Category Archives: Elsah Cort

Making Handmade Paper: a fun art workshop in July

Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 10-4 pm
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Taught by Elsah Cort at her studio in Three Rivers

This workshop will introduce you to making paper, using various materials including recycled paper, dried plant materials, flower petals, and scraps of this and that. We will learn about the process of simple paper-making, producing paper that can be used for other art projects such as collage, or simply as an artwork in itself. We will make our own moulds and deckles, the screened frames used to make paper. Using blenders, we will make our paper batches and learn how to include color and other materials to add texture and interest. It’s a slightly messy process, so wear comfortable work clothes. Bring a sack lunch. We will work inside and outside, enjoying the natural panorama of the Sierra Nevada foothills and meadows.

Registration fee is $75.
Personal checks, MC, VISA and Discover accepted.
Call 559-561-4671 to register.

Fee includes all papermaking materials—frames and screening for making mould and deckle, vat tray, sponge, paper scraps and flower petals. Blender will be provided for use by everyone. You can also bring your own flowers petals, paper scraps and other inclusion materials. A list will be provided upon registration.

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Elsah Cort: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“Collage is the medium I celebrate and immerse myself in, as an artist–for my work, and my life. Everything seems to want to try to synergize with something else. About fifteen years ago, I started cutting images and phrases from magazines, and produced my first individual collages into small blank cards. I called the cards the “it could be art” series. Embracing the title of artist found reluctance in me, but art itself has never abandoned me, no matter what resistance I have felt for it. Art is a part of every moment, whether we can see it or not. Art is the natural expression of a human be-ing.

I love to paint mandalas, using watercolor pencils or acrylic on canvas. Mandala is the Sanskrit word for “sacred circle”. I have been making mandalas as a meditative art practice for over twenty-five years.

One day when I was looking for a name for my artwork collection, I opened the book, Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh, to the page that described the Sanskrit word parayana, meaning “The Other Shore” and I said yes, this is it. The Other Shore ‘…represents the realm of no-birth, no-death, and no suffering…We cannot talk about it, we cannot conceive it…The true teaching is that the other shore is this very shore…’ ”

Website:  elsahcort.com



[images © Elsah Cort]

Making Hand-Made Paper Workshop on April 30

Workshop sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers

April 30, 2011 from 10-4 pm
Taught by Three Rivers artist, Elsah Cort and held at her Three Rivers studio

This workshop will introduce you to making paper, using various materials including recycled paper, dried plant materials and scraps of this and that.  We will learn about the process of simple paper-making, producing paper that can be used for other art projects such as collage, or simply as an artwork itself.  We will make our own moulds and deckles, the screened frames used to make paper. Using blenders, we will make our paper batches and learn how to include color and other materials to add texture and interest.  It’s a slightly messy process, so wear comfortable work clothes.  Bring a sack lunch.  We will be working inside and outside, enjoying the springtime panorama.

Suggested materials to bring with you:

1. Wear old clothes or bring an apron.
2. Bring 2-4 old towels and a sponge.
3. Collect scraps of paper, junk mail, colored paper, pressed flowers, dried or fresh flowers, dried leaves, glitter, kitchen herbs, things to add to your paper pulp.

Required materials to bring with you:

1. Two old wooden picture frames or 2 canvas stretcher frames, both the same size, no larger than 8X10 (screening will be provided by me to make the paper frames, called mould and deckles).
2. A cat litter box to be used for paper pulp batches. I have found these work well.
3. Old cotton material (sheets, pillow cases work well) that will be torn into pieces the same size as your frames, or some felt to cut into the same sizes.
NOTE: if you want to buy a professional mould and deckle or paper-making box, you can get kits from Arnold Gummer. They run between $40-75.

Limited enrollment space of 6 for this workshop, so sign up early. Registration fee, if you sign up before April 16, 2011: $75 for non Arts Alliance members; $45 for Arts Alliance members. Add $20 to registration fee after April 16, 2011. Additional fee of $15 for materials, only if you wish all materials to be supplied for you. Refund will be given minus $25 administration fee, for cancellation if made by April 16th.

Call 559-561-4671 for more information. Download registration form here.

To join the Arts Alliance, download membership form here. Dues are $20, giving you membership through the calendar year.

Studio Tour 9 Photo Essay #1

In the Studios with the artists of STUDIO TOUR 9, held on March 19-20-21, 2010.

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Anne Haxton: light sculpture
Anne was the featured artist for STUDIO TOUR 9.


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Rick Badgley: handcrafted furniture

Rick Badgley's Studio, enjoying Stickley chairs

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Carole Clum: clay and metal sculpture

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Elsah Cort: collage, photography, mixed media

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Nikki Crain: handweaving

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James Entz: sculptural paintings

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Aranga Firstman: collage, water based mixed media

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Photos by Marion Hultgren and Elsah Cort, all rights reserved.

Meeting the Studio Tour Artists: Elsah Cort

Elsah Cort
collage, mixed media, watercolor, acrylic, photography, healing arts

website elsahcort.com
blog elsahcort.wordpress.com

“Collage is the medium I claim as an artist.
I have lived in Three Rivers, California since 1977.  I came here often as a child in the 1950’s and later as an adult to visit my grandmother, aunt and uncle who lived here.
I am the founder and the organizer of the Three Rivers Biennial Artists’ Studio Tour, started in 1994.
Forty years ago, I graduated from nursing school in Atlanta.  Once a nurse, always a nurse. Reluctantly.
As a teacher and facilitator for The Deeper Well, I guide retreats about authentic work and moving beyond burnout (with CE’s for California and Nevada nurses).
Early each morning I write a 140 character burnout blip on twitter first @burnoutblip then again @thedeeperwell.  This practice was started on February 19, 2009, to get me writing (…now several blogs later.)
I also offer what is now called, life coaching, sessions for burnout processing.
Cort Cottage Bed and Breakfast is the private guest cottage I have hosted since 1986, near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  It is located 4 miles from the main entrance to the Park.
I have practiced craniosacral work since 1998, and also feng shui (the other side of the same energy work coin.) This work has profoundly changed my life.
I love to share ideas.  My friends say I talk a lot.  I was born this way, just can’t help it much.
I am now living the second half of my life-collage.”



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How to get Studio Tour tickets…earlybird price until March 5.