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2015 Valentine’s Day Artrageous Art Walk

2015 Valentine's Day Artrageous Art WalkSaturday, February 14, 2015 is the date of the 2015 Valentine’s Day Artrageous Art Walk and all of the galleries in Fernandina Beach will be open for your pleasure.

Island Art Association

The Island Art Association will be open from 5:00 – 8:00 PM in downtown Fernandina and will be presenting Susan Henderson as the February Artist of the Month.

Susan is a Florida painter and Fernandina Beach resident whose work is regularly shown in the Jacksonville Watercolor Society and the Women Painters of the Southeast exhibitions. In 2014 Susan exhibited in the 24th Annual All-Florida Juried Arts Show in Stuart. Susan paints landscapes and plant material from Florida and the American southwest.

The IAA show focuses on recent work from Florida in large format using images familiar to many locals with a different spin. Working in oils Susan captures the unique light and color found in local waterways and plant material.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ohio State University and has lived and painted in Fernandina since 2006.

The exhibition of Susan Henderson’s recent painting is on display at the Island Art Association at 18 N. 2nd St in Fernandina Beach through February 28. The opening reception is on Saturday February 14 from 5 – 7.

Also on exhibit through February at the Island Art Association is the annual juried Nassau County high school art show. At The Island Art Association, for the month of February, is the Annual Nassau County High School Student Art Show. Four High Schools in Nassau County are represented.

This is a juried show; the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners receive gift certificates, paid by the Art Association, for art supplies from Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff in Boone NC.

All winners receive “art goodies” from Joe Miller, owner of Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff. The judge for this show was Avery DeLuca, a history of art student at the University of Florida.

Come see the many talented students in this show!

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Author Nancy Blanton to Speak at Writers by the Sea

Author Nancy Blanton to Speak at Writers by the Sea
Fernandina Beach, FL – The newly formed Writers By The Sea (WBTS), announces its first featured program of the new year, Critique Groups that Work.

The secrets to a good writers’ critique group are in the rules set by members, the chemistry and goals of the participants, and especially in their commitment to one purpose: To help writers succeed.

Join Writers by the Sea, as Planning Committee Co-chair Nancy Blanton leads the monthly meeting’s discussion.

Attendees will get to decide how a critique group could serve them best, and whether they would like to help create a group they could love.

The meeting is set for Thursday, January 15 at 6:30 pm, upstairs at Cafe Karibo, 27 North 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. with networking and the opportunity to buy food and beverages in the restaurant to take into the meeting, if desired.

WBTS meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month. All local and visiting writers are welcome and attendance is free. No advanced registration is necessary.

Bring a friend and join with like-minded people in fun, fellowship and support toward achieving your writing and publishing goals.

For more information, contact Nadine Vaughan Williams at nvaughanwilliams@gmail.com, or Nancy Blanton at blantonn@msn.com.

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Fernandina Little Theatre’s 3rd Creative Kids Festival

Fernandina Little Theatre's 3rd Creative Kids FestivalFernandina Little Theatre has announced the 3rd Annual Creative Kids Festival is set for Saturday, January 17, 2015.

“The goal of the Creative Kids Festival is to inspire the imagination and the artist inside every child,” said Kate Hart, Artistic Director of Fernandina Little Theatre, which organizes the festival each year. “We are providing opportunities for children to participate fully in the creative process – as learners, creators, and as audience members,” Hart said. “So many creative people live and work in this area – we wanted to take advantage of all that talent to help kids explore their own creativity. We also wanted to explore new areas of creative potential. ”

The festival is a collaborative effort between a number of local organizations, artists, and educators, including FLT, Island Art Association, Bean School of Dance, Coastal Massage Therapy, and Miss Kate’s Pre K. This year’s workshop leaders include Daphne Moeller, Kate Hart, Kristin Conner, Linda Janca, Robyn Nemes, Shane Talbert, and Susan Childers.

The Fernandina Little Theatre at 1014 Beech Street and is the headquarters for the Festival. Workshops for kids ages 4-11 will be offered throughout the day, at a variety of venues in downtown Fernandina Beach. The schedule includes sessions in theater arts, music, visual arts, dance, science fun, and relaxation skills.

Registration will be 8:45-9:00 AM at FLT, with the Creative Kids Festival kicking off at 9:00 AM with a Move-to-the-Music session. Forty-five minute sessons will begin at 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 12:45 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:15 pm, with children moving to a different venue for each session.

