The BIG Announcement

Today marks FIVE YEARS as a business. I remember when I began, it was a dream in the making. I diligently wrote and re-wrote the business plan SEVEN times. YEP, seven. For me it was about insuring the success of my dreams. Today, I am celebrating my with awe my successes and jumping with vigor into the next dream!

I could go on and on about how much I have learned, and that is completely true. I could share the changes that have occurred in the last five years, (not the least of which is almost 3 years at the Hungerford)- which is also true.

But.

For me, this is a gigantic celebration that isn’t just about celebrating the success I feel in growing a business of five years. It is about about the opportunity that I am jumping into with my everything. It is about the bubbling pure joy that is overflowing in my heart as I write this.

Let me give you the background information.

When I was little, my mom used to say when my father was feeling a bit grumpy he’d go to the hardware store. He would wander around and sort out his thoughts among the nuts and bolts and shiny new tools. When he returned, he was usually in much better spirits. As an adult I recognize that this was sort of his time out. He didn’t have to talk to anyone, he just found himself in “the zone”- his zone.

I have a similar “thing”, however usually at a stationary store. I wander around, look and let go. My terrible mood usually turns into something proactive, I buy a card or two (or ten) not usually because I need them, but because I have thought of someone who seems to be going through something, or someone who needs to be celebrated. My favorite opportunities are the ones that are not required. An encouragement, a thank you, or just a little bit of love.

Why am I telling you all this? In life we are given many messages, if we pay attention it seems that everything is revealed at the perfect time. My love of pretty Stationary, beautiful cards and fine papers isn’t just an artist thing, I would suggest perhaps a it’s a vocation. (more honestly NOT just a vocation but a passion… maybe even obsession?!) I fully embrace the art of thoughtfulness. It gives me life and more importantly seems to positively affect those who I send them to.

One of the things that bothers me about our very fast paced world is that we forget to take notice, to pause, to appreciate, to recognize. We don’t send cards as often as in the past.  A recent survey that I posted on social media indicates that we don’t send as many cards, as we want to (which inspires guilt), we LOVE getting cards, AND we appreciate cards that are unique, and beautiful. The message is clear -it is vital to pause, to notice, to appreciate each other.

As an artist it is a natural extension to make cares from artwork. It is affordable for those who appreciate your work and it is a lovely way to share creativity. I have been honored by those who mention to me after sending some of my cards that they were not only proud to send my greetings, but the recipient was delighted as well. One person shares with me that she sends my cards to her “special people” because she likes to send beautiful art.  I love it when I hear from someone I was inspired to send a card to sends me a message that my card positively changed their day, made them feel important or truly loved. I will admit, it is a bit of an ego boost when someone tells you that they exclusively send your images for every reason there is to send a card.

I have listened- and my next step has been revealed.

It is with great honor I announce the birth of GREETINGS 4 GOOD.

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Greetings 4 Good will flourish under the parent company, Create Art 4 Good. It will use the fine art images to create gorgeous stationary, greeting cards and other inspiring  products. Each week(from now until October) I will reveal the product line piece by piece. I want these images to be your very favorites, so I will humbling ask for your help at deciding which images should go to print! I will invite you to join Greetings 4 Good– which will have some really nifty perks! (free cards, promotions & special offers)

Are you in?

SAVE THE DATE! The official launch date for Greetings 4 Good will be October 7th, 2016 at my gallery – Create Art 4 Good. That night you will see the original images I have created married to the poetry I write to bloom into beautiful and unique cards for you. You will have the opportunity to view and purchase greeting cards that give back (just like with Create Art 4 Good- a donation is made with each sale) and help you to send a little bit of love to those you cherish. This opening will be the gala of a lifetime of making art and poetry and celebrating the bloom of thoughtfulness.

Thank you for celebrating my anniversary, your support of my work sustains me in ways you could never imagine. I appreciate your love and faithfulness.

with great joy, love & peace,

Susan

p.s. send someone a card today- for no reason- JUST BECAUSE – you will both be happy you did!

p.p.s. Starting in October, send a Greetings4Good card (just because you will send a beautiful art card- and make many people happy!)

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All images and writings are by Susan Carmen-Duffy © 2016.                                           The use of any content from this site without written permission from the author/artist is prohibited.

(Please be nice! The universe appreciates your kindness and honor and so do I!)

so much to share

I feel sometimes like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, running around with such great excitement I am not sure which direction to go first. The good news is, I am working hard. That feels FANTASTIC! I am working diligently towards my dreams, and all those 3 am ideas that keep me awake at night. The bad news is, there are only 24 hours in a day.

so today- I will be brief- I will tell you that great things are coming your way. Why? because I think I finally have the courage and tenacity to share with you.

Be patient with me please- I think it will be worth it.

Until then, here is a goodie for you- My workshops have been re-designed and repriced. In fact, this month’s exhibit is in honor of those workshops. You will see examples of the work you will do, as well as descriptions and pricing. IF you book a workshop for you and your favorites by the 13th @ 3pm You will receive 10% off.

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In other news- I will be sharing with you, something near to my heart on the 9th. (which happens to be the 5th anniversary of when I began Create Art 4 Good) I am excited. It is just the beginning… the best is yet to be.

