Monday, May 18, 2015

get ready for summer!

It's almost June, and our fantastic and creative artists are working their hearts out getting ready for the Summer Sale at Camp Cactus.

I hope you'll join us the first weekend in June to shop for some unique, handmade art and beautiful crafts, stroll in the garden, and soak up some warm summer air!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

summer classes start June 16th

Collage + Mixed-Media Camp
We'll work with paper, found objects, glue, wire, paint, and junk to create amazing two and three dimensional works of art.
Students will build a 3D mixed-media diorama, mixed-media collage paintings, and a paper collage on canvas during this four day workshop.
All materials provided.

Four 3-hour sessions 
Tuesday-Friday,  June 16th - 19th         1 - 4 pm          cost: $140
Ages 7- adult  • Class size is limited to 8 students  •  Preregistration required

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3-D Mixed-Media Robots!
We'll take all sorts of junk and figure out how to put it together to make robot sculptures.
This class is great for visualization, planning and creative problem solving. Also, tons of fun!
ages 7-adult
Friday, June 26th          1 - 4 pm          cost: $35
Ages 7- adult  • Class size is limited to 8 students  •  Preregistration required

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Open Drawing Studios
An open studio where kids and adults ages 5 and up can come and draw to their heart's content in a supportive, non-critical environment.
Artists are free to choose from a variety of materials such as charcoal, graphite, ink, crayon, pastels, markers and colored pencils; and draw from imagination or various visual sources such as photographs and still life. All materials provided.

Saturday, June 27th    1-3 pm         cost: $25 
Saturday, July 18th    1-3 pm          cost: $25 
Friday, August 7th    1-3 pm           cost: $25 
Ages 5-adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

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Drawing and Painting Camp
This four-session workshop will cover some of the fundamentals that all artists will find useful.
We'll take things step by step, learning the importance of sketching, developing a drawing, and translating our ideas to canvas.
Students will paint a simple still life, and progress to a plein air painting of the neighborhood.
Sketchbooks, paint and canvases will be provided.

Four 3-hour sessions 
Tuesday-Friday, July 7th - 10th        1 - 4 pm          cost: $140
Ages 7- adult  • Class size is limited to 6 students  •  Preregistration required

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Mixed Media Wax Encaustic
Make paintings using paints, photos and drawings on wood, then seal them with wax as an introduction to the wax encaustic process.
All materials provided.

Friday, July 17th          1 - 3 pm          cost: $25
Ages 7- adult  • Class size is limited to 6 students  •  Preregistration required

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Printmaking and Fiber Art Camp
We'll begin the workshop by making our own handmade paper, then learn the art of block printing, mono printing and finally bind our art into a finished, handmade book.
All materials provided.

Four 3-hour sessions 
Tuesday-Friday, July 21st - 24th          1 - 4 pm          cost: $140
Ages 6- adult  • Class size is limited to 8 students  •  Preregistration required

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Fourth Annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour
It's almost time for the fourth annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour! Join us Thursday, August 13th, from 1-3 in the afternoon. We'll meet at Camp Cactus Studio and take a guided tour around the neighborhood to see a number of magical structures built by the local Fairies…
These are maps from years past…I'll be drawing this year's map as soon as I discover all the new houses in the neighborhood!

Here's a photo of a house on last year's tour. The tour is open to ages 6 and up, but you must be able to walk a fair distance (about a mile in all). Children under six are free with an accompanying (paying) adult.
I hope you can join us for this very special and magical event. If we're lucky, we may even see a Fairy or two!

Thursday, August 13th   1-3pm                    $25
All ages.  Please note: Children under 6 are free, but must be accompanied by a paying adult. 

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Fantastical Fairy Architecture
Along with our imagination, we'll use natural, recycled and found materials to design and build tiny dwellings for those magical beings who live all around us. Feel free to bring materials from your own garden, such as pine cones, acorns or seed pods.
We'll provide ample building materials for everyone.
This three-hour class is open to everyone ages 7-107.

Friday, August 14th     1-4 pm    $35
Ages 7-107 • class size is limited • Preregistration required

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Papier Mache Sculpture
A fun introduction to the art of papier mache, we'll use paint, paper and glue to create cool sculptures.
All materials provided.
Friday, August 24th          1 - 4 pm          cost: $35
Ages 7- adult  • Class size is limited to 8 students  •  Preregistration required

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

summer camps and classes for all ages

Last week's warm weather reminds me that Summer is a comin', and because I'm always running behind, I'm just now finishing up the class schedule…(I find it so hard to think about summer in  February and March!)

