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March Classes at the Industrial Arts Center

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Registration is open this month for several classes at the Industrial Arts Center, located in the Gulfport Art Village Courtyard.

The Fun With Torches lamp work series with instructor Jason Bourgholtzer is scheduled for Monday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights. This introductory lamp working class will focus on the basic techniques for manipulating borosilicate glass with a stationary torch. Lessons will cover basic safety and health precautions, use of tools including torch and its components, and how to make simple shapes with the glass. Students will create a small pendant, solid fish and flower.

Registration is also open for the next Sculptural Welding series with Jonathan Schork. This month's course is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 18, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Limited to four students, ages 12 and up, Sculptural Welding is a terrific way to cultivate creativity. This beginning course is designed as an introduction to the techniques necessary to begin your exploration of this medium.

Glass Blowing 101 and 102, for beginning students, is scheduled on Sunday, March 18, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. First time students will get hands-on experience in glass blowing techniques such as picking up color on the marver, blowing, centering glass, and using the blocks, paddles and jacks. Students who have completed Glass Blowing 101 will explore creating new forms and learn additional techniques such as using gravity to manipulate hot glass and creating waves. Students in each class will make two objects that will be available for pick up the following Tuesday or by appointment.

For information about any of these classes or special events visit The Industrial Arts Center website or call (727) 289-9365.

Industrial Arts Center is located in the heart of the Gulfport Art Village Courtyard at 2902A Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport, Fla.

About the Industrial Arts Center
The Industrial Arts Center mission is to ignite and fuel an artistic passion and a keen awareness of the industrial arts. This goal is supported by providing skilled instructors and a state of the art facility with the tools necessary to encourage personal growth and build a cooperative artistic community.

The Industrial Arts Center believes the arts should be accessible to all. We teach creative applications of the industrial arts and other mediums that go beyond traditional flat art.

Some of The Staff of the Industrial Arts Center

Lynn DiVenuti, President: Board President Lynn DiVenuti has a long history as a performing artist and business owner in the Tampa Bay area. Throughout the years since 1992, Lynn has contributed her time and energy too many community causes as a performer and Master Chef. As the CEO of a business development firm, her guidance and creative thinking is steering the Industrial Arts Center toward success.

Amy Oatley, Executive Director: Amy Oatley is well known in the Gulfport arts community as co-founder of Positive Expressions, a non-profit art gallery that was founded to empower the HIV-positive community and educate the public about the disease. Positive Expressions operated in Gulfport from 1995-2000 and closed its doors after moving to St. Petersburg's Grand Central District in 2002.

Jackie Ballard, Founding Artist, Master Glass Blower: Jackie operated her own glass studio in Gulfport and taught classes for The Arts Center there until the Industrial Arts Center opened its doors in September 2008. Jackie is an award winning and highly distinguished master glass blower. She received her degree from New York State in a four-year apprenticeship through William Glasser. She has more than 22 years experience blowing glass and has provided instruction to novices and intermediate glass blowers of all ages.

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