Friends, the post I removed was an error. Paper Art Scene is staying and thriving. I do have a new site http://lillierosa.com/, but will also keep this one.
We most likely will lose power from Tropical Storm Sandy. It is raining and winds are picking up. So, I will be posting soon.
Be safe and thanks for your support. ~Alie
Well our family is about to move to the DC area and I am so excited about all of the art galleries and museums. We are going to have so much fun exploring our new digs.
Here is a place that looks interesting, it is called Workhouse Arts Center. It is on 55 acres of land and offers gallery space, classes/workshops, cooperative studios, performance and theatre venues.
According to the Workhouse Arts Center website, “The Workhouse Arts Center is a project of the Lorton Arts Foundation. The expansive complex, once a correctional facility and now a center for arts, culture, and history, has a rich past and an exciting new presence.”
Do you live in the DC area? Have visited any galleries or museums? I would like to hear which ones you recommend.
Have you ever participated in Arts Advocacy Day? It takes place in Washington DC. I would love to hear from you if you have been. It took place on April 16th and 17th this year. It is a way for art advocates to meet with elected officials and let them know how important the arts are in our communities and schools.
The schedule looks like an opportunity to gain a wealth of information and something I would enjoy learning. This year Alec Baldwin was the guest speaker and is an art advocate. His interview with NPR can be found here.
Our family will be in the DC area next year and I would like to participate in the activities. If you would like to make an online donation you can visit American for the Arts Action Fund.
Do you have any stories about your community and how to keep the arts funded? Do you think the arts are important?
Are you an educator? An art advocate? Or a volunteer? You will enjoy an article written by Katherine Damkohler.
The article depicts the importance of knowing what schools need, the curriculum, and the core state standards. When the arts encompass the needs of the school then it is a win-win.
Please click here for the entire article on the Arts Blog website.
(We are back from spring break)
The Etsy blog has a wonderful post about 365 Projects: Creating Every Day for a Year. There are some really fun and unique people who are doing this project. If you would like to get inspired or if you are doing something similar, I am sure you will find this post very interesting.
I started the new year by posting a photo a day on my personal blog and then stopped. I found myself simply posting a photo to meet the goal, but not really enjoying myself. I then took a step back and analyzed what I wanted to do and decided that I like writing and sharing photography that I think will inform, entertain, and engage my readers. I did not feel I was accomplishing that task by posting a photo a day.
Have you had a similar goal? Was it successful?
Photo Courtesy of, Professional Artist Magazine
Professional Artist Magazine is hosting a competition for artists. They will select one artist each month to be featured in their Artist Spotlight section.There is no fee to enter the competition.
For all of the details please visit this link.
This competition is an opportunity for artists to be interviewed, have their artwork featured, meet other artists, reach out to others, and enhance their presence in the art community.
How many of you like Picasso?
“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”
Over the past two weeks I have been working on journals and altered books, along with taking a class about maps and the art of maps. I found this quote very fitting. I like the imagery of painting as a form of diary.
Really any medium is a diary, very personable, yet calling others to partake. I feel only the artist truly understands the layers because the art created is a “diary.” We choose the work we want to share and we hope to inspire others. The sharing and inspiration are what I find beautiful about art. There are so many avenues for expression and there are no fixed “rights or wrongs.”
How do you express yourself? Do you have a favorite medium that is your diary?
If you are interested in jewelry classes Urban Arts and Crafts will be hosting several different classes. Please visit their website for more information. All photos in the slideshow are courtesy of Urban Arts and Crafts Facebook Page.
I am taking two of the jewelry classes and a friend of mine has taken soldering classes there and really liked it. They also offer a wide variety of classes (knitting, crochet, sewing) and sell art supplies, yarn, fabric, embellishments, etc.
Learn something new during 2012 or develop a skill further.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch.
If you enjoy prompts and sharing your photos with others, this is a great weekly challenge. Click on the link above for more information.
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A free webinar is being hosted courtesy of Create Mixed Media. My Journey with Maps hosted by Jill Berry. Join Jill Berry and learn how to use maps as storytelling.
Courtesy of Create Mixed Media. Artist: Jill Berry
Courtesy of Create Mixed Media. Artist: Jill Berry
Everyone who registers for this event will receive:
- A FREE recording of the webinar.
- An opportunity to purchase Jill’s book, Personal Geographies (and other goodies) through ShopMixedMedia.com at a special discount.(Discount code will be provided at the end of the session.)
To register: Mixed Media Free Webinar
Webinar will be Thursday, January 19th at 1:00 PM Eastern Time