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The Pace Is Slower Now

It is a chilly, wet October evening as I prepare this addition to my blog. I guess that summer is over and Fall has made its appearance. As I look at my calendar I can tell that school is once again occupying my young students’ time but that is OK. I can use a bit of a break.

September was a very busy month filled with a mixture of new and repeat students. I have already told you about the youth workshop that Ayda Bowman completed in August. I am pleased to report that she is now working on paintings at home. Here is a sample of a recent practice painting that she did. It is her own composition and is well done.

Ayda Practice Piece

I will show you the two classes she has taken since completing the workshop but first want to announce that she is my choice as the Student of the Month for September. This is the second time she has earned this distinction. CONGRATULATIONS AYDA.

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Let’s have a look at the September class happenings.

On Sept 19th Ayda returned to the Brush Stroke Studio with a request to develop a painting with a cabin. Below are the pictures from that session.

Then, of the 22nd she was back and during our time together we did a painting where we made a canvas look like wood grain and then immediately painted on top of that. She did such a good job.

Two days later, I met with Gabe Larsen. Gabe is eleven and his first painting was a bit more advanced than I normally do when working with a first time youth student. He was up to the challenge and I am sure he will be back. Here is Gabe:

On the 28th of August Ellery Rowlands came for her second class. Ellery just had a birthday and instead of the usual birthday presents, she asked for cash which she used to take her second class. That makes me so proud and she will certainly attest that receiving a gift certificate for a class would make a great gift for any youngster.

This past Friday, Janet Milligan returned to the studio for her fourth lesson. Janet is a joy to work with. She has such good skills and is so dedicated to learning all she can about many different styles of painting. This class was devoted to painting trees so we worked on a practice canvas for a couple of hours and then did the painting you see below.

Janet will be back later this month at which time she will learn how to make a 12 x 24 canvas look just like a piece of wood… That will be fun so stay tuned.

It will not be very long before the kids are knocking on doors asking for either a trick or a treat. Keep in mind that your child might like to have a gift certificate for a free class in their pumpkin. This is also a good month to schedule a date night out at the Brush Stroke Studio. Or maybe a Friends Class where you can share an afternoon or evening with your bestie…

Keep your brushes clean!

Pat Alsup  CRI®

Things are cooling down!

September 10, 2018

It is just very hard for me to believe that summer is nearly over, but all of the signs are there. The days grow shorter, the nights cooler, the flowers are beginning to fade a bit and the garden is nearly ready to be cleaned out.

Along with this, my youth schedule, which has just been bursting at the seams, now is a bit quieter. We can contribute this to the fact that school has begin. Every day, a bit before 8 am and around 3 pm. the street in front of the house is lined with cars as parents haul kids to and from their classrooms. With school in session the times that kids can paint is more restricted which means that those windows here at Brush Stroke Studio will be more in demand. I have more requests for weekend classes but normally don’t schedule more than one, sometimes two of those on Saturdays and Sundays. So, it is imperative that you think ahead and reserve times early.

Since we last visited Ayda Bowman has completed her Joy of Painting Youth Workshop. She came to the studio five different times simply to practice various techniques. Those included painting various types of clouds, putting snow on the mountain, making tappy grass, happy little trees, rocks, a big old oak tree, lakes, streams and waterfalls. There was also a session devoted just to pallet knife work, including making a cabin. On the sixth day, Ayda painted a complete 16 x 20 work of art.

Before the final session, I sent a book of Bob Ross paintings home with Ayda so she could select one for us to do on day six. She could not decide on just one, so designed her own and sent me a sketch as well as a paint color list that we would work with. Oh how this young lady has gained confidence as well as skills these past weeks. If you would like to see a video slide show of her JOP journey to date, you will find it HERE. And here is Ayda with her completed painting!

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STUDENT OF THE MONTH for August recognition goes to Roper Haines. Congratulations to you young lady. Roper painted with me twice in August and demonstrated excellent skills.  Here are some photo’s of those classes.

