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THE POWER OF A PAINTING        May 28, 2017

When you get right down to it, we are more connected to each other than we realize.  Last weekend, a woman came out to support her friend Joseph Asterita, who is displaying his sacred geometry metal work.  As she was exploring the rest of the barn, she stopped suddenly in front of a painting by Kathleen Jardine and exclaimed, “Hey, that’s Ken!  I know him!!”  Ken, who she hadn’t seen in nearly 15 years, was an old friend from Yellowsprings, OH.  Five hundred miles and decade and a half later, she found herself in the most unlikely of reunions with her old friend.

“Ken Nears Eighty I” by Kathleen Jardine, for full image see  Kathleens’ page 

As artists, we are profoundly aware of the power art has.  It can transport us through space and time.  It can evoke a memory or an emotion, or even inspire a new way of thinking or seeing the world.  And sometimes, a work of art can weave us back together in the most surprising and unexpected ways.


OPENING WEEKEND SUCCESS!        May 14, 2017

After so many weeks and months of planning and preparing, waiting for that long distant day to arrive, it was, at long last, opening weekend!!

When you plan an event like this you can guarantee many things: the art, of course; the snacks and drinks; the signs to direct traffic from going down the neighbors’ driveway by accident; even the music.  But the one thing that you can never know for sure is, who will actually show up??

As the anticipation leading up to opening day mounted, we wondered and hoped and waited.  And we were not disappointed.  The opening was a huge success!  We had a great turnout and folks really seemed to enjoy themselves.  It was such a joy to see all the new and familiar faces, and to share in their wonder and appreciation as they explored each artists’ section of the barn.

We’re filled with appreciation for Mothers and graduates today, as the second weekend of the show winds down.  What a perfect day!  We’re looking forward to the next three weeks and continuing to share this wonderful, eclectic collection of art with our friends, old and new.



We were standing around chatting about Facebook and wanting to post some of the exciting happenings at 123 Art Studios.  A lot is happening, but we had a spontaneous laugh when we all said at the same time,“We moved the Tensadore II!”  So, what is a Tensadore II and why did we move it? It’s an amazing canvas stretching machine for paintings:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVrVWaRwoow    That Youtube video shows a pro.  Sarah and I aren’t quite that proficient with our Tensadore, but we make up for efficiency with great laughs, and always wear our safety glasses !!


We moved the Tensadore II to get ready for baseboards in the entire studio.  DJ used poplar wood sustainably harvested from the land around the house and art barn. This beautiful wood is lending itself to many great uses.  Look at the Poplar Room, a beautiful new space culminating the efforts of three fine crafts people, Jim, Danan and DJ.


The Poplar Room now has a finished Dutch door complete with window!

Nine artists are preparing for our upcoming show, May 5th through June 4, 2017.  They will use the space for creating in their various medium, and will create a world within a world of art. The show opens with a reception on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 11 AM until 7 PM.  During the show, the studio will be open Fridays 12-7pm and Saturdays & Sundays 12-5pm.  Exciting to mention is that the artists are using the studio space as they wish every Friday from now until the May show.  Anyone is invited to stop by on a Friday and witness the creative process and to watch finished pieces emerge! Please send a note or call if you’re planning to visit:  art@123ArtStudios.com    and phone:  919-338-1519

A very brief description of the art being made by these ten artists:  Joseph Asterito works with “sacred geometry” to create his unique metal sculptures.  RJ Dobs paints using encaustic wax, Colleen Black Semelka makes raku pottery,  Nate Shaeffer creates light in color shaping neon glass as a sculptural medium, Nathalie Worthington paints landscapes of light in nature, Cat Manolis paints piquant statements including figures, Kathleen Jardine paints mesmerizing portraits in landscapes and still-life, Zoe Allison Rockingbear paints symbolic animals and totems in mystical landscapes, and Francis Shepherd uses fractal mathematics, color, line and shape to create amazing and abstract digital landscapes.