This Calls For a Rewrite!


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I’ve pulled a number of books out of print and am working on updating them at the moment. Some of them are undergoing a complete rewrite, which will include a new title and everything. Others will just be a simple update to include relevant information as it pertains to new information that has come in since the book’s original release. The majority of my books are considered “old” in the writing and publishing industry, therefore this type of housekeeping move was necessary.

Most of these titles have already been pulled out of print, and the rest are being processed. I’ve been working on cleaning up my Amazon profile to reflect these changes today. This means I’ll have to change the header on this website, too, because a lot of the book covers featured in that header are now out of print. I’m going to keep them for now, though, because many of them are still available in the used bookstore channel on Amazon (which will remain the case until the end of time, I think).

I’m not entirely sure when these projects will be finished, but it’s goal to get everything completed by the end of the year. That way, I’m starting off the New Year with a clean slate and no loose ends untied.

With the New Year comes new projects….which are actually old projects. I still have my list of books to outline, research, and finish – these are the non-fiction titles I listed in a notebook (and possibly on here) a year or two ago. I also have to (and will) finish The Ghost Writer: Fear of the Pen. Work on that will continue during NaNoWriMo. It will….IT WILL. The first draft is nearly complete, and the beginning stages of the first draft of book two have begun, as well. So, even though I don’t blog about this often, projects are on-going.

Stay tuned for progress notes!

It’s a Flurry of Art Projects!


…and I love every minute!

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Yesterday, I picked up the canvases (four) I need for “Art in the Square” and I can’t wait to get started on them. Here is the submission form for those who are interested in participating in this event at Boothbay Art Foundation:

Art in the Square

foreignbooks

Originally, I had planned on working on some acrylic paintings on these squares and MAYBE one mixed media. Now, my plans are shifting a little. My mother found these great foreign books (I can’t believe someone actually threw them away!), so I’m inspired to use them for this show. When I first received these books, I was going to use them on larger canvases, but these squares are actually perfect.

ACEO

This leads me to these ACEOs. When I was looking for additional materials to use on these mixed-media pieces in my storage boxes, I found an envelope containing these unsold ACEOs. I had forgotten ALL about them! These were originally a complete set that spelled out the word, “Creative,” and obviously some of the letters have sold off. I’m thinking about relisting these in my etsy shop to see how they do.

Stay tuned for “progression of a mixed-media painting” posts!

TONIGHT – L/A Arts’ Artwalk Finale – Friday, September 26th, 5:00-8:30 P.M.


Today is the day! 

L/A Arts last Friday summer Artwalk finale!
September 26th, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Lisbon Street, Lewiston ME
Weather Forecast:
Mostly Sunny/Clear – 70’s (early evening), 60’s (at 7 p.m.)

Special Events/Exhibits: Updated!

Before the Artwalk:

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing (29 Lowell Street) An expressive art exhibit: Shattered – 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Starting at 5 p.m.:
The New England School of Metalwork exhibit (Argo Marketing – 64 Lisbon Street)

Boys & Girls Club of Lewiston/Auburn photography exhibit (L/A Arts – 221 Lisbon Street)

Art Teachers Gallery from the Lewiston Public Schools (Androscoggin Bank – 30 Lisbon Street)

Featured artistry from Stanley Hollenbeck (Cardboard sculptures). Work by Adam Robertson. Julie Gammon – Henna tattoos for $1/minute. (Downtown Handmade & Vintage – 182 Lisbon St.)

Marche’ Maine (40 Lisbon Street) Aps at the Artwalk:
During The Art Walk we will be offering a special Art Walk Appetizers Menu with 8 plates for $8.00 This will give you a chance to stop in for a quick bite and a glass of wine during The Art Walk.

