Dry Hills Distillery FEBRUARY Sip and Paint Night Out!

Join us for the best cocktails in town paired with a fun night out painting!

No experience necessary!

$45 per person includes all painting supplies and your first cocktail of choice is on us.

You’ll be guided step by step to create your very own masterpiece on stretched canvas.  Bring a friend, make it a date night, or come out to enjoy some new friends and quiet creative time!

First Thursday of the month, book early!  There is limited space and these classes fill up fast!

 

Hope to see you soon at Dry Hills!

Sign up!  Call Dry Hills @ 406-624-6713 or email info@dryhillsdistillery.com

Sip and Paint at MAP Brewery, October Class! SOLD OUT!

Join me for an evening sipping amazing MAP beer while I guide you to create your very own masterpiece.

NO experience necessary (really)!

Your first beer is on us!

$45 per person

Sign up early, this class sells out VERY fast!

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

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New ART MONDAY!

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”  -Pericles

 

What a busy week!

New brushstrokes, new art lessons, LOTS going on!

Let’s begin with my own art practice this past week.  I continue to contemplate Monuments and how I want to represent them, how I feel about them.

It’s tricky because I don’t want to JUST paint what I see.  I’m striving to share the soul of the place with you, the viewer.  These Monuments are beautifully warm and energetic landscapes…the dance between them, my brush, and your eyes captures my heart and attention.

We’ll see what happens as this series progresses…  I am grateful to have this time at my easel.    

So many AWESOME Artists the past week allowed me to be their Art Guide!

  • We painted our fur family members at Paw-Casso (hosted by Dee-O-Gee) on Wednesday!  At each class, I have adults come to paint despite what their nerves might be telling them.  They are uncomfortable…and they show up anyways.  There is so much to be learned on the other side of fear.  Cheers to everyone who took the risk and created with me!
  • Mini-Artist’s created landscapes with layers of color, pattern, and repetition at Great Beginnings Montessori on Tuesday!  These kids will try anything, and they are immersed in the present.  I love teaching them and seeing their creativity explode and grow!
  • Collaborative Art Projects are one of my favorite processes!  Watching, and helping, a group work toward a singular artwork is absolutly inspiring.  We are better together!  They learn and grow so much from one another. This week, we painted a vibrant landscape full of jumping trout and blue waters…on a saw!

Another amazing week filled with my own art and sharing art with some amazing people!

This week!

Join me at Dry Hills Distillery for Sip and Paint night this coming Thursday night (May 4th).  
More cool collaborative art projects coming up at Hawthorne Elementary School before the end of the year!

Whatever you can do to create this week…cook, dance, paint…just get out and do it.  You’ll thank yourself afterwards.

Until next week!

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-A

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If “Fine Art” sounds stuffy, keep reading…

“We were all born artists, the trick, is to continue to be one when we grow up.”  Pablo Picasso

history of art

Beware of history and word origins, you might learn something!

Our current definition of art is based on a Eurocentric view. “The modern use of art is derived from the 18th century philosophy of fine art and its focus on artworks that were largely created for wealthy elite, mainly the church and court (Brown and Dissanayaka).” Thus, “fine art” came to be known as an elite process whose product could only be obtained by a small percentage of the population. This is why we have a tiered view of the arts today.

Art is intertwined with all of life (can you FEEL my excitement?!).

Prior to this art worldview, most cultures did not have a specific word for art. This was not because art was unimportant. In fact, the opposite is true; art was so incredibly important in early traditions that it was a part of each person’s daily lives and every important ritual and ceremony. Art did not need a separate term; it was intertwined with all of life. Dance, music, and imagery were not separated; they were of supreme importance in all aspects of the life cycle; birth to death.

Have you ever been to a gallery/opening/studio and felt insecure talking about art?

This European distinction has led to the weight that we feel with the terms art and artist today. Additionally, this piece of history is directly related to why we have a tendency to rank the arts for legitimacy and power with one another.

Hey, YOU are an artist!  Yup, you, I promise.

I truly believe we all have a visual language that we are all born artists, the trick, as Pablo Picasso famously stated, it to continue to be one when we grow up. We need desperately to reclaim our creative selves, to be kind to that intrinsic creative nature, and to nurture the creativity in others. In re-validating the arts, we must see it as a beautiful beneficial thing as well as an important subject for increased knowledge of self and life.

Over the next few weeks, my blog will get you primed for amazing art-conversations at your next dinner party!

1. How we “see,” body vs brain

2. How we validate what we see

3. How to confidently share YOUR opinions about artwork

and

4. The tricky situation that “fine art” has gotten us into today.

And we’ll chat about a few of the wild and crazy artists throughout art history so you have a brief idea of what they were trying to do with all of those dots, lines, squares and what not.

Stay tuned!