By Sasha Irving, Studios on the Park
Planning a visit to Paso later this month? Make plans to get into the holiday spirit at Studios on the Park! Opening December 1st, the charming Gingerbread Wonderland show will feature unique gingerbread houses created by local children, teens, and adults. Entries will reflect this year’s theme of “Winter White,” which is also the title of an accompanying fine art exhibition.
Guests young and old are invited to marvel at the creativity, skills, and seasonal spirit on display and vote for their favorite work. Three People’s Choice winners will be announced at the First Saturday: Wine & The Arts Opening Reception on Saturday, December 3. From 5 pm to 7 pm, enjoy appetizers, wine, and live music while you meet the talented artists
Visitors can also get a jump-start on the festivities by signing up for a Gingerbread Wonderland House-Making Workshop with Chef Andre Averseng of Dining With Andre. On Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27, come to Studios on the Park and make a holiday gingerbread house of your very own. For just $45 per house, Chef Andre will share his decorating secrets and provide expert guidance to ensure you leave with a gingerbread masterpiece. Forms and decorating supplies will be provided as well.
The Gingerbread Wonderland show will be on display for the month of December. Studios on the Park is open to the public Thursday: 12 pm – 6 pm, Friday & Saturday: 12 pm – 7 pm, and Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm. Admission is free.
Note to Paso Robles residents and interested visitors: All exhibited gingerbread houses will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Studios on the Park’s Kids Art Smart Program. Through this important program, more than 2,000 public elementary students have visited Studios on the Park for hands-on professional art classes completely free of charge. They have created original works of art in mediums such as marbilizing, watercolor, collage, ceramics, and printmaking. Ordinarily these students, more than 47% of who are considered low-income and at-risk, receive no formal arts education in elementary school, resulting in a lost opportunity to develop creative thinking and personal expression. Kids Art Smart changes that but additional funds are needed to ensure that students from Georgia Brown Elementary School and Kermit King Elementary Schoolcan also experience the joy of art in the Spring.
Sasha Irving is the Programs Director of Studios on the Park and the Coordinator of the annual Paso Robles Festival of the Arts. Proud to be a native Paso Roblan, she is also a member of Balet Folklorico Cachanilla and an usher at Old Mission San Miguel Arcangel. For more information please visit www.studiosonthepark.org or call 805.238.9800.
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