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The Creative Edge Programs


See detailed program descriptions below after the schedule and registration policy.

Creative Arts Gathering—Pacific Grove, CA
Donald William Mathews Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec
1st Sat: 9 am-noon
Playing on the Edge—Sacramento, CA
Carol Mathew-Rogers 1st Sundays: 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Exceptions: September (Sept 10)/ no July, Aug
New sessions scheduled!
Saturdays before each Sunday session: 12:30-4:30 pm
Exceptions: No June, July, Aug
Women of a Certain Age: Befriending Fear—Sacramento, CA
Carol Mathew-Rogers 5 Tuesday evenings
Aug 29 - Sept 26, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Beyond The Words: Writing as a Transformational Practice—Sacramento, CA
Pia Spector
Summer/Fall Schedule:
Session 4: Six Tues Eve: July 18 - Aug 22, 2017
Session 5: Six Tues Eve: Oct 3 - Nov 14, 2017
All sessions 6:00-9:00 pm
Art Without Anxiety: Igniting your creative potential—Sacramento, CA
Carol Mathew-Rogers As scheduled
The Art of Healing with Soul Collage—Sacramento, CA
Karen Haas Date Change!
Saturday October 28, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mosaic Treasure Jars II—Sacramento, CA
Mary Dignan 2 Saturdays
Oct 28 & Nov 4, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm each day
Mosaic Mirrors—Sacramento, CA
Mary Dignan As scheduled


To honor the commitment of registrants and presenters we have a one-week registration deadline for all events unless otherwise noted. If the minimum number of registrants is not reached one week prior to an event, Creative Edge reserves the right to cancel the event. For events cancelled by Creative Edge, 100% of monies paid by registrant will be refunded.

You may cancel your registration for an event by its registration deadline and be refunded all but a 10% processing fee or $5 minimum. For cancellations after the registration deadline we regret we cannot offer refunds as the monies are already committed.

In order to expand the creative arts into the world, Creative Edge is always looking for facilitators who have introspective and creative workshops to offer in areas such as visual arts, music, storytelling and other creative opportunities. Partnering with us expands your program reach to the benefit of all our participants. For a facilitator application, or to suggest a workshop, please send an email to Carol@creative-edge.org.



The Creative Edge supports various programs and collaborative efforts in the Monterey and Sacramento areas where the creative process of individuals and groups are enhanced.

Donald Mathews, the organization founder, is available to advise or facilitate various interdisciplinary groups for special projects on the Monterey Peninsula. He provides information, inspiration and emotional support from his wide variety of experiences.

In the Sacramento area, Carol Mathew-Rogers is available to facilitate individual and group art experiences as well. Her newest outreach is taking art into hospital and medical centers. The Healing Arts Project provides patients and visitors a creative respite from the stress of waiting rooms and treatment centers by providing materials to decorate healing flags or other projects. This project is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Award Program of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission with support from the City and County of Sacramento.

Healing Arts Project flyer


The monthly Creative Arts Gathering is an inclusive public gathering seeking self-awareness and presence through a practice of contemplation, sharing creative efforts and mutual support. Our stories, dreams and artistic expressions of all kinds become a source of wisdom. This free informal group for all skill levels is for those interested in sharing their creative work and process from a personal point of view. Bring an image, poem, song, story, dance or other creative expression that intrigues you. The Monterey Group is facilitated by Donald Mathews.

Schedule:Meetings are held the first Saturday each month except July & August.
551 Gibson Ave, Apt CB-21, Pacific Grove, CA: 9 am till noon.


Give yourself the gift of time away from life's pressures by joining a supportive community of explorers who value artistic adventure and compassionate sharing. Playing on the edge means following one's curiosity and imagination with an open heart and playful attitude, no matter where it leads, trusting that the process will be one of discovery and simple appreciation. No art experience is needed. This workshop is open to men and women.

Delve into a different art medium each month, focusing on your intuitive creativity. An evocative poem will prompt your ideas, then you will create in a quiet atmosphere, and finish with the opportunity to share your art and experience with others.

