Reservations open for Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts workshops

LEWISBURG – As part of the 45th annual Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts, the Lewisburg Arts Council will present five hands-on workshops for the public. All workshops are free. Space is limited and reservations are required and can be made by emailing or calling Vicki Heberlig at 570-523-3128. Workshops include:

“Plein Air Painting,” from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, presented by Alice Kelsey at the Dale/Engle/Walker House, 1471 Strawbridge Road. This workshop is part of “Plein Air Day.” Local artist Alice Kelsey will conduct a presentation and demonstration about approaches to painting outdoors.

She will discuss working methods and supplies for ‘plein air’ painting, and share examples of her equipment and artwork. Kelsey will demonstrate pastel painting (outdoors if weather permits), and attendees are encouraged to try out plein air sketching. Both non-artists and artists of all levels are welcome. Wear comfortable, warm clothes (layers recommended) and footwear for being outside. Bring a pencil and sketchbook to create en plein air. Group limit is 30.

“Creating a Lasting Piece of Furniture,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, presented by 2014 featured artist John C. Sterling at the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd. Sterling will explain the process from idea through construction, using several different pieces of furniture he has constructed himself. He will cover proper selection of materials, joinery and finishing. Sterling started building his own furniture in his mid-20s.

Building pieces and seeing results reinforced his skills and style. He learned his craft gradually by making mistakes, taking risks, experimenting with different techniques and getting feedback from others. Group limit is 50.

“Introduction to Beginning Woodcarving,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, presented by Craig Jarrett at the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd. The class will provide a broad overview of various tools and woods that can be used for woodcarving, as well as different types and styles of woodcarving.

Participants will be given the opportunity to try their hand at woodcarving. Knives and a carving blank will be provided. Jarrett got his start in woodcarving by carving neckerchief slides with the Boy Scouts. He retired from the Milton Area School District where he worked 35 years as an industrial arts and technology education instructor. He is a member of the Susquehannock Woodcarvers Club in Selinsgrove. For ages 10 years through adult; group limit is 12.

“Bucknell University’s Arboretum: A Walking Tour,” at 1:30 p.m. May 3, presented by Mark Spiro (rain date is May 4, same time). The walking tour will last approximately 45 minutes. The paved path has a few steps and is steep in sections (it is not handicap accessible). Spiro, associate professor of biology and Duane Griffin, associate professor of geography established the Bucknell University Arboretum in 2008 for the purpose of protecting the arboreal legacy of Bucknell, restoring native plant communities on campus, and promoting research and education in sustainability and botany. This walking tour was developed in conjunction with Bucknell students. Meet on the Bucknell campus on the lawn between Taylor Hall and South Seventh Street; parking is available on Moore Avenue. Group limit is 35.

“JUST COOK: How to Grow, Harvest, and Use Herbs” at 7 p.m. May 5, presented by Julianna Cooper at the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd. Herb expert Julianna Cooper will demonstrate and lecture about growing, harvesting and using herbs. During this entertaining “Just Cook” presentation, she will prepare an herb butter, a savory herb vinegar, and a pasta sauce. After the cooking demonstration, all will be invited to the buffet table, and will be served bread with herb butter, fresh garden salad with herb vinegar, and bow-tie pasta with tomato-herb sauce and grated cheese.

Cooper is a certified culinary herbalist. She has membership in the Lewisburg Garden Club, the Royal Herb Society, the Herb Society of America, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Royal Horticultural Society. Group limit is 30.

For more information, visit www.lewisburgartsco