We were thrilled that The Studio – A Place for Learning was chosen as one of the five small local businesses to compete tonight at the Entrepreneur Cafe from 5:30pm – 7pm at the Holiday Inn & Suites at Blue Ridge Shadows for a cash award of $500 and a marketing package valued at over $1000.

The café will provide a forum where these entrepreneurs can gain exposure while addressing funding needs.  Members of the community are invited to participate. The five selected entrepreneurs present their project – giving a 5 minute presentation & 5 minutes for questions/answers from the audience regarding their goals, experience and business plan – and when all the presentations are complete, the attendees get to vote for the winner.

We are happy to be one of the five in this group of entrepreneurs:
Kendra’s Cookies – Kendra Allanson
Chris Wines – Extra Arms
The Studio: A Place for Learning – Kelly Walker
Donna Allanson Catering – Donna Allanson
1000 Cranes 4 Peace – Arlene Butler

Refreshments will be provided.  And Dr. Miles Davis, Dean of Harry F. Byrd School of Business at Shenandoah University will be our keynote speaker.  Come join us!

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Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth

I spent a delightful afternoon leading a tour group from The Village at Orchard Ridge to the National Gallery of Art in DC yesterday.  We made the trip to see the wonderful Andrew Wyeth exhibit, “Looking Out- Looking In”.  The exhibit closes the end of November and if you haven’t seen it yet you MUST go take a look.  Amazing watercolors with a limited palette.  Wonderful!


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. "Lady with a Dog", oil on cardboard, 1891

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. “Lady with a Dog”, oil on cardboard, 1891

Auguste Renoir, "Mlle Charlotte Berthier", oil on canvas, 1883

Auguste Renoir, “Mlle Charlotte Berthier”, oil on canvas, 1883

We had some time to see a lot more art and I will share more with you this week.  Here are two we saw in the Impressionist Galleries by Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec.  Of course, they caught my eye because they had pups in them.  :-)


Robin's Pinecones

Robin’s Pinecones

Lea's Kitties

Lea’s Kitties

Katrinka's Cat Side 1

Katrinka’s Cat Side 1

Katrinka's Cat Side 2

Katrinka’s Cat Side 2

Kelly's Snowman 2

Kelly’s Snowman 2

Kelly's Snowman 1

Kelly’s Snowman 1

We had a great time painting on metal at the Paint Party yesterday.  We painted buckets and trays.  They are all so different and all FABULOUS!  Great job ladies.

Thursday Fun!

20141016_185820Thursday evenings Adult Art Class was so much fun.  Joy finished up a beautiful painting of a tree that she had been working on for a few weeks and Linda was game to try a “Painting with Paper” piece.  The beach scene with an elephant, yes elephant, turned out GREAT!

Good job ladies!  ANd thanks for the laughs.

20141015_170826Our Kids Class started back this week with a wonderful landscape painting.  Great job everyone.

Kids ages 8-13 meet on Wednesday from 4:15-5:15.  Just contact kwalker@doubledogdesigns.com to register your young artist.  Let’s paint!

And don’t forget the 3rd Saturday Paint Party tomorrow.  We are doing something a little different – painting buckets!

Little Mickey

Crochet Mickey

Crochet Mickey

A month or so ago a friend asked me to crochet a Mickey Mouse outfit for her newborn grandson.  Really?  So, of course, I said I would give it a try.  (Actually I said you crochet too.  Why don’t you try it? LOL)  And here it the result.

I am hoping she takes a photo of him soon in it so I can see how it turned out.

"Soft Kitty" embroidery

“Soft Kitty” embroidery

For all my Big Bang Theory friends out there, I saw this really cute little design for the Soft Kitty song and had to make a little embroidery piece.  I love Big Bang Theory and Shelton’s need to hear the Soft Kitty song in the first season was one of my favorites!

This piece measures 12″ x 10″.  I think I am going to make a pillow out of it.