All you need is paper, images from magazines or other periodicals (or even the web), a glue stick, and scissors.
It's easy. It's fun. Anyone can create cool art!
In support of the World Collage Day celebration on May 9, 2020, I'm the happy recipient of a wonderful little packet to create collages as well as an uplifting mini (2.25" x 3.5") collage by artist, Elsa Bouman.
Front and Back of Mini Collage by Elsa Bouman
Combining my new stash of images with some of my own, I got right to work. Below are a few of my creations, including a mini "totem" made of colored paper.
8"x5" Peaceful Forest and Dino Celebration Collages
by Kathryn V. White
A big thank you to the Shoreline-LFP Arts Council along with the Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park and Elsa Bouman for brightening my day.
So join in the fun and celebrate World Collage Day with your own creations!
Post Card Sized Cowboy Collage and
Mini Totem Collage by Kathryn V. White
Little Bird drawn by Kathryn V. White
Newport Way Library is celebrating Earth Day with their annual community poetry display.
This year, submitted haikus will be shared online on their Facebook page. A selected few will be stenciled on library sidewalks with invisible “Rainworks” paint. When it rains, these haikus will pop-up to delight library visitors!
How fun is that!
Submissions are due by Sunday, April 15, 2020. Learn more here.
Below are my three haiku submissions.
I think my "Splish-Splash Blast" would be particularly good for a rainy-day sidewalk poetry pop-up!
Dear Earth, With Love
Earth, so beautiful!
Giving a home to many.
Let us love her well.
Puddle jumping fun!
Let’s hold hands until we’re done!
Splish-splash rain, splish-splash!
Happy to be Me!
Flowers bloom, trees shade
Warm days to be out to play
Happy to be me!
Now, it's your turn to join the fun of writing Earth Day inspired haikus!
Read Between The Lines: Collage + Writing Art Show returns!
Stop by Cancer Lifeline and enjoy an inspirational, multi-media collaboration of artists from the Northwest Collage Society and writers of Cancer Lifeline writing classes. My collage, “I Got This!” is at the show.
The exhibit is located at the Dorothy O'Brien Center at 6522 Fremont Avenue North in Seattle, WA 98103.
Art and writings are on display from November 21, 2019 through January 16, 2020 with viewing hours for the public from Monday through Thursday, 11am to 3pm. The show is closed on November 28, December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1, 2020.
Photos from the Read Between the Lines Exhibit
I'm thrilled to announce that my artwork, “Summer Interlude” has been included in the Guild of American Papercutters (GAP) juried show, Places in Paper.
The 34 included artists use papercutting to explore where we live, where we come from, and where our dreams take place. The show is curated by Melanie Kehoss, Co-VP of Membership of GAP and is juried by Anne Burton of BlackRock Center for the Arts and Tamar Shadur of Shadur Arts.
This traveling exhibit can be seen at two locations in Virginia:
From September 9, 2019 through December 8, 2019
From December 17, 2019 through February 18, 2020
Enjoy the show!
(Note: I've updated my earlier post to include new photos from the Westover Library exhibit).
Places in Paper Exhibit at Westover Library.
Photos by Melanie Kehoss.
While every day should be seen as a time to celebrate our wondrous planet, April 22nd is the established day for Earth Day.
This year's Earth Day theme is protecting species across the planet, including bees, giraffes, elephants, whales, sea turtles and many others. Learn how you can help here.
MSN is publishing a series of articles as stated in the following note: “In honor of Earth Day, throughout the month of April we are putting a spotlight on the beauty and fragility of Earth, with a special focus on trees and forest health.” Learn more about this important topic here.
Each day, there’s much you can do to show your love for our lovely planet from picking up trash; planting trees and flowers; recycling, reusing, and reducing waste; and using what would ordinarily be thrown away as scraps to make something beautiful and/or useful for others. See how 62-year-old Michelle Zieler is sewing her love.
What will you be doing to celebrate our amazing planet?
