July Class List

Greetings, everyone!

I hope you are finding some cool comfort doing our hot summer weather as well as finding outlets for your creativity interests. You can jump right in online with Joey and Tim to spark your own spontaneous poetry and music. Come share your memories (or just be an appreciative listener) during the online story-telling evening. Tune up your photography editing skills with Adobe Lightroom Classic, both Intro and Advanced coming up.

Kay Vandervort will be bringing her mastery of color and design to two new jewelry classes and two old favorites on-site at the Folk School.

Come join us as DyAnne Korda celebrates the launch of her new book, reading her poetry with musical accompaniment at the Folk School on July 23rd.

During any class or event on-site at the Folk School, participants will be asked to wear masks and wash their hands on arrival. Social distancing will be observed. At the discretion of the instructor, presenter, or coordinator, participants may be allowed to remove their masks when seated quietly, but required to wear them when moving around. Anyone coughing, sneezing, or showing or exhibiting other symptoms will be asked to leave.

Keep your eyes open for more classes to stir your creative juices. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to request or teach a particular class. I love to hear from you.  Just reply to this email and you will reach me directly.

Betty Firth
Program Coordinator

Online: Let’s Os Up a Dala Horse

with Kim Garrett


Only 4 seats left!

Saturday, July 11, 2020  10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: Free ($20 donation suggested)

In this ZOOM class we will paint a decorative wooden Swedish Dala Horse in the Os style of Norwegian rosemaling. We will be using oil paints to complete this project. It is preferred that students have some experience with basic rosemaling skills as we will not be teaching basic rosemaling techniques.

The class is offered free, but you’ll still need to register so you can receive the Zoom invitation. If you are able to donate something to support the Folk School, we really appreciate it.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied with several “Gold Medal” winning American rosemalers as has traveled to Norway three times to stud traditional 18th century rosemaling design with Norwegian rosemaling instructors. She has also taken lessons in Sweden in the Swedish folkart painting style, Dalmaining. She has won several blue ribbons at the MN state fair for her rosemaling and received the Best in Show twice.

Online: Spontaneous Poetry & Music

with Joey Kenig & Tim Stouffer


RegisterSaturday, July 18, 2020
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Free ($20 donation suggested)

This two-hour class combines a writing workshop with performance poetry. Tim (Raven) and Joey (Loon) have been performing together for several years as the Raven Loonatics, featuring the spoken word and acoustic guitar improvisations. They often invite their audiences to participate in the creation of a poem or story on the spot. The aim of this workshop is to take participants behind the scenes with Raven (Tim) and Loon (Joey) and to provide inspiration, insight and guidance for writers, musicians and interested students of all kinds.

Please have paper and pen or pencil ready to use and bring either a stuffed animal or a photograph of a loved one.

About the instructors: Both Tim and Joey have taught in other settings, both formal (classroom) and experiential. Together and separately, they have led writing workshops for both adults and children.They perform together in coffee houses, auditoriums, private homes and the public square and can be hired for a price if you enjoy unique and live entertainment, often for a dinner party.

Joey Kenig is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with a background in experiential education and a long history of work in the building trades. He began performing as a musician at age 10, and has been writing and performing original and traditional songs and instrumental melodies for the past 60 years. Dividing his time between Ely and St Louis, MO, he performs regularly, both solo and with other musicians.

Timothy Stouffer is a poet and folk artist who lives in Ely and writes poetry on demand at the Ely Farmers Market and online. He hosts Poets and Pints, an open mic poetry night in Ely, and he is evolving the art of performance poetry. He is currently working on several novels and is known to spontaneously poet. He believes, “Words are lifeblood. They sprout in the dark and bloom in the deliberate light of dawn.”

Create a Unique Beaded Bracelet

with Kay Vandervort


only 2 seats left

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

You will create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind multi-strand bracelet with beads of your choice and memory wire. This is a simple project for even the inexperienced beader. Kay will teach you how to plan your design and show you techniques to give it a professional finish. The completed project is perfect for dressy occasions, but also adds a bit of flair when worn with jeans.

