Sandy Booth has a super important life lesson in today’s blog that we all need to hear and face EVERY SINGLE DAY!
“I love to learn. I love to experiment with a variety of art mediums. Honestly, it scares me to go to classes and workshops and to learn new things! Doesn’t that sound crazy?!?! This fear of not being good enough or the idea of everyone is a better artist than me is paralyzing. For goodness sake, how can you grow if you don’t face your fears?
Learning watercolor painting has been a challenge for me. It was the first medium I experimented with when I began my art journey. Even though I loved the beautiful washes of color and the transparency of the paint I could never get results that satisfied me.
So when the Zanesville Museum of Art offered a beginner watercolor class this winter, I choked down my fear and signed up. The class was full of both first timers and experienced painters and I learned so much. I learned lots of watercolor tips and techniques, but I also learned once again, that fear is a liar. Fear keeps you from your full potential. Fear is what keeps you in your comfort zone.
So if fear is holding you back from something your heart is telling you to pursue, feel the fear and go do it anyway, you won’t regret it!”
It is that time of the month again for the Zanesville Downtown First Friday Art Walk. Every month we try really hard to find special guests to come hang out in the studio and this month is no exception. When you come to our studio during the First Friday Art Walk we want you to get a lot of bang for you buck (or your time) and having other local businesses is always so exciting.
Without further ado let’s get in to our special guests for this month.
Misty Johnson is a Zanesville, Ohio ceramic artist who discovered her love of clay while pursuing her degree in art education at Kent State University. After graduating with a minor in studio art with a concentration in ceramics, Johnson served as the Potter-in-Residence at the National Ceramic Museum and Heritage Center, now the Clay Center of Ohio, where she gave tours, taught pottery wheel classes, and gave pottery wheel demonstrations both on-site and at local art festivals.
Johnson now creates her wheel thrown pottery out of her small home studio and continues to give pottery wheel demonstrations at local schools and libraries as part of her position as the education coordinator at the Zanesville Museum of Art. Johnson’s body of work consists of a wide variety of vases, bowls, and both decorative and functional dishes. She loves experimenting with new shapes, textures, and glaze combinations to make each piece a one-of-a-kind work of art.
Mister Joe Music
Made up of Roger Touvell and Paul Mainini, Mister Joe Music plays original music as well as covers and describes their music as
“A little folk, blues, jazz and rock.”
The Zanesville, Ohio based duo can often be found playing light, entertaining music at breweries, wineries and event spaces across the region. We are so excited to have them returning to the studio!
Urban Comforts eatery
Our neighbors Urban Comforts , described as a local eatery providing home cooked, upscale comfort food and custom made cocktails, will be putting out 4 different tastes(apps) of things they currently have on the menu.
Mini crab cakes topped with avocado, asiago and hearts of palm
Mini southern burger sliders with pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes and apple wood smoked bacon
seared ahi tuna wontons with napa cabbage and Asian Zing
Crispy eggplant involtini stuffed with ricotta and herbs tipped with marinara
As you can see, we have some pretty amazing local people coming this Friday from 5-8. Grab your girlfriends, your significant other or whomever you can grab and come on out!!!
Maybe we should call this month of blogs our “artists on vacation” series. We will all be back in the studio creating new pieces soon, but for now we get to take another peek in to what inspires one of our artists while traveling.
Linda Graham has been in Florida recently and other then finding inspiration from other local artists she had this to say;
“Bright blue skies and sunshine help to stimulate my creative "juices”. It's fun to experience nature and connect what you see to words and art. Two of my fun inspirations are pictured here with my own captions. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!”
"Just stickin' my head in to say, Hello!"
“Be the odd one out and follow your own path."
“In addition to watching the antics of the birds in the neighborhood, I have enjoyed the beautiful flora that nature has provided. I find it inspiring to paint my interpretation of the flowers. Below are just a few the things I have been working on and one of the flowers that inspired them. Even if you are not on a vacation there are so many beautiful things everywhere. I hope you find inspiration in your everyday life as well! “
There you have it, another one of our artists that is finding inspiration outside and all around them. Stay tuned to see what else we are creating in the studio next month.
