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NCCCA begins weekend holiday art workshops

Lydia Palma, foreground, and Abby Reeder get ready to decorate their ceramic cookie plates at a holiday workshop at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh.

Lydia Palma, foreground, and Abby Reeder get ready to decorate their ceramic cookie plates at a holiday workshop at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

Shawna Armstrong is one of the center’s newest additions, having assumed the role of Gallery and Graphics Coordinator in September.

She said big things are happening at the NCCCA, starting with a members exhibition opening Friday, Dec. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Anyone who is a member of the NCCCA can submit work, which will be on display through Jan. 12.

The exhibition will also mark the first time the public can set foot on the gallery’s new floor, which will be a dark woodgrain replacing the previous carpet.

The small gift store is also being transformed into a library and will be used as an artist’s market four times a year.

Armstrong added that the center has been making a concerted effort to get the word out about upcoming events sooner, which will give people more time to work those things into their schedules.

She is optimistic that the changes will result in an increased interest in the NCCCA, and that more exhibits and workshops will be offered in the months to come.

The center is important for the community, and especially important for the children, she said.

“This is a place for them to meet other kids; it’s a social place,” Armstrong said. “And anything they can do to build something with their hands is beneficial.”

The hands-on approach is something Armstrong said can carry over into their future endeavors.

And as she stood by, watching the children’s little hands as they eagerly created snow-globe worthy scenes out of the clay cut-outs, the smile that stretched across her lips said it all.

“This gets their imaginations going,” Armstrong said. “You need to be creative in any field you go into, and this is where that starts.”

The next two holiday workshops will be held Saturday, Dec. 8. Create a Personalized Calendar will run from 10:30am – 12:30pm and is for ages 7-12. Children under 7 can participate with an adult.

Kids’ Clay Ornaments will run from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 – 7 and 4 – 5 p.m. for ages 8 – 13.

The workshops cost $25 for non-members and $20 for members, with all materials included.

Second Sunday Family Arts will make holiday ornaments Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 – 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per child or $12 for a family of 3 or more. All materials are included.

For more information, visit www.plattsburgharts.org.

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