Open House Artist Feature – Susanne Wilson

This week as we get ready for our 7th annual Open House and Art Sale – Friday, Dec. 5th,  4pm-8pm and Saturday,Dec. 6th, 10am -4pm, we have a few more artists to entice you!

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Today, meet Susanne Wilson.

1. Please give us three words to describe your creations?

Fabric turned functional!

2.. what can we expect to find at your “booth?”

Scarves, bags/purses (various sizes and shapes), cell phone pouches, aprons (with cell phone pouches), bookmarks and maybe more!

3. what about this art/craft makes you feel passionate and excited?

I simply adore fabric… I love the colors and textures and form and flow (lack of ‘form’). And I love ‘sculpting’ with fabric… creating dimension and contrast and shape with it.

4. when you are not making art, where can we expect you to be?

At my computer either writing a wedding (I’m a wedding officiant), or organizing musicians/music for weddings and events (I do the booking for a string ensemble). You can often find me in the kitchen (I love food and creating with food as much as I love fabric!). You can find me almost every early morning with my husband (of 34 years) engaged in our ritual of sharing really good coffee and our personal process. You can find me in the dance studio most Monday nights with Anita and crew. And more often than not you can find me with some of my nearest and dearest doing any and all of the above!

5. do you have 3-5 things on your bucket list that you could share with us?

Travel… specifically Ireland and Italy.
Hold a grandbaby (or multiple) in my arms 🙂  (no pressure, kids!)
Have a sewing/art space in my home… and time to spend there! Have a work life that includes supporting people in their end-of-life journey

 

 

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Artist Feature – Anita Bondi and Louise Bowman – co-directors Wellspring Holistic Center

Many of you already know this but occasionally we get someone new in the office that says, “there is something similar about the two of you.” “Your mannerisms or I just can’t put my finger on it.”

So for those of you who don’t know – we are sisters and are thrilled to be at Wellspring together!

We are also lovers of craft, art, and making things. Blame our parents who never seem to sit still and always have a project going!

One week from today we will be welcoming you at the center for our 7th Annual Open House and Art Sale!

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1. what is your name and please give us three words to describe your creations?

Anita Bondi – inspirational, healing, fun to wear!

Louise Bowman, Living Well – Naturally – smelly, organic, fun.

2. what can we expect to find at your “booth?”

Anita-necklaces, earrings, bracelets, InterPlay Inspiration Decks, and NEW candles with charms (made with Louise).

Louise-lots of fun products for beauty care such as organic soaps, lotion bars, lip balms, sugar and salt scrubs, fun bath items for kids, hand knit wash cloths, fingerless gloves, and knit hats all made with natural fibers

3. what about this art/craft makes you feel passionate and excited?

Anita-I love the way that metal and stones come together and play off of one another. I am thrilled when I sketch out an idea and then am able to bring it to life at the jewelry bench. There is such a thrill and a rush when I show up somewhere and people are wearing my art! (at a conference last year there were 75 -100 people in a circle and as I looked around at least half had on one of my necklaces! way cool!)

Louise-I decided to make soaps last year on a whim and have expanded my beauty care line this year to include the lip balms and lotion bars.  I am so excited that you can make these products with very few ingredients, no preservatives and essential oils for scent.  I feel like I can be creative in the kitchen when I start to think about what scent I want to use next.

4. when you are not making art, where can we expect you to be?

Anita-At Wellspring Holistic Center seeing private clients or on Main St. teaching Pilates and Improvisation. You might also find me curled up on my couch with my best buddy, Scout, out on the river paddle boarding, riding my bike, hiking, and most likely somewhere dancing!

Louise-Well, it depends on the weather.  You may find me out on the river with my sister on my stand-up paddleboard, on the tennis court, or in my kitchen creating something delicious to eat. Of course, there is also my acupuncture practice to keep me out of trouble!

5. do you have 3-5 things on your bucket list that you could share with us?

Anita- a house on the water – discovering a cure for chronic inflammation – having a dog that actually listens – expanded family

Louise-Up until a few years ago I never even heard of a bucket list.  If I am able to travel and see more places in this beautiful world I will be happy.  If I can spend more time on the water, I will be happy.

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Open House Artist Feature – Carole Ludwig

As we get ready for our 7th annual Open House and Art Sale – Friday, Dec. 5th,  4pm-8pm and Saturday,Dec. 6th, 10am -4pm, we would like to give you a chance to get to know the artists that will be featured.

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Today, meet Carole Ludwig.

1. Please give us three words to describe your creations?

Nature. Serenity. Colorful.

