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Art league to host figure drawing workshop

The Bald Eagle Art League invites the public to a special figure drawing workshop in which anyone can participate, at 7 p.m., Dec. 3, in the community room of the Taber Museum.

Mickey Mapstone, a retired Williamsport Area art teacher and professional artist, will lead the workshop.

“We will start by practicing two drawing techniques; gesture drawing and blind contour drawing,” a news release said. “If you would rather absorb creative ability by sitting and watching, no problem.”

Instructor Mapstone has been an artist as long as she can remember. She has won many art exhibitions, but her biggest feat, would have to be her restoration of the Hiawatha mural, 40 panels which were originally painted by Rena Frankberger in the 1920s and re-painted by Mapstone, taking seven summers.

“You really must take a tour of the first floor of the former Curtin Middle School,” the news release said. “The poem, ‘Hiawatha,’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is proudly displayed on every wall of the first floor, all freshly painted by Mapstone, matching the original colors exactly. These huge panels (most are 8’x10′), now behind glass and beautifully framed by retired principal Jim Dougherty.”

Mapstone also restored and repainted the mural over the Baptistry, in Trinity Episcopal Church, across from Ways Garden on Fourth Street, and has won the annual Church Contest, sponsored by the Sun-Gazette for seven years.

Mapstone was a middle school art teacher in the Williamsport district for 27 years and was awarded Middle School Art Teacher of the Year, by the PSEA, Pennsylvania State Education Association. She has also taught art to adults and conducted many workshops all over the Williamsport area and beyond.

The workshop also will offer refreshments and music, and all supplies provided by the instructor.

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