Friday, April 22, 2016

April Downtown Gallery Crawl

Our April Downtown Gallery Crawl in Monroe and West Monroe Louisiana was fantastic. The weather was beautiful and the crowd was amazing.

My husband, Jeff, debuted his photography for the first time ever in my gallery space. He sold three of his photos and I couldn't be more excited. He is so humble and would never have done this if I didn't nudge him. He is a radiologic technologist by day so we titled his show "A Difference Kind of Exposure". clever, huh?

Hubby and I (above) in front of his show, and next - some friends that came out to the crawl.

Monroe artist Sue Sartor with her husband, Walter, who was one of the band members that played with Code Blue and the Flatliners on our street during the crawl. Walter is also a physician. Sue was showing her beautiful paintings in the Upstairs Gallery.

Some of the artists and guest artists at Sugar Gallery.

The next art crawl is the first Thursday in June. Don't miss it!.

Here are some random pics of the April crawl.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Friday, April 1, 2016

No fooling! It's mixed media challenge time...

Happy April 1! For those who love mixed media challenges - we have a fun one for April.

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog has a new challenge this month. The theme is "dimension"! It's my favorite in my art - either the illusion of dimension or actually making layers. It's so much fun.

The sponsor this month is Stampers Anonymous.

This month we will have TWO lucky random winners!! Each winner will receive a fabulous Wendy Vecchi stamp set and stencil!!

Here's my painting for the challenge. I started with a layer of random color. After it dried I added thinned paint and misted with a water bottle. More dimension. I added papers and crackle medium (more dimension) and then (why not?) I added painted chipboard.  Then I created the images.

Here's a close-up view.

"Enchanted Poppies" 16" x 20" by Melanie Douthit

Our April Guest Designer is Wendy Vecchi - Ranger & Stampers Anonymous Signature Designer!!

Wendy Vecchi is a full time artist/designer/educator and owner of studio 490.She is a signature designer for Ranger, and Stampers Anonymous and a past member the Tim Holtz and Maya Road design teams. In addition to designing rubber stamps, stencils, embossing pastes, archival inks and embossing powders, she loves discovering new techniques & she loves to use those techniques to make art.

I hope you play along.
Please follow these rules to be eligible for placements and prizes. Entries not following our rules will be deleted.

* You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
* You must comment on at least 3 design team member's blogs.
* Your post must link back to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post
* Add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog, a YouTube Video or a Pinterest Board
* You can combine with up to 4 other challenges.
* No Backlinking allowed! Any back-linked entries will be deleted.
* You can enter up to 5 times, create whatever you want, and HAVE FUN!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!