Del Ray Holiday Market

Photo: Del Ray Holiday Market. Credit: Del Ray Artisans.

The Holiday Market will be held over three weekends starting November 30th. Each weekend will host different artists.


Friday, November 30th from 6 – 9 PM(reception)
Saturday, December 1st from 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, December 2nd from Noon – 4 PM

Friday, December 7th from 6 – 9 PM (reception)
Saturday, December 8th from 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, December 9th from Noon – 4 PM

Friday, December 14th from 6 – 9 PM (reception)
Saturday, December 15th from 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, December 16th from Noon – 4 PM

For a list of artists be sure to visit, Del Ray Artisans.


Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Yay! It is that time of year. If you would like to celebrate and meet some new blogging friends then you must visit the Ultimate Blog Party. Click on the banner below and you will be able to link up. There are several ways to link up including: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. There are also many prizes during this event, as well as twitter parties and live chats.

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

This event takes place yearly and was created by 5 Minutes for Mom. This is my second year participating and it is a great resource. Have fun! I hope to see you at one of the events (virtually).


Building a Creatively Made Business with Jeanne Oliver

Logo: Creatively Made. Credit: Jeanne Oliver Blog.

Yes, it is true. Jeanne Oliver is hosting another E-Course. Back in January I signed up for her Creatively Made E-Course and it was well worth it. Not only was I inspired to create, but I also met wonderful people, was able to watch videos about other artists and how they started in the world of arts, along with video tours of their studios, and best of all Jeanne is such a genuine instructor. I received many tools and the course was only $48.00.

The next E-Course is about building a business. To get a complete list of what is covered please click here. Jeanne is also giving away ten spots! Be sure to visit her blog and see the rules on how to enter.

Good luck! I hope you can be a part of Jeanne’s E-Course. Please be sure to stop back and leave a comment if you sign up or if you win a spot.


Ray Chen Rocks the Kauffman Center

Photo: Kauffman Center 1,394 Windows. Credit: Alie Preusser

The free concert at the Kauffman Center was wonderful. Ray Chen has great passion and talent playing the violin. He started playing a toy guitar with chop sticks at the age of four. His parents bought him a violin shortly after and he has been playing since.

Ray played with pianist Julio Elizalde. They are both excellent musicians. The performance consisted of:

Mozart, Sonata for Piano and Violin in B-flat major, K. 454.

Brahms, Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108.

Ysaye, Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin in A minor, Op. 27.

Saint-Saens, Havanaise, Op. 83.

Saint-Saens, Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op.28.

The beauty of the concert is that it also included a Q&A after and then the musicians signed autographs. The Q&A was small and quaint. People asked good questions and it enabled the audience to get an inside look at how the musicians started playing, their tips and tricks of what they do on stage, and how they travel.

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It was Ray’s first visit to Kansas City and he flew from Vietnam on a very long flight. When he boarded the flight it was his birthday and once he landed in Kansas City his birthday was over. He just turned 23. Ray said that jet lag is the toughest part to overcome while performing.

The free concerts are first come and first served. So the first in line will be seated in the front. We were in the first row center stage. You cannot choose your seats, so be prepared. I heard several people complaining, but it is a free concert and they must have some sort of order getting everyone seated.

Please visit the Harriman-Jewell Series for more upcoming concerts.


March is National Craft Month

March is here! Create Mixed Media and North Light Shop are offering free craft projects or mixed media tutorials every day during the month of March. Please click here for the giveaways.

There is something for everyone, many mediums will be covered. Also there are many art books available at deep discounts. Be sure to check it out.

Book: Pretty Little Things. By: Sally Jean Alexander.

Happy National Craft Month.


Frida Kahlo Fans

PBS Newshour has an article on their Art Beat Blog about Frida Kahlo. You can find it here. There is a new exhibit in Arlington, Virginia at Artisphere. More than 6,500 photos that were sealed after her death are now open. The exhibit displays many of these photos.

Photo: Frida Kahlo. Credit: Nickolas Muray.

Photo: Frida Kahlo. Credit: Nickolas Muray.

I saw the movie Frida and an exhibit in Salt Lake City a couple of years ago.  Frida led an interesting life and portrayed so much through her paintings. Now with this new exhibit, art enthusiasts are able to witness Frida’s talent behind the lens with many photographic self portraits.


Call for Mural Artist

Photo: The Topeka State Journal 17 May 1954. Credit: National Archives.

The Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka is searching for an artist to paint a new mural. According to Kansas Representative Elaine Bowers, the mural will depict Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education.

This is a national search, although Representative Bowers is hoping to see submissions from artists in North Central Kansas.

If you are interested in applying, please visit Salina Journal News. The deadline is May 1, 2012.

Good luck,