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PALMER — Mat-Su College will be hosting the Machetanz Arts Festival this weekend. Dean Larson will be headlining the event with a free lecture on Friday at 7 p.m. following a free reception in the lobby of the Glenn Massay Theater.

The festival features a variety of workshops for artists. Fairbanks artist Tom Nixon will teach ‘Drawing for the Artistically Challenged’ on Saturday as one of the full-day workshops. Various means and methods of visual art will be celebrated and practiced during the Festival. Classes in charcoal, oil painting, watercolor, alcohol ink painting, fiber, pastels, mosaic and wax workshops will also be taught during the full-day workshops on Saturday.

Some of the half-day workshops are focused on less mainstream artistic methods. Sumi-e’, or oriental brush painting, will be taught by Jean Shadrach as one of the half day workshops. Shadrach’s class will focus on the Alaskan aspects of the meditative art form, and teach easy methods for painting birds and plants found in nature. Fused glass, needle felting, Zentangle, and wood burning will also be half-day workshops presented during the Arts Festival.

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June Pardue will teach the Athabascan sewing methods during her workshop. Students will make fingerless beaver cuffs during the half day workshop. Dean Larson will also teach advance oil painting of cityscapes and landscapes. Larson grew up in Palmer but now paints in San Francisco, and has been linked with the resurgent American Realist Movement. Larson won the John and Anna Lee Stacey National award for painting two times, and teaches at the Academy of Art University. Larson will also be teaching a four day workshop starting May 29 and ending June 1. Artists should check the Mat Su College website for costs and supply lists of each individual workshop.

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