Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Work on Display in THREE Different Locations!

Detail of 'Cappadocia, Revisited'
Spring is when new things sprout up from the earth. This spring, my new work fits right in with this concept!

This year, I wanted to try some non-functional wall pieces. I knew I wanted to work with texture and dimension. I was taken by leaves in the fall and the interplay of the colors, shapes and sensations. I wanted to experiment with these qualities.

I ended up taking a long leaf shape and standing it on its end, so it extended toward the viewer. These shapes were grouped close together in patterns and images that were pleasing to me. I have completed 4 pieces and I am in love with each one, for various reasons. They can be viewed in 3 different places:

Dream On! Show at the Del Ray Artisans

Now through March 29, during gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery Hours are Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm.

I have a piece called 'Creativity Crown' of deep purples, royal blue, creamy ivory and black and white background.
'Creativity Crown' in process

March 150 @ Target Gallery 
I have two pieces in this show at the Target Gallery, located inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. This is a show that raises money for the Gallery's programming. The challenge is to create art on a 10"x10" artist panel. The media was wide open and there are very few restrictions. For me, this was fun and terrifying! I created two pieces that I am happy to have in the show.

'Mercurial Mermaid' and 'Cappadocian Clouds' are being shown through March 22. This coming Friday, March 20, there is a Art Party where you can meet with the artists of these pieces. Details about the Art Party here! 

Detail of 'Cappadocian Clouds'

Detail of 'Mercurial Mermaid'

 And, finally, I am showing a piece in my studio at the Torpedo Factory. I am pleased to be displaying something that is so different than what I have been working on for the last 10 years, so I hope that you will come and see it.

I am in studio #320. We are mainly open: 
Monday: noon to 6pm
Tuesday: noon to 6pm
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: noon to 9pm
Friday: noon to 6pm
Saturday: noon to 6pm
Sunday: noon to 6pm

I am there in general Thursday, Friday and Saturday. My studio mate is there Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Come by, say hello, check out some new art!

And, have a sprouty spring! ~Jen

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Card Making Class with Image Transfer

Happy New Year! 

Take a class!

From http://www.babble.com/mom/20-odd-and-awesome-vintage-new-years-cards/

YES, I can still say that! It is still January and this is the first post of the year. :)

And, what a new year it has been! If you are like me, and perhaps you are, then it has already flown by. I meant to reach out before this, but didn't get a chance. So, here we are. 

I'm thinking ahead, about skill sets and things to make with the hands and give from the heart. Again, if you're like me, you like to give and receive these types of things. In that vein, I will be hosting a class that teaches you a fun and easy image transfer method that you will put to use right away when we make Valentine's Day Cards. This would be a great class for a father and daughter to take together and make a very special gift for mom. Or, a few friends treat each other to a few hours of crafting time together.

The class will be 3 hours long and *every single supply is provided.* You bring your love of learning, openness to mess and heart ready to share and I do the rest. It will be given at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, in my studio. This is an appropriate activity for anyone over 18. 

What will we do? I will demonstrate and teach you an image transfer method that you can easily replicate at home. We will use this method to make a transfer from any image or picture that you bring, which will not harm the original. Craft and card supplies will be on hand to create one of a kind greeting cards for any loved one- a partner, parent, friend, pet. 

Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street
Studio 320
Alexandria, VA 22314

When: TWO Sessions are offered. Complete class is ONE session.
Saturday, February 7, 6 to 9pm
Sunday, February 8, 10am to 1pm

1. Learn a simple and inexpensive method for image transfer
2. Make one of kind cards with transfers for your loved ones

Who: anyone over 18, no art skills necessary, just an open heart to learning!

How: MUST pre-register at least 24 hours in advance of class. 

Please register by going to my Squareup Marketplace and *selecting the correct* class. You will get a confirmation of the purchase.

Questions? Let me know via comment on this post, or on FB or by email~ jenartist_9001@hotmail.com

Happy creating! ~Jen

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday at the Torpedo Factory AND MORE

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

There'll be traffic for coasting
patience for toasting
and digging out in the snow.
There'll be scary mall stories
And tales of the gories
of Christmases long long ago......

Maybe NOT the most wonderful time of the year? ;)

Everyone is over scheduled, financially extended and and just ready for the whole thing to be over. Even those that might not celebrate these year end holidays are effected by traffic jams and endless commercials for thoughtless, disposable gifts.

How does one DO the holidays differently? Of course, I suggest buying from local merchants, and especially handcrafted goodies. I have several events coming up that will help with these ends.

Black Friday, November 28 

I *know* everyone loves a good deal! At least I know I do. So, this week, I will be hosting a very special, different kind of Black Friday. Yes, I will have sales (spring skirts and large purses 20% off) and door prizes (reach into a stocking a find out what your prize is) but I will also have an environment of good cheer and relaxation. Sip some wine, have a munch and pick out *thoughtful* gifts made by hand, crafted with recycled materials or just plain one of kind fun hats.

For more information, you can check out the Facebook event by clicking here.
Pack of goodies from AMEX that I will be giving away!

Small Business Saturday, November 29

Started in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday is a counterpoint to the traditional Black Friday at 'big box' stores. It has gained national and even international momentum as people push to support local, small business. In an urban, diverse area such as Washington DC, there is no end to small businesses to support.

Old Town Alexandria is home to dozens and dozens of locally owned businesses, such as boutiques, restaurants and bars. Personal services, such as salons and spas are also very common. And, when you visit the Torpedo Factory, each and every one of the artists selling their work is a small business owner.  

For Small Business Saturday, I will be continuing the relaxed shopping atmosphere of Black Friday, but will also by giving away Small Business swag provided by Amex. Reusable bags, buttons and stickers to show support for the movement will be given away.

