08 January 2013

News, Exhibitions, and more ...

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Complete inventory available online at StudioArtworks.com

Select items available at:

The Little Green Store 

Verdigris Loft

Urban Color

Evergreen Fine Crafts

Lockport St. Gallery
Lotton Gallery & Studio

Edgecomb Potters Galleries


The Gifted Hand

Cezar and Magi, Inc. 


Clay Coyote Gallery

The Kalled Gallery

The Tenth Muse Gallery

Skyland Artist Gallery


Stewarts Village Gallery

BAYarts Gallery Shop
Don Drumm Studio and Gallery
Gallery 143
Standing Rock Gallery

Vi's Island Collectibles


Abington Art Center 
Artisan's Nest

Artista Gallery 
Bunny Hares

Daily Grind
Dovetail Artisans

Foulkeways at Gwynedd
JoyefulArt Boutique
Langman Gallery
Square Peg Artery

The Artisans Image
The Studio
Tickle My Senses
Topeo Gallery North and South
Woodmere Museum Shop

Dollywood  (Woodcarvers Gift Shop)

Hanson Galleries 

43rd St. Gallery
Island Arts

Hawkins House


34th Parallel Magazine (featured artist)
American Economic Associations Annual Meetings (Cover Art)
Art in King Size Beds: A Collector's Journal by Michael Corbin
CD Ann Tedards feat. Libby Larsen (debut TBD)
Celebrations Gallery
Chutzpah Magazine
Cinnamon & Honey "A Handmade's Tale"
Comcast Center
Congregation Kol Ami
Crossroads International Conference, Univ of Toulousse
Culture Hair Studio
Daily Grind
Etsy Storque "This Handmade Life"
Examiner.com (Mother's Day Gift Guide)
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Fox Chase Library
Hindostone Products
I Made That
Immaculate Conception Jenkintown
IndieSpotting (artist feature)
Literatti - An Artist Blog
Megabrand Puzzles
Milkboy Coffee
Moderne Life Interiors
Modern Vintage Illustration, Anova Books 2012
Motion Picture "The Roommate"
OC Weekly Online
Past Life, FOX 2010
Philadelphia CityPaper (Icepack section and Critical Mass Sections)
Philly Daily News (Yo! Features)
Picasso Restaurant
Players Club of Swarthmore
Salon Normandee
Sandier Pastures
Spirituality of Sex, Woodlake Publishing
Spoonflower Fabrics
Straube Center
The Artists Center
The Decorating Diva (artist spotlight)
The Leather Case
This Mom Can Shop
Ticket Magazine (Montgomery Media)
Times Chonicle (artist story on cover page)
Warehouse 13, SYFY Channel, Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (see image)


Abington Friends School Craft Show
Arts in the Park, Elkins Park, PA
Art for the Cash Poor
Buyer's Market of American Craft
Chestnut Hill's "Fall for the Arts"
Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Show, Philadelphia
Clover Market
East Falls by the River 2010
Haddonfield, Fine Art and Craft Festival, NJ
Jenkintown Festival of the Arts
Kol Ami Fine Art and Craft Show
"Looking out for Kids" Fundraiser
Manayunk Arts Festival, Philadelphia PA
Nancy's House Fine Art and Craft Benefit. Elstowe Mansion
PA Guild's Spring Craft Market, Lancaster, PA
Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Trenton Avenue Arts Philadelphia PA
Water Tower FIne Art and Craft

Artwork selected for September 11th tribute calendar. (Angels of September)
Awarded 1st Place Craft and Jewelry, Jenkintown Festival of the Arts, 2010
Awarded 1st Place  Emerging Artist's "Birth of Venus Contest"
Awarded 2nd Place : "Taking Flight" Da Vinci Art Contest : Franklin Institute 2011
Awarded 2nd Place : "Taking Flight" Design : Invention Derby : Shirt.Woot
Awarded 3rd Place :  "Swimming Koi" Design : Water Derby : Shirt.Woot
Awarded 3rd Place :  "(W)Right Angle Neutrality" : Pixel Derby : Shirt.Woot
Cover Artist AEA "Annual Meetings" ESSA (Angels of Sept and The Jazz Club)
Cover Image CD "Woman Spirit : Songs by Libby Larsen" Ann Tedards
"Designer Spotlight" My Shopping Connection
"Editor's Pick" MyShoppingConnection.com
"Editor's Pick" UpscaleBaby.com
Etsian Artist of the Night on AroundMainLine.com
Featured Artist at The Artists Center
Featured Artist Cinnamon & Honey
Featured Artist "HandmadePA"
Featured Artist OhDeeDoh, Apartment Therapy
Featured Artist "This Mom Can Shop"
Modern Impressionists Award Winner in January 2009 and March 2009.
Recommended Artist of the Day by DiscoveredArtist.com
"Welcome Spring" painting selected by Imagekind as one of the top decorating trends for Spring 2009.

