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Local Artist Teaches Art in the Park at Palisades Village Green

The Palisades community comes together for a collage-making event held at the Village Green.

The Palisades Village Green was transformed into an art studio Sunday as artist Patricia Purwin taught three workshops on how to make a collage.

“A couple of weeks ago we had a watercolor event and that was a huge success, so we decided to do another event with collages,” said Fred Zolan, vice president of the Palisades Village Green board of directors. “We do it to bring the community together and it’s all free.”

With the help of Purwin, the budding artists created their own collage by gluing images from magazines on top of a blown up photo of the Village Green.

“I think they’ll get an appreciation for visual organization,” Purwin said. “Because the images are already made, it’s more about creating relationships between images.”

Annette Sorensen, 11, said making the collage was really fun.

“I liked that you can get lots of random things that usually don’t go together and put them all in one picture,” she said. “In my collage, I have a Mexican man and some Indians looking through a telescope, so I made it look like they are looking at him.”

The Village Green will hold a "work party" on July 16 and volunteers are invited to come socialize while pulling weeds at the park. The Alper Kids Big Band will perform from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24 on the Green.

“We’ve really tried to turn this place around. There used to be nothing here, but now we have all these community events,” Zolan said. “We want the community to feel like this is their park to use and enjoy.”

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