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Maria Geary

Maria Geary

Maria Geary is a mixed media and fiber artist based in Durham who works to explore the relationships between lived experiences and current society issues. A ‘creative inspirationalist’, her creative practice and business Relaxing In Art, is a word play of her nickname, ‘Ria.  It serves as a

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Just For Me!


Program Description

This residency is full of play!  Students will have the opportunity to learn the Japanese Stab Binding technique to create a 10 page journal that they can call their own.  This program connects great with English and Visual Arts Programming.

Day 1: Setting Sail – Creating Your Art Journal.

In our first session, students will craft their own unique art journal to accompany them on their artistic


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Subject: Literacy, Other, Visual Arts
Population Served Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Please contact Maria Geary to book preferred dates.

Available times:

Monday – Friday 7:00 – 4:30 PM; Afterschool hours:  3:30 – 6PM

Length of :Program Residencies require 60-90 minutes each day
Space / technical requirements:

Classroom or art environment with large tables and chairs and reasonable proximity to water source.


School classroom or activity club (ex:  Boys and Girls Club)

Fees / Ticketing:

Residency:  5 days for $1950 – $2100*

Additional fees:

—$15 charge for additional students over the count of 25 to cover additional materials

*Grades 4-8 will have pre-punched sewing holes / Grades 9-12 will be required to create sewing holes using provided awl.


NC Standard Course of Study:

Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression.

Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processes, safely and appropriately.

Grades 6-8): Analyze the potential outcome of positive stress management techniques

(Grades 9-12): Create positive stress management strategies.

NC Essential Standards:


    • Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.



    • Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


  • Gallery 1 - Maria Geary
  • Gallery 2 - Maria Geary
  • Gallery 3 - Maria Geary
  • Working Hands


  • Creating a simple art journal page.


Anne Gregory, Artist

Sharon Griffith, Ed.D., NBCT –
Secondary Literacy Integration Specialist, Durham Public Schools

Myra Stotesbury – Northern High School Art Teacher

Cancellation Policy

A minimum fee of $100 will be charged for program cancellation if not cancelled within 15 business days of contracted date.  If supplies were purchased in preparation for the program, the contracting party will be required to reimburse for all materials purchased.