Friday, June 17, 2011

Who is Helen Shafer Garcia?

Helen contacted us in February, telling us that she was
a friend of Jane LaFazio's, and would love to come and
teach a workshop, at Random Arts this summer...

Batik Tree of Life
Batik Tree of Life Class Description
Reach into the sky and create connections between branches and earth while creating universal Tree of life themed mixed media paintings on Masa paper and canvas. A special batik technique with Masa rice paper will create wonderful textures and crevices for the paint to flow into. Draw and paint elements and symbolic icons of a tree of life, including birds, flowers and other great, joyful creatures with bold watercolor dropped -in color techniques. You’ll play with colored pencils, ink lines and collage elements to further embellish your paintings. Discover how beautiful and bright watercolors can be with this special process. The watercolor paintings will be sealed with an acrylic varnish to protect the surface. Borders and embellishments will be added with acrylics.

As usual, in my life, one thing leads to another
and life gets busy and her request was sent to
the "back burner".

Now with summer upon us and a Jane LaFazio workshop
behind us, we have learned lots more about Helen Shafer Garcia
and now we are more than eager and excited about her
expected teaching engagement
at Random Arts on July 6th.

First of all, she is one of the 4 artists who coordinated
a fabulous art event week in San Miguel Allende, Colonial Mexico
this past April. Along with Helen was Jane LaFazio, Laurie Mika
and Lynn Leahy.
(Helen is third from the left)
Helen’s work is an emotionally drawn encounter with paint, color and texture that invokes the spirit for a intriguing visual journey.

Some of her work involves the process of transference- subtraction
and addition of paint and found objects.
She’s currently working with watercolor, pastel and
mixed media creating contemporary images
on paper along with a series of Icon folklore triptychs
with wood, water-media and
found object construction.

To Register for this unique opportunity to learn
from this multi-talented artist please
contact us by email. Space is limited to 12.
Cost $125. includes a catered lunch from Purple Onion
and a full day instruction.


  1. Hi Jane,
    Were you the owner of Random Arts back in 1997? I was there then, and remember this fabulous little stamp store packed to the rim!!!! I didn't know where or what to look at
    I love that little town, and the shop. I plan to make it back there soon, maybe even take a class.
    I adore the mountains of North Carolina.
    The best of everything to you and yours at the new location!!!
    xo Gloria Martin xo

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  3. Yep, that's me. Same person, a little older, a little wiser and little more creative and intuitive than way back then in the 90's. We are so excited about our new space, that we OWN and love! No one can tell us what to do... we just do it!!!! If you do FB you can reach me at Jane Powell. and find me there to see our progress. Thank you so much and please come back to visit us in Saluda, NC.