Sunday, February 28, 2010

Shhh - this is only a clue

What could this be?
Where did it come from?
How did I get this?
Who created this?
Could it be a sample of what's to come?
Could it be a sneak peek of something to come?
This is just a clue.
What do you think this is?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Patti Brady comes to Saluda again!

Mark your calendar for this 2 day workshop in our new studio March 20th & 21st for Patti Brady's 3rd annual teaching extravaganza in Saluda.
What to do with all your Golden Paint & Mediums????
This is your opportunity right here
in Saluda at Random Arts.

In this two day workshop we will work on a small 10" x 10"plexiglass box.
The boxes can hang on the wall or sit upright on a table,
We will play with layering images and acrylic glazes by
working on both sides of the box. The box is just a
departure point for us to explore a range of acrylic gels
and grounds. Included in the options of mark-making:
making acrylic skins, printed skins, dremel tools lines,
stencils, drips, drops, Iridescent and Interference paints and more.

I did a large commission for Whole Foods in Greenville , SC,
consisting of eight large 36' x 36" plexi panels that are
mounted a few inches from the wall. The light bounces
off the walls, and illuminates any translucent areas.
The light also creates shadows,,all of these elements
can be used in your boxes.

All the paint and gels will be provided by
Patti and Golden Artist Colors.

Remember... each one of you will come
away with a great working knowledge of the
Golden Artist Colors, Mediums and techniques
as well as your very own personalized work of art.

This is great opportunity to learn from the "master",
as Patti is the creative director at Golden Paints
and has a wealth of information and experience
that she is more than willing to share.
It's pure fun!

This talented teacher comes to us from Greenville, SC
but her former years are far from the west coast girl's beginnings.

Patti is demonstrating several techniques at one of her
workshops here in Saluda. Not a peep out of anyone
until it's all over. What good students we have in Saluda!

Patti's latest book "re-thinking" acrylic has been a huge success
for her and for all of us who delve into the Golden Paint products
to satisfy our need for creativity. This book walks you through
each product with easy to follow, step by step, full color
instructions and plenty of inspiration for branching
out and trying new techniques.
Below is Patti signing books in NYC last year.

Patti Brady is the Working Artist Program Director
for Golden Artist Colors. She has developed
curriculum for acrylic classes for artists
and art educators. Patti currently has trained
and manages 42 national and international artists
for the Golden Working Artist Program in the US.
Canada, Korea, France, Austria, Spain, Mexico
and the Netherlands. 2004 and 2006 she traveled
to Japan for Golden Artist Colors to lecture
at Universities in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
This 2 day workshop is $195 and is payable through Paypal,
checks or cash.

Mail checks to Random Arts Po Box 3 Saluda, NC 28773

Monday, February 22, 2010

Spring into Saluda with new workshops

Sat. March 27th
Kristi Steiner
Tool Kit for Creativity Workshop

10 am till 4pm

Imagine having a delectable kit

filled with helpful tools just waiting

to aide you in any creative emergency.

That's exactly the mission of this class!

Bumps, hurtles, and artist's blocks are part

of the creative process for us all.

Our goal is to create tools to gently nudge us through these challenging stages.

Our tool kit is an embellished cigar box, complete with paint brush handle. The first tool is an Owner's Manual – a small booklet fashioned from a metal label file folder. Here we note: everything necessary for authentic creativity is “All Inside!” A variety of dyes, daubers, gesso and paint techniques for textural backgrounds is demonstrated. A clear gesso transfer method is explained.

Next is a series of Permission Slip Bundles reminding us to play, to mess-up, and to experiment. Discover the possibilities of combining fabric with paper as you learn to use fusible web.

An altered match box houses Inspiration Seeds for times when ideas falter. And lastly we remind ourselves to Handle Gently the flowering of any new venture. Not only is our Tool Kit a visual treat, it is filled with helpful “power tools” for YOUR creativity!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wondering what's next.....

Some shows are good,
Some shows are great,
Some shows are so-so,
Some shows are fabulous,
Some shows are really bad,
Some shows require more work than others,
Some shows are filled with great energy,
Some shows instill emotion,
Some shows take my breath away,
And some shows make you think twice.
Like, wouldn't a Mixed Media Art Show
go really well in Saluda? Hendersonville?
Can you picture "us" coordinating
a show that 
all us would love?
Tease, tease, tease.....

With that said,
we are now preparing for a show that we 
 Great workshops!
Great Vendors!
Great Events!
Great, Great Coordinator - Lisa Ohmer
European Papers.

Both Louise Mc Clure and I  are looking forward to our
next road trip to Ohio.
Hopefully we will see many of you again
that we met last year and some of you we
know from your trips to Saluda.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Look what's new!

Here is just a sampling of some
of the books that we feel
are a necessary part of your creative library

Even though our friends, Linda & Opie
won't be joining us this spring to teach,
we had to include their newest book
"who's your dada"

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Landlords can help downtown

I read this letter to the editor this morning in the Times News in Hendersonville
and felt that it encourages all of us to  support small businesses.

Published: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 4:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 1, 2010 at 6:16 p.m.
To The Editor: I agree wholeheartedly with the writer (Jan. 18) who suggested landlords consider lowering rents on Main Street.

Recently I learned that many Main Street landlords do not maintain their buildings, holding tenants responsible for repair and replacement of frozen pipes, leaking roofs and other structural problems. Besides lowering rents, perhaps landlords could maintain their real estate.
Main Street merchants must be admired for braving the worst economic climate since the Great Depression. These valiant survivors deserve an award. Better than that, they deserve our support.

The merchants make our downtown what it is. For the most part their merchandise is not the homogenized goods found in malls and big-box stores. Plus they offer an enticing plus: good old-fashioned, friendly service rarely found elsewhere.
People squawk about parking. When downtown Hendersonville hosts an event or a parade, head to town early. Other days, parking's a cinch.
And we've heard the fallacy about higher prices for merchandise in Main Street shops. Can we make this comparison when much of what's offered on Main Street cannot be found elsewhere (locally)? Treasures abound on Main!
Let's keep our local economy alive. If you aren't doing so already, you don't know what you're missing.
Terry Ruscin

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Winter continues

We are making ourselves at home here in the
lobby at the Hampton Inn.
Left to right
Susanne (my daughter), Tammy (owner of Obsession Beads)
Louise McClure owner of Sabi Jewelry, Paula Woods (Button Expert), Barbara (Tammy's Mom)
Hampton Inn in Statesville, NC
Our home away from home for 4 days during
after and in between the show days.
My car sat like this for 3 days without moving.
Doesnt look like much snow but I-77 was
stopped in both directions.
My booth looked so good and best of all, it looked
"great" to 1000+ visitors. They loved every bit of it too.
Ribbons? Best seller, esp the fleur de Lis
and the button ribbon.
Louise McClure sure knows how to create a eye popping display in her booth.
She layered sheers and twinkling lights to attract happy shoppers. Each display
was thoughtfully created imaging her attention to detail. B e a u t i f u l !!!!