Monday, December 07, 2015
These papers are really fascinating! Sometimes I am hesitant to cover them up inside a large artwork because they are so interesting. Plus, they seem to multiply: no matter how much I use, my paper stash never seems to diminish.
Recently, I got to thinking about how I could use the papers in a way that would still keep them visible so they could be enjoyed. That led to experimenting with making paper mache bowls from them. Wouldn’t you know – they are so cool!
The bowls have decorative papers inside and out. Some are 12 inches across, while others are 2-3 inches. Some are rustic looking while others are more polished.
Holden Arboretum is offering them in their Gifts from the Heart of Nature shop. Plenty more are in my studio.
The bowls are lovely decorative accessories and are good for holding jewelry, trinkets, ornaments, candy, and such.
Stop on out and take a look!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday, Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, Dec. 20th: noon – 5pm
CLOSED: Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.
In January, we’ll return to our usual hours of Tuesday-Saturday, 11am – 5pm.
Please come see us for all your gift-giving needs! We carry chain maille jewelry, handpainted silk scarves, original paintings and mixed media art, Hudson gifts, decorative bowls, and greeting cards. Plus, we do BYOB painting parties! They are super fun and can be given as gifts.
220 N. Main Street, Hudson, OH 44236
Hope you enjoy the holidays with your family!
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Now through mid-December, a collection of my collage work is on display in the Artists Cafe at Cuyahoga Valley Art Center. I have chosen 17 collages, large and small, of a mix of landscape and abstract themes.
The art center is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. You are also welcome to join me for a meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, December 5th, from 5-7pm.
Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
2131 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
The juried holiday show and sale offers carefully selected and unique handcrafted items made from natural materials or with nature themes.
I will have hand-painted scarves and handcrafted paper bowls made from recycled paper and natural materials.
This year’s Gifts from the Heart of Nature will be open Friday, November 13, 2015 – Sunday, January 3, 2016.
Hours: 9am-5pm most days, until 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Opening night on November 13th will be a member preview party featuring live music, refreshments and free gift wrapping.
I’m pleased to be showing this year at Christkindl Markt, a holiday-inspired fine arts and crafts show and Canton tradition.
Christkindl Markt features artisans from across the United States, showing glass, painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, textiles, floral arrangements, woodworks, holiday items and more.
Look for a used book sale, a shopping spree raffle and silent auction as well.
Proceeds from Christkindl Markt benefit exhibition and education programming of the Canton Museum of Art.
Christkindl Markt is held:
November 13: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
November 14: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
November 15: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cultural Center for the Arts / Canton Museum of Art
1001 Market Avenue North
Canton, Ohio, 44702
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
To end the season, the focus this month will be on art education and learning something new. I will be offering materials to make your own postcard-sized collages. If you haven’t done much collage, then this is a quick and fun way to try it out.
Other locations will have projects to make, demos to watch, or artists to learn from. As always, it will be a fun time.
Download the Art Hop flyer to plan your visit. Hope you can stop by on September 11th, 5-8pm.
p.s. The Holiday Hop will be Saturday, November 28, from noon – 6pm.
My newest collage, “Roots and Roads #1”, is my entry. It is on display at Palladian Palette, 106 N. Main St., 2nd fl., upstairs from Akron Glass Works.
Venues are open for viewing each Thursday-Saturday from 12-9 p.m.
The contest run September 5th through the grand finale on October 3rd. If you have the chance, I’d encourage you to visit – and vote.
Get details about the Akron Art Prize here: http://www.akronartprize.org
Thursday, September 03, 2015
“Roots and Roads #1” is the first in a new series of artwork that explores roots (where do we come from) and roads (where are we going).
2015 has been a year full of – let’s put it mildly – change. I’m in a bit of a lull (thank goodness) and now that I can take a moment to breathe, I am feeling the need to reflect, to look back and look forward. Trying to make sense of the pieces.
