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Donna does a Demo

Demo_day_2 Our hardy group of about 65 artists in Great Falls, Va. showed the creative process live and in color Saturday at a day-long exhibition at the Great Falls Library. 

Painters set up their easels, beginning the day with an empty canvas, and ending with new works.  Laura Nichols, the president of Making_jewelry Great Falls Studios and an accomplished potter (as well as the brood mother to 70 egg-laying chickens on her farm) showed how to make clay masks.

I set up a table and made jewelry.  Lots of kids watched, holding and feeling many of my 'raw materials.' They saw how I weigh the various beads, findings, metals and wire to make a necklace or bracelet or pin. 

Demo_day_1 A few people who gathered round also asked to be on my mailing list so I can alert them to things like the Open Studio event at my studio in Great Falls next Saturday, May 19.  E-mail me if you'd like directions.

(For larger versions of the photos here, click on the picture.)

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