Students will work from a kit that includes the materials needed to complete the project. A variety of beads and colors will be available to choose from, and additional kits will be available to students at a discounted rate.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. COVID safety precautions will be in place.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

Online: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic

with Les Conrad


Thursday, July 23, 2020   10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, July 28, 2020     10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Thursday, July 30, 2020    10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $60

This class is for all of you photographers who want to improve your photographs…and who doesn’t? Whether you are just beginning or deeply experienced, this class will help you to better understand Adobe’s popular photography editing program, Lightroom Classic.

All photographers need to organize, edit and share their photography. Lightroom can do it all (well almost all).This is a hands-on class. We will explore many of the most important tools in Lightroom. Key topics include but are not limited to Import, Organize and Rank photos, Basic and Intermediate Editing Tools, Lightroom workflow, Adding Watermarks and Exporting photos and much much more.

No experience with Lightroom Classic needed. Learning will be enhanced if you are able to use your computer with Lightroom Classic installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll provide sample images to work on.

This is live Zoom class, so you will able to interact with the instructor, Les Conrad. You will receive the Zoom invitation to join the class after you register and 24 hours before the start of class.

About the instructor: Les Conrad is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world. Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les turned his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes, with particular attention to the night sky. Les moved from the Twin Cities to Ely when he retired.

Les has many years of experience teaching beginning adult photographers including a two-day session at the International Wolf Center. He also presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors, MN. He knows how to simplify explanations using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

Book Release: The Shore’s Absolute Edge

with DyAnne Korda


RegisterThursday, July 23, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join DyAnne Korda at the book release party for her new poetry collection, The Shore’s Absolute Edge. She will present a spoken-word performance accompanied by guitarist Lisa Pugh. Music will follow.

Korda has been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review and is author of Path of Belonging, Finding the Lost Woman and This Earth Woman.

Here’s what others in artistic and nature professions are saying about The Shore’s Absolute Edge:

The Shore’s Absolute Edge is a fine accomplishment, many keen perceptions.”
Betsy Bowen, Woodcut Artist

“I am so enjoying The Shore’s Absolute Edge. It is really marvelous—so close to the earth. Meinrad Craighead would have loved these poems.”
Amy Dosser (Kellum), Film Producer, Praying with Images

“I allowed myself time to savor a small set of poems daily at quiet times. I felt at peace. The Shore’s Absolute Edge will be shared and it has a home near my books by Terry Tempest Williams, Linda Hogan and other women nature writers.”
Gigi Stafne, Director of Green Wisdom School of Natural & Botanical Medicine.

Author DyAnne Korda was awarded her second Individual Artist Grant through The Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust and an Artist Access Grant through the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to complete The Shore’s Absolute Edge. She has taught nature writing classes at the Ely Folk School for several years.

Create a Green Jasper Necklace

with Kay Vandervort


only 5 seats left

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

Make a beautiful necklace featuring a natural jasper stone enhanced with the brown and beige of jasper, but also a beautiful olive tint. You will learn about what cords and closures work well, and have a variety of complementary beads to work with in order to design a necklace that features your own personal style. No previous beading experience is required.

You will work from a kit that includes the materials needed to complete the project. A variety of beads and colors will be available to choose from, and additional kits will be available to students at a discounted rate.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. COVID safety precautions will be in place.

Online Live: Storytelling in Virtual Ely: Loss and Gain


Wednesday, July 29, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuition: Free 
Freewill donations greatly appreciated!

We are carrying on the tradition of True Stories From the Edge, begun by Julie Nester and Terry Cooper, bringing storytellers out of the woods to share bits of their lives and perspectives with all of usWe have come to know each other better, getting a glimpse into and appreciating the many-faceted beings that we are.

And now, via Zoom, we can welcome people from all over Minnesota and across the country.

We don’t have a new name yet, so throw in your suggestions.

We will continue to use the format guidelines based on the Moth Radio Hour and be online once a month until it is safe to gather in person once again.

Each evening will have a theme as a idea generator, but it’s not mandatory to stick to that theme. This month it is Loss and Gain. Bursting to tell a different story? We want to hear it! Tell a story about something you’ve lost and/or something you’ve gained.

Although this is a free class, you’ll need to register to receive the Zoom invitation, so sign up now and join us!

Coming up in August (so far!)

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