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thX4LIGGI7We are spending today getting The Studio ready for our 3rd Birthday tomorrow.  Hard to believe it’s been three years since we converted Delilah’s to The Studio-A Place for Learning.  It’s been an amazing three years … and all because of YOU!  So to celebrate we are having a Birthday Party …. and the gifts are for you.  It’s a Customer Appreciation Celebration with 5 fabulous “Make and Take” gifts just for you as well as some terrific door prizes!  So stop by tomorrow from 5-7 pm and help us celebrate three fabulous years….eat some cake…and make a couple of awesome gifts to take home.  Thanks!

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Congratulations to our friends at Strasburg Dog Owners Group for all their hard work. Yesterday their dog park opened to the joy and delight of many happy dogs….and owners.

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One of the best places to get some colorful and interesting reference photos is at Farmer’s Markets.  Sunday I rode over to Little Washington with my friend Sandra.  We wanted to check out their market and even though it was drizzling rain we found some nice things (bread, baskets, and tea) as well as got a few nice shots for future paintings.

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My friend Deborah and I took her mom out to the Garden Show at Blandy Experimental Farm yesterday for the Garden Show after a little brunch.  It was a fun time.  So many beautiful plants were available.  But there was also other garden related items …. and animals.  We saw these great guys…not sure if they are llamas or alpacas……but they were CUTE!  And while I didn’t buy a basket I did get a hat…and it’s cute too.  I didn’t ask how much the baby was that was on display with the baskets because I really didn’t need one.  LOL!

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I visited Montpelier yesterday.  It was a terrific day trip to learn more about how James and Dolley Madison lived.  It was really interesting and very well done.  While they didn’t allow photography inside the mansion there was plenty of wonderful things to take pictures of outside.

And of course, while there I had to pay my respects to the author of our Constitution at the family cemetery.   Montpelier is near Orange, Virginia and if you are ever in the area it is worth the time.  Click here for more info.

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We had a guest instructor at The Studio yesterday to teach Gelli Printing.  Sandra Charles, a wonderful fiber artist, came in to teach the kids how to get fabulous designs on paper and cloth using Gelli plates.

The kids learned about mono prints and were excited to create such cool designs.

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The Studio is sponsoring a really fun event for the Humane Society of Warren County – PAWCASSO.  When Lavenda Denney approached me last year about her idea for this project she knew she had me at art and rescue pets.  She wanted to have the available animals at the shelter “paint” works of art to sell at a show at the arts council.  I loved the idea and agreed to sponsor it right away but also suggested we take it a little further by offering private lessons for people who already have pets.  So The Studio provided 10 sessions to people who would pre-purchase a large (18″ x 24″) painting with their pets. The pets had a private lesson with me and we created the large work of art.  And it’s no surprise that those sold out.  We have had so much fun with this project.  And tonight is the reception from 6-9 pm at The Blue Ridge Arts Council at 405 E Main St.  You don’t want to miss it! You have to see this art and these wonderful small works are for sale.  Please come.  Here are some of the painters at their session.  LOL!

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