Category Archives: art education

Dish Babies

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Gratitude is in abundance in November.  It is in the air we are breathing here in Syracuse, New York  The cold air that is making its journey across the ocean as I write this, which may actually bring with it a snow day or at least a two-hour delay on Monday (according to my meteorologist friend), is actually clearing our sinuses of the allergens from last season with every breath we take.

We are grateful for the freedom from headaches and nausea associated with said allergies, lol.  By we I mean specifically me, but I assure you, there are many who share the same sentiments.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we (again me, lol) are all more keen to bring conscious awareness to our love and appreciation for our lives – our families and the pets we love, our friendships both near and far, and all of the things we love (yes! like art!).

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I hosted a dinner party last night along with my friend Bobbi Rock Petrocci – Friendsgiving 2017, our 3rd annual and the biggest to date with thirty people dining together in the private room at Grover’s Table in Fayetteville, New York.  It was a blessed evening.  I just feel so overwhelmed with gratitude and love for these amazing people.

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Last week, I met Bobbi at the Half Moon Bakery & Bistro in Jamesville, New York to assist her in installing her latest exhibition of Christian Brothers Academy student artwork.  I did very little.  She is an epic installer, equipped with level, hammer, tiny nails and the perfect plan to display these very special diminutive plates.  I just provided the oh-that-looks-so-goods, and was the first to make a purchase.

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They were made by CBA art club students in grades 7 – 12 for the purpose of fundraising for Hope for the Bereaved, a grief counseling group.  These dishes are infused with color and spiritual messages, and/or delicate imagery meant to allow the flow of positive energy to encompass the viewer and subsequent owner.  They are priced at $10 each.  You put your money in a jar on the counter and write your name on the accompanying master grid to secure the one you want.  A butterfly sticker is then placed under the purchased piece until November 30, 2017 when the show comes down and all the artwork are released to their respective new owners/homes.

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These dishes epitomize kindness, the idea that we help each other heal; that children are just as capable as adults are to feel, express and share the positive vibe of love.  Each piece is unique.  I am sure that you will find one that speaks to you.

And while there, give thanks to amazing proprietor Debbe Titus who has been busily creating, crafting and baking pies to sell for Thanksgiving, as well as offering daily specials of breakfast and lunch – soups, salads and sandwiches that are very, very yummy – and of course, desserts like half moon cookies and pumpkin bread, cupcakes and all things deliciously amazing!  So grateful! ❤

 

Pigs for Sale

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You may have noticed the development of pig sculptures – I’ve had them on the counter as background in my #ootd pictures.  The project had a couple of components.  Students created armature with paper towels, masking tape, aluminum foil and a recycled bottle of juice or iced coffee (I have tons!).  The sculptures were engulfed in Pariscraft then painted.  Once they were done, the artists took their pigs to a secret location somewhere in the school and using their I-Pads, photographed them in a composition.  It was a really fun project.

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My Facebook friends inquired if the sculptures would be auctioned off.  I mentioned that to the students and a few got the professional artist bug, lol.  So, some of the pigs are for sale.  Proceeds will teach students a valuable lesson about their time and effort.  All pigs are priced at $50 each.

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These eight pigs are available.  Artwork can be collected at Chittenango Middle School.  Email me at ktashkovski@chittenangoschools.org to make arrangements to purchase.  All proceeds will go to the budding artists.

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Workin’ It

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BCBGMaxAzria dress, BCBGeneration booties
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Trina Turk top and pants, BCBGeneration sandals
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Banana Republic cardigan, Bailey 44 top with BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt, BCBGMaxAzria pants, BCBGeneration sandals

Catching up on blogging – there is a new feature on word press – maybe not so new; I only just discovered it – that I can program when the blog articles are posted.  So, now I can write a bunch on the weekends and post throughout the week, which is genius!

