Adults and kids will find fun and creative workshops, classes and camps at MECCA! Our wonderful collection of materials provides an abundant resource for all kinds of creative endeavors and is guaranteed to inspire creativity.
Valentine’s Day Crafting
Friday, February 9 · 3:30 – 5:30pm
Get ready to get creative and make heartfelt gifts for your loved ones, we’ll be making one-of-a-kind cards with collage and mixed media artist Marilyn Kent and upcycled jewelry with designer Mitra Gruwell. You’ll have access to a wide range of materials and tools to bring your creative ideas to life.
Share your love and appreciation through handmade treasures that will surely warm the hearts of your loved ones. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to create lasting memories and unique gifts for Valentine’s Day!
$10 donation requested, drop in anytime.
Introduction to Collage, for Teens (12-18)
Saturday, February 17 · 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location: MECCA: Materials Exchange Center for the Community Arts
Collage is a versatile art form that allows you to create unique and visually stunning compositions using a variety of materials. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of collage, including techniques for selecting and arranging materials, cutting and gluing, and creating visually appealing designs.
Teen Collage Artist and A3 student, Phoenix, will guide you through the process, providing helpful tips and tricks along the way. You’ll have the opportunity to experiment with different textures, colors, and shapes, allowing your imagination to run wild!
No prior experience is necessary – this workshop is perfect for beginners who want to explore their artistic side. All materials will be provided, so just bring your enthusiasm and creativity!
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn the art of collage and unleash your creativity. Sign up now to secure your spot!
BRICOLAGE: Everyday Saints and Guardians
Saturday, February 24 · 12 – 4pm, $50
Mixed media artist, Rogene Manas will show you how to create and collage your own Everyday Saint or Guardian. This is a fun, mixed media workshop, and all materials are provided. All abilities are welcome and encouraged.
As a teacher, Rogene loves to spark creativity in others. She likes to help students find a comfortable medium so they can grow and better develop their art skills without struggling. Many of her mixed media methods are inexpensive, flexible and forgiving which enables her students to relax in the process and experience success with their work. Rogene is a mixed media artist living in Eugene, Oregon. After years of being a graphic designer/illustrator, owning her own international card company and painting landscapes on the side, she made an abrupt change while spending winters in Mexico. After becoming enamored with the colorful, primitive and allegorical nature of folk art, she began making art from her inside world, rather than from the outside world. It quickly became a happy obsession and now she spends her days creating work from her own thoughts, feelings, emotions and personal stories.
She has developed and invented her own ways of making art using mixed media materials and assemblage techniques. She incorporates an air-dried clay called “paper clay” to make textural paintings and bas-relief artwork. She uses acrylic paints, mediums, and collage materials to finish her pieces.
BRICOLAGE: Collage Artist Trading Cards
Saturday, March 2 · 12 – 4pm, $50
Join us for a fun-filled event at MECCA: Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts in Eugene, OR. Get ready to unleash your creativity as we dive into the world of collage art and create our own trading cards. Whether you’re an experienced artist or just starting out, this event is perfect for everyone. Come and meet fellow artists, exchange ideas, and create unique trading cards that showcase your artistic style. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to explore the art of collage and connect with the local art community.
Taught by collage artist, Beth Robinson
All materials provided, but feel free to bring any special items from home if desired.
Introduction to Sewing
Friday, March 8 · 3:30 – 5:30pm. $50
Join us for this hands-on class where you can learn how to properly use your sewing machine! Whether you’re a complete beginner or just want to brush up on your skills, this is the perfect opportunity to get started. Designer and textile artist, Mitra Gruwell will guide you through the basics of sewing and walk you through how to best use your machine. You’ll also get to create a cute zippered pouch from materials found at MECCA.
From simple repairs to designing your own clothes, this event will provide you with the foundation you need to start your sewing journey. Or just get comfortable with your machine so you can confidently create your own designs and sew with greater ease.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn a valuable skill and connect with fellow sewing enthusiasts. Please bring your own sewing machine.
In order to ensure 1 on 1 instruction, we are limiting attendance to 6 people. So don’t miss this opportunity.
Free Mental Health Art Class
First Tuesdays of each month
4 – 5 pm
Each month we’ll offer a free art therapy class in partnership with NAMI, The National Alliance of Mental Illness. Classes are hands on and creative with focuses ranging from collage, mindfulness, visual journaling, and expressive arts. Classes are open to anyone in need of a creative outlet, all ages and abilities are welcome.
Space is limited.
Object Afterlife Art Challenge
Show Opening October 6th – Closes October 31st, 2023
With a mission to connect unwanted materials and fine art, participants are given a mystery box of materials, a MECCA gift certificate, and a few months to create. The resulting artworks exist in the space where artistic discovery and conservation meet, inspiring us all to think differently about the materials we may consider waste. The exhibit opens in October in the MECCA gallery. 2023 applications have closed.
Art by Cindy Clair, the mystery material is glass scrap
Create Something Day
Dec 2 from 12-4
One of our favorite events for kids (and kids at heart) is our annual Create Something Day event. Each holiday season we come together in our community art studio to make gifts for friends and loved ones. The activities change each year, but we’ll always create MECCA Monsters, one-of-a-kind stuffed creatures made from fabric remnants and funky bits and pieces.
Need a place to create? Looking for inspiration? Our studio is located in the MECCA store and is always open during open hours. It is open to the public and is pay-by-donation. We suggest $3-$5/hour per person. Studio fees include space, supplies, and anything from our pay-what-you-can section. Supplies from the main store can be purchased separately.
Studio space is available on a drop-in basis. However, if you are with a group or will need extra room, please give us a call at 541-302-1810.
Have a creative kiddo or group of friends and looking for a creative place for a gathering or party? We host birthday parties for kids and gatherings for creative adults. We’ll come up with a project based on your interests or you can tell us what you want to make and we’ll go from there.
Parties cost $175 for two hours and include instruction, supplies, and a project to take away. Food isn’t included but you’re welcome to bring treats from home.
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