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The Art of Relaxation (with tea and scones)

Now this is my kind of show opening - tea tasting, mini scones and a laughter workshop! There will be a number of special events next Friday night, as well as the Tea tasting by Ana Beall's Tea Room

5:45 - 6:15 - Tai Chi class with Risa Silverstein, Acupuncturist 6:30 - 7:00 - Yoga with Dina Leyden, Physical Therapist 7:15 - 7:45 - Laughter class with Yvette Halpin, Certified Laugh Leader (what an excellent title!)

Whilst you sip your tea and practise your breathing, you can take a stroll through The Art of Relaxation featuring art focused on the calming and healing effects of the natural world, like these joyous textured color fields from Stefanie Silverman

Stefanie Silverman
Purple Sky by Stefanie Silverman

Check out the websites of each featured artists for a breath of fresh air before the show

EJ DavisFran EberDavid HillJoy YagidStefanie SilvermanPeter Jacobs Melanie Testa and yours truly

Hope you can join us for a nibble and a giggle

Friday, September 30th from 5-8 PMSeptember 30 - March 2012 Summit Medical Center Lawrence Pavilion Lower Lobby Gallery 1 Diamond Hill Road Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

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Come for a Squelch at the Mayapple Festival

Spring Forest : hand embellished giclee print

The Weather Channel promises me that there will only be a 30% chance of scattered showers this Saturday. That's better than the 100% chance of rain forecast for the next 3 days. So if you have raging cabin fever by Saturday, then pull on your wellies and come out for a squelch through the woods to see what has sprung up - I'd hazard a guess at some wicked mushrooms.

I am going to try sacrificing a tomato again, as it worked so well last weekend, but I would grab an umbrella just in case!

Saturday May 21st Art Fair 10 - 4 pm

Guided Hikes Hike to Washington Rock 10am  Stroll to Hemlock Falls 1pm Wildflower and Forest Preserve 3 pm

Live Music Millburn’s Dean Russo, acoustic guitar, 1 - 1:30 pm West Orange’s Dean Shot, blues combo, 1:30 - 2:30pm Headliner: Livingston Leo, 2:30 - 4pm


Essex County South Mountain Reservation

Summit Field (across from the dog park)

Crest Drive

South Orange, NJ


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click to enlarge

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

Mini Florida Vacation ... I wish

Sun Kissed Palms : miniature color pencil landscape

Three of my mini landscape drawings are currently basking in the Florida sunshine. If only I was so easy to ship in a wee box, I would be there too, soaking in the balmy 73°  

I may have dug out the shades to prevent snow-blindness, but the closest I'm coming to a tan is windburn

If you're in the area 

1) Leave a comment bragging about how great you look in your shorts

2) catch some cool relief at the huge miniature show at Dunedin. Hundreds of tiny works of  art, all especially suitcase sized

January 9 - 30 2011 MASF 2011 Annual International Miniature Art Show Dunedin Fine Arts Center 1143 Michigan Blvd Dundedin, FL

Mini Art in Maryland this December

Cluster : small still life oil painting 6" x 6" | SOLD

Cluster : small still life oil painting 6" x 6" | SOLD

The fruits of this summer's labor will be in Maryland this December

You can see two wee oil paintings in "Small Wonders" at the MFA in Annapolis

And three mini color pencil landscapes will be in the "huge" miniature show in North Bethesda

Lordy! my art gets to see more of the country than I do

Across Sunset Pond

November 21 - December 30 2010 77th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature 10701 Rockville Pike North Bethesda, MD 20852

December 1 - December 28 2010 2010 Small Wonders National Juried Exhibition Maryland Federation of Art 18 State Circle Annapolis, MD 21401

Farewell to Summer?

LA Sunset, colored pencil miniature landscape

Two weeks ago I was cursing the humidity; oppressed by the ever singing cicadas and joyfully buying furry boots in anticipation of the glorious snows to come

But this week summer seems to be making a premature departure here in the Northeast US, and I feel slightly cheated. Surely there should be at least two more weeks before my house is full of crispy leaves and I risk being brained by an acorn just taking out the trash

So I wondered if a West Coast LA sunset, complete with sun-kissed palms, might conjure us up a few more weeks, maybe even an Indian Summer. pretty please?

More Magical Woodland Drawings

Well the new shelves are really paying off - I have 4 new oil paintings drying, as well as the promised second Chinese Take Out drawing And whilst they were drying, I found time to finish the second embellished giclee print. This one is in Red Oxide, Violet, Oxide Green Tint and a few smudges of White

I think I shall treat myself to another charcoal forest drawing soon, just because they are so much fun to draw And now I just need to organize some more drying space

Hmmmm - more shelves?

large giclee forest print