That introspection carries into my artwork, of course. I like to work in series, and have been mulling over several possible themes. One idea took cues from last year’s Portals series, which explored portals as transitions, both tangible (windows, gateways, arches) as well as intangible (memories as portals to the past).
Transitions. Yes. This is definitely a time of transition. I’m in a place of going from here to there, but with a strong need for roots, of a starting point, of grounding.
“Roots and Roads #1” is the first piece in this new series. How exactly this series will work out and what other pieces might look like, I can’t say yet.
To see how this collage evolved, visit http://www.lifeneedsart.com/gallery/roots-and-roads-1-a-collage/
As I worked on the All Buttoned Up series, I got to thinking about thread. The thread in that series had to be hidden, so I wanted to do a series that focused on thread.
As with that series, these are small postcard sized collages. Behind each collage is a piece of a wallpaper that has a great woven texture.
I love using thread in my artwork to add texture and detail. In some collages, the thread is literally “thread” – quilting thread or sewing thread. In others, it is more subtle: another thing that has a thready appearance.
If you are interested, they are available in my Etsy shop:
Yes, everyone! You will be pleasantly surprised at how good you feel after only a few minutes of drawing or painting.
Stop by my studio that day: I’ll have lots of art supplies to use and some projects to give you inspiration.
If you can’t make it to Hudson that day, do something artsy for 5 minutes. Keep it simple – grab a couple of markers and doodle, or dig out that old set of watercolors and splash some paint around.
For more info, visit http://www.lifeneedsart.com/events/art-break-day-2015/
Monday, August 17, 2015
Art On The Green, my favorite show of the summer, is coming up soon!
Show dates and times are:
Saturday, August 29: 10am – 5pm
Sunday, August 30: 11am – 5pm
Held on the South Green in Hudson, Ohio, it has 150 artists from around the region. I will be in Booth #92, near the food court. Hope you can stop by and say hi!
Download the show map: http://ojs.biz/files/events/46/Map_2015.pdf
Each summer, I look forward to the local farmer’s market: fresh produce, connecting with the people who grow it, and trying something new. It’s such a treat, both the products that are available and the experience of mindfully making selections.
One Saturday morning, I took my sketchbook and wandered the market, making sketches as I went. A woman walked by with a bright green bag slung over her shoulder. Farmers stood in the shade of their tents, ready to help the next customer. A riot of sunflowers in a patch of sun, and plenty of trees to keep everyone cool. And the clocktower at the far end of the green. It is Hudson, after all.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Some remind me of desert landscapes, others make me think of weathered walls and windows.
Somehow #9 ended up completely different!
But that’s ok.
See them here: http://www.lifeneedsart.com/gallery/all-buttoned-up-collages-numbers-1-9/
Or here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lifeneedsart?section_id=14552472
This year has given me plenty of opportunities to sit in hospital rooms, keeping company of those who are in need of medical care.
1. Hospitals are awful places. Even the best hospitals are loud, noisy, impersonal, uncomfortable. They can be nightmarish for people who are confused. I can’t imagine how anyone rests or recovers in those places.
2. Patients, especially older ones, don’t understand the call button.
Get the rest of the story: http://www.lifeneedsart.com/blog/not-the-button-generation/
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
I began by covering the canvas with old encyclopedia pages, then tinted the whole thing blue. You’ll see several images from the encyclopedia pages – faces, fish, diagrams – peeking through. I love that.
The moon shapes were then defined by gluing pieces of magazine images, painted papers, and tissue around where I wanted the crescents.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
“I need to draw more.”
I would like to find some other folks to draw with, for fun and for accountability. If you have wanted to draw more, or like the idea of keeping sketches to remember a time or place, you are welcome to join me.
Friday mornings, 9:30AM
Open Door Coffee Company in Hudson
Everyone is welcome. Bring a sketchbook and pencil or pen. Simple supplies are best.
