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Fine Art Department

Virginia Ray

Virginia Ray

Virginia Ray

Virginia Ray

Virginia Ray

Instructor: Virginia Ray

September 1–3, 2018 (Saturday–Monday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


What is that SPARKLE of life that unexpectedly catches our attention and heart? Wonder, curiosity and awe live right under our nose. Often we’re too busy to notice. This three-day creative workshop invites us all to delve into the realm of playfulness and joy. Reawakening to beauty and adjusting our vision to recognize it.

In our shiny, technological world NEW is not always better. To me, nothing compares to the charm and mystery of weathered and worn castoffs. Fascinating untold stories are held in these treasures of humanity. Do you save special tidbits, collections from nature, treasures and mementos from life events? Then the journey of appreciation has already begun.

“Assemblage,” a fancy term for putting together collected and found objects, is a fun, hands on way to cultivate beauty. We will each make our own unique assemblage style art piece. Creating small practice pieces along the way.

Learn the value of visual simplicity, a benefit that can be carried into all facets of life. The simple and satisfying art of placement, and the impact of shapes and textures will be addressed. Practical guidance with basic construction, tools, secrets of the trade, and encaustic (melted beeswax) methods will be shown. We’ll also cultivate the valuable inner gifts of gratefulness, intention, and synchronicity. Plenty of individual assistance as needed.

Creativity exists in each one of us. No art experience necessary. And for the advanced, deepen your talent to add magic into your technique. Let lightness lead your life. Come be uplifted by the rich, quiet depth that makes ourselves and art come alive.


VIRGINIA RAY has been cultivating her whimsically meditative style of found object artwork for 30 years. She has taught creative workshops at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, in schools, hospitals, conference settings, and studios. With an interest in world cultures, philosophy, meditation, and formal art training, she is known for her transformative artwork in galleries and healing institutions around the Bay Area and beyond.

A lover of nature, she spent previous years as a resident artist at Wilbur Hot Springs Nature Preserve in Northern California, along with years along the California coast including Marin County, Santa Cruz, and recently moved to Mendocino County.

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Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $20

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