Spring 2010 Studio News A warm hello to you all, and welcome new subscribers! I've been enjoying the early spring here at Wabi Brook and welcoming i

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Spring 2010 Studio News

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A warm hello to you all, and welcome new subscribers!

I've been enjoying the early spring here at Wabi Brook and welcoming it with open arms after being cooped up all winter in my house and studio! This is the first spring in a few years that I've been home long enough to get in some garden time, and I'm soaking it up body and soul. I'm as happy grubbing in the dirt as I am creating in my studio, and gain much inpiration from the simple little things I see around me.

As usual, I took some time this winter to regroup, reorganizing my studio and taking a look back at 2009 to determine what worked and what didn't. The result is that I have a more streamlined studio, some new jewellery lines in the works and a new direction for my art, with several art exhibits and sales scheduled for 2010. It's going to be a busy year, and I am glad you are along for the ride!

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Current Shows and Exhibits

My first group art exhibit and sale of the year ends on May 31st. "Euphoria" is a fun exhibit of small format art, created entirely in purple in green, to reflect the colour theme of the venue, Euphoria Smoothies in New Liskeard.

There is still time to drop in and enjoy this upbeat collection of paintings, fused glass art and handpainted metalsmithed jewellery by Spirits of the Heart, three New Liskeard artists. I'm honoured to be exhibiting with these two very talented women: Anne-Denise Mejaki and Iris Shields. Remember to enter your name in our final draw! This one is for a custom pet portrait by yours truly.

We are finalizing plans to take this successful show on the road. Check my blog for updates on the exhibit schedule and Euphoria Smoothie venues.

Upcoming shows and exhibits:

The Biker's Reunion, New Liskeard, July 2,3,4. "Spirits of the Heart" will have a tent at this fun, family oriented cancer fundraiser. A portion of our sales will be donated to the Biker's Reunion for use our local community.
Art in the Park, North Bay, Ontario. July 30 - August 1. This is part of their big Summer in the Park Festival. I will be there as part of the Visual Artists Association of Temiskaming. We will be showcasing Temiksaming Area Artists and promoting our Artists Conference in October.
Riverside Farmer's Market, New Liskeard, at Riverside Place. Starts the first Saturday in June. I'm planning on getting to as many as I can! It will be great to see old and new customers, and chat in person! Check my blog and Facebook page for scheduled dates. Or, drop me an email to see if I will be there that week.

Current Giveaways and Specials

I appreciate your support so much! Whether it's by purchasing something, telling a friend about my work, attending an opening reception or by sharing feedback, without you I wouldn't be where I am today! I've come up with a few ways to show my appreciation:

Newsletter Subscribers
1. Subscriber Giveaway: For every 100 subscribers I am offering a free giveaway of your choice of a custom pet portrait or a pendant. Details will soon be posted on my blog. And that's not all! Refer a friend (or two), and for every person you refer who subscribes to my newsletter you will receive an additional entry into the draw! Just let me know by email the name(s) of those whom you referred. This is an ongoing promotion, so if you don't win this time, you will have other chances! Thank you for helping build my newsletter!
2. Each newsletter will feature a special offer for subscribers only! This issue's special is:

15% off any purchase over $25 or 20% off any purchase over $50.*

To redeem this offer Just type "springNL" into the "Message to Seller" at checkout. I'll refund your savings, quick as a wink, or feel free to wait for a revised invoice, also quick as a wink.

*fine print: Your order needs to be $25/$50 before shipping. Offer only good on the etsy site. Offer expires June 30, 2010.

Facebook Fans
The "May Flowers" sale ends on May 31st! Free shipping for my Fans on any "flower" item in my Etsy shop - jewellery or art! Just write "Facebook Fan" in the notes to seller, and I will refund the shipping. If the item already ships free, then take 10% off!
Not yet a fan and want to take advantage of this offer? Just go to my page, and click on "Like". You can go directly to my Etsy shop from my fan page by clicking on the tab at the top of the page.

New Work

I've been working very hard developing my metalsmithing skills, and am very excited about the new copper and silver work that is being created in the studio. A new line of flower pendants, some fabulous "Under the Sea" cuffs, and rustic pendants featuring eco-friendly, locally sourced silver ore .
I find myself drawn to making cuffs and bracelets, perhaps because I love wearing them! What do you find yourself wearing most often? Earrings? Necklaces? I'd love to know!

I am also developing a new line of pet portraits. These contemporary portraits offer a fun, more modern alternative to my traditional portraits. You can see the first offering in my new line here.

Quick Eco-friendly Jewellery Tip

Non-toxic method of cleaning silver - works for silverware and jewellery.
(thanks to Karen of EcoKaren blog. She has many great articles and tips - well worth spending some time there!)

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Well, I think that's it for now. Thanks for hanging in this long! If you enjoyed reading this newsletter, please feel free to share it with your friends and family. The more the merrier!
And if you have any feedback (constructive criticism is always welcome!) about my work, this newsletter, or anything else related to Wabi Brook Studio, please share it with me. You know I love to hear from you.

Warm blessings,
Julie

“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.” — Pablo Picasso

Find me Online:

My Website
My Blog: "Living and Creating by the Brook"
My Online Shop at Etsy
Facebook Page: Wabi Brook Studio
My Flickr Page
Follow me on Twitter
Email: [email protected]

Bricks and Mortar Shops Which Carry My Jewellery:

Soul Sister Creations, North Bay, Ontario
Fashion Fix Organic Hair Salon, Armstrong Street, New Liskeard

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