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Dec 2014

Community PAUSE, Sat., Dec. 13, 6-8 pm
Play With Art: Hang It, Name It, Write About It! 

C and V c and artToday we found art that has been sitting in StudioPAUSE member Cecilia’s car trunk for maybe a year. Another member, Vanessa, saw it too and said that she prefers her artwork tucked away in a scrapbook rather than hanging on the wall.

How do YOU Play With Art? Come celebrate the end of the year and Play With Art just like people do (or forget to do!) A fun evening where YOU get to pick an artwork YOU like and hang it on the wall of the Studio. Or write about what it says to YOU and share your thoughts with others. Which way is up? What does an abstract look like? What does it whisper? What is the first word that comes to mind when you see it? YOU get to give it a name. In this crazy hectic season of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, how about a PAUSE Saturday, when we have fun and Play With Art? Light refreshments will be served, (we never forget that!)




Sept-Oct 2014 Theme: Memory & Experience

Sat., Oct. 18, 6-9 pm

Book and Little Lantern

Book and Little Lantern

First Anniversary Open House and Book Launch: Come celebrate One Year of Studio PAUSE at our open house on Sat, Oct 18. Meet Studio Members or PAUSErs who have supported the Studio and created a community that explores creativity and inspires others to share their art, and stories too.
Also, see, touch and feel my new Handmade Storybook Little Lantern and the Dark & Moonless Night (a Diwali Story). The story of a little ceramic lantern who is scared of the moonless Diwali night and worries about how her little light can help the Writer celebrate. The story was inspired by the pottery of a friend, Jeff Rogers, and the books come with a handmade ceramic lanterns made by him that I recently brought back from Miami!
$25 for Book.
$50 for Book with Little Lantern (limited to 20 sets so book now!).
$40 larger lanterns.
More available on order.

Sat. Oct 25, Nov 22, Dec 20, 10:30 – noon
Bookmaking PAUSE: You can also make your own Little Lantern and the Dark & Moonless Night book at a Bookmaking PAUSE. Listen to the story, pick the colors you like, and bind the book yourself. Make it for a friend or family or make it with them! Fee: $20/book. (Max 8 participants each session, ages 5 and up.) Email me to book your spot. For private Bookmaking PAUSE message me dates.

Awaiting, acrylics

Awaiting, acrylics

Reception: Fri., Oct 24, 6-8 pm
Facets of Woman: Portraits by Doler Shah. Doler Shah is an artist who, for last 33 years, has owned and worked in many  restaurants, and perfected many culinary techniques and taste palettes. But her first passion has always been art. These days she is intrigued by different faces she sees.  She finds women especially expressive and tries to capture them in sketches. “In the sea of faces that we come across, what is it in the different faces  that connects with us? How is it that we feel that connection even with strangers on the street? This has always amazed me.”






From the collection "Stereotyped" by Hanadi Karara

From the collection “Stereotyped” by Hanadi Karara

Stereotyped: Photography by Hanadi Abu El Hija – Karara
Hanadi Karara is a Palestinian visual artist with a passion for photography and video art. Born in Tamra, a small town in Galilee in Northern Israel, Hanadi’s art career began at Studio Rotana where she learned all the basics about photography. Later, she worked in a local TV station as a camerawoman and also taught photography to elementary school students.

Hanadi earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem and received the award of “Best Student Photographer” in 2009 in Israel. She also studied a semester in the School of Visual Arts in New York City as an exchange student where she created and photographed most of her graduation project. Stephen Frailey (Chair of Photography at School of Visual Arts) described her art as unique and provocative. Hanadi has most recently exhibited her artwork in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Stereotyped is a collection of photographs that embodies the feelings of isolation and resentment felt by many Arabs living in Israel as well as many Muslims living in the US. Ghost is the title of a short video from the same body of work showcasing certain views about Islam in recent years.

Reception, Sat., Sept 20, 6-8 pm. Come meet Hanadi and hear her talk about her work. Also, there will be a reading of what her art inspired writers who come for WritingPAUSE to write. Light refreshments will be served.


