Coastal Douglas Arts and Business Alliance (CDABA) is once again sponsoring classes, demonstrations, and other art and business related activities through its Art Academy.


Instructor and English teacher Alexis Parrick will guide students through the creative writing process by issuing various challenges to encourage students to produce a short story each week. Assistance with technical writing skills, as well as good storytelling, will be shared. Classes will be held every Monday at the Reedsport Public Library, 395 Winchester Ave., beginning March 16 and running through April 27, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. One-time registration fee of $5 and $10 per class. Participate in all classes or as desired.


Play with paper and miscellaneous craft supplies once a week in these fun and creative classes. Instructor Alexis Parrick will offer a different project each week. Examples include origami and masks. Suitable for children 10 and older, as well as adults, and all skill levels. This would be an especially good class for families. Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Bring your own supplies or purchase a kit from Alexis. Classes will be held every Friday at the Reedsport Public Library, 395 Winchester Ave., beginning March 20 and running through May 1, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. One-time $5 registration fee and $5 per class. Take them all or as desired.


Grow in your appreciation of music by exploring different kinds (genres) and interpreting them through movement. Barbara Massey-Nino, a professionally-trained musician, will lead a series of seven classes that include background information and class discussion of the music, as well as low impact dance movements. Learn about a wonderful subject, listen to some beautiful music and get a little physical exercise, too. Genres include folk, country, jazz, rock, classical, world and other.

Classes will be held at the Presbyterian Church, 2360 Longwood Drive, beginning March 18 and will continue through April 29, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing.

Register for the whole series of classes prior to March 18 at a cost of $25. After March 18, classes may be attended for a cost of $5 per class. Attend all the classes or as you can. Suitable for all ages 14 and up.


Join local artists Matt Belk and discover new areas of artistic expression.

Matt will share his own techniques and the working creativity exercises he’s developed over many years to help students explore drawing and mixed media through mark making. Matt’s 1 ½-hour class is being offered on Saturday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m.; or Wednesday, March 25, at either 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per class. Classes will be held at Mindpower Gallery, 417 Fir Ave., Reedsport. Bring whatever drawing supplies you have available, as well as paper or other materials to draw on. All skill levels are welcome, as well as all ages. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Check out Matt’s work on his website


Local chainsaw competitor Ellie Kelland will share the basics of log carving for those beginners interested in the process. Safe work habits, equipment use, required tools, basic rough shaping and finishing techniques are examples of subjects covered by the class. Students will work on their choice of bear, cannon or mushroom.

Meet at 542 Fir Ave., next to the Orca Gallery, on Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Please wear sturdy shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Bring safety glasses if you have them.

For more information or to register, contact Theresa Chickering at or at 541-271-4608.

Each class has a minimum number of students required in order for the class to take place. Early registration is recommended.