with Shrikant Iyer
Thursday, July 11 | 5:15 PM | FREE
Join us for this storytelling session that will walk participants through the many steps required to create a work of origami in the form of a story. Origami, which is more popularly known as a traditional Japanese art, actually originated in China, according to instructor Shrikant Iyer. Historically, origami was an exclusive art reserved for wealthy individuals who could afford the cost of paper. Japanese Samurai, for example, would often exchange gifts of origami as expressions of good luck by folding a piece of dried meat or fish into the sculpture. The art of paper folding is no longer restricted by traditional bounds, and it now employs a wide array of materials and textures for more innovative creations.
Note: A second session will be held on Thursday, August 8 at 5:15 PM.
Shrikant Iyer is an origami performance artist with over 15 years of experience, performing and teaching Origami through storytelling. He is also the creator of Origami Heaven, an event dedicated to spreading Japanese and Asian American culture through origami. He is New York state arts in education consultant and regularly performs at schools, libraries, museums, and children’s parties.
Shrikant has made several television appearances from the Samantha Brown show on Travel channel to Extreme Makeover home edition on ABC and Japanese public television.
Practice your drawing skills in this three-session series with artist Linda Capello. Participants will practice drawing a live model through gesture sketches and longer duration observation. All skill levels are welcome, ages 16+. The classes will take place in our spacious theater allowing for ample physical distancing. Faces masks required.
As much as we look forward to spending time with you at our annual SummerFest celebration and gala, current government restrictions prohibit us from gathering in large groups. This year calls for a new approach. As such, we are taking this moment to honor, recognize and thank SAC’s most cherished and loyal friends by introducing our 2020 Patrons Circle. In lieu of supporting our annual Summerfest Gala, we invite past SummerFest supporter and longtime friends of SAC to join our new 2020 Patrons Circle. Your contribution will allow us to continue SAC’s year-round programming and serve as a critical economic driver that will lead this community out of these unsure times. Additionally, in return for your support or $10,000 or above, you will receive: - Two or Four seats to an intimate Appreciation Dinner to be held on Friday, August 21 in SAC’s Caesar Garden ($10,000/$25,000) - Recognition on summer 2020 Patrons Circle Wall inside SAC’s front gallery - Free admission to all SAC events this summer - A private tour of SAC’s Summer Exhibition 2020 VISION, in partnership with the New York Academy of Arts - Satisfaction in knowing that your contribution will significantly support this organization and our community during these challenging times