My last post ( 3 1/2 months ago) was about ringing in the new year and here it is already mid-April! The weather is a perfect 70 something outside, and I’ve just come in from working in the studio’s front garden for the first time.
Would love to make a bigger show of plants there this year. Yes, hope springs eternal! But this is the time of year when project ideas pile up and it is sometimes hard to stick to a plan. I started today with some weeding and just a few flowering annuals. Will try to add more next week, but I might easily get distracted. There’s a lot going on!
It’s been a busy few months in the studio since the new year began. Lots of painting sessions, kids’ arts and crafts, needle felting, figure sculpture, our first Exploring Collage class, and of course, several mosaic workshops with Candace Clough. Our newest mosaic offering, Mixed Media Mosaic, happened in early March and had a record-breaking number of participants, 15! Our very own March Madness! Everyone loved designing a tree out of every sort of glass, tile, cloth, and object. So many unique approaches- we will definitely offer this one again.
Last month we spent some time painting the front room of the studio and opened the ARTIST THRIFT shop, a corner of the gallery that is devoted to selling surplus and second-hand art and craft supplies. We’ll also consign items so if you have some odds and ends you don’t need anymore, consider selling them here. And stop in during a workshop and take a peek; you might find a little something that will help or inspire you on that next project!
More workshops are planned for this spring and summer: check out the listing on our Classes and Workshops page. We have Animal Portraits, Glass on Glass mosaic, building Cement Shapes, and Leaf casting with Candace Clough. Also, Barbara Heile is offering two opportunities to do Spontaneous Painting, one in May, and another in June. For those interested in painting, Tom is once again offering a day-long workshop Painting the Landscape. This is a wonderful chance to get outside on a local farm and do some drawing and painting, then return to the studio for the afternoon to continue working.
In addition, this summer we have three exciting new offerings with expert gardener and artist, Donna LaPre, including some fabric dyeing with natural plant materials, and flower printing on fabric. More about those classes coming soon! See the photos below for a tease on what’s in the works.
Also with summer come our MINI Art Camps for children. We have offered these for the past two years and I have really come to enjoy this time with the kids a lot. School is out and everyone is at ease, and the kids can enjoy making art, exploring, experimenting, and learning new techniques at a more relaxed pace. Our first session is June 15.
And there’s more. A show of art from our students in the Front Gallery opening in June featuring animals. And finally, at long last we are making a sign for the studio that will sit out by the road. We’ve needed this for a long time!
Hope to see you in a class soon. Or stop in during the week, and say hello. We’re in the studio way more often now that it’s warmer!
ps. both of us got on instagram recently so feel free to follow me ( and studio happenings) @kerriemullany and Tom is fun to follow- he posts a lot of his current and past work, along with other interesting images he comes across @tom_mullany