November 6, 2015 · 2:44 am
Hi! It is really hard for me to believe it has been one year today when I was in Providence, Rhode Island, at CZT Seminar 17. After 4 days of intense instruction, I graduated and received my Certified Zentangle® Teacher certificate from Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. It was one of the biggest days of my life! It was absolutely magical! I learned so much and made so many wonderful friends who I still stay in contact with. Zentangle® has changed my life, it has given me life! Being the agoraphobic that I am, I still shake my head that I really did it because it is very hard for me to even leave my house most of the time. I wanted so much to get a beautiful photo of Maria giving me my certificate and all I got was this…and I could NOT stop crying and saying “I did it, I did it, I really did it!” Maria, being the beautiful person that she is, handled it well! I’m also still amazed at that person who could not draw at all, now draws beautiful art and I am excited about teaching and sharing the Zentangle® Method™!
So much has happened in this past year! It’s been hard and yet wonderful! My goal was to teach Zentangle® Workshops at Blaines Art Supply (the only art supply store besides Michaels) in Anchorage, Alaska. When I got home I interviewed and got the job but it was one of the hardest interviews I’ve ever had and having been an RN in the past, I’ve had some tough interviews. Working for Blaines Art, of course I promote their products, but the problem was they didn’t have the Zentangle® supplies I needed (supplies I had learned from seminar). Not being able to use Zentangle® products was a challenge and I had to reevaluate and rethink everything. It stopped in my tracts at first but I’ve learned to be open and flexible because there are great art products out there. I’ve been teaching classes there now since January and everything has worked out just fine.
It’s been hard for me because there was only one CZT in my town and she doesn’t teach classes and I cannot turn to her for support. So I am on my own. Fortunately I have the support of my Zentangle® family in Providence and other online CTZ’s. My first class was January 9, 2015 and I was scared to death but my love for Zentangle® is so strong, that I did it! I think I had about 12 students and they were all so nice 🙂 We did 2 tiles and learned 8 tangles. After that class, I had many students asking me, “now what??” I knew exactly how they were feeling because after my first class with a CZT I said the same thing and wanted to continue learning more and to tangle with others…it’s all about the process and the enjoyment of being relaxed, “in the moment”, and being with others who speak the same Zentangle® language. The end result is always beautiful art. So my wonderful boss at Arctic Rose Gallery offered me the space to have monthly Zentangle® Social Meetups! Yes fantastic!! Better yet, we gather on Sunday when the gallery is closed and is quiet 🙂 Perfect for the “Zen”! The meetups have been so rewarding and fun and lovely friendships formed! And one of my students from my first class even went on to seminar and became a CZT!
I have so much I want to share with you! I’m going to try to catch you up to the present and hopefully before 2016!
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June 26, 2012 · 12:56 am
Hi! The Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center has officially moved from L St. and reopened its doors on 423 5th Ave, Anchorage, and I was there! It was absolutely fabulous! We had a great turnout for the event and everyone was amazed at the transformation of the store. The first Friday of each month, galleries and cafes downtown feature different artists and art shows and a lot of them are within walking distance. We had old friends, other artists, and tourists stop by, which was really fun! For our first friday’s “First Friday” we featured all the artists in our store! It was awesome! I brought in my quilt rack and hung two large crocheted rag rugs.
Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center opened its doors
The front of the store is our Gallery (I’m on the right behind desk) …………
The Gallery at Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center
………And the “Sled Dog Cafe”, is in the back of the store where we have tables & chairs, couch, and comfy chairs by a fireplace. We sell coffee and cookies which goes to support our classes and events. Our cafe motto is “Stop. Sit. Eat a cookie”! The Sled Dog Cafe is where we hang our “First Friday’s” featured art and lay out food and drink. The art will stay there for the month until the next “First Friday”.