Before I close this, let me mention a Pop-Up-Sale that Wanda and I had here at the house this past weekend. A couple of times a year we haul out the canopy as well as some older paintings, damaged frames, old supplies, etc and put them all on sale. It also gives me a chance to do some demo paintings and meet new potential students.

Most of those who stopped by went home with some real bargains. It was nice to see all of you. I also managed to set up new classes. What I was most aware of at the close of the day was how tired I was. This old body just does not hold up very well any more. Anyway, here are come pictures of our day.

Cooling Down

August 28, 2018

It has been a hot summer and I am not just talking about the temperatures. Activity here at Brush Stroke Studio has been smoking hot and I love it that way. My activity with young students has been so rewarding but I suspect that as school begins I will have more time available on weekdays. As you know, I am willing to hold classes on the weekends, both Saturday and Sundays, so if you are wanting to schedule a class then, I suggest that you do it well in advance as those times may be already filled.

With school starting it often means that Moms and Dads have more time by themselves during the week and this will be a good chance for you to experience the Joy of Painting. Let me prove to you that parents can achieve great things at the easel. Bring a friend and enjoy a new experience.

While my studio is limited in seating size, it is just right for time out with that someone special in your life. Why not plan a date night. It can be to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or simply that you enjoy doing new things with friends and family. I can begin adult classes in the early evenings. Most adult sessions last four hours and yes, if you want to bring a bottle of bubbly to share, that is fine with me.

Since my last posting I have taught several new students as well as those returning for additional instruction. I have also near the completion of a Youth Workshop. Ayda Bowman has spent five sessions with me, working on the fundamentals of this technique and is doing so well. During these sessions she works on a practice canvas which is wiped clean in anticipation of the next class. Our next time together will be this Thursday when she will complete a 16 x 20 painting which will be framed. I am anxious to show you those results. For now, here are a few pictures of the different sessions:

Let’s have a look at my most recent classes and begin with a cousin session on the 14th of August. Kaylee Wright and cousin Taylor Gartner shared an experience that will not soon (or maybe ever) be forgotten. Lets look at what these two young ladies did that day.

Classes completed in the past couple of weeks include a first time meeting with Emery Zimmerman. Emery recently turned 6 and was so excited to take a painting class. Here is why:

The day following Emery being here Leah Francom returned with her father Michael and they had the very best time with a father/daughter session. Dad is a huge Bob Ross fan and learned that the results can be great but not quite as easy as it looks on TV.. Fact is, the technique is easy to learn and the results can be really good…

That same day, (August 17) I had met with Roper Haines who took the introductory youth class and she did so well. So well that they scheduled a second session for the 21st and here are pictures of both meetings:

On August 24th Ellery Rowlands proved once again that these young kids can paint. If I remember correctly, Ellery is just 10. She drives past my home daily to attend school down the street and I am hoping that on occasion she will have an opportunity to stop after classes to say hello and to take another class. She has lots of potential.

So, as I said, it has been busy here. I am looking forward to a few days off. We will be heading back to Wyoming with a group of “my kids”. Some will be on bikes and there will be two cars. That will be fun. I love young people and will have some photo’s for you when I return. Or, you can check my face book pages for daily photo updates.

Last Saturday I took advantage of time created when a returning student had to cancel class owing to illness. I have had a painting floating around in my hear for the past couple of weeks and wanted to see it on canvas. So, I first painted a 5 x 7 trial painting to see if the approach and colors would work.

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I then made some mental corrections and did it again on a 18” x 24” canvas which I then framed for hanging. It is for sale, but may spend time on my wall. I call it “Night Fire”. Hope you like it.

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Don’t forget.. Gift Certificates are good for almost any occasion. I can personalize them to your needs…   Hope to see each of you soon.

Pat Alsup  CRI®

It has been much too long…….

August 13, 2018

I have been negligent these past 60 days and must apologize for not keeping this blog current. It has been a busy summer, some traveling and then there are the responsibilities of lawn care and helping my kids with projects. That’s it. Apology complete!  Let me catch you up.

