Pots and pots and more pots!



We had 14 students here on the patio this past Sunday for our clay pots class - it was an amazing clay day! So many creative ideas for making slab, coil and pinch pots. Now it's on to the glazing, on to the kiln!

Join us for our next patio art class with Pat Viera, local collage artist. Call to make your reservations early.







Amongst the Animals

 

Our closing reception for All Creatures Great and Small was filled with so much creative energy - we were bursting at the seams! 

There was art, there was food, there was music, there were flowers. There were artists, there were children...and there were smiles and laughter behind each and every mask! Many thanks to Lynda Weir for capturing so many great moments from the day.










Painting with alcohol inks


We all had a great time learning something new at our April patio class with Lisa Fulmer. Lisa showed us to use alcohol inks to tint glass jars and paint on glossy photo paper. We got messy and happy and super creative! 

Thrift store bottles and jars became colorful sun-catchers and bud vases to sit in a window or outside on the patio. We also learned easy techniques for dripping, brushing, blowing and smudging alcohol inks to create cool mini art postcards.


Thanks to Lynda Weir for capturing these happy moments from the day!
Call us to register early for your spot in the May class.

The art of succulents


Here's a lovely recap of our March First Sunday class from Lynda Weir...

"I took the succulent class at the Art Cottage - it was a perfect day full of sunshine that made smiles bloom! There were six students, and I must say everyone in class had a grand time. 

Fro gave us a tour of her garden and said we could take cuttings from any of her plants and then she used a little rhyme to explain the elements of creating a pleasing design when planting a pot or container - something thrilling (tall plant), something filling (ground cover) and something spilling (hangs over the edge). She also said we were free to use whatever treasures we found in the garden, such as small clay pieces, shells, or painted rocks,  It was like being a kid on an Easter egg hunt! All of us very adult ladies became so excited and we were dashing throughout the garden, looking in every corner. 


Fro had all manner of planting containers on hand, which included clay pots, tin boxes, wooden drawers, large shells and more. While we were all doing some creative planting, she served everyone a slice of pound cake with berries and cream, along with a glass of pink lemonade. 

It was such a pleasure meeting the other women and seeing joy on everyone’s face. Fro is such a giving, gracious person and a wonderful teacher - not only of art but also of life!"

Call us to reserve your space now for the April class, which will actually be held on the second Sunday due to the Easter holiday.  We'll be painting glass jars and paper flowers with alcohol inks.

Attendance is extremely limited, but we will create a waiting list and offer a second session if there's interest. All supplies plus refreshments are included!

Free MIni Art Gallery

 

Fro is on the phone letting everyone know the news!

We are so pleased to be partnering with the Concord Art Association to bring you Concord very first Free Mini Art Gallery!  

We converted our existing mini library book cabinet out in front of the aRt Cottage. There will still be some space for a few free books, but now we have local artists keeping the box filled with small artworks and other crafty handmade treats. Come by and find a treasure to take home.

If you're an artist or maker yourself, feel free to add some of your mini items to give away to someone else (be sure to include your business card or name on your work). 

Our little gallery box is like a random act of kindness - let a little free art make your day a little brighter.






Sneak Peek - Salon des Refusés

 


The idea for this show came to me when a call for art from the de Young Museum went out to Bay Area artists several months ago. The Museum accepted several hundred pieces from local artists, however, there were several thousand more who did not make it. 


This got me thinking about the French Impressionists and how they had initially been treated when the big shows opened at the Museum in Paris. They did not paint like the traditional Masters; they expressed themselves in a new style with color and light, painting their impressions of what they saw. And they were refused! So Napoleon ordered the museum to host a show that would be open to all the artists who were refused and not “juried in.” 



Salon des Refusés runs Saturday, January 9th through February 26. We're partnering again with Made in Concord, so you can shop two ways - in person at the gallery (full show) or online at MadeinConcord.com (partial selection).