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Jan. 3, 2013

Free workshops on hidden hazards in the arts

Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County sponsors series that show how to find safer, less-toxic materials


Artists and art educators can learn safe storage, disposal and safer chemical alternatives at four, free “Hidden Hazards in the Arts” workshops – coming soon to Seattle, and sponsored by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

The workshops are designed for artists and art educators to help them produce vibrant art while protecting themselves, their families and the environment from toxic, corrosive and flammable chemicals.

Three workshops are hosted by 4Culture, at 101 Prefontaine Pl. S., Seattle (

  • Chemical hazards in jewelry, metalsmithing, and printmaking (especially intaglio), Thursday, Jan. 10, noon-2 p.m. 
  • Chemical hazards in painting (aerosol spray paint, oil, water, acrylic), encaustic, pastels and adhesives (fixatives, glues, pastes), March 14, 6-8 p.m.
  • Chemical hazards in studio glass (glass blowing, slumping, fusing, grinding, etching and polishing), May 9, noon-2 p.m.

Additionally, Gage Academy of Art ( is hosting a “Hidden Hazards in the Studio” workshop for those who paint, draw or sculpt, Jan. 24, 12:30–1:30 p.m., at 1501 10th Ave. E., No. 101, in the Geo Studio, third floor.

Anyone interested in hosting a workshop or with a suggested workshop topic should contact Dave Waddell, Art Chemical Hazards Project Coordinator, at 206-263-3069, or

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program is a partnership of local governments including Seattle, King County, the suburban and other cities in King County, working together to manage hazardous wastes and protect health and the environment. Visit us at