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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010

We spent Christmas and Bob's Birthday with Chris and Kyla in Richmond. Here's a little photo sampling of our holidays.

Christmas Eve is Bob's birthday.


We had fun decorating a gingerbread house


Kyla focused intently on what she was doing


Kyla playing with her new computer game


Our Christmas tree in Milford


Gifts from downtown Milford shops


A beautiful Milford sunset yesterday (the day we returned from Richmond)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Welcome to my new Studio!


photo by Cathy Serwalt

Take a peak inside!


In September and October of this year, resident artists of the Studios Upstairs at Park Avenue, on the second floor of the Riverwalk Center for the Arts, upstairs from both Angelucci Artists Gallery (who manage the Studios) and the Mispillion Art League, began to move into their individual studios. (Contrary to what some people think, the Studios Upstairs and Angelucci Artists Gallery are not part of the Mispillion Art League, being connected only by sharing the same building and our mutual respect and friendship. Several of us are members of the Art League and work hard to promote its programs, but that's the only connection.) My Studio was ready in October and as many of you know, I exitedly moved in my art supplies and set to work.

Inside the Studio (the wood floors and stucco are original) Our little settee from our Phoenix house fits in perfectly, next to the antique radiator (non-functioning, unfortunately)


Bob created a system of stainless steel wires, criss-crossed on one wall for me to hang up works in progress. It is the envy of all the other artists!


The wall outside the studio is a display place for our work. We show mine and Bob's although I am the one working in it. (The beams and bricks are original to the building)


The Riverwalk Center for the Arts is a recently restored, historic building, a former hardware store, in the downtown of our city, Milford, Delaware, right on the Riverwalk. The Mispillion Art League leases the front of the lower level, and Angelucci, the rear with their second gallery in the downtown. There are still many details yet to be finished and we expect the "Grand Opening" to happen this spring. But in the meantime, we joyfully work away. It's a diverse group of artists - each with our own distinctive styles so it's interesting for the public to come up and browse around, which we welcome.

The address of my studio is: Live Cheap & Make Art Studios, 6 Park Avenue, Studio i, Milford Delaware 19963. I keep regular hours, Wednesday - Saturday so call me if you want to visit - 302-359-5534.

The Riverwalk Center for the Arts - the first window to the left of the lightpost is my studio. I have a great view and north light.


Our logo was designed by Ben Muldrow, of Arnett Muldrow Associates, an Urban Planning firm based in Greenville, South Carolina, specializing in Community Branding, Retail Market Analysis, Historic Preservation and Downtown Masterplanning, who created the branding for downtown Milford.


An as yet untitled painting I recently finished in my studio

Monday, December 13, 2010

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Vietri sul Mare



I'm a little behind with this post but I was remembering this event that happens on December 8th in Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast where we lived in 2006-7 and wanted to share some photos.

Here is just an excerpt: "There ended up being three bonfires, each one larger than the last, until finally, near the beach they had created a very large one, in the shape of a tall Christmas tree, built of slats of wood with dried tree branches affixed to it. A group of young men and boys carried long poles with old socks and rags tied around them. Another doused them with gasoline, while an older man kept shouting “Poco! Poco” (a little bit! a little bit!) and the torches (and the area around their feet as well) shot up into flame..." Click here for the whole story. And here for more photos.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A good quote

"By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before."
- Edwin Elliot

Sunday, December 5, 2010

My latest painting - Finished Yesterday!

Please come!



We'd like to personally invite you to attend the first exhibition to be held in the Studios Upstairs' Galleries. See works by Bob and I and other "resident" artists along with some very fine artists from throughout the surrounding areas. Find unique one a kind art gifts, meet the artists and enjoy refreshments in this newly renovated space. If you haven't had a chance to see my new studio, this is it! Reception from 5 to 8pm, Friday December 10. 4 N. Walnut Street, Milford De. Hope to see you then (and bring a friend!)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Decorating the Studio for the Holidays!

My cute little Christmas trees!


Found these cute little trees for my studio and decorated them with my hand-painted watercolor "ornaments" - little squares of 300 lb Arches cold press - I had so much fun using the colors of traditional Christmas lights in translucent layers. These little "Holidays Lights" are for sale this season along with some new Amaryllis cards. I hope you'll come up to the Studios Upstairs this Friday, December 3. We're all working hard to make it festive and fun. We'll have cookies too and lots of good cheer, so come out to the Holiday Stroll - downtown Milford from 5-8!

Little Amaryllis cards (A-2 envelope size)


Long Amaryllis cards - this is reproduced from my new painting and go in #10 envelopes