A perfect day for Cyanotypes!

The Cyanotype process turns 175 years-old this year!  To celebrate this historic photography process, the Williamsport Community Darkroom hosted a workshop in the Pajama Factory Courtyard, led and instructed by Ralph Wilson.  This kid-friendly event had a great turn out and produced some truly wonderful images.

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Stove to Store: A Food Entrepreneur Workshop

The Williamsport Community Kitchen is off to a great start!  This is definitely an exciting initiative for those interested in learning how to start their own food business.  Be sure to attend!

(Shared Facebook event from Williamsport Community Kitchen)

Williamsport Community Kitchen will be offering a three hour workshop aimed at providing aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools necessary to work through the startup of a food business.

Two days to choose from:

  • Saturday, March 18, 9am-12pm
  • Monday, April 24, 6pm-9pm

Tickets are available online for $35 and include all the materials.  

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I will write today…

A Writer’s Group, hosted by one of our tenants, Angela Nichols, will be meeting at Way Cool Beans tomorrow, Fri 3/10 from 6-7:30pm. This will be the first in a series of monthly gatherings to encourage community writers and artists of all levels and genres.

Donations of books, pencils, words written on groovy card stock, and donuts are welcome. Savory choices of coffee and teas are available for purchase, so no outside drinks are necessary.

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Last Class

Factory Works Clay Studio will be offering the last class of their 2017 Winter-Spring Schedule this month. “Yard Art” with instructor Lisa Major will start on March 22nd and will run Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm through April 5th. No experience necessary! Class fee also includes 25 lbs of clay.

Monthly studio memberships are also available! You can get more information here, or email factoryclaystudio@gmail.com

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The Williamsport Community Woodshop – Spring 2017 Class Schedule

The Williamsport Community Woodshop has announced their Spring 2017 Class Schedule (PDF file).

Learn from skilled craftsmen how you can make your very own end-grain cutting board, kitchen utensils, and so much more!

Are you an experienced woodworker? Then become a member and gain access to a fully equipped facility.

Visit the Williamsport Community Woodshop website for more information.

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Here’s a great thing

Veruschka Stevens

Cliff Stevens, who’s been quite active with Val Beggs’ sewing classes, took the pattern of a hand-woven Bolivian textile and had it printed online. When the fabric arrived, he reverse-engineered his wife’s favorite top and duplicated it with the new fabric, giving her a truly wonderful gift.

Not only is this very cool, it’s the kind of thing *you* can do, when you Make What You Wear! Thanks for sharing, Cliff!

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Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

If you’re concerned about violence, be it in your life or in our community, you should take a look at this workshop.

“Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Workshop October 22-23 9am-6pm @ Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave. $25 fee or $5 scholarship rate – Lunch included

(Shared Facebook Event)

AVP Workshop

What to expect? Participants from our previous workshop say:

“Connecting with others at more than a superficial level”
“Come expecting not instructions about how to do it, but an experience.”
“We learned to affirm each other” … “techniques for better communication” … “practical conflict resolution techniques”
… “how to live in a nonviolent way.”
“Taking risks – plowing through fears – staying open – being a part of a process with strangers can change your life, perhaps forever.”

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Community Woodshop Fall Schedule

The Williamsport Community Woodshop, located in the Pajama Factory, has just shared their Fall schedule!

You don’t need to be an expert craftsman to take these classes—each is a great introduction to a particular area of wood working.

Check ’em out!

(Shared Facebook Post from Williamsport Community Woodshop)

2016 Fall Woodshop Class Schedule

Check out our new Class Schedule for 2016 if you’re interested in learning the basics and and making the following. John, Paul, and Ken are ready to get started. Details of the Classes are on our website.

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A Call to Art: The Second Annual HIgh School Portfolio Review

A Call to Art: Portfolio Review

The Factory Works Gallery will be hosting a portfolio review on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 to 4:00 PM. Sophomore, Junior & Senior high school students are all invited to bring a portfolio of their artwork to be reviewed by representatives from four regional schools’ fine art departments: Bloomsburg and Mansfield Universities, as well as Lycoming & Keystone Colleges.

This is a great opportunity for students to share their portfolios and receive feedback about their artwork, and for students and their families to learn about the collegiate art programs available in the region. The event will take place in, in studio 10 north of the Pajama Factory, where an exhibition of participating college student work will also be on display.

Portfolio Guidelines:

  • 2D & 3D work: 8 – 12 pieces
  • A Sketchbook
  • Digital Work: please provide website or hard copies (print outs)

You may bring a jump drive, but we cannot guarantee that schools will provide computer access. You may bring your own display system).

This event is sponsored by Factory Works, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization housed within the revitalized historic Pajama Factory complex in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The goals are to support and maintain communal studios and workshops, sponsor educational seminars and lectures, support and promote art-centric events, maintain an artist and artisan exhibition space, and to partner with local organizations and neighbors in an effort to engage the local community in the arts.

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