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Bookworm of Edwards, Alpine Arts Center continue partnership

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On Tuesday, Nov. 7, a sculpture lesson at The Bookworm of Edwards will merge the process of opening a book and creating a hanging or standing piece of art out of the pages. The local bookshop and Alpine Arts Center built the program for all ages and skill levels.

"Attendees don't need any materials or previous art skills to participate in this workshop. We will provide samples for inspiration and all materials to cut, twist, roll and form sculptures from books," said Lauren Merrill, owner of Alpine Arts Center.

Bring your own book, or one will be provided for you at the workshop. Merrill's recommendation for book types is a hard cover, but paperback sculpture options will be provided.

"There will be endless choices for sculptures that can be hanging or free standing," Merrill said.

Local Collaboration

This is not the first — nor the last — partnership between the arts center and bookshop. As a new neighbor to The Bookworm, the relationship of the two small businesses will continue to grow.

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"Collaborating with local businesses like The Bookworm makes our programs richer, and it has been going really well so far," Merrill said. "With increased foot traffic, many more people are able to participate in our programs than before."

Since moving to the new space in the spring, Alpine Arts Center has continued to flourish and work with more artists in the valley.

"We were excited about the location because of the natural light and windows surrounding the space, and also because Riverwalk has so many cultural businesses," Merrill said.

The arts center hosts weekly classes, group events, camps and walk-in opportunities.

IF YOU GO …

What: Book Sculptures with the Alpine Arts Center.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards.

Cost: $25; includes materials and appetizers.

More information: Call 970-926-READ or visit http://www.BookwormOfEdwards.com.

For the littlest hands

What: Thanksgiving story time and art class for toddlers.

When: Friday, Nov. 10.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards at 9:15 a.m. and at Alpine Arts Center at 10 a.m.

Cost: $10.