Archive for March 2014 | Monthly archive page
This month, we decided to treat everyone in our Studio to a trip to the amazing Philadelphia Flower Show. This year’s theme was “ARTiculture – Where Art Meets Horticulture,” with floral displays inspired by the great artists of the world. For me, however, it was a day in paradise, because it was a day to enjoy two of my passions – art and flowers.
And I was thinking how timely it was to visit the flower show after a winter filled with a steady barrage of snowstorms! What a lift it was to enter that vast convention center filled with millions of flowers. What a celebration for the senses — from the subtle fragrance to the brilliant colors, from the intriguing textures to the imaginative use of flowers used to create dimensional “brush strokes” on all kinds of canvases.
It was great to feel so revitalized! Which led me to think about the joyful effect of flowers – in a vase, in a garden, in a work of art, or on a greeting card. Whenever I need something to cheer me up or want to brighten a friend’s day, flowers are my go-to treat. And if I can’t send real flowers, sometimes I’ll just send a beautiful floral card.
How about you – wouldn’t your day be a little brighter with some beautiful flowers?
“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” ~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You
I recently learned the fun fact that simply looking at bright colors can help to cure the winter blues. So here’s a healthy dose of color therapy, inspired by the charm of Saint Patty’s day, a spring day in the Irish countryside, and Kathy’s own cheery designs. What better way to conjure up some positive thinking than with the help of spring-timey golden greens! Are you feeling just a little, tiny-bit better?
Last March, Kathy Davis Studios and the Hatboro-Horsham High School art department worked together to create a dazzling exhibit of artwork created by high school students.
This year, we will again be working together to highlight some of the district’s top student artists with the exciting addition of outstanding elementary and middle school artwork. Please find some time in your busy schedule to join us for the opening reception on Friday, March 28th between 5 and 7:30 pm at the Kathy Davis’ Scatter Joy Gallery. We will be using the evening to celebrate some of our exceptional artists and their hard work and dedication.
This student show will be on exhibit from March 28 through April 23, 2014
By attending, you will be able to support the young artists from the Hatboro-Horsham School District and meet the artists and their families. And if you have not already, you can also get a quick glimpse into the very interesting world of Kathy Davis Studios.
Student Art Show March 2013 Hatboro-Horsham Art Students and their teacher Lori Gallagher pose with me in our Scatter Joy Gallery
As an artist myself, I am inspired by many things, but there is nothing quite like kids’ art to give me a huge jolt of creative adrenaline! The uninhibited freedom, the bold use of color and space, and the experimental self-expression of kids with a paintbrush in hand makes me want to live my childhood all over again.
Picasso may have said it best:“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso “It takes a very long time to become young.” -Pablo Picasso
March has been designated by National Art Education Association as Youth Art Month, so each year we are proud and excited to celebrate kids’ creativity here at Kathy Davis Studios.
Be inspired along with me!
All My Best,
one:Scatter Joy Gallery: Student Art Show To celebrate Youth Art Month, we are hosting a student art exhibit in our very own Scatter Joy Gallery! There will be an opening reception on March 28th from 5PM–7PM. This exhibit will feature the work of forty young artists from the Hatboro-Horsham School district’s elementary schools, middle, and high school. The event is open to the public and the show will run through the third week of April. Many years ago, I taught art at my alma mater, Hatboro-Horsham High School, so this exhibit is near and dear to my heart. Please come out and help us celebrate the accomplishments of these young artists!
two: Organization: Art Goes to School Art Goes to School of Delaware Valley is a non-profit volunteer organization of over 625 members, who bring art appreciation classes to nearly 155,000 elementary school children in our area. They provide workshops and lectures to train their volunteers so no prior experience or Art Ed background is needed. For more information about how you can get involved, visit Art Goes to School’s website.
three: Kids Art: Painted Paper Painted Paper is a blog run by an elementary art teacher in Ohio. She frequently shares some of the great projects that she does with her kids. Check out her blog for some inspiring ideas you can do with your own little ones!
four: Books: Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg This great kids’ book teaches a life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, this book celebrates them! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. Head over to Amazon to check out Beautiful Oops! There’s also a cool video demonstrating the beautiful “mistakes” in the book.
five: Product: Happy Jackson If your kids are tired of boring old standard pencils, give this set of cheerful pencils a go! In fact, this is a great gift for all ages. The set comes with a white rubber eraser and each pencil is stamped with a positive message (something right up our alley!). This Happy Jackson set is sold in our Kathy Davis Gallery and our Online Store. We also sell Happy Jackson Sticky Paper Tape, each with a bright and colorful design that will add a touch of happiness to any surface!
six: Charity: Fresh Artists Fresh Artists is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting art making for all children and creating real opportunities for children to be philanthropic. Kids can donate art to corporate partners, making their art highly visible. In turn, donations to the organization help to fund the arts in schools where there is a need. Fresh Artists believes that art is a canvas that provides hope, purpose and voice to future generations of creative thinkers. Funding for art education in public schools all over America has been drastically cut over the past 25 years, and Fresh Artists is passionate about saving art making in public schools. To find out more information on how you can get involved or make a donation, visit their website.