Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Journal Project Begins~

Toward the end of 2016 the gallery owner where I show my work shared a book with an artist friend and I. It was a copy of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.  The author and artist of the book, Edith Holden, kept a diary of the year 1906. She included nature notes, poetry, personal thoughts and beautiful paintings of the natural world around her. Well, my friend and I were inspired and each of us went home to order copies of our own.We had decided to take on the challenge of creating our own Nature diaries. 

My hope is that this project will keep me drawing more frequently and provide a place to explore new subjects. Also, with a new grandson in the family, I'm thinking of leaving something from "Gramma" to future generations that might encourage an appreciation for the natural world around them. 

So, we begin. I plan on posting the process along the way with selected entries. Hoping to finish well in December! And I hope you will enjoy it too. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Adult Drawing Class

Adult Drawing Class
Colonial Homestead
Artisan Gallery
55 W. Jackson Street
Millersburg, OH

Tuesday mornings beginning October 11 thru November 15, 2016
10AM ~ 12 noon

Click here for more details
or call the Gallery at 330-674-1955.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Botanical Jewelry

I'm getting ready to start something new. I've been interested in using my artwork for other projects and landed on jewelry making. I've had my printer make laser mini-prints for me that I will then adhere to glass and mount in pendants. They will become miniature works of art that you can wear! 

I will be sure to post the finished products when they are finished. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Children's Art Classes at Holmes Center for the Arts

I will be teaching Children's Art Classes on Saturdays beginning February 13 through March 5 at Holmes Center for the Arts in Millersburg, OH.

The classes are for children in grades 1 -3 from 9:30 - 10:30AM and grades 4 - 6 at 11:00 - 12:00noon.

For more information, click the Page above titled "Art Classes". And to sign up, please visit Holmes Center for the Arts .

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Etsy Shop Open for Business!

To celebrate the new year I have finally opened my Etsy Shop!

It is called ~ TwigsAndPetals 

I have a fairly clear schedule for the winter months ahead and thought I would take advantage of the bit of extra "free time" and try something new. Since I can do this from home I am also hoping it will free me up for more time in the studio, something that has been sorely missing in my life the past couple years.

I have several pieces on the site for sale and plan on adding to my inventory very soon. Right now I have prints available but soon will be adding a note card section. The focus is "Botanical artwork and Gifts inspired by nature" so I have other items I've been playing around with that might also find there way to the shop in the near future.

 Please feel free to stop by for a visit! :) Thanks!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

New items ~

Above are some of the items I plan on bringing to my art group's show, Holmes for the Holidays. I've added several new designs to my series of fine art ceramic tiles (maple leaf, larger hydrangea and small oak leaf and acorns). And, just for fun, I will have a few knitted tea cozies and braided "Rug Mugs" available this year. The date is ~ Friday, November 20, 6:30PM-8:30PM for the artist reception and the show will continue on Saturday, November 21, 10AM - 4PM. All are welcome on both days. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Holmes for the Holidays Art Show & Sale

The Holmes County Art Group invites you ~

to our

  4th Annual
Holmes for the Holidays Art Show & Sale

Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21, 2015

This year's Event will be held at 
The Washington Abbey
164 North Washington Street
Millersburg, OH  44654

An Artists Reception will take place on Friday evening, Nov. 20 from 6:30PM to 8:30. The show continues on Saturday, Nov. 21, beginning at 10:00 AM to 4:00PM.

For more information ~ Holmes County Art Group

"Fine quality art created by local artists offering unique gifts for the holidays"

(painting above by group member, Marlea Hershberger)

Friday, October 2, 2015

New Artisans Gallery Coming~

On to the "next thing" ~ :)  I will be set up with my art in the future home of the Colonial Homestead Artisan Gallery, 55 West Jackson St., Millersburg, OH next Saturday, October 10 during the Antique Festival. Stop by and say "Hi" and check out the new space! Opening soon!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Adult Drawing Class at Colonial Homestead Artisan Gallery


I will be teaching a drawing class beginning next month at the new Colonial Homestead Artisan Gallery in Millersburg. It will be a six-week class meeting on Tuesday evenings beginning October 6, 2015 with the last class meeting on November 10, 2015.

Click above on "Art Classes" for more information.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Portraits from the Garden: The Zinnia ~ a happy summer flower

Portraits from the Garden: The Zinnia ~ a happy summer flower: Don't these flowers just make you smile? :)  I always like to plant zinnias in our vegetable garden each summer. They provide many sun...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Art in the Garden at Expressions ~ Rain or Shine!

(As published in the Holmes County Bargain Hunter, June 11, 2015) Expressions Fine Art & Gift Gallery is looking to expand its series of events with Art in the Garden this summer. 

The event, which will take place on the front patio of the gallery, is June 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The art, which depicts nature scenes or floral arrangements, will do well in creating a garden-party atmosphere. But to ensure the summer foliage can inspire each attendee, the event will also include face painting and flowerpot painting. 

“It’s for adults and kids,” Cheryl Miller, one of the artists who shows her work at the gallery, said.

There will be a small fee for materials for the crafts. 

Miller said many of the artists in the gallery will be featured in the event because many paint, photograph or otherwise depict nature in Holmes County. Miller said Nancy Franck makes jewelry featuring flower petals; Don Weisgarber, Vickie Boley, Marlene Mullet and Marlea Hershberger all paint local nature scenes; Cindy Bethel etches glass with flowers, trees and feathers and Jim Miller photographs sights in Millersburg. “It’s local artists,” Miller said, “and they represent the county well.”

A few of the artists will even be available to answer questions about their work during the event. 

Franck, who produces N.E.wear jewelry and recently released a “Petals” line, will show her work and possibly do a demonstration, according to Miller. 

“She made a pair of earrings for me out of rose petals from my garden,” Miller said. “It’s really unique jewelry.”

On N.E.wear’s Facebook page, Franck writes that each piece is made from dried flower petals and leaves found in her own garden, which makes each piece different from every other. 

Miller said the event will also include refreshments usually found at a garden party, including iced tea, cookies, small sandwiches and fruited waters. 

This is one of the first events held at the gallery and is an attempt to expand the gallery’s programming.

Miller said she was thinking about holding an event like this for quite some time. “I was thinking about doing it at home before we had the gallery,” she said. “June is a good month to do that, everything is blooming.”

In the future, she and others on the gallery’s board are hoping to hold events themed around the other types of art in the gallery, including three-dimensional pieces, etched glass, ceramics and jewelry. 

For more information about Art in the Garden or Expressions Fine Art & Gift Gallery, visit its Facebook page or call 330-473-9608.