Monday, October 29

a halloween wish. . .


last year on this post i made a halloween wish. . .

i wished for an art group. i wanted to be part of a family of artists that would meet together for a whole evening of art. a show and tell of the amazing things we were all working on, great things we had found, little trades for everyone, tasty things to eat. . .of course dark chocolate, and the time to talk about everything with each other. I wanted to stay up late into the night creating, laughing, and then finally packing up and driving home feeling alive again.

the wonderful thing about wishes that you set free is they start to come true.

right after that i went to art and soul in portland and met several amazing women that live right here in utah. we got together for our first ever art group at my house a few weeks later. there were five of us that first night.
since then we have been looking for others that might have the same wish. we looked at workshops and retreats, online and on blogs, we even had the idea to put little post-it personal ads in the issues of Somerset Studio and Cloth Paper Scissors at our local Barnes and Noble inviting artists to join us. someone was buying up those magazines!

a year later and there are now 14 members in our art group! we come from such different backgrounds, each in different stages of our lives, facing our own struggles, with different areas of experience, but we all have one thing in common--the need to make art.


i look so forward to art night. what a blast we have together. i can't even describe how important these women have become to me. dear friends my art family.

so maybe you have a wish. . . send it my way. i have my lucky jeans on today, you never know what might happen.
xo julie


here is the goody bag sherri and i put together for our art group this month and my boo box.



we were making halloween shadowboxes like these amazing ones in Somerset Studio September/October 2207 below by Kerry Howard-Schmidt.



creepy cute stuff:
the owl egg at the top is made out of paper clay, incredible detail. i bought it at vendors night art and soul portland this month from Sue Hadden. (Thanks LK for your help with the artists name!) i'll let you know if i find a website or any other info for her. she made really creepy cool dolls also.

sherri bought this cat from the halloween and vine show in california. she is made out of a black nylon stocking. couldn't love the face and necklace any more! let me know if you recognize this artist as well.

17 comments:

ludwiglk said...

Her name is Sue Hadden, and she's from OR. LMK if you need her phone # or email.

Candice Elton said...

Oh my goodness you finally posted. We have missed your beautiful posts.

Cindy Dean said...

I am wishing I had a group like you guys! I felt like an honary member when I was at Art Nest with all of you! Can't wait to see you again.

spyderette said...

julie, gorgeous things! (as usual, for you!) i will hazard a wish for a house we can afford with enough space for us and our car, and more than one bathroom. seems simple enough anywhere but here. or i would settle for a visit from friends (crossing my fingers)

dawnkristine said...

I wish for a local group to get together with also. Where do you meet?

Amanda Elton said...

Alright, I'll give it a try.... I wish by next Halloween I can publish my art museum book. There! IT's out there. THanks, Julie

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angel chiasson said...

When I met you and many members of your art group last June at Art Nest, I wished right then for one of my own in Austin TX. But I wanted women as fabulous as all of you.....so that is what I am still wishing for. Send the good jou-jou my way!
Miss you, xo
Angel

rena said...

Julie, I am sooo grateful our Halloween wishes COLLIDED last year and our art group was born! What a blessing you and all our other art sisters have been in my life! Isn't it interesting that you can actually breathe life into a wish simply by declaring it!!! See you in 1 1/2 weeks!!!
Love, Rena xoxo

spyderette said...

julie, looking once more at your art group photo...shannon is my dad's youngest sister. small world. :)

Pearl Maple said...

Wow those little shadow boxes are fantastic

Biotica said...

Wow! I am always amazed at the beautiful things you put together. (i.e. minny felt stockings for the 12 days of Christmas (which incidentally I busted out of the x-mas box yesterday as it is starting to feel like the holidays. thank you!))
My favorite creations of yours, however, have to be the creepy, cute Halloween creations. They seem to have a life of their own.

Lisa said...

Julie, it was great to meet you at Silver Bella. So weird I now remember I have read your blog. I knew I would do that after I came home. Fun times..I can't wait for the next art retreat. I want to get a group like that together here in Dallas. I'll have to just invite myself to some. lol

Stephanie Lee said...

Hi Julie,

I'm a little late in reading this entry but.... :)
Sue is an AMAZING artist living right here in Oregon...just down the road from me sorta. :) She is a dear friend (and a great traveling companion, btw. She and I drove my rig up to Artfest last spring and up to Portland A&S this last October.) Her work is amazing and just so you know, she's working on a website. When it comes out, if she's cool with it I'll announce it on my blog.
I just love her!

take 38 said...

I just ran across this post & what a great idea about putting post-it notes in the Somerset magazines at the bookstore!!! Very clever!
katherine

Sharon Bloom said...

The Halloween cat was created by Christie Silacci of Petaluma, CA. She is one of the artists that hosts Halloween & Vine each year.

Sharon Bloom said...

The Halloween cat was created by Christie Silacci of Petaluma, CA. She is one of the artists that hosts Halloween & Vine each year.

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