Two new visual arts workshops are being offered at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts starting in September.

On Sept. 5, 12 and 19, Nate Barton, who has been a working artist for the past 25 years, will offer three workshops entitled Mountain Landscapes Three Ways: Making Art of our Mountains.

These workshops are on Thursdays from 6 - 8:30 p.m. 

The classes are geared towards all levels of abilities and each student will create a single piece to take home. Students will learn to make landscape images of our mountains with watercolors, pen and ink and oil pastel, respectively. Classes can be taken individually for $35, or all three classes can be purchased for $95 dollars.

Nica Bello is also offering a three-week workshop entitled Parting Ways and Cutting Ties: an Up-Cycled Workshop devoted to re-purposing fabric that has meaning but is no longer viable, and transforming it into something new and usable.

This workshop is geared for parent-child (6 and over) duos and will be held from 2 - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, 29, and Oct. 6. The cost is $75 per family for all three sessions.

Bello studied textile design at the Rhode Island School of Design and taught children at Art Space Charter School’s after school classes. She is a Black Mountain resident and daughter of the owners of Design Driven Studio.

For experienced potters there are still a few slots available to practice in the BMCA Clay Studio in their Independent Study program. An application is necessary along with examples of current work. There is a monthly fee of $110 to join the program.

To register or for more details and information for either of these workshops or the Independent Study clay program, go to or call 669-0930

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