At the Boyce Thompson Arboretum: ‘Found Objects’ Nature Art Class Feb. 28

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Learn to make unique art from twigs, bark and bean pods – even the skeletal remains of dead cholla and prickly pear cacti!

Apache Junction resident Ruth Ipsan-Brown builds intricate shrines, kachina/totems and tiny furniture from detritus and debris that most would discard; in the process she teaches wider lessons about seeing and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us all.

On Thursday, Feb. 28, she’ll lead a four-hour workshop at Boyce Thompson Arboretum where “all you’re asked to bring is a crooked little stick,” as the foundation, and she’ll supply hot glue guns, inspiration, coaching, and a variety of natural materials in various shapes, sizes, textures and colors to create your own work of art.

Enrollment is $29 (or $20 for Arboretum annual members) which includes the day’s admission, so plan to arrive early and explore the gardens and trails. Class runs from noon to 4 p.m. in the Lecture Room of the Smith Building; have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll.

See photos from Ruth’s prior class at facebook.com/boycethompsonarboretum. Check the schedule of weekend nature walks, daily general tours and other events at ag.arizona.edu/bta.

Coming Events:

• Bird walk with Troy Corman and Mark Ochs; also Carl Tomoff March 2 at 8:30 a.m.

• Arboretum History walking tour March 2 at 10 a.m.

Events are included with daily admission of $9; read more at ag.arizona.edu/bta; connect with 3,600 fans at facebook.com/boycethompsonarboretum.

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