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September is the New January
September is truly one of the most wonderful times of the year! Attending school is a distant memory, yet "Back to School" excitement still gives me butterflies, and I happily anticipate shopping for new, colorful pens and fresh notebooks, and maybe even a new purse.
And I make plans! Goals, dreams, to-dos, to get better organized, to take a great workshop, to make new friends, to find a yoga class, anything is possible beginning September 1. It's the ultimate clean slate.
Summer has its moments, but it is so disjointed. My friends, family, and painting students are off taking vacations or taking care of children or grandchildren or putting in a garden. They are off on adventures and one very talented and industrious student is building her own house, yes, literally with hammer in hand. Needless to say that during crucial moments of the building process we don't get to paint with her unless it rains.
And then there is the HEAT! As much as I hate to admit it, the oppressive heat zapps much of my creative energy.
September changes all that!
With the flip of a calendar page, the mindset changes. We settle into our routines, become more focused, more motivated. Why make a New Year's Resolution to improve health when the same goal in September is so much easier to achieve? Think about it.... In September there is no holiday exhaustion, no leftovers in the fridge. In September the weather isn't cold and gray, and taking a long walk with your dog or friends is a delightful activity. In September the Farmers Market still has fresh, wholesome produce, and the sun doesn't set at 4:30pm.
Is September the new January in your house? What are your goals?
Imagine the possibilities!!
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* Monthly Calendar: A few of these dates and locations were tentative at time of newsletter publication.
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Join us for Painting with Susan Thursdays and attend painting classes offered in acrylics at our Winchester location in Spring Hill. Learn a new skill, have some fun, make new friends, and create a colorful legacy!
Beginners are welcomed. No need to have any painting experience. I want to help every student discover his or her inner artist and learn to enjoy the process of painting
Whether you choose a one-time class or the on-going weekly lessons, I'll guide you through the steps to create a painting you'll be proud of. Anyone can paint. All it takes is a knowledgeable teacher with a heart for students and a little practice. You'll get both in any of my classes.
Painting classes are offered in the lower level of the Winchester Building located at 563 Maury Hill Street behind Spring Hill Elementary in Evan's Park. Please call 615-668-8263 to register or for additional information.
1. CREATIVE SPIRITS CLASS in ACRYLICS OR WATER-SOLUBLE OILS
Creative Spirits on-going classes meet from 10am to 11:30 on Thursdays and cover a new topic every month. In September we’re studying how to take a two-dimensional shape and transform it into a three dimensional cylinder using highlights and shadows. The first class of the new session will be on August 31 and will meet August 31, and September 14, 21, 28. Class will not meet on September 7.
Students bring their own supplies, and a list is provided of items you'll need. Class fee is $99 per one month session (4 classes) and you can take as many or as few sessions as you like. And plan to join us for lunch! Most weeks we either go out to a local restaurant or plan a pot luck meal at the studio.
You have fun and creative friends you haven't even met yet!!
And beginning in October, an evening section of Creative Spirits will be added from 6:30-8pm. Now artists who are not available during the day have an option to join Creative Spirits!!
The Paint-along Classes are perfect for the novice and advanced student alike! It's a 2-3 hour class where we paint step by step through the painting process to create a beautiful painting you'll be proud to display or to share. There is no room for nerves or judgements, Painting with Susan Paint-along parties are safe zone for creatives to have fun, make new friends and to learn a new skill. Join us!
Please note: Students find it helpful to bring their phones or iPads to photograph the reference painting or pull it up on Facebook. Class size is limited so students have a better view of the reference painting and will get more individualized attention.
September 18 6:30pm "Autumn Anjou" $50, with all supplies included 16 x 12 canvas
September 25 6:30pm "Barn and Silo" $50, with all supplies included 12 x 16 canvas
September 28 6:00pm "RC and a Moonpie" $50, with all supplies included 10 x 20 canvas
**Private Paint-Along Parties may be scheduled at your location with a minimum of 12 students. Great for Church Groups, Book Clubs, Reunions, Team Building for the office. All supplies and instruction are included for $60 per student (only $50 per student if your private party is scheduled at my Spring Hill location). Please call 615-668-8263 for more information.
