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Every person ever born was and is an artist.
We all possess a creative spirit, and it must be honored. You know I love to paint, but did you know I love to write and cook and sew? I love history, too; she is a muse. So is it any wonder this time each year I love to watch "Christmas in Connecticut" maybe more than once?
It's a 1945 film starring Barbara Stanwyck as Elizabeth Lane, a homemaker columnist for "Smart" magazine who writes about her idealistic, romantic life in the country of Connecticut (think WWII-era Martha Stewart). But she really lives in a small New York apartment and can't boil water. The world she has created for the magazine is completely fabricated, until she is forced to create it in order to entertain a war hero for Christmas (Jefferson Jones played by Dennis Morgan.)
Elizabeth Lane writes about the farm, her cow, her husband and baby boy, the spinning wheel by the fireplace, and most of all her homemade meals with delectable dishes that would make your mouth water. Again, completely fabricated. Except for her recipes which are supplied by her beloved uncle Felix, a Chef.
Now let me interject here that this movie appeals to me in so many ways. First of all, I love 1940s history. I collect etiquette books from the era, and cook books. I love the clothes, the furnishings, the manners, customs and patriotism. If we were each given a super-power, I would select time travel.
And I love to see what people served for dinner. Every decade has its trendy foods, like sushi in the '80s and fusion food in the aughts, and the 1940s was no different. It was the height of souffles and congealed loafs of meat bits, chipped beef on toast, and Spam.
Here is Miss Lane's published Christmas Dinner...
Miss Lane's Christmas dinner doesn't look too old fashioned, but one item did capture my attention.... Celery Souffle. Have you ever heard of it? I haven't. So I went to work looking for the recipe. And found it.
Today I am a culinary artist. Or not. But I did attempt the souffle. Click here for the recipe and photos. Spoiler alert: It's delicious!!
We all possess a creative spirit, and it must be honored. What is your medium?
Wishing you the Merriest of Holidays!!!
PS. Please forward this newsletter to a friend and share the fun!
* 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 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 one day each week and cover a new topic every month. Choose either the Wednesday section or the Thursday section. In December we'll be learning the POWER OF TEMPERATURE SHIFTING for more dramatic paintings. The Wednesday section will meet December 6, 13, 20, and 22. The Thursday section will meet December 7, 14, 21, and 22. Please note: No class is scheduled the week of Christmas.
In Creative Spirits class, 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!!
2. PAINT-ALONG "MAKE & TAKE" CLASSES
The Paint-along Classes are perfect for the novice and advanced student alike! It's a 2-2.5 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 classes are safe zones 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.
December 11 at 6:30pm "Christmas Chickadee" $50, with all supplies included 10 x 20 pre-sketched canvas
December 13 at 1:30pm "Christmas Chickadee" $50, with all supplies included 10 x 20 pre-sketched 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 $50 per student for 12 x 16 canvas painting. 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. 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 $99 for 2-hour lesson and may be shared with one other person as long as you both are painting the same reference material. OR $149 if you both are painting different paintings. For three or more students, fee is additional $50 each.
Call 615-668-8263 to schedule your private painting lesson.
Mini-Monet Painting Classes for Kids is an on-going painting class that meets on Thursday afternoons at 5pm. 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.
In December we'll meet on December 7, 14, 21, and 22 at 5pm.
Class fee is $80/month (4 lessons). No prior experience is necessary, just a love of art and color and fun. Call 615-668-8263 to reserve an easel for your child.
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, this class often attracts adults who would like to paint with us, and you are welcome. The class is 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
November 27 at 5pm "Celebrating Rudolph" $20, with all supplies and instruction included 12 x 12 pre-sketched canvas
December 11 at 5pm "Googly-eyed Rudolph" $20, with all supplies and instruction included 8 x 10 pre-sketched canvas
Capture your home or church building on canvas or Create a memorable and special gift for a loved one at the House Portrait Workshop scheduled for December 9 at 1pm in the Winchester Facility, lower level, at 563 Maury Hill Street, in Evan's Park behind Spring Hill Elementary.
