Monday, November 14, 2011

Saturday Art Play Date at Upcountry Fine Art

Upcountry Fine Art now in Hali'imaile,
on the same side of the road as Hali'imaile General Store.

My friend Suzanne uses the term "play date" a lot. She'll say, "My daughter has a play date with ..." I think adults need play dates too. Pamela Neswald of Upcountry Fine Art seems to agree.

Stephanie Clifton creating art

I stopped by Upcountry Fine Art on Saturday, at their new location in Hali'imaile, on the same side of the road as Hali'imaile General Store.  As I entered, there were some portable tables arranged in a square, forming a big art table, covered with colored pencils, watercolor postcard pads, glass with paint on it, a brayer, plastic jars of colored water, brushes, and plastic textured rectangles, like flat rubber stamps, which Pamela says is a product called Textures by Sculpey for clay artists, although she was demonstrating how to use it as a background for mixed media.

Peter working on his piece.

Peter is alternately strumming guitar and bending over, painting. Stephanie is working on an intricate woman's portrait, with two faces facing opposite directions and a wave pattern and texture around it.  

Stephanie posing with her mini art work.

I had read Pamela's email that she was hosting an arty event, like the crafty workshops at Collage in Portland, or like Stitch N Bitch, a national organization.  People could stop by and bring a project to work on, or work with the supplies she was sharing.  I didn't bring a project, but I did pick her brain and Stephanie's brain about another project. 

Here's are two video clips from Saturday, including Pamela's demonstration and Stephanie's side comments.

According to Pamela's email: 
"Kind of like a Stitch n Bitch. Bring any small project such as holiday greeting cards or needlework and talk story. If you need a project, of course we can help with that.

Coffee, sweets, tables and moral support will be provided.

Free (but if you'd like to toss something into the Women Helping Women basket, I'm sure they would appreciate it.)"

Also, you can support the store by buying art supplies.

Pamela is hosting another Saturday Small Works Studio Project Day or Open Studio or Art Play Date or Creativity Cafe or whatever she wants to call it this coming Saturday too, November 19th. I think her email said 10 am to 1 pm, but I was there at 1:30 pm, and new people were arriving.  If it becomes a regular event, then she'll need catchy slogans like "Creativity Cafe: Art Brewing Inside."

This is a pretty good slogan too!


  1. this is a beautiful blog, courtney. just what i always wanted to do but can't seem to focus on it alone. it's hard to see and hear myself but that too is good. thank you for taking the time and energy to record and share our lives. especially the silly parts! and what i say about compost is true. i wish i had a BIG ole pile of it that i could play with!!! love you. see you in a couple of months!!! have the BEST time PLAYING!!

  2. Wow, thank you. I've been wanting to do this for 2 years, and after talking with another friend, decided to take the leap, even if I don't know how to make the template look nice or do other fancy things. Have fun too!


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