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Sanctuary of the Arts hosts altered art gathering on Saturday

Friday, June 12, 2009

CARBON -- Artists and wannabe artists will have an opportunity to turn things like old photos, paper, old tins or boxes into lovely art pieces on Saturday at the Sanctuary of the Arts.

The class is called an Altered Art Gathering and is open to the public.

Located in the old Perth schoolhouse in Carbon, the Sanctuary is a gathering place for classes, retreats and events centered on the arts, creativity, family and community.

An art salon has also been set at the Sanctuary on June 19 at 7 p.m. It will feature a fire dance by Pali and dulcimer music by Patchwork. There will also be a flute performance by Janelle Huber.

The salons are the brainchild of Vickie DeWitt and a group she put together called the Art Alliance. It is made up of local artists from several counties including Putnam and Clay counties.

One of the many ideas the group has is to begin hosting salons similar to those in Europe, where music, poetry and other arts are available. While in Phoenix, DeWitt visited some of the Artist Salons held in the city. She was impressed by the talent and amount of fun everyone had at them.

"There are a lot of artists out there that don't have a venue or the necessary connections that would allow them to participate in a venue to show their work. The Art Alliance can help create those types of opportunities," said DeWitt.

The Art Alliance is an umbrella for all aspects of human creativity, including art forms such as drawing, painting, sculpture, crafting, textiles, writing, storytelling/comedy, music, theatre, dance, even using high-tech mediums like digital photography and movie making.

Currently there is no fee to join the group, although they do accept donations. DeWitt hopes creating a network of arts and artists will stimulate a vibrant economy.

Anyone interested in joining the Alliance can stop the Red Leaf Center next weekend and add their names to an email list.

For more information about joining the Alliance or to support The Alliance for the Arts, contact DeWitt by e-mail at sanctuaryofthearts@yahoo.com. Information about the Art Alliance or the Sanctuary can be found at www.sanctuaryofthearts.com



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