June 17, 2013

Five Fast Ones with Rebecca Emberley!

I am thrilled to share a quick interview with the fabulous Rebecca Emberley - artist, illustrator, children's book author of over 30 books - and one of our top notch instructors at ARC this summer! Not familiar with her work? Take a peek here and here. She's a force of nature and what she has to offer you in her workshops this summer will be life changing! Interested in children's book publishing? This is THE class for you!

Without further ado here's a little bit about Rebecca!

Who are you and where are you from and what are your materials of choice?

Rebecca Emberley from  Southern Maine - I work with paper, fabric, wood, lots of things

1. What is your most fond memory of camp?

Archery - probably couldn't hit the side of a barn now, but at 12 I loved the twang of the bow, the arrow sailing through the trees...and gimp, remember gimp?

2. What do you want to share with your students at ARC?

The knowledge I've acquired surrounding the "business" of art, along with using art in your everyday life even if you don't consider yourself an artist.

3. What is your favorite  outdoor summer activity?

 Beach...sitting, sleeping, reading, swimming, fires, BEACH

4. What's on your nightstand?

I just finished "How to be Good"  by Nick Hornby very interesting questions posed, coconut oil - heals everything, vast collection of earrings

5. What are your current artistic endeavors include?

So much going on! I started a publishing imprint this year - Two Little Birds Books, which includes 3 illustration projects and I just found out that one of my books will be made into a musical

Wow! How cool is that? Thanks Rebecca for being part of our five fast ones and ARC! We are so honored!

June 11, 2013

Update on our new space!

Lots of painting and flooring action going on at the new space for artstream in Dover! (10 Second Street if you haven't heard!) We are working hard to bring the best of what you have come to know and love from us and pushing the envelope to make it even better! Excited to announce that we will have a dedicated room for the children's classes and a room for the adults as well as a clay room! EXCITING! (sorry - I just can't contain my happiness!) 
It's still in process with the construction so it's not picture worthy yet! Additionally we will have our gallery front and center along with a large entryway/waiting room filled with - you guessed it - more art!

We are pleased to announce that the entire process is going smoothly and with so many kind words, helping hands and supportive community (thank you ALL!) we will be ready to see you July 6th for our grand opening!

June 06, 2013

Five fast ones! with Lisa Solomon ...

Thinking about joining us for Art{retreat}Camp? Want to know more about the instructors? Well, you are in for a treat! Today we asked Lisa Solomon these five fast questions to give you all a little more insight into who these instructors are and what their being at ARC will do for YOU!

I could have been more pleased to have Lisa Solomon be on board with us for this adventure. I am a huge fan of this lady - her art work and work ethic - is outstanding and her teaching skills are second to none. OK gushing aside, let's talk with Lisa!:name/location/favorite materials to work with

Lisa solomon / Oakland CA / I don't think I've met a material I don't like
;). I'm generally known for working with drawing, embroidery, crochet,
1. What is your most fond memory of camp?

I clearly remember my sleep away camp when I was in junior high to
Catalina island - it was such a thrill to camp on the beach and swim and
be away from home. I came back 10 shades darker and remember loving that
feeling of a group being thrown together and bonding in a way that doesn't
happen in any other circumstance.

2. What do you want to share with your students at ARC?

I'm so excited to be teaching in a camp like setting with a small intimate
group of really inspiring teachers and students. My favorite thing about
teaching is really the simplicity of sharing knowledge. Sure I have
certain techniques and ideas from a more "seasoned" perspective to pass
onto students, but I learn so much from students too. I love the back and
forth, the questions, the inquisitiveness - there is such an interplay -
learning about one another, watching how students take what I have to
share and make it their own.

3. What is your favorite  outdoor summer activity?

I think it has to be swimming. But honestly I'm kind of looking forward to
making real live s'mores around a campfire. We'll be able to do that right?
*ARC:  Susan Schwake: YES!

4. What's on your nightstand?
Right now - buddhas in the attic … my phone charger, lip balm, box of
kleenex. Wow that is so unexciting.

5. What are your current artistic endeavors include? (Please freely
promote whatever you are up to here!!!)

In the studio I'm currently working on a body of work for my next solo
show at Fouladi Projects that will open in November of 2013. The entire
show is dedicated to "sen" which is 1000 in Japanese. You are correct if
you guess there is a lot of counting going on. http://fouladiprojects.com/

I'm also about to install a polaroid show that I curated at Rare Device
called Instant Noun.

Thanks so much Lisa - rest assured we will be heavily stocked with s'mores ingredients!