Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Just BE!"

As I was preparing for my June Art Party, “Just BE,”  I began receiving the message that I needed to “Just BE!”  I needed to not only share this message with my students, but I needed to take it to heart and follow it myself!  

As I was running around, full steam ahead creating demos and lesson plans, shopping for supplies, cleaning the studio, plus doing all of my day to day tasks as a mom, wife, and part-time employee, plus creating and delivering new art for shops, galleries, etc, I began to feel a bit overwhelmed.  Then I had a few people (for very good reasons) cancel at the last minute and I became frustrated AND overwhelmed.  Not a good combination.  I wondered if I should even have this June class at all.  I wondered if I should cancel the whole thing and “Just BE” by myself.  I sure needed some down time! But just as I was about to call it quits, a very dear friend going through a very tough time called and asked if there was still space in my class for her and a friend.  I decided to continue with the class and just wait and see who showed up.  I am SO glad I did!  The women who showed up were all there for a reason and the sharing and creating that went on that afternoon was uplifting, moving and beautiful!  It was like poetry in motion.  Thank you Jennifer, Karen, Anne Marie, Maribel, and Melissa for sharing this time with me as we learned to “Just BE” together!  I hope that you each find time to rest, relax, and “Just BE” this summer!  I plan to do the same!  Much love, jackie.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Home by the Sea!!!

So happy that my collection of mermaids, sailboats, and beach blocks found a Home by the Sea this summer!  Thank you Fay!!!! You made my day!!!  You can purchase my colorful creations at the Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) Gallery in the old courthouse building in Manteo, NC on the Outer Banks!  To learn more about DCAC go to: 

Me in front of the DCAC Gallery in Manteo!

My collection of mermaids, beach blocks, sailboats

The DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo

Fay and I at the DCAC Gallery
I always love seeing Fay's smiling face when I visit Manteo!  She is not only the DCAC Gallery Director, but a wonderful artist too! To see her work go to:

Donna and I at Deja New
One lone mermaid made her way to Deja New where I met new artist friends Donna and Brad!  Donna is the owner of Deja New, a shop where you can find fun, funky furniture and more!  She and her daughter teach classes there too.  Donna and I have similar interests in collage, mixed media, and art for the soul.  So nice to find a kindred spirit!  Brad is not only an awesome artist, but also a chef at Elizabeth's Cafe in Duck!  You can find his work in the restaurant, Deja New and in the summer issue of Sun magazine.  To learn more about Deja New, go to:
To see more of Brad's work go to:

Brad's art at Deja New
So next time you are in OBX, don't forget to stop by the DCAC Gallery in Manteo, Deja New in Kitty Hawk, and Elizabeth's Cafe in Duck!

Thanks also to my family for supporting me and my dreams of being an OBX artist!