Visually Expressing Our Grief


With Saaraliisa Ylitalo

- Saturday, January 14th, 10:00am - 3:00pm

This class is an opportunity to express yourself creatively though painting,writing and poetry.  You do not need to be experienced in any of these skills. Come and play with paint and words. The grief journey is not easy to express and this class seeks to help bring some of your feelings into a visual expression.  We will share our stories, paint and write, and then our creations will be bound into a small book. 

All materials will be provided. Please feel free to bring a box lunch or you may purchase lunch from nearby restaurants. 

Suggested donation: $40

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

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About Saaraliisa Ylitalo

Erika Cleveland

Textiles have always fascinated me.  I learned to sew when I was nine, and everything else followed: knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, dyeing, tatting…. By the time I got to college, I was ready to explore textiles as art.  In my twenties I studied with Walter Nottingham and taught various fiber arts in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Then I began 25 years of travel on four continents--living, teaching and exhibiting in Costa Rica, Japan, Peru and South Africa, with stops in the United States.  During five years in Japan, I fell in love with washi paper, and apprenticed with a master papermaker in Kyoto.  Paper remains my chief passion, but I combine it with many other textile techniques.  For me, paper is non-woven fabric.  Since returning to the U.S. in 2007 I have set up a studio in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC.  Though I still feel a bit of a stranger in my own country, I'm enjoying the challenge of establishing my practice in the huge, vibrant art world of the United States.

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