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    • Sun, July 01, 2018
    • Wed, January 01, 2020
    • New Dimensions Studio upper & lower levels
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       Open Studio

    You may only use open studio if you have previously taken a class at Womanspace.  Please check the studio availability by clicking the link below to view the calendar.   You may pay here for use of the Lower Clay Studio or Upper New Dimensions Studio.  Please indicate on the sign-in sheet in the studio that you paid on the website, how much and what the payment was for.   Thank you

    • Open Studio cost is $5.00 per hour or $20 for 4 hours or more, for use of either the upper studio or clay studio.
    • Clay costs are $15.00 for a 12.5 pound bag of clay or $1.50 per pound, this cost includes the use of glazes and firing.
    • Firing and Glaze fee for Non-Womanspace clay pieces is as follows per piece:  $1.00 for 1-2 lb piece; $2.00 for 3-4 lb piece; $3.00 for 5 lb and up.  (Approximate weight and size of each piece)                                                                                                                   
    •  Check studio availability  https://womanspace.wildapricot.org/Calendar 
    • Thu, August 02, 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • Thu, August 30, 2018
    • 10:45 AM
    • Womanspace
    • 3
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    Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.

    Restorative yoga helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening.  Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by:  7/31

    • Fri, August 03, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Fri, August 31, 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Womanspace
    • 1
    Register

    Fridays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    10:00-11:00am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.


    • Wed, August 15, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Media Room
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    Wednesday, August 15
    12:30 - 1:30pm

    Facilitated by: Theresa Sinks

    Barre Workout is a dynamic, energizing, full body ballet workout that delivers six essential components for an exhilarating workout: cardiovascular, strength, core stability, balance, flexibility, and endorphins. Exercises introduced in this demonstration can be done at home with simple (or no) equipment. Wear comfortable clothing. All levels are welcome.

    Register by 8/14

    *Lunch is not provided. Bring a sack lunch if you like. Water and coffee are available.

    • Wed, August 15, 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 3
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    Wednesday, August 15

    Facilitator: Rebecca Bowman

    This is a one time introductory class to learn this fun and relaxing art form. You don't have to have any previous artistic ability to "Tangle". Even though a tangling creation can look intricate and complicated, once you learn how its done you'll realize how simple it is. By using repetitive patterns and deliberate strokes tangling is an easy way to create beautiful pieces of art. Studies show that tangling increases mental retention, stimulates creativity, improves ones mood, and can be calming during stressful situations. Its like taking a nap and waking up refreshed! Plus, this meditation art form is fun! Supplies will be provided, so just grab a friend and sign up!

    Reg by: 8/13

    • Thu, August 16, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Media Room

    Program canceled

    Thursday, August 16
    6:30-8:00pm

    Facilitated by Dr. Rosemary Schiavi, DC

    Mercier Therapy is an external, deep pelvic organ visceral manipulation technique in which the reproductive organs are mobilized and blood flow is restored. The goal of Mercier Therapy is to decrease adhesions in and around organs, ligaments, muscles, joints and support structures of the pelvis, abdomen, hips and low back. Mercier Therapy shows an 83% pregnancy success rate within 1 year of finishing therapy, based on a 4 year case study published in 2012 in the Spring issue of Midwifery Today.

    Register by 8/14

    • Sat, August 18, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 8
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    Saturday, August 18

    FacilitatorKeri Knutson


    All levels. Yoga Nidra means Yogic sleep; a state of conscious deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. This class is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness, which has been found to reduce stress, tension and anxiety. It is beneficial for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra also helps calm and clear the mind and has potential to provide emotional healing--restoring our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to four hours of sleep. Note: this class will meet in the William Reif Gallery

    Register by 8/16


    • Sun, August 19, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
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    Sunday, August 19
    5:00-7:00pm


    This is an opportunity for drummers around the region to gather and celebrate the rhythms of earth and life. Anyone with a djembe, dunan frame drum, or any other percussive instrument is welcome. For those interested in exploring, show don't have a drum, we will have a few spares. This group will explore a variety of rhythms, learn to speak through drumming, and develop a camaraderie that invokes the healthy vibrations of the earth. Men, women and teens are heartily welcome to enjoy this circle. Don't be concerned if you are not a strong drummer. Many of us are novices, who come to have fun, learn new things and meet new people.

