December, 2008

Creating Needle Felted Ornaments

Just before the Holidays kicked into full gear, new Artascope teacher, Ashley Wernher-Collins shared her love and skills in needle felting! Students spent the evening creating their own Felted Ornaments!

Chosing from delicious colors of wool rovings and fun fibers to accents, this new class rocked in the season! Ashley taught students about the different types of wool roving and touched base on the different techniques to felt with wool. Needle Felting tools in hard, with their colorful selection of wool chosen, everyone had a blast!

Check out some of the fabulous ornaments that the students made! They were super creative and colorful. The snowman was great inspiration for some snow creations in the days that followed!

Interested in learning more about needle felting? Deadra will be teaching Felted Critters Saturday January 3rd from 2 to 6pm, spaces are filling up fast!

Happy New Years!

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Fun Handmade Gifts While Supporting the Community

Artascope’s 3rd Annual Holiday Show and Sale kicked off December 12th with many new and inspiring additions!

Wrapping to Feed the Community!
Three of our neighborhood girls were invited to share their card-making and wrapping skills! All of the money collected went directly to the South Portland Food Pantry. They made adorable cards and envelopes made from old books and magazines. And anyone who needed their gifts wrapped, could be gift wrapped in style! Everyone was thrilled to have their treasures wrapped. Thanks gals!

Also new this year was the Silent Auction to benefit the Community Crisis Ministries Fund of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth. With over 40 items donated by local Artists, when the Auction wrapped up Sunday Dec 21st, over $1,300 was raised to help those in need! Great job everyone! Thank you for your goods and your bids!

We hope you are still enjoying your Holiday Season! During this vacation week, we are open! Our Holiday Sale will remain up through the end of the year and our new schedule is ready! Treat yourself to some creative R & R in ’09!

Happy Holidays!

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Artist Spotlight-Suzanne Kiertianis and Judy Babin's Show in CT

Suzanne Kiertianis, Artascope Studios fantastic manager, and Judy Babin, one of our fabulously talented stewards and teacher, were featured artist at the Guilford Free Library in Guilford CT in November. Their jewelry exhibit was up all month and featured their work in a beautiful enclosed case! This was their 3rd annual showing at the library. Both Judy and Suzanne are Connecticut natives and have a strong following back in their home state. Their show was well received and they were both able to make it down to meet and greet the show goers.

Suzanne and Judy will both be showing their work at our upcoming Artascope Holiday Show and Sale this Friday, Dec 12th. Judy will be showcasing her gorgeous silver work and Suzanne will have a taste of her jewelry talents with some other great items, such as handmade cards and prints. So when are you coming by to see their work? You can check out Judy Babin’s work at http://www.judybdesigns.org/, but I would highly recommend seeing it up close, so plan on adding us to your holiday weekend plans. Suzanne is always there to show you around and give you a sampling of her latest endeavours!

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Gift Certificates and our Well Stock Art Store

Gift Certificates
We know how hard it is to pick out the perfect gift for your crafty friends and family, so why not purchase a Gift Certificate from Artascope Studios that they can use towards Workshops, Supplies and Artisan Goods. Try one out for $25, $50 and $100. Gift certificates are also available in class amounts, such as an Artist Series, ArtEscape! and even Memberships! Treat someone you love to an inspiring night out filled with creativity.

Do you know someone who has been wanting to take one of our Art Night Out™ class? Give them the gift of Inspiration! Gift certificates can also be used in our supply store and even in the Gallery-filled with handmade goods by local Artists!

Artascope Art Store
Does someone on your list LOVE to make things? While we offer supplies to supplement our classes, we also have books, magazines, kits and other items to settle that creative outlet that is on your shopping list. Check out the fun art supplies that filled the store! From beads and findings, to paints and brushes, to mosaics and glass, and even collage and fiber arts materials. There is even some Gocco materials – while supplies last! You are sure to find something special to inspire the ones you love!

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Tis the Season! Wire Wrapped Ornaments and other Holiday Classes

‘Tis the Season! Can you hear the holiday tunes at every turn….it’s Christmas time again. Suzanne got in the holiday mood with a Wire Wrapped Ornament class! What a fun idea to make your own ornaments for your tree.

Bette is showing off her two ornamental creations. She even played with beads and fabric to finish her work. She will be using these great decorations to adorn a few packages this Christmas. What a great way to make your gift giving a personal touch!

There is lots of time this month to come and try your hand at a new craft. Maybe something you could proudly place under the tree?

How about our FELTED ORNAMENT with Ashley next Monday night, December 8th from 6-9 PM? You will create these darling ornaments to adorn gifts, your tree or even decorate your home! Learn techniques of needle felting as you embellish with wool roving, beads, ribbons and small charms. You will make 2 ornaments and the cost is $65. Sounds like a fun time!

What about a MINI FOLDED BOOK to put some of your favorite memories from the past year to give to a loved one this holiday season? Pat will be teaching this great class next Thursday, the 11th from 6-9 PM. This mini-book is a simple and easy, no-bind book! Learn cutting and folding techniques to create this fabulous miniature! For only $35, it’s a holiday bargain for sure!

Please check out all of our current listings at http://www.artnightout.com/dec2008.htm and remember you can always purchase a gift certificate for your crafty someone!

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