials will be provided, but Alice asks that people don’t wear their best clothes to the workshops. The classes will take place at Alice’s home, Caraway Pottery on Westside Road.

Beginning in September and carrying on throughout the winter months, long time watercolour master, Carol Gordon, will be teaching some of her unique techniques to those lucky enough to sign up for her classes.

Carol’s abstract patterns of colour and texture are reminiscent of traditional landscapes but they have a fantastical quality that has been described as dreamlike. After a ten year sabbatical from painting, Carol is back and looking forward to teaching those who want to learn the delicate art of watercolour.

The fall classes, entitled ‘Watercolour Painting’ take place over a series of five Fridays, and cost $90 for early bird registration before September 11 ($100 after). Her first series of classes begins on Friday, September 14, and continues on the 21, 28, October 5 and 12. The second series runs from November 9 until December 7. Early bird registration for the second set of classes is October 31.

Her Winter Watercolour session runs over eight consecutive Fridays, beginning on January 11 and ending on March 1. The cost to register is $144 before January 8 and $160 afterwards. There is a maximum of 12 students per session, so sign up today by calling 250-342-4423 or e-mailing A supply list will be provided once registration is received. The workshops will take place at Pynelogs Cultural Centre on Kinsmen Beach.

Photos of Raku pieces by Alice Hale


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