    Advance registration appreciated. Walk-ins welcome.

    Facilitator: Julie Thompson

    • Mon, August 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Media Room
    • 12
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    Monday, August 20

    1:00-3:00pm  

    Facilitated by: Marsha Hosfeld

    In this workshop series, we will discuss the typical genealogy resources and creative ways to use them, as well as problem-solving techniques when primary sources are not available. Each class will include time to ask questions and get assistance with your own research into your family history. Bring a laptop if you have one. Forms and source lists will be provided.

    August 20 - Let's Talk DNA  we will discuss different sites and their tests and strategies for using the results as well as doing our own research

    Please register by two days before start of class

    • Mon, August 20, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio
    • 0
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    Mondays,   August 20, 27, Sept 10, 17, 21 Oct 1  (no class Sept 3)

    Instructor: Stacey McDonald

    This class is for anyone who has basic skills in wheel throwing and wants to stretch their boundaries and be inspired, or the experienced student who would like to explore more advanced techniques. Topics will be determined by the class but can include; throwing larger forms, lids and handles, bottle forms, incorporating hand building into your wheel thrown forms, surface decoration, repeat throwing, glaze techniques, tool making and more. Demonstrations are presented in a 60-minute workshop format, alternating with open work evenings where individual assistance is available. Students must be able to throw a bowl and cylinder before signing up for this class. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes & firing                    Ages 16+. Adv Beg - Int.

    Register by 8/16

    • Tue, August 21, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9
    Register

    Tuesdays,  August 21, 28, Sept 4, 11, 18

    Facilitator: Sue Abare

    This class is for those first timers wanting to experience watercolor or someone who wants to expand beginning skills. Have fun exploring the enchantment of water and paint in their irresistible dance. As with all painting, a little drawing experience is helpful. Feel free to bring supplies you may already have or wait for suggestions on what you may want to purchase. Some basic supplies are furnished. We will discuss preparing paper to paint, brushes and their technique, some color theory - but mostly we will jump in the water, and do it!

    Register by 08/16


    • Tue, August 21, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 5
    Register

    Tuesday, August 21

    5:30-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Delinda Grindle, LCSW

    Grief is a process, a long journey of acceptance and healing. As you journey through your grief you will experience a happy and productive life. It might be hard to believe right now, but with hope in your heart, and learning new ways to express your grief without holding it in, acceptance and healing will occur.

    This class is an introduction to the Fall class series, "Healing through Creative Grieving". We will introduce you to mourning techniques such as; talking, writing, creating art, music or poetry, or memorializing, which are all good ways to express your grief.

    Please register by 8/20
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Tue, August 21, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
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    Tuesdays,  August 21, 28, Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2          (no class Sept 4)

    Facilitator: Stacey McDonald

    Starting from scratch, the beginner will learn the essentials on the wheel. We will begin by centering the clay on the wheel and making a bowl. Building on that success, we will progress to mugs and vases where we will have the opportunity to attach handles. Proficient students will have time to make a plate, and/or explore different ways to decorate and alter your thrown forms and express your unique style. The focus of this class is to take the student from where they are, with little or no experience, and foster the skills and confidence to incorporate wheel throwing pottery into their artistic expression.  

    Register by 8/16


    • Tue, August 21, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
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    Tuesday, August 21
    6:00-8:00pm

    ViewFinders is a place where photographers of all levels come together to learn from each other and share their common interest in photography. The focus of this group is to have fun with others, to explore learning and shooting opportunities with any type of camera -- cell phones to DSLRs. Join us with your ideas and questions, along with your camera. Because this group occasionally takes field trips, advanced registration is recommended.

    Facilitator: Barb Phillips

    • Wed, August 22, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 8
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    Wednesday, August 22

    Facilitator: Sue Abare

    Join this fun class to transform an ordinary canvas tote bag into a colorful work of art using mostly acrylic paint. If you have any ephemera you'd like to add (odd piece of jewelry, button, etc.,)  Bring it along. This might make a great gift item, or perhaps you'll keep it yourself, but either way, it will open your eyes to new possibilities. Bring a friend for a fun Girls Night Out!  

