August Open Studio

Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30.

So many people have recently asked that I decided to extend an invitation to my Open Studio hours! I’m so excited to talk to people who want to invest in their artistic hobbies and continue their learning journey! This a workshop format that remains flexible to the specific needs and interests of the students. The classes are limited to only 5 students so I can work with each person individually.

I start each class with a short demo to emphasize a foundational skill or in response to specific requests. Then you are free to work at your own pace with either your own materials or that which I can supply. Bring a photo to work from or work from a still life in my studio. If the weather is nice you are welcome to paint outside. There is usually a variety of flowers blooming in my yard that time of year!

Additional tables will be set up as needed.

Registration is open and recommended prior to class. Please contact me if you intend to drop in at the last minute to see if there is still space available! Go to my workshops page for more details and to register. I can’t wait to work with you!

Until then, #findmeoutside.

Chanda

Summer Events

Summer is going fast and my schedule is filling up! I wanted to drop a note about what I’m up to and art opportunities.

July 17: I am hosting a Outdoor Painters of Minnesota paint out at Glendalough State Park. Details can be found here at the OPM Facebook page or on their calendar on the OPM website.

July 21: At the Alexandria Art Guild monthly social I will be doing a plein air demo. Visit the Join Us page on the AAG website for details.

July 30: Alexandria downtown Wine, Ale, and Art Crawl. I will be at Copper Trail from 5 -8PM with cards, prints, and working on a still life demo.

July 31 – Sept: Tentative plans are in the works for “Saturdays in the Park.” Big Ole Park features the farmers’ market, and hopefully soon live music and art! If all goes well, look for me with a kid friendly art project at part of my mobile art classroom along with other artists selling their work and art demonstrations! I will share more about this as it develops!

Art deTour 2021

I just had to pop on here quick and say, WOW! I am so overwhelmed with the outpouring of support for artists in our community and especially the positive response to the kids’ printmaking activity thanks to Cardboard Cares and MSAB grant. Look for more of these events in the coming months and check out the online videos on the Workshops page and share with your friends! We look forward to building more visual art opportunities for kids.

Speaking of new art classes! Many visitors told me they wanted adult art instruction so I am opening my studio to a very small group of students. Class size is limited to only 5 students so you will get individualized instruction and space to work in the medium of your choice. Sign up soon to reserve your seat!

Ahhh, Spring…

I always have a sense of relief as we move into Spring. The birds are starting to migrate through, the ice is melting off the lake, and we have noticeably more sun as the day lengthens. (Thank goodness!) And with the extra daylight, my motivation returns and spirits are uplifted.

Glendalough State Park

As usual, I have plenty of irons in the fire. I am revamping my online store. I will be offering prints and cards soon! So if you had your eye on a piece just contact me directly and we can work out your purchase directly. I’d love to hear from you anyway and what you love about it!

Plein air painting is nagging at me at the temps warm up. I’m sort of a wimp about Winter painting. If I do at all, it is from the warmth of my vehicle. I’m looking forward to paint outs with new outdoor painter friends and exploring new places now through Fall. I decided to participate in Plein Air Grand Marais and Prairie Lakes en Plein Air, both in September. Both offer several workshops that look interesting and a fun way to meet likeminded artists.

Kids printmaking project planning.

I was fortunate to receive a 2021 grant from Minnesota State Arts Board to develop online and in person kids’ art classes! I’m very excited about this project and I will post more details soon.

As far as events go, Art deTour will be June 18-20 and as part of the MSAB grant and materials donated by Cardboard Cares, I will be teaching a kids (and kids at heart) printmaking project throughout those 3 days. Kids will also be able to pick up a watercolor kit courtesy of Cardboard Cares that will go with my online watercolor classes for kids. Be sure to add that to your calendar so you don’t miss out!

Cardboard Cares is a local industrial cardboard recycling nonprofit service supporting kids’ art programming. Visit them at cardboardboardcares.org. Learn about MSAB and how they support artists and communities by visiting them at arts.state.mn.us. Thank your representatives for supporting the arts and tell them the positive impacts these programs have on you personally!

Announcements!

First off, sorry for my notable absence. I don’t really have a good excuse to be honest.

Life.

Overwhelm.

Exhaustion.

But things have come together in the last week and it is all starting to feel like it was worth it!

Lake Carlos State Park: Summer 2020

I have my first show hanging in Studio K at Kaddatz Gallery in Fergus Falls now until the end of December. Please go see it or check out the virtual tour when it is up on their website if you can’t. I put my heart into this and I’m really proud of how it came together.

Also, I am participating in Mia’s Foot in the Door! Check out my artwork in Mia’s new show online: “Foot in the Door 5: The Virtual Exhibition!” This digital exhibition showcases the work of over 2000 Minnesota artists. It is fun to see the wide variety of regional art!

Finally, I am a grant recipient from the MN State Arts Board! I applied for a Creative Support for Individuals grant to develop online and in-person youth art classes for the Alexandria area. I’m so excited to get to work on this project that is near and dear to my heart! More on this to come…

So, what’s in the works for me next?! I am looking forward to working on some larger works over the winter, more plein air painting, and following my inspiration. Winter is on its way and offers a whole transformation to the landscape that I adore. Cross country skiing offers a beautiful connection to the outdoors during an otherwise formidable time of the year. I always say, “Winter is what you make of it.” So make the most of it!

I also acquired a used kiln, wheel, and pottery supplies! As if I don’t have enough to do, right?! Pottery has always been something I wanted to pursue but it is an investment. The stars aligned and I was able to swing it. The clay work will be an amazing addition to future youth art classes. My daughter is particularly excited to help in the process! I cherish this time together.

Is there anything better than kids and messy art?!

There is a whole lot of behind the scenes work happening to bring new visual arts opportunities to the Alexandria area. Numerous local artists continue to work hard to offer safe events and classes. I’m on the Alexandria Art Guild board and we are seemingly constantly brainstorming ideas for engaging our local communities in visual art and bringing public art projects to Alexandria that will hopefully come full circle in 2021. If you would like to get involved email AAG at alexartguild@gmail.com.

As always, I hope this finds you happy and healthy. #findmeoutside

Chanda