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With Just 100 pounds of Clay | Free Ceramics Class for Veterans
August 22 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 12, 2018
Yuba Sutter Arts is proud to announce its next art project by and for Veterans and active duty military. The project is called “Ceramics for Veterans – With Just A Hundred Pounds of Clay.” It is a ten-month long program which will include ceramics classes and related lectures, gallery shows, sales and a fundraiser for local Veterans organizations.
The first five-week session of classes will be held in the gallery at Yuba Sutter Arts, 624 E Street in Marysville. Classes will be held once a week starting on Wednesday August 15th from 6 – 9pm. The final class will be on September 12th. The classes are free of charge to Veterans and active duty military and their families. Additional classes will be offered over the next ten months at various locations throughout Yuba-Sutter.
Veterans are invited to be a part of these workshops and events. They will learn the basics of working with clay and hand-building techniques giving them a powerful creative outlet. Ceramics improve fine motor skills, concentration and problem-solving. Veterans will leave with a sense of accomplishment and finished projects. In November, Yuba Sutter Arts will host a Veterans Ceramic Art Show. Veteran-created pieces will be sold as part of a fundraiser to benefit local Veterans organizations.
Classes will be led by well-known northern California ceramic artist, Chris Thompson. Chris is also a U.S Air Force Veteran who served between 1979 and 1989. He currently teaches at Sacramento State. Chris first worked with Yuba Sutter Arts in 2013 during his “Thousand Bowls” Feed the Hungry public art project. Yuba Sutter Arts also partnered with Chris during its “Veterans Mural Art Park” project in Marysville in early 2016. Chris contributed to the project as both a participating Veteran and an artist/mentor to other Veterans.
“Art is about bringing community together,” said Chris. “I believe it can be a unifying force in the social fabric of our society. I enjoy making art that speaks about social awareness or social needs and especially art that supports our Veterans,” he added.
Chris went on to say that he served in the Air Force due to a sense of duty and patriotism and originally entered the service to leave home and embark on his adult years. He says his service taught him important life lessons like commitment, dedication, truth, valor and a deep sense of integrity.
Ceramics for Veterans is funded by Yuba Sutter Arts and the California Arts Council’s Veterans in the Arts program which is rooted in the Council’s desire to address the needs and improve the lives of California’s Veterans through the arts. Veterans in the Arts seeks to increase equity, access, and opportunities for veterans to participate in quality arts programming that is sensitive and responsive to their unique experiences.
Again, this project is open to all Veterans and their families in Sutter and Yuba Counties at no cost. To register or for additional information, contact David Read at 530-749-8065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.