Carnival of Life sale starts at center next week |

Carnival of Life sale starts at center next week

Eileen JoyceInstructor Marjorie Person (left) helps client Shanna James work on a weaving project Friday at Neighborhood Center of the Arts in Grass Valley.
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Neighborhood Center of the Arts’ sale next week will have more jewelry, art work and crafts than ever before, the program director predicted Friday.

There are also more clients this year, said Tracy Fenyoe, program director at the center’s studios on Litton Drive in Grass Valley.

Neighborhood Center of the Arts, a nonprofit organization founded in 1984, helps developmentally disabled adults gain self-confidence through art – painting, weaving, jewelry design, ceramics or other art forms.

Clients sell their pieces three times a year. They receive 60 percent of what they sell; the rest pays for art supplies.

The Carnival of Life, which begins Thursday, is the center’s annual spring sale.

Shanna James is one of 40 clients who will show and hopefully sell her work. Among other items, she will sell blue woven placemats, four of which will cost $20.

James, 30, likes to do clay and weaving projects, she said. But she prefers weaving, she added, as she and instructor Marjorie Person threaded some 200 heddles to make an aqua-green cotton rug. (Heddles are the cords or wires on a loom that separate and guide the threads.)

Clients Elizabeth Meek and Colleen Corbett also hope to sell several art pieces next week.

Corbett, who has mild systemic lupus, which makes her hands shake, will sell ceramics and kimonos made of beads small enough to disappear in the palm of one’s hand. Meek said she will sell drawings and ceramics pieces.

WHAT: Neighborhood Center of the Arts1 Carnival of Life sale

WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through May 4.

WHERE: 200 Litton Drive, Suite 212, Grass Valley.


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