Sessions include a workshop geared to a different age group, either 4-7 yrs, or 8-11 yrs.

A Festival pass (admission to all six workshops) is $30.00 per child; enrollment is limited.

Passes can be purchased in advance at The UPS Store on Amelia Island.

For more information on FLT events, visit ameliaflt.org.

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Writers By the Sea Welcomes All Genres and Experience

Writers By the Sea Welcomes All Genres and ExperienceFernandina Beach, FL – Like a phoenix, Writers By The Sea (WBTS), has arisen from the former Florida Writers Group of Nassau County. Welcoming writers of all genres and levels of experience with more than just a new name, the new organization offers a revamped format, and a new meeting place, day and time, monthly topics targeted to further every writer’s goals.

Meeting every third Thursday of the month at the Amelia Island Museum of History, on Third Street in Fernandina Beach, the Writers By The Sea’s 2015 planning committee has laid out a year’s worth of programs based on the input from writers in the area.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. with networking and the opportunity to buy food and beverages in the restaurant to take into the meeting, if desired. The program begins at 6:30 sharp.

Each month’s program begins with a brief business meeting, followed by an insightful program centered on a topic of prime interest to area writers. The planned program may be followed by a critique session for those who wish to participate.

“Our purpose is to provide a forum for writers to achieve their goals, with writers helping writers,” says Nadine Vaughan Williams, the 2015 co-chairman of the planning committee. “Whether you need help writing dialogue, want support to finish your novel or non-fiction work, or need help publishing or marketing your work using the new technologies, Writers By the Sea is sure to have something for you.”

The group’s first meeting is set for Thursday, January 15, 2015, with the topic Critique Groups that Work. Facilitated by Nancy Blanton, author of the award-winning historical novel, Sharavogue, and 2015 co-chair of WBTS’s planning committee, Blanton will help the group decide how a critique group could serve them best, and whether they would like to help create a group they could love.

All meetings are free and open to the public. So, mark your calendar. Bring a friend and join with like-minded people in fun, fellowship and support toward achieving your writing and publishing goals.

For more information contact, Nadine Vaughan Williams at nvaughanwilliams@gmail.com or Nancy Blanton at blantonn@msn.com for additional information.

No advanced registration is necessary.

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Exhibit Your Art at Shrimp Festival

Exhibit Your Art at Shrimp FestivalThe application deadline to exhibit your art at the 52nd Annual Island of Eight Flags Arts and Crafts Show is January 31, 2015.

Applications to have your arts and crafts on display at the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival are now being accepted.

This show is an annual juried event and is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp! This is an excellent atmosphere to exhibit and sell your work. Over 135, 000 visitors are expected for the 2-day art show.

All accepted artists are eligible for prize money. A panel of judges will review the entire show and select which artist’s work is eligible for the prizes. Categories include oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media and pastels, fiber art, drawing and print making, glass, pottery, photography, metal, jewelry, wood, and creative crafts (Baskets, floral, shell art etc.) Best in Show receives $2,500, First Place $1,200, Second Place $800, Third Place $500, and each individual category will have a Judge’s Choice Award of $300.00.

The dates of the art show are Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday May 3rd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Download your official 2015 Shrimp Festival Application at islandart.org/shrimp-festival-application/. Remember, the submission deadline is January 31, 2015. For more information visit IslandArt.org or ShrimpFestival.com.

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Artrageous Art Walk December 13, 2014

Artrageous Art Walk December 13, 2014Saturday, December 13, in downtown Fernandina Beach, the Island Art Association is inviting everyone to a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The gallery’s newest Nouveau Art exhibit, Abstractions, is a themed, judged show. An artist from South Georgia, Mary O. Smith, was the judge.

Awards will be announced at the reception and this show will be on exhibit until January 31, 2015.

For the month of February, the Annual Nassau County High School Student Art will be on exhibit. The Island Art Association awards First, Second & Third Places, art supply gift cards from Cheap Joe’s Art Supply Co.

THE BLUE DOOR
This Saturday, December 13th, the eight artists of the Blue Door will be departing from their regular format during the Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk. Instead of featuring the work of an individual artist, all of the studios will be open for a Holiday Market designed for your browsing and shopping pleasure from 5 until 8 PM. Small artwork will be available as well as large pieces with discounts given on selected work. Light refreshments will be available and many of the resident artists will be on hand.

The Blue Door Galleries are located at 205-1/2 Centre Street, next to the coffee shop and in plain sight of the town’s Christmas Parade, also scheduled that evening.

