2019 Schedule

Welcome to Cycling Salamander's 2019 Season!
We strive to offer quality classes in the fine, performing and healing arts! Classes that do not meet minimal enrollment requirements will be canceled. Please register early.  You are not registered until payment is received.

Sunday, August 18 (5:30-8:30)

Plein Air Demonstration with Natalia Andreeva (Purchase Tickets)

Welcome Natalia back to Michigan!  Join us for this reception with light appetizers and dessert in honor of my long-time friend Natalia Andreeva. (22 years this fall!). Natalia will share a few tips while completing a painting en plein air. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn from a master painter!  All skills levels are welcome. Although this is a "reception" we ask that you arrive promptly at 5:30 so not to miss any of the demonstration.

Background Information
Natalia Andreeva is a professional artist working with oil and watercolor media. Of Russian origin and presently residing in Tallahassee, Florida, Natalia traveled extensively through out the world, living many places abroad and in the United States, and was exposed to a wide range of artistic styles and traditions. 

Natalia holds a diploma from Novosibirsk State Pedagogical Institute; her education includes postgraduate studies at the department of Painting and Composition at the Moscow Pedagogical University, and numerous workshops throughout Russia and the USA. Her work has been distinguished with honors and fellowships and can be found in private and corporate collections. Learn more about Natalia.

Monday, August 19 The Alla Prima Portrait in Oil with Natalia Andreeva

Master painter Natalia Andreeva leads an intensive all-day workshop on wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), direct painting. Alla prima is a painting technique in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint.

The workshop will begin at 9:30am when Natalia will go over painting supplies and tools followed by a 2 hour demonstration.  Following lunch, participants (with the same model) will practice the technique under Natalia's tutelage. The class will conclude around 5pm with Natalia being available afterwards for additional questions.

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Saturday, August 24 7-9pmYounce Guitar Duo with Vibraphonist Jim Cooper

Younce Guitar Duo and vibraphonist Jim Cooper create an electrifying evening of music influenced by jazz, fusion and world music.  Joining them will be Ty Younce on percussion. Come enjoy a great evening of muisc. Guests are welcome to bring their own beverages.

About Younce Guitar Duo
A unique father and son instrumental collaboration creating intricate, flowing & rhythmic sonic weavings. A Younce Guitar Duo performance takes listeners on a musical journey colored by influences of Jazz, Gypsy Guitar, Flamenco, Latin and other World Music.

What people are saying about Younce Guitar Duo
"Their sets are always so beautifully crafted with intricate melodies that create an intimate experience. Their warm, soulful sound is always accessible and consistently strong and energetic." John Dow Williams, Owner of Johnny's Speakeasy, Ann Arbor

Jim Cooper
No stranger to the land of jazz, Jim has been playing the vibraphone for over 40 years, leading numerous groups and appearing as both soloist and sideman. Besides playing jazz dates of every kind around Chicago and beyond, hes had the fortune of gigging with such outstanding musicians as Art Van Damme, Larry Vuckovich, Frank Wess, Milt Hinton, Marcus Belgrave, Ira Sullivan, Buddy de Franco, and Jon Faddis with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.

The classes below are offered on demand for four or more students.

Hypertufa Trough Making

$50 (includes all materials) Class limited to 6 people.
Custom make your own hypertufa planter.  Named after a type of porous rock called tufa, hypertufa is similar to concrete, but lighter with a primitive, organic appearance.  These containers are wonderful for succulent, lavender and other rock garden type plants. You will make either two small or one large hypertufa planter. Your planter will need to cure at the gallery or at home. Bring a pair of garden gloves and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (This is a messy process!)  Note. These toughs are tough! The one pictured (left) has been left outside since 2005! The sedum winters over just fine.

Ongoing classes and Classes on Demand

Shrine Making Class
On Demand
1:00 - 4:00pm
Instructor: Rebecca Glotfelty
$55/ materials provided. Minimum 3 people.
We will begin the afternoon by centering ourselves with a brief meditation and gentle yoga poses followed by an afternoon of opening our hearts to what we hold sacred. Using the materials provided (template, paint, paper etc.) plus any photographs, milagros, or other keepsakes participants bring, we will create a table top shrine like the one pictured. This workshop is available to private parties of three or more.