July-August 2014 Theme: So Many Ways!

Ink on Paper by Rana Jaafar YaseenCANCELLED! Reception: Sat., Aug. 9, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 
The Flavor of the Universe: Art and Poetry by Rana Jaafar Yaseen

How can we color our lives? How can we write our destiny? We can stimulate the inner power to create gorgeous life — that’s what I believe.

More than one woman lives inside me, and each has appeared at a new stage of my journey with her own way of thinking and with her own kind of creativity to deal with and to overcome the pain in that situation. I’ve lived a wonderful journey that taught me how to appreciate life with so much love.

I have learned that creativity is a way of healing, and that a challenge isn’t something impossible to handle but instead the opportunity to create. My life was full of challenges and, during that journey I’ve learned how to transform pain, fear, resentment and loss into creative things. I have seven published books in Arabic (poetry, plays, and short stories), and more than 120 works of art (iron sculpture, ink on paper, and collage). I did more than 200 episodes and video reports as a result of eight years of TV work. And I have more than 2000 pieces of handmade jewelry from copper and stones based on the art of ancient Iraqi civilizations. And I have received many awards.

Through my poems and art especially I could heal my life. Horrible experiences helped me discover my soul deeply and recognize my power. And I realized that; we can choose to embrace our passion to be at peace. I am inspired to share my story with the people all over the world to show how we can transform the tragedy into creative things that help to rebuild the self-esteem again. The power is within, and the sun could always be created. Nothing can stop us when the heart starts singing and everyone has the song inside. — Rana

OFF-SITE EVENT: Sunday, Aug 10, 2-4:30 pm
Civil Rights Sunday at the Alexandria Black History Museum
Living Legends of Alexandria and the Alexandria Black History Museum present another Cvil Rights event!
TOUR: Join museum director Audrey Davis for a tour of the exhibit Sit Down and Take a Stand: Samuel Wilbert Tucker and the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-in. The 75th anniversary of this historic event occurs this year, and was one of the earliest civil rights actions in the United States.

BOOK READING: Meet author Howard Feinstein and hear him read from his book Fire on the Bayou: True Tales from The Civil Rights Battlefront. Mr. Feinstein chronicles his experiences as a federal hate crimes prosecutor in the deep South. Have him sign copies of the book, which has been nominated for a 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

CIVIL RIGHTS TOUCHES MANY: Civil rights stories are local and international. Hear Rana Jafar Yaseen, a writer and artist from Iraq, speak about women’s rights and attorney Partap Singh Verma, a first generation Indian American will share family stories of migration and activism.

BOOKMAKING ACTIVITY: Share your stories through Handmade Storybooks. Adults and families join local storyteller and book artist Sushmita Mazumdar for a book making activity. Share a story of a personal civil rights experience and make it into a book to take home as a family keepsake. Suitable for adults and children 10 years and over. Reservation required. Call 703.746.4356 Workshop limited to the first 20 people who reserve.

Click on the flyer for details and directions: Civil Rights Sunday_flyer


Ceramic Tile by Nathan Drake

Ceramic Tile by Nathan Drake

So Many Ways: Show by Arlington County Art Camp Staff
July is time for summer camp for many kids, parents, grandparents, and teachers. My child went to art camp, I will also be teaching art camp. But I have never seen the art done by the staff who teaches my child. So when she brought home a flyer about the staff’s artwork, I was thrilled! And I thought it would be neat to show the community their work so we can understand the variety of skill, talent, and ideas our children get exposed to. Samantha Eaton, Nathan Drake, and Deborah T. Ehlers show their landscapes, ceramics, and portraits and tell us about where they grew up, their memories, and what they see in people. Join us! Reception: Friday, July 25, 7-9 pm.

May-June 2014  Theme: Rediscover!

June: Celebrating International Children’s Month!

Ruby Tucker Group

Storybook in progress by a student at the Ruby Tucker Family Center, Alexandria, VA.