Solo Exhibition First Friday, Artista Gallery
Solo Exhibition Featured Artist "Catcha Break Cafe"
Solo Exhibit Comcast Center, Philadelphia
Solo Exhibit Culture Hair Studio, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia PA
Solo Exhibition Kol Ami
Solo Exhibit Moderne Life Interiors, PA
Solo Exhibition, Milkboy Coffee, Ardmore
Solo Exhibition 2nd Saturday,Picasso Restaurant, Media PA
Solo Exhibition 2nd Thursday, Reverie on Girard
Solo Exhibition  Artist of the Month  Rosemont School of the Holy Child
Solo Exhibition First-Friday Artist "The Ardmore Initiative"
Group Exhibit Straube Art Center, NJ

11 September 2012

September 11th Remembered through Art

My previous post includes images of paintings that I created shortly after September 11th, 2001. At that time, I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful woman from Texas who acquired several of my 9-11 paintings.  She was so moved by the artists who were creating artwork for charity that she, too, became involved. She worked with a local printer who donated his services to produce a September 11 Tribute Calendar.  I have prints of some of the other "Angels of America" artists and some other originals that I acquired during the 2001 charitable "Auctions for America". I thought that it would be nice to post a few of the other images here on the 10th Anniversary of September 11 as a way to remember the day through the eyes of fellow artists.  You'll see that each artist captures a feeling about that day in a different way.....many show pride and patriotism with an emphasis on the American flag, others show heartfelt condolences for the lives lost by their use of angels, hearts and candles.

As I said before: To those who lost their lives on this day 10 years ago, to the heroes who worked endlessly to search for survivors,  and to the families who lost loved ones - You are always in our hearts. Your loved ones may be gone, but they are certainly not forgotten. May we all remain United For Peace.

The work is signed "Among our gifts, our treasures shine! Thank you!" I think the signature is S. Bryser (sp?)

Print reads "Thanks for your Support! All the Best, Mel Clarkston"

"God Bless America" Ruth M. Lenz (sp?) 11/14/2001

Angel by Jill Tostengard 2001 (Love the Angel portrait on the back too! Thanks Jill!)

Portrait by Sheryl Dooley 2001

This was a small painting done on a piece of cardboard box. It was done October 23, 2001 by Troxell. I asked the artist to write a message on the back about the painting and their feelings about 9-11. It is nice to have this personal reflection on the date and the associated artwork.

Mary Hamilton, November 2001

"Morning Glory" by Catherin Darling Hostetter 2001

By Teresa Arbogast

Heroic Efforts" The Gathering by Sonya Paz 2001

Stronger than Ever by Steve Peters 2001 (Thanks Steve for the personal note on the back!)
Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears by KA Krig (sp?) Artist added "O beautiful for spacious skies ..."

This blog post was originally written on 9/11/2011 for the 10th year anniversary of 9-11.

13 June 2012

Landfillart.org - An Artist Reclamation Project - Turning Old Hubcaps into Art

Pictured is the hubcap I created for the project.
Ken with the Landfillart.org project is still looking for talented artists that would like to be part of the Landfill Art Project. It's a great artist reclamation project that takes old rusted hubcaps and turns them into beautiful art. If you're an artist that would like to apply for your hubcap, please visit Landfillart.org

Take a look through the online gallery to see what's been submitted.

Updated 1/6/2010
According to Ken by mid-December he'd already received 450 completed projects all of which can be seen on the Landfillart.org website. There are approximately 500 hubcaps that are 'works in progress' and he's looking for 100 more artists to complete the goal of 1041 which will likely be met in 2010. So far, he has participants from all 50 states in the U.S. and from a total of 51 countries! Wonderful to see the response and the completed projects!

