Sarah Ridgway and Joan Mostad organize the art event and urge people to sign up early.

Sarah Ridgway and Joan Mostad organize the art event and urge people to sign up early.

Creative Jam returns with more

Creative Jam is back for its sixth year and the workshops are expected to fill up as they do every year

To the artistic folks of Prince Rupert, Creative Jam is back for its sixth year and the workshops are expected to fill up as they do every year.

There are seven workshops planned for 2016 including quilting, photography, creative script writing, visual arts painting, jazz improvisation and two different styles of fabric dying.

“We thought we’d go big this year,” said chief coordinator for the Arts Council, Sarah Ridgway. “It’s meant to bring together different mediums and build an artistic community.”

Spaces are limited for each workshop with eight to 16 spaces available depending on the discipline. Sign-up is on Feb. 1 and Ridgway recommends those who are interested sign up for the workshop they want right away. Photography, visual arts and quilting are the most popular and have more spaces.

A central theme will be revealed on the opening day and participants have to loosely follow it as a guide. The workshops run from March 4 – 6 and are not for beginners. However, the art event includes a 15-minute “mingles” demonstration.

“Each participant gets a taste of every workshop throughout the weekend,” Joan Mostad said, another coordinator for the event.

The organizers will supply some of the art materials but participants are asked to supply their own as well. For example, the photography workshop requires the participants to bring their own camera with a full battery.

Most of the workshop facilitators are from the area. Terrace’s Gail Turner Sears is the visual arts facilitator. Mike Ambach, who is running the photography workshop, is based out of Prince Rupert. David Quast is the creative script writing facilitator and was born and raised in Prince Rupert.

The weekend will cost $55 for non-members and $50 for members. It’s a non-profit event and the Arts Council will fit the bill to cover the remainder of the expenses. For any questions email the Arts Council or leave a message on the Creative Jam 2016 Facebook page.