NORTH CREEK - The North Creek Depot Museum and Owens House Education Center & Gallery announced this week that they will offer their inaugural Winter Workshop Series, sponsored in part by a $725 grant from LARAC this year.
The series will feature three workshops and a final evening April 24 at Tannery Pond as the Depot Museum hosts Andy Flynn, author of the Adirondack Attic series. He will present an artifact night lecture and this culmination event is free to the public.
"Weave and Adirondack Pack Basket" taught by Frank Morehouse on Feb. 20 from 10 a.m - 4 p.m. The materials and registration fee is $80 or $70 for museum members and students. Registration is due by Feb. 5.
"Get Started in Model Railroading" with Bill Bibby on March 1 - 4 from 6 - 8 p.m. Participants will learn about scale, layout, materials, and wiring. The registration fee is $30 or $25 for members and students. Registration is due by Feb. 15.
"Introduction to Photography in the Adirondacks" with Dave Braley on April 5, 8, 12, and 15 at 7 p.m. The registration fee is $20 or $15 for members and students. Registration is due by March 22.
All classes are held at the Owens House and participants can register by calling 251-5842. These events are made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.
Workshops are open to all adults and teens. Students are encouraged to register and are offered a reduced price
Michelle San Antonio, director of the North Creek Depot Museum, anticipates the workshops will appeal to people of all ages.
"I really hope that the model railroading workshop might appeal to the inner child in some adults," she said.
These workshops are the beginning of what San Antonio hopes is a tradition of workshops and classes. If successful this year, she plans to expand the program for a second consecutive year.
"I wanted to offer some workshops that haven't been offered in this area recently and to primarily make use of the beautiful space at the Owens House Education Center & Gallery," she said.
Aside from offering unique educational opportunities, the workshops are designed to create exposure for the Owens House and to garner interest in the Depot Museum's goals of offering more activities for the local community. The two buildings are operated by the same non-profit, The North Creek Railway Depot Preservation Association.
"I would like the community to become more familiar with that relationship," said San Antonio. "Even though the museum closes for the winter season, my goal as director is to offer programs at the Owens House throughout the year."