BRT offers beginner class in Celtic stone carving

BRT offers beginner class in Celtic stone carving

CUMBERLAND - As part of their Heritage Arts Studio initiative, Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., will offer a two-day class in Celtic relief stone carving in limestone for beginners with instructor Laura Travis on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., each day, with a half-hour lunch break. The class will be held outside, behind the theatre.

The class is open to ages 16 and up. No experience is required. A maximum of 10 students will be allowed; a minimum of six is needed to run the class.

The course fee is $125 plus a separate $12 materials fee which is payable directly to instructor Laura Travis and includes several pieces of stone, sandpapers, and access to finishing tools.

In this 12-hour introductory-level course, students will use scraps of limestone and carve them with an initial, a knot, or an animal motif - bring your own idea or utilize teacher references. Included will be plenty of stone lore, tips for scrounging up materials and tools for practically nothing, and information about techniques including polishing and finishing.

Laura Travis has been carving for more than 20 years, bringing her knowledge and love of Irish and Celtic traditions firmly into her work in stone. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and maintains a studio in Rhode Island. She's also known for originating and hosting the Irish traditional music radio program, In The Celtic Realm, for the past 30 years on WRIU-FM.

For class reservation, call 401-725-9272. For additional information, visit the instructor's site, .