World Wildlife is facilitating a “shout out” for supporting the health of our planet.
All you need to do is turn off your lights from 8:30PM to 9:30PM your local time on Saturday, March 30, 2019.
This could be a fun time to play games, read, or have a conversation by candlelight. You could also use the time to send well wishes to friends, family, and all creatures on our wonderful planet.
Just a few ideas…I’m sure you’ll come up with others!
So mark your calendars, participate in this event, and show your love!
Find out more here.
The Northwest Collage Society’s juried art winter exhibit is currently at the Washington State Convention Center’s Phyllis Lamphere Gallery in downtown Seattle, WA. Alfred Harris is the show’s juror. It includes a wide variety of collages for your viewing delight.
I’m proud to share that my collage, “When I’m Gone, Who Will Remember Me?,” is included in the show. It’s about my despair regarding the large number of endangered species as well as those that have become extinct due to human actions (including certain species of rhinos). It’s also a reflection that with our own death, there will come a time in the not-so-distant future when nothing of us or our achievements will be remembered.
The exhibit runs from January 12 to March 31, 2019.
Don’t miss this lovely art exhibit and learn more about collage as an art form!
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy hearing a story. And if it's read to you by a famous actor and wonderfully animated as well…Now, that’s something to relish!
Intrigued? Visit Storyline Online to watch numerous stories, all available 24 hours a day. The website also includes supplemental curriculum developed by elementary educators to help parents, caregivers, and educators improve children’s English-language reading comprehension as well as their verbal and written skills.
It’s an award-winning literacy program that has been developed by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
It’s that time of year for holiday celebrating, giving, receiving, and chowing down!
Check out my artworks as they make perfect gifts for children and adults, including for yourself! My art will brighten and refresh the look of rooms and provide beauty for many years!
How about giving a short story ebook to uplift loved ones’ hearts? They are less expensive than most cards, really cool to give and receive, and keep on giving throughout the year!
Some Ebook Ideas...
There is something to be said for expressing gratitude frequently. First of all, it makes the world a kinder place. Secondly, it makes people feel appreciated. Thirdly, it can help shift your negative attitude to a more joyful one. This just skims the surface of the many benefits of gratitude.
The team at Grateful Living provides some wonderful resources to help you express your gratitude. For example, you can
Gratitude is something that resonates with many people across our world. For example, according to Grateful Living’s website as of September 8, 2018, 20,923,257 online candles have been lit from 194 countries.
So join the circle of grateful people across the planet and share some gratitude today.
Existing for hundreds of years, ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging.
To share this ancient art form, the Seattle Chapter of Ikebana International displayed beautiful, often deceptively simple, ikebana arrangements at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) on May 27 and May 28, 2018. Flowers, bamboo, banana leaf, eucalyptus pods, ceramic, and wood were artistically utilized for traditional and more contemporary, free-style arrangements.
Below are photos from the ikebana event. The last photo is a more western style flower arrangement also displayed at the SAM on the same days. I include it along with the other photos I took for comparison to the ikebana.
An ikebana exhibit hosted by the Seattle Branch of the Sogetsu School will be held on October 20 and October 21, 2018 at the Olympic Sculpture Park at the Paccar Pavilion on 2901 Western Avenue in Seattle, WA.
You can learn about the Seattle Chapter of Ikebana International here and the Seattle Branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana here.
For those who want to see how ikebana is done, demonstrations will be held at 1PM and 2PM each day of the October event.
So, mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss it!
Amazon has a winner with its Spheres located at Lenora Street and 7th Avenue in Seattle. Designed by NBBJ, it’s a lush, tropical paradise aimed to increase the productivity of Amazon’s employees by providing a beautiful place for working, eating, and relaxing.
With humid, 70+ degree temperature and over 40,000 plants, the Spheres offer a perfect winter mini-get-away from Seattle’s rainy and dreary days as well as a year-round respite from cubicle drudgery and concrete urbanity.
