Showing posts with label Arts Center of the Ozarks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arts Center of the Ozarks. Show all posts

Monday, September 10, 2012

5x5 Art and Round Robin Journal Pages

I will be leaving for Italy for vacation in a couple of days and wanted to make sure I had completed some art projects I committed to before taking my trip.

In this post, I shared with you the beginnings of my portraits for the Arts Center of the Ozarks 5x5 Exhibit.  I finished putting the final details on the portraits.  Here are the completed pieces:

"Mother Mary"

"Angel of Hope"

The entire exhibition - which features 5x5 pieces of art from artists in Arkansas and neighboring states will be on display from October 4th through November 8th.   The reception will take place on November 8th.  If you are interested in attending this event, please see the Arts Center of the Ozarks website for details.  It makes for a very enjoyable evening, I promise you...

In this post, I told you about a Round Robin art journal project I am participating in.  This month, it was my turn to contribute to a journal by Melissa Bryant.  Her journal theme is "Interconnected" and deals with how our life interconnects with others.  Melissa requested that each artist link his/her with the previous artist by leaving a line to connect with the previous page.  The first thing that came to mind for me was the honeybee.  The bees happily pollinate flowers along their path, intertwining bits and pieces of what they pick up in one garden to another.   I decorated my pages with Golden fluid acrylic paints, acrylic paints and Sharpie markers.   Here's my contribution:

Until next time...Happy creating!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

5x5 Works in Progress for Upcoming Exhibition

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from the Arts Center of the Ozarks letting me know that it is time to start working on artwork for their upcoming 5x5 Annual Art Exhibition.  My husband and I participated in the event last year and had such a wonderful time, we knew when the opportunity arose again this year, there would be no hesitation.

I started working on my creations yesterday featuring my favorite art subject - The Virgin Mary.  Here are the preliminary sketches on canvas:

I also began painting yesterday.  I will have to let these rest for several days.  I added molding paste to some of the paint to give texture to the pictures.  Once dried, I can add the highlights and finishing touches to my mini portraits.

5x5 artwork in progress

I'll be sure to share the finished items with you upon completion.  Until then...have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Arts Center of the Ozarks 5x5 Exhibit

Wow!  The past couple of weeks have been an absolute whirlwind!  Please forgive my lack of presence here in blog land.   Between out of town visitors, my son's upcoming wedding and a trip to Chicago to help care for a family member, it has been a truly crazy couple of weeks.  And just think - it's going to be even nuttier with the holidays right around the corner!

On 11/3/11, the Arts Center of the Ozarks held it's annual 5x5 Exhibit and fundraiser.  Artists from the area donate 5x5 pieces of art which are exhibited and displayed in the two story gallery.  This year, there were over 300 pieces of donated art.  Five of those pieces of art were donated by me, my husband and my daughter, Brianna, and I'm happy to report that each one sold!

Here I am standing by my Our Lady of Guadalupe picture.  It sold for $45.00. :)

Many people came to view and bid on the art.

A jazz band played and appetizers prepared by a local chef were served.  Appetizers included spicy meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, candied bacon and chocolate truffles, among other yummy things.

My friend, Thespa, from Vintiquities Workshop was there; she also donated a couple of pieces of art.

Here's the artwork made by my daughter, Brianna with a little help from my husband, Michael.  It actually is a pop art conception of one of my dogs, "Dos".  It sold for $45.00.  :)

Some of my other favorite pieces of art included:

"Flower Market in Venice" by Karolyn Ferrell

"Mille Fluer" by Dixie Westerman (I LOVE the bright colors used in this creation)

"Morning Drive" by Mark Thomas

"Rose" by Carol Cooper

"The Hog" by Kimberly Kolbe

All in all, it was a fun evening.  As much as I enjoyed going to the previous year's 5x5 exhibit, it was even more fun when participating in it.  I look forward to doing it again next year.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Artwork Update and the Pantene "Beautiful Lengths" Event

A few days ago, I mentioned that I am entering a couple of 5 by 5 pieces of artwork to the Arts Center of the Ozarks 5 by 5 Art Exhibition.

Well, I finished working on my pieces yesterday and want to share the finished designs with you:

"Our Lady of Guadalupe"

"Beautiful Mother"

My husband, Michael, is also contributing two pieces of art to the exhibition.  Here are his completed pieces:

"A Kiss Goodnight"

Detail of "A Kiss Goodnight":
(So sweet, isn't it?  It's nice that he had me in mind when he painted this... lol)

"Thank a Veteran"

The artwork will be on display at the Arts Center of the Ozarks from October 5 through November 4, 2011.  The reception will take place on November 3.  This is a really fun event.  Michael and I attended last year and had a great time.  If you are in the area, be sure to stop on by the Arts Center where you can enjoy mini pieces of art, lots of company and good food and wine catered by the local chefs of the area.

Also, on another note - but definitely not intended to be an afterthought, Pantene sponsored the "Beautiful Lengths" event in Northwest Arkansas last week.  Pantene - in partnership with the American Cancer Society - takes real hair from donors and makes it into wigs for cancer patients.  My daughter, Brianna, signed up for the event over a month ago; she donated 12 inches of her long hair to the cause.  I am so very proud of her for donating to this very worthwhile cause.   Here are some pictures from the event:

Brianna "before" her donation:

The hair is measured and put into ponytails at the spots where it will be cut:
Pantene took before and after photos of all donors.  This is Brianna posing for her "before" photo:

Brianna on stage waiting for the first cut:

 Ponytail in hand after the first cut was made:

Getting the hair styled after all of the locks were cut off:

Brianna "after" her donation with her hair stylist, Nathan Patterson, owner of the Emerald Salon:

Even though I wasn't able to donate any hair this time around, I'm really glad I was able to attend and share in all of the excitement of this very worthwhile cause.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Crafty Three Day Weekend = Lots of Projects Completed!

Happy Labor Day!  I love three day weekends, but even better yet - I love three day weekends where I can craft my little heart out.  I was able to begin (and actually finish) numerous projects this weekend,  in addition to starting some new ones that still need some work.  Here's a few of those projects:

I designed and hand-painted some mini shrines.  They are made from resin and paper clay.  I plan to make these into pendants:

I sewed a brand new outfit for my sweet little Infant of Prague statue:

I finished some brand new resin pendants and posted them to EBay and Etsy:

I completed three charm bracelets (two are pictured here):

And, I drew out sketches for artwork I am thinking about entering into this year's Arts Center of the Ozarks 5 by 5 Art Exhibition.  I'm not sure which ones I'll use yet.  I definitely will be entering two pieces of art into the exhibit, I just have to decide which ones....hmmmm.    These are just the preliminary sketches.  Once they are painted onto the actual canvas, I'll be sure to share them with you.

Isn't it crazy?  I actually was going to paint a landscape scene as one of my entries, but I always come back to the Virgin Mary when creating art.  She really is my favorite subject in many aspects of the word.

And last, but certainly not least, I FINALLY set up a Two Crafty Mules page on Facebook!  Whew!  I'm blissfully tired.  There's nothing quite like the sense of accomplishment.  Now, I think I'm just going to chill out and relax before heading back to the office tomorrow.
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