Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Everything Recycled Art Market!

We are exhibiting in a new Denver-area Show, and it's just 3 weeks away! So, next month, please join us at the . . .



Anyone who has been in our house knows how much I love to decorate with old vintage elements. And, the folk art sculptures that I create are fellow companions to this eclectic style that is often inspired by cast-offs from the past. So, when I heard that the Everything Recycled Art Market was coming to our neighborhood, in the emerging 40 West Arts District, I was certainly intrigued! After much consideration, I am up for the challenge and have decided to exhibit! With less than 3 weeks to prepare, I will be one busy artist, crafting away in my workshop! The art created and offered at this new show must include recycled elements, so I will be sifting through my stash of old buttons, rusty bits and fabric scraps to create a fresh collection of originals from recycled parts and papier mache. On the list to make and bring are button covered standing birds, owls, character busts and pressed illustration art magnets. We'll see what else I come up with between now and then! I will also bring my new collection of whimsitive summer notepads. So, swing by, say hi and marvel at the imaginative designs that myself and other artistans will be offering. We will be located in the big A&E Fine Woodworking warehouse, just north of Colfax Avenue & off of Teller Street in North Lakewood. And, the fun doesn't end there.....

On display, just steps away in the 40 West Gallery will be the annual INSPIRE Art Exhibition. This time, the theme is RECYCLED ART & VIVID COLOR! With any luck, I will have a dimensional owl Artscape piece hanging and available for purchase at this exhibit too. And if you time it just right, you will catch 40 West's Trash Fashion Show!  Here's the rundown for a weekend full of creative inspiration:

* Everything Recycled Art Market *
{ We'll be HERE! )
Saturday, June 8th: 10am - 6pm
Sunday, June 9th: 10am - 4pm
7175 W. 16th Place, Lakewood, Colorado 80214
Stay for Lunch or Dinner as Food Vendor/s will be offering their eats!

Trash Fashion Show
Saturday, June 8th: 1pm ($5 donation admission)
On the EDGE Theater Stage @
1560 Teller Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80214

40 West INSPIRE Art Exhibition: 
Saturday, June 8th: 12pm - 4pm
Sunday, June 9th: 12pm - 4pm
40 West Gallery @
1560 Teller Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80214

For more information, please visit 40 West Art's INSPIRE page!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

~ Johanna & JP ~

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Flower Power Web Sale!

I don't know about you, but this year, Spring has been so very slow here in Colorado! Temps are finally warming up after several bouts of late season snow and chilly cold snaps! We ALL have had severe spring fever, but thankfully, the grass is greening, the clover is emerging and some perennials are starting to bloom! During our weather woes, I had the idea to create a flower themed collection of originals to celebrate the commencement of May. As the thought evolved, a new concept blossomed so to speak, and I designed a handful of ball character "Flower Keepers" that double as small vases for delicate floral bouquets. Each is inserted with a polymer vial that can hold water and keep your cut flowers fresh! And, each Flower Keeper includes a decorated cork topper! Fortunately, my experiment was a success, and these pieces came to life in my studio while the flowers began to bloom outdoors. I spent the weekend picking little posies, arranging them and snapping photo vignettes of these sweeties. As dear as they are in our cottage home, I will be offering them this Wednesday evening on my website. In addition to the Flower Keepers, an original trio of my butterfly egg cup characters are back by popular demand! In all, I will have a small collection of 7 originals to offer, so please visit my Folk Art Originals page on Wednesday evening! You are welcome to Join my Mailing List for more specifics regarding the sale.  Thank you for your interest!

Happy Spring!
~ Johanna

* Save the Date!


* A peek at 2 of the 4 Flower Keepers, each displaying their floral panache atop my kitchen shelf...


* Hearts are a'flutter! This trio of butterfly egg cup characters just landed...


* See you on Wednesday for more delightful flower empowering creations!

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Here's wishing my dear Mother and all the moms out there, a very lovely Mother's Day! When May rolls in, our hearts draw closer to those that are so dear, those that have nurtured us and inspired us to look within and find ourselves. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for the creative spirit that my mother ignited in me! It is a pleasure to create such whimsical folk art on a daily basis, and I know that my mom's artistic touch and encouragement ushered me along this creative path that I do so enjoy.
As always, Thank You!

~ Johanna


*  Pictured above is an original "Flower Keeper" - a new concept debuting in May! These collectible ball characters can be filled with water to keep your delicate bouquets fresh. Stay tuned for my "Flower Power" Web Sale, debuting this coming week on my Folk Art Originals page. Join my Mailing List for more details.

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