We are organizing another Art-A-Thon for June 26th! Our event in March to raise money for Haiti was a big hit, so we are putting on another one to raise money in response to the oil spill crisis in the Gulf. Even by conservative estimates, the recent spill has surpassed the Exxon Valdez disaster by gushing more than 18 million gallons into the Gulf. Due to this devastating occurrence, beaches and sea life are at risk. All proceeds will be given to the National Wildlife Federation and their efforts to help wildlife impacted by the spill.
We will be setting up in the parking lot outside of our retail store on Wake Forest Rd. Artists will paint during their shift, and then the pieces they create will be raffled off. Tickets will be sold for $5, or 5 tickets for $20. Come out for a chance to win your favorite piece(s)!
To see How NWF is Helping Wildlife Impacted by the BP Oil Spill Please visit their web site: http://www.nwf.org/
Congratulations on your First Place Ribbon in the show at Sodu Gallery, 1100 Duval Street, Key West, FL! Cindy Meyer - "Beach Retreat" - Mixed Media Art Quilt. AWESOME. I'll post an image once I get one from her...
Here is a photo I took from inside my studio Friday morning on the way out. Now, I didn't go cleaning up or anything, so be nice:
I was on my way to teach Creative College Techniques to some of the girls at Cypress of Raleigh. Here's a photo of the gals working hard:
Next, a shout out congratulations to Emily, my niece on her graduation from college! With honors, I might add...I'm sure she'll have plenty of photos up on Facebook soon.
Another congrats is in order for Christina and Harry on the announcement of their engagement! The party was a blast yesterday. Lots of fabulous food, cold beer and fun friends. Thanks!
Posted below are some of my weekend projects.
My new collages (these are both 9 x 12 and on Ampersand's Claybord):
And some painted fabric:
Well, that's it for now! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Whew wee! So much has been experienced since my last post! Let me tell you what...
Cindy Lou had her birthday on May 5th, so she had to endure the birthday song phone call I give to all my loved ones! You know, maybe they just set the phone down for a while. I'm not sure!
I also experienced hot yoga for the first time with some of the girls from work. Wow, now if you're lookinig for an invigorating and cleansing experience, you must try. Very interesting to say the least...
Friday the 7th I offered a mini workshop at a retirement community: "Making Your Own Stamps for Embellishment!" We had a great time and I will return on May the 21st for "Creative Collage Techniques".
Here are two of my students:
We celebrated Mothers Day over at JP and Carol's house and had a great day in the pool! Perfect with all the kids and Moms! Thanks to everyone, especially our hosts. It always warms my heart when we get together.
Cindy (on the right) and me on the left...
Zach and Francheska
Chillin by the pool:
Our chef of the day, JP
Cindy and I had a great time relaxing in the beginning of the week, shopping, getting our nails done and doing "girl stuff". It's always fun hanging out with my big sister when she's in town!
Later on in the week, my Uncle Dick arrived from Wisconsin for a visit and also Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch arrived for her workshop at the store.
Here's Uncle Dick out at the farm
Patricia and me at Jerry's during the workshop
It was especially crazy juggling work and fun for the next four or five days, but it was FABULOUS! I tend to mix business and pleasure quite a bit, as I spend so much time at work, but I'm doing what I love, so it's all good! It was great having Trish in town for the encaustic class.
Trish showing some of the encaustic techniques from her book:
Here's Trish signing books:
Oh boy, she was teaching some fun new techniques...my addiction continues! Now I just need to find a way to incorporate all my art techniques and loves together. Quite the challenge, but again, life is very very good to me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We also celebrated Jaime's third birthday. She's so adorable...
Here she is with her mom, Amber
Well folks, that's it for now. I've been doing laundry all morning so I can justify spending the rest of the day in the studio! Yipee. Oh, and the deck is almost done, so I'll post more photos soon.
Today is a bit gloomy out there, but in here, life is good! There are lots of great things happening in my life and I'm very thankful for each one. May is going to be another busy and fun packed month, so I'm really looking forward to it. We just celebrated Joe's mom's 80th birthday on May 2. She's such a spunky one! I'm trying to figure out where she gets her zest of life, so we can package it up. Here is a picture of Marge (aka Maxine) and her very first birthday cake:
My sister is heading up this way and should be here Friday! Yipee! Then we'll be celebrating Mothers Day on Sunday. We'll have all the Moms and all the kids and the whole family together. Yeh! I love spending time at the farm. It makes my heart feel so good...Eat, drink and be merry! The classic combination.
Wednesday is Cindy's birthday, so Happy Birthday to you Cindy Lou!
Here's a photo of Cindy at Christmas last year.
Friday I am doing a mini workshop at Cypress of Raleigh. It's just a 2 hour class at a local retirement community. It should be fun! Then next week, Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch will be at Jerry's Artarama for a fabulous encaustic workshop! Can't wait for that one!
I'm an artist, event coordinator, wife, mom and friend. I love living a creative life. My passion is to learn something new each day, then to share what I know with others. "Life is Good" and I am very thankful!