Studio Update! February 2017


So much going on in the studio, (and in the greater world too), that somehow we’re already well into the second month of this new year. And with the warm temperatures, it feels like spring? So confusing. At the start of each year I usually like to do a mini retrospective of the previous year’s activity. It’s always fun to review and remember all the cool stuff and fun times we’ve had together. It’s late but I’m going to do it anyway.

First off though, if you are mainly interested in the classes and workshops coming up, please see our Studio School page for current information. We hope you can find something of interest so you can come join us this year!

Looking back at all the great stuff that went on at the studio last year, I can definitely say our community is growing! Tom’s Thursday and Friday evening painting classes had new painters joining the regular crew. Mosaic classes continue to be a favorite. Open Studios on Sundays after workshops, and once a month Wednesday Night Mosaic Meet- ups have expanded our mosaic studio time. Candace knows a lot of mosaic artists from all around the country and some have travelled from as far as Arkansas, Michigan, North Carolina and New Jersey to take her classes! We have scheduled at least one mosaic workshop each month.

Barbara Heile has a new format for her Spontaneous Painting classes. It is now two morning painting sessions in one weekend, and it seems to be working great.  Nina Sheperdson is still doing her incredible Pysanky , her next class is March 26th. Donna LaPré joined us for needle felting, and for the first ever in our studio, a flower printing class, which was loads of fun. Having the studio filled with huge piles of colorful flowers for printing was amazing.

I expanded the number of children’s classes I teach too, with Wednesday After School Arts and Crafts class, private lessons, and twice weekly Mini Art Camps in the summer. I really do love working with kids, especially now that mine have grown up and left home ( sniff sniff).

Add to all that, the new ARTIST Thrift Shop ( for secondhand and surplus art supplies) , a couple of Front Room gallery shows of student work, and the 2016 RAAC Art Tour, and I’d say we had an awesome year!

Finally, here are the photos I pulled from this last year’s activities. Seriously, too too many good ones to sort through so I ended up just picking a bunch at random. They all make me smile.  A heartfelt thank you to all the folks who have been with us taking classes, and to those who have been thinking they’d like to – do it!

We look forward to adding more classes and workshops this spring, summer, and next fall. Also in the works are a couple of exciting projects, more info will be announced down the road a bit. STAY TUNED.


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