Archive for January 2014 | Monthly archive page

Some of you may be aware that I had surgery in early January to help repair a broken clavicle.  Now with a titanium plate and screws holding my shoulder together, the worst is behind me as I move through a 12 week rehabilitation. With use of only one arm and need for lots of rest, my world has changed rather drastically.

To help entertain myself, I started using my iPhone to record images that were capturing my attention. With more time on my hands, I have become increasingly mindful and observant of my surroundings.  My home, deck and views from my window of the winter landscape provide my subject matter. Suddenly, everything has become visually fascinating to me. Color, patterns, shadows, compositions, in both natural and man-made forms, are like little paintings that speak to me.

What started as a simple amusement has grown into a tool for my healing.  My one armed art photo journal is a creative outlet, a form of expression and a way for me to stay engaged with the outside world.

Follow me on instagram at artistkathydavis  or #onearmedart for a daily dose…or stay tuned to my blog and our Facebook page for weekly highlights while my rehabilitation continues.

Below are some samples of my posts.

We’re so proud to see Kathy’s latest article published in the Winter, 2014, issue of Where Women Create Business magazine! Based on her new book, Simple Secrets: 7 Principles to Inspire Success, the article focuses on the fundamentals that were key to Kathy’s business success and features lots of great photos. You’ll find it in our online store and on newsstands now. Check it out!

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things,but just look what they do when they stick together.” ~Vera M. Kelly

Nestled in Erdenheim, PA just minutes from historic Chestnut Hill sits a creative beacon for students from the surrounding area. Antonelli Institute prides itself on intimate settings, a professional atmosphere and some of the most creative and talented students you will ever meet.

Work from alumni can be seen everywhere from the pages of National Geographic to advertisement campaigns for the Philly Soft Pretzel Company.

This year Antonelli is teaming with the Kathy Davis Scatter Joy Gallery in Horsham, PA to bring you a taste of the very best work offered by their current student body. More than 40 pieces of both Graphic Design and Photography will be gracing the gallery walls, much of it priced to sell. The works on display will range from decorative and practical design to classic narratives and photo-journalism. There will be something for everyone so be sure to attend the opening reception being held Friday, January 24, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm to view the work and to meet some of the artists and faculty. The show will be on display from January 24 – February 26, 2014.

About the School: Antonelli Institute is celebrating its 75th year. The school’s mission is to prepare motivated students for entry-level positions leading to careers in the photographic and graphic design professions. Since 1938, Antonelli’s distinct, accelerated visual arts programs have combined small classes, interactive lecture, and hands-on learning. Antonelli Institute is located at 300 Montgomery Avenue, Erdenheim, PA 19038. You can reach us by phone at 215.836.2222 or 800.722.7871. Contact us by email at [email protected] Be sure to like us on Facebook!

For more information about our graduation rates, median loan debt of students who completed the programs, and other information, please visit our website.

Don’t you just love new beginnings? I know I do! January gives us the chance to start fresh, to purge the old thoughts and clutter and to embrace a simpler, more meaningful lifestyle. I hope you will make 2014 a year for discovering some simple secrets that make your life more manageable…and enjoyable!

Book: Simple Secrets: 7 Principles to Inspire Success by Kathy Davis
I’m so excited that my new book is now available! It was a joy to write, and it was actually prompted by a question I was once asked in an interview: “What’s the secret to your success in such a competitive field?”  The answer I gave is that there really is no secret at all. But, as I reflected upon the path my life has taken, I identified 7 principles which have helped to guide my journey.  And it struck me that these tips might be helpful to pretty much anyone, no matter where they are in life. In this book, I share some of my personal story, along with the principles that have guided me, in the hope that it will encourage others to pursue their own paths with passion. Kathy’s new book is now available for sale in our Kathy Davis Gallery store AND in our online store.

two:Crafts: Trashed: A Creative Recycling Studio
Located in Historic Downtown Concord, North Carolina, Trashed is a creative recycling studio that offers a creative environment to learn and enjoy the craft of repurposing while raising environmental awareness. They offer a variety of classes and workshops that use materials intercepted from the landfill and “up-cycled” into new, high quality products. If you are in the Concord area, check out the classes they offer or if you’re getting rid of some things, check their list of items they are always accepting as donations. If you live outside of the area, check for local crafting studios for classes or making donations.

DIY: OrganizationWinter is a great time to tackle organizational projects. Clearing the clutter and bringing order will reap benefits all year round. Head over to SNAP! for 13 different DIY organization ideas.

Product: See Design
Looking for ways to get organized in style? Check out these great items from See Design. Currently being sold in our Kathy Davis Gallery and in our Online Store are fashionable totes, pencil cases, make-up bags and more! Stop by or look online for a variety of colors and patterns.

five:Charity: Dress for SuccessOne way to start the New Year out with a clean slate is to go through your closet and rid yourself of things you don’t wear anymore. If you are like me, you are holding onto some outfits that only take up closet space. Here’s a charity that takes donations of gently used professional work attire. Dress for Success is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women located in more than 125 cities across 15 countries. Their mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. To find out how to donate or become involved with Dress for Success, visit their website.