<![CDATA[Enriching Lives Through Art & Beauty - blog]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:01:55 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[November 06th, 2017]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:05:23 GMThttp://thepaletteandthepage.com/blog/november-06th-2017Seven reasons to shop local, buy local, eat local
 ~and this isn’t just about the Holidays!

1.  We help build Community - when you meet your neighbors in our shops and eateries you are building relationships and unity within our town - great social networking but - in person!
2.  Our local economy strengthens because most small businesses return more money to the local economy than big box stores, chains, or online shopping.
3.  Local business help to create a unique identity for their town - we give the town personality!
4.  Overall customer satisfaction and service is something that small local business tend to excel at.  It is one of our top priorities at The Palette & The Page.
5.  We give back to our community - we tend to donate twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses, which helps make our community stronger and friendlier.
6.  In our gallery we represent over 40 artists and over 15 authors, which means you have the potential to enhance the lives of over 55 local people and their families by shopping with us.  We think that is pretty cool:)  You can purchase locally made, one-of-a kind items that make the best unique gifts!  Our products are diverse - nothing like what you can get at the mall or a box store.
7.  If you come in often, we get to know you and can recommend items to you that we think would specifically appeal to you.  We love knowing our customers that well.
Saturday, November 25th is “Shop Small Saturday”
- we hope to see you then and through out the year - for without YOU we couldn't be!  
Thank you for your support as we being our 9th year on November 9th.  
What a ride and we are so happy you've been in the car with us!
<![CDATA[Jenny Davies-Reazor]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://thepaletteandthepage.com/blog/jenny-davies-reazorPicture
Jenny has been represented by us since February of 2013 - almost 5 years!  She is a mixed media artist residing in Newark, Delaware. Her work is inspired by mythology, folklore, and the natural world. Her first loves in art school were metals and painting, then she discovered ceramics - and now takes great joy in the “mixed media” moniker. An instructor at the Art Studio in New Castle County, she is teaches ceramics and mixed media classes for children and teens. Jenny exhibits her work locally and in the region. Jenny began her career as an art educator in Charles County, Maryland teaching a wide variety of media, and art history, and ceramics. Always learning and experimenting as an artist, Jenny has worked with numerous national and international artists in workshops across the country: studying ceramics at Penland in North Carolina, bookbinding and printmaking in San Diego, and ceramics at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

Something you may not know about Jenny...
I was featured on TV! A while back, 2004 I think… I was filmed for “That’s Clever” on HGTV. 
The show featured artists/makers/crafters around the country. They were in the Delmarva region – and I was 

on a family vacation in the Caribbean! But we made it happen… the crew of three came to my home studio and filmed me creating a mixed media mermaid shrine and a ceramic tile. It was a blast to do! It aired years later – and sadly the show no longer exists. But I do have a copy…

Here is a taste of Jenny's work :)

<![CDATA[Victoria Kavalerov]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://thepaletteandthepage.com/blog/victoria-kavalerovPicture

Victoria Kavalerov came to the USA 20 years ago and now lives in Pennsylvania. She was introduced to ceramics by a new friend and discovered an unknown happy "self". All these years she was associated with Art Centers in the Philadelphia suburbs. Making mostly functional ceramics, she is trying to provoke the viewer to make up images for each piece: a summer breeze in the forest, the stormy sky over a city, a Roman general, a peasant girl. Her process of making pottery is an ability to enjoy the creative process freely, without fear of doing wrong, with absolute certainty in success. 

Something you may not know about Victoria... 

What's the most exotic place you've ever visited?
"I was born in USSR. Isn't that enough?"

AND - she has a wonderful sense of humor!  

​You can see photos of Victoria's ceramics on her page.

Victoria's Page
<![CDATA[Sarah Dressler]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://thepaletteandthepage.com/blog/sarah-dresslerPicture
Sarah Dressler, originally from the Philadelphia area, graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Crafts/Metals. Her focus in college was largely on jewelry and no matter what medium she is working in she continues to work on a jewelers scale to this day. She discovered art dolls in 2001 and fell in love with the infinite variety of materials and styles that can be incorporated into these small sculptures. Sarah does not feel tied to the classical human form and delights in drawing new patterns for her dolls creating new silhouettes and playing with proportions; creating characters and new anthropomorphic creatures. Not content with the generic doll stand she has recently been creating small worlds for her dolls to inhabit, adding layers to the dolls personality.

Since art school she has worked in variety of mediums and in a variety of styles. When her children were young she was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, where she was given the highest possible awards for her contributions to the scribal arts. It was within the SCA that she rediscovered the art of calligraphy. Sarah has been demonstrating the art of calligraphy and illumination as a featured artist at the Medieval Festival and the Sacred Arts Festivals at the Glen Cairn Museum, in Bryn Athyn, PA since 2009.

