Memory Transfer: a Currents free art class for children

Saturday, July 9

10am to 12 noon

Cynthia Winings Gallery

24 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, ME


Free art class for children (ages 8 to 12), to be held at Cynthia Winings Gallery; funded by the Maine Community Foundation Expansion Fund in partnership with Reversing Falls Sanctuary, and the Open Air Arts Initiative. Contact cynthiawinings@gmail.com to register.



Memory Transfer for Children, taught by artist Patricia Wheeler and writer Donna Gold, guides young participants to combine transfers of their favorite photos and rubber stamp images with their own personal stories, recorded from a conversation with Donna.



For this workshop, we ask the children to bring 6 to 8 favorite, high contrast photos of themselves and special people outdoors – in the woods, on the water, in a garden or connecting to other places that hold special meaning.


Patricia will demonstrate simple techniques for transferring these images onto a variety of papers, then enhancing them with rubber stamps and watercolor.


Meanwhile, Donna will talk with each participant for about 10 minutes and print out a transcription of the conversation so each child can experiment with combining portions of their stories with the photo transfers to create small works on paper.


Patricia Wheeler​ is a mixed media painter. She explores concepts of human interaction with place, inspired by ritual and symbolism. Her paintings unfold in layers: a palimpsest of personal history, memory, and archetypal energies. She has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; the Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Penland School of Crafts, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology; the Oregon College of Art & Crafts; and others.


Donna Gold​ is a writer who also uses oral history to help families create memoirs. As a journalist for more than thirty years, she has written for the Boston Globe, Smithsonian, and Natural History magazines, and founded College of the Atlantic’s COA magazine. As an oral historian, she has collected life stories for the Smithsonian Archives, local libraries, and private clients, and created the volume,​We Never Knew Any Different, Stockton Springs Stories of the Past Century.​