I mentioned that I have been busy with classes and want to recognize those students. Some are first time students and others you will remember from previous mailings:

June 18th saw Kathy and Richard Goddard here for a date night. What fun that was

 

Then, on the 21st of June, Tyson Bucher began a youth workshop where we worked with some of the fundamentals of the Ross technique. We are still in the process of competing this, but here are some photo’s from our time together:

June 29th  had two sisters in the studio. You will remember Alalynn Zaldivar and her sister Iliana. Both are such talented young ladies.

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July began with first time student Dana Lieu who was here on the 4th and she showed real abilities.

On July 5th Tara Hansen of Kitchen Tune-Up tried her hand at a seascape

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Skip to the 10th where Hailee Freeman came for her first painting experience

One day later (July 11th) young Sara Cutler showed me that she has a yen to be an artist. She has no fear and proved it on canvas

July 13th found another young lady in the studio. Meet Mayalei Yates who as you can see received a birthday gift certificate. This is a gift that will never be forgotten.

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You might be thinking that I allow only girls into the studio. That just is not true. This young man (Sam Kauffman) did an excellent job when he was here on the 17th of July.

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On the 19th Ayda Bowman returned for another lesson. This is another young lady with a real hankering to become a skilled artist. Watch for her in the future

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July 20th was very special to me. Lily Emery came to class with her father Curtis. This was my first father/daughter class since coming back to Idaho and it is so rewarding to see parents sitting at the easel with their kids. I look forward to more of these

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Earlier in the day, I had another first time youngster showing her ability to paint. This is Maqlynn Lancaster

The remainder of the month I took some days to assist my son with the construction of a patio at his home. Wanda and I also participated in the Twin Falls Art in the Park where we met many new potential students, sold some artwork and did some demonstration paintings which we gave away in periodic drawings. I also had my young student Ayda Bowman stop by to do a quick demonstration painting. Here are some photos from the park.

After our event in the Park, I went to Cody Wyo for my 60th high school class reunion. I also did some demonstration paintings there and even had a drawing for a free class. Don Brown from Fairbanks Alaska won and had a great time playing in the paint.

Once back, I jumped right back into classes beginning. On August 8th Tara Hansen had purchased a birthday gift certificate for her friend and fellow Kitchen Tune-Up proprietor Donna Erickson. This was Donna’s first painting experience and what fun they had:

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On the evening of the 9th we had another date night class. Rhett Larsen arrived with his wife Cassis but had no idea where he was headed or what he would be doing. He is a Bob Ross fan and she surprised him with a special birthday gift. They did great!

I find it interesting that the last class I reported on in my previous blog was that of Janet Milligan. And she fills the same spot on this blog. Janet was here on the 10th to recreate on canvas a photo she had sent me earlier. We worked it out while painting. That was a great experience for both of us. I look forward to doing more of this.

Each month I select one student who I feel has done exceptionally well as my “Student of the Month”. In June that person was Ayda Bowman and she was very deserving..

And now, I am announcing the July recipient. My choice is Dana Lieu. Congratulations Dana! You have skills that I hope you will develop.

This has been a long, long report and I promise that I will not be as long between mailings.

Happy Painting…

Pat Alsup  CRI®

So Much To Talk About

June 15, 2018

It has been only 8 days since I last sat here to work on the blog. Since then, it has been a tad busy.  Wanda and I have been doing some painting but our surfaces were larger. Recently we had kitchen counter tops replaced and new facing on the cabinets. Naturally our old paint was not exactly what we wanted so I applied two coats on those walls. I used brushes larger than we paint with, so that was not too bad…  The problem came after we were done. YEP, WE DIDN’T LIKE THE COLOR. The walls now have extra coats of paint, but we are happy…

On another personal note, I celebrated my 78th birthday and want to thank many of you for the good wishes.  Now back to the real reason for this missive.

June 12th

Ayda Bowman was back in the studio for her second class. She first painted here about 6 months ago and proved herself to be a good student. Now that the school activities will afford her more time her Dad is hoping we can find a couple of dates each month for her to learn. I am very proud of what she did this time. If you want, you can see all of the class photos HERE but this is the end result. Way to go Ayda!

