Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis

Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis

It was a lovely time at Sheri Smith Holgate’s Pine Needle Creations workshops this past Saturday.

The Pine Needle Pendant and Basket students worked alongside each other, learning stitches and patterns for creating amazing art. Sheri shared her experiences learning to make pine needle art, from her beginnings with raffia and her favorite book that got her started 30 years ago. She even brought the book with her to show us.

We got to choose from several colors of pine needles, ranging from natural to those died red or black. And Sheri had an incredible array of wax-thread colors to choose from. There was no shortage of beautiful things to inspire us.

Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis

Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis

With Sheri’s expert guidance and little snacks to keep us going (Sheri even fed us bites of chocolate so we wouldn’t get our fingers chocolate-y) along with Sheri’s warm-hearted and funny stories to keep us laughing, everyone finished their pendants.

Sheri and a few of the students talked about local pine needle artist Sue Yamins, and we were encouraged to go see her amazing pieces at Hanson Howard.

There are more awesome workshops ahead at the Art Center with visiting artists, including Get It While It’s Hot, an encaustic painting workshop with San Diego-based Josie Rodriguez, and two workshops, Etsy Intensive for Beginners & Mandala Painting, with Portland-based Christine Claringbold.

To learn more about Sheri and see her upcoming workshops visit her website: www.pineneedlecreation.com

See the gallery below for more images from the Pine Needle Creations workshops:

Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Stephanie Friedman
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Sheri Smith Holgate
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis
Sheri Smith Holgate workshop at Ashland Art Center Photo by Kara Q Lewis