Art Journal Inspiration Free Webinar

 

Photo: Journal Fodder 365. Credit: North Light Shop.

Create Mixed Media is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, August 29th at 4:00PM Eastern Time. It is called Art Journal Inspiration: Personal Mythologies and Histories.

If you register and are unable to watch the webinar, Create Mixed Media will email the webinar to you so you can view it at a later time.

To find out more details and also to register, please visit Create Mixed Media.

Enjoy,
~Alie

 

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The Beginning

Photo: U.S. Capitol Building. Credit: Alie Preusser.

We spent one day in DC and it was literally only the “tip of the iceberg.” There is so much to see and do it is incredible. I could spend a week in the Library of Congress. My kids could spend a month in the American Museum of Natural History. 

Photo: American Museum of Natural History.                Credit: Alie Preusser.

As timing would have it, we chose a day when it was a 103 degrees and with humidity about 110 degrees. We took the VRE to Union Station and then walked to several landmarks and browsed in a few museums. Despite the heat we had a great time.

Photo: Virginia Railway Express. Credit: Alie Preusser

Have you been to DC? Do you have any favorite places? I would enjoy hearing about your experiences.

~Alie

DC is the Word

My apologies for not blogging sooner. We made it to the DC area. The road trip was an adventure and we stopped in Gettysburg, which was amazing and humbling. So many people lost their lives there. We were told just about everywhere you step there once was an injured, dying, or deceased soldier. Our family also went on a walking ghost tour. There are many to choose from and the walks allow you to delve deeper in the history, whether you believe in ghosts or not.

The big adventure once we found a home and became settled was the derecho that hit the DC area. We were without power for five days and also experienced record high heat. It was our welcoming into the neighborhood. Fortunately, we did not have any trees fall on our home or cars. We did have neighbors that experienced this.

Overall, we love it here. I visited the Torpedo Factory. Wow! I am so excited to go to the Art Nights. Be sure to join me here as I will be exploring the city and visiting a lot of galleries and museums. If you have any must see places, please leave a comment. I discovered the Torpedo Factory from a reader’s comment. Thank you!

Photo: Marina outside the Torpedo Factory. Credit: Alie Preusser.

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Thanks to a comment by Teer Hardy I am planning a visit to the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. According to their website they have three floors of open studios and galleries. They also offer art classes through The Art League School.

If you would like a studio in the Torpedo Factory they have an application process on their site. There are also opportunities to showcase art work and support the center with monetary donations.

Have you been to the Torpedo Factory? Do you have a favorite art medium? If you have not been, be sure to go. Admission is free.

We leave for the DC area soon. I will post pictures of my adventure and any galleries/museums along the way.

~Alie

Southwest Art’s 2012 Competition

The annual Southwest Art’s 2012 Artistic Excellence Competition deadline is 15 July. You can enter online and there will be 13 winning artists. The entry fee is $25. All work must be original.

For more information please visit the Artists Network.

Logo: Artistic Excellence. Credit: www.artistsnetwork.com

Have you ever entered any contests? Any tips for artists that are new?

New Digs Coming Soon

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.”

Photo: Workhouse Arts Center. Credit: Centerbrook Architects and Planners.

Do you live in the DC area? Have visited any galleries or museums? I would like to hear which ones you recommend.

Triple Knot Necklace

Today I created a triple knot necklace. I took a class at Beadz Galore. The first class I took was a single strand knot class which is typically used with pearls. The triple knot is so much fun. I made this necklace for myself so I could practice. Now I will make one for my daughter, mom, and mother-in-law.

Photo: Triple Knot Necklace. Credit: Alie Preusser

If you are in the Kansas City Area,  I would suggest Beadz Galore. The staff is so friendly. Their classes are free and they only ask that you buy the supplies at their store, this means you can design your own piece by choosing your supplies.

I also wrote about Urban Arts and Crafts. They also offer classes and I am going to take one and will report back. I have been told that their store is wonderful as well as their classes.

Do you have a favorite place to take workshops or classes? Have you tried the triple knot?

~Alie