published Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Shakerag lectures feature writers Frasier, Meacham - June 8-14

The Shakerag Workshops, a series of studio art programs for adults, will be held the next two weeks, June 8-14 and June 15-21, on the campus of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, 290 Quintard Road, Sewanee, Tenn.

Interspersed with the weeklong classes on book arts, digital arts, clay, papermaking, felting, watercolor and the like will be free public lectures by visiting artists each Wednesday. Each program starts at 7:30 p.m. CDT in McCrory Hall, followed by a reception in the St. Andrew's-Sewanee Gallery honoring the lecturer and the Shakerag faculty artists.

For more information, visit www.shakerag.org or call 931-598-5651, ext. 3165.

Wednesday, June 11: Debra Frasier will speak about the creative process and what she calls the "Country of Lost."

"When your life demands continual creative solutions and the empty white page looms again, there are going to be moments of feeling lost: for ideas, for direction, for the right path," she explains.

After 25 years of creating award-winning picture books, including "Spike" and "On the Day You Were Born," Frasier has invented practices that help navigate that landscape of doubts and questions. Her presentation, described as "practical, passionate and contagiously inventive," is meant to help expand and inspire creative process techniques in others.

Wednesday, June 18: Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham, a Chattanooga native, will speak on the art of writing.

His latest book, "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," was a New York Times best-seller that was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly and other outlets. He received the Pulitzer Prize for "American Lion," his best-selling 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson. He is also the author of New York Times best-sellers "Franklin and Winston" and American Gospel.

Executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, Meacham is a contributing editor to Time magazine, a former editor of Newsweek and has written for The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. He is a regular contributor on "Meet the Press," "Morning Joe" and "Charlie Rose."

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