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June 13th

Gracie Bucher returned for her second lesson and brought with her a cousin from Utah. Hannah Fares, like Gracie, is only 8 and this was her first time taking a class. These girls certainly had fun, as did their instructor. Painting is supposed to be fun and we try to keep the atmosphere here pretty loose. Still, students are paying to learn so I try to be sure that even we being silly, it is a learning process. If you look at the class pictures (CLICK HERE) you can see them in action. And below, meet Gracie and Hannah.

 

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June 14th

This was another day to teach lesson # 2.   Janet Milligan was here in May to take her first Joy of Painting lesson. Janet loves to paint and has some good skills. We think they can be improved upon. I told her when she left that it makes me really proud with the students” painting is better than the teachers. I am going to show you both paintings and you will see what I mean. If you want to look at all of the class photo’s you can do that HERE

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Every month I pick a student who I think has done well in all aspects of classes. I consider the painting they did, how well they listened in class, how hard they worked to translate what they saw me do to their paint strokes. It is not always easy to make these decisions and for the first time in a very long time, we have a tie.

Adalynn Zaldivar brought her older sister, Iliana, to class. This was Adalynn’s 3rd session and the first for sis. Look at their paintings and you will see a lot of talent emerging here. Congratulations girls!

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CLASS TIMES for the summer months are beginning to fill. I will be out of town for 3 weeks or so over the next 3 months and that cuts into things a bit. So, if you are thinking of a class or series of classes, now would be a good time to schedule.

Happy Painting.

Pat

 

 

 

 

So Much To Talk About

June 15, 2018

It has been only 8 days since I last sat here to work on the blog. Since then, it has been a tad busy.  Wanda and I have been doing some painting but our surfaces were larger. Recently we had kitchen counter tops replaced and new facing on the cabinets. Naturally our old paint was not exactly what we wanted so I applied two coats on those walls. I used brushes larger than we paint with, so that was not too bad…  The problem came after we were done. YEP, WE DIDN’T LIKE THE COLOR. The walls now have extra coats of paint, but we are happy…

On another personal note, I celebrated my 78th birthday and want to thank many of you for the good wishes.  Now back to the real reason for this missive.

June 12th

Ayda Bowman was back in the studio for her second class. She first painted here about 6 months ago and proved herself to be a good student. Now that the school activities will afford her more time her Dad is hoping we can find a couple of dates each month for her to learn. I am very proud of what she did this time. If you want, you can see all of the class photos HERE but this is the end result. Way to go Ayda!

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June 13th

Gracie Bucher returned for her second lesson and brought with her a cousin from Utah. Hannah Fares, like Gracie, is only 8 and this was her first time taking a class. These girls certainly had fun, as did their instructor. Painting is supposed to be fun and we try to keep the atmosphere here pretty loose. Still, students are paying to learn so I try to be sure that even we being silly, it is a learning process. If you look at the class pictures (CLICK HERE) you can see them in action. And below, meet Gracie and Hannah.

 

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June 14th

This was another day to teach lesson # 2.   Janet Milligan was here in May to take her first Joy of Painting lesson. Janet loves to paint and has some good skills. We think they can be improved upon. I told her when she left that it makes me really proud with the students” painting is better than the teachers. I am going to show you both paintings and you will see what I mean. If you want to look at all of the class photo’s you can do that HERE

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Every month I pick a student who I think has done well in all aspects of classes. I consider the painting they did, how well they listened in class, how hard they worked to translate what they saw me do to their paint strokes. It is not always easy to make these decisions and for the first time in a very long time, we have a tie.

Adalynn Zaldivar brought her older sister, Iliana, to class. This was Adalynn’s 3rd session and the first for sis. Look at their paintings and you will see a lot of talent emerging here. Congratulations girls!

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CLASS TIMES for the summer months are beginning to fill. I will be out of town for 3 weeks or so over the next 3 months and that cuts into things a bit. So, if you are thinking of a class or series of classes, now would be a good time to schedule.