2017 SUNDAY Schedule:
FIRST Sunday of every month
(except Sept, held on Sept 10 / no sessions July and August)
Sunday Dates: June 4, Sept 10, Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3

2017 SATURDAY Schedule:
Every Saturday before the Sunday sessions, except June, July, August
Saturday Dates: Sept 9, Sept 30, Nov 4, Dec 2, 2017

Saturdays and Sundays have the same themes. You are welcome to attend both.

Facilitator: Carol Mathew-Rogers, MA
Location: Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Fee: $20 per session, payable at the door, cash or check

Advanced reservations required by contacting facilitator at Carol@creative-edge.org or (916) 341-9563

Printable revised Playing On The Edge flyer

Exploring Wisdom, Creativity & Community Through Art (Sacramento)


"Fear is passion without breath." Dawna Markova

Fear can be a debilitating experience that stops you from living into your passion, or it can be an invitation to explore unknown territory with an open heart in order to embrace the totality of your life experience. Join this supportive group of women as we move closer toward what we habitually veer away from in order to shine light onto what holds us back from being our authentic, enthusiastic selves. Using expressive arts, writing and intimate discussion, we will seek to dispel the shadows of fear by inviting them into the hearth of our awareness. This isn't about completely dispelling all our fears, but about learning to live in conscious relationship with them in order to connect to trust, passion and delight.


Do you ever wish for:

  • Opportunities to reflect and gain insights into what is important to you?
  • More confidence about your own creativity?
  • Meaningful connection with other women?

The Women of A Certain Age workshops bring women together to deeply explore relevant life themes. We use art as a compassionate lens to focus fresh eyes on what we have experienced, allowing our spontaneous creations to enliven and inform us. In a circle of confidential sharing, we use poetry, journaling, and guided meditation to spark our imaginations before silently delving into various artistic media, always listening deeply to our inner wisdom. No art experience is necessary: only the willingness to playfully adventure with an open heart. New themes each cycle.

"Exploring...in this way was to take a step back from the hurry-hurry-busy-busy-ness of daily life and step into my personal center, explore and stretch a little, and grow into a stronger and more clear person." ES

Fall Schedule:
5 Tuesday Evenings: August 29 - Sept 26, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Facilitator: Carol Mathew-Rogers, MA
Location: Fair Oaks; Details upon registration
Fee: $130 + $30 materials (Flexible payment arrangements can be negotiated)

Printable revised Befriending Fear flyer

Registration:(On-line or check)To assure your space, you must register in advance. Deadline to register is Friday August 25, 2017.

Or send your check made out to "The Creative Edge" to 8822 Swallow Way, Fair Oaks CA, 95628.
Include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

Writing as a Transformational Practice (Sacramento):

  • Strengthen your unique writing voice!
  • Explore your creativity with words!
  • Receive positive feedback from others!

Join this easy-going group whose focus is to explore through the act of spontaneous writing. Each week your facilitator will offer several poetic or artistic prompts to jump start your creativity, and all you have to do is allow the words to appear in whatever form they take.

Every person, even those who don't think of themselves as "writers," has a strong, creative voice, and the sharing of each unique writing enhances the experience for everyone. This group provides a non-judgmental environment for exploration and learning.

"Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art - the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers."
      — Pat Schneider Writing Alone and With Others

This writing group of both men and women is based on the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) philosophy founded by Pat Schneider that everyone has a unique voice; everyone is born with creative genius; and that writing belongs to all people regardless of economic or educational level. A basic premise is that the sharing of writing can be done without damage to artistic self-esteem.


Session 4: Six Tues Evenings: July 18 - Aug 22, 2017
Session 5: Six Tues Evenings: Oct 3 - Nov 14, 2017
All sessions 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Facilitator: Pia Spector
Location: 34th and T Streets, Sacramento CA
Address and directions given upon receipt of registration
Fee: $70 payable in advance

Printable Writing flyer

Registration:(On-line or check) To assure your space, you must register in advance. Group size is limited.

Beyond The Words Writing Group Choices

Or send your check made out to "The Creative Edge" to 8822 Swallow Way, Fair Oaks CA, 95628.
Include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

ART WITHOUT ANXIETY: Igniting your creative potential (Sacramento):

  • Do you wish you could express your creative ideas without worrying about making great art?
  • Did you learn art techniques in classes but never seem to actually do art?
  • Would you like to be more creative in all areas of your life?

