May Roundup

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Hello May- it is good to see you :)

It has been a busy spring and people are needing their art supplies. Classes have gone well and new stock keeps finding its way in the door.

The Arts Festival was so fun and we were blessed with beautiful weather. People seemed to really like our town and hopefully will come again.

I took Joann Landis’ s Fashion Sketch/Design class and highly recommend it. She is hoping to offer a 3 week – once a week course during the summer so that more can be taught and developed. Even if you aren’t into fashion – the drawing of gestures and such was very liberating. It really makes you see things differently which can help with composition and design of your paintings. Will let you know when we get it scheduled.

In the queue- Barbara Baker will be doing a kids class and an adult class on June 11. More info to follow. Jane Albin will be doing a class on dip pens and watercolor. Trying to line up a portraiture class and basic drawing. Feel free to let me know what you might be interested in.

We have the last of our two scheduled classes coming up. Lynne Yancha will be here on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 14. Watercolor workshop – 10 – 4- $60 – you bring your own supplies. You would not believe the paintings that have come out of these classes. Even a prize winner at at the Packwood House show – congrats Suzanne Murdza! We have room on both days and we would love to have you join us. Just give us a call at 570-523-7911.

The Merchants on Market have been meeting and we are doing Wednesday promotions – Live, Love, Lewisburg – Let’s Go Downtown. Many are offering special deals, and more are adding each week. For example ours today is 15% off any sketchbooks, journals, or pads of paper. A small complementary gift is included with each purchase. It has been lots of fun. We have handed out carnations, small plants, little pads of paper – just our way of thanking people for shopping downtown. We changed our featured item/department every week. We post it on Facebook and Instagram.

We carry the Daniel Smith watercolors. The distributor of this company does a really good job of promoting artists and art. Here is a link to our FB page and the artist they talked about this week. Scroll down and it should show up. Fabulous colors!

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

Two new windows up by Katie- “Like Toteally” – our play on words featuring totes by Royal Brush, Artbird, and Ecototes. Very fun. Also she did one yesterday on Papers including our ever growing Cavallini decorative papers, greeting cards, and coloring books. A little graduation vignette is on the side. Again – cool and fun.

What is hot – *the pastel pencils by Carbothello – these are one of Randy’s favorites, people try them and then come back for more colors. Apparently jus the right touch of softness and coverage -** Journals and watercolors – **** origami (huge new selection)- **** Melissa and Doug -( really huge new shipment) and *****prismacolor art pencils – sets and individuals – bit hard to restock these days but we are pretty good at the moment. I even found 3 sets of the big ones – the 150”s.- woot woot.

That is all for now. And yes we have an excellent selection of coloring books for Mother’s Day :)

Thanks, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes.

There will be town wide sidewalk sales on the second weekend – Friday/Saturday of May, June , July and August. A few such as us will not be doing May due to some conflicts. Should be fun and always great bargains. :)

Live, Love, Lewisburg- let’s go Downtown!!

 

Hey all,

Quick hit here.

first up…..tomorrow for downtown’s new adventure – 4/6/16
“Live, Love, Lewisburg- Let’s go Downtown”!
Help us grow this event which will be every Wednesday. Many independent merchants will be participating. It’s in the beginning stages so come down and check it out. While they last, we will hand out lovely coral carnations from Stein’s florist and will offer 15% off greeting cards. We may not have the greeting card you’re looking for, but we will have one you need. We really do have a lovely and interesting collection. :)
secondly- Lynne Yancha has a watercolor workshop this Friday- 4/8/16 from 10- 4. For some reason we have lots of room so if this is something that you are interested in let us know. Always a wonderful learning experience with dear Lynne.

thirdly- lots of new things in- cool coloring books, funky neat storage buckets, totes, and zippered cases in fun colors, special sign your name brushes, just to name a few.

Finally- happy spring. We are now working on our next round of classes. Also don’t forget about Joann Landis’s Fashion Sketch Design class on April 30 from 1- 3. $25 plus purchase of about $20 of markers.

Here is a link to our promo for this Wednesday –

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

featuring dear George.

