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Upcoming Events: Fall Semester, Dinner, and Talks at Oxygen ArtCentre

Closing Dinner for prOphecy sun and Darren Fleet’s exhibition Nostalgic Geography at Oxygen Art Centre
Date:               Friday, September 27, 2019
Time:              5:30 PM
Location:        Oxygen Art Centre, #3-320 Vernon St. (alley entrance)
Join us for the Closing Dinner of local artists prOphecy sun and Darren Fleet’s exhibition, “Nostalgic Geography: Mama and Papa have Trains, Orchards and Mountains in their Backyard” at Oxygen Art Centre.
The Closing Dinner celebrates the exhibition and the support and collaboration that took place throughout the creation of the video and sound installation. The artists wish to invite the community to a shared meal in the gallery as a way to thank the many players that made this work possible, as well as to extend a seat at the table to others.
The dinner will be held in the gallery among the installation. Prepared by the artists, the meal will be vegan, vegetarian, and sensitive to dietary restrictions. This event is by donation, everyone is welcome to attend.

The Big Draw — Oxygen Community Open Studio
3 sessions: Sept. 29, Oct. 20, Nov. 17
Sundays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Course Description:
Oxygen is pleased to present an all-ages three-part series of collaborative drawing workshops in connection with the world-wide event known as The Big Draw, facilitated by artist and educator Anita Levesque. The Big Draw theme for 2019 is #DrawnToLife and explores the healing and unifying impact of mark making and drawing. These family friendly drop-in workshops will run from 11-4 on three Sundays through the fall: September 29th, October 20th and November 17th.
Each event is free or by donation and open to all, whatever age or experience.

Moving into Abstraction with Natasha Smith
4 classes: October 1, 8, 15, 22
Tuesdays 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Course Description:
Through a series of projects, students will explore various techniques and alternative ways to develop ideas and image that will encourage a more abstract way of working. Using various media students will investigate mark-making, texture, line, shape, colour and composition and challenge their current methodology of image creation in this process focused course. Appropriate for students of all levels.
Course Fee: $150.00     Material Fee: $20.00
TOTAL FEE: $170.00
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Liminal Life Writing with Rayya Liebich               
5 classes: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Wednesdays 6 – 8 pm
Course Description:
Fuel for creativity and healing can be found by revisiting the liminal periods in our lives such as birth, grief and separation. Discover how to transform your life stories into powerful prose using literary genres such as micro memoir, creative non-fiction, and letter writing. Classes include guided prompts, peer feedback, and take home tools.
Bring your courage and pen.  All skill levels and life experience welcome.
Course Fee: $135.00     Material Fee: $5.00
TOTAL FEE: $140.00 
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The Artist’s Journey with Susan Andrews Grace               
4 classes: Oct. 4, 11, Nov. 15, 29
Fridays 1 – 3:30 pm
Course Description:
The Artist’s Journey is a cross-discipline seminar that invites artists and writers to examine their creative process. Every creative person carries a map in their heart but sometimes forgets how to read it. The Artist’s Journey by Steven Pressfield will be our text. This is for those who have just begun the journey as well as those who’ve been trudging for a while but especially for those who are ready to throw in the towel.
Course Fee: $124.00    Material Fee: $21.00
TOTAL FEE: $145.00
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Structurally Porous and Perpetually in Progress – Naomi Potter, Director/Curator, Esker Foundation – Public Talk and Workshop
Friday October 4: 7:30pm
Structurally Porous and Perpetually in Progress – Public Talk – Free
Potter will speak on the development and progress of Esker Foundation as a generous, supportive, and caring contemporary art gallery. How does one build an institution without becoming too institutional, support the local while participating in a global conversation, and above all how to bring relevance and accessibility to the diverse and complex communities. Potter will speak about developing this model, and the curatorial and engagement focus that supports it.
Workshop: October 5 & 6
Group sessions:  Saturday 9am – 12 pm Sunday 1 – 4 pm
Individual sessions: TBA Saturday 1-5 Sunday 9-12
Workshop Description:
This workshop for artists, curators, art writers and others will hinge on both group and individual discussions about the various structures and institutions that make up the contemporary art world. With a focus on the interconnected spheres of the curator, the exhibition, the institution, and the various ways commercial can exist in an art practice, how does one navigate and participate with and through these as a professional artist, curator, cultural worker, or maker. This workshop will push participants to think critically about the value of their work across a variety of settings in cultural institutions and commercial contexts. Asking, what does it mean to be in the creative sector today?, what are the responsibilities?, and how does one make informed decisions about the direction or impact their work will make.
Individual Session:
Meet Naomi Potter one-on-one and tap into her knowledge and discuss your interests and practice. A One-on-one studio visit or time at Oxygen with Potter is available for Group Workshop participants for an additional fee of $50.
Group Workshop and Individual Session: Course Fee: $125 (7 spaces available) 
Group Workshop Only: Course Fee: $75 (5 spaces available)
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Ukulele 2 with Catherine McGrath  
6 Classes: Oct. 6, 20, 27 Nov. 3, 17, 24
Sundays 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Course Description:
This course is designed for people who have taken the preceding beginner class, the summer ukulele intensive, or who are able to play three-chord songs in the keys of C and G with a steady rhythm.  The class will explore new keys, new chords, and more complex strumming patterns as they relate to a bunch of fun songs from a variety of genres.
Course Fee: $150.00     Material Fee: $10.00
TOTAL FEE: $160.00
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Idealand: Inspiring your imagination with perception games, facilitated by Kelly Shpeley  
3 Classes: Oct. 7, 21, 28
Monday 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Course Description:
Idealand is a series of exercises and perception games to help generate new ideas and ways of approaching your artistic practice. These techniques may be applied to any art form. This is a space for you to jumpstart your imagination.
Course Fee: $110.00     Material Fee: $30.00
TOTAL FEE: $140.00
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Oxygen keeps class sizes small, only hires experienced professional teaching artists and works hard to meet the needs of our creative community through the adult education programming.
For more information on courses and to register: www.oxygenartcentre.org,  education@oxygenartcentre.org.
Oxygen Art Centre is committed to ensuring all exhibitions, programs, and events are accessible to visitors. Our facilities are wheelchair accessible and equipped with one accessible washroom.

Julia Prudhomme
Executive Director / oxygen art centre
#3 – 320 Vernon St. Alley Entrance.
Nelson, British Columbia
(1) 250-352-6322