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Small Wonders (and furry spider suits) in Annapolis, MD

Red Velvet Ruffles : oil painting | SOLD

The Small Wonders show in Annapolis, MD is a great spot to pick up something for your special someone, even if they are impossible to buy for. For instance,  I bet they haven't got a cute hand knitted spider sweater. I'm told it's what all the best dressed arachnids have on their Christmas list this year

November 30 – December 28, 2012Reception: Thursday, December 6th, 6-8pmSmall Wonders MFA Circle Gallery 18 State Circle Annapolis, MD 21401

Hand knitted spider sweater, by Jen Liu

Seeing Spots at CWOW

Metro 29 at cWOW

lots of good paintings, interesting sculptures and intriguing collages at Metro 29 - City Without Walls, Newark NJ. And lots of sales from the opening night too.

But what do you know? I just managed to squeeze 2 photos out of a dying battery, only to find that the spare was dead as well. So I only have this delicate cut paper collage by Patricia Ritchie to share with you. If you want to see the rest, well you'll just have to hop in the car...or wait till I get back there with a fully operational camera.

Now, where did I put that charger?

Blue Table : paper collage by Patricia Ritchie

November 30th – February 16th, 2013 29th Annual Metro Show City Without Walls 6 Crawford Street Newark, NJ 07102

Edible Art Morsels at the Fair

There is a terrific article in the Huffington Post about the joy of "angel investing" in emerging artists. Author Hilary Harkness recommends kick starting your collection by meeting the artists, or visiting them in their studio to create a unique connection to the art. Read : Why You Should Collect Art by Emerging Artists

These little morsels will be making their debut this weekend at the Montclair Art Museum's Affordable Art Fair on Saturday and in the South Orange Maplewood Studio Tour on Sunday. And at under $100 they would be the perfect starter piece for your collection (mini easel included). These are just 4x2", and sit perfectly on your desk - a ready reminder to take a tea break

Curve-alicious and Danish Kiss

My personal budding art collection affords little moments of joy every day. When I have my morning tea with Miss Mae by Sarah Petruziello; when I clean my teeth watched by Joy Yagid's beady eyed raptors; or when I get a quirky look from one of Florence Wint's sculptures, I am reminded of the unique personality behind each creation.

Each piece serves as a reminder of a connection I share with its creator - whether it is a sense of humor, a sense of wonder or a sense of whimsy, they each have a resonate quality that reminds me of that shared affinity and bring a smile to the day. Joy and Florence will be at 1978 Gallery with me on Sunday, and visit Sarah in her brand new studio on the tour. (so jealous!)

Cupcake Swoosh : mini oil painting

Saturday June 2, 10-5pm (includes FREE admission to the Museum) Affordable Art Fair Montclair Art Museum 3 South Mountain Ave Montclair, NJ 07042

*Participating Artists* Luis Alves Collage, Alina Bliach, Jo Bradney, Aric Calfee, Gabrielle D’Angelo, Liz Demaree, Robyn Ellenbogen, Susan Fidlon, Michael Hart, Linda A. Ippolito, Ji Yong Kim, Wendy Letven, Maria Lupo, Cathy Pilkin, Adam Pitt, Christopher Reach, Brandon Rechten, Janice Reis, Christine Sauerteig-Pilaar, Christine Soccio, Lisa Stoeffel, Doreen Tighe, Victoria Tullo, and Julian Weitzenfeld.

Studio Tour : Sunday June 3rd 11-5pm

stop by the Preview show at the Pierro Gallery for a sampling of the work. Or plan and print your self-guided tour on the spiffy new website

Artists Studio Tour 1978 Maplewood Arts Center 1978 Springfield Avenue Maplewood, New Jersey

Preview/Post View Pierro Gallery Baird Center 5 Mead Street South Orange NJ 07004

Last Weekend to go BANG

Halloween Hangover 5x5" oil

Due to the freaky snow storm and general lack of electricity, we only had 3 intrepid Trick or Treaters this Halloween - leaving us with a small dilemma.

What is a girl to do with a large cauldron full of chocolate?

Stop by for some mulled cider and see this little gem at the last weekend of BANG!

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11, 11-5pmBANG!VI (Buy Art Now Guys!)1978 Arts Center 1978 Springfield Ave Maplewood, NJ


Art Ache Cured in Maplewood, NJ

The temperature was rising at BANG! VI this weekend, as art fever raged and you swarmed to Buy Art Now Guys! More goodies will be delivered this weekend to alleviate your Art Ache, so stop by and add your own little red spot to the contagion

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11, 11-5pm 1978 Arts Center 1978 Springfield Ave Maplewood, NJ

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And the Cookie Predicts....

A Small Fortune : oil painting

...that my small oil painting will be chosen for the 22nd Annual NJ Small Works Show - Perfect Fit

WOW - spot on!

Wonder if those lottery numbers are any good?

June 10 - July 8 Perfect Fit 22nd Annual NJ Small Works Show at Mikhail Zakin Gallery The Art School at Old Church 561 Piermont Road Demarest, NJ

SWEET! - Affordable Art Fair : Montclair Art Museum

Revealed : oil painting  |  9x12"  | SOLD

How juicy sweet!

The Affordable Art Fair at the Montclair Art Museum, will be showcasing 25 local artists chosen to display their work and better yet - everything will be under $500 The perfect weekend to discover an emerging talent and pick up a bargain before they hit the big time.

I will have a whole booth of small oil paintings and , yes, there may be one of two juicy citrus paintings, but I might have to throw in an onion or two, just so you know it's really me.

Their terrific Warhol and Cars exhibit will be ending soon and admission to the special exhibition will be half price admission all weekend. PLUS they will be 12 vintage Cadiallacs parked around the museum for you to be inspired by the real thing.

June 11 10-4pmJune 12 10-5pm

Affordable Art Fair Montclair Art Museum 3 South Mountain Ave Montclair, NJ 07042

New Work : how many more tangerines?

Winter's Glow : oil painting  : 5x7"  |  SOLD

I wasn't aware just how much citrus fruit got painted this winter - satsumas, tangerines, wonder I stayed fit and healthy and sniffle free

Stop by Kitchen a la Mode this weekend to sample the fruits of this winter's citrus obsession

Now...what to paint next?... anyone fancy limes?

June 3- 6 Kitchen a la Mode 19 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079-1716

Snow Goose Miniature Show

Across Sunset Pond, miniature color pencil landscape

I have been browsing through the Snow Goose Gallery's annual miniature show, and it seems some Celebratory Pie may be in order!

A mellow reminder of a summer's evening in Maine is off to a new home, to fuel some lingering daydreams or maybe to stir a few fragrant memories

You too can browse through the whole show online, and see if one of the mini treasures stirs something in your soul

May 1 - June 12 19th Invitational Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures The Snow Goose Gallery 470 Main Street Bethlehem, PA

Flowers for Mothers Day

Presby Iris Gardens

Drop by the Preby Iris Gardens this weekend to sample the delightful show prepared by Mother Nature, then step inside to enjoy a gallery filled with small works of art inspired by her handiwork. Each piece of art will be under 12" and afforabley priced - a neat little package of beauty to brighten up any spot in your home...or as a last minute surprise gift for Mum

If you are in need of a mini garden retreat for your own summer daydreams, then check out my wee color pencil miniature landscapes included in the show

Reception : 6-9pm Friday May 6 May 6 - 10 Art in the Garden Presby Iris Gardens 474 Upper Mountain Avenue Montclair, NJ