Making as Consolation: Advent Art with Melanie Mowinski

December 2, 2022

Join artist Melanie Mowinski at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield on Thursday, Dec. 8, 9:30-11 a.m. or Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4:30-6 p.m. for Making as Consolation.  Both events are free and open to the public. Advance registration requested via

During Making as Consolation, Mowinski will hold space for quiet creation, where making becomes a place of comfort and joy, during this very busy holiday season. Bring your own project to work on or make something from the provided collage and drawing materials. No artistic background is required to attend. 

Making as Consolation evolved out of Mowinski’s daily collage practice during Advent that led to her book “Collage Your Life.” In “Collage Your Life” Mowinski teaches a variety of core techniques and provides dozens of prompts to jumpstart the creative process and encourage makers to explore the versatility of collage. Inspiring examples of the author's work along with that of other collage artists are featured throughout.

Melanie Mowinski is a professor of art at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She holds an MFA from the University of the Arts and an MAR in Religion and the Visual Arts from Yale University. She has maintained a daily practice of collage and creating with paper for more than 10 years.

About Zion
Zion Lutheran Church 74 First St Pittsfield MA 01201

Never Perfect. Always Beloved. Always Being Made New.

Zion is a vibrant and active faith community, providing a beautiful and accessible gathering place for not just a church, but farmer's markets, performing arts groups, yoga classes, nonprofit meetings, and neighborhood through our Common Room rental space. 

Organized in 1859, Zion Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest theologically-progressive Lutheran body in the United States.

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