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May 26, 2020

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ArtStart to host 'Sip of Culture' March 10
Indian-inspired workshop to feature local artist
Stephanie Kuski
River News Features Reporter

For those looking to add a little color to their winter blues, ArtStart will host local artist Sarah S. Thompson at its next Sip of Culture event featuring abstract collage with acrylics from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10.

Thompson said the Indian-inspired workshop will celebrate Holi - the Hindu festival of colors which celebrates life - the coming spring and the end of their monsoon season. She said that since attendees might not know about Holi, this is an opportunity to expose them to the concept as well as Hindu beliefs surrounding color.

"Holi is really about bringing positivity into your life, rejoicing at the start of their spring and spreading joy and color," Thompson said. "The idea is to learn about their culture, create art and feel good."

Thompson said she will provide Indian-themed designs, maps, tiled patterns, mosaics and archived photographs attendees can use in their collage, in addition to supplying all other materials (including paint and canvases). But if attendees wish to bring their own images or paper from home, she encourages them to do so as well.

Thompson will instruct attendees and provide guidance in creating a cruciform design using paper collage and acrylic paint, but she said the artists will have their own creative control.

While the goal of the workshop is to create, it also provides time to reflect on our ubiquitous - albeit underrepresented - connection to color.

"We all have a relationship with color and the absence of color. All this white and gray, this muted palette we live with during the winter sometimes makes it hard to cheer up. But in the spring, we break free from that," Thompson explained. "Colors evoke feelings for us. Green evokes happiness; blue, longevity. Those are Hindu ideas about color and how these are positive ways to look at color and what they mean to the Hindu people."

Thompson said she hopes the vibrant hues attendees work with will evoke the positivity and happiness embraced in Hindu culture on this day.

"I think an event like this will really bring joy to people's mid-winter blues," she said.

In addition to the workshop, Thompson will also provide a gallery tour for those seeking inspiration. Two new exhibitions will be on display at ArtStart at the time of the workshop: Martin Rowe, "Between the Lines" and Daniel Fleming, "Confronting Our Perspective."

Tickets for this workshop are $45 and include a gallery tour, all supplies, a glass of wine, Indian-inspired hors d'oeuvres and a completed collage piece.

Thompson said artists of all skill levels are welcome to attend the workshop.

"You do not need to have any experience with abstract, collage or painting," Thompson said. "We invite scrapbookers, watercolor artists, people who love collage and anyone who wants to do something creative for the evening."

For more information, call ArtStart at (715) 362-4328, visit their website for a link to purchase tickets online, or follow Thompson's Facebook page.

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