Rediscover—Childhood! Art, Stories, and More by children from our community

Inspired by the TV series Cosmos, or by places only imagined; the product of hours and hours of practice or a quick moment’s Aha!; you are invited to come to Studio PAUSE in June and enjoy art and ideas by children EVERY Saturday! Bring the kids, create something new, or just relive our own childhood ideas.
Sat., June 7, 12-4 pm: Schedule starts with an off-site event, the Alexandria Youth Arts Festival, where students from Alexandria City Public Schools will showcase the Handmade Storybooks they have created with me in 3 after-school programs. Come read their stories and make books of your own too!
Pale Blue Dot, by Iris and Julia

Pale Blue Dot, by Iris and Julia

Sat., June 14, 6-8 pm: Pale Blue Dot by Iris Wechsler and Julia Muller.

The two 16 years old, have just finished their junior year at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts (BISFA), a fine arts magnet high school in Hagerstown, Maryland.  They are both specializing in visual art and worked closely together on the design and painting of their 4’ x 6’ work, “Pale Blue Dot.”  The painting depicts a female nude looking over her shoulder.  She is clothed with images of environmental distress (oil wells and spills, urban sprawl, pipelines, drift nets, garbage) interspersed with natural scenes of natural beauty (mountains, oceans and forests).  BISFA is part of the Washington County Public Schools and more information about the school is at (, where the lead arts teacher is Dr. Teresa Roberts.  The girls completed the painting this spring.
Come listen to Studio writers’ response to the artwork and share yours too.

Origami by Stefan Calin

Origami by Stefan Calin

Sat., June 21, 2-4 pm:
Celebrate Origami
by Stefan Calin. Stefan is the artist in his house. He is now 11, and ever since his mom can remember he has been coloring, doodling, painting, molding playdough or clay, drawing, and, for the last 3 years, making origami. He is self-taught in origami making, from library books and You Tube videos. Recently he has added to his own origami home library, and he took an origami making class, where he ended up helping the instructor teach the class. This year he won the Origami USA contest, with one of his pterodactyl models. The pterodactyl will be featured at their annual National Convention in NY at the end of this month. It will also be displayed at Studio PAUSE so come check it out!

Violin Time by students of Nistha Raj, local violinist and educator. Current Strathmore Artist in Residence, Nistha Raj has been regarded as “stunningly skilled in western and eastern classical music” by the Washington City Paper. Nistha is emerging as a fresh voice in creative and world music. A distinguished performer and teacher in the Washington, DC community, Nistha has performed at the United Nations, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the American Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. Nistha is a recipient of multiple grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, including the 2012 Artist Fellowship.

Her students Yanni and Alexander will play on June 14. Yanni almost 12, is about to graduate from 6th Grade. He has been learning violin from Nistha for three years, is also in strings at his elementary school and in McLean Area Orchestra. Alexander is 8 years old and has been learning from Nistha for three years too. He will be joining strings in his elementary school and the McLean Area Orchestra starting this fall. Yanni will play Concerto in D and Alexander Chorus From Judas Maccabaeus.

The children will share their music with us at various receptions in June so join us and rediscover childhood!

For more information please visit

Wed., June 4, 11, 18, and 25. 7:30 – 9 pm
The Practice of Poetry: A Guided Poetry Workshop by Courtney Birst
“Every poet suffers from writer’s block from time to time—this workshop is geared toward breaking through that block and reawakening your writing! This 4-part workshop will provide different writing prompts and discussions each week as we look for new ways to spark the creative spirit! We’ll also read and discuss the works of some contemporary poets as part of our writing prompts. Bring a journal/notebook, your pencil, your creativity, and your willingness to experiment with new ways to approach writing poetry!”
~ Courtney
Fee: $60 for the 4 sessions. Get you 4PAUSE card here. Check out more on Courtney’s blog



May Show Reception Sat., May 31, 6-8 pm
Koi by Amar Shekdar

“Frenzy” by Amar Shekdar

Rediscover—Close-Ups! Photographs by Amar Shekdar
A fourth-grade teacher from Annapolis, Amar and I first met in art school in Mumbai, India. But as life takes us on many journeys we end up doing things we might not have planned for when we were in college. I found his amazing photography when I found him on Facebook. Come meet the artist, see his work, listen to his stories. and also, listen to some responses that guests who come for the WritingPAUSE on Monday nights at the Studio, have written to his photographs.

