Newsletter Feb. 2017

 

Greetings from Brushstrokes Land. Life has been busy and our newsletter has been a bit neglected. Will try to do better.

Lewisburg Ice Festival starts today. Love this weekend! Ice usually comes early afternoon. The weather is going to cooperate. We are having our Annual Warm your Heart event to benefit the local animal rescues and pet food bank. Here is a link to an article about it in the Daily Item.

http://www.dailyitem.com/business/local-art-shop-is-going-to-the-dogs-and-cats/article_a35fb790-e6ea-11e6-b366-8b6855c7b33f.html

We are all geared up and for the little painting donation part of the event we have about 40 offerings. How cool! Once we put them up on Facebook they started flying out the door. One is even getting shipped to Georgia! Here is the link to the little video of our mini gallery.

https://www.facebook.com/Brushstrokes-Gallery-Art-Supplies-and-Framing-192528178349/

Hours for the weekend are Friday 10 to 8, Saturday 10 to 5 ish, and Sunday 12 -4.

There are many fun things going on this weekend. Here is a link to the schedule of events.

http://www.visitcentralpa.org/events/festivals-fairs/heart-of-lewisburg-ice-festival-0

Okay- it has been busy around the shop. We have added, moved, cleared out, enlarged our printmaking, started a little office and sundries area, and are looking at some really cool artsy stuff to bring in. A line of earrings called TWIG are headed our way. Sweet little woodcut earrings that are priced right. Other cool stuff in the queue.

Our classes are paused for the moment. We are regrouping, and looking at all our options.
The Center for the Arts in Sunbury has some awesome classes and two of our peeps teach there. Here is a link to them…

The Arts Center Of The Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA

We offer their students a 10% discount on supplies so it is a good collaboration for us.

What is hot…. printmaking, bullet journaling, Stabilo point 88 pens ( new open stock rack just went out yesterday – 99 cents each 🙂 ), puzzles ( it is winter after all), and painting in general.

We just got in literally about $2500 worth of new greeting cards and they are sweet. We are still a go to for the quick kids birthday present on a Saturday morning and will wrap it for you tout suite. ( haha – might have spelled that wrong but it is 6am ).

We have put all our Wrapped journals and products at 50% off as the two boys from LA are closing up shop and our Gray Matters brushes moved over to the 50% area. Lots of miscellaneous there too.

That’s it for now. Off to hopefully a busy weekend.
Thanks, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes

Warm your Heart and Ice Festival – this Friday – 2/3/17

George got press in the Daily Item – can’t seem to link it here but here is the article without the picture… I will add a fun winter picture instead 🙂16472931_10154959980418350_4200301896366603239_n

LEWISBURG — Brushstrokes art supplies store is staging its annual “Warm Your Heart” fundraiser, an event that benefits local animal shelters and nonprofits during the Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival.

Since 2009, store co-owners Kathy and Randy Snyder have encouraged the community to bring in pet care supplies and monetary donations to their Market Street shop during the Ice Festival, scheduled this year from Feb. 3 through 5. Proceeds from the sale of paintings by local artists are also donated to the cause.

“We’re all small businesses so we can’t do big things, but we can do this,” said Kathy Snyder.

Over the past eight years, Brushstrokes has raised more than $8,700 for Valley organizations. This year, they are accepting donations for the Danville SPCA, Mostly Mutts, Haven to Home, the Far Point Collie Rescue, the Lycoming Animal Protection Society, Arthur’s Pet Pantry, and the Far Point Animal Rescue.

“I call them [the beneficiaries] ahead of time and ask them what they need,” Mrs. Snyder said.

She added they post the donation needs on the store’s windows for people to learn what to donate. In the past, she recalls blankets, crates, dry cat food, and even homemade dog beds being donated to the drive.

“People come back every year and I really appreciate that,” she added. “It shows me there are far more caring people than you hear about.”

Abby Erdley, of Arthur’s Pet Pantry in Lewisburg, said, “The more people help, the more animals we can help.” She said the fundraiser is “a huge, huge help” for her organization, which gives pet food to financially distressed owners.

The Pet Pantry has benefited from Brushstrokes’ fundraiser for the past two years and each time, Erdley said, her Jeep is filled with dog and cat food by the time the fundraiser ends.

“A lot of my clients are elderly,” Erdley said. “No one wants to see them give up their pets because they can’t feed them. Because of their help, we feed 200 pets per month. I can’t speak highly enough of her [Kathy Snyder].”