Creativity involves so much more than just learning new techniques and becoming comfortable with different materials. It can involve learning personal aspects of yourself and sharing your unique perspective with the world. Art is a wonderful way to process your thoughts, emotions and responses to life experiences. But if you never tap into this rich vein of inner wisdom, and let fear or worry about the end product stop you, your creative potential may never be realized.

This class is for anyone who longs to be more creative, yet feels blocked, scared or confused. In this group you will practice simple ways to tap into your unique point of view and exercise your curiosity about what you want to express. When you have appreciation and curiosity about your own life and other's, a door opens to imagination, inspiration and your soul's deeper longing. By successfully exploring and sharing your findings, you will begin to trust your own intuition. This strengthens your ability to think and act creatively in everything that you do.

Schedule: As Scheduled
Facilitator: Carol Mathew-Rogers, MA
Location: Sacramento
Bring your own bag lunch!


  • Let your chosen images reveal healing inner guidance!

In The Art of Healing you will be using the SoulCollage® process to tap into your intuition and creativity, stimulating deep healing and transformation. This gentle, yet deep self-care method invites and honors intuitive insights, stories and visions that are often outside of conscious awareness. You will make one or more “card(s)” - 5” x 8” pieces of art made from images you are drawn to, which grab hold of you and offer an array of feelings.

As creative beings, we are drawn to those things that speak to us, fill a need, give us joy, and feed our souls. It’s as if the images select you. Then you will have an opportunity to let your cards speak, listening deeply to discover their healing messages and inner guidance.  

Engaging in creativity can produce physical and emotional benefits for both the creator and those who observe the image. Non-artists longing to be creative appreciate that there is no wrong or right way in SoulCollage®; the process is simple, fun and profound. Anyone able to manage scissors and glue can create beautiful cards and enjoy sharing them with others.   

Saturday October 28, 2017, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Facilitator: Karen Haas
Location: Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (details upon registration)
Fee: $45 includes all materials

Printable Art of Healing flyer

Registration: (On-line or check) To assure your space, you must register in advance before Wednesday Oct 25!

Or send your check made out to "The Creative Edge" to 8822 Swallow Way, Fair Oaks CA, 95628.
Include your name, address, phone number, and email address.


  • Learn how to make one-of-a-kind treasure jars
  • Give as gifts or fill with your favorite treasure or treat

Treasure Jars are beautiful and unique containers that are perfect for gift giving and upscale storage. In this class you will learn from master mosaic artist Mary Dignan the techniques to design and make your own exceptional lids for small glass jars. These distinctive jars are made to be filled with treasures and trinkets, and look amazing lined up together on a shelf. If you often give gifts of homemade treats, these jars are ideal containers to make your gifts even more impressive. The first day you will design and glue your pattern, and on the second day you will grout and polish for a stunning, one-of-a-kind project.  

Schedule: 2 Saturdays: October 28 & November 4, 2017, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm each day
Facilitator: Mary Dignan. Learn more about Mary Dignan at: marydignan.com
Location: Downtown Sacramento area. Details upon registration
Fee: $60 includes materials
Bring your own bag lunch

Printable Mosaic Treasure Jars II flyer

Registration: (On-line or check) To assure your space, you must register in advance before Wednesday Oct 25!

Or send your check made out to "The Creative Edge" to 8822 Swallow Way, Fair Oaks CA, 95628.
Include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

MOSAIC MIRRORS (Sacramento):

Join artist Mary Dignan in creating personalized mosaic mirrors! In this three day limited enrollment program she will be sharing advanced techniques for three dimensional mosaic art, as well as giving tips specifically designed for working with mirrors.

Class participants are encouraged to bring materials significant to them: perhaps tiles or stained glass in a favorite color they want to work with, a special shell or pebble collection, a broken heirloom china piece or ceramic figurine, or costume jewelry. Additional materials will be provided.

Schedule: As scheduled
Facilitator: Mary Dignan
Location: Downtown Sacramento area. Details upon registration

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