Mary’s ELEVENTH Annual OPEN HOUSE

That’s next weekend, friends. I know, time speeds up in November. This year the weather is looking pretty good—chilly but sunny—so I’m adding a substantial garage sale with real garage sale prices to be displayed in the large space in front of my garage/studio.

Inside will be my work, including my new felted wool and cashmere hats, scarves, note cards (including my new Open Door series), and books, and SPECIAL DEALS ON ALL POSTERS! Posters which sell on my Etsy store and retail shops for $20 will be reduced $10 or less. Tell me you saw it here and I’ll give you $10 off on any hat or headband.

Many of you have faithfully supported me for years, and I want to make this worth your while. For more information, such as an address if you don’t know it, please contact me.

Or better yet, click the top right corner of my home page to sign up for my brand-new-this-month, short but comic emailed Mostly Monthly Newsletter. The November Issue (the first) will be out early next week (I hope).

Opt In to My New Newsletter!

Remember FIZZ? That was the paid subscription newsletter I once snail-mailed to many of you. This website followed, then my Etsy store, and a page on facebook. As you can guess from my neglect of this website, it’s getting too much for me to maintain all that while trying to write books and make art. So instead, I’ve decided to make most of my work available on Etsy, and offer a free, “mostly monthly” newsletter.

I’ve been itching to do a comic strip for a couple of years now. I’ve indulged that yearning with my November newsletter. Please click on the opt-in link in the upper right corner of my home page—I’m not allowed to just send my newsletter to everyone on my email list. So please ask for it. I hope you will find it amusing.

Find information about my upcoming annual open house, along with my many shows around Michigan, in my newsletter. And I’ll probably pop in a discount coupon here now and then.

Open House Sunday November 21 from Noon to Six

This year I moved my studio to a large garage, and I also opened a shop at beaverislandarts.etsy.com.

All cards, posters, scarves, and original art listed on my Etsy site will be on sale at reduced prices at my Open House on Sunday November 21 and until Christmas by appointment.

Do come and join the fun. Please contact me for more information.

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Expanding on Etsy

Soon you can really see my work properly, on my new beaverislandarts shop on the arts and crafts website, etsy.com/shop/beaverislandarts. My shop is divided into sections, so you can just look at cards or posters or paintings.  You can use a shopping card and payment by check, credit card, or PayPal.

You can still call me or email me with for information or with special requests, or if there’s any problem with the Etsy store.

And here’s early info: My 2010 Open House—my 10th Anniversary celebration and my first Open House in my new studio—will be held Sunday, November 21st, from 1 to 8 p.m. Please come and bring friends…I don’t advertise this show publicly, but if you’d like to be on my list or you’d like the address, please contact me.

Mary Opens an Etsy Store!

I haven’t got much listed yet, but I’m working on it. Etsy.com/shop/beaverislandarts will make available my note cards, posters, books, prints, original art, and scarves. It will take me a couple of weeks to list it all, but each item gets its own page, and you can pay with a credit card or a check. I am hoping this will help get my work out there and more widely (I typed “wildly”) known. Check it out and let me know how you like it!

Of course, there is still the option to call or email me to order in person.

Related Links

  • etsy.com/shop/beaverislandarts,lake effects note cards, lake effects posters,Mary Blocksma’s art,

2010 Catch-Up

As evidenced by my lack of attention to this website, I haven’t done much more in the last six months than move home, office, and studio and try to get set up before fall. Progress is being made, but the best use so far of my heated, insulated, three-car garage—which is also, fortunately, air-conditioned—has been many a passionate game of Ping Pong. The Ping Pong table has been put to other uses—card-building, packaging and scarf-cutting—but I haven’t done too much painting or writing in there yet.

Last week, however, I did a watercolor of a Manistee beach for a client who liked the print I had on my website but wanted an original painting. I did three paintings before it became clear to me that I can’t copy a watercolor—watercolor has a mind of its own and if I pay close attention to it, sometimes I can follow it someplace interesting. Anyway, I chose the one I liked best to send along, but the others came out pretty well, too. They are now available on the art page.

Now that I don’t work in an apartment in a Victorian house, and in fact have a separate work space, I can finally paint with oils. I look forward to this adventure. My only formal art class was about fifteen years ago at Ox-Bow, the summer school in Saugatuck for the Chicago Art Institute. It was a one-week class in oil-painting which taught me the basic materials required and how to mix paint, an incredibly useful class which has helped me in all my artistic endeavors.

I’m hoping to set up some small classes for fall and winter and will put out some sort of brochure or email when I figure out what might work. Meanwhile, I am attempting to illustrate Yoo Hoo Moon—my most successful children’s book—and republish it with my own art. Other projects are in the works as well, but right now so many things are calling for my attention that it seems easiest not to do anything at all. It’s summertime, and a real firecracker of a summer it is, too. I have a garden for the first time in about 20 years and what could be more important than a sunwarmed, just-picked tomato?

Mary’s Holiday Fair Schedule 2009

Last Saturday I drove up to East Jordan to participate, for the third time, in their annual Holiday Art Fair sponsored by the Jordan River Arts Council. The three-hour trip is always worth it for me: not only do I get lots of help unloading, but my work is always appreciated there.

If you missed that one, look for me at one of these Michigan events:

November 22, Bay City, Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m. Mary Blocksma Studio, 1101 5th St. 

December 3, Midland, Thursday, 3-8 p.m., Holiday Craft Fair, 1309 Parkway 

December 4, Saginaw, Friday, 10-4, Andersen Center, 120 Ezra Rust Dr.

December 5, Ann Arbor, Saturday, 10-4, Women’s City Club, 1830 Washtenaw

If I survive that three-in-a-row series (they just happened that way this year), my work is available by appointment any time before Christmas. Contact me for times or for more information about any of the above:

 

Sunday, November 22: My 2009 Open House

Please come help me downsize so if I buy a house (I’m looking), I’ll be able to fit into it! Almost everything in my studio—original art, prints, posters, cards, purses—will be at least 50% off and many things much more than that. I’m also offering picture frames, mats and some of my student art materials. If I have room, I may include a pre-garage sale of better items and I’m offering discounts for teachers buying for their students.

My 6-foot scarves have been so popular this year that I’m offering a huge new selection. Come enjoy a glass of wine, good company and an unusual assortment of delicious art bargains.

Sunday, November 22, from 4 to 8 Mary Blocksma’s Studio, 1101 Fifth Street, Bay City, Michigan.

My New Scarves are now on Ebay!

Now I have made a new group of long thin scarves for spring and summer from sensuous, very thin fabrics with interesting prints and textures. They have proved a fun and inexpensive way to jazz up any outfit! The scarves are between five and six feet long, and ten to fifteen inches wide….find the exact measurements on Ebay.

To check out my eBay scarves, click on the Ebay button in the right column of my home page.

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