Sawtooth School of Visual Art is partnering with Stella Brew for the sixth annual Arts & Craft Beer on June 22 at Sawtooth, located in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem. Foothills, Joymongers, Molley Chomper Hard Cider (from Lansing, North Carolina), WiseMan Brewing, and Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company will hold tastings to all attendees 21 years and up. This year, the event added UpDog Kombucha and live music by street performers Richard Boyd, Ruthie Kelly, and more.

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will be presenting the country-western musical comedy, “Das Barbecü” next door at Hanesbrands Theatre along with competing barbecue pitmasters in the Spruce Street parking lot. (Arts & Craft Beer ticketholders can purchase these tickets for only $15.)

Sawtooth will also host a Maker’s Market with handmade goods, jewelry and a letterpress print designed by artists April Honbarger and Leslie Smith on Sawtooth’s newly acquired 1950s letterpress. Machine Gun Graphics will be screenprinting the 2019 Arts & Craft Beer logo designed by artist Christian Arnder on T-shirts and tote bags or purchase a shirt to be screen-printed for $7.

Senior director of operations Alex Klein is celebrating her third year at Sawtooth, and she is most excited that Arts & Craft Beer is family-friendly with new light painting and virtual reality activities.

Klein emphasized to come early for the free Not Quite Perfect Pottery Sale, that will take place before the beer event down the hall in Mountcastle Forum from 3 to 5 p.m. She said that there is always a line at the door and the pottery goes fast. Sawtooth instructors and artists donate many of the ceramics for sale, and Klein said that this would be the last year the event will be hosted by director Warren Moyer, as he is retiring after 30 years. Klein said the proceeds from this sale would help fund equipment and supplies for Sawtooth’s ceramics department in the upcoming year.

Klein, a native New Yorker, oversees marketing, development, student services and facilities at Sawtooth. She received a Master’s degree of Fine Arts in Creative Producing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Klein was only 11 years old when she moved to Winston-Salem and said she was very creative growing up, but there wasn’t a place in Long Island like Sawtooth, “where young people could have access to advanced techniques.”

Sawtooth made a lasting impression on her when she took their photography and darkroom classes. She said she was happy to land a job working at a place that had been so inspirational to her when she was younger.

Sawtooth School for Visual Art, a 501 (3)(c) nonprofit founded in 1945, offers classes and events that are open to all at varying skill levels regardless of age and background. Sawtooth has classes for drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, textiles, photography, glass, metal, wood, digital art, ceramics, and more.

Klein said that they offer adult and youth classes in each of these departments and that classes are primarily based around the medium and department, and open studio class time is offered in most departments as well.

Klein said that Camp Sawtooth classes include Atelier for ages 3-5, Camp Sawtooth for ages 5-8 and 9-11, ArtTeen for ages 11-14 (middle school) and Summer Art Immersion for ages 14-18 (high school).

Klein said financial assistance is available through Sawtooth’s scholarship fund, and students could receive up to 95% off tuition, based on need. Art partners and educators can also receive 35% off the price of the classes. With the stand-by list discount, a weekly email is sent with a list of courses with empty spots that may be purchased by educators and students at 50% off. Financial assistance options also include tuition assistance, discounts for artists and employees of arts organizations, and volunteer work-study opportunities. Klein said Sawtooth appreciates donations that are made specifically for the scholarship fund.

She said the Summer Art Honors program would return in summer 2019 from June 17-28 with an art show on the last day. She said Sawtooth is very excited to bring it back since the last one was in 2013. Students have to apply with teacher recommendations for this two-week program of intensive, immersive art experience.

Activities will include studio art classes, critiques, portfolio review, gallery curation, admissions visits from art schools, and field trips to artists’ studios.

Klein said that the important thing to remember is that beyond the fun, the Arts & Craft Beer event is a fundraiser for Sawtooth’s programming to be able to provide more classes for students next year.

“Our Arts & Craft beer event is always lively with lots of great local beers to sample,” Klein said. “It’s for a good cause and helps Sawtooth continue its mission of providing high-quality arts programming for the community.”

For more information, visit Sawtooth’s website.

TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, former creative director, storyteller, poet, emerging singer-songwriter, wellness herbalist, flower essences practitioner for pets and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.

Wanna go?

Not Quite Perfect Pottery Sale (free) from 3-5 p.m., before Arts & Craft Beer on June 22, 5-8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 advance, and $25 at the door, both events take place at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce St. Winston-Salem, (336) 723-7395. “Das Barbecu” runs concurrently at Hanesbrands Theatre, 5-8 p.m., tickets, $15 for Arts & Craft Beer ticketholders, Summer Art Honors Exhibit, June 28.

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