a celebration of Create Art 4 Good

Last Autumn I received a lovely email from someone asking if she could do a documentary on Create Art 4 Good. What a beautiful surprise! 

I was blown away. 

I had no idea how blown away I would ultimately be. 

My experience with Katie was wonderful. If you know anything about me, you know that I really like being BEHIND the camera, never in front of it. Even worse to be filmed- dear goodness!

But Katie made it easy. It was like having a conversation. There were times while she was filming that I didn’t even remember she was there! I remember one afternoon I was painting and then I moved my head and BAM she was about four inches from my face. EEK (I don’t think that made the film)

Katie was sweet, respectful and unassuming about this entire process. It was fairly painless in spite of ME. This week, Katie shared her work. Mark my words, Kaitlyn Emerson is a wonder and there will be many good works from this talented artist. I am honored she spent so much time with me and my beautiful vocation. 

Please take the time to view the film. (it’s less than eleven minutes!) 

Create Art 4 Good Film – K. Emerson

The Art of Authenticity


The Art of Authenticity

Artist Talk by Sarah Derrenbacher

   Join us on May 25 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Create Art 4 Good as Sarah shares the intimate journey of her body of work, “Feminine Rising.”

Come and engage in collaborative dialogue about authentic living and creating! Find out more about the painting technique, style, and process and make a small painting to take home.

Space is limited. Free of charge. Please RSVP using the link below!



Sarah Derrenbacher

Sarah’s exhibit opened up last Friday night. To share with you that it was so well received would be completely modest.

She is such a deep soul. This work reflects that so well. 

I could write a really long blog about this. About the opening

But honestly- her work should speak for itself. I hope you find the time to visit.


So here we go. It seems that life, my own included, is so insanely busy. 

Who needs that?

It occurs to me that a little bit of thoughtfulness goes a long way. I know for me, if I get a text or an email saying someone is thinking of me, I smile wide

If I receive a card in the mail, I all but want to have a parade! 

Tonight we begin a concentrated effort on introducing the thoughtfulness project

Stay tuned! 

CJ Infantino

We opened this exhibit tonight – The work is quite lovely. It is almost introspective as far as the relationship between light and dark. It is quite apparent to me. that this is not only a reflection of objects, but also personal. Each of us holds the opportunity for light and dark within ourselves as well as our words. In the shadows somehow we think we don’t reveal all that much, however, honestly, it is in the shadows, where you feel you are hidden that perhaps you reveal the most. 

Tonight’s exhibit will be open throughout the month of April. If you are unable to visit during one of the schedule times, please email me to schedule an opportunity. I believe art is always an inspiring experience. Most especially this is true when you take a moment to truly embrace the work, the artist’s intent and the opportunity. 

See you tonight? 

blessings and love, 


This exhibit is open Friday the 7th 6-9Pm

Saturday the 8th 10am-3pm

Thursdays 4-6pm

We made the paper!

It is always exciting to get into the newspaper (for positive reasons!) 

This morning you will find an article in the Democrat and Chronicle about the current exhibit with Jodie Traugott and Brett Baker!

You still have several chances to see the exhibit- Tuesdays and Thursdays (through the end of the month) from 4-6pm and Saturday the 25th 10 am until 3pm. If that does not work- shoot me an email- susan@createart4good.org – hopefully we can set something up!

Here is the article:
Create Art 4 Good Article

with blessings, love and gratitude,

tales of an eight year old’s birthday party

So… I am a mom, I am a “nana”- I have taught art, and reading and well…. lots of things. I have been the guest speaker in many different venues, at community events, in front of board meetings, executive board meetings and more. NONE of this prepares you for an eight year old’s birthday party

I make it sound bad… nope. It was not. It was actually quite wonderful.  

We laughed, we painted, we played, we acted silly, we had cupcakes. 

How bad can it be? 

I am at that age where I worry that I have forgotten how to play with children. You know, you hang out with adults primarily and then you lose your short personness. What I needed to remember was simply that these little ones just wanted to create. They just wanted time with a paintbrush to create something beautiful. JUST LIKE ME. 

