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First Friday in Downtown Tehachapi - 5 to 8 p.m., July 7

First Friday


Ghoulie Line up - Photo submitted by Christi Friesen

Treasure Trove featuring artist Christi Friesen

On Friday Evening, July 7, Tehachapi Treasure Trove will celebrate First Friday from 5-8 p.m. A make and take to bake experience has been scheduled with Christi Friesen, internationally known polymer clay artist and author of a number of polymer Clay how to books. Come join Christi and have some fun making a glow-in-the-dark ghoulie to take home and bake. Christi will supply the materials. Enjoy our usual food, wine, good conversation and laughter along with music by Art Larsen on clarinet.

Christi Friesen is an award-winning artist, who works in mixed media. Her work has been showcased in numerous books, magazines and exhibits. She is the author of over a dozen how-to books on creating with polymer clay. She teaches throughout the world, using humor and positive energy to encourage students to stretch their creativity, technical skills and artistic confidence

According to Christi "It seems to me that one of the joys in life is to be interested. Interested in what you do, interested in what surrounds you, interested in what you experience. Creating interests me. And I find joy in creating things that are interesting to look at."

Christi and her husband moved to Tehachapi in 1988. They purchased their house in Stallion Springs when her children were very young. In addition to Christi's polymer clay, they are the owners of 'Hachapi Tees and have raised two children and one grand child here in Tehachapi.

"Meandering Bloom" Photo provided.

Christi had worked with fired clay sculpture for years before moving to Tehachapi but did not move her kiln with her. When she decided that it was time to start being creative again, Karen Lewis introduced her to polymer clay. She purchased some clay and a book and started to play. The rest is history. She started teaching, published magazine articles, then books. She soon found her talent in demand and for the past 10 years has become a world traveler conducting workshops around the globe. Christi will be teaching a workshop here at the Treasure Trove on July 8.

For additional information call (661) 822- 6794 or website at or our face book page at The Treasure Trove has 55 vendors on commission in addition to an extensive line of arts and craft supplies, artist services, yarn, books, music related merchandise and more.


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