Cheers, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes12924420_10154043218998350_5768617207738369489_n

The Randy and Jane show for today is postponed

Hello all,

Due to life and framing commitments we have postponed the “Show” that was for today. 4/2/16. Will let you know later when it is rescheduled.

Jane’s class is this morning and we are looking forward to it.

Check out our new windows – “Figure it Out” and “COLORS”. They are fun and quite creative.

Start looking for fun stuff on Wednesdays on Market St. The merchants have gathered and decided to do something different. Watch for info on Live, Love, Lewisburg- Let’s go Downtown. Starts this next Wednesday and will be every Wednesday with something each week. More info to follow…..

Huge puzzle order just in including the little tin ones. Also a new brush assortment called “Sign your name” with all sorts of fun brushes for all different types of media. And lastly a new storage collection from Silver Brush – full of little totes with pockies and zippered cases in many styles and fun colors.

Have a wonderful weekend.

We are calling it- Spring is here!!

 

Happy spring fellow artists, art lovers, colorers, and all…..

Lots of moving parts lately so trying to play catch up.

First the latest on workshops.

Saturday – March 19. Lynne Yancha returns for one of her lovely workshops. She is a wonderful instructor and her classes are always a fun bonding experience. The work that the attendees do always astounds us as they seem to make sure great strides. Love going in that class halfway thru to see where they are in their paintings. Classes are small – max 6- $60. 10 to 4 with a break for lunch. This Saturday we have two spots left. She will return in April and May so read down further for the dates.
Saturday- April 2 – 10-12
“Water-Doodle a Spring Card!”

May Day, Mother’s Day, and lots of Birthdays are coming.

You will be creating a floral themed card in this workshop with Jane Albin.
We start by learning a few new doodles,  add some simple watercolor techniques,  and end up with your own personal greeting card.
All materials are included.  No experience necessary.
Maximum 10 students.  Ages 15 and up. $40

Jane’s classes are always educational and inspiring!

****Last Monday night we hosted the Susquehanna Art League. Randy and Jane did quite an interesting presentation. We have decided to repeat it. This is a free event with loads of info, things to play with, a few freebies, and a discount. Woot- Woot. We call this the “Randy and Jane Show”. Come meet these artists, see what makes them tick, and learn what they find works well for them. We would like to know if you are coming if possible but feel free to come even if you haven’t let us know. When – Saturday – April 2 from 1:30 to 3 ish!!
Here is pic from the event-
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Saturday April 30- Joann will return for round 2 of this ….Okay – have your ever watched Project Runway and wished you could sketch like the designers do? Well then, come join Joann Landis for her Fashion Design and Sketch workshop. Joann is also a professional artist and has a wonderful background in fashion. Usually she teaches locally with a 6 week class but we talked her into doing a workshop where you could see how to start in this interesting field. Knowing a little about how to draw fashion could help you with people in your paintings. 1-3 – cost $25 and you will need to purchase your art markers – which we have – should cost you just under $25. Joann said if you took the first one she would steer you to more advanced projects and the markers will be different this time. Not kidding – if you draw at all you will find some really good ideas in this class.

****Lynne will return for 4 more watercolor workshops -Friday April 8, Saturday April16, Friday May 6, and Saturday May14. These fill up quickly – small classes of 6 so check your calendars.

All if our classes must be paid for at the time of registration. We do this so that people are less likely to cancel and our artist instructors get paid for their time. If you must cancel then half goes to the instructor and the rest you may redeem in art supplies. It is the only way we have found that keeps people on track :)
The Lewisburg Arts Festival is April 23 this year. There will be the art show at the Packwood House, the photography show, a plein air event on Sunday and lots and lots of things going on. Here is the link to that for you to check out.

http://www.lewisburgartscouncil.com/events/art-festival/about/

Click on applications or plein air for more info. This day is always so much fun at the shop!!

More puzzles and coloring books are showing up soon. What is hot? Lettering stencils, brush pens of any type- something going on in Pinterest that is driving these, watercolor anything, and of course colored pencils- really a bit tough to get the sets in but we are doing our best!!