Updated 6/13/2012
According to Ken's latest correspondence : "Our project continues to create momentum.  There have been over 850 completed projects received.  All of the art projects can be seen on our website (www.landfillart.org).
Many additional projects are presently being worked on world wide.
A wonderful museum has expressed a sincere interest in the Landfillart Project and has suggested that they perhaps should be the first venue for a traveling show.  The traveling show would encompass perhaps 200 Landfillart Projects.
As a result of the potential of this museum show I am anxious to complete the Landfillart Project.
Please pass on our website.  We need approximately 100 additional talented artists to "sign-on".  If the artist mentions your name in their e-mail it will speed-up the selection process.
I am very excited about this museum showing and I am reaching out to you once again for help."
So, if you are interested in participating, be sure to contact Ken as soon as possible and get your hubcap submitted.  Check out the gallery online for so many great contributions to this reclamation project. -kristen

13 March 2012

Magnetic Jewelry with Interchangeable Design Inserts - Art-Toppers by Kristen Stein

Introducing my new line of interchangeable magnetic jewelry providing the wearer with endless possibilities with one piece of jewelry! Buy one base and switch out the art tops to define your own personal style. I'm currently offering : pendants, earrings and bracelet with over 60 design inserts from which you can choose the ones that suit you best!

The design inserts, or what I like to call "art toppers' are available individually, or in sets of 3, 5, and 10.  If you have a favorite image that you'd like me to add to the collection, let me know and I can customize a piece for you.

Each jewelry item comes with a set of inserts which can be selected from the images shown below.  Please visit http://shop.studioArtworks.com for more information.

 These are available in my etsy shop as well.

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22 December 2011

Small gift boxes from old cards (Great way to reuse your Christmas and Birthday Cards)

Gift packages from old Holiday Cards. (c) 2011, Kristen Stein, StudioArtworks.com

Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to take old Christmas cards or any occasion card and turn it into a small gift box suitable for holding a gift card, jewelry, or other small gift item. Kids love making these....just be careful with the scissors.  Let an adult or older child be in charge of scoring the edges

What you'll need:
  • Old Cards
  • Glue (Glue sticks work great)
  • Scissors
  • Flat edge or ruler (optional)

First select your card.

Now trim about a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch off one of the longest edges on the side of the card. Only trim one side of the card.

Now you should have one of the longest edges of the card exposed. We want to score the remaining edge with the scissors to make it easier to foldover.
If you have a flat-edge or a ruler, you can line this up with the cut part of the card and run the scissors along the edge to score the remaining part of the card.  This will make it much easier to fold.  If you don't have a ruler, just use the cut part of the card as your guide. Fold this scored flap to the inside of the card.

Once folded inside, apply glue to the top of the folded portion.  (In the picture above, this is the part with the image on it)  A glue stick works great. Press the card together with the folded edge on the inside of the card.

 This is how the card should appear once the folded edge is glued to the inside of the card.
Above is the view from the inside of the card.  We are almost done.
Now to make the flaps on the side of the gift package.  You'll want to round out the edges.  Just trim about a 1/4 inch from the edges and round them out evenly on both sides.
With the edge of your scissors, score the card from corner to corner mimicking the shape of the rounded edge.  Do this on both sides, front and back.  So you should create four scored edges. Again, scoring the card will make it much easier to fold and create the flap that you want on the edge of the gift package.

Gently squeeze the card to open slightly and push down the flaps along all four scored edges.  You should now have a small gift box suitable for holding a gift card, jewelry, or other small gift!

Note: If your flaps are too wide and hang over the edge of the gift box, don't worry.  Just flatten the box again and trim slightly until the flaps close nicely on each edge.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Please post pictures if you try this at home! Also, check out my other tutorial on how to make paper globe ornaments out of old Holiday cards and calendars.

Something else to make with these :  Take 24 of these small gift boxes and string them together for an advent calendar banner for next year. Each one can be filled with a special little gift, treat or note for the little one to count down the days until Christmas.

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13 November 2011

Paper Globe Ornament or Centerpiece (Great way to recycle old Calendars, Cards, or Photos)

Paper Globe Ornament using old calendars. (Artwork (c) Kristen Stein, StudioArtworks.com)

Wondering what to do with your old calendar, christmas cards, or extra photos? Here's a great, and EASY, craft that you and the kids can do this holiday season.  In this example, I used images cut from my old 2010 and 2011 calendars. But you can use any type of paper. For holiday ornaments, I think the old calendars and old Christmas cards make a great paper source as it provides dated papers that add a nostalgic feel when trimming the tree each year! Try mixing family photos with family Christmas cards, to make a great family-themed Holiday ornament. They all look great when finished!!

What you'll need:

20 circles from your paper source (I used a 2" paper punch to make perfect circles, but you can cut them free hand as well.)
(*Note - Smaller globes can be made by using just 8 of the circles.)

