Thursday, March 28, 2013

Help a Scholarship Student Today....

So in talking to a local Coupevillian the other day about this and that it came up to that the individual I was talking to knew one of our recent scholarship applicants.  We shared some memories about the "old days" before the Highway went in, when the over pass was built and how his wife was on the of official cutters of the ribbon to open the overpass.  However, being a young High Schooler in her formal and tiara she was more concerned that her highly laqured "Do" would be messed up by the wind than she was impressed with the significance of the event.

However, back to our scholarships and our applicants!  It seems that one of our applicants was in such a severe auto accident that by rights he should not have survived.  Only a gift of a fly fishing kit in the hospital to help him with his motor dexterity got him on the road to recovery.  This lead to his drawings of different flys to attract fish being highlighted in a local fishing club's guide to fishing and a discovery that he enjoyed art and had some talent that if nutured could grow.  What a remarkable recovery this young man has had.

We have a limited number of scholarships to award each year.  My point being, the more donations we receive for scholarships the more well deserving budding artists we can assist.  We shared just one story but there are countless others like his.  We see their applications as they come through the door. Your donations can directly impact a student.

If you would like to make the gift of an art class a reality for someone please consider donating to our scholarship funds. You can follow the link below to make a donation now.  Any amount helps. We have scholarships for Youth, Painting, Photography and Mixed Media and would love to start one for Fiber Arts.


Monday, March 25, 2013


If you missed last Saturday's free lecture and presentation by David Julian, then don't miss our next one with Eddie Soloway!  Eddie will be here offering his workshop "Eyes Wide Open" and on Friday night, April 12th will entertain and inspire us with a lecture and presentation.

So mark you calendars and be here! 

Saturday, April 12th, 7:00 p.m. FREE and Open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Eddie still  has openings in this terrific workshop, click, below for details and to register:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Carrots, Eggs or Coffee Beans?

                           Which are you?

What kind of artist are you?  A young artist went to her mentor and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her.  She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.  She was tired of fighting and struggling. 

Her mentor took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water.  In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placd ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil without saying a word.  In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners.  She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.  She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.  Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to the young artist, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?".  "Carrots, eggs and coffee", the artist replied.

Her mentor brought her closer, and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft and mushy  Her mentor then asked her to take an egg and break it.  After pulling off the shell, the artist observed the hardened egg. Finally, the daughter was asked to sip the coffee.

The young artist smiled as she tasted its deep flavor and inhaled its rich aroma.  The artist then asked, "What's the point?"

Her mentor explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity-boiling water-but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting.  However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it became weak.

The egg had been fragile.  Its thin, outer shell had protected its liquid interior.  But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however.  After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. 

"Which are you?" she asked her young artist friend.  "When adveristy knocks on your door, how do you respond?  Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

If you are the coffee bean that actually changes the hot water-the very circumstance that brings the adversity, the pain, the hardship-into something quite wonderful.  When the water gets hot, it releases its fragrance and flavor.  If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better, and change the situation around you for the better. 

Be that artist that changes the world!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Personal Expression:  A Design Approach
with Donna Watson, May 20-23, 2013
$475 Tuition

This workshop is for all types of painters--- whether they paint representational, abstract or nonobjective. It is also for all types of mediums – watercolor, acrylic, gesso, gouache, or mixed media. The emphasis is on searching for personal content, design and composition--- three steps to fabulous painting. Participants will work on composition, explore personal aspects of their painting and work on their design elements and principles. They will have the option to work with different mediums and explore the use of collage. There will be slide talks, assignments, exercises, sharing processes, personal and group critiques, and discussions. By the end of the workshop, the painter will have a stronger understanding of composition, design elements and principles and personal expression. By emphasizing certain elements and principles, and choosing more personal content, paintings will become more unique, recognizable and successful. to sign up now!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Library, Scholarships, FREE lectures...

Did you know we have a great little Members Library here at the school?  Well, we do!  We have over 1,500 volumes on art history, famous artists, how to books and more.  All members are entitled to use this lending library. Come visit us!

Also, we are getting ready in June to award a graduating senior with a $500 scholarship.  For the past four years we have been able to give out a scholarship to a happy graduate of Coupeville High School. Our funds need to be replenished and YOU can make that happen! Visit our website, or click on this link:

Finally, we invite you all to attend our first "FREE" lecture of the season...