2.. what can we expect to find at your “booth?”

 Dyes silk scarves. Photo Note cards.

3. what about this art/craft makes you feel passionate and excited?

With the silk scarves, the results are always a surprise which is exciting. With the Note Cards the passion is in the intimacy with the subject matter.

4. when you are not making art, where can we expect you to be?

Yoga, Pilates or just plain walking, Reiki Volunteer at Pocono Medical Center, spending time with friends and family.

5. do you have 3-5 things on your bucket list that you could share with us?

I would like to visit Tuscany and Alaska – and just for fun meet Robert Redford!

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Open House Artist Feature – Samantha Bachman

As we get ready for our 7th annual Open House and Art Sale – Friday, Dec. 5th,  4pm-8pm and Saturday,Dec. 6th, 10am -4pm, we would like to give you a chance to get to know the artists that will be featured.

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Today, meet Samantha Bachman.

1. Please give us three words to describe your creations?

I would describe my creations as cute, sweet, and playful!

2.. what can we expect to find at your “booth?”

Since the holidays are quickly approaching, you can expect to find lots of ornaments featuring animals and holiday characters at my booth. I become obsessed with making ornaments as soon as November 1st arrives. I will also have a lot of polymer clay jewelry and accessories available, as well as a few ceramic and felt creations.
3. what about this art/craft makes you feel passionate and excited?

 I think that I get so excited about making ornaments because they are so closely linked with family tradition and nostalgia. It makes me so excited to think that one of my creations could play a tiny part in the holiday traditions of another person or family. I truly enjoy making people smile through the objects I create, no matter the medium or type of object.

4. when you are not making art, where can we expect you to be?

If I’m not making art, I’m spending time with my wonderful family and friends. That being said I’m usually always making something, I gain so much happiness from making something new everyday!

5. do you have 3-5 things on your bucket list that you could share with us?

I want to travel to Japan, design my own toys, and read more often 🙂

You can also find Samantha on Instagram: @sambachmanart

 

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Open House Artist Feature – Susan Bradford

As we get ready for our 7th annual Open House and Art Sale – Friday, Dec. 5th,  4pm-8pm and Saturday, Dec. 6th, 10am -4pm, we would like to give you a chance to get to know the artists that will be featured.

 

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Today, meet Susan Bradford.

1. Please give us three words to describe your creations?

Three words to describe my work is hard because it covers a lot of territory.  So here are three general words:  passionate, joyful, colorful. 
2.. what can we expect to find at your “booth?”

You will find mandala art: giclee prints (including two new images – Joy and Creativity), coasters (including a new set), platters (including the two new images), and cards.  Baskets made of all sizes made of materials including seagrass, fiber rush, waxed linen, sweet grass, raffia and more.  Paper vessels, and paper ornaments.  Beaded bracelets of three varieties.  It sounds a bit crazy and overwhelming even to me, but I love making all of it!
3. what about this art/craft makes you feel passionate and excited?

Everything about creating anything and everything excites me.  Maybe that’s why I can’t seem to stick to just one thing.
4. when you are not making art, where can we expect you to be?

When not making art, you will find me in the garden.  Luckily out here (I live on Orcas Island, WA when not in the Poconos), that is for about nine months a year.
5. do you have 3-5 things on your bucket list that you could share with us?

Travel!  Keeping my energy and health as long as possible.  Being a better person.  Doing more Reiki on Orcas.

Open House and Art Sale Coming Soon!

I know, I know – life is going too fast!

I hear it everyday from just about everyone. My thought: go with the flow. You can’t change it anyway so…

gowithEnjoy every moment and have fun doing it!

Mark your calendar now for our annual OPEN HOUSE AND ART SALE.

Shop handmade beautiful works for your family and friends. Mini-treatments available to make your holiday shopping STRESS FREE!

Friday, December 5, 4:00-8:00pm

Saturday, December 6, 10:00am-4:00pm

Wellspring Holistic Center

Pilates

I have been doing Pilates since 1999 (or maybe before that, but my memory is not that great!), and I have completely healed myself of low back discomfort and pain by strengthening my core.

I have learned how to function in day to day life using the principles of Pilates: neutral pelvis, scapular stabilization, and proper breathing techniques.

Recently I started another weekly class on Wednesday nights 5:30pm-6:45pm.

Wellspring on Main St. Stroudsburg -554 Main St. 2nd Floor

Drop in rate is only $10- so why not come out and give it a try.

plankpaddleWe’ll start in the studio and work up to doing Pilates on the river!

 Contact me at: anitab@anitabondidesigns.com for more info or questions.