That is it for now. Let us know if we can help in anyway. We are always happy to order things in for you.

Kathy and Team Brushstrokes- Deb, Laurie, Jane, Sylvia, Barbara, Katie, and of course Randy and George!!

Winter fun and what is on tap.

Hello all.

We survived the Ice Festival. It was a fabulously wonderfully happy time at our shop. We raised over $1300 + for the rescues and oodles of stuff. Thanks to all our artists who contributed and to all that donated and sent good wishes. It was a good day for the shop’s bottom line too which is always a blessing in the winter. :)

This is just a quick hit as we had one cancellation for Lynne’s Yancha’s watercolor workshop this Saturday, February 13. It is 10-4 – $60 if that works for you. We know some do better with last minute opportunities.

Lynne will be back three more times – check below- some room in all at this moment

Feb. 19 – Friday- Lynne Yancha – 10 to 4

March 5, 2016 “Let’s draw with colored pencils for kids”
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30am
Ages: first grade through fourth grade (or the equivalent in years whatever that is.)
Instructor – Barbara Baker
March: In like a lion and out like a lamb. In this class we will use our imaginations to draw pictures around this theme. We will learn how to draw lions and lambs and how to use colored pencils. All materials will be supplied. Cost $35 – will go home with supplies.
Small class of 6.

March 11 – Lynne Yancha – Friday – 10 to 4
March 12, 2016 “Learn Colored Pencil Blending techniques with Secret Garden Artist Edition Coloring Book”
Time: 10:00am – 12:00
Open to adults and older teens- Instructor Barbara Baker

In this class Barbara will teach a variety of blending techniques with colored pencils by using Secret Garden Artist Edition coloring book. Each student will get to choose a page from the Secret Garden to color. We will have an assortment of colored pencils available to try. After teaching the blending techniques, you will get to try them on your coloring book page. Bring some paper towels and tissues. This will have all kinds of things to try you might not expect. Cost $40- you will go home with goodies.

Update – we have dates nailed down for Jane but don’t have her descriptive blurb yet …

We are in the middle of doing our windows. “Jungle” theme is in Studio B and “Pennsylmania” to embrace the coloring book colored pencil craze will be in Brushstrokes proper.

Have a boatload of sweet Valentine cards by a little company call Artists to Watch.
We have red mini manikins, sweet little watercolor pocket wheels, little tiny drawing kits, lovely paper garlands (
buntings to quote our southern daughter), hip sketchbooks from LA, mini buddha boards in colors, and all sorts of fun little things.
Had a slight phone fiasco so must deal with the phone company this am so am sending this out without much further thought.

Feel free to call if you have any questions. 570-523-7911

Cheers, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes

P.S. We will be hosting the Susquehanna Art League meeting at 6:30pm on Monday, March 14. Always a fun time – we hand out some goodies, have lots of info, and demo’s, and have a discount that evening :)

Ice Festival Cometh- “Warm your Heart” helps pet rescues!

As some of you may know this is a big event for us as we are holding our 8th year of our “Warm your Heart” collection. We gather all sorts of things – blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, dog beds, dog stuff, cat stuff, pet food and treats for all, even jars of peanut butter! We also take monetary donations and this year – for our third year – we will have our fireplace mantle lined with little original animal art works but our artists and friends. For a $25 donation to any of the rescues or the general fund you can pick out one to take home. This has been highly successful the last two years – or is it three? We empty our windows by that Wednesday – Feb. 3 and then keep our fingers crossed that things start showing up. :) When all is said and done – we set up stations and start divvying things out according to each rescue’s list. It is always loads of fun. We usually get enough to fill up the back of a pick up truck for each rescue. Plus we give them an envelope with whatever has been designated for them and divide up the general fund between them. So besides all the stuff, we have been able to pass along over $7100.00 total over the last 7 years! The rescues on our list this year are Mostly Mutts, Haven to Home, Far Point Collie Rescue, Danville SPCA, Lycoming Animal Protection Society (LAPS), and Arthur’s Pet Pantry. We thank you in advance for any help you can give or for passing this info along. Love, love this weekend!!