Happy Painting.

Pat

 

 

 

 

Joy of Painting Workshop

June 7, 2018

It has been some time since I made my last entry. Much of that owing to my being away from my studio. Wanda and I took some time to visit family in Wyoming. It is always nice to go back to Cody, the town of my youth, and to be able to spend time with my sister made that even better. Wanda also spent time with her sister in Sheridan. As the years race past, it makes us more and more aware that at some indeterminable time, we, or they, will not be here for us to visit. That makes it even more important to do what we can to be with family.

Traveling can be problematic. There are always issues at home that need to be attended to. For me, one was finding someone to take care of my fast growing lawns. I was fortunate and the problem was easily solved by hiring one of my students and trading them a class for a mowing. Good for me, and I hope they feel the same.

Autumn A, is one of three children in her family who have taken classes from me. Autumn has been featured twice and was my student on the month earlier. When she arrived to get payment, I had her pick a painting from many of mine on the shelves. This one focused on a tree house, suspended in a stately old oak. This was Autumn’s third painting class and as you will see, she has some very good skills. Not only is she a good student and easy to teach, she is a nice young lady and fun to have in the studio. Let’s have a look at her painting:

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Now, I have something new to announce. In years past I have conducted week long workshops designed to accelerate the learning process. These have always been made available for adults as they were set up so there would be a morning session where they would learn specific techniques and strokes. Then in the afternoon we would paint a painting using those techniques. That required 7 hours each day of class which takes some stamina. I have never done anything similar for my young students. Well, that is about to change.

In just a couple of weeks, young Tyson Bucher will begin a 6 day workshop. We will paint one day for each year he is old. There will be 5 one hour sessions on a practice canvas. we will focus on one or two techniques each session and at the end of a one hour session, he will clean his canvas and his brushes before heading home. Each day he will use the same practice canvas to practice specific strokes and will clean the canvas at the end of each.. Then, on the 6th day we will have a split session, painting an hour or so before taking a lunch break and then he will complete the painting in the afternoon. That painting he will keep and as part of the package, it will be framed and ready for hanging. This will be an excellent learning session for both of us. He will improve his skills and I will find out how well youngsters do with this approach. Stay tuned. Soon you will see young Tyson in action:

Remember, good brush care is essential. Brushes are expensive and if you care for them properly, they will last you a very long time…. Treat them properly and you can replace them after just one session….

Pat Alsup CRI®

It has been a busy week!

May 12 2018

Let me begin by wishing all of you who are mothers, the best of the day dedicated to all that you do. As I reflect on our life with children, it is with humility that I admit being in awe of my wife for all that she has done and sacrificed for our boys and for me these past 50 odd years. I certainly don’t tell her often enough but I do know and understand. So, let it be known that respect each of you. Happy Mothers Day!

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Since we last visited, I have been busy with classes. One was a returning student, back for her 4th class and two were new youth student sessions. Today I had a class for adults with new students. I am taking tomorrow off with plans to be nice to my wife.

This past Wednesday Sara Cutler came for her first class. Sara is 10 and loves to draw. She had no experience with any type of oil painting but her mother was certain that she would enjoy painting here. And… She Did… And…. She did a terrific job. I am attaching a link to her page on the site HERE.  And here she is with her first painting:

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Addi Zaldivar returned for her 4th class on this past Thursday. She is making great strides and I credit two things for this. First and foremost, even at the young age of 6, she has a great ability to focus on the instruction. I think this is because she really want to be an artist. Second, her classes are not spaced so far apart that she has time to unlearn the skills already developed. Each time we meed new elements are added to the paintings but we still use what she had done previously. This is almost as good as being able to practice at home. In fact it might be better because sometimes when we work on our own, we can develop bad habits. (I speak as an experienced expert here) The link to Addi’s last class is here.. And below is this weeks painting. She is with her older sister who also wants to begin learning this technique.

