Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Center events celebrate new exhibition

Activities cater to teens and adults

Express Staff Writer

Teens can learn about henna tattoos at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Hailey.

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will start off 2010 with a full schedule of events and activities for all ages. In conjunction with its latest multidisciplinary show, "Outside In: Indian Art Abroad," The Center will have a brown bag lunch, "Indian Healing Traditions: Talk and Demonstrations," on Friday, Jan.8, from 12-1 p.m.

The Center invites the public for this free presentation on the Indian healing traditions of meditation, yoga and Ayurvedic medicine with local practitioners Ryan Redman and Tona Leiseth at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum. Bring lunch and view the exhibition.

Teens can take part in an interesting workshop, "The Art and History of the Henna Tattoo," on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Center in Hailey. In India and parts of Asia and North Africa, elaborate decorations are drawn with henna, a plant-based colorant, on the palms of the hands or the feet on special occasions such as weddings and feast days.

The Center will introduce teens to the art and history of henna tattooing, called meh'ndi in India, in a safe, fun and professional environment. Instructor Sonali Shivdasani was born in Sun Valley and grew up in an Indian family where she attended and participated in several weddings where the meh'ndi ceremony was an integral part of the celebration. The workshop is $10 and parental permission is required.

The Center will offer a class, "The Basics of Watercolor With Susan Perin," on Monday, Jan. 11, through Friday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class is for beginners or those wanting to review the basics. The class will meet at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts classroom in Hailey. The cost is $190 for Center members and $240 for nonmembers with a $30 supply fee.

For details, visit or call 726-9491, ext. 10.

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