Exhibit at Nancy’s Bagels Tuesday, Jul 13 2010 

I have an exhibit of my silk and mixed media work at Nancy’s Bagel Grounds.  If you are in Louisville and in the Clifton neighborhood, stop by to take a look.

Bagel Grounds Exhibit

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Buy Local Friday, May 21 2010 

On Sunday, May 23, the Louisville Visual Art Association is hosting a By Local First Fair at the Water Tower from 2:00 until 6:00. There will be around 150 booths showing the wares of local artists, retailers, farmers and brewers. I will have a booth in the building itself–my first art fair. (Scary!)

The weather should be good, and I hope you can come.

For more information, click here.

My quilts at Nancy’s Bagels Friday, Jan 8 2010 

Ten of my quilts are hanging at Nancy’s Bagel Grounds on Frankfort Avenue. They’ll be there for the month of January. If you have a chance, come in and see them (and try Nancy’s bagels–they are delicious.)

Clifton Art Supply Thursday, Sep 24 2009 

Time to plug a new neighborhood hangout: Clifton Art Supply. It’s a new art supply store on Frankfort Avenue here in Louisville. As a person who likes to buy local whenever possible, I am happy to purchase from them whenever I can. (Plus, since they are in the neighborhood, I can actually WALK there — how’s that for shopping local?)

The store is no giant mega art center, but the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Their products are varied, and they will find particular items for you if you ask.

I want to encourage my Louisville artist friends to stop by and give the store a chance.

Mellwood Figurative Collective Open House Wednesday, Apr 22 2009 

The Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center has a great opportunity for artists and visitors alike on this FAT Friday (April 24).

Drink & Draw with members of the Life Drawing class.  From 7-9:00 pm  in Life Drawing Studio (2nd Floor).

The event is free and open to the public.  Easels and costume model supplied, You bring your drawing supplies, and anything else you may need.

New Site, New Challenges Saturday, Apr 4 2009 

I’ve officially done it: become a company. I’ve informed the government, I’ve given my company a name (Louisville Rag and Bone), and I am ready to start selling my art and my wearables.

This is a frightening venture. I have grown comfortable creating scarves, wall hangings and other pieces that I have given as gifts to friends and now have even sold some of my work. But now I need to be a business. Keep track of sales, inventory, supplies … It’s a whole new ballgame.

Two heads are better than one. Thursday, Mar 26 2009 

My birthday was this month. My husband agonized over what to get me (I am not an easy person to shop for.) Ultimately, he came up with some great gifts: a printing plate for an old root beer ad. The guys at Hound Dog Press are going to run a copy of it for me, so I can see how well it prints before I try using it on fabric.

He also located two very personable mannequin busts for me to display my scarves and jewelry. I haven’t gotten the girls decked out in my wares yet, but I had to show you guys my new scarf models. These photos are from 2023 Antiques, where he first laid eyes on them and decided he would help me get ahead. (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)

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Women of Wisdom Art Exhibit Tuesday, Mar 3 2009 

Silk painting by Luci Mistratov at the show

Silk painting by Luci Mistratov at the show

The 2009 Women of Wisdom Art Exhibit, titled, “Women on the Move,” will be housed in the Family Scholar House throughout the month of March. Everyone is welcome to attend the grand opening of this free month-long event on Thursday, March 5 at 1000 West Broadway. The opening runs 5 – 7 p.m.  Half of all proceeds from the sale of work on exhibit will be donated to the Family Scholar House.

A number of excellent artists’ work will be on display:

Barbara Bugg, Bonnie Rettig, Debra Lott, Felice Sachs, Gloria Kemper-O’Neil, Glynis Mary McManamon, RGS, Helen Merrick, Ilse Mitchell, Janice (J. Folk) Miller, Jill Minogue, Joyce Ogden, RSM, Luci Mistratov (my silk-painting teacher), Lucretia Beatty, Mary Craik, Nancy L. Burk, Shirley Knoop, and Virginia Lee Alcott

(Go to the exhibit page to see the works each artist will present.)

The Family Scholar House mission is to give single-parent students the support they need to achieve a four-year college degree. I hope to see you at the opening! (I’ll be one of the students learning about composition and color from these marvelous artists’ work.)

Kentucky Crafted: The Market Wednesday, Feb 18 2009 

This weekend Kentucky Crafted: The Market will be at the Kentucky Exposition Center, South Wing B. The market allows Kentucky artisans to show off their work to wholesalers and retailers on Friday. Then the market is opened to the public.

The market is a wonderful opportunity to see who’s who in the Kentucky art scene. You can see what new crafts and art are being made here. You can see what’s hot. Many artisans will be doing demonstrations, so you can see first-hand how they ply their trade. You can make contacts with other like-minded individuals, and you can BUY ART and CRAFTS!!

I would like to encourage anyone who has time to attend the Market. If you go to their Kentucky Crafted website, you can get a $3-off coupon. Hope to see you there.

Oh, the holidays … Monday, Dec 22 2008 

I was finishing up my holiday shopping at the Arts and Crafts store at the Mellwood Center. It’s a wonderful place to find stocking stuffers and other fun items. While I was in there, this guys comes rushing in and asks the clerks, “Where’s your throwaway gifts for kids?”

The clerks looked at him like he was crazy, so he explained, “I just need some little toys to give to my 4-year-old.” So they pointed toward the area of the store that has such items as bobble-head Jesus, pirate band aids and sushi magnets.

For a brief moment, I was struck by the holiday spirit, and decided to connect with my fellow human being.

I walked over to the man and said, “If you were thinking about activity kits or something along those lines, you’d find them in the next aisle.”

The guy nodded and walked over there.

I continued my shopping, finding a really cool paper-making set that would be perfect for a particular child I had in mind. I got in line, behind rude guy.

As he pays for his purchase, he curses, and looks at the girl behind the counter and says, “Shit. What do you have for a 12-year-old girl? I need something for my daughter.” (He then ranted for a while about how difficult it is to buy for a girl, and how all this gift buying was a pain in the rear.)

The clerk was in no mood to be helpful, and just stammered at him, “I have no idea what to tell you.”

He wasn’t leaving the checkout, and I figured he wouldn’t until someone offered a suggestion. So I piped up, “I think this paper-making kit would be a good gift for any 12-year-old.” Mistake.

He took the package from my hand and looked at it. He slammed it down on the counter and said, “OK. I’ll take it.” He then told the cashier to hurry up because he didn’t have time for her to stand there.

She looked at me. I looked at her. Then I looked at the present I had just picked out about to be purchased by some inconsiderate stranger. I shrugged my shoulders and went back to the aisle where I had found it, and picked up another paper-making kit while the jerk went flying out of the store.

God bless us. Everyone.

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