Guest Artists to Share their Talents in the Catoctin Mountains

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Date: August 4, 2015
Contact: Peggie Gaul, 301-663-9399

THURMONT, MD- The Catoctin Forest Alliance, Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park will host Artists In Residence in August and September.The artists will share their talents during public presentations at Catoctin Mountain Park, Cunningham Falls State Park and the Thurmont Regional Library.

Program: Experimental Felting in the Woods (Felt Sculpturing)

Location:Cunningham Falls State Park, Wm. Houck Area

Time and Date: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 8, 2015

Participants: All Ages

Program Description:Artist in Residence Annalisa Vobis will introduce the technique of felt making with a demonstration and hands-on presentation entitled, "Experimental Felting in the Woods".Participants will use old, unfelted, felt-able wool sweaters, such as 100% sheep wool, to create their own sculpture.This centuries-old Japanese method of Shibori surface design is used to transform the sweaters into felt.Small corks, beads, buttons, acorns, etc., will be tied with rubber bands under the surface of the fabric.Finally, hot water and soap will be used to shrink the wool into organic, biomorphic sculptures.This program is free and all supplies will beprovided.Arrive early for guaranteed parking.Park admission Fee.Cunningham Falls State Park 301-271-7574.


Program: Nature Journaling: Finding Your Personal Connection to the Natural World.

Time, Date and Location:10:00 a.m.,Monday, September 7, 2015 at the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center

Time , Date and Location5:00-6:30 p.m.,Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Owens Creek Campground (GPS address: 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville Rd., Sabillasville, MD21780)

Time, Date and Location: 2:00 -3:30 p.m., Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the Visitor Center (GPS address: 14707 Park Central Road, Thurmont, MD 21788)

Participants: 5 and up

Program DescriptionArtist in Residence Linda Johnston will guide participants through the process of creating a journal with personal reflections - in words and art-on the natural world.A nature journal is a place for growing thoughts, feelings, observations and ideas, connecting to the natural world, and observing the many surrounding life forms.Once you have begun nature journaling, you will find you have a better appreciation for even the smallest living things. Reflections may be combined with those of the Artist in Residence to make a one-of-a-kind artistic journal that will be displayed at Catoctin Mountain Park and the Thurmont Regional Library.This workshop is free and all supplies will be provided.Call Catoctin Mountain Park 301-663-9388 for details.


Program: Nature Journaling: Finding Your Personal Connection to the Natural World

Time, Date and Location: 6:00-7:30 p.m.,Thursday,September 10, 2015,at the Thurmont RegionaLibrary, 76 East Moser St., Thumont, MD.

ParticipantsHigh school - adult

Learn a new way to look at nature with Linda Johnston, Catoctin Mountain Artist-in-Residence.  Ms. Johnston discusses the basics of journaling - observation and recording to capture the essence of a time and place - through words, drawing or painting, photography, or a combination of these.  The program is for ages 15 and up, will include tips on methods and materials, and how to get started.  Come join us.  You will never look at nature in quite the same way.  This workshop is free and all supplies will be provided. Thurmont Regional Library, 301-600-7200.

The Catoctin Mountain Artist in Residence is a program of the Catoctin Forest Alliance.  If offers visual, literary, and performing artists an opportunity to work in a natural and historic setting to advance art, nature, and history education and appreciation.  Catoctin Mountain Park, Cunningham Falls State Park and the Thurmont Regional Library partner to host the artists and exhibit their work.

For additional information, please contact the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center at 301-663-9388.

Catoctin Mountain Park is one of over 400 units administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.Correspondence should be addressed to: Superintendent, Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. Our website address is information can be obtained by calling the Visitor Center at (301) 663-9388.


Last updated: August 4, 2015

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