12508822_10153825614168350_331890752898375700_nOur shop dog George – himself a rescue would love it if you could help in anyway. “Thanks”, says George!

Holiday Season and such

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This has been a wonderfully crazy holiday season. The coloring book craze has made us a trending hot spot. :)  We have ordered like never before. The customers are happy and it seems to have introduced many back to art. Pastels have had a resurgence and our kids area has been hopping. We are a bit tired but it has been so much fun!! Note our holiday hours on the photo. Thanks to all our customers and have a happy happy Holiday and New Year. Kathy and Team Brushstrokes.

Last two workshops of this season

By gosh and by golly – look at what is on tap at Brushstrokes this Saturday – November 14, 2015. Wrapping up our workshop offerings before we swing into full holiday mode……and Studio B swings into retail heaven! Creative meditative doodling a la Jane Albin – holiday style. This is rescheduled class from last week. Join Jane – our lovely local professional artist as she shows you how to have some fun with pens and markers and colored cardstock. A fun morning of creativity and relaxing artsy stuff- your pens and markers will go home with you so you can “carry on” :) From 10-12 – cost $35 – must preregister and prepay.

Okay – have your ever watched Project Runway and wished you could sketch like the designers do? Well then, come join Joann Landis for her Fashion Design and Sketch workshop. Joann is also a professional artist and has a wonderful background in fashion. Usually she teaches locally with a 6 week class but we talked her into doing a workshop where you could see how to start in this interesting field. Knowing a little about how to draw fashion could help you with people in your paintings. 1-3 – cost $25 and you will need to purchase your art markers – which we have – should cost you just under $25. Preregistration and prepayment required. When anyone takes one of our classes they get 10% off all purchases of supplies and gifts ( art and framing are the exception ).

Well – IF someone signs up for both we will give you 15% off that day. Just saying – could be a fun day in Studio B. 11062165_10153128830808350_7044030166526557591_n

Fall update too

Well we have been busy and having lots of fun. The fall classes have all been a hit.

Lynne’s watercolor workshop last Saturday was great and you should have seen the work people did. We had a waiting list for Lynne and decided on Saturday to add two more workshop’s – this Friday and next and they are filled with those on the waiting list. Be sure to let me know if you wish to be added to her list.

We did not schedule anything on the 24 as this is Bucknell Homecoming -town can be busy- and nothing on Oct. 31- Halloween.

So then our next adventure will be….. Mediative Seasonal Doodling with Jane Albin- Sat. 11/7/15- 10-12 – $35 Ring in the holidays while learning cool doodling tips from our wonderful Jane Albin. Meditative seasonal doodles a la Jane style.You will doodle ornaments and snowflakes- and create some great Holiday cards. Prepayment and registration required. All supplies are included and you will take your pens home with you !! Coolness guaranteed. Age 14 and up.

Then we are happy to present on Saturday – November 14- 1-3 – Joanne Landis will teach a workshop on Fashion Design. We are very happy to have Joanne bring this to Brushstrokes. She is well known throughout the area for her lovely paintings and her sense of style. She has a background in fashion and has offered to come for a two hour workshop.( She usually teaches classes that are 6 weeks long – and also teach with Bill – the Bucknell lifetime learning program.) You will be able to use what you learn in your paintings. The class is $25 and you will need to purchase about $22 worth of markers. Age 14 and up.

We are preparing for the 4th quarter and all the happy fun that brings. Over 100 new Pomegranate puzzles are here. A new shipment of scrabble tile necklaces are on their way and we ordered dogs scrabble tiles too. Our recycled earring rack Blue Hill by Hand is almost empty so they have are ordered and on their way.

Our greeting card line keeps growing – Saturn Press is back in stock – this is a sweet little letterpress company on an island in Maine. Art Card Nation – love that name – has cool cards from Belgium and other places near and we picked up a small gathering of Birthday calendars from them – very artsy.