“There is always something to be gained from looking attentively. I think, I started looking closely at my surroundings because as a child we were taught to look for venomous reptiles that might pose a risk on our walks. In spite of this awareness, a saw-scaled viper bit my mother. She was hurrying at dusk, walking to meet her friends. Instead she had to spend the night at the dispensary being administered the anti-venom slowly over the rest of the night.

Many years later, these memories and the importance of paying close attention came in handy in Northern Japan, as I watched a mamushi, (Japanese pit-viper) on a hike, as it slowly made its way across a stream, its glittering scales and the dramatic triangular head mesmerized me. In that acute observation, I realized time came to a standstill and I was completely in the moment. My photographs are my way to bring time to a standstill.”
~ Amar Shekdar

 Mon., 5/5 – 5/26, 7 – 8:30 pm
Writing PAUSE: Stories are Everywhere!
Our Friday evening Writing PAUSE that has been meeting since the Studio opened has moved to Monday evenings! Come write in a relaxed atmosphere inspired by prompts in the Studio and in the conversation. Write in short 10 minute sections to get the juices flowing. Complete work at home or don’t. Write new pieces each session.
Fee: $60/4 sessions. Max 6. To Register, Email me.

Sat., May 31, 2-4 pm
Wedding Dance Workshop with Tannia.
And here it is! The workshop you asked for right in time for all those weddings you have been invited to this summer. Email me songs that worry you and Tannia will help you enjoy it the next time rather than get nervous.
Fee: $25/2 hours. Light refreshments will be served. 


Studio PAUSE theme for March-Apr 2014: Found & Lost!

Detail of an artwork by John Heyward Smith

Detail of an artwork by John Heyward Smith

April Show, Reception Sat., April 5, 6-8 pm:
Branching Out—Found & Lost by John Heyward Smith and David Leggett.
 Meet two men who are inspired by wood and trees—be they shims, driftwood, trees from their childhood, or pau amarello—and offer us so many ways to experience them.

Heyward Smith was born in Waynesville, North Carolina and is very proud of it. A born and bred Tar Heel, Heyward attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he met his wife, Alicia, his very first day.
Since graduating from UNC, Heyward and Alicia moved to the D.C. area in 2009. Believers in the power of education, Alicia set up shop teaching first grade while Heyward served in an Americorps program in a Southeast D.C. elementary school. After completing the program Heyward moved to the Council for Advancement and Support Education where he works on legislative advocacy and with a variety of educational constituents.
A lover of mountains and the trees that cover them, Heyward spends as much time as possible hiking and backpacking. If forced to be indoors, you can usually find him in the kitchen, cooking, eating or doing some combination of the two. He and Alicia now have the good fortune of sharing a wall, fence and sometimes a kitchen with Sush and Co.

David Leggett is a self-employed custom woodworker/cabinetmaker. An Akron, Ohio native David spent his childhood on the banks of the Cuyahoga Falls River climbing trees, building forts and bringing home all sorts of useful things. He began his woodworking career building homes and commercial buildings, transitioned into doing exhibit work and trade shows, assembled his share of pinewood derby cars and taught his two sons to appreciate wood in all its forms.
Seeking more opportunities to use specialized hardwoods he moved to creating and installing custom pieces for the local firm Hardwood Artisans. From built in cabinets to kitchen remodels to ornate fireplace mantels, he has done it all. “I have never met a piece of wood that did not speak to me,” says David.
Currently, he spends his days dabbling with wood pieces and generating practical items for everyday use. “Products where the wood is the nucleus,  products where hardwoods from all over the world are showcased to be appreciated for being simplistically beautiful.”  Catch a glimpse of paudack, purpleheart , and pau amarello embellished with a touch of curly maple and a splash of bloodwood. Perhaps the wood will speak to you too!