Classes will start in June, following the Camp Cactus Summer Sale on June 5, 6 & 7.

I'll post the actual schedule in the next day or two, so check back soon. In the meantime, here's a sneak preview of what we'll be offering:

  • Drawing & Painting Workshop
  • Collage & Mixed Media Workshop
  • Printmaking & Handmade Paper Workshop
  • Wax encaustic painting
  • Robots! (3-D Mixed Media)
  • Fantastical Fairy Architecture 
  • Annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour
Stay tuned for registration and class descriptions!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

no school on friday? let's make some art!

I just realized there's no school on Friday, April 10th…who wants to come over to the studio to make some art?

Painting Workshop:
Georgia O'Keeffe
Sorry, registration for this class is closed
We'll do some painting on canvas in the style of this famous artist, and you can choose to paint a still life, or work from a photograph, or simply copy one of her beautiful paintings.
All materials included.

Friday afternoon, April 10th    1-4 pm         $35 
Ages 6 and up  •  Class size limited to 6 students
Preregistration required

Sunday, March 22, 2015

coming out of hibernation...

My life has been very, very busy the last few months. No time for art, no time for teaching, no time for much of anything besides taking care of family and working. I feel as if I've been in a cave, have finally crawled back out into the light, and lo and behold, it's SPRING!

Please stay tuned for upcoming classes, new work, shop updates and other news from the studio... I promise!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

just a little reminder...

Here's a little Tuesday night doodle…
when it's finished it will go into the Etsy shop.
In the meantime, I'm working on a new class schedule for spring.
Stay tuned!

Friday, November 28, 2014

It's a knockout!

 In boxing terminology, the letters TKO mean "technical knockout", but around Portland "TKO" stands for a knockout of another kind…
Tamara King is a fiber artist whose stunning color and fabric combinations knock me out every time I see them. She's been a part of Camp Cactus sales for many years, and has quite a following of fans.
A long-time quilter, she lets her fabulous color sense guide her in sewing everything from tote bags to backpacks to accessories. This year she's making tea towels and potholders in happy colors that are destined to brighten many a Portland kitchen this winter.
Since her meticulous attention to detail requires a ridiculous amount of work, her items will be in short supply, and each piece is a one-of-a-kind work of art, destined to become a cherished heirloom.

Tamara King Originals…a total knockout!
They can be found exclusively at the Camp Cactus Holiday Sale next weekend.
Click here for all the details: Camp Cactus Holiday Sale.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The very busy hands of Rachael Ramos!

Rachael Ramos is a serial crafter. She seems to always be doing something fun and creative with her hands. We never know what she's going to bring to Camp Cactus, but it's always unique and beautiful!
Here are some examples of her work from past sales:

And here's a little bit about Rachael in her own words:
I learned to make things and be thrifty from my grandma. It was her most valuable gift to me.
My handmade items are mostly crocheted, sewn or knitted, but there isn't a craft out there that I don't like, so you never know what I will do. Most of my materials are partial skeins of yarn and vintage fabrics and beads, found at thrift stores, yard and estate sales - so items are often one of a kind because of the limited materials.
I hope you can come and shop locally this year
 and meet all our talented artisans!
Click here for all the details: Camp Cactus 2014 Holiday Sale

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Sale 2014

I'm happy to announce that in less than two weeks, 
Camp Cactus Studio will again be magically transformed into a warm and cozy gallery and boutique, featuring the art and craft of 24 fantastically gifted local artists and craftspeople.
As always, we'll be donating a portion of all sales to the Oregon Food Bank.

Please join us on Friday Evening, December 5th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for our preview evening, and a chance to meet many of the artists, sip wine, nibble delicious goodies, and shop for locally made treasures.

Friday, December 5th  6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday
December 6th & 7th  10:00 am-6:00 pm

We're located on NE Brazee, between 44th and 45th Avenues in Portland's Hollywood District.

Stop by and have a cup of hot cider 
and share some holiday cheer.
Stay tuned... in the days to come I'll be sharing sneak peeks 
of what our artists are working on to bring to the show!