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The annual artVenture celebrates creativity and collaboration by matching small groups of Girl Scouts with local artists. Together, they create art from conception to completion for the artVenture auction, coming up Sunday, April 27, from 3-5 p.m. at Lincoln Station Great Hall.

The auction is open to the public, and all proceeds benefit Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.

Through this project, girls learn a new art medium or technique, work closely with an artist (usually in their studio) and get to know other girls interested in the same art form. Most girls also make a small art piece to take home as a keepsake.

One artist’s collaborative experience

On Jan. 22, a group of 16 Girl Scouts ages 8-12 met with artist Carrie Strope Sohayda to create collaborative artworks in fused glass for artVenture. After a brief introduction to working with glass safely, the girls worked in groups of four to create their artworks inspired by master painters Wassily Kandinsky, Claude Monet, Paul Klee and Vincent Van Gogh.

Using the four paintings as a starting point, the girls bounced ideas around for how to transcribe their vision into glass. Parent helpers kept the work areas well organized and safe, and staffed the “crushing station,” where girls created their own custom “frit” (crushed glass) mixes. Using the crushed glass like paint, the girls covered their canvases of 11- by 14-inch clear glass in colors.

After finishing their collaborative works, the girls each created two sun catchers using similar techniques. At the end of the night, the girls helped clean up their workstations, and the glass was moved to the kiln for two firings. The first firing transformed the clear glass bases and the frit into one piece of glass. Then, Sohayda inspected the pieces and added stained glass paint accents to the girls’ designs. After the pieces were painted, they revisited the kiln for another 12 hours to permanently set the paint.

The finished fused glass pieces are on display at Architectural Glassarts, 4025 S. 48th St., until the artVenture auction on April 27.

Sohayda is a glass artist and educator who travels to teach workshops internationally. Learn more at her web site:

In addition to collaborating with girls, local artists donate their own artworks to the artVenture auction and receive up to 50 percent of the proceeds. Auction tickets are $20 each.

This year’s artVenture Leadership Committee includes Macala Hoffschneider, chair, and members Nancy L. Dyas, Jennifer Klein, Nicki Klein, Sue O’Connell and Lisa Witt.

For more information

Girls Scouts Spirit of Nebraska thanks all of the corporate and individual sponsors who help make artVenture possible, and thanks the collaborating and donating artists for sharing their love of art with Girl Scouts. For more information on artVenture, contact Jenny Cardwell, vice president of fund development, at or 402-875-4345.

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Council is the largest girl-serving organization in the state with over 23,000 members. Girl Scouts is open to all girls ages 5-17 and values diversity and inclusiveness. Through Girl Scouts, girls learn to discover their world and their values, connect with those around them through understanding and empathy, and take action to better their world. For information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, call 877-447-5558, extension 201, or see


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