July 27, 2011

"Cloth - Paper - Scissors Challenge"

 This morning I received this e-mail from my very dear friend and co-artistic conspirer, Sheila Wayne, owner of "Underground Art Gallery" in Hastings, Minnesota.  She is challenging us to enter the magazine, "Cloth, Paper, Scissors" Artisan Search 2012 challenge.   To enter choose one of the five categories listed below and create three separate pieces of art for that category.  Send one full page photograph and 1-2 detailed shots of each piece.  But, you only have a couple of days to do this.  All entries must be received by midnight, August 29, 2011.
Good luck, have fun and go create something totally awesome!

Every issue of Cloth Paper Scissors has amazing art submitted by our talented readers. This year we're spartisan searchreading our net wider in search of the best mixed-media artists around. So get your muse in gear; set out your paints and mediums, sewing machine, fabric and scissors, bone folders and gel pens; and get creative. One winner will be chosen for each of the following five categories: Mixed-media Stitch, Art Journal and Book Making, Printmaking and Silk Screening, Mixed-media Jewelry, and Collage

I challenge each and every one of you to come up with an awesome and exciting piece of mixed media art and enter the Cloth Paper Scissors, Artisan Search 2012. The bottom link will take you to the rules & faq's.

 I am going to be working on a piece of mixed media jewelry. Let me know what your plans are and lets have some fun creating this summer.
This may well be a career leap in the direction of creativity that all of us creatives endeavor to achieve.
Let's go and have some fun and see what we can come up with!!!!!!!!!

It's PLAYTIME now. Lets have some fun creating and work (play) at making a name for ourselves.


Underground Art Gallery
"Art to Sea"
411 Vermillion St.
Hastings, MN 55033
TEL: 651-438-9101
E-mail: waysheart@yahoo.com

July 21, 2011

Hand Prints Bring Back a Wonderful Memory

27 years later
In 1984 my Dad put down a new concrete sidewalk. Before the concrete dried my niece and nephew, Stephanie and Chris placed their hand prints in it. For 27 years we admired their artwork, my Dad made it a separate section so it could be removed some day. Our parents are gone now and there home is up for sale, Pam and I wanted to surprise them and dug it up and brought it down to Redwood Falls,Mn. for our July 4th gathering at my sister Sandy's house. Stephanie is going to put their hand print keepsake in her flower garden. My Dad was always a very sentimental man. Thank you Dad for keeping so many wonderful memories alive in our hearts. Patty

July 19, 2011

Bayfield WI. 49th Annual Festival of Arts


Over 90 artists from throughout the Midwest will gather on Saturday, July 30th from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, July 31st from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Bayfield's 49th annual Festival of Arts. This juried arts & crafts show is held in Memorial Park on the scenic shores of Lake Superior in downtown Bayfield. Visitors will find a unique selection of pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass works, wood carvings, photography and more. Enjoy live music performances by festival artists and indulge in festival food while viewing stunning artwork by the lake. Take special notice of the blue "Best in Show" ribbons, which are awarded to artists in five categories, while browsing.

July 13, 2011

If you're in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area this weekend you won't want to miss the 28th annual Highland Festival, July 15 -17th in St. Paul's Highland Village. This year the festival will feature food, carnival rides, bingo, a Home Improvement Expo and "art galore"! The Art Fair is located on Ford Parkway, between Cleveland and Kenneth avenues. There you will find booth after booth of interesting works. Some of the items on dislay include glass work, wood pieces, metalwork, ceramics, wearable art and leatherwork. Because the work is juried, visitors will find a high quality of workmanship. Buyers can be confident that the piece they buy will both be original and one-of-a-kind. The Art Fair hours during The Highland Festival are 2 to 8pm Friday, 10 to 8pm Saturday, and 11 to 5pm Sunday. This year, the event will feature over 90 artists so you won't want to miss it! -Kate


Check out the participating artists!

July 12, 2011

Underground Art Gallery- Hastings Minnesota

Come Join Us for our

2011 Summer Clearance Sale

July 11 - August 13

20 - 50% Off Clearance Merchandise

Monday - Saturday
11 am - 5 pm

Underground Art Gallery
411 Vermillion St (Hwy 61)
Hastings, MN 55033


July 7, 2011

Where Women Cook

Have you heard about the magazine "Where Women Cook"?

