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Ages 16+ | Sunday | January 21, 2024 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Immerse yourself in the art of bark carving in our full-day workshop, where cottonwood tree bark transforms into your canvas. Under the guidance of our expert artist-educator, employ gouges and a knife to shape whimsical creations. Experience the natural texture responding to your touch, refine your work with sandpaper, and choose to enhance the color with oil or a dull coat spray. Tailored for beginners, this workshop ensures a day filled with creativity and the fulfillment of crafting your own unique bark-carved piece. Please note, a $10 materials fee will apply to cover the cost of bark, and please don’t forget to pack lunch for the day!

Meet Your Instructor

Marlene Ash began her works in wood in the early 1990’s studying under the tutelage of sculpture/carver Chris Reese at the Haliburton School of Fine Art.  The challenges of learning about the hand tools and exploring the different wood materials presented an experience and an opportunity to connect with her heritage.  Being an Indigenous Woman with a strong connection to the earth, the attraction to this medium was immediate.   

Over these many years, Marlene has become an active member with Ontario Woodcarvers Association (OWCA), conducting workshops and participating in their numerous art shows and competitions across the Province.  As a member of the OWCA, Marlene also helped carve the “Maple Leaf Forever Tree” now on permanent display at the Ontario Sciences Centre.   For many years Marlene and her now deceased husband,  instructed carving classes at the Aurora Cultural Centre.  She will continue to instruct some workshops and attend the wood carving classes.   

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