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2019 POP UP ART GAllery

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Open Call for Artist and Musicians

POP UP ART Gallery 2019

One of our many goals at Ruben and The Bard Studio, is helping shop owners with vacant store fronts, come alive with a Pop Up Art Gallery.  Inviting Artist and Musicians the opportunity to present their talents to a new audience.

You are free to use your imagination with your display.  This year we’ll be brighten up the store front mentioned below:



Where: EB’s Market 16 Main Street, Laceyville, PA., 18623

When: Mother’s Day Weekend, Saturday,  May 11th, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


There will be two tents provide outside, (Just in case of inclement weather). One for Musicians and the other for Artists who want to paint outside.

Space is Limited. The sections are 4′ feet wide and are available with or with shelves.

Pricing, Artist:

4′-foot, aisles or open cooler sections- $10.00 per artist (includes, advertising, refreshments)

3′-foot, closed cooler sections- $8.00 per artist (includes, advertising, refreshments)

Pricing, Musicians:

A tent will be provided, along with electricity and tip jar.

Sent up time will be: Friday, May 10th, between 10am- 4pm at EB’s Market. Any questions of concerns please contact, Debra: or visit





500 Years After Leonardo da Vinci’s Death, His Genius Will Be on Display in Dozens of Exhibitions Around the World | artnet News

500 Years After Leonardo da Vinci’s Death, His Genius Will Be on Display in Dozens of Exhibitions Around the World | artnet News

A worldwide celebration of the Renaissance master kicks off today in the UK.

Sarah Cascone


Today, a dozen museums across the UK are simultaneously opening “Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing,” an exhibition of the famed Renaissance artist’s work to mark the 500th anniversary his death, on May 2, 1519.

The coordinated British exhibitions—which are part of a larger worldwide celebration of the artist, inventor, architect, and all-around genius—draw from the UK’s Royal Collection Trust, which has sent a dozen drawings from Windsor Castle to each of the 12 participating institutions.

Leonardo made “more drawings than any artist of the period” and “more words in manuscripts than anyone from the period in any field,” Martin Clayton, the head of prints and drawings at the Royal Collection Trust, told The Art Newspaper. “You can grasp the whole Leonardo by looking at the drawings.”



To determine which drawings went to which museums, the trust organized 12 batches of works, each balanced to reflect Leonardo’s wide range of interests, and had the institutions choose the sets at random. Highlights include Leonardo’s “invisible ink” works, a skull cross-section featuring his signature “mirror” writing, and two drapery studies for Salvator Mundi, now the most expensive painting ever sold.

Queen Elizabeth II inherited an impressive set of more than 500 of the artist’s drawings, originally contained in a bound album and compiled by sculptor Pompeo Leoni after Leonardo’s death. It was later purchased by King Charles II.

Following the current exhibitions, an additional 200 drawings will go on view at the Queen’s Gallery in London in May. The UK’s year of Leonardo will wrap up at the Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, with a show of another 80 drawings opening in November. The trust hopes that audiences across the country will be able to enjoy these historic works—some 34 million people, or about half the nation, live within an hour of one of the venues.

Altogether, it’s the biggest Leonardo drawings show since a Royal Academy of Arts exhibition in 1952, which marked the 500th anniversary of the artist’s birth.


Other exhibitions around the world will also mark the momentous anniversary. In New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art launched a modest display of four drawings by Leonardo this week. In France, at the Château de Clos Lucé, where Leonardo died, a tapestry copy of The Last Supper will be on loan from the Vatican Museums starting in June. (Later in the year, it will travel to the Palazzo Reale in Milan.)

The French region will also host a 500th anniversary show at the Château du Chambord (Leonardo may have been its architect) with works by the artist borrowed from the Louvre, the British Museum, and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.



Milan, where Leonardo created The Last Supper, is getting in on the action with “Leonardo and His School in the Ambrosiana’s Collections,” a quartet of exhibitions that will run consecutively at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana through January 2020. And the city’s Castello Sforzesco will host “Leonardo and the Sala delle Asse between Nature, Art and Science,” another drawings exhibition, starting in May. The museum’s Sala delle Asse, sumptuously decorated with Leonardo’s nature-themed wall paintings, also reopens to the public on the anniversary of his death, even as restoration is ongoing.

Elsewhere in Italy, Leonardo’s longtime home, Florence, will host an exhibition about the artist and his books at the Museo Galileo in April, while the Palazzo Strozzi presents “Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo.”

Vinci, where Leonardo was born, will explore how the local area influenced his work in a show opening at the Museo Leonardiano in April. Finally, the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice will break out the rarely exhibited but instantly recognizable drawing The Vitruvian Man.


The year will culminate with “Leonardo da Vinci” at the Louvre, which opens in October and has been ten years in the making. It is billed as the most comprehensive exhibition ever dedicated to the acclaimed artist. The museum already owns five of the 15 extant Leonardo paintings, including, of course, the Mona Lisa, and will augment its holdings with significant loans. Originally, that was due to include Salvador Mundi from the Louvre Abu Dhabi, but that now seems unlikely to happen.

“Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing” is on view at the Ulster Museum, Belfast; the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery; the National Museum Cardiff; the Derby Museum and Art Gallery; the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow; the Leeds Art Gallery; the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; the Manchester Art Gallery; the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield; the Southampton City Art Gallery; and the Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens, from February 1—May 6, 2019.

Leonardo da Vinci: a Life in Drawing,” is on view at the Queen’s Gallery, London, from May 24–October 13, 2019.

Leonardo da Vinci: a Life in Drawing is on view at the Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, from November 22—March 15, 2020.

Sarah Cascone Senior Writer


‘Everyone Should Have a Studio’: Artist Liz Magor

‘Everyone Should Have a Studio’: Artist Liz Magor on the Sanctuary Where She Translates Humble Objects Into Precious Artworks | artnet News

While working on a cast sculpture of a paper bag, Liz Magor describes her Vancouver studio as a place for pleasure as well as productivity. “If I’m not here,” says the artist, “I want to be here and I want to work.”

Magor maintains a quiet, elemental studio so that she is able to seek out “below the radar” systems embedded in the everyday objects and materials that inspire her. “It’s a way to keep myself on a single focus—on a single track—and there’s something pleasurable about that.” As she reflects on the potential health benefits of maintaining a studio, Magor is shown installing an earlier cast bag sculpture, Mademoiselle Raymonde (2014), at Peep-Hole in Milan, Italy.


Producer: Ian Forster & Wesley Miller. Consulting Producer: Nick Ravich. Interview: Pamela Mason Wagner. Editor: Morgan Riles. Camera: Greg Bartels. Sound: Jeff Carter. Artwork Courtesy: Liz Magor. Special Thanks: Peep-Hole & Contemporary Art Gallery.

Art21 Exclusive is supported, in part, by the Art21 Contemporary Council.

KAA Member Show 2019– North Branch of Heaven Exhibit

The Kitson Arts Alliance proudly presents its KAA Member Show 2019 – North Branch of Heaven – at four distinctive gallery spaces located in our North Branch Art Trail region.



From April 8th to May 25th, North Branch of Heaven at the Cultural Center will be on display at the Dietrich Theaters Earnshaw & Sherwood Galleries, Wyoming County Cultural Center, 60 East Street,    Tunkhannock, PA 18657.




Wyoming County Courthouse. One of four location for Member Show 2019. From April 8th to June 28th, North Branch of Heaven at the Courthouse will be on display at the Courthouse Art Gallery, Wyoming County Courthouse, One Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.




From April 8th to June 28th, North Branch of Heaven at The Cup will be on display at the Community Cup Coffee & Tea House, 421 Main Street, Towanda, PA 18848.




From April 8th to June 28th, North Branch of Heaven at the Cafe will be on display at Tina’s Cafe Coffee House & Eatery at the Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.


The four North Branch of Heaven exhibits will feature artwork by a wide range of KAA member artists, among them: Billy Brandenberg, Betty Bryden, Jack Donnelly, Rita Eddy, Erika Gibson-Bertram, Richard Griffith, Sue Hand, L.P. “Rip” Howard III, Ben Jackson, Melissa Jennings, Catrina King, Joe Kluck, Chris Lathrop, Debra Lee Osborne, Sue Palackas, Christopher Ries, Amanda Robinson, Gayle Ruckstuhl, Morgan Scudder, Jayne Stevens, Alice Strauss, Sharon Templin, Michelle Thomas, LaVonne Walter, Joe Welden, Charles “Ty” Welles, and Frank Wengen.


April 8
June 28
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Kitson Arts Alliance


Wyoming County Courthouse
Tunkhannock, PA 18657 + Google Map

The Anatomy of Art

The last several months I haven’t had the desire to paint on a detailed scale.

(I LOVE detail!! I love every aspect of it! The architect of a building. How the stone or wood, that holds it’s heart together, feels. The reflections of the types of glass that was used during the construction. In general, I understand, that this is history placed in front of me and that there is beauty that I should scribed.)

I’ve been dabbling in varies mediums, pens, pencils etc., but to no avail.  It just wouldn’t come to me.  Of course, maybe I was trying to hard, maybe I was just burned out. I felt burned out*. (*Warning: the whining is about to proceed)  Not from my art, but from the world outside my studio.  I moved further out for varies reason, but the primary was to increase my productivity.   It was going pretty well.  Then it took a left at Albuquerque.   I kept pushing the pen in the sketch book, but nothing.  I was getting some ideas roaming around my brain, but none seemed reasonable.  I rearranged my studio (it started with a sick Cichlid, who had to be pulled from the main tank.  Then, I thought, because he was so social, maybe, just maybe, I had room in my studio for him.  So, I started moving things around, tossing things out.  Moved an empty tank in, called my partner and had it setup, ready to go.  Yep, sure enough, moved him in and he died within two weeks. (Cuss, Cuss, Swear, Swear!)  So, I took some fry out of the main tank and now they’re in the studio. The little brats.  Assuring that they were settled in, I took the paintings stacked against the wall and hung them up.  Not much for symmetry, but they’re up and that’s that.

