The astute among my regular readers will notice there was no June newsletter. Time flies when I am busy and having fun! In this edition I will catch you up on some of my activities and provide notice of upcoming events. Foremost on my mind is the grand opening of ArtConnections, my gallery/studio/store in the Winston-Salem arts district. Also important are teaching venues past and present - including some completely new offerings! Last, but not
least, I will highlight the summer and fall festival season that is about to begin.
My fellow cooperative members, Winston-Salem artists Melrose Buchanon, Audrey Lynge, and Patty Pape and I opened our new place of business on June 2 with the First Friday Gallery Hop that evening. With a month of getting our space and inventory ready, we celebrated our Grand Opening July 7, which coincided with the July Gallery Hop. We considered the event a success – with approximately 125 people attending! If you were unable to stop by, please consider visiting us during regularly scheduled hours (Thursday – Saturday 11 am – 6pm and Sundays 1 – 6 pm).
We have been pleased with the foot traffic that has come into the shop. As one of my partners said recently, "We are part of the destination in downtown." We have marbled and handmade papers, framed landscapes & cityscapes, abstract prints, collages, fashionable clothing, both fun and fine books, note cards, abstract original art, and much more. We have items to suit many tastes and pocketbooks.
We are also offering classes at this location. Here are two coming in August:
I will be offering a Book Repair Clinic on 3 Wednesday evenings, August 16, 23, and 30, 6:30-8:30 pm. Participants will bring their own books for repair. See further details in my full schedule of events at the end of this newsletter.
Also, I will be offering a brand new class series in October called "Taste of Bookbinding". We'll have opportunity to learn 4 styles of book binding during Wednesday evening classes at the ArtConnections gallery in downtown Winston-Salem. Participants can sign up for a single class or the entire series! Consider meeting a friend for early supper at one of the many downtown restaurants and then coming to spend the evening having fun with the craft of book creation.
Can you believe it! I had so much fun teaching in the new book and paper arts studio at John Campbell Folk School in early June that I forgot to take pictures! The above left picture is from our display at the end-of-weekend exhibit. Note that we have samplers of the effects of Kakishibu, collages, and shibori techniques all displayed. I will be offering "Kakishibu and Shibori on paper and cloth" at other venues in the fall and next year.
Above right is one of my happy participants at a marbling workshop at Shelf Life in Greensboro, along with - at top - some of the many papers created by this class. Shelf Life is an easy venue in which to teach and I am grateful for the relationship with proprietor Cassandra Liuzzo. I am looking forward to additional offerings there.
I also had fun this past month offering a private marbling workshop to two mom/daughter pairs who are all friends. They seemed to have had an excellent time and certainly created enough paper to last for many projects!
Please do see my full schedule of workshop offerings at the end of this newsletter. I am excited to be traveling to the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio at the end of this month - excited to see their venue and gallery as well as to offer my class to additional folks.
Please plan to join me at one of several festivals at which I will be participating this summer and fall.
The season begins with the Mt Mitchell Craft Fair, Aug 4 & 5, on the town square in historic Burnsville, NC. I enjoyed being there last year - great setting and well attended.
In early September I will be at the 3-day National Folk Festival. "The NC Arts Marketplace at the National Folk Festival features the juried, handmade creations of the finest artists and craftspeople from the North Carolina region. It will include both deeply traditional crafts and more contemporary artistic expressions rooted in the region’s experience." That plus many music and performance stages - and free admission! Come spend a day or two.
Click here to see a brief video of our new shop.
Bookbinder and Papermaker