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Trina Turk top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, BCBGeneration sandals
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Lord & Taylor cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria pants and sandals

It has been a whirlwind autumn – exercising, meditating, socializing, art business-ing, shopping, lol.  So much to do!  I have attended art shows that I did not post about due to their fleeting nature – those pop-up shows offer no opportunity to generate customers after the fact and I simply could not post in real time.  I am just not that organized, unfortunately.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Banana Republic skirt, BCBGeneration booties
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Trina Turk top and skirt, BCBGeneration sandals

I was invited to join a group holiday art show.  I will investigate that more today to see if I have anything that will fit the space.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Free People cardigan, Rachel Zoe top, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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Banana Republic cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and skirt, BCBGeneration sandals

Here are my most recent outfits of the day at work.  You can see the progression of the plaster pig sculptures behind me.  They are finished bar three.  Students painted them, added details and finalized the last component, which had them finding a location and photographing the pig in a composition.  I will post those pictures soon!

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Screw blazer, Bailey 44 top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, BCBGeneration sandals
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Banana Republic sweater, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Nine West booties

All of my students bring the school I-Pads to class.  Some have taken to photographing or videoing their progress on art projects and it is really fun to see that progression.  We are always in the now and tend to forget the immediate past on the way to the journey.  This is such an amazing way to witness their own incremental learning.  I love it!  In the earlier #ootd pics you saw the beginning stages – how students wrapped bottles with paper towel and tape and they just looked like blobs.  A little leap of faith later and these sculptures became badges of honor.  I love it when students take pride in their work.  It is just the greatest gift a teacher can receive.

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Trina Turk dress, Karl Lagerfeld boots
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Michelle DaRin Jewelry ring, Trina Turk top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Nine West sandals
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Banana Republic cardigan, Bebe top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, BCBGeneration booties

T Minus One Week

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Futura comes down on Saturday, November 11, 2017 (11/11).  You can still see the show and buy the work in a cash and carry.  Paintings are $111 each.  Eye Studio is located at 712 W. Manlius, East Syracuse, NY.  They are not open today – hours are 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday – Saturday.

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Here are the pictures from the closing reception last Friday night.  I am so grateful to Ilene Layow for offering me this wonderful space and throwing such an awesome party complete with music by Jerry Cali, and that gratitude is extended to all of my friends, patrons and family who came to support my art career.  Great time! ❤ ❤ ❤

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Trina Turk dress, Michelle DaRin jewelry bracelets, BCBGMaxAzria sandals

 

 

Save the Date

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Eye Studio is in a brand new location!  It is around the corner from me at 712 W. Manlius Street in East Syracuse, New York (13057).  The space is welcoming with a gift shop in front, office space, a kitchen for culinary classes and an immense studio space for creating art where wine and paint nights for adults take place, as well as ceramics classes, glass fusing and other art courses for all.

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In addition, there is gallery space.  Proprietor Ilene Layow is currently exhibiting her Green Lakes series of drawings, paintings, and glass works.  Yesterday she offered me a show for next month!  I will display Futura, my series of twenty-four angel encaustics.

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Yes!!!! They have found a temporary home from their current location on my dining room table.  I am beyond excited right now!  The space is really a perfect location for this artwork.  A match made in heaven!

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We have scheduled a closing reception for Friday, October 27, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  There will be wine and food, and a musical guest to be announced.  Save the date.  It would be just over-the-top amazing to see you all there.  I am so grateful for all of the support I have received throughout the years.  You are such amazing friends!

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The great thing about a closing reception is the cash and carry aspect.  You can buy the art and take it right off the wall and home with you immediately.  The show goes up on October 2nd and will be available to view during normal business hours and by appointment.  Contact Ilene at iteachart.twcny.rr.com  or call (315) 345-4576 for that information.  The hours of operation are changing for the fall season. They will be up on their website soon.

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I am quite certain you will fall in love with this place then receive the impulse to take art classes.  Art is the absolute best medicine for a happier you. ❤

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Let Me See Your Etchings

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In full-on back to school mode, Syracuse University flung open its doors to an art gallery reception last night.  Meant to Be Shared is but a smidgen of the vast group of etchings from the collection of a man named Arthur Ross.

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Etchings are drawings done on copper plates that are inked and burnished to paper.  Many of these pieces were originally made for books hence the creases in the pages.

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The magnificence of these etchings lies in the tiny details.  The line quality is just superb in a way that I cannot even begin to imagine the time and dedication they took to make.  And of course, the fact that they were created by the likes of Rembrandt, Goya, Pissarro, Delacroix, Manet, Matisse…it’s just mind-blowing.  All the big guns.