Have a beautiful day-

Love & Peace

Susan

with honor-

I am deeply honored to share with you that Congresswoman Louise Slaughter will be coming to my gallery tomorrow. Mrs. Slaughter intends to speak about the challenges women face in the arena of small business. I look forward to hearing her thoughts and hosting her in my beautiful gallery space.

Mrs. Slaughter took office at a time when it was difficult for women to make their mark with any sort of ease in the big world. As a young woman, I was inspired by Mrs. Slaughter. She has served with tenacity in a way which I have always admired. She has empowered me and no doubt countless others to follow their dreams by serving with strength and courage.

(I’m excited! THE Congresswoman is coming to MY SPACE!)

Louise

July exhibit

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The exhibit continues! Make an appointment to embrace this profound exhibition.

585.210.3161 – call or text- exhibit is open by appointment and by chance in addition to regular hours. Check the facebook page for times during the week, too!

Also, participate in a community mandala for peace- see the studio for further details!

Welcome to my friend, Stefani Tadio

So 9-10 months ago I was having a cup of tea and I was thinking about the spring schedule for my gallery. Suddenly it occurred to me that I had a friend who was down right brilliant at one of my most passionate avenues of art: the art of Mandala. A week from Friday – Stefani Tadio and I will joyfully share our work at Create Art 4 Good. Visual Meditations will open and hang for the month of June.

I met Stefani one evening when she graced my studio inviting me to become a member of her organization, Rochester Artisans. She was kind, proactive and thoughtful in every single dealing we had together. Rochester Artisans has been a lifeline to me and my business. Stefani is not only talented, but gracious- her work is spectacular. I pray you find the time to join us for this collaborative event.

A little about Stefani:

Stefani Tadio is a self-taught paper artist specializing in original designs stitched on paper with colorful specialty threads and embellished with beads, crystals and metallic paint.

Her work combines technology with the artisan tradition.  Stefani creates her designs on a computerized cutting machine, which cuts the shapes and the tiny stitching holes. She then stitches each piece by hand with needle and thread, one stitch at a time.

Most recently, Stefani has enjoyed using old books and maps, using Kirigami & quilling techniques to create flowers, candle holders and more.

She sells her handcrafted goods through art fairs and local stores; see her website for more information: www.stefanitadiopaperart.com.

When not making her own art, Stefani is busy with related activities. She is the founder of Rochester Artisans, a networking group with over 2500 members. She also curates the art displays at Fairport Pharmacy & Gift Shop.

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Lynne Riley- Alivewire- Guest Artist @ Create Art 4 Good in May!

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Lynne Riley of Alivewire will open Friday,  May 6th!

I had the pleasure of meeting Lynne one evening when she came to participate in creating blessing bags for the homeless. Lynne and I had a lovely conversation which then gave me the opportunity to learn about her love and creation of jewelry. Oh so talented!

Lynne will not only be sharing her jewelry with you this May for the entire month, she will also be teaching a bangle workshop on the 17th! She will guide you through creating  your own beautiful bangle in her style. Please reserve your spot today!

(Susan@CreateArt4Good.org)

Create Art 4 Good Welcomes – Catherine Wu

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Create Art 4 Good welcomes the Art of Catherine Wu for the month of April 2016. Catherine’s exhibit,” Explorations” opens Friday, April 1st, at 6pm.                                         The opening reception will be from 6-9pm

Catherine Wu, a high school junior, has been a nature lover all her life. Since she was able to hold a pencil she has been drawing animals. Catherine’s inspiration has continued while spending time in museums, zoos and aquariums, Catherine always has a sketchbook in hand ready to create to honor what she observes. She embraces the art of life, depicting landscapes, human form, plants and animals. Catherine’s profound interest in the natural sciences have become a powerful tool to assist her in her art. She believes that understanding animals and not only their biology but also their environments helps her bring them to life in her art. Catherine works primarily two dimensionally in traditional media such as ink, pencil, watercolor, acrylic and marker. She also enjoys working digitally to create her beautiful works of art.

Catherine’s exhibit  will be available throughout the month of April. The exhibit will be open April 1st 6-9PM, April 9th -10 am until 3PM, and Thursdays- April 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 4-6pm. Additional opportunities can be made by appointment or by chance!

Please contact Susan Carmen-Duffy for appointments or questions. Susan@CreateArt4Good.org or 585.210.3161

The art of Mandala

Mandala has been a love of mine for decades now. I can still remember how I felt the first time I created one, might I add, completely by accident. For me, it is a spiritual gift that is an active prayer.

In June, I have invited a friend to join me in an exhibition of Mandalas. My friend, Stefani Tadio creates them with paper and thread, so exactly and perfect- incredibly beautiful! Mine will be mixed media, some painted, some inked and well, you will just have to come and see what else might be in store for you.

I do however want to share some of my excitement over this month. I would like to invite you to come create a mandala in the tradition of the Tibetan monks. Bring your intentions and create with beautiful colors in sand, your active prayer. I will walk you through each step. We will create together and you will give honor with each grain of sand you lay down to your intentions.

I honestly cannot wait. 

Please reserve your spot today- I will see you soon-

with great big love –

Susan

Mandala Invitation June