Cheryl Hill, the owner of the Mostly Mutts shelter near Sunbury, said her organization also gets a boost from the “Warm Your Heart” drive. “The fundraiser brings in items we would not usually get,” she said. Hill added the shelter receives dog beds, different types of dog food, and other items they cannot usually afford.

“People don’t realize there are so many dogs and cats in need in this area,” she continued.

Kathy Snyder said the store does the drive annually because she and her husband have always loved animals.

“I was the little kid who would have a little cat and dog under each arm,” she explained. “They’re just good company, whether it is a good or a bad day.”

Brushstrokes is open Monday though Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store will also have special hours during the “Warm Your Heart” fundraiser on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

To see the original art for sale, visit the Brushstrokes’ Facebook page at facebook.com/Brushstrokes-Gallery-Art-Supplies-and-Framing-192528178349. For more information on the drive, call 570-523-7911.

Big Canvas Sale!

We did a huge special order where we can offer quality Fredrix canvas at 50% off. Sizes range from 4 x 5 inches to 36 x 40 inches thick gallery wrap. We have some stretched black canvas, red label, blue label and some bulk packs of canvas board. Prices range from $6.21 to $142.76 and then 50% off. Our whole window in Studio B is filled and some of the big guys are still in my entryway. Stop by and see if anything will work for you! Cheers, Kathy15966116_10154900533443350_7774137731749774571_n

Happy Thanksgiving – Holiday hours and specials.

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Hello and Happy Thanksgiving from Brushstrokes.

Keeping it short and sweet.

Tomorrow is Black Friday – woot woot! We are open 8ish to 8ish. Same on Small Business Saturday. American Express has given us some canvas shopping bags to hand out on Saturday while they last!

From 8am to 10 am both days you can get 15% off your entire purchase – excluding original artwork and custom framing. After 10 am then we honor the downtown shopping pass where you can get 15% off one item at many many of the shops downtown. Here is the link to the pass if you need it.

https://lewisburgpa.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Holiday-Shopping-Pass-2016.pdf
Also we will be open Sundays from 12 to 4 til December 24. We will have some kind of cool special deals on Sunday. Watch Facebook (Brushstrokes Gallery, Art Supplies, and Framing) or Instagram (brushstrokes_lewisburg) for those specials.

Late shoppers night is next Friday, December 2. We will be here until midnight – bedroom slippers and jammies allowed. Graduated sales.

6pm to 7:59 – 10% off

8:00 to 9:59 – 15% off

10:00 to midnight 20% off

Same exclusions as above. Note – this does not include custom framing.

This is always one of the most fun nights in downtown Lewisburg. We will have snacks!

There is a lovely table of $25 or less take away gifts that our artists have selected and packaged up. This is located in Studio B.

We will happily gift bag or tissue wrap your gift – just please allow patience if we are busy 🙂

And new for us this year. Our artists made a calendar for the new year. Introducing “Small Town Treasures 2017” – featuring the works of our very own. $10 – it is lovely – kudos to Barbara Baker for thinking of this and tackling the project. It looks wonderful.

Also – the meters are bagged and parking is free through the holidays.

That is all for now.

Cheers, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes

P.S. Our class schedule is on PAUSE until the end of January. Studio B is in high demand during the holidays and Winter Back to School.

YOU ARE INVITED!!

You are invited….

This Saturday – October 15 – we are celebrating our 27th year with a party! Snacks, cider, cupcakes, prizes, and a visit with Barbara the Colored Pencil Wizard. She will be here to answer any of your questions about coloring and colored pencils. You can try them out. Randy will be around for any watercolor, pastel, drawing, or oil questions. Really – come on down and ask away!!

Party is from 12 to 3. You must register that day for the prizes. Drop by anytime until 3 to enter. Drawing will be held at 3. Can’t make it that day? Stop by anytime until October 31 to enter a raffle to win $100 gift certificate. If we get oodles of entries we may offer a second gift certificate. For the month of October all colored pencils and coloring books are 15% off. During the Wednesdays of October any one item – your choice – is 15% off. This is a fabulous time to take advantage of those higher priced goodies. Only exceptions are custom framing and original artwork.

