MAC Center Open Studio this weekend, local craftspeople and artists show how it’s done

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NEWPORT — If you’ve ever wondered how a loom works, how watercolors are created, or exactly how a potter makes a plate, you can find out this weekend during Open Studio at MAC Center for the Arts this weekend.

This Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20, MAC Center artists, weavers, and potters will be in downtown Newport doing what they usually do in their homes and studios.

They will be there to answer questions on everything from weaving to early photographic processes.

Scheduled members include watercolor artists Gingah Milnes and Donna Walsh, ceramic artist Diana Poulin, weavers Betsy Day and Andrea Strobach, and early photography enthusiast Bradleigh Stockwell.

It promises to be a weekend of pigment, fiber, clay, and a small amount of potassium ferricyanide just to keep it edgy.

Open Studio at MAC will be held both upstairs and in the lower gallery, where the exhibition “EcoSystems Services: Through an Artist’s Eye” is currently on display.

Regular MAC Center hours, starting June 20, are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.

The specific schedule is as follows:

SATURDAY, JUNE 19: Gingah Milnes: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Watercolors Bradleigh Stockwell: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Early Photographic Processes Betsy Day: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Weaving Demonstration Donna Walsh: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Getting Started in Plein Air Painting.

SUNDAY, JUNE 20: Diana Poulin: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pottery Demonstration Bradleigh Stockwell: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Early Photographic Processes Andrea Strobach: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Weaving Demonstration.

MAC member Sharon Diner is also participating in Vermont Open Studio at her newly renovated workshop/showroom at 52 Blanchard Avenue in Newport.

Many new, colorful, and unique handmade polymer clay jewelry items and accessories will be available for your browsing pleasure.

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