Creative Arts Eliot 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 04:00 PM
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Your choice of workshops:

There will be 10 morning workshops and 3 afternoon workshops.  Keep checking back for updates!

Morning Workshops:

Drew Betz - Small Art Quilts 101

Program Description:  We will be working on creating small art quilts using a variety of techniques.  We will begin our work with consideration of design and construction methods and quickly move to making our first small (no larger than 8 ½ x 11 is recommended) quilt.  Class members can work by hand and/or machine.   There will be many samples and ideas to encourage your creative urges using the quilt form as your canvas.  Drew will be bringing lots of scraps and embellishments and will provide a list of recommended supplies after registration takes place.  We will have open studio time in the afternoons and people are free, but not required, to work on projects.

Biography:  Drew has been making quilts since 1997.  She has made all sizes of quilts but prefers to work small.  She has made a series of journal quilts and quilted prayer flags and has entered her small quilts in the local fair and area quilt shows.  She has shown quilts at local, countywide and multi-state shows and is the proud winner of a number of blue ribbons.  She and her friend Francie have shared several exhibits of their work.  Drew is a trained quilt judge and regularly judges a local county fair.  She has also taught classes on small quilts, wearable art and has given a number of lectures at local quilting guilds.  Her recent work has focused on working with her Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Quilters on a series of quilts that are being gifted to a transitional housing program.  She is in the process of blogging about her work.  You can visit her blog at  She looks forward to being part of the Creative Arts presenting team in 2019.

Rob D'Arc - Puppetry

Program Description:  Puppeteer Rob D'Arc shares his love for the ancient art of puppetry with you, in this delightful hands on program where you will make fun puppets, and learn some of the secrets of puppet manipulation and performance! Several different styles of puppets will be explored, and a brief performance parade will be created by all participants!

Biography:  Rob H. D’Arc began his career as an artist, writer, director and puppeteer in 1980 with theFrench puppet troupe, “Les Marmouset.” In 1987, he founded the Kidstuff Puppet Theater in Riverside, California, coordinating all elements of production, creating over 30 shows. He received an “Artist in Schools” residency from the California Arts Council to teach puppetry to G.A.T.E. classes; instructed librarians, teachers, and therapists with in-service programs; taught puppetry techniques at three National Puppetry Festivals; and won awards for specialty makeup, the promotion of literacy, and artistic excellence. In 2000, Rob directed three plays, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Hobbit and a comedic version of A Christmas Carol for the Riverside Community  Players, the oldest theater-in-the-round in theU.S. In 2001, Rob directed a production of The Little Prince and co-created (with artistic partner Susannah Faith) a comedic version of Adam and Eve for the 2001 Southern California Renaissance Faire, featuring large scale puppets and masks.  Rob was Makeup Designer for Sea World San Diego’s haunted event,“Terrors of the Deep” in 2001- 2002. Locally, he has created a 20-foot blue whale for the Fremont Solstice Parade and adapted and directed an H.P.Lovecraft story for Open Circle Theater, built marionettes for Seattle Opera's production, “Tales of Hoffmann,” and  has taught courses in puppetry for the Master’s degree Summer Program at CWU. Rob lives in Seattle, sells Puppets and Mask Wall Hangings  at the Pike Place Market and tours with his neo-vaudevillian act, “Professor Humbug’s Flea Circus”.

Chris Last - Improv

Program Description:  The focus of Chris’ workshop will be using play and playfulness to stoke creativity, generate entertaining improvised sketch scenes, and practice positive social skills that improve one’s ability to collaborate effectively with others. This workshop is for everyone, regardless of experience level. It will be a safe and comfortable place for the most shy introverts, and it will challenge even the most outgoing extroverts. Also, don’t worry about whether you think you’re funny or not. In improvisational theatre, comedy is a thing that we find together through our collaboration--not a thing that you bring to the group. So just relax and be yourself.

Biography:  Chris Last is a performer, director, and teacher of Improvisational Theatre (“improv” for short) in Seattle, Washington. He has been with Unexpected Productions, Seattle’s oldest and most venerable improv theater, since 2015, and he also coaches high school improv throughout the greater Seattle area. Chris has experience performing and teaching improvised sketch comedy (short-form), improvised plays (long-form), storytelling, musical improv, and dramatic improv.

