Saturday, November 29, 2014

Looking for a creative gift?

As we head into the holiday season, I would be honored if you would consider giving my artwork as gifts to your friends and family. The trend in gift giving is for unique, handmade items, which are perfect those hard-to-shop-for folks who seem to have everything. Stop by the studio and let's see what we can find to:

  • Liven up a nook with a colorful painting
  • Brighten up an outfit with a handpainted scarf
  • Cheer up someone's mailbox with a one-of-a-kind greeting card

And don't forget yourself - sometimes, the best gifts are the ones we give ourselves!

Gift Certificates
Not sure what to choose? Try a gift certificate. They are good for artwork, scarves, art classes, and private lessons, and they never expire. Available in any amount: from $5, perfect for stocking stuffers, to, well, any other amount you want.

Gift certificates are also available online in my Etsy shop. They can be used toward purchases from my Etsy shop or in person at my studio in Hudson, Ohio. If you don't see the amount you need, just let me know and I'll set up a custom listing for you.

Art On Sale 
Today through December 1st, selected art will be 25% off!

Visit my studio in person at 220 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hudson, Ohio 44236.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black and White Exhibit

I’m pleased to announce that my collage, “Tredecim”, has been accepted into the “Black and White” exhibit!

The exhibit runs November 29 – December 31 at the BOX Gallery at Summit ArtSpace in Akron.

Opening reception is Saturday, November 29, 5-9pm.

"Tredecim" is...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Art Classes for November and December 2014

The year is winding down and I know we are all getting busy, but taking the time for a colorful and creative art class will make all the difference!

My classes are “drop-ins”, meaning you can one time or every week. It’s up to you! We’ll do something different every time. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, you’re sure to learn something.

The cost includes supplies, but bring an apron or a smock. You are welcome to bring your own supplies just remember we’re on the 2nd floor. I also offer gift certificates which can be used toward classes or artwork. Consider getting gift certificates for your friends and family.

All classes are offered at my studio: Life Needs Art, 220 N. Main St., 2nd floor, Hudson, Ohio 44236.

Get details and sign up at:

Expressive Acrylic Painting (abstract, experimental): Fridays, 10am-noon
Unleash your inner artist and create free, expressive paintings. Learn about color mixing and good design as well as fun and expressive techniques to liven up your paintings.

Acrylic Painting for Beginners: Fridays, 2:00-4:00 pm
A good foundation class for someone just learning to paint or who has basic painting skills. You’ll learn about acrylic paints, color, brushstrokes, light and shadow, composition, and pick up some painting confidence along the way.

Art JournalingArt Journaling: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 pm
Journaling can relieve stress, clarify thinking, and increase creativity! Learn prompts to get you going, as well as tips and techniques to start – or spice up – a journal. Art journaling is a mix of keeping a diary, scrapbook, and sketchbook. It’s unique and personal and very rewarding.

Monoprinting: Wednesdays, 7:00pm
Quick, colorful, and fun – that’s monoprinting! Use a gelatin printing plate – yes, GELATIN – along with simple household items to create prints that are painterly and free. Frame the artistic prints and hang them on your wall. Or use the results to make greeting cards or collages.

Collage pARTy: Saturdays, 3:00-5:00 pm
Explore the joys of mixed media art as we cut, paste, and glue to your heart’s content! Collage is an enjoyable way to make art that can lead to fascinating results.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Studio Newsletter


I’d love to have you sign up for my studio newsletter.

It is sent infrequently – once or twice a month – to keep you up to date on the latest goings-on in the studio, new artwork, art class schedules, and events.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

1st Anniversary Party, Nov. 14-15, 2014

A full year as a full-time artist! Goodness, time has flown! It’s been truly the experience of a lifetime, and I have been grateful for every minute of it. I’m excited to see what the next year holds, too.
A first anniversary calls for a celebration. Dana and I would love to have you come celebrate with us; after all, we couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement from family, friends, collectors, and the community. YOU have played a huge part in this little adventure.
Please join us on:
Friday, November 14, 5-8pm (during the Art Hop)
Saturday, November 15, noon – 5pm

Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Regional Juried Art Show

The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center’s 30th Annual Regional Juried Art Show ran October 7 – November 7, 2014. It featured a wide variety of artwork by artists from around Northeast Ohio.
My collages, “New Orleans” and “Early Spring”, were included in the exhibit.

Women’s Art League of Akron Fall Show, October 2014

Women’s Art League of Akron held their annual Fall members show during October. The theme was “The Beauty Of Fall”.

I was pleased to learn that my collage, "Garden Path", won 3rd place!

The show ran October 1-October 31,2014.