    Supplies provided but feel free to bring your own paints, embellishments and wine if you feel so inclined!

    Register by 08/20


    • Thu, August 23, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 5
    Register

    Thursdays,  August 23, 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20

    Facilitator: Sue Abare

    Intermediate & Advanced Level. In this five-week class we will continue to practice our skill building toward simplicity, spontaneity and success. We will discuss value, wetness, color and composition. Do you know what NOT to paint? Ideas abound, lots of thinking goes on as students and instructor continue learning. Students bring their own supplies. 

    Register by 08/10


    • Mon, August 27, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 15
    Register

    Monday, August 27
    6:00-9:00pm

    Victoria & Abdul

    The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. The two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. (2017) PG-13

    Register by 8/26


    • Tue, August 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 12
    Register

    Tuesdays, August 28
    9:00 - 10:00am

    Facilitator: Shiraz Tata, PhD

    Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. Whether you are seeking greater focus, less stress and more peace of mind, or a deeper appreciation of the beauty and richness of life, the simple practice of sitting down and turning your attention inward can do wonders! This is a beginning class where different forms of meditation are introduced and practiced in a seated position. Bring a yoga mat or rug if you would like to do this lying down.

    Register by 8/27

    • Wed, August 29, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Have you volunteered at Womanspace in the past year? You're invited to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party! Let us say THANK YOU for all your hard work, and enjoy food, friends, and games! Please register in advance and spread the word to your fellow volunteer friends! 


    Get event updates and tell your friends you're going on Facebook!

    • Tue, September 04, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 20
    Register

    TUESDAY, September 4*

    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Most of the time we exist in mindlessness, a state of semi-awareness governed by habit and inattention. Mindlessness causes us to suffer, probably more than we are even aware. Mindfulness can be defined in a variety of ways, but simply stated it is a deliberate way of paying attention to what is happening within oneself as it is happening. Mindfulness is moment-by-moment awareness. It’s paying attention without judgment or evaluation. When we are mindful, we become more mentally alert, we’re more open and attentive and we’re able to perceive ourselves more clearly – as well as observing details that often escape our notice. If you can identify with any of these statements, you may find this monthly group very helpful.


    *Note: there must be a minimum of 4 people registered by Friday preceding class in order for class to run.

    • Tue, September 04, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Media Room
    • 9
    Register

    Tuesdays, Sept 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9

    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Delinda Grindle, LCSW

    Processing the death of a loved one is uniquely personal, and sometimes you need a soul-satisfying emotional release, which can be found in the creative arts. This course is about exploring and expressing emotions that are sometimes very hard to put into words. In a safe and comfortable environment, you will be able to creatively express your grief through the use of journaling, painting, memorializing, and other creative artistic media. There is no skill level needed, and no judgment of anyone's creativity. Just come, keep an open mind, have fun with this, and explore your own creativity and soul.


    $10 materials fee is included in the cost of this class

    Register by 9/1


    • Wed, September 05, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9
    Register

    Wednesdays,  September 5, 12, 19, 26

    Facilitator: Ron Wick

    This class is for beginners and intermediate painters who love to paint with acrylics. Join Ron's class and enjoy painting with acrylic on canvas and other surfaces. "To paint well is to have control of the medium". Together we will explore your potential. Ron will give demonstrations on different subjects each week. Come! Lets enjoy the experience together! Students can bring a painting they have done if they would like to have it critiqued in the first class. Please bring your paints, brushes and canvas and be ready to paint at the first class!

    Register by 9/03

    • Wed, September 05, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 5
    Register

    Wednesdays,  September 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3

    Facilitator: Delores Burkholder

    Age 18+. Int.-Adv. Join this fun, free form handbuilding clay class and create something you are interested in . We use forms, natural elements, and your imagination to build practical, unusual or whimsical forms with guidance from the instructor. Lots of tools to play with, lots of colors to choose from. So many choices for you to enjoy. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes & firing.

