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Yesterday I went to see the Van Gogh Immersive Experience in Washington DC. It was very interesting…unlike any exhibit I have ever seen. Normally at an exhibit you see the paintings of an artist but at this you see copies of Van Gogh’s works and information about his life. And then you actually sit in a large room surrounded by his works projected on the walls all around you. You feel like you are inside his works. VERY DIFFERENT!

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We are having so much fun with family and friends painting together at Capon Springs Resort this week. If you didn’t make it you are missing out on so much fun!!!! We will hopefully have out 2022 dates soon so you can put it on your calendars and plan to join us to learn to paint or come to improve your painting skills. It’s a great place to relax and learn!

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We took a little trip yesterday to pay our respects to James and Dolly Madison at Montpelier, the Madison home. It’s a short drive from Front Royal and an amazing place full of history. The foundation has done a beautiful job restoring and recovering the history of the time. “Via interpretation, research, and civic education, Montpelier engages the public with Madison’s most powerful idea: government by the people.” It’s worth a visit. (Click here to see the visit I made there 4 years ago.)

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It was Team Bride at The Studio yesterday as a delightful group of ladies celebrated their friend and family member as she gets ready to get married. They all did an amazing job painting hydrangeas and now all have a wonderful memory of their day together. A paint party is a great way to celebrate!

And of course, Lincoln enjoyed being with the Bride-to-Be!

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grand open Today is the 6th Anniversary of The Studio-A Place for Learning on Main Street in Front Royal.  And while we have been in this location for 14 very good years (as Delilah’s Art & Gifts before The Studio) this year has been a wonderment. We started off the year in January and February with the best two opening months we have ever had and then the governor closed us down.  I love The Studio and what I do.  I love that people discover their creative sides here and come here for a much needed outlet for stress and frustration.  But in the light of everything happening  with the pandemic I wonder if we will see the 7th Anniversary.  It’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel when people are fearful to attend classes.  The income is slim but the bills keep rolling in.  How long can we keep it up?!  And when I say “we” I speak for other very small businesses like mine that are experiencing the same problems.  We are not looking for handouts….we are looking to continue to make our livings!  Business owners are trying to come together to promote and support one another but some of what is being done supports one type of business over another. I don’t think it’s intentional…it just is that way and it’s not a good situation.  We don’t want to see any business fail….ever!  I encourage everyone reading this, no matter where  you are, to try to make an effort this week to support a small business or two. It doesn’t have to be a huge purchase.  But just having someone come in and show support will do so much to boost the spirits of a small business owner that is beginning to lose hope.  We have already lost three businesses on Main Street and if we lose more we will only have service businesses (law offices, non-profits, and real estate) along with restaurants on Main.  It would be a shame not to have actual shops on Main Street.  Having said all of that, let me say how much I have appreciated the support and friendship of so many who have come to The Studio over the past 6 years.  And I truly hope that next year we can have a big Anniversary party with another round of “Make and Take” projects for everyone.  In the meantime take a look here and here at some of the past celebrations!  And thanks again!!!

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I have been wanting to make this Garden Pole for sometime…. it’s really a Memory Pole.   It has all the names of the dogs who have lived with me in Virginia.  I plan to put it in a place that I can see everyday as I leave and enter the house.

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Layout 1 Today is the last chance to vote in the Best of Awards.  Please take a minute to click this link and vote in #5, #34,  #99, and # 107 for Kelly Walker and The Studio.  We really would appreciate the support!  Thanks!!!

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wp-1594572381779.jpg Some family stories just stick with you no matter how young you were when they happened.  One such story in my family involves camping…which we did a lot of while I was growing up.  The story I refer to involves when we switched from tent camping to a trailer.  I don’t recall the year but I was young…maybe 6 or so so it had to be the late 1960’s and my mom, brother, sister, an aunt and uncle went to Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach FL and set up our campsites.  It was a Friday and my dad had to work and was coming down to meet us after work.  Just before he was to arrive a terrible storm blew in….seems like it may have been a small hurricane or at least that is how the story goes….and there was my mom holding on to my young sister as well as a tent pole while Brother held a pole and so did I.  We were practically flapping in the wind!  It passed quickly but not before the tent was gone….except for the three poles we  were holding.  About that time my dad rolls in on his motorcycle (which he had rode through the storm) and my mother greets him by putting us kids in the station wagon and driving all the way home.  I don’t ever remember seeing her that mad ever again.  That is the week we bought a camper and upgraded our camping experience.  It seems like something was said like “if you want to camp it is not going to happen in a tent ever again!”  The view you see in this photos is the very campsite where the incident occurred.  I was small but I remember it well.  It’s been fun coming back to the park to see what has changed and what is exactly the same!

 

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Nature Abounds!

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As I am away on a little Birthday Vacation I am taking loads of photos that will serve as reference material later.  An early morning walk provided much inspiration.  Plus a little double rainbow after the late afternoon rain yesterday.  Beautiful views at Fernandina Beach Florida!

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