Glue (I used modpodge with a brush, but my 7yo used Glue Dots and they worked perfectly.)

Thin Ribbon (for hanging the globe as an ornament)

Paper Clips (If you use regular glue, modpodge, or a glue stick, I'd suggest having paper clips on hand to hold the paper together. This is especially useful on glossy paper such as shiny calendar sheets, cards and photos.)

That's all! So, let's get started.

First cut your 20 circles.

First, cut your 20 circles from your paper source. I used my old 2010 and 2011 calendars.  (Here's a link to this year's calendar if you are interested.) Any size circle will work and larger circles will make larger globes or centerpieces.  For the globe ornaments that I made, I used about a 2 inch circle.
Fold each of the 20 circles to form equally-sized triangles.
Fold each of the 20 circles so that they form a triangle. For my 7yo, I made a small triangular template that she folded her circles up against. This made it easier for her.  But, once you've folded a few, you'll know approximately how much of each edge you need to fold to make the triangular shape in the center.  Fold from the frontside of the image, so that the backsides will touch each other when glued.
Stack of 20 'triangles" created by folding the circles.

Once you have all 20 "triangles" formed from the circles, we're ready to start gluing.  If you use a liquid glue, glue stick, or mod podge, have paper clips ready to hold your work in place.  My daughter used glue dots and they worked great to hold the paper together. Glue dots are a convenient, easy-to-use, no-mess adhesive. We love it!
Create the top by choosing 5 folded circles.

To start making your globe, choose a selection from 5 of your folded circles.  Place them next to each other with all 5 pointing toward the center.Now start gluing each one side to side, being sure to keep the points in the center.
Start gluing them together

When you get to the 5th section, add glue to both sides and glue to each of the other folded circles by creating a slightly domed "top".
Make two 5-piece for the top and bottom of the globe ornament.
You will want to make a total of two of these 5-piece sections.  These will serve as the top and bottom of your globe or centerpiece.
Remaining 10 alternate to make the center section of the globe.
The remaining 10 folded circles will now make up the center section of the globe.  Lay the 10 remaining folded circles on your work space with the points and flat-edges alternating.  This will form a line of 10 triangles side by side.  Make sure to alternate between the point at the top and the flat-edge on the top because you want them to wrap-around the ornament.
Glue the remaining 10 together to form a line.
Glue these together and use your paper clips, if needed. You should now have a line of 10 sections all glued together to form a line.
The center section.

Now wrap your line of 10 around to form a circle. Glue the two edges together and you should have a perfect center piece to match with your tops and bottoms that you created above.
Center section and top attached.
 Match up the top with the center piece and glue edges together. Again use paper clips if the glue is making the papers slip around too easily.
Globe viewed from the inside. Top and center glued together.
If you wanted to stop here, you'd have a cute little 'bowl" that might make for a fun centerpiece for displaying candies, etc.  Also, at this point in the project, you could put lightweight gifts or surprises inside and build the rest of the globe around it. This would make a wonderful handmade gift box for something special!

But, we're going to keep working on it to make a globe ornament. So, let's move ahead.
Add a ribbon if you'd like to create a globe ornament.
Now it's time to add a ribbon. (If you want to create an orb centerpiece, you can skip this part about the ribbon.) You can tie the ribbon into any open 'gap' in the ornament. Normally I just use the center hole on the remaining 5-piece section that we haven't yet glued onto the globe.  In this particular picture, I had a larger gap on the center section, so I decided to add the ribbon to the larger gap that was already created. So, I tied a knot in a ribbon and then taped it inside the globe. Tuck the ribbon in between the gaps created from the folded circles and get ready to glue the remaining 5-piece section onto the globe.
All 20 pieces glued together.
DONE! Now you have your 20 circles glued together to create a wonderfully dimensional globe of mixed papers. I love how the calendar creates a dated Holiday ornament that can be treasured year after year. Leave the paper clips in place until you are sure that the glue is dried. Once removed you'll have a beautiful ornament that can be kept for yourself, or shared with others!
The finished paper globe ornament.

*NOTE: Smaller globes can be made with as few as 8 circles.  Just fold them as triangles and glue 4 together for the top, and 4 together for the bottom. Add a ribbon and glue the top to the bottom. Having a variety of different size globes makes for a fun, eye-catching assortment!

 If you decide to make one of these globe ornaments or centerpieces, please post a picture here in my blog, send it to me on twitter, or post it on my facebook page. . I'd love to see it.

HAVE FUN! Hope you find this tutorial useful! -kristen (StudioArtworks.com)