Just a reminder that this show opened yesterday and the reception is this Sunday the first. I have 16 pieces in the show. We hung the show the other day and I loved looking at all the ways my fellow artists used “trash” to make beautiful art.
Click here. Type in “Playhouse” for the passcode. There are 17 songs from Broadway shows like “Chicago”, “West Side Story” and “Sister Act”.
This Sunday, April 1, is the Sunday Sampler, when Summit Artspace is open and the Akron Art Museum’s regular collection is free. The museum charged extra last year for people to see some of its special exhibits, but for the next three Sunday Samplers, you can see the special exhibits as well as the regular collection for free. I won’t be at my studio, however, as I’ll be in Beachwood for the opening reception of the group show up there. The other artists and I hung our works up this morning and it’s a really nice mix!
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I’m flattered that this month’s “Beachwood Buzz”, which promotes a recycled art show at the community center later this month, uses two images of my artwork. The show, which features myself with at least four other local artists, will be at the Beachwood Community Center from March 29 to April 21. The free opening reception will be Sunday, April 1, 1:30-3 (the complex is open M-F 9-4, Sat. 10-3 and Sun. 10-1).
and this joint’ll be jumpin’. A big crowd is expected to see the popular artist/author’s new work in the two BOX galleries on the third floor of Summit Artspace, on exhibit until April 14. The opening reception is this Friday from 5-8. Free refreshments, free parking and free live music. Oh, and I’ll be in my studio, if you want to come visit me in my “happy place”. What’s not to like?
me! ”Do Downtown” is the program where you use your free “Do Downtown” card to get special deals at participating Akron businesses, like buy one get one free admission at the Akron Art Museum. My current special is a free Akron postcard with purchase of $5 or more. I’ve got “Do Downtown” cards at my studio if you need one. For more information about the businesses involved, visit http://www.downtownakron.com/enjoy/do-downtown
ZeroLandfill is in Akron this Saturday from 9-12 at 30 N. High St. It was scheduled for the four Saturdays in February, but I didn’t find out about it until last Friday night. ZeroLandfill is where area companies donate stuff they don’t use anymore and then people (usually artists and teachers) go nuts rummaging through the stuff (samples of brick, fabric, wallpaper and carpet and three-ring binders, to name a few) to take home. I loaded up Saturday morning with boxes of three-ring binders and LOTS of stuff to use for my “upcycled” art. I like to help keep things out of landfills but I REALLY like free!!!! I cannot wait to use these items in my art!!! Here’s their Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/ZeroLandfillAkron?sk=wall#!/ZeroLandfillAkron?sk=info Other cities have the same program, too; visit the organization’s site at: http://zerolandfill.net/
For many years I kept “gratitude” journals to try to help become a more positive, appreciative person. At the end of each day I would list all the things (minimum of three) that made me happy that day. It couldn’t be the absence of a bad thing, like “I didn’t get hit by a car today”. It had to be positive. When I had really bad days sometimes I would sit there for a long time trying to come up with something. But even if I had to write things like “eating m&m’s” or “the sun shined”, I would force myself to do it. When the kids came it got harder and harder to do (I was so tired by the time I finally got to bed!) and eventually I stopped. We’ve tried to do it with the kids on and off during the last several years to help instill a sense of gratitude in them, but now we’re doing it with a twist. The kids each have to name at least five things, then my husband and I illustrate one of the things they listed. Our drawings are pretty silly, but the kids get a big kick out of them. Now they LOVE to do their gratitude journals, and they will even sit on their beds looking back at previous entries. Even if we can’t sustain the journaling, I figure whatever we have will still be a unique keepsake for each of the kids.