CREATE project presents community arts and crafts program

Renee Pye

This autumn weave, dye, paint, construct, create, and have loads of fun!

Local Master Artist Renee Pye is pleased to present a series of Community Arts & Crafts Workshops through the CREATE Project this fall. In the program, adult and youth participants will have the opportunity to create unique, seasonal multi-cultural seasonal crafts (Mexican Day of the Dead, Polish Christmas decorations, etc.) from simple materials.

The Arts & Crafts workshops will be held at the Steger High Rise Community Room at 15 Main Street, Dunkirk (behind Tim Hortons). The time is 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays on the following dates: Sept. 6 and 20; Oct. 11 & 25; and Nov. 8 and 29.

The workshops are $5 per adult. Children are free. Class size is limited. First come-first serve. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 680-0266. If there is enough interest, a second workshop series may be offered.

About the Artist-Instructor, Renee Pye

Renee Pye is a local teaching artist in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. She has been an artist in residence for 15 years, working for organizations such as The Chautauqua County Arts Council, Infinity Visual & Performing Arts, Jamestown Community College, and The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. She has also designed educational art classes for various programs, camps, libraries and festivals. Pye has written and received many grants to bring the arts and programming to those who otherwise wouldn’t have these opportunities. She has experience in cultural education such as teaching about the Iroquois Nation, African mask-making and other various native ways of life and folk arts. Renee’ strives to make art fun, easy, and available for everyone. She uses art to help both adults and youth build self-confidence; and worldly, hands-on experience. Of her own work, she enjoys sculpting, painting and doll making.

CREATE Project

The CREATE Project is an arts-based community intervention designed to help this community embrace the goal to become free of child-abuse and neglect, and to become a place where children can achieve their highest potential.

The CREATE Project is pleased to have the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation act as their fiscal sponsor, and for the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County to act as their Lead Community Partner. Though they work cooperatively together, the CREATE Project is an independent entity and acts accordingly. For more information: Visit the website: See the CREATE Project video at