The next two First Friday Artwalks will be a fun, eclectic mix of original art and genuine antiques! Enjoy meeting artists' Vanda Edington, Win Ratz and Tracy Duck during two receptions on June 3rd and July 1st. Friday Artwalks are a great time to meet new people, have great conversations, and support local businesses and artists. See you soon!
Susan Grinels is an animal lover. Her Lander WY studio is dedicated to making art and caring for stray cats. She works with local veterinarians to neuter and spade the cats, then uses a portion of her studio building as a recovery and care unit. Susan recently received a Doris Day Foundation Grant to help in her mission to care for Lander's homeless cats and to control the population.
Animal's have been a part of her life since a child, (ask her about how she won a pony and convinced her parents to keep it)! It's no surprise that her depictions of dogs, horses, cows, sheep and more are sensitive and humorous!
Blue Door arts will be exhibiting Susan's pastels and collages for the month of April and May. Opening reception will be during the Thursday April 14th Cheyenne Artwalk with a closing reception during the NEW First Friday Cheyenne Artwalk on May 6th. Both receptions are from 5-8pm, other hours by chance or appointment. If no one is working at the studio you can contact Georgia at 229-546-5183.
Join Dave and I for our annual paper snowflake making party during the December 9th Cheyenne Artwalk. Learn how to make intricate cut paper snowflakes to decorate your windows. It's free holiday fun for the whole family!
Georgia Rowswell's Blue Door Arts has carried Rawhide Studio's unique line of jewelry for awhile but now the creator, Dave Rowswell, has moved his studio into the space. Dave is enjoying working and interacting with his customers in his new digs!
To celebrate, Georgia and Dave are offering a 20% off gallery wide sale for this Thursday's artwalk (Georgia has some selected pieces at 50% off!). Stop in and say hi while taking advantage of this sale for yourself or gift giving.
Doesn't the idea of having a pair of shoes or boots made to fit your feet like a glove sound appealing? Meet Alyssa Lenell-White, Cheyenne's custom shoe crafter at the September 9th Artwalk from 6-8pm. She will be demonstrating and sharing her work throughout the evening. Join us for a night of the arts in the city!
Cheyenne Frontier Days is back in full swing and celebrating its 125th year! The 28th is Cheyenne Day at the rodeo and all around town. That means many businesses are closed so employees and their families can go to the fairgrounds plus attend fun things like the pancake breakfast. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Cheyenne, they serve over 100,00 flapjacks, 3,000 lbs of ham and use 630 lbs of butter and 475 gallons of syrup! Best part....its all FREE. So if you are in the area head down to the Depot Plaza for breakfast and then shop downtown's sidewalk sale sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority. Blue Door Arts will be open from 9:30 till 2:30 on the 28th for the sidewalk sale. Rawhide Studio jewelry will be 15% off during the sale. Come in and see the designer, Dave Rowswell at work and get a sneak peak at some of his newest designs based on the Sheridan Floral leather working style.
Quilting was the crown of my Mother's handwork history, She spent years expressing herself through small pieces of fabric carefully stitched together to form her unique designs. Mom still had work in progress on her quilting board when she passed away. My appreciation for quilts and all things textiles largely stems from her influence.
During the June 10th Cheyenne Artwalk, I will be featuring another group of ladies who are dedicated to promoting the art and history of quilting, the Cheyenne Heritage Quilters. Monthly meetings, an annual quilt show and outreach programs makes this and active group of quilt enthusiasts! Several guild members will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss quilting with art tour goers AND you'll have an opportunity to buy tickets for their opportunity quilt, Spring Flight.
That's true even though it is snowing a bit this morning as I write this. Oh well... it WILL warm up soon! It does make for great weather to snuggle up with a good book. I am currently reading, The Fabric of Civilization: How textiles Made the World by Virginia Postrel. In an interview with the NY Times, Postrel said that it took longer for a Viking ship's sails to be made than the boat itself! These are things that we just don't think about in our world of easy access to Fast Fashion and material.
In that same vein, my research led me to Clare Hunter's website, Sewing Matters "where you can read about, explore and discover the social, emotional and political significance of needlework. I just had to order her book, Threads of Life A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle. The book doesn't have any images but Hunter's website has pictures that correspond to the chapters in her book. After reading the chapter, Connections, I went to her site and found images of the fabric tokens from the Foundling Museum in London. Take a minute to read about the Museum's emotional Threads of Feeling exhibit and the role textiles played in a foundling's life.
The world is full of interesting stories- visit your library today and find one! Cheers
Years ago I started a make and take paper snowflake party for the December Artwalk. Once again I am inviting folks to fold, snip and unfold paper snowflakes during this Thursday's Artwalk from 5-8pm. This year I am asking people to write a holiday wish on one of their snowflakes which I will then place in my windows. I am hoping for a flurry of good wishes for passersby to take some good cheer and encouragement from! We all need it these days!
Thursday's event will have tables set up with plenty of space to social distance. Please wear a mask for everyone's safety. It's free and family friendly. If you can't make Thursday's event, I have taped a bag on my front door so you can put your snowflake wishes in anytime this month. Not feeling crafty? I even have a bag with pre-cut snowflakes that you can use.
Thanks to everyone who responsibly came out last night and supported the Cheyenne Artwalk. Dave and I had a great time reconnecting with Sandy Bordson. She is a dear friend and a talented jewelry designer. I own several of her pieces but I needed one more! Last night I purchased her Crazy Love earrings. I'm wearing them today because it's Happy Kindness Day and the world needs more of that! Do something nice today!
Georgia Rowswell is a fiber and mixed media artist and part of the Blue Door Arts duo.