March, 2008

Art Night Out Makes "The Maine Switch" Success Stories!

Our popular “Art Night Out” Series was the featured success story in The Maine Switch this week. Please check out the full story about Catherine Bickford, Artascope Studios’ visionary owner and learn alittle about the history of Artascope Studios. We are all very excited about the buzz the article has already created since Thursday. Time to come check out a new class and see what all the buzz is about!

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Vote for Artascope! Phoenix Poll for Best Art Supply Store in Portland Maine

The Phoenix Newspaper has announced their candidates for the 2008! calendar year and Artascope Studios has been selected as one of the Best Art Supply Stores in Portland! The voting window will be closing soon, so place your vote. Please join our community of supporters in making Artascope Studios a household name for all of your art supply needs!

When is the last time you have stepped into our fabulous store? We have recently restocked all of our beading supplies after the Tuscon Bead Show in February and added some wonderful new items such as cast pewter findings, hand dyed silk ties and a plethora of new glass and crystal beads.

Check out our fantastic selection of acrylic paints, brushes and painting supplies. We are an exclusive distributor of Gocco printing supplies, so if silk screening or batiking is your thing, you will not be disappointed!

Need a last minute gift for a talented niece/nephew or looking for something to do with your kids while we patiently wait for the outdoor days of summer? The Art Store at Artascope Studios has lots of art kits like make your own garden stones, beaded tiara kits or beautiful origami paper packs with directions to fold your way into a creative day.

Go to to place your vote! We appreciate your patronage!

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Artist Series for Kids & ArtEscape! Weekend

ANO! Kids- Sewing
The winter sewing session of the Artist Series for Kids came to a close last week. Diane led her class of students through a series of sewing techniques. Each student chose and crafted an individual project; everything from making cool hand sewn purses to a funky stitched garment to show off to their friends. Here are a few pictures of the kids hard at work.

ANO! Kids – Painting
The Acrylics Painting spring session for the Artist Series for Kids began on March 10th and will go through April 14th. This 6 week session is great for kids 8-16 and meets every week from 3:30-5pm. What a way to stimulate some creativity and inspire young artist to explore their talents while hanging out with new friends. We are looking forward to showing off their paintings at the end of the session.

ArtEscape! Weekend-
Stained Glass
As we wrapped up our ArtEscape Weekend this afternoon with brunch at the studio, it was no surprise that we would be overwhelmed by the amazing creations coming from our Stained Glass intensive with Gayle. Starting on Friday night from 6-9pm, students are introduced to the techniques of stained glass: design, cutting, grinding and the copper foil method. Saturday was a full studio day from 10-6 where students were able to master their new techniques and challenge their creativity. Sunday wrapped up with a lot of oohing and aahing over each others work. Another successful ArtEscape Event!

ArtEscape! Weekend-
Altered Book & Sewn Beading
April 18th-20th are the dates for the upcoming ArtEscape! Weekend intensive at Artascope Studios. We will be featuring 2 ArtEscape! Retreats: Sewn Beaded Jewelry with Suzanne and The Altered Book with Kim. Whether you are a seasoned scrapbooker or enjoy collaging at home, you will be inspired by using text and books as a medium for design. If beading is your thing or you have always wanted make some new items for your jewelry box, join the fun and learn exciting ways to find your inner jeweler!

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Talisman PMC Necklace class was a hit!

Last Saturday’s Talisman Necklace class was very well received. The intricate layered medallions consisted of three separate layers of art jewelry representing the personal intentions each student. The top layer is a stamped image on PMC, precious metal clay. Thanks to our PMC guru, Ann, Maggie and her students were able to utilize this amazing silver product by embellishing it with personal symbols and design elements. The underlying silver discs were stamped with personal sayings to keep their inspirations always close to the heart. The third layer was created with healing crystal beads. The class had a chance to pick out their favorite stones and learn all about their fascinating healing proprieties. The end results were three truly unique pieces and three very satisfied artists.

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