Bluebird Books

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Once again I am privileged to hang my art for the month of December at the super cute Bluebird Books in Hutchinson.  I created this 11 x 14 inch “Bluebirds at the Birdbath” especially for this showing!

Here are a few shots of the store after we finished hanging my art…

Besides art, I have a lot of smaller gift-able items there as well…  Journals, cards, prints, Christmas card sets, purses, ornaments… lots of fun stuff!

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journals from vintage books

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Be sure and stop by and see all the lovelies… a great place to do Christmas shopping!

Bluebird Books

Restocked at Bluebird Books

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Hutchinson, Kansas is so fortunate to have this cute little independent bookstore that is about as chock full of charm as you could get. This last week I restocked some of my items that they carry… cards, prints, smash books, journals made from vintage books, and bookmarks.

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Bluebird Books now carries a full selection of my art print note cards!

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Choose from smash books for drawing, writing, arting fun stuff, or the vintage book journal for more blank start pages.

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My Wall at Tessera Gallery

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Just thought I would give you a little tour of my wall these days at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.

The rack to the left is full of fun mixed media supplies and my own designed stencils.  It also includes my monthly “Art Parts” packs, and packages of book pages, and other collage fodder.

My artwork covers most of the wall, and while I have posts about most of the pieces individually, it is kind of nice to see how their size relates to each other. You can see that I have a variety of sizes on my wall.

I also have a bin of prints, then to the right of that is a rack of note cards. To the far right, just past the note cards is a shelf of supplies and kits that I have put together.  These are mainly things that I recommend during workshops, but are not readily available here in town. There are also my sets of coloring cards, and other fun little odds and ends to help you in your own art making.  If you don’t live nearby, you can also find some of these supplies in my etsy shop.

I love how my wall is situated right next to the classroom, often serving as a ready reference for examples of techniques.

Have a happy, creative day!

Keeper

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“Keeper” is my representation of “Keeper of the Plains”, a 44 foot tall statue designed by Native American artist Blackbear Bosin (1921-1980) and constructed by Tom Washburn of Architectural Metal Products.  It stands atop a 30 foot rock in Wichita, Kansas where the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers meet. In my representation, I have included words and images that I connect with the city.  There are elements of Kansas… a sunflower, wheat, a meadowlark.. and more localized elements like gears, aircraft industry, leaves, WSU, ICT, and the Wichita flag.  I also tried to indicate a bit of the tone set by the community in a couple mentions of the arts, the up pointing arrow, the word future; all of which indicate in my mind a positive movement for the city.

All is executed on a Citra Solv altered background on a 15 x 30 inch canvas.  It currently hangs at Tessera Fine Art Gallery.  Call (316) 262-2435 if interested in purchasing.

And here is the real “Keeper of the Plains”:

Keeper of the Plains in Wichita Kansas over the river

Keeper of the Plains in Wichita Kansas over the river

Art for Arthritis

This summer I was privileged to have the opportunity to create a piece of art alongside a child diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.  I was surprised to learn that more than 3,000 children in the state of Kansas suffer from arthritis!  Art for Arthritis is an event that auctions the art created by the child, and a companion piece created by the mentor artist to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.  Several other items will be auctioned off as well, and it promises to be a fun evening.

The art currently hangs at Tessera Fine Art Gallery, and all the pieces look wonderful!

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The eight year old artist I was paired with really wanted to paint on a repurposed surface, so we chose to do our artwork on some cabinet doors. She opted for a zebra (a delightfully colorful one!) so I did a giraffe.

Here we are hard at work in my messy studio..

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I love watching children work!  They have wonderful ideas, and such a freedom of expression!

If you are interested in attending the fundraising event…. It is Saturday, September 24 from 6:00 to 10:00pm at the Scottish Rite Center at 332 East 1st St. in Wichita, Kansas. Tickets can be purchased at ArtforArthritisWichita.org, or by calling (913) 262-2233.

Want to see more of my studio?  (Hopefully less messy, but I am not making any promises!)  Email me at victoryroad@hotmail.com for more information.

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Artwork at Dillon Nature Center

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Several times a year I hang art as a temporary featured artist at various businesses like coffee shops, banks, or perhaps venues like churches or other public areas. For the months of September and October, I will have artwork in the meeting room at the lovely Dillon Nature Center in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Originally a 27 acre recreational park for the employees of the then locally owned Dillons grocery stores, in the 1970s it was given to the city of Hutchinson and turned into a nature conservation site.  According to the Hutchinson Rec website, this 100-acre “wild arboretum” is designated as a National Urban Wildlife Sanctuary. There are more than 300 species of woody plants, hundreds of varieties of wildflowers and native grasses, 200 species of birds, and a large variety of other wildlife along three miles of National Recreation trails.

My children have grown up taking school trips to this ever improving nature retreat, and now my grandchildren ejoy to new playscape area and the hands-on nature experience.  For those who like to fish, there is a spring-fed pond stocked for fishing.  There are also areas for picnicing and beautifully maintained scenic paths for a stroll…. not to mention photo opportunities!

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Inside  Visitor Center features interactive exhibits, a classroom, an observation deck, and gift shop. Everything looks so fun and inviting!

My focus, however, was on the blank walls of the large meeting room.

Task at hand… fill them with nature themed art!

 There are several brand spanking new, never seen before pieces….
But more on these another day!
If you live, or are visiting, anywhere in Central Kansas, it is worth a stop to stroll Dillon Nature Center!

Stamp Carving Workshop

September is right around the corner, (already!!!) and will be full of fun events.  Last week I told about the three workshops coming up soon at Tessera Fine Art Gallery.  I also have a workshop coming up at Carriage Factory Gallery in Newton on September 17.

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This is such a fun class because the participants are always so successful in creating some lovely, one of a kind, hand carved stamps to use on their cards, in their artwork, scrapbooks, journals, even in quilt making!

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The class includes working with several different kinds of stamp carving materials and techniques.  From simple stamps, to two part stamps and repeating stamps, everyone will go home with new supplies, new stamps, and new knowledge.

I love putting together the kits of goodies for them, even a multi blade carving knife to keep!  Every time I teach this I find new and better things to include!

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Hope all of you can come!  Call (316) 284-2749 to sign up!

Also coming up later in September, I am having the first ever Studio Open House!

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You can come see where I work, buy discounted artwork, shop all the art supplies I am weeding out, and eat snacks and visit a bit!  If you are in the vicinity of central Kansas and interested in coming, send an email to victoryrd@hotmail.com and I will give you more details.  Hope all of you can come!

Have a lovely weekend!

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