Current Media (12 Ash Street) Teaser Edition Release:
Current media will release its teaser edition of current magazine. It is our arts edition. please stop by and enjoy the music, food and wine. Artistry by Jennifer Gammon & Andrew Brann

Live Music:
Midcoast Quartet: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Lamey Wellehan Gallery (110 Lisbon Street)

The Juke Joint Devils: 8 p.m. (She Doesn’t Like Guthries – 115 Middle Street)

Featured Performance:
 
Maine Marimba Ensemble: 7 p.m. Outdoors in Dufresne Plaza
September, 2014 Businesses/Venues:
She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s (115 Middle St.), J. Dostie Jewelers (4 Lisbon St.), Gateway Window Exhibit (11 Lisbon St.), Androscoggin Bank (30 Lisbon St.), Argo Marketing (64 Lisbon Street), Lyceum Gallery (49 Lisbon St.), Poliquin Hearing & Optical Window Exhibit (50 Lisbon Street), The Vault (84 Lisbon Street), The Cupcakery (97 Lisbon Street), Lamey Wellehan Gallery (110 Lisbon St.), Lamey Window Exhibit (113 Lisbon St.), Maine Democratic Office (124 Lisbon Street), Forage Market (180 Lisbon St.), Chill Yoga (2nd Floor-178 Lisbon St), Downtown Handmade & Vintage (182 Lisbon St.), Hardy Wolf & Downing (186 Lisbon St.), Kimball Street Studio (191 Lisbon St.), Lewiston Public Library (200 Lisbon St.), L/A Arts (221 Lisbon St.), New Beginnings Outreach Program Window Exhibit (245 Lisbon St.)
The New England School of Metalwork exhibit
(Argo Marketing – 64 Lisbon Street)
The New England School of Metalwork was started in 2000 by Blacksmith and Industrial Technology Teacher Dereck Glaser. A nonprofit craft school, NESM specializes in metalsmithing classes for every skill level. Courses in blacksmithing, knifemaking and welding draw students from all over the globe. Workshops include forged furniture, architectural ironwork,  forged botanical forms, historical reproductions, handmade kitchen knives and much more. NESM prides itself in offering some of the finest metalsmithing instruction in the world, with a constantly rotating roster of national and local artists as well as classes taught by staff.
Midcoast Quartet (from Midcoast Symphony Orchestra)
5:30-6:30 p.m. (Lamey Wellehan Gallery – 110 Lisbon Street)
The Midcoast quartet is a group of principal string players from the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being dedicated players, Karen Jung, cello, is Music Librarian at Bowdoin College, Heather Cook, viola, is a busy mom living in Durham with her doctor husband, two sons and a menagerie of animals, Kate Gray, violin, is a violin teacher in Bowdoinham, and Mary Hunter, violin, teaches music at Bowdoin College.
Live Blues Music with The Juke Joint Devils
8 p.m. She Doesn’t Like Guthries (115 Middle St)
For Friday, September 26th Artwalk, The Juke Joint Devils will perform at She Doesn’t Like Guthries.  These guys take you back to a time when small house bands played from the soul, on real instruments, could swing like crazy, and anything could happen on stage. The Juke Joint Devils play a mix of West Coast and Chicago Blues, with a bit of spice from New Orleans and elsewhere. The band features International Blues Challenge finalists Tommy O’Connell on harp and vocals and Sean Bowman standup bass, Johnny Moran on drums, and with Stefan Iris on guitar.
This Weekend – From The Public Theater:
 
Stop by after the ART WALK!  Here’s your chance to be a film critic! This weekend only, Fri Sept 26 & Sat Sept 27 at 7:30Sun Sept 28 at 4pm, the MANHATTAN SHORT Global Film Festival comes to The Public Theatre inLewiston. During a one week period, 10 short films from around the world will be screened in over 300 cities spanning six continents and each audience member will cast a vote for their favorite of the 10 short film finalists. Votes from each participating cinema will be submitted to festival headquarters and the winner will be announced in October. Past finalists have included nominees and winners of the Oscar in the short film category, so come and discover the next big filmmaker at The Public Theatre. For tickets visit www.thepublictheatre.org or call 782-3200.  To view information on the10 short films, visit: www.manhattanshort.com
Location: 31 Maple St, Downtown, Lewiston. ALL TICKETS: $8, General Admission.
L/A Arts would like to thank the volunteers, the participating businesses, artists, and sponsors for making this a such a memorable season. 
Thank you and see you next May 2015!
 Be part of the Artwalk movement to celebrate the arts in L/A.
Interested in submitting art?  Volunteering?  Need more information?
Contact L/A Arts:
or email: mail@laarts.org
Find us on Facebook or visit our websites:

Creating New Pieces!