Likewise, in the spirit of community, I will be hosting a mini trunk show by talented ceramic artist  Marcel Artes Deolazo! Marcel is a talented ceramic artist and illustrator. He works in a bold graphic style of heavily textured line drawings that turn reality on their side. Meet Marcel from 3 to 6pm and select from tea cups, jewelry and illustrations. More on Marcel can be found at www.d-drawn.com

For more information, check the Facebook event by clicking here. 

 Downtown Holiday Market

In its tenth year of festive vending, the Downtown Holiday Market just keeps getting better and better each time. I have had the privilege to participate each year, this one included. I will be in Space 56 from Friday, December 5 to Thursday, December 11. Right now, about a week and a half out, I'm working hard on hats, fingerless gloves and little bags. Hope to have a great stock to show you all!

The Market runs 26 days with over 150 vendors total. Local artisans goods, imported fine crafts, hand made chocolates and more abound. If you can't make it while I'm there, you should go *sometime* during those 26 days! 

For more information, check out the Facebook event here or official website here. 

Del Ray Holiday Market

An annual neighborhood tradition for many, the Del Ray Holiday Market was expanded several years ago to three weekends in December. There are different artists each weekend, so many people come to see each one. I will be selling the final weekend, December 19-21. This is a great chance to fill in the gaps on your shopping list. The wonderful thing about this show is the vendors donate a part of their sales back to the DRA, so when you support them, you support the organization.

A great way to keep up with all the events, shows, sales and more is to like my Facebook page. OR, follow me on Twitter. Or both. :) I try not to spam on email too much, so I leave it up to folks to find me too. 

Last year, I wrote a post about thinking outside the (big) box for gift giving. While some of the dates might be incorrect for 2014, all the hints and tips are still good to keep in mind. Worth a read, if you are trying to break free from the mall.

Are you tired of reading all that? I'm tired having written it all, now I have to go live it! :D Afterward, I'm looking forward to going to NY to see my family for the holiday and eating many cookies. Especially while sitting in comfy pjs in the middle of the day. What about you? What are you looking forward to?

Happiest of holidays to your and yours ~Jen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whole lotta shows going on!

Hyattsville Arts Festival
Saturday, September 13, 11am-5pm
At the intersection of Baltimore Ave and Jefferson St
Hyattsville, MD

Official website here
Facebook event

Art on Belmont
Sunday, September 14, 10-7pm
Belmont Street, Adams Morgan
Washington DC

Facebook event
More information here

Need something fun outside this weekend? I know you have lots to do- bike rides, picnics, the zoo. And, art, whole lotta art shows! Come and see me on Saturday in Hyattsville, MD and on Sunday in Adams Morgan in Washington DC.

What will you get out of it? Cool art, festival and talented music. People watching and good food. Free stuff!  And, did I mention handcrafted goodies from near and far? 

Enjoy some lovely weather and say hi to local artists. :)  Jen

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Artscape this weekend AND A CONTEST

Happiest Summer to Everyone! Hope that corn on the cob is being eaten, fireworks watched and lightning bugs caught. For me and my brethren, summer tradition includes art festivals and performances. This weekend is one of my favorites! Artscape in Baltimore is an annual festival that completely encompasses all arts~ hand crafts, dance, music, culinary and more.

What: Artscape

When: Friday, July 18, 11am- 9pm
Saturday, July 19, 11am- 9pm
Sunday, July 20, 11am- 8pm

Where: The festival takes place in the Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods.

Artists' Market is located on Mt Royal, I will be in space E69.

Who: Me, you?, these folks http://www.artscape.org/visual-arts/visual-arts-detail/4 and these too http://www.artscape.org/visual-arts/visual-arts-detail/3

Website: http://www.artscape.org/home

Facebook event here and here.


Some young visitors to my studio, with their summer souvenirs

I'm feeling a little nostalgic being in my 9th year of business. I've sold thousands of goods and made many people happy, while diverting fabric and materials from the waste stream. Like any mother that never sees her kiddos again, I'm feeling the need to re-connect with the fruit of my hands, if you will.

Thus, now through Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014, enter to win in the first ever Fusion Photo Fray: Creations on Vacation. Post a photo of you and your goodies on social media, tag Jen-A-Fusion and this will be your entry into the contest (aka Fray).

For most websites, you will have to like/join/friend Jen-A-Fusion on the following pages:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jenafusion

Twitter: @Jen_A_Fusion 

Instrgram: jen_a_fusion

Pinterest: jenafusion

Some rules, which might be changed, broken, amended or adhered to at any given time.

1. Photo should include enough of the Jen-A-Fusion product that it is recongizable to me, the artist.

2. Neither you, nor the product, actually have to be on vacation. You can be in your back yard. You can be at your mom's house. You can be in Antratica.  Doesn't matter.

3. This is not a Photography contest as such. There might be extra points for artistic merit, but a good old purse selfie would be just fine.

4. I may award special prizes for special situations, so do feel free to get creative! For example, think a Roman warrior might have had a carryall attached to his horse in battle? Photoshop it! Think that Marie Antoinette might have rocked one of my clutches? Photoshop it!

5. No purchase necessary. You do not have to buy a new purse to enter, nor have purchased the item. Gifts are always nice to show off.

6. Feel free to tell the story of where, when or how you bought it, if you remember. Tag the store or show. Spread the online love.

7. More to come, perhaps. I love to tweak rules and as these are mine, I can do it!

8. Questions? Feedback? Comment here (comments are subject to approval, so will not show up right away), post on my FB page, or send an email to jenartist_9001@hotmail.com. 

So, get your phones out and snap some pics of Creations on Vacation for the first ever Fusion Photo Fray!

Enjoy your summer and eat some ice cream for me! ~Jen