Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween!

We're getting excited for the spooky holiday. On Sunday, Oct. 26, a few folks stopped by to work on their pottery, decorate cookies, and help us bag up some trick-or-treats!

The process is half the fun!

Cut out shapes for the season, plus a butterfly as our Art Spa logo.

Naked cookies, waiting for the frosting and the frosters!

What are you making?


The butterflies were the most fun to frost.

Meanwhile, the potters were painting

The Red Roof Inn for a Fairy?

Attention to detail

Then, we filled treats bags for the big day!

Our treats bags include: candy, a note about the Art Spa, and a temporary tattoo with our logo.

Stop by for a Halloween Treat!
We aren't too scary, just a coupla sisters with a cackle and a broom!

We'll be open most Saturdays for Art Saturday, starting at 10:00 am. You can work on pottery, painting, puppets, and more. $10/hour per person. Let us know what you'd like to create.
You can also bring your own supplies and use our space as inspiration. We welcome adults and kids. Young children need to be accompanied by an adult. Or, book your own time at the Primo Art Spa! Check our pages (above) for an Art Spa Package for you and some friends.

Next Class for Musicians:
Join us for a Master Class for advanced student musicians and adults. You are invited to play any instrument or sing for the group. We will offer positive feedback to enhance your performance, ways to add color and emotion to your songs. Cost $10, includes refreshments. Please let us know if you'll need an accompanist. 

You can join this class by visiting our facebook page for this event.
To keep current on our class offerings and open art times, keep visiting this blog and like us on facebook. Email us with questions or comments!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Zen and the Art of Patience

We've been busy with a class on The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. Joy and I are hosting the class at the Primo Art Spa. We found some creativity cards that go along with the book. After a lively discussion on the week's work, we draw a card. The first week I drew Empowerment. I loved Empowerment. I felt empowered by drawing the card Empowerment. During the week, I posted on our facebook page some thoughts and experiences with Empowerment. My hope was to get people thinking about what empowers them by finishing the sentence: 
I feel empowerment when_________.

I wrote: I feel empowerment when I put myself and my creative work on the schedule, AND follow through. I feel empowerment when I am invited to view and review plays.

This week, I pulled the card Patience. I thought, Ugh, I don't want this card. After journaling about it, and trying to settle down my racing heart that matched my speeding schedule, I realized that Patience is exactly what I need. I need Patience with myself to take the time to write. I need Patience with my family, knowing they're busy too and grow up way too fast, and that time with them is precious.  I need Patience to get through the day, to give myself grace for not getting everything done that needs doing, to take my time getting from here to there, and letting some things go.

Do you need any help with Patience?

One thing that helped me is creating Zen Tangles.

This is a fun and relaxing art form. You start with four dots on your paper, four corners, if you will. Connect them with four interesting lines. They don't have to be perfectly straight. In fact, nothing about this art is perfect or symmetrical. The point is you let your pencil move freely to create the areas, then fill them in with patterns. I made the lower one at a women's retreat. The art teacher had us make the patterns with black Sharpie markers, then we used water color paints over the patterns. At home, I made the above one using different colored pens. I'll use it as my bookmark for my Artist's Way book. You can google Zen Tangles and get many ideas, buy a book, or make up your own. It really is a meditative art activity. It helped me quiet my mind and slow down for a while. Plus, it is interesting and very non-threatening art. I love it.

We are open on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at 2:00 for an afternoon of pottery and Halloween cookie decorating. You could also help us fill treats bags for Halloween. We're giving out candy and temporary tattoos with our logo. What a hoot!

On Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at 2:00, we're hosting a Master Class for Musicians. 
Join us for a Master Class for advanced student musicians and adults. You are invited to play any instrument or sing for the group. We will offer positive feedback to enhance your performance, ways to add color and emotion to your songs. Cost $10, includes refreshments. Please let us know if you'll need an accompanist.

Also, Primo Art Spa is donating a gift basket for the Heartland Symphony Orchestra's fundraising event next Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Craguns. Go to their website for more information.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Open House recap and more classes

Hi Everyone!
We had fun at our Open House on Saturday. Lots of great energy from kids and adults. Puppets were playing and singing. Kids were creating and eating. And, everyone was getting moving on their artistic creations. 

Coming up next is a class on "The Artist's Way." It's a book by Julia Cameron that takes you through a 12 step program to a more creative and fulfilling life. Joy is leading it. Mary will also be there, and we hope several of you will join us. We're holding this class from 11:00-12:30, over lunch hour, so we can eat together and work towards a more creative life. Cost is $120 which does not include the book. You can find it at any bookstore or online.

Master Class Music Workshop will be on Saturday, October 26, 2013, starting at 2:00. This is for advanced student musicians and adults, voice or any instrument, who want a chance to perform and get some positive feedback. We'll talk about ways to enhance your performance and get emotion and color into it. Cost is $10. Email us, or call Joy 503-975-9906 if you have questions or would like to attend.

We will be open most Saturdays for Art Saturday from 10-noon. Call, email, or check our facebook page if you want to make sure we're open. If you'd like to come at another time, just let us know. We'd love to host a group to do some art, music, or writing. We can email you a survey so we know what you're looking for.

And, now, a few photos from our Open House. You can see more on our facebook page

Girls and puppets

Elizabeth bought a few of Joy's houses. Thanks, Elizabeth!

Delicious snacks including Joy's world famous chocolate cake.

Entertainment by the sisters and puppets!

Cheers from all!

Casting a spell? Or, maybe explaining marionettes.

Mr. Happy was so happy to have a party.

Pottery with Joy.

Winner of the door prize. Chocolate Cupcakes!

Intricate details in the house building.

Joy made a zen tangle as the cover for her journal.

Nate learning book binding for his journal.

In a world of creative constipation, we're here to get things moving!