Workspace Table by Girl Inspired

Have you heard of Pinterest? I discovered this workspace table there and then visited the blog of Girl Inspired. The table is modeled after a Pottery Barn table.

Workspace Girl Inspired
Courtesy of Pottery Barn. White Bedford Project Table.
Courtesy of Pottery Barn. Espresso Bedford Project Table.

Isn’t this a great idea? I love the shelving on the sides and then the nice big workspace on top. This is a project I would like to accomplish after our next move. Currently, I am using an old buffet table that I have painted white and still need to add new nobs.

Kitchen Buffet Before
Kitchen Buffet Transformed (still needs nobs)

The photo below is what inspired me to alter the buffet table. I really like the stenciling, but am not sure I want it for the top of my art workspace. The stenciling would quickly be ruined. I think metal or plexiglass/glass tops are the best surface for art workspaces, do you agree?

Inspiration from another Blogger. Before and After.

If you would like, please share your favorite workspaces or ideas in the comment section.

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.

Scrivner’s Creative Center

If you are in the Leavenworth, Kansas area be sure to check out Scrivner’s Creative Center. The owner, Cricket, has an excellent business which offers art and music classes for kids, craft nights for adults, and runs the shop as a co-op for artists. You can find unique one of a kind items at reasonable prices. Artists volunteer at the shop in return for selling their items at the shop and receive 100% of their sales.

Store Front
Cricket's dress

Cricket is very talented and kind. She makes dresses from recycled materials, an example is pictured above. She also is an amazing teacher and works well with kids. As soon as I walked in the door Cricket made sure that I felt welcome. She is a retired military spouse and works very hard for the Leavenworth community.

Thanks, Cricket, for all you do.

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.

~Alie

Salt Lake Art Center

The Salt Lake Art Center showcases contemporary art. It was founded in 1931 and is in the center of Salt Lake City. They also offer workshops, film screenings, panel discussions, and educational programs.

Want to know the best part? Admission is free.

They have Art Saturday which is for families. An upcoming event is creating solar prints and creating masterpieces with sidewalk chalk in the sculpture garden, sounds really cool. My kids and I have participated in some of these Art Saturdays and have had a blast.

There is also the Art Truck. Yes, it is mobile. The last exhibit was hands on and we were able to create and add to the art display.

Courtesy of About.com

If you live in Salt Lake be sure to offer your support and visit the gallery. If you are visiting Salt Lake be sure to stop by and experience contemporary art at its best.

Enjoy, ~Alie

Chapbooks

The beauty of a chapbook.

1. Pocket Sized

2. Poems, ballads, stories, etc.

3. Simple or complex with different bindings

4. Create your own

There is a workshop at the University of Utah’s Book Arts Studio on March 19th. I have taken workshops there before and their studio is brand new and amazing. The instructors are inspiring and knowledgeable.

“Participants leave with the foundation needed to begin designing, digitally printing and constructing their own line of boutique books.”

I think this will be a fun one, although I will not be attending.

Also, Utah educators be sure to visit the above site, they offer free workshops for teachers. You can take away some interesting projects for your students. The workshops incorporate language arts, science, history, math, and arts.

Enjoy,
~Alie

Henry David Thoreau

Today I am featuring Thoreau. While practicing yoga this morning the instructor quoted Thoreau and it took me back to reading Walden and how much I enjoy Thoreau.

I would like to share a few quotes with you:

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
~Henry David Thoreau

“What you get by achieving your goals is to as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
~Henry David Thoreau

I am going to continue blogging while planning my redesign of the site. I received a clue to day that I may be getting a really cool birthday present that will help me with redesigning my blog. Yay.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, I would like to hear them. Also, who are some of your favorite artists?

Cheers,
~Alie