She has been published in Renaissance Magazine, as well as several issues of Art Doll Quarterly.
Sarah's art dolls have been in several group shows at the Newark Arts Alliance, The Hudson Contemporary (AKA the Gibby), and The Dover Art League.

Teaching art in some capacity has been a part of her life since she was a camp counselor in her teens. Within the SCA she teaches workshops on calligraphy, and aspects of medieval illumination techniques. She has been teaching Mixed Media classes for children and teens at The Art Studio, in Newport, DE since 2008.

Something you may not know about Sarah...

Most exotic place you've visited
​ Egypt & Jordan & Israel. My brother and I visited the the Middle East in 1992.  We got to visit local markets as well as the big tourist sights: In Egypt we visited the pyramids at Giza, The Valley of Kings (the location of King Tut’s tomb) the Cairo museum with the King Tut exhibit, I even got to steer a tour boat on the Nile river for a few minutes. In Jordan we visited Petra – the horseback ride through the canyon is every bit as beautiful as movies make it look, the "Treasury" facade carved into the face of the canyon wall is stunning but the inside is nothing like it seems in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; and we got to swim in the Dead Sea. In Israel we spent time in Gaza as well as Jerusalem. While in Jerusalem I got to vote in the Presidential Election at the American Consulate, afterwards while we had lunch in a small local café and engaged in conversation with the owners and ended up having dinner in their home with their extended family.

<![CDATA[robin burrucker]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://thepaletteandthepage.com/blog/robin-burruckerPicture

Robin  Burrucker  has  been  an  artist  since  she  was big  enough  to  hold  a  crayon.  Having  grown  up  along  the shores  of  the  Chesapeake  among  a  family  that  loved  nature and  the  outdoors,  it  was  natural  that  her  artwork  followed  in those  footsteps.  As  well  as  painting,  Robin  enjoys  graphite pencil  drawing  and  photography.  Her  subjects  are  always those that walk, swim, crawl or fly. She loves nature and tries to
capture the spirit of each animal she draws or paints. Many of Robin’s renderings reflect some moment experienced that has given her great joy. Her  newest  endeavor  is  painting  on  feathers.  If anyone  had  told  her  she  would  be  spending  her  springtime dissecting turkey tails and wings, they would have gotten “that look”.  But  here  she  is  painting  on  feathers,  her  own  small contribution  to  recycling.  And  what  better  way  to  portray nature than on a piece of nature itself? Robin  handles  each  feather  from  beginning  to end, procuring, cleaning and repairing it. They are remarkably fragile, but amazingly resilient. Each feather is used regardless of nicks  or  flaws.  She  finds  perfection  in  the  imperfect.  For Robin,  they  are  more  interesting  and  alive  with  those  little “flaws”.

Something you may not know about Robin...
If your work were edible, what would it taste like?​
  If my artwork were edible what would it taste like?  Ah, I chuckle and have the urge to say, "roast turkey."  But, "nah, I cant' say that!"  Hmm...I would have to say a salad.  Everything of the earth, organic.  Fresh, with fruits and vegetables lending their wide variety of tastes, colors and textures.  The dressing would be the emotions or the subject; strong, spicy, mild, sweet, intriguing, a never ending choice of flavors.  Yep, definitely a salad!

<![CDATA[LYNN STRANO WHITT]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://thepaletteandthepage.com/blog/lynn-strano-whittPicture
Lynn Strano-Whitt is a jewelry and textile artist who resides in Newark, DE with her husband and two children. Lynn was always enamored with jewelry of all kinds growing up and the gift of a rock tumbler from her grandfather only fueled that interest further. Twenty years later, on vacation with her husband in North Carolina, Lynn encountered a wire jewelry artist and immediately thought, “I can do that!”. Upon arriving home, she ordered her first rolls of bare copper wire from an electric supply company and went about the work of teaching herself how to create wire jewelry (this was prior to Google and YouTube!). Since then, Lynn has continued to refine and enhance her jewelry designs, finding inspiration in all things. Lampwork glass beads, natural stones, crystals, various types of pearls, millefiori beads, polymer clay, porcelain and terra cotta clay, and paste paper are just some of the materials she has used in her jewelry making; although she always returns to her first love, copper wire. In May of 2010, Lynn joined what became The Palette & The Page, LLC and became an integral part of the creation and ongoing management of the gallery and continues to dedicate herself to the gallery’s success. Entirely self-taught, Lynn frequently shares her knowledge and techniques in various local workshops and exhibits her work in the tri-state area. Lynn also enjoys working with textiles. She has created a wide selection of hand-made baby apparel, as well as handbags and totes. Lynn also volunteers as a costumer for Delaware Dance Company’s production of the Nutcracker; working closely with the Artistic Director and other volunteers to create new costumes, update existing costumes and creating headpieces and props.

