JOSEPH – Area residents are invited to participate in upcoming events at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph or to register for classes in local history, drawing, bead making and handwriting analysis.

Upcoming activities are as follows:

• A program for children will be presented by the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, focused on exploring various instruments and how they work. The one-hour program is free, presented by musicians Heidi Muller and Bob Webb.

• “Impressions of Iran”, a photo travelogue on the ancient art and culture of southwest Asia, will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. by Lyn Craig, executive director of the Josephy Center. Admission is by donation. The program is hosted by the Wallowa Valley Photo Club.

• The four-week exhibit “Artist’s Eye, Collector’s Passion” will open at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, with a reception with free hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. The exhibit celebrates the lifetime collection of local artist Steve Arment. A walk-around tour of the exhibit will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, led by Arment and art historian Cheryl Coughlan.

• Local author Rocky Wilson will read from his recently published book “Tread Softly, Kent State” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 followed by discussion.

• Free art activities for area children and youth of all ages will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Attendees will have a choice of creating a landscape in pastel in the Center’s art studio or copying a favorite painting with colored pencil in the exhibit gallery. Materials will be provided.

Registration is now open for upcoming classes at the center:

“The Wallowa Country, 1855-1900” is a 4-week class on Tuesdays from 9-10:30 a.m., beginning on Feb. 19. Cost is $50, with high school students invited at no cost.

• An intensive, six-week Basic Drawing class will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning on March 12. The cost is $325 per student and $20 for supplies.

• A class on making paper beads will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, by Allison Cornett, who discovered the art when visiting Uganda. The cost is $50.

• Certified graphoanalyst Pat Adelhardt will present a four week class on analyzing handwriting on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. beginning March 20. The cost is $50 per person.

For more information or to register, contact Josephy Center, 541-432-0505, 403 N. Main St., Joseph, or email info@josephy.org.

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