3. PRIVATE PAINTING LESSONS
Never painted before? Not sure which class is best for you? Want more individualized instruction? Scheduling a private lesson may be the choice for you.
Private lessons are taught in Spring Hill at the Winchester Studio from 10am to noon. Students bring their own supplies and reference photo. You'll enjoy personal assessment of your work and specific instruction for improvement. Private Lesson fee is $100 and may be shared with one other person as long as you both are painting the same reference material. For three or more students, fee is $50 each.
4. MINI-MONET PAINTING CLASSES FOR KIDS, ages 7-12
Beginning in October, Kids ages 7-12 will have the opportunity to take on-going painting classes. The Mini-Monet class will teach the basics to painting in Acrylics with a new topic covered each month. Students will bring their own supplies for this one hour class each week. A supplies list will be available to those who register and supplies can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, or Michael's.
Class fee is $80/month (4 lessons). No prior experience is necessary, just a love of art and color. Call 615-668-8263 to reserve an easel for your child.
5. KIDS & KIDS AT HEART PAINTING CLASSES
For Kids of ALL ages, Kids & Kids at Heart Open Studio classes will be offered at the Winchester Community Room of Spring Hill Parks, though designed for children ages 5 to 12. As long as there are students to make a full class, it will be offered for $20 per student with all supplies included. Registration is required and payment is due at registration to ensure an easel and supplies for you or your child. Supplies include a pre-sketched canvas and acrylic paints that wash up easily with water. Please call 615-668-8263 to register or for additional information.
**May be used as a fundraising opportunity for your child's school, ball team, youth group, or scout group. Please call 615-668-8263 for more information.
WINCHESTER COMMUNITY ROOM, SPRING HILL
September 18 "Apple for the Teacher" 5pm $20, with all supplies and instruction included 8 x 10 stretched canvas
September 25 "Autumn Leaves" 5pm $20, with all supplies and instruction included 8 x 10 stretched canvas
Open Studio is an evening of painting where students bring their own reference material from home, whether it be a photo or object he/she would like to paint. Canvas, paints, brushes are all provided during this painting session. You may bring a painting from home you've already started. We'll listen to music, chat, make new friends and paint. I'll be available to answer questions and maybe make a suggestion or two at your request.
Open Studio is sponsored by Spring Hill Parks and Rec only costs $5 per student, but you must pre-register through Spring Hill Parks and Rec, 931-487-0027. The next Open Studio is scheduled for September 23 from 6-7:30pm in the Winchester Room of Evan's Park at 563 Maury Hill Street, Spring Hill.
And hurry, space is limited to the first 15 artists who pre-register.
7. THE GREAT PUMPKIN PAINT-ALONG
On October 5 Spring Hill Parks and Rec will offer the The Great Pumpkin Paint-Along at The Barn at Rippavilla, Spring Hill. Students will select a pumpkin to paint or use for reference when painting its portrait. And just to get in the mood, there will be a free showing of "Cinderella" the night before at 7:30pm.
The fee is $5 and students must pre-register by calling Spring Hill Parks at 931-487-0027
"Painting with Susan" Class offered by the Columbia Athenaeum Rectory
"RC and a Moonpie" Paint-Along Class at The Athenaeum, Columbia, TN
On September 24 at 2pm we'll gather in the south parlor of the Athenaeum Rectory at 800 Athenaeum Street in downtown Columbia, TN, to paint "RC and a Moonpie." Class fee of $50 includes supplies, 12 x 16 pre-sketched canvas, and instruction. Added Bonus: Debbie Brasfield, president of the Athenaeum board of directors will join us and give a personal tour of the historic home.
A portion of the proceeds benefit the Athenaeum Rectory, a member of the ATPA Historic Homes.
Call 615-668-8263 to reserve your easel. And hurry, space is limited at this beautiful, historic location.
