How’s the sugar hangover?

Experience, even for a painter, is not entirely visual.

~ Walter Meigs

It was so much fun to see everyone in their costumes and the decorated houses and store-fronts! I love any excuse for people – even those who “aren’t creative” – to express their creativity.

  • I just ran across Crystal Wagner this week and… wow! The pictures below are paper. While we have paper at the store, it normally doesn’t look quite like this! As someone who works predominately in black and white, it’s a delight to see the splashes of color – seeming to take over the building above. Check out her website to see a variety of work – from prints and installations to drawings and more.

  • #TownPlazaMural, weather or not… – We certainly enjoyed the chance to get out and paint last weekend! I didn’t get to join in as much as I would have liked, but the weather was ideal and the other lead artists were able to really make a lot of progress! We have high hopes and big plans for this weekend, but here are the recent additions – including a new awning for Kroeger’s Hardware (it’s so much less scary than the original!)

  • One more reminder that Patrice DeLorenzo still has room in her Meditative Landscape Painting workshop. It’s for intermediate and advanced painters on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Artifacts Gallery in Farmington. For more information, contact Patrice at or (970) 799-8838. To reserve one of the limited seats call Artifacts Gallery at (505) 327-2907.
  • The Scrapbook Nook has their third calendar class on Saturday at 10.
  • If you’re interested in playing with watercolors, here is an easy to follow-along tutorial on painting a leaf. Maria was the featured artist a few weeks ago.
  • Journal travelogue from the Grand Canyon. I’ve got a few sketchbooks filled with drawings from my travels and love to see how others capture their journeys.
  • Cinephiles, rejoice! The Library of Congress lets you stream hundreds of free films from 1890-1999. I’m not fully aware of the nuances of video arts but my experience working at a TV production company gave me a bit of appreciation for the craft. Read more about the program here and go to the Screening Room collection itself here.
  • Studio & has their new show’s opening reception, All Souls: A Celebration of Rememberance this Friday from 5-9pm. It’s their annual non-juried show and I look forward to seeing the artwork from artists across the region. Swing by to check out some amazing work, enjoy food and drinks, and pay tribute to those things outside the realm of the living.

My sugar buzz has nearly worn off from all of the left-over candy that I’ve helped “take care of” today. So I’ll be brief here while closing out this week’s email. It amazes me how creative people are and humbling to realize how much more I have to learn. It’s been an awesome month of owning the Art Supply House – we have lots of great things in the works (like a Fall Sale that started today, a move into social media, and more) and I’m just so excited to be here as part of the community!

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Matthew & the Art Supply House crew