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

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About two years ago, I began a practice of creating small bags full of practical items to hand out to the homeless I often meet. I DETEST the idea of driving past without a kind word or something to share. I have given food I had in the car, or even purchased something to come back and share. I am frustrated when I have nothing to give. NO MATTER what is going on in my day, I am pretty sure that my day is going much better than those who have no home.

A few times now, friends and strangers have gathered in my studio, each bringing something to the table. food, drinks, bandaids, soaps, whatever!  Each time it has been a wonderful experience. Each time I am in awe of the kindness that lives in people’s hearts.

Tonight, I once again witnessed the generosity of souls. Several people donated items to me before tonight’s event, those who attended were incredibly generous AND spent time making “love notes” for the homeless bags, then  took time to bag separately toiletries ( as to not make the snacks taste icky) and then create a bag full of good things, socks, toothbrushes, chapstick, washcloths, granola bars, snack foods, juice boxes and more. I saw women who did not know each other share their time to create these bags for people they have not yet met. They did so joyfully and with generosity.

When you worry that people are broken and cannot show love without hope of something in return, I invite you to attend one of these events- You will know unselfishness. You will see beauty.

Unfortunately there seems to always be those in need- so we will have another event soon.

Wishing you peace-

Susan

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Photo Credit- Tonia Capone

Art heals

I have said it before, and I will say it again…

ART HEALS

It heals boredom in children, confusion in teenagers and pain in adults.

It reaches more than that, certainly, but that is a good start. I think the hard part is convincing people to try. With the current wave of coloring books all over the shelves of book stores and art supplies stores, I believe that the general population is taking notice.

Thursday evening, I had the great honor to invite women facing the dragon of breast cancer to my studio for a creative evening. The evening was focused on the well being of spirit. These wonderful ladies have faced heart breaking diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and more. They have faced darkness. They have faced fear.

While each had a unique journey, there was definitely a commonality there. I admired their strength. I admired their views on life. I was inspired by their world view, their desire to move on with life and cherish each moment.

We began the stormy evening with some simple drawings with white ink on black paper. They were like children in a candy shoppe. I so enjoyed watching their faces change and their shoulders relax. This seemed to open the door for them to share. as well as a certain wonderful calm. They didn’t want to stop! I needed to silence my need to push through to the next agenda item. I allowed them the control and took my cues from their desire.

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Next we moved through a mediation I had written for them. It was oddly perfect even though I had never met any of the participants. It was meant to be a moment to breathe, to inspire some joy and to allow their spirit a moment to rest.

We moved on to a mandala after this. It was interesting to see the various ways they were created. While I gave a few guideline, I really wanted to allow opportunity to create without rules.

The conversation got very personal at different times. I almost felt as if I was intruding. The wisdom shared, the reality that appeared, the hope that was still fully instilled in these ladies was inspiring.

From all of this I took away two message.

  1. Life is short- do whatever the heck you want.
  2. ART HEALS- each and every participant shared their appreciation to me. Each remarked that they did not want to stop drawing. Each created beautiful art.

So…. I will continue the mission…. to share the tools of art- to open up Create Art 4 Good, and to be faithful to the view that everyone is an artist and it is good for us.

Be blessed this night and always.

Love & Peace,

Susan

So it’s a snow day

It’s interesting- today I woke up to several inches of snow blanketing the ground, when at midnight there was not a snowflake in the sky. By 8 am I couldn’t open my front door without pushing several inches of snow forward. The front porch stairs were a mound of snow, no longer definable.

Some people go absolutely crazy when this happens.. I suppose the “doers” feel trapped and frustrated. Truth be known, I  too felt a bit trapped. Especially when I had difficulty even getting the front door open. We get all bent out of shape because our lives have to slow down a little because we have to deal with the 22” of snow that is falling rapidly from the sky.

Then I started thinking about the fact that sometimes things are put in my way to slow me down a little bit. Perhaps today was the snow.

While it is true that I don’t always have a fond appreciation for slowing down, I am reasonably certain it is a necessary thing for most humans. I will refrain from saying all because that is just too blanket a statement and well, I try to be fairly accurate with my statements. For me the act of slowing down is vital, I actually forget to breathe (good thing it is an involuntary action)-

I was sharing with someone today that I am consciously trying to be aware of all that is around me. This lends itself to an appreciation as well as a deeper awareness. I am even trying to be aware of my breathing. It sounds silly I know, but try it. Concentrate on even the intent and sound of your breath. I promise you, that you will feel differently after you begin to do it.

But I digress. We were discussing slowing down, big storm all that. right. 

So what would you do if you did slow down?

For me, I didn’t get down much on my to do list. I pretty much had a week of work scheduled for Tuesday. And guess what? The world did not stop spinning. It continued, just as it always does.

Except I was blessed to have art supplies firmly in my hand, and peace in my heart.

Breathe… slow down a bit…. everything will happen in just the right time.

blessings and love,

Susan

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gratitude

So this won’t be long or profound,

but I feel the need to tell you that I am grateful.

I don’t have millions of dollars in the bank

but I am blessed

I have a beautiful gallery to share

I have opportunity and possibility

I have talents given to me by God

I have color, inspiration and sunsets

the possibilities are endless.

grateful

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