Hands-on Art in Bandon

Art is a personal and social experience. Sensory perceptions deepen when artists work in a group setting to explore color, shape, texture, movement or sound.

“Creativity is contagious,” said Diana Lloyd, contributing artist at Art by the Sea gallery and studio.

Art by the Sea is one of many Bandon arts and culture groups offering hands-on experiences in visual and fiber arts, dance and drama.

From realist landscapes to whimsical sculpture, works displayed at Art by the Sea inspire reflection and conversation. When classes are in session, voices mingle as artists trade ideas and discoveries. Artist Barbara Lebiedzik notes that emerging artists often feel nervous about sharing their work with the public. She finds it especially exciting to support artists as they develop their style and audience.

That kind of engagement is part of the group’s mission, according to Val Meeuwsen, the gallery’s education committee chairwoman. Some sign up to explore new media. Others take part to hone their craft. The gallery’s roster of member and guest instructors present a wide variety of art media, but they share a common desire to support artists at every stage. The hands-on learning process often leads to better technique and new friendships.

“We’re trying to bring the art experience to the community through classes and community shows,” said Meeuwsen. “It’s a learning and social experience.”

Check out Bandon’s art and culture scene with scheduled classes, drop-in sessions or customized workshops.

Painting, Drawing, Jewelry, Fiber and Mixed Media Art
Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio

145 Fillmore Ave. SE, Bandon

Classes at Art by the Sea cover a range of media with guest and member instructors. Prices start at $35, and prices vary by length of class and supply costs. (The monthly collage workshop is a budget-friendly $5, and artists bring their own supplies.) The intimate classroom can host up to eight participants. Find class schedules, and artist applications for community shows, at artbytheseagallery.com. Call or stop by the gallery to register.

Art and Science
Washed Ashore Art to Save the Sea

325 2nd St. SE, Bandon

Artists and volunteers at Washed Ashore transform marine debris into vibrant art. Colorfully sculpted sea creatures– created with debris collected from local beaches– illustrate the problem of plastic pollution and encourage conservation of oceans and waterways. Sculptures are commissioned for display at science and cultural centers around the country. Visit the Bandon gallery to see the art up close, and join a free workshop to help create something new. Seasonal hours and group tour information are available at washedashore.org/home-base-bandon-oregon.

Glass Fusing and More
Sage Place

525 11th St. SE, Bandon

Friends and family enjoy creative time together at Sage Place, crafting personal Bandon mementos in customized workshops for groups large and small. Two hour glass fusing workshops for groups of four or more start at $25 per person. Individuals, and small groups up to three, can book in-depth exploration starting at $35 per person per hour. Ask about discounts for active and retired military personnel. The studio at Sage Place offers hands-on instruction in many media and styles for art lovers of all ages. Visit sageplacebandon.com for scheduled classes and workshop inspiration, and contact the studio for reservations.

Knit and Crochet
The Wool Company

990 2nd St. SE, Bandon

Visit the family room style classroom at The Wool Company to work on your knit and crochet projects. Free drop-in sessions are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Bring your work in progress or start a new project. Craft kits, including yarn, hook or needles, start under $20. Want to learn new fiber arts skills? Stop by or visit woolcompany.com for scheduled workshops and special events.

Ballroom Dance
Bandon Oregon Ballroom Dance Association

Odd Fellows Hall
Hwy 42 South and Ohio Ave., Bandon

Step out on the dance floor Saturday nights at Bandon Odd Fellows Hall. The Bandon Oregon Ballroom Dance Association promotes ballroom dance and all the cultural, social and physical benefits of dancing. Saturday dances start at 7:30 p.m. The weekly gathering features a variety of ballroom dances set to traditional and contemporary music. Dancers of all ages and levels are welcome, no registration required. A $3 donation is appreciated. Email BOBDA to request information about classes and workshops, dancebandonwithbobda@gmail.com.

Theater and Stagecraft
Presented by Bandon Playhouse

Sprague Community Theater
1202 11th St. SW, Bandon

Brush up on your acting technique, or learn new skills, with Bandon Playhouse. Experienced theater coaches explore acting and improvisation, along with basic costuming, makeup and set design, and introductory script writing. Adults and teens age 13 and older are invited, no experience necessary. Join drop-in summer workshops at the Sprague Community Theater, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, June 22 and 29; July 13, 20 and 27; and August 3, 2019. Workshops are free with Bandon Playhouse membership, $5 individual or $15 family. Registration forms are available at each workshop, or visit bandonplayhouse.org to learn more.

Photos contributed by WashedAshore.org (top), Art by the Sea Gallery (inset left), and Sage Place (inset center and right); article by Geneva Miller.