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Arts & Culture Newsletter

When passion for books and art collide, magic can happen

Laurie Crankshaw has always been passionate about books. Visiting the library was like visiting a candy store.  As a child, she would carry home as many books as her arms allowed.  When she was 8, her family helped clear out a basement full of boxes, many which were filled with books. The books were old, worn, yellow, and smelled wonderful. They were fascinating to Laurie who studied them and marveled at their details. She was baffled why there wasn’t a way to preserve these unwanted books.

art book

When she started working in an elementary school library, she stumbled on an art form that is now her passion called folding book art. She finally found a way to make unwanted books useful again. The book art has also inspired others to learn and embrace the technique.

Folding book art is well known across the pond in Europe. Pattern creators sell their formula to make works of art that allow old books or books that have lost their readership appeal to have a new use. Following the patterns and marking each page of a novel can be challenging. Projects become more sophisticated with a cut-and-fold technique. Laurie finds bringing images to life inside the books rewarding; however, the best part is a book that would have gone unnoticed can be repurposed as a centerpiece.

Laurie has found other uses for books including using pages to create oversized flowers or leaves for a tree limb; novels recycled into wreaths; origami projects; and more.

A Mission Viejo resident, Laurie lives with her husband and daughter who also share a love of books. 

You can find Laurie’s folding book art projects on display at the Mission Viejo Library. She can be reached at 1bookwhisper@gmail.com.


Get creative at Adult Open Studio

adult drop in classes

Join our creative arts community in a cultural experience – Open Studio with the Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts and the City of Mission Viejo Cultural Arts Committee.

Students will develop friendships, creative vision and produce creative art pieces from 3 to 5 pm every fourth Tuesday of the month at the Potocki Center for the Arts, 27301 La Paz Road.

This free class will enable students to create, rain sticks, watercolor sampler, collagraph printmaking, drawing, painting and an array of creative projects. Students will be asked to start a simple supply list with a ruler, watercolor set, masking tape, sharpie pens (all nip sizes), scissors, white glue and glue sticks, paint brushes, pencils and markers (and any additional supplies you may have at home). Most of the supplies will be provided by the instructor.

Students will learn about color theory, elements of art, radial design, watercolor technique and printmaking. This fun course is guaranteed to delight and surprise all participants – who may have never considered themselves creative. No previous art experience is necessary.  A $5 materials fee payable is to the instructor.

Click on the date below to pre-register for the class.

September 14
October 12
November 9

For more information, call 949-470-8440.


Reproductions of images documenting Japanese-American internment on display at Mission Viejo Library and the Potocki Center for the Arts 

display of internment photos

The Mission Viejo Library will continue exhibiting artwork and photographs through September documenting the history of Japanese-American internment during World War II. A smaller version of the exhibit will then move to the Potocki Center for the Arts through October.

Many of the images are reproductions of photographs commissioned by the War Relocation Authority. Most notable among the photographers were Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange. Several of the reproductions are sketches and paintings created by the inmates. Since most of the inmates had no access to cameras, first-hand documentation of their experiences in the camps was often recorded through journals and artwork. 

Through a partnership with the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, the Mission Viejo Library was granted permission to show these images as part of “The Reach of Civil Liberties Gallery Exhibit.”  

This project was funded by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program to create educational experiences and resources that help people learn about civil rights. 

Patrons can view the gallery in the south wing of the library, 100 Civic Center, during operating hours through the end of September or at the Potocki Center for the Arts, 27301 La Paz, in October.  

For more information, call 949-830-7100.


Tap your creativity this fall with classes at Potocki Center for the Arts

fall classes at potocki

From knitting, family art time and adult open studio to beginning guitar, ukulele and wonderful watercolor, the Potocki Center for the Arts is hosting an array of dynamic classes this fall. 
Register for the following fun-filled classes today!

Knitting for Beginners

In this 4-week entry-level class for age 16 and older, you will learn the skills to begin enjoying the time-honored craft of knitting. Skills learned include casting-on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and binding off. All supplies are provided. *A $15 material fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class.

#88391 / Tu / Aug 31 – Sept 28 (no class 9/7) / 11:30 am – 1:30 pm / $70*
#88392 / Tu / Nov 2 – 30 (no class 11/9) / 11:30 am – 1:30 pm / $70*
#88403 / Tu / Nov 2 – 30 (no class 11/9) / 6 - 8 pm / $70*

Knitting Project Class: A Basic Fitted Hat

In this 3-week class for age 16 and older, you will learn how to knit a beanie-style hat. Students should already know the knit and purl stitches. Skills covered include knitting in the round, hat sizing and using both circular and double-pointed needles. Students must purchase sets of circular and double-pointed needles to complete this project.

