Second Saturdays: Connect & Create
Community Art Workshops for Adults

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Made possible by a grant awarded by the Horizon Foundation, the Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative is pleased to present a community engagement and learning opportunity allowing us to inspire creative energy through exposing, engaging and educating the community.

Adult artists of all abilities are welcome to come experience our diverse workshops led by several Kennedy Center Expressive Arts Therapists and Facilitators and local Bridgeport artists. There will be several different types of art mediums and techniques being taught, with all the materials being provided to the participants. 

Second Saturdays will begin on September 8th from 11am-1pm and will continue for 10 months on every second Saturday, the last being in June 2019. While there is not a fee to participate in the workshops, a $10 donation is recommended to help cover our costs. 

 Katie Loux - Printmaking​​
November 10th

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Learn a new printmaking skill while creating a set of cards that you can use for the holidays, cherish for yourself or give away as a gift! Participants will create a set of 6-8 cards, using a design of their own creation and a linocut printmaking technique. They will then get the chance to personalize each card and envelope by adding some beautiful watercolor details. This workshop is perfect for anyone who is new to printmaking or would like to create a practical set of cards to write in!

Katie Loux, ATR, is a registered art therapist with a background in both art and psychology. She received her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, and has truly always had a passion for helping others recognize their inner artist and the power of art as a healing tool. She has worked as an Expressive Arts Therapist at The Kennedy Center and at the Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC) for the past 4 years, facilitating art therapy groups for adults with various intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is a Project Manager for The Kennedy Center’s annual “A Unique Perspective” calendar, organizing numerous art exhibits that feature artists with disabilities as well. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, trying out new recipes, and making as much art as possible in her free time!

Robin Gilmore- Buttons & Baubles Jewlery Making
December 8th

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From as early as 2000 BC buttons were constructed from seashells for ornamental purposes, and in 13th Century Germany buttons became a functional and fashionable way to fasten and secure clothing and shoes. Today buttons come in all shapes and sizes and materials. Their are collectors of rare buttons, from Glass Czech to Bakelite to studio craft buttons or Art Buttons. Buttons can be found pretty much everywhere. You may even have some saved from a favorite piece of clothing or saved from the shirt or dress of a loved one recently deceased. Buttons can be beautiful and fun, as well as useful in many other ways. There is a repurposing of button craze currently taking place and you may find lots of ideas searching online. However in this workshop Robin will teach you different aspects of jewelry and art design using buttons and *up cycled jewelry pieces to create one work of wondrous wearable art. You will get to choose buttons from a large selection to create a pendant, a pin or a button bracelet. If you have never made jewelry before this is the time you will learn basic techniques using provided tools and materials to make a piece you will love to wear. ( If you have special buttons that you would like to use in this workshop please bring them with you- Lets design something special)

Robin Gilmore Jopp is an artist and entrepreneur in Fairfield County. Her businesse Made In Bridgeport is a staple in the community. Jewelry and Art  made in Bridgeport Connecticut since 1980's. Robin is an *up cycle genius/ mad scientist when it comes to using found objects, everyday objects and thrift store finds to create beautiful works of art, clothing and accessories. Her Motto is " It isn't is just becoming something new". She conducts classroom workshops as well as home shows using her " Bring the Junk from Your Trunk" approach. Having sold more than 10,000 pieces of jewelry and art, her work has been featured in 2 magazines  Just Steampunk 2014 as well as the FC BEAT Holiday Section. Her work can be found in Norwalk Historical Society Gift Shop, EcoWorks Creative ReUse in Hamden and City Lights Art Gallery in Bridgeport. To learn more about Robin and her work check out her website  Made in Bridgeport.