On Friday, April 5th the Ripley Center opened its doors to more than 200 guests for a night of fun, cocktails, and hands-on art projects at Cocktails and Creativity, part of The Smithsonian Associates’ Mingle at the Museum series.
For many, the event was a great excuse to learn a new skill and have a fun Friday night out with friends. Karla Haworth, a Smithsonian Associates member, said she enjoyed making a relief print, the calligraphy station and having a drink with her friend Alisha.
Knitting instructor Ann Richards taught beginners some knitting basics and also invited more experienced knitters to bring current projects and receive help from the “Knit Dr.” Toward the end of the evening, Richards attracted a large group of 20 people who sat in a circle around Richards as she demonstrated a certain type of stitch.
A favorite of the night, Instructor Max-Karl Winkler taught visitors to play with their food and carve designs into potatoes and carrots, which were then used to make relief prints. Guests carved pandas, cats, lady bugs, and various circle designs into potatoes. After inking their design
Ceramics instructor Alfredo Ratinoff demonstrated making Scarab Pendants inspired by traditional scarab designs. Participants made their own using polymer clay in various colors. Carving legs onto your scarab pendant symbolized the stairway to eternity. Halfway through the evening, Ratinoff moved away from the scarab pendants for a ceramic painting demonstration. Guests crowded around him as he showed them how to create a beautiful design using delicate brush strokes and color application.
Participants enjoyed the one-on-one time with instructors and volunteers as well as the opportunity to take home their masterpieces as a keepsake. You can find proof of the fun had at the photo booth on our Facebook page!
This Mingle at the Museum offered members and newcomers alike a chance to have a fun night out and learn more about the Smithsonian Associates’ Studio Arts program. Click here to learn more about the upcoming classes that begin in June and July!