Blossom WalkThe Blossom Walk & The PoeTree Project
Just like the cherry blossoms are loved in Japan and in Washington, D.C. for their beauty yet short lifespan, we can also appreciate the spring flowers blooming in our yards and neighborhoods. To celebrate National Poetry Month, 120 first-graders from Oakridge Elementary School, Arlington, VA, will walk to Studio PAUSE in April, along the way observing and reflecting upon blossoming trees. They will compose haiku on slips of Korean paper as teachers and chaperones photograph the blooms.
At the Studio, they will share their poems and tie them to The PoeTree created by local woodworker David Leggett. The PoeTree, a symbol of the creativity in the community, will be at Studio PAUSE all April.

Thu., 4/3 – 5/8, 7-9 pm,
On Creative Change and Transformation: A Guided Writing Workshop by Nina Sichel.
Our lives are creative works in progress, journeys we shape and interpret as we move through time.  Where are you in your life’s journey?  Who are you becoming?  How is your creative process transformative?  What trace do you wish to leave behind?
This six-part workshop combines writing exercises and discussion to explore personal change and creativity.  A relaxed, supportive environment encourages you to tap into your creative spirit and move from introspection to expression, from personal awareness to written meditation.  Between sessions, you will use your notebook to maintain a writer’s journal, expanding on the exercises practiced in the group sessions and responding to additional writing prompts.  Our last meeting will be a celebration of the creative process, during which we will gather some of your meditations and create a group compilation of your writings.
Fees: $140 for 6 sessions. Email me to register.

Fri., 4/4 – 4/25, 6-7 pm, 
Exploring Rhythm with Tannia Talento Have fun exploring rhythm and enjoying music with Tannia Talento. If you ever had rhythm and have lost it or never think you found it at all, let Tannia help you find it.
Fees: $40 for 4 sessions. Email me to register.

Sun., April 6, 5 pm,
PAUSErs for a CAUSE: Indian Dinner Fundraiser for Empowered Women International (EWI)
“PAUSERs,” or people who enjoy Studio PAUSE, will cook you dinner to raise a scholarship for a woman to train to be an entreprenur at EWI, just like Sush did in 2008.

See details and RSVP for the event from our Facebook  invite. Also find out more about the fundraiser from our Razoo page. Or just email me and let me know. Come, PAUSE, eat for a Cause!

DMagnoliaGuitarStudio1-300x224Sat., April, 12, 6-8 pm,
Community PAUSE:
Celebrate National Poetry Month with Daniel Magnolia—music teacher, songwriter, performer, owner of Magnolia Guitar—and local Poetry Therapy practitioner Kiersten Kukawa Stadler. Bring your poetry to share too. All languages welcome! (translations not necessary).


Mondays are ArtPAUSE days at the Studio. Come, Play with Paint! $15/90 mins. Email to register.

Amina came to paint, and found words that worked!

Amina came to paint, and found words that worked!

Saturday, March 8, 15, 22, 29. Time:1:00 – 2:30 pm (new time!)
Words to Art
In this 4-session class we will work with words—from songs, favorite quotes, or words found in magazines—to create a work of art to take home using acrylics, watercolor pencils, Sharpies and more. We will find inspiration in the art of various writers and artists who played with text.
Fee: $60 for all 4/$15 ea., materials incl. Max 5. Email me to register.

Friday, March 14, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Celebrating the 6-month anniversary of Studio PAUSE, we will bind pages of the first issue of “We PAUSED!” a collection of writing done at Studio PAUSE inspired by the art on display there. Meet the writers from the Story to Storybook class, enjoy them reading their work from the book, bind your own pages, make your custom cover, and take home a bunch on ideas and encouragement!
Fee: $15 plus book $10. Max. 6. Email me to register. (The book, assembled by me, will be available for sale at the Studio after March 14. $15 ea.)

