Cheerio, Art Lovers!
Ask any economic
developer what adds value to a community and
on that list you will find ART. City planners
and community developers get it.
It's really not a rumor...it's just true!
If you want to tap into any communities' heart-beat...find
and I got to experience some of that ourselves in
our own community last night...at the monthly
art walk in downtown Toledo, Ohio hosted by the
Art Commission of Greater Toledo (thank you Chris
for taking me there!) And I was reminded just
how electric the energy of being amongst artists, art
lovers and art venues can be! The street vendor
with "Holy Toledo" and "Boring People
Hate Toledo" t-shirts made me smile too. Gotta
love local support!
you have never been to your own communities' art district
or local art galleries or local artist studios,
I encourage you to go explore these as soon
as possible. There's always something going on whether
it be an opening reception, charitable fundraiser, art
walk, wine tastings coupled with art fairs, etc etc.
But GO explore it! And if you go with an open mind and
a watchful eye, you're bound to find some original art
that you will cherish for a lifetime!
you Toledo for hosting this event and I'm looking
forward to attending the next!
art contest update:
those of you who read about my entering this last month
I thought you might want an update.
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Beer has been hosting a "Draw Responsibly"
contest of sorts since 2007. So naturally when I learned
of this here in oh, 2012, I just HAD to enter!
And viola...here is the result of side
one "Up a Creek Without a....PBR".
been waiting to paint something cool on this fab little
mini-paddle I've been toting around. I love kayaking
and whitewater rafting...so somehow having a mini-paddle
resonated as no less than awesome to me. What BETTER
thing to use as a canvas and paint a coolio "ode
Well, unfortunately my piece
wasn't selected as a finalist...but it certainly
was fun to create this and enter anyway! Thank you
Pabst Blue Ribbon for the opportunity!
learn more about PBR Art visit www.pbrart.com
and Draw responsibly.
Newest from Rachel's Art
Introducing Rachel's newest
original abstract painting on wood!
Wishing Tree" is a 9.5 inch by 7.5 inch original
painting on wood.
of color and ready to add artistic flair to any work,
or home space.
here to get a closer look at "The Wishing Tree"!
that I LIKE!:
been an admirer of Nicole
Fekaris artwork for probably somewhere near
ten years now. She is an A.C.E.O. pencil artist
and I stumbled across her work one day when I was researching
what in the world ACEO art was.
stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals
and measures exactly 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/12 inches.
ACEO's can be original art, print editions or photographs. If
a small piece of art has a different measurement then
it's not an ACEO. The idea of ACEO artwork stemmed from
Art Trading Cards and the their sale on Ebay. And of
course, the cool thing about ACEO's is that they are
in fact small enough to collect hundreds of them
just like we did in the old days with baseball cards.
Fekaris masters the art of incorporating poetry
and quotes into her work but not in the traditional
sense. Nicole writes it backwards...what she calls mirror
A.C.E.O. art? Take a look at Nicole's work!
here to learn more
about Nicole Fekaris
out Rachel's COOL friends:
don't think we give enough credit to where
credit is due. Nor do I think it really cool
that most accolades aren't given until AFTER
those who've inspired us or left an impression on us
one-way-or-another are gone. With that in mind, I've
created a page on my website where I've begun listing
some of those people. Titled "Cool Friends",
it's on that page (obviously an evolving project) that
I begin to tell their stories.
here to meet
Rachel's COOL friends.
to view and purchase Rachel's art? Seek and ye
shall find! Click on the image to the right or the link
below to go to Rachel's online art store!
here to shop online at Rachel's Art Store.
Art and Wine:
and wine have been paired together for as
long as I've known. Not really sure why...but just
seems to be an unwritten rule about art shows and
other various art affairs. Wine seems to always
be present. And why not?
love wine...especially reds. There's just something
about sipping on a glass of red wine while gazing
at original artwork. It's true! So I thought that
if I like wine and art...surely others do too. Yet seeking
a wine for a specific taste is as fun as seeking
that fabulous piece of art for your collection.
(hmmm, maybe this is the correlation?)
is notoriously paired with food in mind...but what about
pairing wine with art?
Negro is one of my personal favorites and most certainly
won't break your bank! I usually reach for Gato
Negro Malbec, Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon or Gato
Negro Merlot. Produced by Vina San Pedro of Chile.
love to hear what some of your favorites might be. Please
share your thoughts, shoot me an email at rachel (at)
here to view San Pedros wine of Chile - Gato Negro
seems to be full of the exchanging of energy. Give and
receive at work, give and receive at home.
The sharing of our time and energy with our closest
friends and family. Which is what this painting is about. Measuring 4.80"x4.50"
this mini-abstract would be a great accent to that part
of your home you need a little bit of purple.
need a little artsy gift to give that special someone? Give
here to view "Energy Exchange"
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really new to anyone if I say that it's been
a hot summer. The other day I walked into my art
studio and was driven outside by the heat. No biggy...portable
art studio to the rescue! Sometimes you just gotta
go with the flow and move your office outside, you know?
(And yes, I know I'm lucky that I can do this.)
experience was extra fun because the chickens were
hovering around and if you'll notice on my little portable
table there is a rooster I was painting. Anyway, the
completed piece (which was a "hey, do you think
you could paint that" project for Chris) turned
out really nice and looks pretty cool in our
If you have some decor in your house that
needs a new look...try painting it, or re-creating something
new with it. Always freshens up a space!
next time...embrace your life! After all...you are the ones
Comments? Snide Remarks?
email rachel at racheldickson.com