Art with Cause

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Children - the ultimate inspiration!

Saw a cute pic today - of my nieces at the beach. It is their favorite place to be.

I was thinking last night that I would love to pack myself up and spend a day at a beach.

So I spent today at the beach with them!!!
...well actually it was a day in my studio with paint
...and I didn't end up putting both of them in the pic because it was more dynamic with just the one.

But I had a good time.

And now I have to do a painting of the other niece so she doesn't get jealous! lol

Friday, July 16, 2010

Newest Painting/Mix Media

This almost looks like my desk. I try not to stress about it. But the truth is, the recession is hitting us hard. I am ready to write on a piece of cardboard: Will work for food.
But it seems that the bill for the internet is the issue.
Will work for internet access!!
Will paint for internet access!!! lol
I'll just call it "The Recession"

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Award Ceremony For Art Show - Opens Tomorrow

The Preview and awards ceremony for the 59th Annual Central Adirondack Art Show. It was a wonderful time.
As soon as I walked in, I saw mine upstairs looking over the whole gallery.

The curator of the show and I stood and watched the people who when over to it. Some squished up their faces and walked away clueless, but most had an 'ah-ha!' moment when they understood it. AND we counted at least 8 people who touched it. It kinda begs to be touched!

215 works of art! AND so many people there!

One name stood out to me, an old family friend. But I didn't see her there, not that I would recognize her. I am not a lil kid anymore - so I am sure she has changed too!

Art work from all over the nation: CA, MA, PA, VT, and of course NY (just to name a few).

They called all the winners up, one at a time, for a group photo. There I am on the end (I wished I stood up straight).

And here are all the winners.
I saw two men there who I couldn't help but stare at - they looked SO familiar. I feel bad that I stared. It was too busy to go up to them and say: hey you look familiar. So I held back and eventually had to go home.
BUT in the car on the way home, don't you know, I remembered them!!
Daniel Buckingham and Greg Lawler, they were a teachers at Munson William Proctor in the early to mid 90's. I don't know if either of them are still there. I wish I had gone up to them and said hi. But now I am the creepy girl who stared at them. Sigh

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I won 2nd place!

I was just informed that I won 2nd place in the mixed media category of the 59th Annual Central Adirondack Art Show. This show is open to artist from all over the nation and they said they had the largest number of entries in the history of the show.
I am very happy to have won a prize.

The show opens Friday, July 16th and runs until August 15th at The Art Center/Old Forge.
It is located at 3260 State Route 28 in Old Forge, NY.

For more info:
or call 315-369-6411

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

59th Annual Central Adirondack Art Show

July 16 - August 15 The Arts Center/Old Forge will host the Central Adirondack Art Show.
"Fine arts exhibit of acrylics, oils, watercolors, drawings, pastels, mixed media and sculpture. The show is designed to challenge the professional artist and to encourage the beginning artist." - In The Sun publication June/July 2010

I have a piece in this show: I submitted my mixed media piece "Grandma's Quilt" for the Unique Portrait Category and the Mixed Media Category.

If you are thinking of making the adventure up there, then let me recommend that you go the weekend of July 17-18. Then you can go to two events in one drive because Inlet's Arts in the Park is just a couple miles up the road!!!
July 17-18 = Arts in the Park, Arrowhead Park - Inlet, NY
"100 artisans and craftsmen... music... food... (315) 357-5501" - In The Sun publication June/July 2010

Word of caution from my own person experiences with driving up there (2.5 hours from Albany, NY):
if you see a sign for snowmobiles crossing, don't worry - they hibernate for the summer!
BUT BEARS, big black colored bears, sometimes cross at those signs!!! The are not hibernating now!!! Stay inside your vehicle if you see one and hide your picnic basket! (and have your brakes checked before you go - so you can stop in time!)

The Arts Center/Old Forge - 3260 State Route 28 - Old Forge, NY
Free for members - $8 for non-members

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Strive to be Creative

Busy day - little time to get creative.
So I pulled out my camera while visiting Grandma,
and snapped a few 'creative' pics (as well as pics of the family and pets).

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Article from the Gazette

Here is the article from the Gazette in a format that should be easier to read. Click on the image to make it larger (and readable).

Opportunity to give!!!!

Here is a wonderful opportunity to give!!! I am always looking for them (and share'n them with you). As well as many activities you can get involved with for our own personal enrichment.

FOVAPA (Friends of the Visual and Performing Arts) is an organization in my county that "strive(s) to increase opportunities for youth and adults to experience, appreciate and participate in the arts in Mohawk Valley" (quote from their mission statement).
Many reputable artist work with this organization including my favorite art teacher: Joel - teaching a printing class with them!

The following is a direct quote from FOVAPA's Website. Contact them directly with any contributions.

We are in need of the following items for our summer workshops:

~ plastic bags

~ fabric strips

~ cellophane

~ foil

~ newspaper

~ Syrup bottles

~ Large coffee cans

~ Creamer containers

~ Gift wrap tubes or large tubes/pvc pipe

~ Drink mix containers (the kind that has the individual packs inside that make 2 quarts)

~ Sticks for drum sticks

Your support is appreciated!

Friday, July 2, 2010

City Clean-Up Day

The city had a day to clean up the downtown area. I of course had time amidst my cleaning to take photos. Here are some of the one's I like.

If you'd like to see other clean-up pics then check out our Facebook fan page and/or Click Here.
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So why am I so interested in a clean-up day. Well, besides being completely devoted to being involved in causes... I was asked to head up a team to create 'street art' on the abandoned buildings. I picked out one of the most interesting buildings in that area. Now to pull together a team, list of supplies, and a work plan - lets get it done!

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