To highlight the current “Branching Out: Taking Wing” exhibit at Waterfall Arts Belfast, artist Karen Jelenfy will hold a knit-in and give an artist’s talk Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Waterfall Arts is in the former city school building at 256 High St.

During the Branching Out mentoring program, Jelenfy worked with Katie Wolfrum on hand- knitted “nests” and watercolors. Jelenfy, owner of Village Books in Washington, describes herself as an artist, reader and obsessive knitter. She will discuss the “Taking Wing exhibit,” the mentoring process and “Swifts and Swallows,” the collaborative installation she and Wolfrum created.

Through the Branching Out program, Waterfall Arts pairs local youth with professional artists to work together to create art, inspiring each other in the process. In addition, each team is invited to make a public presentation of their work to a school or community group. Students gain experience in the creative collaborative process, hanging a show and public speaking, all essential skills for any professional artist.

Artists and knitters are invited to sit in the gallery, hear the talk, have a discussion and knit together. Those interested can try out simple 3-D knitting, with guidance from Jelenfy. Small amounts of interesting yarn will be provided. All levels of knitters are welcome, so bring your sticks.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.