Calyn McLeod - Dragon Sculpting

Program Description: Learn to sculpt a small dragon from polymer clay! Calyn will guide you through the whole process from armature to painting, and at the end of the camp you will have your own unique dragon to take home. Your dragon will be a different style than the one seen in the photo, but it will be super cool! All experience levels welcome. Materials will be provided - just bring your imagination and enthusiasm!

Biography: Calyn has been creative for as long as she can remember. She is known for her poseable fantasy creature art dolls, and enjoys working in a wide range of media and techniques - sculpting, painting, and sewing are her favorites, but she also worked with printmaking, graphic design, tie dye, jewelry making, book making, ceramics, and more. Her portfolio can be seen at

Jennifer Springsteen - Writing

Program Description: The Life Remembered
     Sven Berkerts says, “The point of [telling our stories], by and large, is to discover through memory the linkages that give resonance to what would otherwise be the chaos of life.”
     Memoir is so much more than a chronology. It is the connections we make to lived experiences that offer meaning. We’ll write in workshop using prompts that evoke memories and push us towards a path of reflection and realization. We'll look at a variety of structures in memoir and determine which structure is the best approach for your particular manuscript. 
     Writers should come with the start of their memoir or have an idea of the project they want to explore.

Biography: Jennifer Springsteen is the co-founder of PDX Writers. She is the recipient of two 2018 Regional Arts and Culture Council grants: a Project Grant for her novel in progress and a professional development grant to attend Boston's Muse and Marketplace Conference. She received the 2008 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for fiction, and was a 2015 Fishtrap Summer Fellow. Her stories have been nominated Pushcart Prizes and in addition to editing and coaching with PDX Writers, She is the editor of  VoiceCatcher4, poetry eviewer  for American Journal of Nursing, and teacher at the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology. Visit her at    

Brooksie Wells - Songwriting

Program Description: Intuitive Songwriting:  A Spiritual Journey through Music.  Participants will bring songs and song ideas with them along with instruments and lyrics. We will share our personal reasons for creating music.  We will work together to complete pieces and also do some co-writing. We will explore the business of music as well as the art and craft of songwriting. Our end result will be some lovely songs and a shared artistic experience.

Biography:  Brooksie Wells has traveled a winding road to reach a place where she can flourish as an artist.  Bobby Darin signed her to a deal as a songwriter at the age of 19. She appeared on the eclectic début album of Kid Creole And The Coconuts in 1980. After that, Wells moved back to Virginia, settled down and raised a family. She often performed children’s music for Montessori schools. As her kids grew up, she decided the time was right to launch the “mature” stage of her music career.
     Her album, “Been There” was nominated for a WAMMY for best country record in 2005. Wells released two more albums including an all-female record with musical friends Missy Raines, Nancy Gardner, Lisa Kay-Howard Hughes, Heather Haze, Ruth Wyland, and Lisa McCormack.  While these albums were well received, the music business had changed a lot since Wells dropped off the scene in the early ‘80s. For her 2015 release she got some help from Kari Estrin, who has managed such artists as Tony Rice and Suzanne Vega.  “She helped me focus my songs towards folk,” said Wells. “Since most people never heard me, that record was appropriate for folk radio..”
     “North East Rising Sun” also includes some great guests including mandolin/fiddle player Frank Solivan, fiddle player Jenny Leigh Obert, guitarist Billy Gewin and Wells’ son, John Bridstrup on drums and percussion.  The songs cover a wide variety of topics drawn from Wells’ personal experiences—from race relations to relationships, addiction to recovery. This album made the top ten on the Folk DJ charts in October 0f 2015. Ms. Wells is currently at work on a new CD which should be out this spring.

Afternoon Workshops:

Natalie Danielson - Book Arts

Matt Meyer - Drumming

Debbie Gorenstein - Beginner Ukulele

Program Description: You will find a friend in your ukulele as you learn new chords, strums, and songs.  Since the ukulele has only four strings, chords are easy to learn.  We will explore folk, rock and traditional tunes in our three afternoons together.  Bring along your ukulele and a tuner.  We will have a fine time together as we form our Eliot ensemble. 

Biography: Debbie Gorenstein fell in love with the ukulele five years ago when her first and second grade classroom was constantly serenaded by the fifth grade class above them.  She borrowed the teacher's extra uke and taught herself chords and strumming using the internet as her teacher.  Debbie is the happy grandmother of Sylvie, age 3, and Eliana, age 3 months.  She and her husband, Rick, care for the two of them on Wednesdays.  Both Eliana and Sylvie love ukulele music.

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