It’s been months, but I have new projects on the drawing board!

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My mother found these great foreign books for me (it’s amazing what people just throw away) so I can use them in my mixed-media art pieces. I have so many ideas, including using these other materials she found for me:

supplies

The canvases are large, but I don’t think they’re too large to use as listings in my etsy.com shop. I’ve seen other sellers shipping larger items without too much trouble. I’ll head down to the post office and to the UPS store to see which option would be the most cost effective.

Over the past few days, I’ve been listing the unsold art pieces from shows over the summer into my etsy shop as well. They are all available on this link: artistwriter.

In addition to the mixed-media pieces I have planned with this foreign books, I’m also going to make some envelopes and some other smaller paper-y artful goodness. That way, I can build up my shop for those who want some products, but don’t have a lot to spend. I’m trying to look at the picture from all angles.

I’ve also got plans to participate in this show: Art in the Square, November 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015. I still have to pick up the canvases from the gallery for this one, and I’m glad there is still plenty of time to work on them.

L/A Arts’ Final Last Friday Artwalk – September 26th, 5:00-8:30 P.M.


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The final last Friday Artwalk of the summer season! 

Friday, September 26th, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

Lisbon Street, Downtown Lewiston

www.artwalklewistonauburn.com  

 

Featuring:

- 20 + Art galleries

- Special exhibits & live performances

- Food & drink tasting

L/A Arts is proud to announce that

Maine Marimba Ensemble will play Artwalk September!

7 p.m. Dufresne Plaza 

(Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library – Rain Location)

www.mainemarimbaensemble.com

Maine Marimba Ensemble¹s repertoire draws from the incredibly joyful and deeply moving traditional and contemporary music of Zimbabwe. Be prepared to dance. Be prepared to smile. The largest of their set of seven handcrafted marimbas is so big that the person playing it needs to stand on a bench to reach it.

LEWISTON – L/A Arts’ Artwalk September 26th will cap a wonderful summer season in downtown Lewiston.  L/A Arts would like to extend a special thank you to the local participating downtown businesses, volunteers, and sponsors without whom these events would not be possible.  L/A Arts and partners are excited to bring the L/A community a great lineup for the final month.  A diverse selection of local visual arts at over 20 galleries will be the backbone of the event.  Highlights include the Lewiston Public School Teacher’s Gallery (Androscoggin Bank – 30 Lisbon St.), the Boys & Girls Club (L/A Arts – 221 Lisbon St.) with their annual photo exhibit, and the New England School of Metalwork (Argo Marketing – 64 Lisbon Street) with their first showing on Lisbon Street.  For live music, Artwalk is excited to bring home the season with the powerful and upbeat sounds of Maine Marimba Ensemble (7 p.m., Dufresne Plaza, Callahan Hall @Lewiston Public Library Rain Location), and the classical music of the Midcoast Quartet (5:30-6:30 p.m., Lamey-Wellehan Gallery 110 Lisbon St.).  Last month, L/A Arts was proud to sell 7 pieces of art, and hopes to reach its goal of selling 10 pieces in September, all of the proceeds of which go directly to our great local artists.  Make sure to check out our online artist catalog of artwork on the Artwalk website (www.artwalklewistonauburn.com) and keep up with all the details on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArtWalkLewistonAuburn

Come celebrate a great season, walk with us one more time!

 

Special Galleries:

  • The New England School of Metalwork exhibit (Argo Marketing – 64 Lisbon Street)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lewiston/Auburn (L/A Arts – 221 Lisbon Street)
  • Art Teachers Gallery from the Lewiston Public Schools (Androscoggin Bank – 30 Lisbon Street)
  • Featured artistry from Stanley Hollenbeck (Cardboard sculptures). Work by Adam Robertson.  Julie Gammon – Henna tattoos for $1/minute. (Downtown Handmade & Vintage – 182 Lisbon St.)