We would love to see you and join us in celebrating. We started above Pet Pourri in 1989. Then moved to our current location in 1999. In around 2008 we took over the other half. No one was expanding when the economy was collapsing but the opportunity was there so what the heck. Then three years ago with the help of our son we bought the building and moved upstairs. We are now an old-fashioned mom and pop shop with wonderful artsy friends who work with us. We are so lucky to still be in business as many of the independent stores are giving it up. Well, not us. We will just keep plugging away trying to find the neatest, coolest, and best stuff we can.

So join us if you can- we would love to see you!img_7562

Welcome Fall

Hello Brushstrokians,

Hope this lovely September day is just what you need today. We have survived the Back to School adventure and are gearing up for Family Weekend at Bucknell starting Friday.

Downtown is full of fabulous new clothes, good food, kitcheny stuff, running gear, bicycle needs, and of course all your art needs. There are galleries galore and we just hung a new gallery wall of framed Cavallini papers- it is so much fun. And you should see the giant black and white movie poster….Check out our Facebook page to see this.

We are trying to finalize our fall workshop schedule. Here is what we have so far. For you Lynne Yancha watercolor workshop students- she will be here

Friday September 30

Friday October 14

Saturday October 22

Her workshops are from 10-4 – cost $60 per day. She is a highly skilled and renowned painter who really can bring out the best in people. You will enjoy the class most if you have some watercolor knowledge. Bring you own supplies, and an idea of something you would like to work on. There will be a break for lunch so you can bring something or go out. Artists love her classes. Good artsy karma.

Then in November on the 11 and 12. Barbara Baker will be teaching two classes. On the 11 is the adults – “Don’t play with sticks- unless it is art sticks “ and on the 12 the kids class. It will involve paper mache critters and more. Info to follow.

Call 570-523-7911 to register for any of the above.

October will be the beginning of our 27th year. We will be having some special things going on, sales, prizes, giveaways and cake. Randy and I are going to figure this out soon.

Things are always evolving here so bunches of items have moved to the sale department. Trot on over to Studio B and check it out. At this moment there are even some sets of colored pencils there. 🙂

On the way is a HUGE order of puzzles by Pomegranate. These continue to be a favorite of our regular customers and our travelers. They should be here any day now.

We continue our Wednesday Live Love Lewisburg special. Our September special is 15% off puzzles and our children’s department. October’s will be determined shortly.

Hot items continue to be the Koi Pocket Watercolor sets, watercolor postcards, our new line of greeting cards by Good Paper which are made by those in need, all our greeting cards by Artists to Watch, Prismacolor art markers, chisel and brush – we are really seeing a resurge in these, our paper mache critters, and of course coloring books and colored pencils. I think people really appreciate that we have open stock of so many pencils and markers. T

hat is all I have for you today. Again we appreciate each and every one of you. You are what makes this so much fun.

Cheers, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes

Summer and classes – finally :)

Happy summer and week of 90+ degrees

We are back and rolling now. Keeping this short and sweet

Saturday, July 23. Lynne Yancha is holding one of her watercolor workshops. 10- 4. $60. You bring your supplies and a photo of what you want to paint. It always amazes me at how wonderful the students works turn out when she guides them. Her knowledge and ideas are wonderful and she is warm and nurturing with a bit of spunk! I have three spots left. There is a lunch break in the middle. 🙂

Saturday, July 30 “Painting Like Monet” with Barbara Baker
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Ages: first grade through fourth (or the equivalent in years whatever that is)
Limit of kids: 6
In this class, we will learn about Monet and his importance to the history of painting through his water lily paintings. Then we will paint our own water lilies using oil pastels and watercolors. All materials included and will go home with the student artist. $35.00

Saturday, July 30 “Working on Tinted Paper with Colored Pencils” with Barbara Baker
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Open to adults and older teens
Limit: 6
In this class I will teach about using colored pencils on tinted paper. We will work on grey tinted paper using a limited palette of gray colored pencils. All materials included and will go home with you. Cost $40.

Friday, August 5. 10- 4
Limit 6- open to adults
Lynne Yancha will return for another watercolor workshop. See above for the info. Same story.

Saturday, August 5, Sketching with watercolor with Jane Albin.
10-12 $40
Limit 8- Open to adults and older teens
You will learn basic urban sketching using a portable watercolor setup. Beginners welcome – all supplies included and go home with you.

Call us at 570-523-7911 if you wish to sign up. To be fair to our instructors who put lots of time into this – we require prepayment.

Trending now- toned paper, markers, gelly rolls- the young and old love these, origami, and everything watercolor. Watercolor is just made for summer 🙂

Cheers, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes