Winter Art Days begin

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art.

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 21, from noon to 2 p.m., children and their family members will once again have the opportunity to participate in free, hands-on art activities at the museum. For most of the past three years, take-home art packs have been distributed in place of in-person art sessions.

The Family Art Days program will continue to offer these packs during the upcoming winter series, and the packs will be available for pick-up at the same time that the workshop session is taking place. Participation in either is free, but registration is necessary (go to, and people may register for one or the other. Early registration is recommended.

Kicking off the upcoming series of eight onsite sessions will be Francie Hansen, of “Trashion Fashion” fame. About her workshop entitled Doodle Drama, she says that people can “just show up ready to play and let their fingers do the talking. No conscious thought or control is necessary. Fun and relaxation are what it’s all about.”

An example of her doodle art, The Leaky Faucet Scrawls, is currently on display in the Artists Registry exhibition at SJIMA. On the four following Saturdays, other local artists in the exhibit will be leading workshops: Lori Ann David, Pamela Hoke, Shannon Borg, and Nadia Larson.

Offering the last three workshops of this winter series is artist Lana Hickman, designer of the projects for the take-home packs.