Field Trip to an Art Gallery

A troop of kids explored Jennifer J L Jones’ new show, “SECRET Saline” at Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta.

Jones Show SECRET SalineA troop of kids explored Jennifer J L Jones’ new show, “SECRET Saline” at Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta. When asked about the opening and artwork, we were told that, “they had good food and good snacks.”

“What about the artwork?”

“I liked most of it, but some of it had too many little dots. The little dots bother me. The music was really loud and that made everyone talk loud.”

We were delighted to host the group young patrons which included the artist’s God Daughter. Initially spooking some of the guests with a group of little kids, we believe we reset their opinions of little art critiques. No one had any one to complain about.

We hope you take your little ones to galleries and museums whenever you can and foster an appreciation of art, artists, and the community that supports the arts.

Encourage art appreciation by exploring the Teaching – Art Appreciation board at Pinterest.

Or join them while browsing the Google Art Project.

Where have you taken a kid to see art lately?

Colleen Maria Casey

Colleen Maria Casey is a photographer, quilter, artist, business owner. Her most recent work is in creating patterns sewing and crafting.

Colleen Maria Casey is a photographer, quilter, artist, business owner. Her most recent work is in creating patterns sewing and crafting. Her craft projects and patterns embrace a new bold look at recycled and reused materials. Colleen’s Christmas ornaments and wearables, made from aluminum drink cans, are available in local shops and online around the United Statesand in her own online shop, SomeArtFabric.com.

Her sewing patterns are designed to help new to advanced quilters power through tedious piecing processes to create amazing quilt tops in very little time. Her techniques for the I Love You(r DNA) quilt are a wildly popular class she teaches for sewing guilds and the trade show circuit.

She travels the country visiting sewing, crafting and quilting shows hosting the unique and hard to find fabrics she adores for her company, SomeArtFabric.com, which is affiliated with this site, SomeArt.com.

Flower Truck, part of the series “Family” Click the image to view this portfolio.

She is most known for her stunning black and white large format photography series entitled “Family.” In this series, she explores the intimate moments of family life in southern Georgia.

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Light Painting and Photoshop Blog Headers

Light Painting Swirly Clown

My experimentations with light painting started in the 1980’s. I popped some color film in my 35mm that usually held the standard black and white bulk loaded rolls from the high school photography class supply. Some pals and I dashed across the state to visit Disney’s MGM Studios, now Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in Orlando. The neon lights on all the retro buildings made for interesting shots.

Those were not the greatest images, but years later, a birthday present helped create this simple image of my daughter.

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What Inspires You?

Jennifer J.L. Jones interviews herself at her blog for a gallery and shares insights into how she works and creates.

Serenata 02 by Jennifer JL JonesJennifer J.L. Jones, one of our favorite Atlanta artists interviews herself at her blog for a gallery and shares insights into how she works and creates. ┬áRead her post, but don’t miss visiting http://jenniferjljones.com/┬áto catch up on her work.

What inspires you? How do you stay inspired?

Nature, energy and the world around me. Traveling. People. Love. Everything that I’m open to becomes an inspiration of some kind. I particularly feel inspired continuously by the natural elements around me, the seasons, the weather, and my personal experiences that need to sometimes be translated into visual voice. I stay inspired by being aware and surrounding myself as much as possible.

Read her entire interview.

Chris Verene – Photographer

A wild ride through the world of Chris Verene. Watch out. This year we’re looking forward to the publication of his new work in “Family”.

Christopher Verene 2008

A wild ride through the world of Chris Verene. Watch out. This year we’re looking forward to the publication of his new work in “Family”.

From a review of “Chris Verene” and the Gailsburg Series

“Verene’s affection and love for his friends and relatives also comes through in some of his pictures, maybe despite, or more likely because of their difficult circumstances and adoption of bizarre culture. It’s his ability to convey both a feeling of warmth for his subjects and a sense of their alienation that makes him a great photographer.” – Christian Perring, Ph.D.

Carry your art on your shoulder.

Samples of the Totes

Do you have your art on? Do you carry it with you everyday? We live in our art everyday. You don’t have to be a fine artist or wealthy (or even artistic!) to immerse yourself in your own personal art.

Do something good for you. Make a tote bag and bring it with you when you go shopping.

If you aren’t that person, give yourself permission to spend an extra couple of dollars on that one ‘cool’ tote bag at the grocery or your favorite shop. Shove the other cheaper ones inside and you’ll smile when it’s time to spring out to the store.

Ava Maria Grotto ToteThis second photo was taken of our tote at one of our favorite places on earth: Ava Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama. Brother Joseph Zoettl by accident found himself literally surround by his creations, too.