Also visit the three galleries on the corner of Ash and 3rd!

SANJON GALLERY
Sandra’s gallery is brim full of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry (a HUGE collection of period copper jewelry that you won’t see elsewhere), cards, etc.

STUDIO C
Carol’s eclectic gallery has her own paintings, jewelry, purses, accessories, and “Angels”. If you don’t know what her “Angels” are, it is worth a trip up the stairs just to see them! Be sure to read their titles!

TRISH’S SLIGHTLY OFF CENTRE
Lots of lovely pottery by Trish and others, and some really neat, quirky folk art! It’s a small shop, but there are treasures everywhere. Look around slowly!!!

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Artist Susan Sellner Paints Pets of Nassau County

Artist Susan Sellner Paints Pets of Nassau CountyLocal Artist Susan Sellner is passionate about pets and not only does she paint pet portraits, she also has a 2015 Pets of Nassau County calendar full or her original oil paintings. Proceeds from these fantastic calendars benefit Friends of Animals in Nassau.

This organization raises funds to help all of the pet resource centers in Nassau County including Nassau County Animal Services, Rescuing Animals in Nassau, Inc., First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Meals on Wheels 4 Pets, Nassau Humane Society, Saving the Animals Rescue Group, and Cats Angels, Inc. SPCA.

Volunteers are always needed! Foster Care, Off Site Adoption Events, Videographers and photographers, Dog walking and Cat socialization, Office Support and other positions are available if you would like to volunteer.

Susan has only been painting since 2010 and it is obvious she has a natural talent.

Susan will be at the Fernandina Beach Arts Market on December 6, 2014, from 9:00 to 1:00 pm with her calendars and other information about what you can do to be a Friend of Animals in Nassau County.

2015 Pet Calendars are also available at:
Nassau County Animal Services
Hola Cuban Cafe
Bijoux Amelia
Meals on Wheels 4 Pets
Passion for Pooches

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Enjoy Indie Shopping at Fernandina Beach Arts Market

Enjoy Indie Shopping at Fernandina Beach Arts Market The Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open November 22, 2014. Located adjacent to the farmers’ market on North Seventh Street in historic, Fernandina Beach, the Arts Market is open rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

This week we’d like to bring your attention Bowls with Howls. Cindy creates special, one of a kind bowls. Her favorite season is fall, reflected by her newest designs. She braids the clay when its wet, then coils it like a traditional pot. She then hand sculpts tiny leaves and pumpkins making these bowls a perfect center piece for your Thanksgiving table. You can warm or bake your bread and rolls right in the bowl, and it will take on the shape of the bowl, and keep your bread warm at the table. It would also be an excellent hostess gift to bring to your next party.

We have less than 50 days until Christmas! Come on out to the Fernandina Beach Arts Market and find local, handmade gifts! Sonia C Designs will be at the Arts Market with her scarves and unique cork key rings that are perfect for stocking stuffers.

Do you have a furry friend on your gift list this season? Pawsitively Purrfect pet accessories offers leashes, bandanas, collars, hair bows and more for your four legged friends.

The Fernandina Beach Amelia Island Yulee Chamber of Commerce will be at the Arts Market discussing the importance of shopping local and the ripple effect conscience shopping can have on our local economy.

Come on out and support local artists! “Indie Shopping” is a movement to shop with local vendors over the chain stores when given the opportunity. The difference in customer service, quality of workmanship and community benefits are well worth the effort!

There are more than 25 vendors at the Arts Market who create some of the most unique and beautiful pieces you’ll find anywhere. We invite you to bring your family and join us for some fun in the sun!

For more information about the Fernandina Beach Arts Market please find us on facebook, visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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Fernandina Beach Arts Market Offers Unique Gift Ideas

 Fernandina Beach Arts Market Offers Unique Gift IdeasThe Fernandina Beach Arts Market provides a great opportunity to connect with local artists. Whether you are looking for custom furniture, one-of-a-kind apparel, home decor, original art, fine jewelry or more, the Arts Market brings about 25 talented craftsmen/women and artists to downtown Fernandina Beach twice a month.

Open on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, November 8th promises to be a spectacular day to find that unique item you are hunting for the upcoming holiday season!

Italian tile and marble, concrete yard art, pet accessories and treats, original artworks, tie dyed apparel, stoneware, glass works and more are created by hand, by people living in and around our Fernandina Beach community.