Sled Dog Cafe at Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center
Our store also features the Jon Van Zyle Museum, which is in the back of the store next to the Sled Dog Cafe (door on the left in above photo). Jon Van Zyle is a well known and respected artist who paints beautiful Alaskan art and the Iditorod and has ran & completed TWO Iditorod races. He also is the official artist for the Iditorod Poster, which comes out every year. They are awesome! He has illustrated many, many Alaskan books. He and his wife, Jona, live in Anchorage, Alaska, with their dogs (and cats).
Jon Van Zyle, at “Jon Van Zyle Museum” in Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center
It was a fabulous and successful evening and we are already getting ready for next month’s “First Friday” which will also be our “official” GRAND OPENING of Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center, featuring Jon Van Zyle! He will be there, so write this on your calenders…….July 6, 2012.
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June 13, 2012 · 8:42 pm
Hi! Our new adventure begins! Our goal was to paint, remodel, put up track lights, and OPEN the Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center by May 16, 2012 and feature local artists work and the famous Alaskan Artist, Jon Van Zyle.
The building used to be a t-shirt shop and had been vacant a number of years. What an absolute mess!! Dark walls and ceilings are not good for art work so everything had to be painted white. The Sled Dog Cafe’s ceilings had to be black because we needed to cover up big pipes on the ceiling. A new sink for the bathroom was donated and the walls in the cafe were spay painted with “texture”. They put in a door in the back for security and redid door knobs. They also had someone come in and install dark film on the front windows to protect the art work. I helped with the front display windows. Soooooo many people donated things and their time and so much hard work!
Jake is Painting My Slat Wall
Jake and I are now part of the co-op and we get 10 feet of wall. Jake takes 8 feet and I get 2 feet 🙂 And I’m very excited because I get to work in the store, which is so much fun!
My Little Space-After Painting!
Jake’s Space-After Painting!
The transformation was TRULY AMAZING!!
Sled Dog Cafe-Before!
Sled Dog Cafe-After!
Arctic Rose Gallery and Art Center is located on 5th Ave, downtown Anchorage, across from the 5th Ave Mall and between two well know and respected Alaskan restaurants (Club Paris and Gingers). YES, in the heart of the city where tourists love to hang out.
Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center will offer art, events, classes, and be involved with the community. And………we will be right downtown for the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race! So Awesome!
Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center Opens 5-16-2012
WE DID IT! We opened May 16, 2012!
(The official grand opening will be July 6, 2012)
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June 12, 2012 · 12:22 am
Hi! Since I last talked to you, Jake and I were invited to a special meeting. There were about 10 of us and the owner of Artic Rose Gallery and the Firefly Co-op presented a fantastic idea to us. She wants to blend the two stores into one large co-op store and call it “Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center”. It will be a beautiful professional art gallery for talented local artists (like Jake) as well as FIBER ART (me!), pottery, jewelry, “Mush Girls” t-shirts, beading, photography, etc., AND will feature the art and a museum by Jon Van Zyle (THE most famous Alaskan Artist who also completed The Iditarod Sled Dog Race two times!). He is the “official artist” for the yearly Iditarod Posters! What an honor! Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center will offer art, events, classes, and be involved with the community.
My first reaction to the idea of a co-op was pure JOY, but suddenly my mind went back to those horrible days I spent after I joined a co-op years ago. But the location, location, location got me really excited because it will be in this huge building on 5th Ave, downtown Anchorage, across from the 5th Ave Mall! WOW! In the heart of the city where tourists love to hang out 🙂 And maybe I would get to work in the store…….I loved that part of it. We knew pretty much everyone at the meeting and all are trusted and well known people. It is the “PEOPLE” of a co-op who can make it or break it (speaking from personal experience). So I swallowed my bad memories and kept on listening.
Now Jake (Kurt Jacobson) has never had his “own store” where he can hang his choice of art. He has been in art galleries. An art gallery “co-op” is different. I thought it would be perfect for him and I could be involved in a small way too. So we both said, “let’s do it!”………and that’s what I’ve been doing! Our NEW ADVENTURE begins! We open May 16 after we paint and totally remodel the inside.
Our New Adventure!
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