It's a new quarterly magazine from the publishers of "Where Women Create" and Somerset Studio. This magazine is choc full of entertaining ideas, recipes, inspirational stories and photos that make the food look amazing!

In the June/July/Aug issue you will begin with an article "From my Kitchen Table" written by non other than the renowned Jo Packman, Editor-in-Chief (and my "Rock Star"). Here she shares her thoughts on the dreaded "Cookers Block". Then as you dive into the issue you will be amazed at the wonderful women portrayed in these pages and the photography is phenomenal!

Tisha O'Dowd, a working mother of three, lived her life long dream of opening a medical spa, not just any spa , but a sanctuary for women. It's called Abbarcci. Then there's Katie Camarro who built a business based on her love of chocolate and a commitment to simple festive traditions and opened a successful business named "Sundaes Best". Don't pass up the article on Jenny Flake, author of the family-friendly recipe blog called the Picky Palate she also is living her dream, a stay at home mom who gets to create recipes, capture food photography and share it with those that read her blog. Another blogger from Chicago Illinois Angela J. Reed, Parisienne Farmgirl shares her workshop/kitchen with her readers. She gains her inspiration from a long lineage of farmer's wives.

Do you love "cupcakes"? then you will love Kari Haskell's "Retro Bakery" in Las Vegas, a must-eat destination where she has the most delicious and unique cupcakes anyone has ever eaten.

Have you ever had a life changing experience? That recently happened to Sarah Keenan when she decided to go to culinary school at Laguna Culinary Arts. Each morning she found herself leaping out of bed and donning her chef coat and racing down the Pacific Coast Highway to school. "Got a Dream? Do it!" Check out her food blog ~ Spry on Food.
Are you eating gluten-free or do you want to eat gluten-free? Check out Shauna James Ahern who after several years of inexplicable pain was finally diagnosed with Celiac disease. She removed gluten from her diet and took control of her life. She started Gluten-Free-Girl a website devoted to healthy eating habits.

Don't forget to read the article on Bowood Farms & Cafe Osage, a family-oriented business in the Central West End section of St. Louis, Missouri. In the article you'll meet Lizzy Rickard. She not only manages Bowood Farms, she also runs the retail business and the cafe', that was opened last year.

On page 104 you will meet Maria Lichty who together with her husband created a food blog called Two Peas and their Pod.  Maria's passion for food, family and the kitchen is her inspiration for this experience.   Josh and Maria work together on recipes and love to share those recipes with family and friends. And if you have a craving for hot chocolate, visit Mindy Segal at her restaurant and dessert bar, Mindy's Hot Chocolate, in Chicago, Illinois.

Fery (Fereshteh) Haghighi left her home country, Tehran, Iran in 1979 for Spokane, Washington where she began a new journey and opened a catering business. At Fery's Catering she brings the flavors of her homeland to the table.  Her food is unforgettable and so is her story.  You will definitely be inspired by her.

So this brings me to the last featured Chef in this issue of the magazine, Loralee Choate.  I had the pleasure of meeting Loralee at the Creative Connection Event last summer.  She is an absolute joy to be around.  If you are in need of some laughs and inspiration go to Loralee's Looney Tunes. A wonderful blog that's been around sense 2005.  Loralee has quite an amazing story to tell.  From tragedy to success.  She is currently director of this magazine, Where Women Cook and creator and author of  their blog, Amuse Bouche.  And to top it all off, she is a classically trained opera singer and actress.  I just love her, she is also on my top 10 "Rock Star List".

Not only are there a dozen featured articles, you have 7 regular departments, Farm Love, Homemade Living, Joy-Making Days, The Art Bar, Where Younger Women Cook, Pages, and (DE-FIN-I-Food) to enjoy reading.  And oh, by the way each featured chef is sharing some of their private, favorite recipes with you.  Which makes this magazine invaluable!

So there you go,  I thought I would just write a quick review of the new Where Women Cook magazine but as you can see it is well worth the 14.99 price tag.  Go out and get a copy TODAY,  I guarantee you will treasure every issue and my issues are placed right up on the shelf with the rest of my loved cooking books.

Check back soon for a review on the recipes. I will be trying the "Fresh & Summery Recipes from Where Women Cook.


      ~ Kate

July 2, 2011

Happy Fourth of July Weekend

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