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Bainbridge Island Park District offers arts sampler

Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District arts instructor Gillian Allard demonstrated the colorful world of mosaics at January’s arts sampler.  - Sue Hylen/Courtesy Photo
Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District arts instructor Gillian Allard demonstrated the colorful world of mosaics at January’s arts sampler.
— image credit: Sue Hylen/Courtesy Photo

Ever look at all those classes listed in the Bainbridge Island Metro–politan Park and Recreation District catalog and say to yourself, “That sounds like fun, I wonder if I could do that?”

Well, you can find out at the Park District’s Arts Sampler from 5-7 p.m. tonight during Art Walk at the Bainbridge Commons, 370 Brien Dr.

Following the theme “Discover Your Inner Artist” a sampling of the 60 different teachers who present Park District classes will be on hand for a little show and tell about their specialty.

Instructors include  John Adams who teaches watercolor; Gillian Bull with pastels and mosaics;  oils instructor Sylvia Carlton;  Marcia Millican, who teaches acrylic and collage; painting  instructor Dorothy Matthews; Susan Callan on book arts; Jane Martin demonstrating metalsmith jewelry; Julie Hews-Everett, who teaches leaded stained glass art; writing/publishing coach and editor Kathryn Keve; and Educated Feet’s Sheila Phillips doing Swing Dance demos. Samples of pottery from the Park District’s new kiln will be on display as well.

“Everyone is creative in some way,” said Metro Park District Arts & Cultural Manager Sue Hylen. “They can have an ‘aha’ moment, and all of sudden wake up and get excited.”

The informal sampler gives islanders a chance to meet the instructors, maybe even try a new medium or get a feel for the scope of a class before committing to it. It’s like speed dating with art. If you don’t see anything that rings your bell, move on.

To learn more, visit www.biparks.org or call Hylen at 842-2306, extension 116.

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