Speaking of arsty – our Art Bird line of cross body slings and lunch pockets has been restocked and we added their cool little 8 inch clocks. Already sold half of them – so will have to get in more. And need I say Coloring. The hottest thing to hit our shop ever. We have more coloring books than you can imagine. I went a little crazy. We have the best pencils for this and some suggestions for markers too. Our window in Brushstrokes proper was just set up as Color My World so we are having lots of fun with this. We do have the Enchanted Forest” and “the Secret Garden” as well as those by Millie Marotti- they are beautiful. Johanna Bashford’s new one “the Lost Ocean” will come as soon as it is released.” I love to hear how families are coloring together and people are meeting to color over tea.

Stroll thru the Arts is Friday, November 6 from I think 6 to 10. Here is a link about it. http://www.lewisburgartscouncil.com/events/stroll-through-the-arts/ Our artists will be Jane Albin and Barbara Baker. Should be fun. That is all for now.

Happy Fall, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes

P.S. Our Wednesday Arting B did not fly so unless someone resurrects it then bye bye B.

Fall Update 2015

 

Hello – hello- we have survived the back to school college rush and are ready for the next adventure. Trying to finalize the workshop schedule. Here is what we have locked down so far. Not too many details yet but you can at least check your calendar.

Saturday – October 3- 10:00 to 12:00 – Jane Albin will teach a watermedia class. This class is till evolving – we have so many ideas we have to lock it down.

Saturday – October 10- 10:00 to 12:00 – Laurie Knight will return for another alcohol ink adventure. We are still working on this but it was so fun that every one who missed it wanted a chance and some want a repeat.

Saturday – October 10- 1:30 to 3:30 – Barbara Baker will talk about the latest craze – Coloring books and she will show you everything you might want to know about colored pencils.

Saturday – October 17- 10-4 Lynne Yancha returns for another watercolor workshop. This is filled already and has a waiting list. Feel free to let us now if you want to be on this list – we are going to see if we can have Lynne add a Friday or so to give more people a chance to take this.

Nothing on the 24 as this is Family Weekend at Bucknell and town is usually kind of busy.

Nothing on October 31 as this is Halloween. We might come up with something fun yet.

Saturday – November 7- 10 to 12 – Jane Albin will return for some kind of cool doodling and card workshop.

Saturday – November 14- 1-3 – Joanne Landis will teach a workshop on Fashion Design. We are very happy to have Joanne bring this to Brushstrokes.

Others in the que- a watersoluble oil intro, a portraiture class, basic drawing and perspective. This has been a really fun summer in Brushstrokesland. Everyone has been coloring and it has been great to see the excitement that this has generated. We are well stocked and have become pretty informed and we are happy to share what we have learned. Deb has really jumped into this and just chat with her if you need info or inspiration !!

Other than coloring – the hot items have been anything marker – don’t think we have every sold so many markers, all sorts of sketch books especially mixed or multi media, waterbrushes, watercolor travel sets, and origami. Also the oil painters have been finding us as have artists from all over the country. We had so many travelers this summer and they loved our store. Yay!!. The world travelers were here too from Denmark, China, Japan, Russia to Argentina- we kind of lost track.

Many of our items from the show have arrived. Zen brushes, Velvet multi media brushes, Americana multi-surface paint, Royal Langnichel kids supplies, Daniel Smith watercolors ( these are fabulous and the color selection is amazing- running these at 20% off ), Zig calligraphy and metallic markers – these have zoomed to No. 1 in calligraphyland, and Gelly Roll by Sakura( these are highly improved over the initial gel pen debacle from years back).

And finally – our fun Wednesday afternoon Arting B social returns. Just show up from 1 to 4- just bring whatever you are working on and come have some fun. This will run starting this Wednesday 9/16/15- which I know is short notice and will run every Wednesday up until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. No reservations required – just show up and do art. We held several of these before the back to school season and everyone really had fun – gave them a chance to sit and create.

A more detailed description of the workshops along with costs, etc. will follow within the week.

And oh my isn’t this weather just fabulous!!  Enjoy.

Kathy and Team Brushstrokes