<![CDATA[Carolyn asti]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://thepaletteandthepage.com/blog/carolyn-astiPicture
Carolyn received a wood burning kit for Christmas when in fourth grade.    Throughout  the  years  she  dabbled  with  all  kinds  of  arts and  crafts.    Eventually  Carolyn  decided  that  pyrography  (wood burning) was what she loved to do.
After  raising  two  boys,  in  2010  she  decided  it  was  time  to  really start  her  pyrography  art  business.    At  that  time  she  became  a member of The Palette & The Page, which is in her hometown.
Carolyn  started  out  her  business  creating  murals  using  three dimensional  shapes  of  cut  out  wood  and  other  sources  and adding color and texture to her work.  Carolyn does custom order murals by taking photos of homes, businesses, churches etc., and then designs a special mural for personal remembrance.  She  is  always  looking  for  new  ideas  to  expand  her  wood  art  and has  expanded  to  wood  bowls,  platters,  lazy  susans,  spoons  and more.  Loving  what  she  does,  it  makes  her  even  more  joyful  when creating customers ideas and designs on their choice of wood.

Something you may not know about Carolyn...

What does a perfect day look like to you?
It would be a non humid low 70's day sitting and listening to a rushing river/creek with the sun gleaming off the water. I would be reading or just enjoying the view while eating popcorn and a waffle cone with a double ice cream. To top off the day I would then have a camp fire to enjoy the smell and to gaze into the flames. When I got tired I would crawl into my one man tent and sleep to the sounds of nature.

<![CDATA[7 Benefits to owning art]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:31:08 GMThttp://thepaletteandthepage.com/blog/7-benefits-to-owning-artHi Blog Followers!  Thanks for hanging out with us.  I've been thinking a lot about art and why having it in our lives is so wonderful and amazing.  So... This Blog Posting Thursday I want to share with you what I think are:

7 Benefits to Owning Original Art!
1.  The feeling it gives you when you purchase an original piece of work.  There can be a sense of well being, happiness.  For some people the pleasure of searching and owning artwork might even become an addiction!  (sometimes I feel that way!)
2.  Art can enhance your room, your home aesthetically.  Paintings and sculpture can ground your interior and exterior space by providing a focal point.
3.  The love of the particular piece and the joy it gives you just by looking at it day to day.
4.  You are supporting an artist, financially and psychologically, giving them the opportunity to continue creating by your purchase.  Of course the money is very important, but the knowledge that someone loved their work enough to want to own it can help them get up the next morning and continue to produce their perceptions two dimensionally and/or three dimensionally.
5.  Orignal artwork is one-of-a-kind - no one else will ever own that particular piece that you have chosen to display in your home.  You get to enjoy something everyday and share something with your family and friends that no one else ever can.
6.  The fact that the item is handmade can bring another dimension to your living space.  The human quality inherent to the work adds depth and a richness.
7.  Artwork can make your house feel like home and may add an element of refreshment and contemplation to your living space.

So, these are my thoughts... do you have any thoughts to share?  We'd love to hear them in the comments below!

Yours in artful happiness,
<![CDATA[STA-C PETERSON]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://thepaletteandthepage.com/blog/sta-c-petersonPicture
Sta-C Peterson, founder of StormFlight Designs creates Artisan Jewelry for women and men who are looking for uniquely designed, quality, handcrafted jewelry.  Sta-C’s formal training began in the mountains of Northern Georgia at William Holland Lapidary School.  She has studied gemstone faceting, silver metalsmithing, fold forming, enameling, lost wax casting, stone cutting, stone setting, box making and inlay.  Education is an ongoing process she hopes to continue for a long time to come.  Stacey is a member of the Tuscarora Lapidary Society of Brookhaven, PA. Inspiration for the creation of her art comes from the love of natural objects like stones and metal.  She adds elements from Celtic designs and knots, ancient weaving techniques, and classic influences. Sta-C often scours the internet, catalogs and gem shows looking for striking shapes, colors and unique stones. As she holds a focal stone in her hands, she begins to visualize a completed piece of jewelry. She often admits that each piece has a will of its own and almost seems to create itself.

Something you may not know about Sta-C...

​What is on your desk right now?
​Besides a lot of paperwork,  I have several silver etched tree-of-life pendants half done and ready to put on some patina.  I have been enjoying creating tree of life motif jewelry and etching is one of my favorite ways to create the design.​

<![CDATA[JANET YOUSE]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 21:37:32 GMThttp://thepaletteandthepage.com/blog/janet-yousePicture
The woman behind BG Books, Janet Youse, has been with “The Palette & The Page” since its very beginning in November of 2009.  Janet is from Elkton and with her love of reading has accumulated numerous books over time.  It has been a dream of Janet’s to open a gently used book store in downtown Elkton.  
There is a beautiful selection of gently used books at 50% to 70% off of the original cover price for adults and children at ‘The Palette & The Page.’  The book collection offered rotates constantly, so be sure to check back often, especially around the various holidays when Janet puts out books related to those special days!

Something you may not know about Janet...

Where is your favorite place to be ?
My home because I don't get to spend enough time there.