Arts on the Lake is putting the talents of local residents to good use with their new community one-day workshop series.  These one-day workshops will give the public an opportunity to sample different art forms during a one-time class, without having to commit to entire series of programs. The goal is to offer the public an affordable way to experience art-making without a big commitment. The inaugural workshop is Hands-On Poetry, led by poet and educator Alan Devenish on Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. All levels of experience are welcome, from the poetically challenged to those who channel Robert Frost. During the two-hour program Devenish will lead exercises designed to generate poetry through wordplay, memory and imagination. Participants are simply asked to bring curiosity and a favorite writing implement. The workshop will be approximately two hours.
       Alan Devenish writes and teaches poetry at SUNY/Westchester Community College and is the founding faculty member of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College, where he leads weekend and week-long poetry workshops for educators. As a published poet, he has given readings and spoken throughout the region, including previous performances at Arts on the Lake.
       Making Art Together community workshops, each with a new artist and new topic will become a monthly staple at Arts on the Lake. Next up is Still Life Drawing with Don Longabucco on March 13. Workshops on creative writing and theatre will follow in spring. Nina Carlson, a local arts educator, comments “If there is an art form you have been curious about trying, but hesitant to sign up for a full course, this is a fun and affordable way to see if it’s something you want to stick with.”
       For more information, visit Those planning to attend may email [email protected] or call 845 228-AOTL (2685). Admission is a suggested donation of $5 for the general public and is free to members of AotL. Programs take place in the Lake Carmel Cultural Center, the former firehouse, 640 Route 52, facing Lake Carmel in Kent Lakes, NY.

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