Canvas hosts weaving and pies

Classes, creation and clever baking to fill Saturday, Sunday events

Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2009

The first weekend of August is set to hold lots of art and fun at the Canvas Community Art Center.

Michael Penn /Juneau Empire
Michael Penn /Juneau Empire

Kim Cowley-Adam, an artist from Victoria, Canada is teaching six workshops on Saturday and Sunday on Japanese Saori weaving.

"It's a kind of weaving and an art form dedicated to free expression and self-development," said M.K. MacNaughton, program developer for the Canvas. "It's really a lovely form of weaving. It's philosophy is that there isn't any wrong with it."

According to MacNaughton, Saori weaving is a free-form type of weaving, without a lot of structure. This in particular is what makes it easy for introduction weaving.

There are three two-hour classes on Saturday and three classes on Sunday. Both days instruction begins at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.. It costs $25 per session and you can create your own design or collaborate as a family and make a single piece.

MacNaughton said The Canvas is excited by the prospect of Saori weaving. Kids have been stringing up chairs, as part of a summer camp. And they recently bought two Saori looms from Japan.

"It's something we're planning to continue," MacNaughton said.

Those interested can reserve a spot by calling the Canvas at 585-1750 or can just show up and watch or join, if there's space.

On Sunday, Aug.2 there will be plenty of pies for all.

Starting at 2p.m., Joyce Payne, who's pottery was on exhibit all July at the Canvas, is teaching a class on pie plates. Participants can hand-build your plate out of clay. The class costs $45.

Then, Andrea Mogil, owner of Pie in the Sky, who has baked pies especially for the event, will open her bakery in the entryway of the Canvas.

"She hasn't divulged what the themes will be," MacNaughton said.

At 6 p.m., Mogil will "present her pies, with whatever special concoctions she's cooked up."

Then at 7p.m., participants can settle down for the film "Waitress" in the Gallery. The movie stars Keri Russell as Jenna, a woman who bakes pies infused with emotion. The movie is pay-as-you-can and everyone is welcome.

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