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Episode 19: How The Power of Art Can Bring Us Together with Seth Apter

In this episode of FROM MY KITCHEN TABLE, longtime supporter of WOMEN CREATE Seth Apter joins Jo Packham for a second time to discuss developing collaborative projects with other artists, his experience teaching art, upcoming workshop opportunities and more! Seth carries a strong belief in the power of art to bring people together and strengthen our communities. Whether it is a one-day workshop at a craft store or a nine-day international cultural adventure – Seth’s events going forward will be filled with so much more than just technique and projects. He has also published two books of his own, The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed-Media Artist.

Seth’s Upcoming In-Person Workshops:

JUNE – A Case of Curiosities

A Case of Curiosities. “Twice a year I travel to the magical Mabel Luhan Dodge House in Taos, New Mexico to hold a retreat in collaboration with Roxanne Evans Stout. This June, beginning on the night of Sunday June 12th with a welcome reception and ending on Saturday morning June 18 with our final breakfast together, we finally reconvene after missing 5 straight retreats due to the Pandemic. Together Roxanne and I will lead you through 5 full days of creative workshops, incredible meals, and some very special events and adventures. You start with a case/container of your own choosing and during the week we work together to paint, collage, stitch, weave, connect, construct, book bind, build, sketch and write to create multiple projects that fill your case and fill your creative mind. Email me at shap97@gmail.com for specifics. Event is filled. Please contact me at shap97@gmail.com if you would like to be on the list to be among the first to hear about our 2023 dates.”

JULY – Found and Gathered

Found and Gathered. “At the one and only Ephemera Paducah in Paducah, Kentucky – one of only nine UNESCO designated Creative Cities in the USA and home to the National Quilt Museum and annual Quilt Show – this is an all-new three-day workshop event that is so much more than just a class. We will gather together, both within the workshop space at Ephemera Paducah and at several surprise locations in the area, and spend time transforming materials into a series of what might loosely be called artist books. Some will be stitched and bound, some will be loose and some will simply be scraps floating in between. The instruction offered throughout, for the group as a whole as well as one-to-one, will cover the range of techniques used in mixed media: surface design, using paints and inks, hand stitching, bookbinding, mark-making, gel printing, collage, creative layering, and more. The workshop is designed to alternate between focused instructional demonstrations and uninterrupted art-making. Click here for all the details. Event is filled.”

OCTOBER – Time Capsule

Time Capsule. “Join me at the historic Greenville Arms 1889 Inn from October 23 to October 29 and experience Autumn in beautiful upstate New York as well as a workshop adventure designed to fuel your creative and personal spirit. We will be making a series of projects, small in size but big in impact, that will each nest inside their own, individual container – think tins, boxes, bags, etc. Each of these will in turn be placed and housed inside one larger box, creating a very special treasure chest. Your unique art pieces will include some combination of handmade books, paintings, collages, assemblages, scrolls, wraps, shrines, and more. There will be community and connection and wonderful food as well! Registration is open and details are available here.”

MAY (2023) – Spain

“Join me for a nine-day cultural and creative adventure of a lifetime in Spain. Along with Jim West, the owner of Craftours – the sponsoring company – you will experience Spain through the lens of creative eyes. Our focus will be Madrid, Toledo and Barcelona. Together, our multi-day workshop will guide you in creating a Field Guide to Spain which will become a part of your daily activities. Jim will also be teaching two mini-workshops on both painting and photography. But the star of the show will be Spain herself and our activities will include multiple tours with professional local guides, an exclusive tour of a century-old Spanish sword-making factory, an optional Spanish cooking class, tour of a local family-owned winery including wine tasting, a visit to the Spanish craft village of Poble Espanhol, a visit to a family owned Spanish fan/umbrella making facility, a demonstration on the Flamenco-inspired haute couture dresses, a visit to the iconic Sagrada Família, Gaudi’s famous church in Barcelona, plus many meals, special gifts, and much more. Nine days of creative community and cultural bliss. Registration is open and details are available here.”

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