Archive for October, 2014

Kauffman Stadium Kansas City Royals

Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City Royals

The World Series is underway with San Francisco and Kansas City.

San Francisco Giants AT&T Park

San Francisco Giants
AT&T Park

The Painted Diamonds series of paintings is currently on display at the Community Center on Villa Avenue.

20141022_092704“Painted Diamonds – 30 Parks in 30 Weeks”, created a painting of every major league ball park, all thirty of them, between April and October 2013. The project was documented and published in a catalog as well as on Kelly’s blog.  There was an exhibition of the entire series at the Blue Ridge Arts Council in Front Royal, VA, during World Series Week, October 23-31, 2013.   Eleven of the original paintings were pre-sold  during the Kickstarter project and several more have sold since the original show.

The paintings will remain on display at the Community Center until the end of October.  The remaining original paintings as well as prints of every park are available for purchase.

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Embroidery Pillows

Soft Kitty Pillow

Soft Kitty Pillow

Lincoln posing with the new Puppy Pillow

Lincoln posing with the new Puppy Pillow

I made the Soft Kitty embroidery piece into a pillow this week….as well as another little dog embroidery piece.

I like how they turned out.  Embroidery is so relaxing and a great hobby and the projects make great gifts!

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The Studio's Table at the Entrepreneur Cafe

The Studio’s Table at the Entrepreneur Cafe

WE WON!!!  Yesterday I invited you to an event called “Entrepreneur Cafe” that our Chamber of Commerce hosts that gives 5 selected businesses an opportunity to vie for a prize package that included $500 cash and $1000 newspaper advertising budget.  I am so excited that our project – to add audio-visual equipment to The Studio- was the one selected.  Now I can’t wait to get it set up so we can watch instructional DVDs while creating.  Yeah!!!

And even better than all of that, I got to tell a room full of people just what it is we do at The Studio.  Everyone knows that we have art classes (because that is what I do) but most people have no idea that we offer so much more like embroidery, collage, photography, bookbinding, quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, fabric arts, social media, kids crafts, Pinterest picks, air dry pottery, cookie decorating, cupcake decorations, gingerbread houses, and more, more, more!!!!!      Did you know that?

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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.  🙂


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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.

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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.

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