Friday, June 14, 2013

Clowns & Games . . . Oh, My!

It's so hard to believe that we've got 12 months . . . one year! . . . under our belts with our monthly "ATC Workshop & Swaps"!  It's also hard to believe how the group has grown from only 6 "swappers" last June to 16 as of last night!  And as the group grows, so does the creativity.  As usual, last night's Swap had everyone creating beautiful and fun ATCs in one of their favorite themes, "Send in the Clowns!" or "Games People Play".   Everyone came ready to show off and share their special talents and favorite techniques, and that they did!  As always, it was amazing to see all the different ideas and designs that everyone came up with!

TOP ROW:  "Games People Play", Donna Anderson; "Send in the Clowns!" (watercolor), Jeanette Lee; "XOXO Tic-Tac-Toe" (blackboard w/matching eraser & chalk), Terri Durst; "Evil Clowns Need Love, Too!", Kirsten Johnson; "Send in the Clowns!" (metal work), Rita Blocksom
MIDDLE ROW: "Games People Play", Mark Patrick; "How I Love Charlie Chaplin!", Deborah Schinzel; "Send in the Clowns!", Charlotte Fern; "Vintage Games II", Sharon VanDussen; "Bring in the Clowns!", Janis Bush
BOTTOM ROW: "Games People Play" (excuses not to diet!), Mimi Lawrence; "Games People Play", Lyla Hagerty; "Send in the Clowns!", Charmaine Conway; "Games People Play" (watercolor), Sherrie Moore; "Scooter Noodles - Send in the Clowns!",  Nicole Durst
Come in & check out these & all of the fantastic works of art
in our ever expanding "ATC Gallery"!

For those who missed this month's workshop, make your plans now to join in the fun next month.  Mark your calendars & save the date . . . Thursday, July 11th . . . when the monthly themes will be "Go Fly a Kite!" or "Under the Sea".  Start “thinking big in a small way" and we'll see you then at this fun NO COST workshop.  From experienced to novice . . . you’ll definitely want to see what it’s all about for yourself!   Just create 14 ATCs using the monthly themes . . . all the same or each one different . . . then come and share with others in a true workshop atmosphere. Or just come and see what's going on with other artists, ask questions, share information, have fun, and become inspired!

Remember to save the date . . .
the second Thursday of each month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm . . .
we look forward to seeing you there!
The group is growing, but there's always room for more!

As an added bonus, we were given another "Challenge" for our August Swap ~ "Collage A House"!  Beginning with varying lengths of 2x4s ranging from 3-4" high to 6-7" high, each with a "wonky" roof, the goal is to show each artist's personality through the type of embellishments used.  Each participant was asked to create 1 Altered House for "Show & Tell" to show off their "building" and altering talents using everyday mixed media materials . . . paints, papers, gesso, stencils . . . whatever strikes their fancy!  Watch for the final results of this fun Challenge in the August Workshop & Swap!

Upcoming Months -
    August 8th ~ "Sweets, Cakes & Candy!" or "It's About Time!"
   Sept.12th ~ "Vintage School Days" or "Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhythms"
   October 11th ~ "The Wild, Wild West" or "Things With Wings"

We look forward to seeing everyone at this fun and exciting NO COST workshop! Call (480) 821-3758 for more details or information and let your imaginations & creative juices flow!
(If you can't make the Workshop, but still want to take part in the Swaps, call and let us know.  We'll be your "Swapper"!  We'd still love to have you participate!)

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