Former studio owner to teach art workshop

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | 3:27 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA - To some, odd bits of broken, rusty things seem like junk. But to Lisa Bartlett, co-owner of Spare Parts Studios and teacher of a mixed-media workshop Saturday at Orr Street Studios, they are masterpieces in the making.

Mixed-media art refers to collages and assemblages of all sorts of things, including old clock cases, sewing boxes, wooden frames and 100-year-old oak phone boxes - all of which Bartlett will provide at the workshop.

"You use three-dimensional objects to create a work of art," Bartlett said. "Some of the pieces will turn out to be functional but also artistic, and I really loved the thought of making everything in your home a joy to look at."

Bartlett was co-owner of Spare Parts Studios , which closed in February but has reconstituted its spirit in a room at Orr Street Studios. She has wanted to do this workshop for many years and recently held a weeklong camp at Columbia College teaching the art to high school students.

"I realized how much I loved it, and that kind of gave me the confidence to just dive in and do it," Bartlett said.

She will lead the class with the help of her friend, Sonya Nicholson.

The workshop is full with 13 people signed up, but guests are invited to come and view the finished artwork from 4:30 to 5 p.m., 106 Orr St. Refreshments will be served.

In the future, Bartlett plans to hold workshops in watercolor, collage and mixed-media jewelry.


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