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DIY – Paper Star Card

While I was cleaning up my studio last week, I came across some of my red, white and blue paper start that I made my Star Garland with. I decided the stars would look great sewn on a card, and I was right.

I used left over stars from my Star Garland to make this 4th of July card.

I used left over stars from my Star Garland to make this 4th of July card.

This is one of the few projects that went together just the way I thought it would. Nice when that happens.

I wanted my card 5″ x 7″ to fit an A-7 envelope. So, I cut my paper 7″ wide and 15″ high. I wanted an extra 5″ to turn under to cover my stitching. If you don’t mind your stitching showing, or if you want to paste a piece of paper over the stitching, cut the card 7″ wide by 10″.

My paper is 7" wide by 15" high. I have folded it in thirds so my finished card will be 5" by 7".

My paper is 7″ wide by 15″ high. I have folded it in thirds so my finished card will be 5″ by 7″ and fit into a standard A-7 envelope..

I printed “Happy 4th” in the Bermuda Squiggle typeface and colored in the left side of the squiggle in alternating blue and red. I used a dark blue embroidery thread to sew my stars.

Here I have started sewing my stars on my card.

Here I have started sewing my stars on my card.

I laid out my red, white and blue stars on my card and decided where I thought they would look good. With a white card, I thought two red, two blue and only one white set of stars looked really good together.

This photo shows a finished card and the reverse side of one that hasn't been covered up yet so you can see how the stitches look on the reverse side of the card.

Here is a finished card and the back side of one that hasn’t been covered up yet, so you can see how the stitches look on the back side of the card.

I folded two stars together, then sewed them on the card and then another and another. After I sewed the stars, I folded and glued the flap back to cover up the stitching which made for a clean looking card.

Two finished "Happy 4th" cards ready to be put in an envelope and sent.

Two finished “Happy 4th” cards ready to be put in an envelope and sent.

You could write Happy 4th by hand or use another font. I hope this sparks all sorts of ideas for you future cards.

Happy 4th, Candy

Calls to Artists - Artoberfest and Oregon Wine Experience

Calls to Artists - Artoberfest and Oregon Wine Experience
We have two really important calls for artists and we need your help.  If you are an artist – please consider both of the opportunities.  If you are a friend of an artist – please share this post with them.  If you have a list of artists that you can send this to – please do so.  We would like to see lots of artists participating in these two wonderful adventures.
Interested? CLICK HERE TO EMAIL Hyla Lipson for more information
Calls to Artists - Artoberfest and Oregon Wine ExperienceCalls to Artists - Artoberfest and Oregon Wine Experience
Calls to Artists - Artoberfest and Oregon Wine Experience

Arts and Business Partnerships

Throughout the United States, today’s most innovative businesses are using the arts to help them meet some of their most difficult and vital objectives.

In 2012, Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, created The pARTnership Movement to help businesses understand the strategic value of partnering with the arts and build their own successful partnerships.

I am excited to share that The pARTnership Movement’s newly launched essay series provides an insider look at how some of the most prominent businesses in America profit by partnering with the arts. Each of the eight essays illustrates one of The pARTnership Movement’s 8 reasons businesses partner with the arts.

Download the Essay!
Download Recruit and Retain Talent, the first of eight essays

With insights culled from some of the most celebrated business leaders in the United States, the essays, which will be released throughout 2015 and 2016, provide real-world examples of how partnering with the arts can help businesses of all sizes and industries tell their story, recruit talent, advance corporate objectives, develop a wider consumer-base, engage employees, and build stronger communities.

I hope you will take a look at the first essay in this new series, Recruit and Retain Talent. This essay provides insight about how by partnering with the arts, businesses can attract and retain the talented, motivated people they need in order to gain a competitive edge and outperform the competition.

If you’d like to be notified when new essays are posted on The pARTnership Movement website, sign up for BCAnoteworthy, our monthly arts and business newsletter.

Do you have your own successful arts and business partnership story to share? We want to hear from you! Tell us about it on Twitter using #ArtsandBiz or email us at [email protected].