This week the Boy Scouts will be joining us in our “booth with a cause”, and of the most unique items at the Arts Market is returning: Riplaces. Now, you can say, “No” to the bow and throw away your shoe laces. Snug and secure, Riplaces are a patent pending shoe lace alternative invented and designed right here in NE Florida. Perfect for runners, triathletes, cheerleaders, doctors, couch potatoes, skaters, spin class, seniors and just about anyone else! Come by and meet the family that invented Riplaces.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and located adjacent to the farmers’ market located on North Seventh Street in downtown Fernandina Beach.

Limited space is available, so if you’d like to be a part of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market this holiday season, please connect with us soon at FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com, on facebook, or call (904) 557-8229.

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Arts Alive Nassau Visits Rotary

Arts Alive Nassau Visits RotaryPress releaseArts Alive! is alive and well in Nassau County and the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise was thrilled to get the update from Jane Lindberg, Board member, on all the amazing programs the organization provides to Nassau County children.

Their mission is to promote the arts and to provide free arts opportunities and education to the children who would otherwise have little to no access to the arts. The organization brings the arts to children, primarily ages 6 – 10 years old, in afterschool programs where the students and classrooms are provided by the local schools.

Arts Alive provides the teachers, instruments, and funding. The program continues to grow each year which enables outreach to more students in the county.

For more information about Arts Alive! go to their website at www.ArtsAliveNassau.org or call them at 904-310.9243.

Pictured here is Jane Lindberg of Arts Alive with Mark Cutshaw, president of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please visit www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Talented Wood Workers Found at Arts Market

Talented Wood Workers Found at Arts MarketOctober 25th at the Fernandina Beach Arts Market has some fabulous artists lined up as well as an amazing Cut-A-Thon to benefit Cedar Haven’s Transitional Home for Women.

You are invited to come meet the artist and learn what motivates them to design such fabulous finds. At Red Wolf Custom Crafts, you will find custom built furniture made in Blackshear, Georgia, by Ben Smith, III. Ben has worked in residential and commercial construction from the time he was 18 years old, building cabinets and some clumsy, commercial grade furniture until 1980. That year he felt a spiritual change and began creating original pieces with solid designs. Now in his mid 60s, he simply wants to be of service to his fellow man and gave up on “becoming rich” when he realized how rich he already was!

Ben will also be bringing fat lighter pine kindling in small packages wrapped with red ribbon for folks with fire places or who just like the smell. Also there is a new line of sculptures made of river bottom wood and deer antlers.

Another wood crafter is Kangee Graham, of Wooden Water. As a landscape designer she finds interesting burls and pieces of wood, from dying or downed trees and makes unique bowls. Turned and taught by her father, each piece is made on an antique lathe and turned into an exquisite piece of art. (No trees are harmed in the making of these bowls.) This artist has also added a collection of tabletop candle holders she designs from oyster shells collected from the beautiful beaches of Amelia Island. She designs the candle holders using tans, whites, grays and a variety of black shells. All of her beautiful pieces are personally signed, and custom orders are welcomed.

Meet these two, and about 30 other artists, at this fine arts market located adjacent to the farmers’ market located on North Seventh Street between Alachua and Centre Streets.

CorMier Hair Studio is sponsoring a Cut-A-Thon, where you can get a professional hair cut for as low as a donation of $10.00. Cedar Haven helps women facing homelessness to transition into self-sufficient living. Specially selected and trained mentors provide guidance and encouragement to aid these women in their journey. Cedar Haven receives no government funds and covers expenses through donations and fund raisers like this one.

Check out the Arts Market and get your hair cut for the upcoming holiday season while helping those in your community, too. The Market is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, rain or shine.

For more information, please visit www.fernandinabeachartsmarket.com.

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Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery Celebration Party

Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery Celebration PartyThe Amelia Island Plantation and Omni are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Plantation on the 26th of October from 1-4 PM at the Spa and Shops! Come for games, memories, refreshments and fun for the whole family!

The Amelia Island Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery is participating in this celebration with a HUGE “Off the Porches Sale” on Saturday October 25 from 9-5 AND Sunday, October 26 from 1-4.

The artists are selling framed and unframed art, prints, cards, art supplies and equipment all at slashed low low prices.

The Gallery is also presenting TWO shows, “Plantation Memories” and “As Time Goes By” to honor the occasion!

AND, to top it off, the Gallery is hosting an Anniversary Party on Sunday during the celebration from 1-4 PM. There will be wine, soft drinks, and snacks!

