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Debbie Retzlaff, Felted Blue Bird

Debbie Retzlaff, Felted Blue Bird

Class / Workshop  |  Burchfield Bluebird

A Felting Workshop

Sunday, October 4, 2020, 1–3 pm

Artists/Instructor:  Debbie Retzlaff 
$24 members / $34 not-yet members
Materials are included in the workshop fee
*Class size is limited

Participants will create a needle felted Eastern Bluebird inspired by nature, loved by Charles Burchfield.  He painted them, Bluebird and Cottonwoods, 1917, dreamt of them, and considered bluebirds a symbol of hopefulness.  Needle felting is fun and meditative. No previous felting experience is required.  To create the desired shape, we will be using simple materials of pure wool and a felting needle, all supplies are included in the workshop fee.  Participants will leave with a finished bluebird. 

Debbie Retzlaff has had a passion for art, nature, and the creative process.  She has worked as a potter, painter, fiber, and multi-media artist and teaches watercolor painting and fiber arts workshops.  Retzlaff has participated as a visiting artist at Art Park, exhibited at Empire College, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Impact Art Gallery, Market Street Gallery, The Opera House Gallery and Lewiston Art Festival.  She also facilitates art therapy as a psychotherapist using expressive art to empower and heal the body, mind and spirit.  Living with heart and authenticity, Retzlaff appreciates the mysteries of life and cultivates the sacredness in everyday life.  She perceives the world with an inquisitive and open mind that encourages creativity and social change. 

Debbie Retzlaff, LMSW, received her Fine Arts Degree from Green River College, Washington State and master’s in social work from the University at Buffalo.  She enjoys raising sheep, reading, gardening, kayaking, activism traveling and spending time with her friends and family.  Through her creations, she shares feelings of joy, curiosity, and inspiration.  Debbie Retzlaff can be contacted at and on Instagram @ Dragonflyfarm1

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For further information go to the International Center For Watercolor or contact Kathy G. Shiroki at, 716.878.3549.