In the second workshop of the season at Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center, Rosie Bensen will lead participants through the creative realm of nature journaling on Friday, July 17, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Pemaquid Beach is the perfect setting for inspiring the handcrafting of journals and filling them with art and words. Participants will construct simple journals using an assortment of papers, fibers and found materials and will spend time exploring books and journals that illustrate a variety of responses to nature. The group will then wander and observe the rich treasures of the Pemaquid seascape or sit in peaceful meditation, listening to the music of birds, surf, and breezes. Participants will be encouraged to combine words with art, using pencils, drawing pens, watercolor pencils, found objects, sand and salt. All materials will be provided. All ages are welcome, but children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult. The workshop is free, but donations are welcome. Participants must pay the Town’s admission fee to Pemaquid Beach Park.

Bensen is an author/teacher/artist who brings a collage of experience to her art and writing sessions. She taught art as a way to get into writing both privately and in schools. She also has worked as a studio potter and writes stories for children as well as poetry. Her published books include two mysteries, No Laughing Matter and A Secret Silver Lining.

Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center is a collaboration between the Pemaquid Watershed Association and the Bristol Parks and Recreation Commission. To reach the Center from Damariscotta, take the Bristol Road (State Rte 130) about 12 miles. Take the first right about 50 yards after the Fire Department (and just before Hanna’s Store) onto Snowball Hill Road. Travel 9/10ths of a mile. At the bottom of the hill, on the left, there is a sign for the entrance to Pemaquid Beach Park. Workshop participants should gather in the community room on the right side of the Park pavilion building.

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