Direction Revealed #2, by Cecilia Kalish

Direction Revealed #2, by Cecilia Kalish

Reception, Sat., March 15, 6-8 pm
Hidden—Found and Lost, Lost and Found: Abstract Paintings by Cecilia Kalish.
Cecilia’s mixed media work has many layers, in some of which she hides thoughts, stories, commentary, and even pages from old books that connect with her family’s history. Yet, the surfaces are alive with texture, color, and strokes of all kinds—the words, all but hidden.
“In May 2010 I went on a hiking trip to Zion and Bryce National Parks (two places you must see) and met a lovely older woman who was an artist in Albuquerque and I told her of my ambition to paint seriously.  She told me to not take it seriously at all and just do it.  And so ever since then I have been making art – trying to heed her advice to not take it seriously.” – Cecilia

No Ocen HereCommunityPAUSE, Sat., March 22, 6-8 pm
No Ocean Here—Found or Lost: A Poet, a Visionary, and an Actor Celebrate the Creativity of Women
Sweta Srivastava Vikram, author of Pushcart-nominated book No Ocean Here, and visiting us from NY, writes moving accounts of women and girls in certain developing and underdeveloped countries. Her book raises concern, and chronicles the socio-cultural conditions of women in parts of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The stories, either based on personal interviews or inspired by true stories, are factual, visceral, haunting, and bold narratives, presented in the form of poems.

Marga Fripp, visionary and founder of Empowered Women International, shares moments from a TEDx Talk she gave on her journey of finding her true purpose as a newcomer to America, as a global woman and a social entrepreneur. Empowered Women International is an award-winning non-profit organization that trains, mentors, connects and launches in business women artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Kate Campbell Stevenson, a local actor with over 25 years of professional experience in music, theatre and education, Kate Campbell Stevenson has starred in over 30 Broadway musicals produced in regional theaters across the United States, as well as performing in radio and TV commercials. In her one-woman show Kate brings to life historical women with “can do” attitudes through song, monolog, poetry and sign language. She will share her story about “finding” her voice.

 Friday, March 28, 12:30 pm
Zarzuela: A Lunch PAUSE
Suggested by a friend who came over to meet me with lunch, and named after a Spanish dish from the childhood of another friend who loved the idea, this monthly Lunch Pause is one where people bring in their lunch to the Studio and we eat together. Mingling like bits of seafood in a rich sauce we share ideas, stories, have fun, or eat quietly. Sometimes we just need to get out, pause, and get a new look at things. So it fits perfectly that Zarzuela is also a form of Spanish musical comedy!
Free! Max 8. Register here!

Studio PAUSE theme for Jan-Feb 2014: The Old & The New

February Show: Reception, Saturday, Feb 8, 6-8 pm
Kat1A Matter Of Expression: Ceramics by Kathlyn James-Avila
Kathlyn James-Avila is an Alexandria based educator and folk artist.  Her intricate creative style echoes the influences of African, Native American, and Latin American cultures.  Her unique interfusion of metaphysical symbolism and color captures the aura of mysticism, magic and spirituality.
Color, pattern, and texture intrigues her which promotes an open playground for ceramics, fabrics, paper arts, beads and found objects that intermingle and integrate themselves into transcendent creations of art.  Once conceived, she lets each piece determine its development and form.  The curiosity and excitement of combining all of Kathlyn’s favorite mediums provides her with the opportunity to express herself through limitless ideas and possibilities.
“A Matter Of Expression” is a collection of some of the artistic avenues Kathlyn has explored to express her creative visions.

NEW! Second Fridays – Feb 14, 12:30 to 1:30
Zarzuela: A Lunch PAUSE
Suggested by a friend who came over to meet me with lunch, and named after a Spanish dish from the childhood of another friend who loved the idea, this monthly Lunch Pause is one where people bring in their lunch to the Studio and we eat together. Mingling like bits of seafood in a rich sauce we share ideas, stories, have fun, or eat quietly. Sometimes we just need to get out, pause, and get a new look at things. So it fits perfectly that Zarzuela is also a form of Spanish musical comedy!
Free! Max 8. Register here!

Amina came to paint, and found words that worked!

Amina came to paint, and found words that worked!

Saturday, Feb. 15
1:00 – 2:30 pm
4 For U: Art Critique Group
(other 3 sessions on Wed, 7 to 8:30 PM, March 5, April 2, & May 7
Artist friends Cecilia and Denise are putting together an art critique group at Studio Pause! Join 8-10 other artists to discuss one or more of your artworks in a circle critique. Critique rules include positive observations and at least one suggestion for improvement, all in a gentle, thoughtful manner. If you cannot make it to one of the sessions you may let another artist come in your place.
Fee: $20 for 4 Spring sessions (with option to continue). Register here.

