Meet My New Website, and it’s Builder!

Today I am super excited to introduce the new look and function of my website!  It has many more features… like an events calendar where you can check out upcoming workshops, find out where I will be the featured artist, and any other upcoming events.  There is a way to contact me directly, and many other features.  I am excited about all the possibilities for this site.  It feels like a big step toward accomplishing some of my goals.  New and exciting things are happening!

But I want to spend the rest of this post bragging a bit on the gal who built my new web home.  I met Tayla when we were both doing the craft show circuit and would often have a booth at the same show.  I was always impressed with her energy, creativity, and professionalism. She keeps her hand dipped in many creative pots, and whatever she does, she does well. So when I heard she built web sites as well, I jumped on the opportunity!

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I asked Tayla to tell us a bit about her creative journey and here is what she had to say..

“Wrapping up my artsy story is a difficult task!  But if you start with education, I attended The Art Institutes for Web Design and shortly after acquired a job in marketing…  That did not work out well (the job that is)!  Craving a more hands-on, free approach to my career, I decided to start selling my handmade jewelry through WildFire Studio.
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Over the next four years,  I ran WildFire and continuously tried to shape it into a business I could continue experimenting with.  But it never quite got to where I wanted it to and I started to burn out around the beginning of 2016. 

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Not knowing what direction I wanted to take next, I got a part-time position at my favorite, local coffee shop, found out it was for sale, and snatched it up by that July!  I now strive to bring that same creative energy into my doors that I did with WildFire.

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All along, I’ve used my education to build WordPress websites and strengthen branding for all of my businesses (yes, “all…” I’m kind of a serial entrepreneur…) and for other creative makers.  I love the problem solving aspect and hope to continue working on new projects in the future!”

Tayla was so great to work with through the design process, and very patient with this non-tech savvy client!  If you are interested in having her build you a website, contact her at taylamace16@gmail.com or on Instagram @taylamakes

You also need to stop by her coffee shop, The White Peacock whenever you find yourself in Lindsborg… one of my favorite arty little towns!

The Art of Lester Raymer

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Earlier this week I shared the general studio area and grounds of the Red Barn Studio and Museum.  Today, I would like to share a small sampling of Lester Raymer’s works.  Raymer was born in 1907, and worked as an artist until his death in 1991.

Raymer was very accomplished in an extensive variety of mediums including painting, sculpting, carving, pottery, woodworking, metal work, fiber arts….. you get the idea!  I also love how he repurposed sardine tins, erasers, farm tools, spools, and so much more into his diverse artwork.  The photo above shows his oil on wood painting “Enigma II” and also some of his carved horses and embellished trunks.

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This is my favorite of the many watercolor pieces housed in the museum.  I love the little gnome style children carrying the Japanese kite.

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Sacred, iconic style art was one of Raymer’s common themes. The twelve apostles turn up in places like the brick wall of the patio, on furniture, or in wood carvings.  He created numerous mother and child paintings and figurines as well.

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There are many versions of these little gesso covered fabric creations.  This Mary has yarn hair and baby Jesus is holding a ball made from a used eraser!

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I also love his fabric based wall hangings. Some of them have very elaborate detail. If you look  closely you can see some jewelry and other creative embellishments in this piece.

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So many different styles make me feel better about my own diverse artistic forays!  This man must have truly loved creativity in every form!

More pieces include circus or jester themes, lots of roosters, lino cut prints, ceramics and metal work!

I like this painting of the Illustrated Man, painted shortly after the Ray Bradbury book by that name was published.

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Raymer also altered a lot of furniture by adding molding or carvings, or in this case, a fascinating painting.

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If you would like to learn more about Lester Raymer, I recommend this book, available from The Red Barn Studio gift shop.  I also encourage you to make a visit to the Red Barn Studio where you can take a free tour of the museum and grounds.

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And if you want to purchase a Raymer work… consider this one!

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The Red Barn Studio and Grounds

 

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I was privileged to spend most of last week as the artist in residence at the Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg, Kansas.  This is the preserved home and studio of the late Lester Raymer.  I will share a sampling of his artwork with you another day.  Today, I would like to give you a feel for the setting in which I was able to live and work… surrounded by the history and artwork of this accomplished artist.

The grounds themselves were beautiful.  Behind the sign is the hotel which the red barn out back served until it became Raymer’s studio.  Raymer and his wife lived in the laundry room, which he eventually connected to the studio.

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The cottage that is made available to the artists to stay in had been lived in by Raymer and his wife, and her parents, the hotel owners, before that. I especially loved the cheery yellow kitchen.

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To work in space that Raymer had himself created in was a real treat.  A lovely little sitting area on one end…

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…and my artwork hanging on the other end.

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I even held a couple of workshops in this space!

A huge north window afforded not only daylight to work by, but also a view of the wonderful enclosed patio area… itself a work of art!

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The brick wall, built by Raymer, had all kinds of interesting things inlaid in it…

Another little walled garden hides away on the north side of the studio.

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Inside the studio, I loved seeing the way areas had been preserved just the way that Raymer left them when he died in 1991.  His last piece remains on the easel just as he left it.

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Tools remain on the workbench as if ready for Raymer to pick them up and create yet another lovely and imaginative piece while his drummer boy painting looks on.

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A variety of evidence of his creative genius clusters around the corner fireplace.

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Everywhere you look in this well run museum you see evidence of Raymer’s creative genius. I enjoyed strolling around just hoping for a bit of it to soak through my pores and help me be as prolific and imaginative as this artist had been!

I can’t wait to show you some of Raymer’s artwork… but I will leave that for another day.

Hope you can make a visit to Lindsborg!  There is much to see and do in this small town.

 

 

Ready to get my Art on!

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I am headed to spend the week at the Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg as the artist in residence.  I am really looking forward to some serious art time!  I have prepped some panels so that I am all ready to dive into them.  I am excited about them all so can’t decide which to work on first!

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I have some sketches made, photos collected, and ideas in my head, so I should be good to go!  We will see what actually takes shape! Rarely do I strictly stick to my sketch!

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And supplies packed and ready. Gets me excited just looking at art supplies!

Hope you have a terrific and arty week!

 

 

Coming Up at Red Barn Studio

I am so excited to be Artist in Residence at Lester Raymer’s Red Barn Studio and Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas next week.  While there, I will be working on some new art as well as teaching a couple of workshops.

On Tuesday, May 24, 5:30 to 8:30 pm I will be teaching a workshop on making decorative papers to use in artwork by mono printing.

Then on Saturday, May 28, from 9am to noon, I will be teaching a reverse painting, or “Focus on the Negatives” workshop.

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Both classes will be taught right in the Red Barn Studio where Lester Raymer used to work!

If you are interested in taking one or both workshops, contact Red Barn Studio at 785-227-2217.  The cost is $35 for members, and $45 for non members….all materials are provided!  If you can’t make it to a workshop, then just stop by the studio any afternoon next week and say hi!

Find Lindsborg, Kansas here.  It is also home of one of my very favorite thrift stores, and lots of fun little shops with Scandinavian flavor!