We are hosting BitterSweet: An Event Exploring Art, Emotions, and Chocolate on Saturday, May 19, 1 – 3pm. Everyone is invited to attend this art making workshop and conversation. Each participant who creates drawings or sculptures will receive a specially designed chocolate bar.
This is the final event and celebration of a community engagement project created by artist Melissa Sarris. Artwork from this project will be on display and participants will have the opportunity to make art of their own.
Ms. Sarris has worked on the BitterSweet project with three local groups: Apogee Peer Support Group, teens at the Youth Clubhouse of Columbia-Greene Counties in Hudson, and inmates at the Columbia County Jail. In the BitterSweet workshops participants experimented with ways to translate personal emotion into abstract drawing and sculpture. They developed an understanding of abstraction, using shapes, colors and forms to represent ideas and emotions.
The groups worked collectively and individually through several iterations of this exercise. Next, Ms. Sarris introduced a three-dimensional material: air-drying modeling clay and discussed its visual and tangible properties. Participants were asked to select a specific emotion word and then create an abstract form to depict it. Once the clay works had dried, participants painted them with acrylic paint, adding another layer of meaning.
Later, Ms. Sarris created chocolate bar molds that express an amalgamation of the ideas explored in the workshops. These were cast as small edible sculptures by Vasilow’s Confectionery in Hudson that will be given to participants, while supplies last, at the library event.
This event has been scheduled to happen in May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. Information about Apogee Peer Support Group and the Youth Clubhouse will be available. Previous workshop participants will be present to talk about these organizations while assisting with the art making event.
This workshop is free, open to the public and requires no previous experience. All materials will be provided. Unpainted clay works will also be available for painting.
This workshop is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the library’s main desk.