There’s no fee, other than your coffee. If the weather is nice, we go outside to sketch.
And keep an eye on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lifeneedsart). I’ll post schedule or locations changes there.
Hope to see you on a Friday morning!
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Yes, and from my perspective as an exhibitor, they are fun to do. I love talking to people about my work, hearing what they enjoy, seeing what they’ve purchased, and watching them get jazzed about art in general. Plus, the artists at these shows are the nicest people around. I’ve made some great friends with folks in neighboring booths.
And, to be honest. I like setting up my booth and seeing my work all displayed in the bright white tent. It looks cool.
But the flip side is... http://www.lifeneedsart.com/blog/art-fair-aftermath/
Ready to exercise your creativity this summer? Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, you’re sure to have fun and learn something.
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.
For more details, visit http://www.lifeneedsart.com/events/art-classes-in-june-and-july/
Mixed Media Exploration
$35 per week
Art Journaling Group
$10 per week
Fridays, 9-10:30 am.
Meet at Open Door Coffee Company
Summer Art Sampler
$25 per week
BYOB Painting Party!
$33 per person
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Join me at the Shaker Heights Arts & Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28th! It’s on the grounds of the Shaker Hts Middle School this year with parking right on the school grounds. Art, music, food, family activities - should be a lot of fun.
I will be in booth 111 and Dana will be in booth 110. Hope you can stop out and see us.
Friday, May 15, 2015
My collage, “Time to Think”, is included in this show.
The BOX gallery
3rd floor of Summit Artspace
140 E. Market Street
Posted by Karen Koch at 8:09 PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
It’s a large and varied show, with representational and abstract art by artists from all around the area.
Patrick Melnick, Director of Art Studies at Virginia Marti College of Art an Design, kindly served as juror for the show.
Two of my collages, “Geraniums” (pictured here) and “Serenity” are included in the show.
Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
2131 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
As with so many of my artworks, this one started one way, then took a left turn in the middle. It began as an abstract landscape. You can still see the orange sky and horizon line in the background. The painting got to a point where it didn’t want to be an abstract anymore. It called for something identifiable, such as...
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
The full-color desk calendar is published by Academy Graphic Communication and features artwork by Northeast Ohio artists. Each week has an artwork on one page then the days of the week on the opposite page with plenty of room to write. The artwork choices range from traditional paintings to abstract works to sculpture to jewelry. It’s really lovely!
This year, my piece is posted in Week 16: April 12-18.
Join us for “Art For A Cause”, when our visitors will be able to create small suncatcher-type pieces that will be assembled into a larger sculpture and put on display in the window of Hudson Fine Art & Framing the next day. It’s all part of a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Get a map and details at http://www.hudsonarthop.com/
Friday, April 03, 2015
Spring is here and it’s time for color! What better way to add color to your life than by trying an art class?
Most of the classes are drop-in sessions – come once or come each week – it’s up to you. The first week will be an introduction, so come to that one if you can. But don’t hesitate to join in whenever it fits your schedule and we’ll get you caught up.
Fees listed are for each week. Please call ahead for each class to reserve your spot and get the supply list.
Please note that “Collage and Acrylic Techniques”, held at Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, is a 6-week course beginning April 7. The other classes are held at my studio in Hudson.
See the list of available classes (PDF)
Monday, January 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16th, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
The exhibit will be on display through March 4th, 2015.
Valley Art Center
155 Bell Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
(440) 247 – 7507
For more information, visit:
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Classes begin January 17, and most run 6 weeks. The Acrylic/Mixed Media class runs 8 weeks, and the monoprinting and BYOB Painting Parties are one session only.
Classes are listed below, and in this PDF file:
Bear with me, but I’m trying an online registration process. If you’d like to give it a try with me, follow the link and add the class you’d like to your basket:
If the online registration doesn’t work for you, just give me a call or email to register directly (216-789-2751 or firstname.lastname@example.org).