Come to the Celebration and be sure to visit the Gallery! It is across the street from Chico’s and the Monkey Barrel in the Spa and Shops area!

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Official Shrimp Festival T-shirt Designs Now Being Accepted

Official Shrimp Festival T-shirt Designs Now Being AcceptedSubmissions are now being accepted for the official 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-shirt and merchandise design.

The winning T-shirt design will be used as the official design for the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on apparel, marketing and advertising pieces, plus other items as needed. Past designs have included shrimp, shrimp boats, the eight flags of Amelia Island, pirates, pirate boats, downtown Fernandina Beach architecture, shrimp nets, game fish and other ideas pertaining to the history of the Shrimp Festival. The T-shirt designs for the past thirteen years and a history of the eight flags are available at www.ShrimpFestival.com.

The selected design must be an original piece of art conceived and executed by the submitting artist. The design will become the exclusive property of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Inc. The artist may be asked to minimally alter the design for acceptance, if necessary (i.e. change in color, font or historical aspect). If chosen, in consideration of the promise to pay $1,000 (or otherwise negotiated), the entrant will assign all rights, ownership and title for its use to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Inc. for use in promoting the Shrimp Festival via marketing, advertising and selling T-shirts and other merchandise containing the design, or other production purposes, in perpetuity. Artist signature may inconspicuously appear on the design, subject to Selection Committee approval of placement.

Download your request for proposal and all of the details from the Shrimp Festival website: ShrimpFestival.com. The submission deadline is November 15, 2014.

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Thanksgiving Ideas Offered at Arts Market in Fernandina

Thanksgiving Ideas Offered at Arts Market in Fernandina
Saturday, October 11, the Fernandina Beach Arts Market returns to downtown Fernandina just in time to kick off the holiday season! Dress up your princess with accessories for Halloween from Beauti-Bows and More. These are irresistibly decorated flip flops, hair bows and skirts of tulle. Or you can dress up your pooch with coordinated leashes, harnesses and collars from vendors Pawsitively Purrfect Pets and Pawsh Puppies. Decorate your home with stylish signs from Crafting from our Hearts, art from Eight Flags Artisans, or handmade furniture Red Wolf Custom Crafts.

Looking to set a unique table on Thanksgiving? Consider a custom table by Will’s Wood Works, or a unique set of dishes from Fernandina Clay.

Autumn often sets up the youngsters to bring home colds from school and Harlow’s All Natural has products to treat your next cold and provide natural relief during allergy season.

Other vendors include fused glass works, fine jewelry, whimsical art, scarves in your favorite colors, wooden bowls, candle holders made from oyster shells, giant concrete leaves for your garden and so much more.

This week the Homeschool Hotshots will be at the Arts Market. This is a shooting sports club for home schooled students through the 4H program. The program teaches youth the importance of safe and responsible handling of archery and shotgun equipment. They will be selling crafts to help support the program.

The Arts Market is located just west of Eighth Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets, adjacent to the farmers market in historic, downtown. We are open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome.

Limited space is available, so if you’d like to be a part of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market this holiday season, please connect with us soon at FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com, on facebook, or call (904) 557-8229.

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Elio Camacho Workshop

Elio Camacho Workshop

Painting by Elio Camacho

The Island Art Association, is pleased to announce an Elio Camacho Workshop coming up at the IAA Art Education Center, 18 N. 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL.

This nationally well known artist has been teaching for many years. His work is in many museums and collectors’ homes. You can visit his website at www.eliocamacho.com to view a collection of his paintings and a complete schedule of his workshops which are held all over the United States.

As a painting instructor Elio says, “My mission is to provide students with the foundation necessary to be creative. My goal is to assist students in capturing the particular mood of the moment and to express themselves in a bold and colorful way.”

The workshops are very hands-on, with an emphasis on easel-side critiques. Elio says, “I believe that giving instruction is important, but showing students how this instruction applies to their individual work is crucial. Based on the student’s level and goals, I develop a program for improving each individual’s ability as a painter.”

The workshop will be November 16-17, 2014, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Island Art Association’s Art Education building.

Some of the techniques to be covered are:
-Stroke angle and how it affects depth in thick loose strokes
-Brush speed
-Color temperature
-Harmony
-Forget formulas and learn to SEE

This 2-day workshop is $175. Sign up at ElioCamacho.com or by mail at: Elio Camacho, P.O. Box 21156, Piedmont, CA 94620.

If you need more information, please send an email to: contactEmyleeM@aol.com.

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