Embrace the Risk

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I haven’t had the privilege of meeting On Hand Lotions owner, Hayna Humphries Weems just yet. I feel like I know her from our friendship online though, because she is so personable, friendly and funny. Most of all she’s very inspiring – she’s so business-savvy and motivated. Just knowing her makes me want to be a better person, a better business owner. (And you people ask me if I ever sleep?? Meet Hayna! She also homeschools her 3 children, in addition to running her ever-growing business.)

Hayna has written two blog posts lately that I just have to share. The one that really got me was Part II: Embrace the Risk II: Identify, Dissect, Analyze the Fear. I love the way she thinks and will try to remember her process when I sometimes get stuck in overthinking mode.

But you should probably start here, with Part I. We had been talking a little bit about The Makers Summit, a 2-day conference for creative entrepreneurs running their own small businesses, held in Greenville, SC earlier this month. We were both yearning to go. Next thing I know, last minute – she IS going! She made it happen. I stayed glued to her Instagram, awaiting photos and reports of fabulousness.

Hayna was so jazzed by the conference that the two of us plus another super-smart doer who attended the conference, Denise McGuire of Making the Nest of It decided to have lunch and bat around some ideas for producing our own conference here in Rochester. At the last minute, we put the brakes on, because we are three of the busiest people we know and the timing just isn’t right. We’re back-burnering it for now, but the idea is still percolating inside of us.

Go read Hayna’s blog posts!

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Zentangle, One Step at a Time

Zentangle March 21

What is Zentangle?

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas
Zentangle Founders

How did I start thinking about Zentangle today? I was on Susan Carmen-Duffy’s Create Art 4 Good website today and saw her blog post, documenting her own Zentangle creation, one line at a time. Cool stuff, check it out.

Also included are details for registration for her March 21, 1:00 Watercolor Zentangle workshop.

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Ten Ways to Write Better Blog Posts

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I finally came across information about writing better blog posts with some meat to it! This is from a podcast I listen to with some regularity, Artists Helping Artists. The host, Leslie Saeta, is a painter but most of her information is applicable to all varieties of artists. Check out the podcast here.

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Call for Art: Make Bike Art

Make Bike Art

It’s time for the annual Spokes & Ink Festival – celebrating bikes and bike art!

If your poster is chosen, it will be sold for $20 and you get $13 of that while the rest is used to support The Genesee Center for the Arts & Education. The deadline is May 1 and the rest of the details are here.

Need a little inspiration? Take a peek at previous entries by some of our Rochester Artisan friends!

Chris Charles, Fly Rabbit Press

Chris Charles, Fly Rabbit Press

Don Olney, Louise's Daughter and Karin Choi, Intertwingle.

Don Olney, Louise’s Daughter and Karin Choi, Intertwingle.

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Hungerford 318 Hosts 1st Guest Artist – Jen Born

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First Friday, March 6, 6-9pm

Hungerford 318
Door 2
1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14609

This Friday, March 6, you’ll get even more bang for your art buck at Hungerford 318 as we host our first guest artist, super awesome mixed media artist, Jen Born, of ps enjoy your life.

Jen can do more with black Sharpies and acrylic paint than anyone I know. Look at the detail in this thing!

Jen can do more with black Sharpies and acrylic paint than anyone I know.
Look at the detail in this thing!

Jen will be selling her coasters and other small items on First Friday.

Jen will be selling her coasters and other small items on First Friday.

She'll have her signature Enjoyablocks too!

She’ll have her signature Enjoyablocks too!

Have Sharpie, will travel! Jen now teaches her style at painting parties right in your home.

Have Sharpie, will travel! Jen now teaches her style at painting parties right in your home.

And we five resident artists of Hungerford 318 will have fresh new handcrafted goods too!

Jean Keane – Fabric accessories for you & your pet.
Lori Prince – Artisan made sterling silver, copper, polymer clay and resin jewelry.
Stefani Tadio – Hand stitched paper art; notepads, framed art, paper jewelry.
Mary Terziani – Fused glass plates, bowls, platters and vases.
Tom Zachman – Glass art

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Bugzilla 2015 – STILL Bigger than the Beetles

Bugzilla
This annual event celebrates those harbingers of spring: insects!

Friday, March 6, 5:00-9:00pm
Cat Clay (Use Door 2)
The Hungerford
1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14609

Our guest artists have made pieces that pay homage to those critters that fly, creep & crawl.

