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Beauty for Ashes — Collage Workshop with Artist Marianne Lettieri

Sat 10.21.23 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM CDT

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In this dynamic workshop, Marianne Lettieri will show us how to create a bound book of collages made out of castoff materials rescued from libraries, interior designers, textile mills, and artist studios. Visual artists, writers, and musicians of all levels are welcome to attend. You will start with loose blank pages. Materials and writing tools will be supplied. By the end, you will have crafted your own bound artist’s book to take home and display.

Marianne brings energy and joy to her work and instruction. Her first career was in professional marketing; she acknowledged mid-life that she felt called to artmaking and established her second career creating pieces that feature used, found, natural, and recycled materials. In her work, she seeks to transform the discarded and cast off into something evocative of the radically redemptive nature of God. Her work is abstract, whimsical, powerful, and compelling.

This 6-hour experience will include food (bakery and beverages, plus lunch) as well as your art supplies and instruction. While it is not necessary for your participation, you are welcome to bring supplies from home, including scissors, xacto knife, cutting mat, gel media, white glue, or various types of paper. We will have many supplies on hand at Upper House.


$40 Adults

$20 Students

Workshop Leader

Marianne Lettieri is a visual artist whose work explores shifts in cultural values associated with everyday objects and historical artifacts. She is interested in the interconnectedness of people and communities through time and the shared human desire to remember.

She holds an MFA in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University and a BFA in Drawing and Printmaking from University of Florida. Her solo exhibitions include Arts Fort Worth (Fort Worth, TX), Museum of Quilts and Textiles (San Jose, CA), Museum of Craft and Design (San Francisco, CA), Facebook Headquarters (Menlo Park, CA), and Doug Adams Gallery of the Badè Archaeology Museum (Berkeley, CA).

Numerous books and art journals have featured her work, including Placemaking and the Arts by Jennifer Allen Craft (IVP, 2018); Art-Making Collections & Obsessions by Lynne Perrella (2010), Image Journal, SEEN Journal, Sand Hill Review, and Ruminate Magazine.

She has been awarded artist residencies from Rensing Center (Pickens, SC), Art for Change (New Delhi, India), Center for Arts and Religion Education (Berkeley, CA), and Cubberley Artist Studio Program (Palo Alto, CA). In 2017 SVCreates recognized her with an Artist Laureate Award for achievement in the arts and contribution to the cultural life of Silicon Valley. She currently lives in Granbury, Texas. Learn more at






Sat 10.21.23
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM CDT
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