    Register by 9/02



    • Thu, September 06, 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • Thu, September 27, 2018
    • 10:45 AM
    • Womanspace
    • 13
    Register

    Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27
    9:30-10:45am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.

    Restorative yoga helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening.  Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by: 9/4

    • Thu, September 06, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6
    Register

    Thursdays,  September 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11

     FacilitatorKaren Gines

     Acrylic painting with abstractions or impressionistic methods...If you have thought you might want to loosen up a little with your painting, join this fun class!  Bring canvas at least 20 x 24, paint , brushes and tools.  No photos to copy please.  Call Karen if you have questions.... 815-229-5696

    Reg by:  09/04

    • Thu, September 06, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 3
    Register

      Thursdays,  September 6, 13, 20, 27

      Facilitator: Janet Buchanan

     Learn techniques of hand-building and sculpting in clay.  Join this fun class with fellow clay artists to bring yourself to your next level of creativity.  Instructor led, mentoring, or independent study.  Whatever your skill level, you will enjoy this new evening class of slab, coil, press mold, textures, image transfer and more.  Bring your ideas to brainstorm since the sky's the limit!  Wheels available for those who are proficient in throwing and wish to incorporate the two.  Class includes 25lbs of clay, glazes and firings.  Additional clay available for purchase.  Please bring an apron and hand towel to class.  All levels beginner to advanced.

     Register by 9/03

    • Fri, September 07, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Fri, September 28, 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 13
    Register

    Fridays, September 7, 14, 21, 28
    10:00-11:00am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by day before start of class.


    • Sat, September 08, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6
    Register

    Saturday & Sunday,  September 8 & 9

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    Essential Techniques

    Encaustic painting is painting with a hot colored wax solution that gives you a beautiful depth and translucency that you get with no other painting medium. Gorgeous results! It's loose-it's fun- and requires no painting experience!! All materials are furnished, and you will learn both painting and collaging techniques, and go home with 4 pieces of art. Bring a friend and come have a great time.

    Register by 09/05

    • Mon, September 10, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9
    Register

    Monday, September 10

    Facilitator:  Alicean "Li" Slough

    Come discover the beauty and simplicity of Chinese brush painting in this one time introductory session. What is the difference between “Western” and “Chinese” watercolor? In this class you will learn about the basic strokes and techniques, supplies and philosophy. After discussion and demonstration, you can give it a try. All supplies provided just come and learn something new!

    Reg by: 09/06



    • Mon, September 10, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Mondays,  September 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8

    Facilitator: Ray Schulz

    Have you ever wanted to take an art class but did not know where to begin? Have fun as you learn to how to draw using a variety of pencils. In this class you will learn the basics of design, composition and perspective to create the foundation of your work. Add to that the techniques of shading, blending, and texture, and you will soon be delighted with the sketches you are able to create.  Students should bring a 14" x 17" or larger drawing pad, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B drawing pencils, and a good art eraser.   

    Register by  09/06

    • Mon, September 10, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 5
    Register

    September 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    Join a wonderful group of women who are exploring techniques and skills in pottery.  This session will explore making various shapes of lids, decorating them and your thrown pieces. This is an intermediated level class, throwing experience necessary.           Reg by 9/07



    • Tue, September 11, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tue, September 25, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 15
    Register

    Tuesdays, September 11, 25
    9:00 - 10:00am

    Facilitator: Shiraz Tata, PhD

    Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. Whether you are seeking greater focus, less stress and more peace of mind, or a deeper appreciation of the beauty and richness of life, the simple practice of sitting down and turning your attention inward can do wonders! This is a beginning class where different forms of meditation are introduced and practiced in a seated position. Bring a yoga mat or rug if you would like to do this lying down.

    Register by 9/9

    • Tue, September 11, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 2
    Register

    Sgrafitto & Slip Trailing

    September 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    You are not a beginner anymore…..but how do you take the next step? Dee will take you through the many forms of decorating your clay pieces, discuss glazing with you, and help you on your way to becoming an advanced potter.  Some experience necessary.   Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes & firing.        Reg by 09/09


    • Tue, September 11, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register