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!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

school's out! art classes, anyone?

Portland Public Schools are closed this Monday, November 10th. Here are a couple of fun classes to keep everyone happy and creative on what promises to be a dark and rainy day!

New! Kid's Painting Studio
An open studio where kids and adults ages 5 and up can come and draw and paint to their heart's content in a supportive, non-critical environment.
Artists are free to choose from a variety of projects, from autumn leaf watercolors to painting from imagination or various visual sources such as photographs and still life. All materials provided

Monday, November 10th  10am-noon       cost: $25
Ages 5 and up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

number of students attending:
choose a class date

Fabulous Fairy Footwear
Make your very own designer Fairy or Elf shoes. We'll draft a custom-sized pattern and sew and embellish with threads and buttons and ribbons and magic. All materials provided. This fun class teaches basic pattern-drafting, embroidery and hand sewing skills. No prior sewing experience necessary.

Monday afternoon, November 10th   1:30-4:30 pm       $30   
Ages 5 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

number of students

Thursday, October 30, 2014

upcoming classes in the studio

Dia de los Muertos Art

(photo borrowed from here)

In Mexico on November 1st and 2nd, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), is a traditional holiday dedicated to the memory of departed loved ones. It is a day to celebrate and remember them with joy and thanks, rather than sorrow.
(photo borrowed from here)

Altars are made in honor of friends and family members (even beloved pets!) and are displayed with bright colors, mementos, favorite snacks and decorations in a place of honor in the home.
We'll learn a little about this custom (in a non-scary way) and build our own altars for people or pets who were dear to us.
Bring a photo or memento to use in your project.

Saturday, November 1          1 - 3 pm          cost: $25
Ages 6-up  •  class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

Sorry, this class is cancelled.

Boot Stuffers
Take care of your boots! Don't you hate how they flop over and get creased in your closet? Make these stylish and aromatic stuffers to keep your boots crease-free, smelling fresh and ready for the cold weather.  Bring your boots for a custom fit.
All stuffing and trim materials included for one pair.  Materials for additional pairs are available for $5.
Fabric yardage requirements will be sent upon registration.

Saturday, November 8th   7-9 pm                  cost: $35     
Ages 13 - Adult   •   Class size is limited
Sorry, this class is cancelled. 

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Fabulous Fairy Footwear
Make your very own designer Fairy or Elf shoes. We'll draft a custom-sized pattern and sew and embellish with threads and buttons and ribbons and magic. No prior sewing experience necessary. All materials provided.

Monday afternoon, November 10th   1:30-4:30 pm       $30   
Ages 6 and up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

number of students

Saturday, October 18, 2014

come doodle with us!

Did you know that doodling enhances your ability to listen and absorb subject matter?
It's also tons of fun! 
Come join me tonight for the third edition of
 Saturday Night Doodlefest.
We'll supply all the materials, and teach you fun ways to develop a doodling style that your co-workers, classmates and friends will envy. Pop in for some wine, sparkling cider and a big burst of creativity!

Saturday, October 18th  •  7-9 pm    cost:  $30

Sorry, this class is now closed