Silk Scarf Workshop Offered At Audubon

“Silk Scarves, Natural Dyes, and Pounded Leaves,” a seminar that will teach attendees to create wearable art with a nature theme. will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary.

The seminar will be led by Kathleen Tenpas, an area poet, photographer and fiber artist.

Tenpas will give a mini-lecture on how she used natural dyes to prepare the silk scarves for this workshop. Then participants will take a stroll through the Ted Grisez Arboretum to collect leaves for their projects. After returning to the classroom they will transfer color from the leaves to their scarves and learn how to fix that color.

A resident of Clymer with a master’s degree in creative writing from the MacGregor School of Antioch University, Tenpas has written for the Dave’s Garden and All Things Plants websites and the Jamestown Audubon Society. Her photographs have been displayed at Jamestown Community College, the Patterson Library and the Wright Gallery at the Arts Council for Chautauqua County. One of her fiber pieces was part of last year’s Women Create exhibit in Jamestown’s 3rd on 3rd Gallery.

Participants will need to dress for the weather for a brief walk outside and are welcome to bring leaves from home and a hammer.

Class size is limited, and the fee is $35 or $30 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations with payment are required by Monday, Sept. 16, by calling 569-2345 or using the online by clicking through the Program Listing at

Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, the Holmberg Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation and the Johnson Foundation.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. For more information, call 569-2345 or visit