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I didn’t know everyone of them knew how to use this medium.  It’s cray-cray amazing.  This is a traveling exhibit on its final stop.  It was at Yale University and at a college in Gainesville, Florida.  You can find it here in Syracuse, New York at the SU Art Gallery in the Shaffer Art Building until November 19, 2017.

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There are scheduled gallery tours and lectures coming up.  The purpose of the title of this show is one of education.  Meant to be Shared – to allow new viewers to experience the work and to teach them the importance of the collection while sharing its sublime beauty.

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If any art teachers out there would like to schedule a field trip to visit the gallery contact them at www.suart.edu.

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Visit the website for gallery hours and information on upcoming shows too.  OMG, Kiki Smith is coming up next!  Can life get any better?  Yessss!!!!!

School’s Out for Summer!

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Banana Republic suit, Free People top, BCBGeneration sandals
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Chan Luu choker, Free People cardigan and top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, BCBGeneration sandals
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Screw cardigan, Free People top, BCBGMax Azria pants, Nine West booties

I’m finally getting back to blogging now that I’m in summer mode.  I will post soon about more new encaustic paintings, once I get around to mounting them onto the chalk boards.  I have a dozen new heart paintings and a dozen abstracted baseball ones that I am loving.  They are currently residing on my kitchen table – and on the surrounding counter space.  No current plans for exhibiting them as of yet.

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BCBGMax Azria dress and pants, Banana Republic top, Coach booties
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Free People cardigan, Trina Turk top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Ugg boots
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Honors necklace, BCBGeneration dress, Karl Lagerfeld boots

I still have artwork up at Kimberly’s Salon on James Street in Eastwood and at Syracuse Yoga down the street on Thompson Road.  Not sure what is up next for me, but that makes the journey so special.  I made the paintings for a purpose; just not sure what that purpose is as of yet, lol.

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Free People top, BCBGMax Azria belt and leggings, BCBGeneration sandals
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Banana Republic suit jacket, Syracuse yoga T-shirt, Inc pants, BCBGeneration booties
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Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, BCBGeneration sandals

If I can get my friends to put up with doing the photography, I will try to post #ootd pics on Instagram during July and August.  Although I am usually the one who takes our obligatory selfie when we are all out and about, I am not a fan of those selfie pics where the fashion blogger cuts off her own head or shoots a foreshortened image from above.  By not a fan, I mean I really don’t want to do that.  So…we’ll see.

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Free People top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria romper, Nine West boots

Here are some outfits from the past few weeks.  Kinda fell off the wagon with posting them here.  We were having technical difficulties with the lighting in the classroom.  I had to double edit the pics to adjust the brightness, so there are inconsistencies – I guess I will hold to that excuse.  We take dozens of pics in a short time and I swear I am always changing out the pose, but for some reason I like this crossed legged thing-a-ma-bob that I have been doing a lot.  It feels like the most natural and most comfortable position for me especially when I am wearing a dress or skirt.  My go-to vogue.  My work colleague Brad calls it my stance.

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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Nine West sandals
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Hailstone Heritage dress, BCBGMaxAzria sandals

My new favorite things – Halston Heritage and everything by Rachel Zoe!  OMG, I love her!  I now own five pieces – two dresses and three tops.  I am on her site literally every day.  I want more!

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Rachel Zoe dress, BCBGeneration sandals and clutch

I’ve discovered something called the Amazon wish list.  It is a public list of things I desire.  All I have to do is dream while on-line shopping and perhaps these things will actually materialize in my mailbox on the condition that fairy godmothers/Santa Claus/tooth fairy/Easter bunny/patron saints of fashion do exist.  That is wishful thinking at its finest.  How cool is this?

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Banana Republic cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top, Bailey 44 skirt, BCBGeneration sandals

I ❤ fashion.  Love, love, LOVE!!!

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Banana Republic top and skirt, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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Free People top, Bailey 44 skirt, BCBGeneration sandals
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Free People cardigan, Rachel Roy top, BCBGMaxAzria skirt, Ugg boots
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Free People dress, BCBGMaxAzria pants and sandals