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Found Object Art and Collage Workshop

with Artist Marc Switko

Make your memories last a lifetime. Bethel Woods invites teens 14 to 18 to a FREE Found Object Art and Collage Workshop on Saturday, July 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with artist Marc Switko. The event, which is part of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Project Identity: Sessions, will be held at Downtown Barn, 14 Darbee Lane, in Liberty, NY.

Participants are encouraged to bring a few small objects or trinkets that have special meaning to them; a selection of objects will also be provided. Teens will create a keepsake of favorite memories using the objects.

This fun day of visual art creation includes a show-and-tell of objects brought by participants, learning collage techniques and creation of original artwork. The day concludes with a group show.

Marc Switko, fascinated with pop culture as a child, studied music, wrote, read comic books and skateboarded. Before attending Cornell University to study nutritional sciences he already performed and wrote as a member of numerous rock and roll bands at dive bars throughout Sullivan and Ulster counties.

Switko then moved to Albany, NY and began publishing reviews as the book critic for a successful literary magazine, The Albany Review, under the direction of Editor-in-Chief Theodore Bouloukos II. It was here he got his chops as a professional writer. The Review eventually folded and Switko left for New York City. There he began writing professionally for the Art publications of Far East under the editorial tutelage of Dian Hanson, now editor for art book publisher Taschen, based in Cologne, Germany.

Project: Identity provides opportunities for regional teens to engage in the arts while cultivating skills for college, career and civic life in a social and creative environment. Each installment of Project: Identity focuses on a specific art form and works to inspire imagination, innovation and professionalism within its young participants, fostering success in future endeavors.

Downtown Barn is located at 14 Darbee Lane, Liberty, NY 12754.

Funding for Project: Identity is provided by James and Kelly Schmitt. Funding for education, outreach and museum programming for individuals and families is provided by generous individuals, foundations and agencies including: Montreign Resort Casino, American Gift Fund, John N. Blackman Sr. Foundation, Annelise Gerry and Family, Robyn Gerry, IBM, Joan Kaplan, the Monticello Motor Club, the Museum Association of New York, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Rhulen Loughlin Family -- in memory of Trevor John Loughlin, and James and Kelly Schmitt. Transportation and tuition assistance made possible in part by First Niagara Foundation, Dan and Joan Silna, and the Williams Endowed Education Fund at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.