They wanted to laugh and giggle, and celebrate the young lady that invited them to share her day. (just like me) 

They wanted to (maybe not consciously) create a new memory, that they could hold on to, enjoy and celebrate, JUT LIKE ME. 

So either I am an 8 year old, or I still remember what it is like to celebrate a friend, create something beautiful and end with a smile. It’s simple really…. love and paint seem to marry well together. I am really excited to have been a part of this. 

I asked the “birthday queen’s” mom if she had a good time,

She replied, ” She did, it was perfect.” 

I asked if I could quote her, she said, “Absolutely!”

So here is to perfect art parties, eight year olds and sharing a little joy. It was a delightful day; I hope yours was too. 

Peace and great big huge love, 


Meet Brett Baker

The wonder of working in a business that you love is that you are able to share your mission, your heart, your work so darn easily. You share with friends, with strangers, with anyone who will listen really. I used to think that was intrusive, and nearly narcissistic, but I feel that I have this unique and wonderful opportunity and NEED to offer it to those around me. I feel that when we are where we are supposed to be in life; we cannot help but to share. 

In my day job, I am blessed to work with so many wonderful people. The thing about where I am now, and who I am is that you recognize that rarely is anyone what you initially see. Usually the surface you see in the working environment is just a smidgen of the real deal. 

One of the people I am blessed to work with is one of those people described above. He is definitely much more than initially appears. When I first met him, he spoke of things like his time on the ice, (loves hockey) his shenanigans in high school and his dare devil stunts. He made me laugh, always came to my aid when I needed something tech wise or phone wise and was an incredible support to my success at work. He is a good guy! However, As the layers peeled away, I began to learn so much about him. On the outside he appeared to be almost a sullen human being. The character of Eeyore comes to mind. This is not any way to be insulting, just my observation. 

In any case- Bruce (my friend and co-worker as described above) lives his life in a pretty matter of fact way. EXCEPT – when he speaks about his son. (yes this is actually not about Bruce, but you have to know the back story!) One mention of Brett (the wonder son), and my friend’s face lights right up. He softens, he’s sarcasm slips away, he glows with pride. It is a beautiful thing.

Bruce likes to play all rough and tumble, but honestly, he is a giant marshmallow when it comes to his son. He has pride, confidence and dreams for his son are apparent even without words. I believe that his faith is well placed. It is because of this clear confidence and pride that work unseen, I invited Brett to exhibit at the gallery. 

Brett Baker is a college student at RIT. He personifies that an art student. He is fascinated by form and function, he is one snappy dresser, and he has this confidence that only comes to you by hitting several walls and learning how to navigate around them. Artists by nature seem to need to travel through the muck, to get to their heart’s inspiration.

Brett has ideas, BIG ideas. He appreciates opportunity, he is enchanted with not only how a piece of jewelry feels to those who wear his designs, but also those who view. It is a collaboration of sorts, it is remarkable in one so young.

Brett has a quick smile and even quicker mind. He carries around his sketch book to note the countless ideas swimming around his head. His ideas surpassed the typical rather quickly. He jumped into some particularly sophisticated design. He doesn’t like using pre-made parts- he wants to create everything on his own, from raw materials.

I have no doubt that this his first exhibit will be the first of many, many exhibits. I encourage you to visit his exhibit, to really take in his work- to witness this new work and watch as it blossoms. It will be one exciting journey. I promise.



Jodie Richardson Traugott

It is so interesting when you meet someone who shares an interest. They are a complete and total stranger, yet your passion for (in this case) trees seems to help you know them on an instant deeper level. Jodie Richardson Traugott is this person! How blessed am I that she was able to share her work with us! Jodie’s exploration of trees is a love of color and form.

It is fascinating to me how strangers can bond so quickly over something so common. I look forward to sharing her work with you. It will be up for the entire month of March!

Her exhibition opens next Friday evening at 6pm. PLEASE join us – meet Jodie and inhale her spectacular work! If you cannot make the opening, please try to make another date or make an appointment! 

See you soon!