Snowmen by Sue Pelletier

Do you have some fun and funky bottles? What about knick-knacks and gathered treasure waiting to become an art piece?

Sue Pelletier has created the snowmen pictured here and also offers workshops. Sue is a mixed media artist and has been published in Somerset Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Art at the Speed of Life, just to name a few.

More Snowmen by Sue Pelletier

Be sure to check out her website and have fun creating!

Kansas Citizens for the Arts

Art advocates please visit Kansas Citizens for the Arts. There are two surveys on their website to help reinstate funding for the arts in Kansas. There is one survey for arts organizations and one for artists and arts advocates.

If you are not aware of what is taking place in Kansas, the Governor cut out  all state funding for the arts. This action led Kansas to lose about $575,000.00 from the National Endowment for the Arts. Kansas is the first state to do this and is ranked 43rd in the country for arts support.

The state is hoping that Kansas can fund the arts through private funding. Please take the time to fill out the survey and help the arts in Kansas.

Courtesy of Linn County Kansas

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Courtesy of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has a family scavenger hunt every third Saturday of the month. It is free and at the end of the hunt they give kids a take home art activity.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families

Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturdays for families. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. No reservations are required.

Scavenger Saturdays at the Kemper Museum are made possible with generous support from the R.A. Long Foundation.
~From the Kemper’s site

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Soldering Workshops with Blessed and Distressed

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Today I am sharing several workshops that I have taken at The Peackock Cafe with Sheila. You can get a glimpse of Sheila’s talent on her blog, Blessed and Distressed.

In an earlier post I recommended a soldering book by Lisa Bluhm entitled, Simple Soldered Jewelry and Accessories. It is an excellent source for soldering with great photos and instruction. Along with Lisa Bluhm’s book is Sally Jean Alexander’s book, Pretty Little Things. It is a beautiful book full of treasures and ideas.

It turns out the Sheila has taken workshops instructed by Sally Jean Alexander and has learned amazing things. Taking workshops is a wonderful way to gain skills because you can always learn something new. I learned some tips and techniques that have really helped me in soldering.

The Peacock Cafe is hosting their last workshop this Saturday the 19th. If you are in the Kansas area be sure to check it out. It will be a fun one.

Paper Art Scene Vacation

Dear Friends,

Paper Art Scene will be back in early July. I am getting ready for my wedding, honeymoon, and move out-of-state. If you would like to read my personal blog during that time, I will be posting there.

I am currently taking workshops to develop and learn more about the arts I am passionate about. Once I am back in July there will be tutorials, inspiring art, and a place to share many creations.

Cheers, ~Alie

Arts Advocacy Day

Arts Advocacy Day: The 2011 National Arts Action Summit

If you like art and believe it is important, today is the day to let your voice be heard. The kickoff starts at the U.S. House of Representatives. For those of us not in Washington DC, we can send a message to our Representatives and Senators letting them know how important we think the arts are in our communities.

I am a firm believer in the importance of arts in our schools and communities. Art helps all students, special needs, low income, etc. It is also an area that is quick to be cut from programs and one that needs our support.

In my home state I watched a wonderful program close down due to budget cuts. Youth City Artways offered free workshops to kids and families, it also had visiting artists that went into schools and worked with students. I know first hand how this program aided my family and how much it is missed.

I hope you will join me in letting our Representatives know how much art means to our communities.


Kayo Gallery and Frosty Darling

If you venture to Salt Lake City or live here, a must see is the Kayo Gallery and Frosty Darling. They are located on the corner of 200 East and Broadway (300 South). Both are local favorites and hidden gems in a mostly homogeneous city.

The Kayo Gallery is currently owned by Shilo Jackson. She took over the space from Kenny Riches in 2008. The gallery hosts cutting edge art and showcases many emerging artists. It is one of my favorite galleries and a “must stop and visit” during the gallery strolls.

Along with great art, Kayo also rents their space for special events and hosts workshops. Please visit Kayo’s website for more information.

Image courtesy of City Weekly
Image courtesy of City Weekly

Sharing the space next door is the fun and funky, Frosty Darling. Many of the items are hand made by the owner Gentry Blackburn. It is a boutique that features unique one of a kind crafts, art, furniture, and jewelry.

Frosty Darling is like taking a step back in time. It is difficult to leave because you want to linger and really take in each and every item. There is also a carnival style dart board where you can win tickets to purchase candy, along with old fashioned rocking horses for kids to ride.

Image courtesy of Frosty Darling website
Image courtesy of Frosty Darling website

So now that you have been introduced, please stop by and support local shops and art. They are open late on the third Friday of every month for the gallery stroll.

Thank you Shilo and Gentry for giving me permission to feature both of you amazing women.