Monday, January 21, 2013

Artiscape workshop registration is now open

Just open is the class descriptions and registration for the Columbus OH Artiscape art retreat.  Boy there are so many classes I'd like to take, but I'll be on the working end of this one.  Check it out early as classes sell out quickly.  I listed the classes I'll be teaching on the January posting "Artiscape".

Art Unplugged 5 - new classes set

We had a great time with everyone attending the class at Mrs. O'Leary's on Saturday.  Here is a picture of the new project we were completing.   

Chantilly Lace Curtain Necklace

We have some new plans for the Art Unplugged schedule this summer.  We are using the first 2 days as metalsmithing workshops with an open workshop for independent working at the end of the 5 classes.  
After that we move into more of mixed media classes.  By grouping together the styles of projects, you can pick which part of the week you wish to attend.  Since many of you come from out of town, this will optimize your time and travel expenses.  We have also scattered in some open work times at the end of days which will allow you to take a breath to tie up unfinished parts.    

5th Annual Art Unplugged Creative Retreat
June 4-9, 2013 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Tuesday and Wednesday classes are metal working demonstrations that will offer working with torches and tools that create textures and develop skills in silver soldering.
Anyone taking the classes during the day can participate in the evening workshop.
“Rolling Mill Textures”  Learn a variety of techniques using the rolling mill and hydraulic press to texture your metals.  $-TBA
“Reticulation”  This is the process of burning out the copper that is in sterling silver.  Doing this will create a texture that can be used in your jewelry assemblage.   Silver cost TBA
“Unchained Melody”  Make silver links and fuse them together to form a silver chain.  Silver cost TBA
“Microfolding”  This small version of fold forming will make interesting metal textures that can be used to make earrings, pendants etc.  $-TBA
“Little Lentils”  Using a disc cutter, dapping block and letter punches, make small hallow initial beads that are soldered shut.  Paste solder will be used for this.  Enough materials to make 2 silver and 2 copper beads.    $30
Wednesday  5-11
“Open Workshop” Free, see above.
“Bezel Blast”  Explore the world of silver solder.  Achieve a working knowledge of the different types, melting temperatures, torches and work surfaces.  Practice your skills making bezels of different sizes and shapes using filigree charms and gallery wire to turn your bezels into little house shapes.  Patinas and finishing will also be covered.  Fill your works with mini collages i.e., stamped images, vintage papers, charms, beads, glitter and cover with ice resin.  These will make a perfect companion to complete a finished piece of jewelry with the Gel du Soleil charms.  $50  
“Gel du Soleil Resin Charms”  Working with stamps, photo images, vintage papers etc. make mini tags that will be coated in Gel du Soleil resin and hardened in 15 minutes.  Use these tags to make a bracelet, necklace or simply use in your mixed media projects.   $20
“Open Workshop” This is available time to finish works you have started in class.  Free but only available to class participants.  Reserve your space.   Joni will be on hand to answer questions. 
“Enamel Writing”  Anticlastic bracelets and a variety of shapes can be made from copper using the hydraulic press.  We will be writing messages and enameling our pieces in the kiln.  $45
“Shadows of Our Past” Create your own personalized shadowbox.  Paint and antique with chalk paints and wax.  Bring your own family photos as I show you how to scan and size your images in Photoshop or use from my collection of heritage families.  Make a photo negative on Pictorico film.  continued next day...
“Shadows of Our Past - continued” We will develop your photo in a sepia tone using the albumen process (egg whites and silver nitrate).   The print and the negative will both be used.  The box will be further embellished with vintage mementos as you learn a variety of techniques to create a dimensional collage.  You may bring your own mementos or purchase from my personal collection that I will make available for the class participants.  Ideas for trims should follow the theme of the photo, i.e. Baby shoes, Grandpa’s pocket watch, Grandma’s hanky, anything that adds to the story of the photo.  $140
“Open Workshop” This is available time to finish works you have started in class.  You will probably need some of this time to finish your shadowbox project.  Free but only available to class participants.  Reserve your space.   Joni will be on hand to answer questions.
Sunday  10-11
“Breakfast” Open to all those that participate in Art Unplugged.  Free
11:30- 6
“Artful Book Shelf” This handmade book will feature a surprising binding and patina techniques.  Solder stamping will be incorporated into the cover.  Afternoon light lunch will be provided.  $-TBA

Sign up for 5 of the classes and receive a free Artful Illusions shirt.
 Shadows of Our Past counts for 2 classes. 

Class samples will be posted in April.

Art Unplugged runs concurrent to the Wichita Riverfestival.
 Hotels in the downtown core area will be sold out early so don’t delay
booking your rooms if you are needing a hotel.   If you need information about the local hotels please email us and we will send you the links. 

This year the “Public” our full service bar and restaurant is open just steps from the classroom.  Food and libations are served throughout the day as well as having a lounge where you can just relax, use the wifi, meet new friends or catch up with old ones.   
You may also want to book an appointment for a hand treatment, 
chair of full body massage in our Zenful Indulgence salon.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Blind dogs see with their hearts.

