A local brewery will be hosting an art reception on Saturday in partnership with a nonprofit art studio in Morganton.

Fall for the Forest is an art reception concluding a series of workshops hosted by TOSS, a nonprofit art studio in Morganton. They will be celebrating the work of Jordan Winiski, an art and sustainability student from Furman University and students who participated in their painting, ceramic, and printmaking workshops at Grace Episcopal Church.

The reception will be from 5-8 p.m. and participate s will have the chance to join in some art making . C eramic and printmaking media will be used to make some ornaments for the holiday season inspired by our local ecology. Workshop tickets are $15 at the door or preorder at www.tosstudio.org. All ages are welcome to participate .

Jordan Winiski was sponsored by Furman University to complete an internship with TOSS during the summer. Along with advancing several areas of research for TOSS on arts advocacy in the rural South, she volunteered with the Burke Arts Council, designing and teaching a week of summer classes. The capstone of her internship was an independent project she completed, integrating art and ecology. Looking specifically at how we might be informed by unlikely actors in the natural world, Winiski seeks to describe how human flourishing is achieved through community. This relationship is described in her series Forms, which will be on display at Fonta Flora until the end of November.

This is not the only project TOSS completed over the summer in the arena of community engagement and arts education. Partnering with WNC Real Estate and muralist extraordinaire, Lance Turner, a group of middle school students designed their very first mural, Our Town, a mural about finding our home in Morganton. You can see this mural on the side of their building at 707 N . Green St.

TOSS will host another series of workshops this spring and continues to be excited to engage in the work of creative place-making in Morganton. All proceeds from Fall for the Forest will benefit the scholarship fund for TOSSafter, their after-school program for kid s . Fonta Flora Brewery will be donating a percentage of their pint sales toward this end.

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