Art Lounge on 101: Closing!

This past year Cindy Blumkin and I enjoyed bringing Art Lounge on 101 to the San Diego community. We loved planning with amazing teachers creative outlets for experienced and novice art students, and providing an intimate environment for these art and craft classes. It has been a pure delight! Although the process has been rewarding, we realize our …

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By the time you’re done reading this…

By the time you’re done reading this, you’re not going to believe me… Prior to leaving New York City in 1990, I was in a French Canadian documentary entitled “New York Doré.” It was an honor, to say the least, to be selected to participate in this phenomenal project. The director, Suzanne Guy, had befriended me, and …

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Last Chance! Moroccan Art Show!

Haven’t been by First Street Gallery & Custom Framing in Encinitas to explore my “Before, During & After” Exhibit? Well, what are you waiting for? I put together this show to celebrate the culmination of my year-long journey following my artist residency in Morocco. Each piece reflects a special part of my journey, and are deeply influenced by the …

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Morocco Exhibit: Before, During & After

journey (n.) —1. a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time. 2. passage or progress from one stage to another. Whether physical, mental or spiritual, we tend to describe our journeys in the state of “during”—what we did or felt while we went through the actual experience. But what about …

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Now Showing: “Over the Moon” Exhibit

Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars. —Les Brown Well, do you think it’s possible to do both? Because I am now being showcased in the “Over the Moon” Exhibit at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library AND among the stars of my fellow San Diego Book Artists that …

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A Year in Review: 2016

Wow… can you believe it’s almost 2017? It feels like just yesterday I was planning my trip to Morocco… and that was already over 7 months ago! This year has been one of great changes—personally, professionally and artistically. The year started off on one of the highest notes possible—an once-in-a-lifetime 6-week artist residency in Morocco. …

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2016 Holiday Bazaar at Art Lounge

Looking for unique, one-of-a-kind holiday presents for friends, family or yourself? Join me at the Art Lounge Holiday Bazaar, Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 12-6pm. This special event will showcase artwork and other handcrafted creations from Art Lounge instructors. This event is fun for the whole family or perfect for a girl’s day, as there …

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Working with a Local Craftsman

Layachi has been working with leather since he was a child. He started at around 9-years-old. He was probably fetching pelts and tea at that age, his hands too small to hold the tools, but no matter he is a MASTER craftsman now, and an amazingly nice guy. While in Tetouan, Morocco in February-March 2016 …

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Don’t Miss Out! Summer Solstice Arts Festival Tomorrow!

Celebrate the start of a new season with artwork, demos, live music, spiritual readings, henna, food and drinks… and more! Taking place on Thursday June 23, 2016 from 7-9pm, and hosted by Hera Hub, the Summer Solstice Arts Festival is the opening for the yearlong exhibit featuring my artwork as well as that of multi-media …

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Artist Retreat: Be Transformed

Explore your creativity & the great outdoors… Join me for a week of creating under the pines and in community at Art Groove Artist Retreat, August 19-24, 2016, in beautiful Angelus Oaks, CA. Want to learn different techniques for crafting your own Altered Book and come away with a book that’s entirely your own? Sign-up …

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Art Groove Turns 10!

“Art Groove 2016” Adult Summer Workshops Friday August 19–Wednesday August 24, 2016 All skill levels are welcome for this amazing experience! Camp de Benneville Pines is celebrating their 10th annual summer art camp this August 19-24th! Join us for a week of creative enrichment while relaxing in the beauty of the San Bernardino National Forest. …

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Book Altering at Camp de Benneville Pines

At Camp de Benneville Pines, have a truly memorable summer that engages your artistic being while experiencing the beauty of the outdoors. Join me and my fellow campers August 19-24, 2016 for a a week of creating, collaborating, hiking, meditating and just enjoying our surroundings at Art Groove. Last year I had the pleasure of teaching …

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Artist in Residency 2016

I’ve recently discussed the notion of being open to change and new opportunities — as well as patience and timing. Well, the time for GOOD and EXCITING and REWARDING opportunity has come! I have been selected for a 4-week artist in residency program in Morocco in February 2016 with Green Olive Arts. (It’s hard not to write this with …

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Book Altering Workshop with By Bun

UPDATE: WORKSHOP FILLED! Brontë, Dickens, Frost… and you! Have some old books collecting dust? Then join me for a hands-on introduction to art journaling and book altering with mixed media artist, illustrator and maker of beautiful things Roxanne Coble, aka By Bun. This class will provide you with fun and diverse techniques for transforming your …

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New Product News!

Hear ye! Hear ye! (Excuse me, I’ve always wanted to say that before making an announcement.) We recently added several new products to our catalog, and I am excited to say that they are doing really well. Our reps at Gifts of Nature have been busy at the Los Angeles show and their efforts are paying …

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Sign Up Today for Art Camp!

Art Groove: Summer Adult Art Camp AUGUST 21–27, 2015 CAMP DE BENNEVILLE PINES 41750 JENKS LAKE RD. WEST, ANGELUS OAKS, CA 92305-9789 COST: $945 ($995 AFTER MAY 31, 2015) Includes instruction, workshops, materials, food, lodging and all standard activities available at de Benneville Pines. Each camper will choose an area of study; drawing, painting, photography, …

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Expressive Painting with Jesse Reno

Keep it simple: Start with a large sheet of Bristol board. Basic primary color acrylic paints, no bushes choosing to mix and apply paint with your hands. Paint a ground. (background) Notice if anything is calling for your attention. Grab a section. (outline area) Look at the whole and remove what you don’t like. Paint …

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One Step at a time!

Progress takes time. Whether you are coming up with new ideas or figuring out what comes next—time for quiet and contemplation are required. Over the last several months, I’ve been busy working on new designs and products. This endeavor has been exhausting and revealing, not to mention FUN! But now it’s time to put my energy in …

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Introducing Ready-to-Hang Wall Art!

I’m ecstatic to share with you a project I’ve been working on for the last few months. They’re 5X7 wood panels that feature some of my more popular artwork, along with some new motifs. Currently there are 12 designs available, with additional panels exclusive to the Chopra Center, and I’m hoping to add more in the …

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Art Camp for Art Lovers

Photo: www.examiner.com This summer, from August 22st though August 26th, I’ll be immersing myself in art along with 50-70 other artists. It’s Art Camp for grown-ups! Although the schedule hasn’t been cemented, and the brochure and website aren’t yet produced… it’s happening. The morning hours will be filled with painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, or photography. …

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Seven Sutras Greeting Cards

Every great business, has great partnerships. And we’re always excited about the new developments in our relationship with The Chopra Center in Carlsbad, CA. After having great success with our hand-finished, individual Sutra panels, we are happy to announce that we are now offering these designs as greeting cards. The series was designed as a limited edition and …

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