Saturday, May 31, 2008

Fresh gallery-shop-studio is Going out of Business

Well, I am sad to say we must call it quits on our grand experiment. We are closing our doors at the end of July. We will be having the following events to reduce stock.

June 7: Sidewalk sale, great deals and everything in the store is 35% off
June 7: Studio garage sale. In the back of the buiding, off of the alley (enter from 7th or 8th streets). We will be selling wonderful craft tools, vintage furniture, fabrics, papers, tiles, tesserae, and too much to mention. Cool stuff and quite necessary to creative spirits.
June 14: Everything in store 50% off
July 19: All inventory 70% off, store fixtures on sale.

Call about the building, or check the blog next week, we will have information posted.

Thanks for all of your support. It has been a fun couple of years.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Spring Classes!

Thursday studio classes are always so much fun!

Getaway from the mundane and spend some quality grown up time!

Thursdays 6pm - 8pm.

May 15: Collage art meets decopauge: Make a wonderful original piece suitable for framing using vintage papaers, inks, stamps, and phots you supply. $20.00

May 22: Fairy sticks for your garden: Make a lovely garden art work that welcomes the faeries into your garden. We will use copper, beads and found objects for this unique project. $25.00

May 29: Garden Puddlers: These are a repeat because they have been wildly popular! Make little puddlers using mortar and found ovjects. These sit in your garden and provide shallow catch places to give the butterflies a place to drink...or just add a little bling. $15.00 for two

June 5: Painting! Don't run away! You can paint and I will teach you to have fun making a painted board with a hook. These are darling. We will focus on flowers, but if you really must stray from the theme, I will assist! $23.00

June 12: Small French bulletin boards. So nice to tick here or ther for a little note or pictures. Make a 12" x 18" board, covered with fabric and ribbon. $18.00

More coming, we look forward to your input! Is there something you want to learn or do? Let me know!

Remember to save your spot so I can have the supplies ready!


No More Snow!

Oh, am I glad it is finally spring. The past winter was a tough one for my spirits! THe sun is out now though and my flowers are all popping out of their earthy world andf into mine! I love walking in the garden and counting buds on those blooms that only greet me once a year! I am eagerly awaiting my peonies, iris, columbine and more while I am happy to see the bright blue of the forget-me-nots and the lovely shape of the bleeding hearts.

If you love the garden, make a point to schedule a trip to see some of the gardens of Atchison. THe Wild Iris Garden Club (so named because of the wild women that founded it - yours truly being one of them) is hosting the 2nd Annual Garden Tours Friday June 13 from 1pm - 7pm and Saturday June 14 from 10am - 4pm.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the weekend of the event. Buy your tickets at any of the following:
Marigold Bakery-Cafe 715 Commercial, Fresh 721 Commercial or Snowball Ice Cream and Candy SHoppe 111 N 8th all in Atchison. You can mail in checks along with a self addressed envelope or request a will call ticket with your checks sent to:
Fresh 721 Commercial Atchison, KS 66002.

Part of the proceeds will go to helping create beautiful gardens at our local library.

The tours will have art by local artists on display at various houses. The art can be purchased at the booths set up in Atchison's Historic West End District along 8th Street between Commercial and Kansas Ave. While you are ther sample some tea as you will have stumbled right into the heart of our Garden Tea Party!

Enjoy this gardeners event....a great get away for Fathers day celebrations.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Winter Buying...Mission Accomplished!

Well, I have just returned from my third buying trip to the Phildalphia Buyers Market of American Art and Craft. I have to tell you that every time I go there I am overwhelmed by the incredible talent on display. There are so many talented artists in this world!

This year we focused on getting another jewelry artist and some more pewter work and succeeded. We also have more of the wonderful work by the Pennsylvania based studio "Wanna Buy a Watch?" that has been so popular in the gallery.

I had a great time at the market, not just because of the fabulous talent, but also because I got to spend time with my big sis. Shelly always turns these business trips into the most pleasurable events imaginabe! We had fun exploring the wares at the Reading Market, a place I highly recommend to adventerous types. It is also nice to spend time with her family there and this trip always coincides with her daughter's birthday.

Traveling was the usual winter nightmare, cancelled flights, lost luggage, delays and diversions. Luckily my big brother lives an hour south of Phildelphia so my diversion to Baltimore meant a bonus visit with him. There is something so very special about sharing memories and good wine with loved ones, I hope you all get a chance to indulge yourselves in something you enjoy too.

So, come by the gallery and check us out. The winter hours are still in effect, it was 16 degree below today when you factor in wind chill. Starting in March we will be open 5 days a week.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Register now.

Please register a week before the class date. If we do not receive enough students for a class we will cancel that session. Each project requires specialized materials to be gathered and time is critical to ensure you have a creative success.

Winter 2008 Classes

Saturday Afternoon Classes: Designed for those 8-80 yrs old
2:00 - 4:00 pm

January 12: Watercolor doodles: Work with watercolor to create fun, frame able art. $15.00
January 19: Paper craft a cigar box for an original keeper of small treasures. $20.00
January 26: Acrylic Painting: Bring spring into the winter by creating an abstract floral painting. $25.00
February 2: Craft four fun and personal Valentines Cards: $20.00
February 9 & 16th: A two class mosaic project. We have several panels and bases to choose from. Prices vary.
February 23rd : Create your own nest for spring. We will use moss, twine, copper, feathers, beads and buttons for this lovely piece. $25.00
March 1: Make a wall clock from an old cigar box. Paper crafting techniques will be used. $28.00

Classes for Winter 2008

Thursday Classes are 6 – 8:00pm

These are designed for adults.

January 10: Fun painting on Canvas: Create and original graphic painting. $25.00
January 17: Papercraft a cigar box for an original keeper of small treasures. $20.00
January 24: Soldered jewelry. Create a beautiful micro collage that becomes wearable art. $35.00
January 31: Valentines Cards: Make a special accordion style card for that someone special. $18.00
February 7 & 14th: A two class mosaic project. We have several panels and bases to choose from. Prices vary.
February 21& 28th: Get plastered! Make a fun decorative bowl using plaster casting techniques. $30.00
March 6: Make a wall clock from an old cigar box. Paper crafting techniques will be used. $28.00