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Learn How to Use the Mid-Arm Quilting Machine

Apologies for the multiple posts in such a short period of time.  We forgot to include an upcoming class in our last post — Learn How to Use the Mid-Arm Quilting Machine

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Upcoming Events

Events that are currently open for registration.

Learn How to Use the Mid-Arm Quilting Machine

Tue May 16 2023, 04:00pm EDT — Tue May 16 2023, 06:00pm EDT

Intro to Mid Arm Quilting Machine is offered on Tuesday May 16 from 4:00-6:00pm. It is designed for people looking to learn how to use our mid-arm quilting machine, a Brother Dream Quilter 15. It can be used to quilt all sizes, from baby quilt to king size. Premade clothing can also be fitted onto the frame for quilting! The cost of the class includes a follow-up certification session. Members may use the machine on their own after passing the certification.

About the Instructors: 

Allison Zito serves as Shop Lead in the Fibers Department at Claremont MakerSpace. She has been teaching The Mid Arm Quilting Classes for six years.

Allison Zito received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous museums including The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield MA, The Delaware Art Museum, The Pennsylvania State Museum, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Allison has decades of teaching experience, having taught a considerable variety of classes at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and and at the University of Pennsylvania Morris Arboretum. She has been teaching studio art in the Upper Valley with excellent results at AVA Gallery, Claremont MakerSpace, CraftStudies at The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and Artistree.

Allison was awarded an Artist in Residency in 2019 at Claremont MakerSpace where she created an art installation and symposium to inspire positive action, addressing the issue of Global Warming. In 2021 Allison Zito created an outdoor mural for The Sullivan County Public Cidery Building. She was part of a team of five artists who created a mural in Lebanon, NH. You can see her Bee and Monarch Medallions in the Lebanon Art Tunnel Way.

Allison Zito was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 for her work as an artist and her work in arts education.

Class Fees: $45/member $60/non-member

Materials Fee: none

Age Requirement: Adults only (18 and older)

Skill Level: All levels

Prerequisites: none

Register for this class now!

Metal Art: Make It and Take It

Sun May 21 2023, 01:00pm EST — Sun May 21 2023, 04:30pm EDT

Spring is here, and we are all thinking about spending more time outside and in our gardens! Have you thought about enhancing your garden space with metal art?  In this class you will learn how to design and create a piece of scrap metal art to enhance your garden or living space.

*Prerequisite for this class is the Intro to MIG welding class or permission of the instructor. You must come with basic welding skills. Welding skills will NOT be taught in this class.

About the Instructors: 

Jo Ann Clifford is a retired educator turned metal artist. She has been creating metal art for several years at the Claremont Maker Space and in her home studio. She has been an Artist in Residence at CMS and has shown her work regionally. She is inspired by re-imagining metal scrap, saving it from the landfill and giving it a new life through her artwork. She loves to encourage, teach and inspire others to try something new.

Class Fees: $35 members $60 non-members

Materials Fee: $15

Prerequisite: Intro to MIG welding class or permission of the instructor. You must come with basic welding skills. Welding skills will NOT be taught in this class.

Age Requirement: Adults only (18 years and older)

Register for this class now!


These classes are ongoing. Registration is closed, but they may be offered again in the future.

Entrepreneurship for Makers

Sun Feb 5 2023, 01:00pm EST — Sun Jul 9 2023, 02:00pm EDT

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