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Hardy Gallery and FOG Exposure to Creativity Workshops a Success

Stephanie Trenchard gives instruction on glass casting at Popelka Trenchard Glass in Sturgeon Bay.

The student artwork created during the Exposure To Creativity (ETC) workshops is currently on exhibit at the Link Gallery, which is located inside of Fish Creek’s Door Community Auditorium. The exhibit is free, open to the public, and will be on display through Sunday, May 1.

The ETC program was established in 2007 in conjunction with the Friends of Gibraltar (FOG) and pairs students of Gibraltar High School with experienced local artists for specialized learning in a variety of creative fields. Half-day workshops offered this year included basket-making, creative writing/poetry, ceramics, rug hooking, jewelry design, film making, collage, songwriting, figure drawing, knitting, cement sculpture, radio, and more. In this year’s program, over 150 GHS students participated in two different free half-day workshops (30 workshops total) taught by 24 area artists and arts professionals.

One change in this year’s ETC program was bussing students off-campus to the studios and galleries of Door County’s working artists.

“Aside from the exposure, one of the messages we want to get across with this program is that being an artist is a viable profession,” said Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, the Hardy Gallery’s executive director. “Nothing says that more than seeing an artist in his or her own gallery or studio space.”

Now that the two-day workshops have been wrapped up, the focus is on the accompanying ETC Mentoring Program. This program pairs students with local artists for one-on-one or small group instructions.

For more information about the Hardy or the Exposure to Creativity (ETC) program, visit http://www.thehardy.org or call 920.854.2210.