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I love it when I have little or no time to rest between classes and on Friday MaqLynn Lancaster who is 8 years of age came for her first ever painting class. I am not sure if she or her mother was the most excited about the class happening. I am sure of this though… Both of them were super excited and proud with the painting they took home. And I am betting that when Dad saw it, he was as well. You can see here class by CLICKING HERE.  This is why she was so pleased. Note: check the signature. She loved it so much that she decided to sign it with a heart!

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And that brings us to this morning when a mother and daughter drove over from Detrich for their first Joy of Painting experienced. Valerie Hansen and Addi Mumm  came for an adult session. Normally I set aside 4 hours for these classes. Sometimes they run long but today we finished in a little less that 3. I was still able to work with them at a practice canvass. I like doing that so they don’t have to try more challenging techniques on their canvas without some practice. Addi was a little on the sleepy side but she hung in there and as you will see, they did well. CHECK IT OUT

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So, tomorrow I rest. Well, I might paint a little just for me, but there are no more classes scheduled until Monday.  As more and more of you spread the word and speak well of the classes, my class schedule gets busier. Thank you so much for that. I do have open days on the 16th and 17th, so if you have an itch to paint, give me a call.

Keep your brushes clean.

Pat Alsup    CRI®

Recognizing First Time Efforts

May 6, 2018

To begin with I want to congratulate Evan Spooner who took one class from me shortly after I did a demonstration painting session at the College of S. Idaho. Evan watched me paint for a long time and I think purchased one of my paintings. He then decided that he wanted to try his hand at it and painted this painting.

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Evan entered his painting in the Art & Soul Twin Falls competition. He was in the middle school division. I have just learned that his entry was picked by the public as the runner up and I think he received a cash award of $75.00. Kudo’s to Evan.  I hope that more of my students will consider entering their works in other competitions.

So, FIRST PAINTING resulted in a second place.

I have another FIRST that I want to share with you.

Meet Janet Milligan who took her first Joy of Painting Class from me this past Friday. Janet loves art and tells me that she watches some type of painting program on TV every night…  When she learned that I was available to teach these classes, she was so excited. Needless to say, she turned out to be an excellent student and I anticipate that her skills will develop rapidly. Here is her first painting.

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Most of my students come to me by referral. If you know of someone who would be interested in a class, please encourage them to look at my web site: You can find it at https://jopwithpat.org.

Thank you

Pat Alsup  CRI®

I love to talk about my students!

May 1, 2018

Today, I have two students that I want to feature:

At the end of each month, I look back at the work done by the students that have taken classes and evaluate several areas. Naturally I look at the quality of the paintings but to be selected for this honor one must also demonstrate excellence in being able to pay attention to how I load the brush and how the brush touches the canvas to achieve each effect. Being able to focus on their work for the entire class is also a factor. Some of my students come to paint one time, just to see if they can and others really want to learn to paint. I tend to favor the second group when making this selection.

This month I am proud to announce that Kadee H. is the Student of the Month. Kadee has been to four classes and each time she has added new skills. There is no question that she is working to become an accomplished oil painter. You can see her official recognition HERE.

Well done and congratulations Kadee:

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I hope that all of you took the time to attend this year’s Art & Soul of the Magic Valley competition. It is here that you can see the excellent quality of work that artists of many different mediums produce. The pieces are displayed by merchants throughout Twin Falls. Some have one piece and some feature several. I was amazed at the quality of the entries this year. As of this date, I have not seen who was recognized as winners in the various areas or who the $ winners were but I did see one of my students work displayed.

In the Magic Valley Mall there were three different Youth Categories on display. One for Elementary Students, a second Middle School Division and then one for those who are in High School.

Evan Spooner submitted a painting that he did in a Joy of Painting session and I thought it was the best of the Middle School entries. I am anxious to hear how the voting went. Here is a link to the class that Evan took… CLICK HERE

Speaking of students, this is Graduation Month for the area schools. If you are looking for a special gift that you grad will love, consider a gift certificate for a class. It can be either an adult or a youth session and is redeemable any time..

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