Workshop fee of $99 includes all supplies, plus your canvas will be pre-sketched with the basic shape of your home, church house, or other special building. To register, call 615-668-8263 and then email a clear photo of your house in good light, preferably slanted sunlight (photo taken late afternoon), to email@example.com at least one week before the workshop.
8. BRIDAL BOUQUET PORTRAITS WORKSHOP, DECEMBER 16 at 1pm
What bride would not be thrilled to be surprised with a portrait of her bridal bouquet? This is a truly personal and sentimental gift that will be cherished for a lifetime. And you can paint it at the Bridal Bouquet Portrait Workshop scheduled for December 16 at 1pm in the Winchester Facility, lower level, at 563 Maury Hill Street, in Evan's Park behind Spring Hill Elementary.
Workshop fee of $99 includes all supplies, plus your canvas will be pre-sketched with the basic shape of the bridal bouquet. To register, call 615-668-8263 and then email a clear photo of bridal bouquet you would like to paint to firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week before the workshop.
1. A VERY MAURY CHRISTMAS HISTORIC HOME TOUR, COLUMBIA, TN
Give the gift of a creative experience to your friends and family. December 1-2 from 9am to 5pm I'll be at the beautiful and historic Athenaeum Rectory in Columbia, Tennessee, as part of the historic home tour. Available will be small paintings for purchase, perfect for Christmas Gifts to Teachers, Hostess Gifts, and stocking stuffers. Available, too, will be gift certificates so you can give the gift of a creative experience to everyone on your list.
The tour is full of beautiful, historic homes and Christmas decorations to get you in the spirit of the season. You may want to stay the weekend and see the beauty that gave Columbia the nickname "Dimple of the Universe."
2. SANTA'S WORKSHOP, SPRING HILL, TN
Sponsored by Spring Hill Parks and Rec, Santa's helpers have lots of great gifts for children, teens, and adults to make for their family and friends...and this year we will also feature some "last minute shopping" from local small businesses...
"Spring Hill's Santa's Workshop"
Winchester Community Facility, Evan's Park
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2017
10am - 3pm
Join us and create:
Original Art On Canvas, Peppermint Bath Salts, Plank Snowman decoration, Decoupage Ornament, Pencil & Pen Holder,
and more! Snacks provided.
Each project is $5.00 and YOU MUST register in advance to be guaranteed a spot!
Email email@example.com for more information
3. ART SHOW AT THE HERMITAGE, NASHVILLE, TN
The Andrew Jackson Foundation has extended the Chestnut Group Art Show through Christmas in the Museum Store at The Hermitage located at 4580 Rachel Lane, Nashville, Tennessee. If you haven't yet found an opportunity to visit, now is a good time.
The Museum Store will host a Holiday Open House Thursday, December 7th 4:00-7:00 pm and celebrate with Door prizes, hors d’oeuvres, wine, hot chocolate, music, and a wonderful selection of gifts.
4. CHESTNUT GROUP ART SHOW AT WARNER PARKS, NASHVILLE, TN
It’s a little early to share the details, but please mark your calendar for the upcoming Chestnut Group Show at Warner Park, April 19-22, 2018.
SHOPS AND GALLERIES
While on your autumn adventures, please stop by the shops and galleries that sell my work and tell them I sent you....
Quincy Avenue Arts, Seaside, Florida
Bowery Art Gallery, Apalachicola, Florida
Rippavilla Plantation, Spring Hill, Tennessee
Loblolly, Columbia, Tennessee
And always on the hunt for more!! Recommendations welcomed!!
Photos of precious smiles I got to see while painting in the September Classes, Workshops, and Private Lessons.
These paintings and many, many more are for sale 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 paintings for sale, click here.
CLASS/WORKSHOP CANCELLATION POLICY
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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