CANNON BEACH - Portland State University's Haystack Summer Program in the Arts presents its 35th all-star lineup of writers, visual artists, musicians and gardeners for its annual creative arts workshops. The Haystack Program runs from July 12 to Aug. 6 and offers writing classes, concerts, readings and workshops in visual arts, music and gardening. Registration has begun.
The program is part of the Summer Session at PSU and university credit is available for most classes. Tuition ranges from $95 to $550 per workshop. Lodging is not included.
Writing Classes, July 12-Aug. 6
Instructors include Diana Abu-Jaber, Judith Barrington, Annie Callan, Annabel Davis-Goff, Gary Ferguson, Molly Gloss, Laura Kalpakian, Karen Karbo, Lauren Kessler, Whitney Otto, Tom Spanbauer, Dennis Stovall and Cynthia Whitcomb. Classes in poetry, dangerous writing, screenwriting, memoir, nonfiction, nature writing and publishing are planned. Each author schedules a reading on a Tuesday or Wednesday night at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce that is free and open to the public.
Gardening Classes, July 17-18
Haystack offers a weekend workshop for gardeners with Ann Lovejoy and Beth Holland, "The Joy of Gardening: Practical and Sustainable Gardens," where students discuss plant selection and placement, maintenance, natural care, pruning and shaping as well as design philosophy. Allan Mandell is back to teach the popular Garden Photography class.
Visual Arts Workshops, July 12-Aug. 6
Weeklong art classes include "Drawing with Pastels," taught by Charlien Fitzpatrick, "Encaustic Painting" with Susan Harlan and "Printmaking Without a Press," taught by Barbara Mason and other instructors from Print Arts Northwest. Pat San Soucie is teaching a weeklong watercolor class, "Orderly Happenstance." Weekend offerings include a monoprint workshop with Nicole Rawlins, "Garden Photography," taught by Allan Mandell, and Pat Courtney Gold's weaving class, "Plant Fibers: Don't Waste Them, Weave Them." There are free lectures each week by our instructors and their work will be shown at the Cannon Beach Arts Association Gallery during the summer.
Music Workshops, July 16-Aug. 6
Local treasures Philip and Gayle Neuman offer a Renaissance music workshop for recorder and other period instruments. Chris Tyle, Clint Baker and Marc Caparone join forces for a weekend of traditional jazz, the collectively improvised music often referred to as Dixieland. The instructors for both of these workshops will be giving concerts that are free and open to the public. Rodney Eichenberger returns to teach the choral conducting workshop whose 85 voices come together in a lively concert at the end of the week.
Pacific Northwest Children's Book Conference, July 19-23
The annual Pacific Northwest Children's Book Conference for writers and illustrators, now in its fifth year, is moving to the campus of Lewis and Clark College in Portland. Presenting an exciting week of lectures and small-group, faculty-led workshops, the conference runs July 19 to 23. For information, visit www.haystack.pdx.edu/children