Free workshop offers artists tips on reducing exposures to hazardous chemicals

‘Hidden Hazards in the Arts’ workshop set for May 29 in Seattle

 Artists can learn how to reduce exposures to potentially harmful chemicals by attending a “Hidden Hazards in the Arts” workshop, Thursday, May 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 3rd Ave. S., Seattle.

Dave Waddell, an environmental investigator and chemical hazards specialist with the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program will show workshop participants how art chemicals can be harmful, and how artists can reduce the exposure to potentially toxic chemicals.

Many products artists use can have an assortment of chemical compounds, and continued use of these chemicals can pose risks to an artist’s health; including reproductive harm, cancer, lung function, chemical sensitivity and neurological harm.

Workshop topics include avoiding exposures to toxic solvents in painting, encaustic and printmaking; hazardous metals in painting, ceramics, sculpture and glass working; selecting safer adhesives, cleaning studios without creating toxic dusts, ventilation design, financial assistance and safer alternatives.

“I attended a King County Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop, and there was so much information related to my personal art process and the materials I use —crucial new information to avoid exposure to toxins in the studio,” said Mark Calderon, a Seattle sculptor.

For more information on the Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop or to schedule a training, contact Waddell at 206-263-3069 or dave.waddell@kingcounty.gov.