Monday, May 30, 2016

Announcing Children's Classes Summer 2016

Summer is a great time to offer kids some creative outlets that time doesn't permit during the school year.  I'm pleased to announce that I have 2 amazing opportunities for kids this summer.  I have taken 2 classes I've done before and added new content to present high quality positive instruction at an affordable price.

Meeting and Making Masterpieces 2
Each class we will look at a different artist and focus on one of their famous masterpieces, and then we will take some artistic elements to create our own masterpieces.  Artist we will visit include:  Marc Chagall, Claude Monet, Faith Ringgold, Banksy, Andy Warhol, and Gustav Klimt.   This class is geared to elementary age children.  All materials are included. 

Mondays, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. at Art Center on Tusc, 571 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton, Ohio  44203
June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, and August 8
$90 for the whole session or $20 each to drop in


Just 4 Girls Yoga:  Sheroes
We will focus our yoga practice around the inspiring stories of six strong women.  We will also create a take home art or craft to carry their stories into our lives.  I’m so excited to share this new session of this popular program this summer.  This class is geared to elementary and middle school girls.

Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. at Art Center on Tusc,
June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21
$60 for the whole session or $12 each to drop in


Private Art Instruction
I have a very limited amount of time to offer private or semi-private instruction this summer.  If you're interested, we can see if our schedules will align or plan now for Fall lessons.  Email me.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ACoT featured in Akron Beacon Journal

I want to give a shout out to Paula who wrote a great article with cool photos for the Akron Beacon Journal.  Here is the expanded online version.

The photo above is part of the article.  It's lovely to be part of something organic, creative, messy, and beautiful.  The best time to visit is the 4th Friday of each month, 5 - 8 p.m.  See what all the fuss is about!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Join the Vortex of Bliss this Friday

This is one part of my newest 2 x 3 foot acrylic on canvas painting, Vortex of Bliss

It's time for another 4th Friday, and I'm using my own new painting as the theme for the studio.  So we are going with Vortex of Bliss.  I'm thinking peace and contentment will surround us in Studio 102 this Friday from 5 - 8 p.m.  I'll have a few new pieces, notecards, books, card decks, and other goodies waiting for your enjoyment.

4th Friday is always a kid friendly event, but this month downtown Barberton will have lots of activities especially for kids.

At ACoT we will have sidewalk chalk, kids' crafts presented by the Barberton Library, a self station, a community art project that invites everyone to create a bit, and of course resident artist will have open studios for your enjoyment.

I'm looking forward to having you visit the Vortex of Bliss.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Vortex of Bliss


I finished this painting today.  The background sat in my dining room for about a month just waiting for the top layers.  I decided to name it Vortex of Bliss.  I love the idea of all kinds of stuff being sucked in and filling us with bliss, peace, and total contentment so that we can go out and share the overflow of all that love with the world around us.

Who knew that a title could mean something so different to Sam.  When I told him the title he said, "That could be really scary."  I asked him what he meant, and he said it would be really scary if all the good stuff got sucked out of the world.  I totally agree!  I then told him that this vortex was working in reverse to bring even more beauty and love and light into the world.  I'm not sure he is convinced, but it's always interesting to see how far apart our perspectives are on most things.

This piece has many rich layers under these top images.  You can see some of it in the photos of details below.  It's also fairly large for me--2 x 3 feet.

I hope you feel a vortex of all things good overflowing into your life!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Last Week's Art Students

I love making art accessible to people of all ages, experience levels, and interests.  That's why I offer so many art opportunities.  Here is some of what last week brought in the form of private and semi private lessons for children and an art party for adults.

Adding paint to a pinch pot

Single line drawings

Single line drawings

Friday night art party

Friday night art party

Friday night art party

Friday night art party
I hope you're having fun creating!

If you're interested in an Art Party, Children's Art Class, or private lessons, let me know

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Honor Women You Love With Art

Mothers Day is just around the corner.  It's a wonderful opportunity to honor ALL the women in your life with thoughtful and creative stuff--sisters, aunts, cousins, grandmas, friends, coworkers, all the women you know and love.

It would feel so very good to share some piece of Brave Art with your special women.  Here are some suggestions that are waiting for you right now in my studio.  {Email me to connect via appointment.} 

1.  Original art {$20 to $220}

2.  Write your own love letter or memory book in a one of a kind blank book {$5 - $12}

3.  Brave Inspiration Card Deck {$12}

4.  Notecards/Greeting Cards--curate your own collection, {starting at $4}

5.  One on one or small group art party or private yoga session, {starting at $25}

Let me know how I can help you honor the amazing women in your life!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


I love a good party where I get to walk away with something.
I'm NOT talking about stealing.
I'm talking about MAKING.

If you feel the same way, look at your calendar, contact me, and schedule an art party today!

I also love to share the love for making with other people of all ages and experience levels.  It is definitely one of the reasons why I was put on this earth.

There are so many possibilities, too.  We can:

  •      Paint on canvas
  •      Make paper
  •      Make or alter books
  •      Make affirmation cards
  •      Collage and create mixed media art
See more information on the Art Party Page or email me

Another possibility is a Trunk Show of my creations.  It's like a tupperware party for one of a kind locally make art!  Introduce your friends to the whimsy of my creativity in paintings, cards, books, and other clever goodies.

Cards for the Camino

To all the amazing people who follow my art, I'm not sure if I've told you about the epic adventure my son, Sam, and I are taking...