GEARHART - Trail's End Art Association has an exciting summer planned. Besides the open house exhibit on the Fourth of July and the judged exhibition in August, the association will be offering a summer camp for young artists.

Yvonne Edwards will again be offering the summer camp for ages 8 to 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon July 5 through 28, with an art camp exhibit and a celebration with family members invited. The afternoon will be reserved for classes taught by experts in their art form to ages ranging from 10 to 16. The afternoon classes are from one to three sessions, and children learn a specific technique such as glass cutting, metal working, poetry writing and collage making, working with polymer clay and drawing. In these classes, the focus is on learning how to use the materials and the techniques. Each afternoon class has a separate schedule and price list which includes materials.

On July 14, Judy Last will offer an extra class restricted to only six students, ages 7 to 10, that will also be held 9:30 a.m. to noon. This class will cost $15 per student, which includes the polymer clay they will need to complete the project. Last is TEAA's resident specialist with polymer clay, and the instruction on the possibilities of this art medium will give her students insight to its many possibilities.

Cost for the 12 days of morning classes is $100 for each student and includes all materials. The class size is limited to 12 students, and reservations must be made by June 24 by calling Edwards at (503) 338-7202.

The July Children's Art Camp at Trails End started in 2005 when the association's president asked Edwards to develop a summer art camp for children. Edwards' background as a marriage and family therapist in San Francisco prepared her for dealing with children, but it was her work as an art therapist with Native Americans that helped her create a group for children to do art projects together. Edwards was born in Bremerhaven, Germany, a shipping town on the North Sea, where her parents worked for the United Seamen's Service. Her family moved to Guam when she was 8, to Japan when she was 10, and to Hawaii when she was 16. Edwards spent a couple of years in Portland at Lewis and Clark College, and in 1979 moved to San Francisco, where she finished her B.A. in psychology at San Francisco State, and started graduate school at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She completed a doctorate in clinical psychology in 2002. Edwards and her husband, Mickey, moved to Astoria in 2003.


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