1. Montgomery Bell Academy Art Show, West End, Nashville
Make your plans plans now to join me at the Opening Reception of the MBA Art Show held at the west end campus in Davis Gallery on September 14, 2017, from 6-9pm, or the Artisans Market on Saturday, September 16 from 10am to 4pm.
2. Spring Hill Art Walk, September 16
A family-friendly event is the Spring Hill Art Walk where you can stroll up and down both sides of Main Street in Spring Hill to view art in local businesses, churches, and in booths on the front lawn of the Tennessee Children’s Home.
I will be in the beautiful and historic United Methodist Church on the corner of Nashville Highway and Duplex Road, across the street from the Farmers Co-op. Please stop by!
Enjoy the art, yummy treats from a variety of food trucks, and listen to music throughout the Walk’s locations.
3. Art Exhibit at Square Market Cafe, Columbia through September 13
While visiting Columbia in August, make your plans to dine at Square Market Cafe located on the public square in downtown Columbia, TN, and see an exhibit of my newest paintings.
The Tomato Art Exhibit continues through the end of September at Art & Invention Gallery at 1106 Woodland Street, in historic and trendy east Nashville, Tennessee.
5. Art Exhibit at the Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
If you find yourself near Hermitage, Tennessee, out I-40 east of Nashville, stop in to the gift shop at The Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson. A group of paintings are on display through the end of October. Not only will you see one of my paintings, but one by Roger Dale Brown, Anne Blair Brown, Tiffany Foss, Pam Padgett, Dennis Harris, Haden Pickel, Carol DeMumbrum, and others.
Make your plans to visit Radnor Lake in the fall with the added bonus of an art exhibit and sale by The Chestnut Group. The Patron's Party is scheduled for November 2 from 5:30 to 8:30. The Art Exhibit will be open to the public all day on November 3-5.
7. Art Exhibit at St. George Independent School, Collierville, TN, November 9-11
I'm very excited to just learn I've been invited to exhibit at the 2017 Art Show at the St. George Independent School November 9-11, 2017. The school is located at 1880 Wolf River Blvd., Collierville, Tennessee, 38017.
November 9, 2017
Fine Art Show and Sale
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Private show open for St. George’s top donors and past Arts Alliance Chairs – Wine Reception
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free and Open to remaining St. George’s families and the public
November 10, 2017
Fine Art Show and Sale, Free and Open to the public
5:00 p.m. to 7 :00 p.m.
November 11, 2017
Fine Art Show and Sale, Free and Open to the public
10:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
8. Brentwood Academy Winterim 2018
Thank you to Debbie Dunn who has invited me to teach again for the Brentwood Academy Winterim 2018 scheduled for January 3-5, 2018. We plan to meet on our first day at Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill to tour the historic home and take photos that we will use for reference when painting on the following days at the Art Attic Studio in Franklin.
We will learn to paint the same reference photo in two different styles, one from the tonalist perspective and one from the colorist. Registration is for students at Brentwood Academy only. Please see Mrs. Dunn for more information.
Shop Around the Corner, Franklin, Tennessee
Rippavilla Plantation, Spring Hill, Tennessee
Loblolly, Columbia, Tennessee
Quincy Avenue Arts, Seaside, Florida
Bowery Art Gallery, Apalachicola, Florida
And maybe a few more before the summer's over. Keep your fingers crossed!!
These paitings and many, many more are for sale at auction through Daily Paintworks. If you are local and purchase a painting, please let me know so I can adjust the shipping fee. To see the auction items, click here.
Class sizes are limited, so we ask you give us 48 hours notice if you need to cancel. Cancellations should be made by phone or text, 615-668-8263. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space. No refunds are available, however class fees for reservations canceled at least 48 hours in advance may be credited to another class.
For inclement weather, announcements on canceled classes will be posted on Facebook. If in doubt, please call us before traveling in bad weather. Canceled classes will be rescheduled.
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A winner will be selected on September 15 and contacted by email for shipping address.
Congratulations to Jerry Stocks, our August winner!