Live Music:

  • Midcoast Quartet (from Midcoast Symphony Orchestra) – 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Lamey-Wellehan Gallery – 110 Lisbon Street)
  • Maine Marimba Ensemble – 7:00 p.m. (Dufresne Plaza, Lisbon Street – Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library – Rain Location)
  • The Juke Joint Devils – 8:00 p.m. (She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s, 115 Middle Street)

September, 2014 Businesses/Venues:

She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s (115 Middle St.), J. Dostie Jewelers (4 Lisbon St.), Gateway Window Exhibit (11 Lisbon St.), Androscoggin Bank (30 Lisbon St.), Argo Marketing (64 Lisbon Street), Lyceum Gallery (49 Lisbon St.), Poliquin Hearing & Optical Window Exhibit (50 Lisbon Street), The Vault (84 Lisbon Street), The Cupcakery/Rainbow Bikes (97 Lisbon Street), Lamey Wellehan Gallery (110 Lisbon St.), Lamey Window Exhibit (113 Lisbon St.), Maine Democratic Office (124 Lisbon Street), Forage Market (180 Lisbon St.), Chill Yoga (2nd Floor-178 Lisbon St), Downtown Handmade & Vintage (182 Lisbon St.), Life Ideals (3rd Floor- 178 Lisbon), Hardy Wolf & Downing (186 Lisbon St.), Kimball Street Studio (191 Lisbon St.) Dube’s Flowers Window Exhibit (195 Lisbon St.), Lewiston Public Library (200 Lisbon St.), L/A Arts (221 Lisbon St.), New Beginnings Outreach Program Window Exhibit (245 Lisbon St.)

 

The New England School of Metalwork exhibit

(Argo Marketing – 64 Lisbon Street)

The New England School of Metalwork was started in 2000 by Blacksmith and Industrial Technology Teacher Dereck Glaser. A nonprofit craft school, NESM specializes in metalsmithing classes for every skill level. Courses in blacksmithing, knifemaking and welding draw students from all over the globe. Workshops include forged furniture, architectural ironwork,  forged botanical forms, historical reproductions, handmade kitchen knives and much more. NESM prides itself in offering some of the finest metalsmithing instruction in the world, with a constantly rotating roster of national and local artists as well as classes taught by staff.

Midcoast Quartet (from Midcoast Symphony Orchestra)

5:30-6:30 p.m. (Lamey Wellehan Gallery – 110 Lisbon Street)

The Midcoast quartet is a group of principal string players from the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being dedicated players, Karen Jung, cello, is Music Librarian at Bowdoin College, Heather Cook, viola, is a busy mom living in Durham with her doctor husband, two sons and a menagerie of animals, Kate Gray, violin, is a violin teacher in Bowdoinham, and Mary Hunter, violin, teaches music at Bowdoin College.

 

Live Blues Music with The Juke Joint Devils

8 p.m. She Doesn’t Like Guthries (115 Middle St)

For Friday, September 26th Artwalk, The Juke Joint Devils will perform at She Doesn’t Like Guthries.  These guys take you back to a time when small house bands played from the soul, on real instruments, could swing like crazy, and anything could happen on stage. The Juke Joint Devils play a mix of West Coast and Chicago Blues, with a bit of spice from New Orleans and elsewhere. The band features International Blues Challenge finalists Tommy O’Connell on harp and vocals and Sean Bowman standup bass, Johnny Moran on drums, and with Stefan Iris on guitar.

L/A Arts would like to thank the 2014 Artwalk Sponsors for making this year possible!


Underwriting Sponsor:

Additional Sponsors:

Be part of the Artwalk movement to celebrate the arts in L/A.

Interested in submitting art?  Volunteering?  Need more information?

Contact L/A Arts:

207-782-7228

or email: mail@laarts.org

Find us on Facebook or visit our websites:

www.laarts.org

www.artwalklewistonauburn.com

www.icefestla.com

www.artsandculturela.org