Moving forward,   I started taking those “reasonable” ideas and putting them on canvas.  It felt like I was brushing away the cob webs in the corners of my brain.  I don’t know where any of these concepts are going but, I’ll follow.




The Nuts and Bolts of a Paint and Sip

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The Nuts and Bolts of a Paint and Sip

(originally posted January, 2018)
Ever thought, that you’re about to be in over your head?  Yet,  you take the dive anyway?  That’s how I felt with my first paint and sip.  Leaning on good old Google to get me through.There are tons and I do me tons of articles available.  I found that they can only suggest certain things, such as ” how to throw a canvas paint party ” or ” supplies need for paint and sip “.  Which helps propel you in the right direction.

For your first paint and sip to be truly successful, you need to plan couple months a head.  Better to over estimate with everything, than under estimate your event.

I normally shop locally, but out in rural country,  you naturally have to drive at least 30 minutes to get to most places.  This go around, I turned to Amazon, because there are no locally own art supply stores.  Below are a list of products I decided on:


Easels: US Art Supply 18″ Large Tabletop Display A-Frame Artist Easel (12-Pack).  Main website:

I found this company has the best price for bulk easels on their amazon account. They arrived in a timely fashion, no assembly required.  I purchased the larger easels so that I could use a variety of canvas sizes (between 8″x 10″ / 20×25 cm up to “18 / 45 cm )

Paints:  Castle Art Supplies LARGE Acrylic Paint Set – 12 BIG 75ml Tubes for Beginners, Artists or Students – For Canvas, Wood, Ceramic, Fabric and Nail Art (12 75ml tubes)

Great company for paint and sip projects.  The price was great for the amount of paints you received.  Didn’t dry out during the class.  My biggest fear was the product being to watery.  Didn’t happen.  They are non toxic and no running down the canvas.  Very pleased with the product and price.  A little bit of paint went a long way.

Canvas:  Arteza 11×14 Stretched Canvas, 100%-Cotton (Pack of 8)

I was very pleased with the deliver from this company.  As an artist the last thing you need is for your canvases to show up damaged.  It just causes more delays.  99% of the time, I load up and purchase my canvases from a chain supple store about two hours away.  They arrived undamaged and as advertised.  Found them to have the best price for this project.

Palettes: 10-Well Round Plastic Palette W/Cover

Good buy for the money.  All arrived on time and undamaged.  Liked the lid idea because, if I have another event that day.  Just cover, pack and reuse.  On another note: I’ve read that some use paper plates, a good, frugal idea, as well.  There are many way to present your event.

Paint Brushes: Variety Size Packs

As you know paint brushes come in varies sizes, so I went with several different types of bulk variety packs. Giving each painter six sizes to chose from. My best deals were found at my local dollar store or chain store.

  • Paper Towels
  • Vinyl Table Covers
  • Masking Tape (Any kind, can be used as masking and adheres table covers)
  • Water containers (I recycled plastic yogurt containers)
  • Water pitcher (to refill containers)
  • Color Wheel (If you don’t own one, get one!)
  • Smocks (I used over sized t-shirts and smocks)

Preparing the canvases

Because this was a family event and we anticipated all ages, “Paint and Sip with Parent”.  I penciled up the subject matter.  Then went over my pencil with black and light blue sharpies.  I prepared twelve canvases and one on the fly, when an extra guest showed up. Keep your design simple.

Venues: Where to have your paint and sip

I was lucky that the venue was provided for me.  Doing this completely on your own requires renting or holding it in your home.  Around here it would have cost me $150.00 for a couple of hours. Which would have been a financial loss.  Check with your local church, fire hall, community clubs or art organizations about renting their space. (The good thing about local venues is they may already have tables and chairs)

Advertising, Advertising, Advertising: 

Design a flyer and post it everywhere! Social Media is a great place to start, Twitter, Facebook, Your website etc.  Reach out to local bulletin boards in your churches, veteran halls, senior centers, grocery stores, gyms, libraries etc.

Set up and Break down:

  • For a 2 Hour event with twelve people: Anticipate that you’ll need at least an hour to set everything up and a hour to clean up.
  • Serving Food or Snacks?: You have to have something. Recommend store bought items.  Saves time. You decide on how lavish you want it.
  • Alcohol or Non Alcohol: Ours was a family event, in a public venue, so easy decision.  You can do both.  Just remember, if alcohol is served or if they bring their own.  You open yourself up to personal liabilities.
  • Clean up is very important.  If you leave a mess, next time they may not rent to you. Even go the extra mile and thank them.  Yes you paid to rent it, but your reputation precedes you.

At last, but not least.  I wanted to thank my Patrons.  Without your, encouragement and financial support this would’ve not been possible.

If I forgot anything leave a comment below.

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