Just two days til Christmas! I am in Atlanta with my family and thoroughly enjoying the company. I am anxious to get to work at studio. I have so many ideas floating around in my head and I am terrible at documenting them. So they eventually float away if I don't put them to use.
I started a new painting, a self portrait... I am a bit uneasy about venturing into this subject matter but every artist goes there eventually and I figure now is a better time than ever! I will post the finished piece as soon as it's done. I haven't decided if it will have tiles. I think I need to work on my painting skills...I want my paintings to be able to stand alone as successful pieces and then the tile work would just be an added bonus to make my work stand apart from others.
I also have been commissioned to tile a fireplace in Kansas City, KS. It is a freestanding fireplace that has a very retro feel to it...very cool! (similar to the one below) I will be tiling the wall behind it.
It should be finished near the end of January!
That's all for now...once I am back in the swing of things in studio I will post lots of pictures and keep you updated on all the happenings. FYI: we have a studio available for rent at J.Bird! Please let me know if you are interested or if you know anyone who may be. Thanks.
by Cara Long
at J. Bird Studios
Saturday, September 20 12-5pm
J. Bird Studios
516 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 66105
Gallery Open by Appointment Only
Contact Jori Hebert at 913.207.1971 or
So my schedule is packed with all sorts of wonderful things to get done... and I am reminded how lucky I am to be able to do what I love all the time.
Currently I am working on a table top for Grinders Resturant in the Crossroads. They will be rotating the tables periodically to showcase Kansas City artists and I am in the first round along with my dear friend, Holly Swangstu. After this round, the tables will be auctioned off.
This last week I finished a new mixed media piece (shown below) that was commissioned by fellow artist, Janay Andrews. She is a clothing designer here in Kansas City and is preparing to open a shop in Martini Corner. Check out her blog to view some of her beautiful designs http://www.moderngown.wordpress.com/ and her etsy account to purchase items!! http://www.abstractpretty.etsy.com/
Next up, I am preparing for my solo show in November. I figured out alot of stuff for it this weekend and I am so anxious to share with you....you'll have to check back to find out more ;)
Bye for now.
I was selling handmade porcelain jewelry, coasters, and artwork. Songbird Cafe, owned by Courtney Wasson, was selling jams and jellies and had also created awesome party baskets.
Songbird Cafe is an artsy coffee shop located in the Fairfax District of Kansas City, KS. They have great coffee and tasty baked goods along with unique lunch specials made from scratch! For more information about Songbird Cafe visit http://www.songbirdcafe.blogspot.com/ .
Thank you to everyone that helped us and who came to visit our booth to show your support! It was greatly appreciated :)* Doug and I clowning around...
* Rachel and I enjoying the festivities! Except for maybe the "Power Surge", a ride that defies gravity and my head...not recommended. Lovely Cari was with us but she's behind the camera.
Until next time... cheers, jori
Our August show is featuring woodcuts by local artist Heather Marton. Her opening reception is on Friday, August 8th 2008 from 6-9pm. The band, Yellow Lab, will be performing around 7pm and there will be light refreshments. Come visit and hang out!
J. Bird Studios is located at 516 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66105. Contact us at 913.207.1971 or firstname.lastname@example.org