Hudson art studios present open studio classes Jan. 25

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Nurture you inner artist with a sampling of workshops at working artists' studios in Hudson on Jan. 25.

For the first time, four downtown Hudson art studios will open their doors so participants can explore their creativity while working side-by-side with professional artists. Host artists for this day-long event are Karen Koch, Dana Giel-Ray, Shannon Casey and Mary Catherine Haneline.

Classes will run throughout the day at each space at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., giving participants a chance to visit each studio. Each class lasts about an hour; small class sizes provide plenty of one-on-one instruction. Space is limited at all locations, so pre-registration is suggested. Drop-in students admitted space permitting. Students should sign up with the individual artists. For contact information on all four artists, visit the Contact Us page at www.ArtStudioinHudson. Class fees are payable to the individual instructors.

Participating studios and classes include:

Karen Koch of Life Needs Art will lead classes in inspirational journaling at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at her studio at 220 N. Main St., above the Little Red Wagon. Participants will use paint, calligraphy, collage and more to design a journal page that taps into goals and dreams. Koch said it is a great way to get in touch with and chronicle new potential in the New Year. Cost is $15. For more information, visit www.lifeneedsart.com.

Dana Giel-Ray, BFA, of Bellabor Art Jewelry, also at 220 N. Main St., is a jewelry designer who specializes in working with chainmaille. Class members will learn the basics of working with this intricate jewelry technique where metal rings are woven, while making a pair of earrings. Cost of $25 includes materials and use of equipment. Classes will be 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and are suitable for adults and high school age students. For examples of Giel-Ray's work, visit www.bellabor.com.

At Shannon Casey Studio, teens and adults can experiment with a sampling of materials throughout the day at her studio at 70 W. Streetsboro St., Suite 105 (Hudson Commerce Center). Casey will instruct in the use of a different medium at each class. Choose from Basics of Drawing at 10 a.m.; Figure Drawing at noon; Exploring Color with Paint and Pastel at 2 p.m. and Mixed Media at 4 p.m. The cost is $15 per class, which includes supplies (and model fee for Figure Drawing). To learn more, visit www.shannoncaseystudio.com.

National artist and art educator Mary Catherine Haneline will host two classes in her studio at 156 N. Main St., upstairs Suite 5 (above the Grey Colt). At 10 a.m. and noon, she will teach Family Studio Painting, a specially designed class that lets parents and children learn together. The class will explore and create individual landscape paintings in acrylic. Cost is $15 per person.

At 2 and 4 p.m, Haneline will teach "Art and the Mona Lisa." Teens and adults can learn to create that perfect portrait or landscape by using mathematical skills. Haneline said she will address the topic of many people being intimidated by perspective and figurative art. Class fee is $15. Haneline holds a BFA in Art, and a M. Ed in Instructional Design. Her work can be seen at http://mary-c-haneline.artistwebsites.com.

Open Studio classes are a chance for participants to step out of their comfort zones and explore their creativity in some actual working artists' studios.

"We're excited about the chance to team up with one another for this joint venture. The wide range of classes will give the community a chance to try a variety of media," Casey said.

"If exploring your artistic gifts is on your bucket list, then Saturday, Jan. 25 is the art day for you," Giel-Ray added.

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