Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Weekend Arts Picks

Daniel Ricardo Teran,
a resident artist and teacher
at the Armory Arts Center,
recently demonstrated his
wheel-throwing techniques to the
Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches,
which met at The Craft Gallery recently.
(Photo by Katie Deits)

Armory Arts Center: As we are busy with holiday festivities, visiting local art galleries and museums can add quiet contemplation time.

And then, as we begin to think about the new year and how it will be different from the one that's about to end, why not take a moment to contemplate just how we can bring more joy into our lives and those of others?

If you resolve to be more creative, think about signing up for a class at the Armory Arts Center and explore the joys of artistic expression. Classes in ceramics, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing and jewelry-making are offered by the talented faculty, as well as internationally famous artists who teach master-class workshops.

It’s not too late to register for the next session, which begins Jan. 5 and runs through Feb. 28. If you are doing any last-minute shopping for gifts, a class may be just the ticket to bring joy into a loved one’s life. Register online at www.armoryart.org or call the Armory at (561) 832-1776.

Although the Armory Arts Center is closed for the weekend, you will have from Monday until Jan. 3 to visit the shows currently on exhibit, which include Random Thoughts by Harry Anderson.

His passion for combining collected objects from the early- and mid-20th century (many of which he found in junkyards or yard sales) evolved into a fascinating exhibition of sculptures that in an anthropomorphic manner eerily calls us back to our past. The Armory Arts Center is at 1700 Parker Ave. in West Palm Beach.

Another place to get in touch with your inner artist is The Craft Gallery at 5911 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, where classes in ceramics and glass-fusion are being offered. For a class schedule, call owner Betty Wilson at (561) 585-7744. -- K. Deits

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