Don’t forget our March First Friday Art Walk is coming up on March 1st from 5-8. There will be several amazing guests in house that you will not want to miss! We hope you will mark it down in your schedule now and see you next week.
Susan Stubbins has been traveling with her husband and sent these amazing pictures, inspiration and story about one specific “town” in Australia. She took inspiration from the trees while sitting on a train, proving that inspiration can strike anywhere if you let it! This is the watercolor sketch she created from the view outside her window.
“A trip between Sydney and Perth gives perspective of the enormous size and diversity of Australia. The Indian Pacific train trip is approximately the same distance in miles as Zanesville to Los Angeles. Although, because of timing and scheduling we flew the two hour flight from Sydney to Adelaide and boarded the train there.
A half way stop was in Cook, Australia. Cook is a small town with a population of 4 (yes, four). It is now considered a ghost town. It has lost status as a town but we soon realized Australians enjoyed telling tourist the population. Some even said three or four!
Cook was established in 1917. It was a railway provision stop. In 1997 the railroad was privatized and the new owners no longer used Cook as a main stop. Although today it is still used as refueling and water stop for the Indian Pacific, explaining the reason for any population.
Cook still has several dozen buildings but we were warned not to trespass as some were inhabited and some condemned. Others had been hauled to the coast and are now being used as holiday houses.
A most notable thing about the town is it’s trees. In 1982, 600 trees were donated (from Sydney and Adelaide) and planted with the help of the local school children. The trees were to celebrate “The Year of the Tree” and initiate “The Greening of Australia”.
The surviving trees are outstanding as Cook is in the middle of flat desert situated within the worlds longest stretch of straight railway, 297 miles.” ~Susan Stubbins
Hello! Susan Nash here…we are hoping to all jump on and write a blog post every single week so keep checking back!
We get asked two questions often:
How did the four of you decide to join forces? The short answer to that question is that we felt a little tired and needed some new energy. We wanted to all be in a space in the center of the downtown art community and the more we started discussing things, the more it made sense.
How is it working out for you guys…4 women in one studio?!?!?! That four women can get along in one space may surprise a few naysayers, but the truth for me is that I have found a sisterhood of inspiration, creativity and safety. On some days it is a bee hive of activity on others it can be a quiet, soul-centering refuge. It is a place of expansive creativity, a journey of inspiration where friendships and artwork are made.
It’s funny that we are rarely all four ever at the studio at the same time…circumstances and travel keep us going in different directions. And yet…and yet, it really works! We come together to accomplish the not-so-fun-but-you-gotta-do-it business end AND we get to share in the joy of creating.
I feel so lucky to be a part of this fantastic tribe and I hope you feel our energy every single time you visit or see a piece of our artwork!
The first Friday of every month ArtCoz (The Artist Colony of Zanesville) hosts an Art Walk in downtown Zanesville and The Art Loft is always so thrilled to be a part of this walk. There are many local artists and studios in a small area so it is the perfect date night or road trip if you live in Ohio to come out and grab a bite to eat, have a glass of wine and enjoy art.
We have attached the map below:
St. Louisville Glass is a hot glass studio located in St. Louisville, Ohio. They feature original, custom art glass works created by glass artisan Aaron Buchholz. Specializing in hand blown glass gifts, art and awards, they also welcome custom requests. This months feature is beautifully created glass hearts especially for Valentine’s Day. These pieces are so beautiful and although the pictures can’t possibly do them justice, we really wanted you to get a sneak peak!
Also, back by popular demand, Ohio Girl Bakes will have a complete line up of savory goodies and sweet treats. You can buy on site or place orders for gifts and gatherings. Individual packaging and bulk orders are available. White chocolate popcorn mix, savory nut mix, the perfect add on gifts for that special someone this Valentine’s Day. You will not want to miss these goodies!
We are also pleased to welcome the musical talent of Braden Israel of Brady Israel Trio.
We can’t wait to see everyone for this fun monthly event at The Art Loft in Zanesville, OH on February 1 from 5-8pm.
We are so excited to begin work on our blog. Check back for updates and great content heading your way in the new year.