#89191 / Th / Sept 2 – 23 (no class 9/16) / 6 - 8 pm / $55
#89192 / Tu / Oct 12 - 26 / 6 – 8 pm / $55

Knitting Project Class: Easy Hand Warmers

In this 2-week class for age 16 and older, you will learn how to knit a cozy pair of fingerless mittens. Students should already know the knit stitch. This class is great for a first knitting project. A supply list is provided upon registration.

#89190 / Tu / Sept 14 - 21 / 6 - 8 pm / $40

Knitting Beyond Beginner

Take your knitting to the next level! In this 3-week class for age 16 and older, you will learn how to increase, decrease and combine stitches. How to read knitting patterns will also be covered. All supplies are included. *A $15 material fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class.

#88390 / Tu / Oct 5 - 19 / 11:30 am – 1:30 pm / $55*

Knitting Project Class: Shawls

In this 4-week class for age 16 and older, you will learn the basics of shawl construction. Students should know how to knit and purl. We will work on a beautiful crescent-shaped shawl. Students must bring their own supplies. The fee includes the instructor's original pattern. A supply list is provided upon registration.

#89189 / Th / Oct 7 - 28 / 6 - 8 pm / $75

Potocki Family Art Time

Help your children age 3 and older explore the creative world around them with different mediums and ideas through art projects. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pre-register for classes to hold your spot or drop-in.

#89316 / Wed / Sept 1 / 10 – 11:30 am / $5 per child
#89317 / Wed / Sept 15 / 10 – 11:30 am / $5 per child
#89318 / Wed / Oct 6 / 10 – 11:30 am / $5 per child
#89319 / Wed / Oct 20 / 10 – 11:30 am / $5 per child
#89320 / Wed / Nov 3 / 10 – 11:30 am / $5 per child
#89321 / Wed / Nov 17 / 10 – 11:30 am / $5 per child

Adult Open Studio

Join the Cultural Arts Committee for monthly art workshops that will delight the creative spirit with mixed-medium projects. Projects range from rain sticks, line drawings and colored-pencil art to watercolor, printmaking and two-dimensional pieces. Seating is limited, so don’t delay in reserving your spot today. *A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

#89198 / Tu / Sept 14 / 3 – 5 pm / Free*
#89314 / Tu / Oct 12 / 3 – 5 pm / Free*
#89315 / Tu / Nov 9 / 3 – 5 pm / Free*

Fun Art for Kids

Kids ages 7 to 11 will experience creativity through fun art projects. Classes include a directed drawing experience followed by an art activity using various art media. All supplies are provided.

#88389/ Wed / Sept 15 – Oct 20 / 3:30 pm – 5 pm / Free

Art-rageous: Fine Art & Sculpture

Kids ages 5 to 10 will explore different art media in this class – giving students a chance to explore both 2D and 3D art. Using a variety of materials including charcoal, watercolor, clay, and more, students will learn important artistic techniques such as perspective, shading, detail work, and molding. They will create beautiful paintings, intricate sculptures, and fabulous crafts inspired by the works of famous artists.

#88520 / Th / Sept 16 – Nov 4 / 3 – 4 pm / $140

Wonderful Watercolor with Marlene Gerloff

Learn about color theory, elements of art and technique. Adults 18 and older will enjoy learning to create successful watercolor paintings through training, demonstrations, and critiques. A supply list is provided to new painters upon registration.

#88645 / Wed / Sept 22 – Oct 27 / 12:00 – 2:30 pm / $80

Beginning Guitar & Ukulele Ensemble

Students age 10 and older will experience fun and easy musical interaction with other beginners in a friendly and supportive environment. Learn simple chords, strum styles, familiar melodies and classic songs in this combination class. The blend of lows of the guitar and highs of the ukulele is a beautiful sound. Must bring your own guitar or ukulele to class.

#89188 / Wed / Oct 20 – Nov 17 / 7 – 8 pm / $109

Open Studio Drawing & Painting

Open Studio is an opportunity for adults 18 and older with previous painting or drawing experience to independently pursue their art projects with the guidance of a professional artist. Any medium is allowed except for oil-based paints.

#88647 / Wed / Nov 3 – 10 / 12:00 – 2:30 pm / $20

The Pleasure of Drawing

Adults 18 and older will learn to really see and record their world on paper in the form of drawing with line, tone and texture in a variety of subjects. This class is led by instructor Marlene Gerloff.

#89737 / Th / Sept 30 – Nov 4 / 12:30 – 2:00 pm / $45 

For more information on any of the following art classes, contact 949-470-8470 or arts@cityofmissionviejo.org


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