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

Arts Advocacy Day 2012

Logo: Americans for the Arts. Credit: http://www.americansforthearts.org/

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?

~Alie

Bibliophiles, Enter Here.

Kansas City Public Library is the place for book lovers. I posted about wanting to visit the Central Library and I finally did last week. It is a beautiful library. The fifth floor has an open roof top where you can see the city and also play a round of chess with human size chess pieces.

When I first saw photos of the library, I thought the walls were faux books and that is what attracted me and why I chose to visit the Central Library Branch. It turns out the parking garage is designed with faux books. The steps to the garage are stacked cement books. It is so incredibly cool. They are metal and painted with different spine covers. Bibliophiles, you will love this!

Photo: Kansas City Library             Credit: Alie Preusser

If you are in the Kansas City area be sure to visit the Central Library Branch. It is in the Central Business District and close to the Power and Light District.

Enjoy,

~Alie

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).

~Alie

Google Art Project

Photo: The Princess from the Land of Porcelain, James McNeill Whistler. Credit: Freer Gallery of Art. http://www.asia.si.edu/

Have you visited the Google Art Project? It was launched in February 2011 and includes seventeen galleries and 1,061 high-resolution images. They are displayed in 385 gallery rooms. Wikipedia has more details regarding the pixels used, opinions expressed about the project, and a few images from the gallery.

Recently, the Google Art Project visited the White House and created a 360 degree virtual tour.

 

What do you think about viewing art virtually? What about the White House project, do you think it is beneficial?

~Alie

Building a Creatively Made Business with Jeanne Oliver

Logo: Creatively Made. Credit: Jeanne Oliver Blog. http://jeanneoliverdesigns.com/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.

~Alie

“Art Lives” in Kansas

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Photo: CityArts. Credit: Wichita state government. http://www.wichita.gov

CityArts has an upcoming show Art Lives. It will run from March 29th through April 21st.

This show is a reflection and collaboration of 24 artists. One year ago the state cut funding for the arts in Kansas. However, art is alive in Kansas and this show according to Rachel Epp Buller, “offers serious reflections on the state of the arts in Kansas.”

Be sure to stop by the gallery and support the arts in Kansas. It will be a wonderful show with something for everyone.

~Alie

Art and Education

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.

~Alie

(We are back from spring break)

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.

~Alie