3:00 – 4:30 pm
SaturdayPAUSE: Words to Art
In this sampler class we will work with random words found in magazines, old printouts from my scrap box, and fortune cookie wisdom to create a work of art to take home using acrylics. If you like this sampler class you can sign up for a four-session Words to Art class  in March (March 8, 15, 22, and 29).
Fee: $15 , materials incl. Max 4. Email me to register.

Community PAUSE, Saturday Feb 22, 6-8 pm
FOTB cover
Fire on The Bayou: True Tales From the Civil Rights Battlefront
A book talk, Jazz music, and more by author Howard Feinstien
Meet Howie again* at Studio Pause and learn about his memoir writing process, from Jewish kid from California to civil rights lawyer to jazz musician. He will talk about his new book Fire On the Bayou: True Tales From The Civil Rights Battlefront, and play music. Every book purchased comes with a free CD and royalties from the sale go to Empowered Women International. Books available at and at the Studio. Light refreshments will be served. Free.
* The last time Howie was here, in Sept 2013, he talked about how a non-writer can publish his memoir and how the need to tall our stories drives us.




“Grayface” was published in the magazine Z-Composition.

“Grayface” was published in the magazine Z-Composition.

January Show: Reception, Saturday, Jan. 18, 6-8 pm
The Old and The New: Color in Black and White, by Terence Kuch.
Thirty-five altered black and white photographic prints: a retrospective, 1986-1993.

Terence Kuch is a native of Chelan County, Washington. After jobs as a logger and postman, he graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon with a B.A. in philosophy, and later studied at the Corcoran School of Art, Johns Hopkins University, Virginia Theological Seminary, American University, and Virginia Tech.
His professional career was spent in information technology as a programmer, then manager, then Vice President of two I.T. firms. His photographs have been in group shows and solo shows throughout the US and Canada. His novels, The Seventh Effect and See/Saw, have been commercially published. His popular micro-fiction blog,, has gathered more than 22,000 page views.

Saturday, Jan 11th, 2014

Saturday PAUSEs: One Saturday a month I will offer various PAUSE sessions all day. Get your PAUSE Card and see how fun and relaxing it can be exploring Writing, creating Books, or making art of all sorts! No experience needed. Open to ages 10 and up, and children ages 7 and up accompanied with an adult. $15/session.

WritingPAUSE with Sush: 11:30-1:00 (Max. 6)
Working with the theme at the Studio (The Old & The New), and the art around us, we will explore writing with prompts, sharing, and getting feedback.

duncan workshopBookPAUSE with Sush: 1:30-3:00 (Max. 6)
Have you ever made a simple but amazing handmade storybook that looks like a house? After the holidays what will you put in a book that looks like a house? A story that is old or something new?

ArtPAUSE with Sush: 3:30-5:00 (Max. 6)
When was the last time you played with paint or even shave foam? Give it a go and explore how fun this method of marbling paper and creating your own art can be. Bring 1 or 2 b/w photos from 2013 and take home a work of art.

Community PAUSE, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, 6-8 pm
TanniaDancingDance & Me, Then & Now: A Talk and Demo by Tannia Talento.
Tannia discovered dancing around the age of 4.  Her living room became a dance floor during family house parties where she danced Merengue until she was told to go to bed, and practiced her disco moves with her older sister. During her teenage years she joined a Colombian dance group called Colombianos Unidos that performed folkloric dances and with them participated in local Latin American Festivals, the Cherry Blossom Parade and attended the World Expo in Seville, Spain in 1992. As a young adult she taught beginner Ballroom dance and Salsa part-time. Now a mother raising three teenagers, Tannia still periodically gives Salsa lessons and inspires youth and friends through her love for dance. Please join us as Tannia shares how dancing guided her youth and still shapes all aspects of her life today.  Free.

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