Come see work created by:
Beth Bloom, Katey Katie Carey, Chris Charles, Karin Marlett Choi, Littlewing Clay, Amber Dutcher, Carolyn R. Ellinger, Shawnee R M Hill, The Knotty Owl, Jenn Libby Studio, Susan Mandl, Bev Rafferty, Sophie Signorini, Paul Taylor Glass, April Younglove and of course, her bugginess, Clifton Wood!

Plus a swell buggy playlist by the uber-cool Miss Clifton.

It’s a Pop Up Roc show – an opening & closing party rolled into one fun night!

Additional parking at the Credit Union & Greenovation.
Please don’t park in front of Happy Feet or the deli. That area is go & tow!

These are woodburned cherry, colored with watercolor pigment, with sterling silver antennae. From left priced $74, $64, and $74. Each butterfly can be found here in New York!

These are woodburned cherry, colored with watercolor pigment, with sterling silver antennae. From left priced $74, $64, and $74. Each butterfly can be found here in New York! By Ashley Landon of The Knotty Owl.

Glass Dermestid beetles on a raccoon skull.

Glass Dermestid beetles on a raccoon skull. By Paul Taylor of Paul Taylor Glass.

Felted Caterpillars, Mushrooms and Stones, Littlewing Clay

Felted Caterpillars, Mushrooms and Stones, Littlewing Clay

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Call for Art: Strings for Success

Photo Courtesy of Sara Joy Tiberio.

Photo Courtesy of Sara Joy Tiberio.

“Playing the violin helps me stay focused.”
“I feel proud of what I do.”
“It takes my mind off the negative stuff.”
“It stimulates my mind.”

(I know a few artists who could use a violin, if it helps with focus, she says, looking in the mirror.)

The String House is a proud supporter of the Strings for Success program. And Bonus! Rochester Artisan Pamela Frame is a teacher there.

The String House is a proud supporter of the Strings for Success program. And Bonus! Rochester Artisan Pamela Frame is a teacher there.

This art opportunity came to me from the massively creative Linda Connor Cass, whose exquisite jewelry you can see on Loudee’s Jewelry.

Calling all artist friends!! Please consider donating art for a silent auction for this wonderful program!

The women that are behind this are so wonderful and dedicated, you cannot help but be inspired. 100% of the money raised goes to support this program. Let’s help our children have bright futures in the arts and learn the benefits of having positive goals for the future!!!

Email me with any questions – be sure to put Strings for Success in the subject so I can respond right away. You can also call or text me at 585.507.3306. Or just drop off donations at the Center of Youth (905 Monroe Ave). Please label all donations: “Strings for Success Silent Auction”

You can read more about the Strings for Success Program here, and about the May 26 Strings for Success Benefit 2015, including the Silent Auction for the art.

Linda Collage

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Flour City Dessert Auction

Dessert Auction

For the third year, Love146ROC will be hosting the Flour City Dessert Auction benefiting the Center For Youth & Love146 ‘s fight against modern day slavery!

This year we have a SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:

ROB MORRIS – PRESIDENT OF LOVE146

The night will include:
Live Auction – Local Bakers
Silent Auction – Home Bakers
Music – Woodland Row (Hannah Moore & Cotter Moore)
Catered Hors d’oeuvre – Corner Bakery Café
Coffee – Java’s

When:
March 6th, 2015
Doors open at 6:00pm, Auction begins at 7pm

Where:
Cathedral Hall, 4th Floor, Auditorium Center
875 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605

FREE PARKING behind the Auditorium

Tickets:
Please consider purchasing your tickets in advance to allow for smoother check-in the night of the event.

Home Bakers:
Do you love to bake in your home kitchen? Please consider making a donation of your own home-baked confection in the form of cakes, cupcakes, cookies or other desserts; this will be contributed to the silent auction.

Professional Bakers:
Please consider making a donation of a cake or dessert to be used in the Flour City Dessert Auction. Your contribution will make an impact on the progress toward the abolition of modern day slavery in our community and around the world. Thank you!

To donate or volenteer please contact: Love146ROC@gmail.com.

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Art House Press

Art House Press

Art House Press is a local, online magazine, just a couple of months old. If you ever needed further proof that Rochester loves art, check out the RocMaps page of studios and galleries.

You’ll no doubt see a few familiar names of artists profiled in the December and January articles, produced by founder Cordell Cordaro and his team of 8.

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Call for Artists: Rochester MakerSpace First Friday

Click image to go to application form.

Click image to go to application form.

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February 15, 2015 · 7:04 pm