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Fairfield County Arts Council presents Christmas workshop

First Posted: 12:30 pm - December 18th, 2015

By Virginia Schafer - For The Herald Independent



Louise and Doug Ruff perform a Christmas play at the December meeting of the Fairfield County Arts Council.
Virginia Schafer | For The Herald Independent
Artist Linda Dye conducted a workshop on holiday decorations using natural greenery.
Virginia Schafer | For The Herald Independent
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RIDGEWAY — Fairfield County was alive with the smells and sounds of Christmas recently when the Fairfield County Arts Council held a special workshop to help bring in the holiday.

Members and guests participated in an evergreen workshop led by artist Linda Dye. Dye and other members brought in local live greenery and other materials so participants could leave with a holiday centerpiece.

“The ladies tore into that greenery like men in tights were hiding in there somewhere,” said Dye. “The results were amazing. Perhaps we will have a workshop and sell them for a fundraiser next year.”

The Fairfield Arts Council meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Century House in Ridgeway and supports all forms of art in the community. Besides the event meetings, the FCAC also conducts numerous workshops throughout the year in pottery, acrylic and other types of painting, writing, and photography and much more.

Virginia Lacy, president of FCAC, has expressed the desire to open up more workshops and events to all types of art genres next year to include music and drama.

A few talented drama artists were on hand at the December meeting to present a special Christmas drama.

Louise and Doug Ruff, children of Dede and John Ruff of Ridgeway, did a short skit about the meaning of Christmas. Louise Ruff also did a solo from Anna of Green Gables.

The teens are part of the Institute for Cultural Communications (ICC).This association trains students ages 6 to 18 in communication and leadership skills through cultural communication. The Ridgeway chapter meets twice a month.

Vice President Phyllis Gutierrez presided at the meeting and summarized the year. As a member of the FCAC, artists can sell their wares – which includes paintings, books, photographs and other art forms — at the gallery located next to Over the Top boutique in Ridgeway.

So far this year, more than $4,000 in artist merchandise has been sold with more than $500 sold in November alone. Gutierrez predicted December will be even more rewarding.

Contact Virginia Lacy at vaqlacy@gmail.com for more information on Fairfield County Arts Council membership and meetings.

Louise and Doug Ruff perform a Christmas play at the December meeting of the Fairfield County Arts Council.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_artscouncilmeeting01.jpgLouise and Doug Ruff perform a Christmas play at the December meeting of the Fairfield County Arts Council. Virginia Schafer | For The Herald Independent

Artist Linda Dye conducted a workshop on holiday decorations using natural greenery.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_artscouncilmeeting02.jpgArtist Linda Dye conducted a workshop on holiday decorations using natural greenery. Virginia Schafer | For The Herald Independent

By Virginia Schafer

For The Herald Independent

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