I read this on a blind dog web site as I was doing research for a new pup that has entered our lives.  She came from a neglected situation where she was in pain.  Our intent was to just help her with a place of solace until she could be placed in a home.  They put her in my arms, she laid her head over my shoulder and held on.  She is so soft and my reaction was to say "Oh baby how could anyone do this to you".  So she now is part of our family and her name is Baby.  Baby is indeed blind.  We had her to 2 vets and then onto K State to be evaluated.  Everyone has concurred on her plan of treatment so we continue with getting her adjusted to her new surroundings.  I'm trying to teach one of our other dogs to be her guide dog and I'm making progress.  

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Artiscape - Dublin Ohio - April 2013

Artiscape, an artists gathering is scheduled for April 18-21, 2013.  We will be attending the event with a small display of our goods and teaching 3 classes.  I hope some of my friends that I've made at the Stampaway show will have a chance to attend this show.  I just found out last night that I'll be teaching the sold out class from last year - Copper Transfer Bracelet.  I'll also be teaching "Looking In - Copper Book Necklace" and new to the area "Jane in Chains".  Watch the web site in the coming days so you can sign up if you are interested in classes.  There are are 50 classes at the event so there will be something for everyone.  I'm honored to be selected to this quality retreat.

This is the only event we are currently scheduled to teach at this year as we just don't want to commit till we can get up so speed at the studio and store.  Our plans for the future include teaching at stores in Texas, Florida and Illinois.

Class schedule 2013 - Art Unplugged 5 is planned.

These are pictures of last year's Art Unplugged 4 (2012)

Art Unplugged 2012

You may not know us yet.

Now that things are getting a bit settled in with the restaurant/club, it is time to finish the sorting and get our art retreats lined up.  We have a great facility to hold small art retreats.  We are centrally located, and if you are flying in, we will be glad to help you with transportation.  When you arrive whether we have already met or not, you are our friend.  We are in the art and entertainment Old Town District and have 4 hotels within blocks of us that are in historic buildings as well as outlying hotels at bargain prices.  We will be glad to send you a list with links to their sites. There are galleries and fun shops right on our square.  And when you need refreshments or spirits you only have to walk down a few steps into the Public.  You can even take a relaxation break and sit with friends in the lounge.  The massage salon and coffee bar are a step away to treat yourself with a tasty beverage, massage or hand treatment.  We have a retail store so supplies are close by for those trinkets and trims you want to add to your project.  We have a classroom with paper crafting tools and a metalsmithing studio.  We are just a place where friends new and old can gather and relax being surrounded by an environment of creativity.  All our classes are taught in a no-stress easy setting.  So won't you come for a visit, join us at one of our art retreats or just stop in as you may be traveling though the area.  

Classes at Mrs. O'Leary's - Wichita, Kansas  

Mrs. O'Leary's store goods.

Life in the Public

So this is a view of the Public this fall.

The American flag flew over the owners high school in the 70's.  Big tables built from pipe and fire doors.
The mason's jars are my Aunt Vivian's and Grandmothers from many years ago.  

Make plans, God laughs...

OK, so the plan was...   to come home after Stampaway sleep for 2 days and start life afresh getting things together in the studio, house, club and shop.  Get the web site running.  Get those DVD's done for the kits and stop being a crazy person.  Little did we know at the time, others had different plans for us.  Others being our son Travis.  At the time Travis was living in St. Louis teaching art and working in a wonderfully fun restaurant called the Osage.  Well worth the stop if you are ever through St. Louis.  He had told us he was coming home for several weeks during the summer to help us get things ship shape in the club and let us get some rest.  We didn't understand that really meant we would close down the inside part of our club totally gutting it and the kitchen.  So we went to work 18 hours a day, 7 days a week from the middle of August till the end of Oct.  Then it was time to serve all the holiday parties.  We have added to our adventures a new indoor year-round restaurant - Public at the Brickyard with our son and his business partner (long time school buddy) Drew.  

4 of us spent 2 weeks building and finishing the tables.  The tables are covered in the reclaimed flooring
 from the Limp Brewery, St. Louis & newspapers from 1954 Kansas City Star.
 Come sit at a bit of history or pull up a table for a good read.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sayonara Cincinnati

We knew going in this would be our last trip to the Stampaway show.  Some already knew of our plans and sad faces started appearing as the news spread of our departure from the venue.  It was bittersweet sawing hello and goodbye to friends at the same time.  

No Jeager you can't hideaway in the boxes.

An Artful Crew!
Our last Papadeaux dinner with friends.
Eat dessert first!
Cincinnati in our rear view mirror.
As this stage of our live comes to a close, we bid a fond adieu to our fellow vendor family and so many friends that we looked forward to seeing at least once a year.  You will be missed.  I was so touched by the good byes with tearful eyes.  I didn't realize you valued our friendship so much.  Now it is your turn to come see us.  I hope you will stay in touch.  Drop us an email or text or come for a visit.