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The Holidays are Coming...

So apparently we’re already halfway through September, which means the holidays are right around the corner. This seems crazy to me, but the calendar doesn’t lie. To help get a head start on the madness, I’m offering 10% off all commissions when you book by October 1st. Custom art makes a really fun and special gift, check out my commission options here.

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Another way to get ahead on your holiday shopping is to attend Open Studios Night at Redux this month! On Thursday, September 27th the resident artists at Redux will have our doors open from 5-8pm. We will be serving refreshments, and will have LOTS of artwork available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public!

In addition to original pieces, I will have several varieties of note card packages and Charleston Hospitality prints available for purchase. Really looking forward to seeing you there!



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Upcoming Workshops!

Three super fun painting workshops coming this fall

 My students did amazing at the Poppy Painting workshop at Candlefish this summer!

My students did amazing at the Poppy Painting workshop at Candlefish this summer!

All materials are provided and no experience is required to take my painting workshops. All you need is yourself (and maybe a friend and a bottle of wine?), and you'll take home your very own work of art. I am offering the following workshops this fall: 

First up is the Monstera Painting workshop on Wednesday, September 19th at Haegur Plant Shop from 6-8pm. Students will be painting their very own monstera leaf masterpieces, and since I have design templates prepped and ready, no experience is required to make some really beautiful and unique pieces of art. Visit my Instagram account to watch demonstration videos, click here to sign up!

Next up is my second Poppy Painting workshop, this time being held at Redux Contemporary Art Center on Saturday, October 6th from 4-6pm. The first Poppy Painting workshop this summer at Candlefish was such a blast I had to schedule another! I have design templates prepped for this class as well, so students of all experience levels will be able to create some colorful poppy landscapes. To sign up for Poppy Painting click here

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 Paint your Pet workshops are always a blast!

Paint your Pet workshops are always a blast!

And finally is the very popular Pet Your Pet workshop! I am a crazy animal mom, and this workshop is always such a blast. All us crazy pet parents spend a class painting our beloved fur babes. For this workshop, I ask my students to email pictures of their pets ahead of class so that I can trace out the kiddos on everyone's canvas ahead of time. This way we can all relax and have fun painting in all the cuties. To sign up for Paint Your Pet click here

I'm really looking forward to these workshops. I have met so many wonderful people through these events, and its an honor to help make fun memories. I hope you'll join me for one or more!

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Inspirational Pathways

Charleston Promise Neighborhood has created Inspirational Pathways, an arts-based enrichment program at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School. Fifth graders participating in Inspirational Pathways visit Redux Contemporary Arts Center to learn about the artistic process and to become inspired to express themselves creatively through various art media.

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This year, students met and interviewed four Redux artists: Paige Feigley, Mark Stetler, Kerry Steele, and myself. The young scholars familiarized themselves with our work and process in order to decide and vote on who should create a piece of art to represent their graduating class, which will remain at Sanders Clyde for future classes to enjoy. I was THRILLED to be chosen as the 2018 Inspirational Pathways artist.

 These young scholars and their passion were my source of inspiration for the piece "Gator Pride"

These young scholars and their passion were my source of inspiration for the piece "Gator Pride"

I'm so thankful to have been a part of this program. I can remember being a 5th grader, and I know what a difference creative programs can make in a young student's life. I firmly believe that creative outlets are invaluable to any curriculum, and I found the efforts by Charleston Promise Neighborhood and Sanders Clyde to be exceptional. The students and staff I met are very special people and being chosen to represent the 2018 class and Inspirational Pathways program is humbling and wonderful. Congrats to the class of 2018, I cant wait to see what you create!

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Best. Tuesday. Ever.

Earlier this year, Dylan and I tied the knot on the most perfect Tuesday there ever was. We eloped in the Charleston courthouse, and spent the rest of the day enjoying this amazing city we are fortunate enough to call home. 

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The day truly felt like magic: we got a parking spot right out front on Broad, we were cheered on by throngs of elementary students who stumbled upon our photo session, we were gifted a bottle of champs by our friends at Chez Nous (and drank the whole thing on the spot), and temperatures rose to above 70. I am so PUMPED we had local photographer, Lizzy Ervin, with us to capture several of these memories (I also sprinkled in some personal photos, please don't confuse my iPhone pics with her perfect photography). 

 our "first look" outside our home in Riverland Terrance before driving to the courthouse (photo by sister Tracy)

our "first look" outside our home in Riverland Terrance before driving to the courthouse (photo by sister Tracy)

 celebratory champs at Chez Nous (photo by husband Dylan)

celebratory champs at Chez Nous (photo by husband Dylan)

 oyster love from our last stop of the day at 167 raw

oyster love from our last stop of the day at 167 raw

We are crazy animal parents, so it was very important to both of us to celebrate with the babes immediately after our vows. They waited patiently in our car while we made things official, and afterwards we spent time walking around the French Quarter neighborhood as a very happy family. 

 Love that there is still ice lingering on the church's roof from the Charleston snow day

Love that there is still ice lingering on the church's roof from the Charleston snow day

 Dylan recently enherited this beautiful Jeep from his late grandfather. It made the perfect "getaway" car

Dylan recently enherited this beautiful Jeep from his late grandfather. It made the perfect "getaway" car

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The following weekend, our closest friends threw us an incredible dinner party and celebration. Dylan and I had NOTHING to do with any planning, we just showed up where and when we were told... and it was perfection.

 too  much fun at the Gardner's

too  much fun at the Gardner's

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We started the night in a ridiculously fun party bus that took us to our friends' downtown home where we celebrated with champagne, "Dylan" & "Julia" cocktails, and the most beautiful wedding cake. We then made our way to Restaurant Tu and had an amazing meal in the Disco Room. We were blown away by all the thoughtful and special touches throughout the evening, we are truly lucky to have such generous friends. 

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 LOVE these amazing women (and the selfie bathroom at Tu)

LOVE these amazing women (and the selfie bathroom at Tu)

Getting married and celebrating in this way was perfect for us. We were able to appreciate the love we have for each other, the home and family we have created here in Charleston. No distractions, just pure joy, love and appreciation. The icing on the cake is having mini celebrations every time we get together with family and friends we havent seen yet. The moral of the story: elope so you can celebrate all year round. 

 and we live happily, messily, crazily, ever after 

and we live happily, messily, crazily, ever after 

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