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“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?

 

 

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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!



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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.



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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!


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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.


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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!


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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.

Here are some of the latest highlights from Kathy’s series of one armed iPhone photos.

 

A note from Kathy:Thank you for following along with me on my journey towards healing! So many of you have shared such nice comments and encouragement with me as I recover from shoulder surgery. As I now slowly ease back into my work schedule, my posts of #onearmedart will begin to taper off.  While my 12 week recuperation still has quite a ways to go, my time is beginning to become crowded with work demands…. and physical therapy.  It has been quite a long and difficult winter for many reasons, but I’ve really enjoyed the creative outlet of taking one armed photos and sharing them with you. My healing process has taught me many lessons along the way.

I hope to  continue to explore this creative path in some way…. it is true when they say that an artist never really stops working.

Thinking spring, lighter days and healing!

All My Best,

 

Here are some highlights of the past week’s posts from Kathy’s #onearmedart series.

Her Journey Towards Healing continues. Follow her on instagram at artistkathydavis  or #onearmedart for a daily dose.

 

Kathy Davis Studios is proud to have a working relationship with the Center for Parenting Education. The mission of the Center for Parenting Education is to educate and support parents to raise their children in emotionally healthy ways so their children can thrive personally, socially, and academically. Offered through the Center are workshops, parent coaching, and a vast array of valuable on-line services.

We encourage our KDS friends to log on to www.centerforparentingeducation.org to learn more about what the Center can provide to assist you, your family, and your friends.

Also, when you shop the Kathy Davis On-line Store using promo code CPE10, you will receive a 10% discount on your entire purchase. Equally as important, through the use of this code, The Center for Parenting Education will also receive a 10% contribution from all your Kathy Davis purchases.

 

Kathy Davis Studios and National Guild for Community Arts Education Partner to Scatter Joy
New Line of cards developed to support the arts and arts education

Kathy Davis Studios and American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM) have chosen the National Guild for Community Arts Education (National Guild) as the recipient of royalties from a new line of cards developed to support the arts. This new partnership strengthens each organization’s ability to “Scatter Joy through Art”— Kathy Davis’s mission — by supporting National Guild programs and services that make arts learning opportunities more accessible in communities across the country.

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“There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Top Social Expressions Designer Shares Her “Simple Secrets” to Success in New Book
Entrepreneur Kathy Davis Empowers Others to Realize Their Dreams

Kathy Davis sells 98,000 greeting cards…a day. The Chief Executive and Visionary Officer of the design company that bears her name is often asked, “What’s the secret to your success?”

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Cleveland, Ohio (May 7, 2013) – This weekend, as people everywhere reach out to important mothers in their lives, they will also be looking to the greeting card aisle to find just the right message to express love and appreciation. Mother’s Day is an important time to recognize not only everything moms do, but to appreciate the spirit, style and passion that makes her so unique. That’s why American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM), has filled the card aisle with the freshest content and the latest greeting card inventions, perfect for celebrating the joys and rewards that motherhood brings.

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Love makes the world go round, especially here at Kathy Davis Studios! We spend a lot of our time designing and writing Valentines that we hope will touch your heart and help you to express your love in just the right way.

Stay warm all this month with some of these favorite finds for February!

 

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Book: True Love by Robert FulghumIn his third book, Uh-Oh, Robert Fulghum shared some of his own real-life love stories and casually suggested that if readers had their own, he would love to hear them. His mailbox was soon stuffed with thousands of incredible responses, and True Love is the result of what he received. Fulghum specially chose these stories to reflect the many faces of love, which are amusing, sentimental, and sometimes gritty, and are bound to touch the hearts of all. This book is a favorite read for me that I visit over and over again!
twoProduct: Mulxiply Handwarmers
Give a little love with these pocket XO or Heart handwarmers! Filled with rice and constructed from handmade felt by artisans in Nepal, these Mulxiply Handwarmers are eco friendly and reusable. If you are in the Horsham area, stop by our Gallery for these sweet gifts. Also available in our online store.

threeDIY Kids Art: Valentine’s Day GarlandRemember the days of folding paper and cutting accordion hearts? Valentine’s garlands are always a huge hit for all ages! Real Simple has a fun and easy tutorial for a heart and scalloped shaped garland that will make this holiday festive.
fourPhoto Book: Find it in Everything Photographs by Drew BarrymoreDrew Barrymore expresses her love of hearts with a new book full of her own photography. “Hearts are my beacons. I love them man-made and natural, young and old,” says Barrymore. Released last month, Find it in Everything is a collection of Drew’s photographs of heart-shaped objects and patterns she has come across over the past ten years. This is my kind of book!
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Cards: Valentines Day
Even though we’ve been seeing Valentine’s Day cards out in the stores since the end of December, this sweet occasion is now right around the corner! While I have some cards distributed at large chains and various drug stores, you can be sure to find a great assortment of Kathy Davis cards in our Gallery in Horsham as well as in our online store. Make sure to remember those you love …Kathy Davis style !

(This year we have Jumbo cards in both Target and Walmart!)

sixCharity: Go Red For WomenHeart disease is the number 1 killer in women. The American Heart Association created Go Red For Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. They encourage awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also take action to save more lives. Visit their website for more information on how to get involved.

Don’t forget to show your support this Friday, February 7th, by wearing RED on National Wear Red Day!

Post a photo of yourself wearing RED on National Wear Red Day to our Facebook page for a chance to win a set of Mulxiply Handwarmers!

 

 

Faster than cupid’s flying arrow, Valentine’s Day has arrived! As designers, writers and glitter aficionados, we’re naturally big fans of the holiday at KDS. Most importantly, we all agree that what makes the day special is the chance to remind our loved ones just how much they mean to us. Here are our top ten “Joyful Signs” of this happy heart day. How about you? What are your favorite “joyful signs” of Valentine’s Day?

1.    Hearts: We love to draw them, paint them, and above all, share them!

2.    Love Notes: Even as greeting card designers, we must admit, there’s nothing quite like a heartfelt, homemade Valentine!

3.    Party Attire: Whether you’re headed to a work party or a night on the town, it’s fun to get into the spirit and wear something festive.

4.    Kids’ Crafts: Their sweet, imperfect doodles are sure to become keepsakes we treasure.

5.    Conversation Hearts: The perfect Valentine’s Day icebreaker.

6.    Confection Affection: Such a nice way to say, “I think you’re sweet.”

7.    Timeless Love: There’s no age limit to Valentine’s Day. It’s nice to remember those special Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and other important sweethearts in our lives, too!

8.    Sweet Sips: A splash of this…a twist of that… who doesn’t like a good love potion?

9.    Meals from the Heart: It’s easy to make any Valentine’s Day dinner memorable when you put a little love into it.

10.    Kisses: Either Hershey’s or the real deal, Valentine’s Day hardly    seems complete without a little kiss!

Photo Credits:Martha StewartDebenhemsKim ShirleyWilliam VannWriteOn Snippet&InkCooking Channel TVTumblr

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!