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New Year * New Moon January 2016

January 9, 2016

Dear Students, Customers, Friends, Family and Creative Community,
Happy New Year! We are well into the first weeks of our new year, and I hope yours is off to a happy and healthy start. I find it interesting how a somewhat arbitrary calendar date has become collectively agreed upon as the “start over” date for us humans. But alas, a RESET button is often a good thing to have. So, I have set upon planning my adventures for 2016. Today is also the first new moon of 2016 and each month I make a habit of using that marker to reflect back with gratitude and evaluate what the last moon cycle gifted me with, as well as set new intentions and look to the light of the next full moon to bring in the “good tidings”.   Along with some new offerings in the studio I have some adventures beyond my walls to share as well.
I am excited by my two exhibit opportunities this month. First, I have a work titled “Liber*Tree: Bend Don’t Break” in A Common Thread, the annual members exhibit at the Textile Center of Minnesota, where it will be until February 27, 2016. I created this piece about a year ago as I was mulling over the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and my thoughts were wrapped up in our personal and collective Liberties and how those are challenged in this era of terrorism. It also reflects the strength of the feminine throughout the Ages to find a way as the trees do, to remain strong, yet flexible in the face of adversity.

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Liber*Tree: Bend Don’t Break, Pamela Penney 2016

I am also featured in a duo-show “Between A Rock and a Soft Place” with artist Kristi Sloniger of Moonstar Pottery through the Oak Park Art League at the West Suburban Hospital Satellite Gallery location. The opening reception is January 15, 2016 at 6:30, at the West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Court, Oak Park, IL. Kristi and I will be on hand to answer questions and entertain our guests with tales of our lives as “living, working artists”! Please join us if you can. The exhibit runs through February 23rd. I will be exhibiting a large body of my work from over the last several years. This gives me the opportunity to really see, share and reflect upon the direction I have taken with my art.
And because we had so much fun in the studio with our Fall session of Friday After School Open Studio for Kids, I can’t wait to get it rolling again. We will be starting up again January 22, 2016 and offering another 6 week session. Kids ages 8 & up may come to one, several, or all 6 sessions. We will be providing the materials and instruction/guidance to create a unique project each week. Techniques will include felting, fiber, hand-stitching, machine stitching and more. Please register on-line in advance HERE. We are working on plans for our summer art camp offerings and will have news out regarding those in the next few weeks.
And finally, to make it easier for me and my students I am utilizing a new scheduling application. It will offer the opportunity to see all of the time slots available and book one or more lessons that work for your schedule. Automatic reminders and the ability to put the appointment into your digital calendar are also provided. I’m hoping it will free up a little more creative time for me and add some convenience for my students. There is a “register now” button on the CLASSES page of our website or just go HERE and schedule a lesson! As a bonus, you can schedule a private lesson for January or February through the application and receive $5 off! I hope to see you in the studio for some inspiration, learning and fun soon. Get your 2016 off to a creative start!!!

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