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Feb 1, 2018 - Craft Night: Make Signs & Socialize

Wakefield, Mass. - Have you ever noticed a crafty wooden Word Art sign hanging at your friend’s house, and thought “Hey, I’d like to make one of those”? Well, now you can! Wakefield’s own Albion Cultural Exchange (ACE) and Create Artisan Studio will host a new class for adults called “Craft Night: Make Signs & Socialize” on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the ACE Center on 9 Albion St.  

Make Signs: Led by local Wakefield artist and Create Artisan Studio owner AnnMarie Gallivan, the one-night class will provide participants with the art supplies and creative skills to design their very own Word Art signs for proudly displaying at home, or giving as a gift.  

& Socialize: Signs aren’t the only “crafty” element of ACE and Create’s Word Art class. Participants will also get to taste and sample a series of crafty refreshments including goodies from local small businesses, before, during, and after the class. Trust us, you’ll be hoppy with the selection. Our pre-class adult reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and the learning commences at 7 p.m.  

Interested? Here’s what you need to do and know:  
*     Click here to sign up and pay for the Craft Night class now at CreateArtisanStudio.com.
*    While on the class registration page, you can submit the word you’ve chosen for your sign, and the font you’d like to use.
*      Make sure you include your email address, as we’ll send you a proof of your Word Art before the class, for your approval.  

The class is $35 per person, including all art supplies and the lesson itself. For an additional $20, you can make 2 signs. If you’d like to see your font options in person, you can visit Create Artisan Studios at 39 Albion St. and review the choices.  

A crafty collaboration: “Craft Night: Make Signs & Socialize” is the latest in a cool and creative partnership between the Albion Cultural Exchange and Create Artisan Studios. It’s also a first, in a new series of adult-focused Craft Night events that ACE and Create will design and host in 2018 and beyond.  

“We at ACE are thrilled to join creative forces with partners like Create. Through events like Craft Night, we’ll advance our shared mission to promote the arts and culture in Wakefield, under the mantra of everyone can be an artist,” said Albion Cultural Exchange Committee Chairman Christopher J. Carino.  

"At Create, we believe each Word Art sign is unique in what it says about its maker. So we're excited to partner with ACE for a class that's all about bringing unique, creative-minded people together to express themselves," said AnnMarie Gallivan, Owner, Create Artisan Studio and local artist.  

John Natale, ACE Committee Member and veteran improv comedy performer added: "To paraphrase the incomparable and artistic boundary-pushing Beastie Boys, this event is crafty… and it’s just our type(face). With our Albion Street neighbors at Create, we're excited to bring Craft Night events to the community—and most importantly, bring folks together."  

First Thursdays in Wakefield: The Craft Night class is part of ACE’s “First Thursday in Downtown Wakefield” series, a monthly program featuring a variety of events in the ACE Center’s main gallery. Other events include art shows, art-making classes, and interactive experiences designed to engage residents and visitors with conversation, culture, and camaraderie. Many Downtown Wakefield business, including restaurants, come together to offer extended evening hours and specials on First Thursdays.  

And now, a word from our sponsors:   With a mission to promote art, culture & commerce in downtown Wakefield, the Albion Cultural Exchange (ACE) offers live music, art education and open studio gallery events. ACE is located in the heart of downtown Wakefield at 9 Albion Street, and our main floor gallery is open for various art and cultural events. If you would like to partner with us on any of our programs such as First Thursday's Downtown, please e-mail us at albionculturalexchange@gmail.com. If you have an idea for an event that you would like to run, please fill out our Event Application Form. Visit us at www.albionculturalexchange.org.  
Create Artisan Studio is a working art studio and workshop, creating original art, gifts, home decor and personalized gifts. Create offers private art classes and art parties, and can host small group at our studio but will also travel to your home, office or fundraising destination. Our studio is located at 39 Albion St. in Wakefield, and you'll also see us around town, featured in many local shops in and around town. Visit us at www.CreateArtisanStudio.com.

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