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Creative Spirits Gallery is located withing West Linn Lutheran Church, 20390 Willamette Drive, West Linn.

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Creative Spirits Gallery invites the public to attend a free workshop taking place from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at West Linn Lutheran Church.

The workshop will be hosted by poet and photographer Tara K. Shepersky, curator of the online Florilegia Project, and focuses on the sacred reading practice, which Shepersky describes as "reading and pondering, of conversing with literature by pulling out the phrases that 'sparkle,' removing them from their original context into a new one.

Fresh meaning may be discovered in this aggregation of sparklets, their conversation with each other — ideas they generate, questions or beauties or conundrums they create."

The florilegia-inspired workshop is designed to jumpstart one's creativity in poetry, photography or the medium of one's choice.

"We'll create found poems, original poems in response to our sparkling phrases, and/or photographs combining literature and nature," Shepersky said.

All ages from high school on up are welcome to participant. Attendees are asked to bring a camera (mobile phones are fine), a notebook and any sparkling phrases encountered. Materials and snacks will be provided.

To reserve a seat in the free workshop email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The workshop is limited to 20 people.

Creative Spirits Gallery is located within West Linn Lutheran Church at 20390 Willamette Drive, West Linn. The gallery currently is exhibiting "Thin Places," which includes a community art piece called "The Florilegia Project."

Other artists included in the exhibit are photographers Dayle Askey and Donna Hertzfeldt-Kamprath.

The exhibit is available for viewing through Nov. 23, open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays until noon.

Pieces are available for sale.

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