They are also an artist’s dream for exploring a variety of colors, textures, and shapes; a botanist’s fantasy for beholding a great diversity of foliage; and a designer’s wonderland of clever seating and distinctive views.
Tasty food and scrumptious-looking donuts are available to inflame your appetite!
Tours book quickly, so if you know someone who works at Amazon and is willing to take you as a visitor, this will be your quickest way to get inside this marvel.
Kathryn is a published author and an award-winning artist. Her book, Rumble Tumble Joy: A Journey for Healing, Inspiration, and Wholeness is available on Amazon. Her art is available as canvas and fine art prints. Learn more at www.kathrynVwhite.com.
Thanks to Shelley Klammer, I’m enjoying FreeMix—a free online tool that will keep you up late making digital collages! It's very easy to use and it includes a library with a vast variety of images to choose from.
Join Shelley’s 30-Day Collage Challenge to regularly get your creative juices flowing, excavate your unconscious mind, access your intuition, and much more.
I’m including one of my recently created digital collages on this blog. I may share more here and/or on my other social media.
Now, go play!
UPDATE: Several hours after I published this post, the weblink for FreeMix was no longer working and then on May 17, 2018 FreeMix came back, but wasn't working smoothly. Hopefully, this will all be resolved in the near future. In the meantime, you may want to create your collages by hand and keep trying FreeMix to see if it is working again. It's a really cool tool!
Kathryn is an author and award-winning artist. Her book, Rumble Tumble Joy: A Journey for Healing, Inspiration, and Wholeness is available on Amazon. Her art is available as fine art prints. Learn more at www.kathrynVwhite.com
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2019 - 2020 Juried Traveling Art Exhibit in Virginia
Kathryn's papercutting plus collage "Summer Interlude" has been juried into a traveling show. The exhibit runs September 9, 2019 to December 8, 2019 at Gallery 3700 in Arlington, Virginia and from December 17, 2019 to February 18, 2020 at Westover Library in Arlington, Virginia.
2019 Juried Exhibit at the Washington State Convention Center
Kathryn's large collage "When I'm Gone, Who Will Remember Me?" has been juried into a show at the Washington State Convention Center's Phyllis Lamphere Gallery. The exhibit runs January 12, 2019 to March 31, 2019.
Poetry On Buses
Kathryn's poem, The Sound Soothes, was selected for the 2017 Poetry on Buses: Your Body of Water Program and is a part of the online collection! Click here to read it!
2018 Juried Exhibit at the Rosehill Community Center
*Three of Kathryn's collages have been juried into an exhibit at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo, WA from April 3 through June 24, 2018. "Phoenix" won the Northwest Collage Society's prestigious Eleanor Wolters Smith Memorial Award.
2017 SOLO SHOW at the University Business Center
*20 of Kathryn's artworks were on exhibit in a solo show from October 16 through December 7, 2017 at the University Business Center's Gallery 4500 in Seattle's U-District.
2017 Juried Exhibit at Seattle City Hall
Kathryn's collage, "Welcome to My Universe" was juried into the exhibit, "Hot Town: Summer in the City" at the Seattle City Hall in downtown Seattle that ran from July 7 through August 30, 2017.
2017 Juried Exhibit at Seattle University
Kathryn had a large collage, "Broadway at Times Square" juried into the 2017 Search for Meaning Art Exhibition (part of the Search for Meaning Book Festival) from February 16 to 25, 2017 at Seattle University's Vachon Gallery.
2017 Juried Exhibit at Cascadia Art Museum
Kathryn had a collage, "Indra's Net" juried into the exhibit, "Collaged Impressions of the Northwest Social Realism and the American Scene 1930 to 1950" that ran January 19 to March 26, 2017 at the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, WA.
2017 Exhibit at Dreamclinic
Kathryn had 10 artworks exhibited from January through April 12, 2017 at Dreamclinic in Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood.
Kathryn's art is available as fine art prints. Click here to find out more.
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