Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Batik Class to Have Exhibit

UVI Cooperative Extension Service
& Gallery St. Thomas
“Wax On Wax Off”A group of artists from the community
who design & make affordable batik items at UVICES
Where: Gallery St. Thomas
5143 Palm Passage, Suite 13Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas When: Friday, January 20,2017
5 p.m.—8 p.m.

Come out and support local artists!

For more information contact:
Caryl Johnson
Call: 340-693-1082   |  Email: cjohnso@uvi.edu

On Friday, January 20, 2017, some members of the UVICES batik classes will be showing and selling their work at the Gallery St. Thomas in Palm Passage on January 20, 2017 between 5 – 7 p.m.  Students are very excited to show their work in this gallery.  It will be a batik only show and this is the first time that this gallery has had a batik show. Check out the gallery’s web page at
www.gallerystthomas.com for more information.

The batik students will also be showing their work on Feb. 4, 2017 at the art walk which will be held down town.

"It's the highlight of my day! It's very rewarding seeing the clients express themselves and progress," Dr. Caryl Johnson, UVICES Extension Supervisor, 4-H/Family & Consumer Science.

Twenty-three happy clients left the University of the Virgin Islands after a cheerful closing program on Friday, May 6, 2016. Having shared their final products from attending our UVICES Sewing and Batik classes, many stories and friendships have paved the way for new entrepreneurial ventures.

The classes started out with ten students each, which is the maximum number of possible students due to limited space in the CES New House building classroom and sewing lab. The rooms are also shared by other CES staff and used cooperatively for computer classes, summer youth programs and staff of community meetings.

In sewing, clients learned basic garment construction, how to use a commercial pattern or they are taught how to make their own pattern. The batik class clients learn how to do basic batik design and application with the advanced class learning how to refine their batiking and get out of the concept of painting.
Classes focus on building entrepreneurial skills, they've also had the opportunity to display and sell their work in the community. They've had booths at both the St. Thomas - St. John Agriculture and Food Fair as well as the Bordeaux Farmers Rastafari and Vegan Food Fair. Several of the clients also have work displayed in different stores on Main Street in the Charlotte Amalie historic district.

For more information contact:
Caryl Johnson

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