Creativity: SH2A offers sessions

November, 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community

Santiam Hearts to Arts offers Saturday sessions in multiple forms of media for all ages.

By Mary Owen

Saturdays at the Canyon Arts Center are filled with happy crafters!

“Art, as Santiam Hearts to Arts sees it, is not a ‘thing’ but an activity – something people do,” said Jeanne Gunner, president. “That’s the idea behind SH2A’s open house arts and crafts sessions.”

The sessions are held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the organization’s home base, the Canyon Art Center on Highway 22 in Mill City.

“Each week, local artisans and crafters volunteer their time to set up enjoyable creative projects for community members,” Gunner said.

“Some weeks might have water color lessons, jewelry making, rock painting,, or home décor crafts, with all materials provided free of charge.”

On some Saturdays SH2A sponsors free or low-fee classes, for children and adults, in painting, fabric arts, pottery, beading, and other activities, Gunner said.

“These include the popular kid classes in fluffy and glitter slime-making,” she added. “Music is a major SH2A focus, and so it’s not unusual to find some guitar, ukulele or mandolin playing going on as well.”

Art supplies of all kinds are available for individual use and an art library loans books to readers of all ages.

Jan Cartwright said she can hardly wait from one Saturday to the next.

“It’s such a huge learning experience,” she said. “Seems like I waited a very long time to start learning and now, just can’t get enough!”

Cartwright loves meeting with “the very young to pretty much mature folks” for impromptu music lessons on guitar, singing, ukulele and mandolin.

“We have folks come in and play the piano just for fun,” she said. “Our dear friend, Barbara Seals, comes each week with a new craft. Rock painting, making slime, dancing – the list just goes on and on.”

Cartwright expects full houses will come with the rains for Saturdays at the center, which also has classes weekdays and evenings.

“All of this serves the SH2A mission to preserve, present, and promote the fine and performing arts in the Santiam Canyon,” Gunner said.

People are welcome to drop by the CAC at 280 NE Santiam Blvd. to see what’s happening, or they can check the Canyon Arts Center Facebook page for regular announcements.

“The open house sessions are also great for socializing with neighbors and meeting new people,” Gunner said. “We happily accept donations, but all open house sessions are free, and all community members are welcome.”

For information, call 503-897-6397 or visit the Hearts to Arts website,, or the organization’s Facebook page.

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