Ashland Art Center Classes and Workshops – July and Beyond

Ashland Art Center


July and Beyond 2015


5pm to 8 pm
Featured Artists:Natalie Stawsky and Jo Ann Viola Manzone
Music by Garrett Baxter
New works by recent Oregon transplant Margaret Hazel Wilson in the Print Studio. Free.  More info


Ceramics with Garry Price Garry

Garry Price

5:00 – 7:00 pm
$10, plus clay and firing
Drop in. Ages 13+

Ceramics with Alissa Clark

Alissa Clark

Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
$10, plus clay and firing
Drop In. Ages 13+

Ceramics with Lisa Eldredge


Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
$10 plus clay and firing
Drop in.

New ~ Wheel Throwing with Kami Carlson

Kami Carlson

4 Monday in July (6, 13, 20, 27)
5  to 7:30 pm
Pre Registration required by Wednesday July 1
$80 + clay and firing


Get Your Artwork Professionally Photographed by Judith Pavlik

Judith Pavlik

Tuesday, July 7
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$20 per image for Members, $25 General

NEW ~ Art Therapy Assessment and How Not to Commit Image-Icide with Delaine Due

art therapy

Saturday, July 18

1 pm to 3 pm Pre registration required
$25 members $30 General
More Info

Collage Dreams with Susanne Petermann

Geisha rose

Friday, July 17
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
$25, materials included
Register with instructor [email protected]

Meditation, Art and Yoga Retreat for Women with Natalie Stawsky


August 27 – 30
Meals, Accommodations,  Yoga, Meditation and Art classes included in the fee
More Info Register with Instructor [email protected]


Portrait Drawing with Jenay Elder


8 week intensive workshop

Mondays 3pm to 6 pm
June 22nd through August 8th
Drop-in $35  More Info

Watercolor Birds, Katrina Style

ChickadeeJuly 9

12:30 to 2:30 pm
$30 Members, $35 General
More Info Pre Registration required

Unistructed Short-Pose with Ann DiSalvo


Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
$9 Members, $10 General
Drop In Adults only

The Artist Within with Jack Wiens

Jack Wiens The Artist Within

Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
$10 Members, $12 General
Drop In. All materials provided
No class July 7th More info

Visual Art Journaling “Clinic” with Elaine Frenett


Friday, July 17

3-5 pm
$20 Register with Instructor at [email protected]

Women’s “Art Discoveries” Retreat with Elaine Frenett


September 13-18
Two prices available
Lake Alpine Resort, California Sierras
More Info Register with Instructor at [email protected]


Copper Etching with Tiffany Hokanson

Tiffany Hokanson

1st and 3rd Mondays 10 am to 12 pm
July 6 and 20

$20. Drop In.
Ages 15+


Kids Beginning Ceramics


Mondays 3 pm to 4:30 pm
$10 Drop in + clay and firing
Ages 5 to 17

Kids clay with Keeley Bitner

Kids Clay
Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 pm
$10 plus firing. Drop in.

Preschool Art-School with Jenay M Elder

Preschool Art School

Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
$8 Drop in. Discounts available
Ages 1 to 5 years old

FREE ~ Cartooning with Curt Evans

curt evans cartoons

Saturday, July 11

10:30 – 12
Free. All Ages. Drop in

FREE ~ Get your Art On with Jennifer Alexander

jennifer alexander

Saturday, July 18
10:30 am to 12 noon
Free. All Ages. Drop in

Summer Camps at AAC with Natalie Stawsky


JULY 27-31  (3 spaces left)
AUGUST 17-21 (4 spaces left)
$ 200 per camp
More info Register with Instructor [email protected]

Postponed until the Fall ~ Free expressions with Jo Ann Manzone

Free Expressions @ Ashland Art Center

Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm
For kids and adults

Contact us


Please let us know what classes do you want to see happen at the Ashland Art Center.
Give us feedback, comments and ideas at [email protected]

All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
[email protected]

“The Funny Farm”, Whimsical Animal Paintings by Dana Feagin

Mark your calendar for First Friday, August 7th! My newest collection of animal paintings, “The Funny Farm”, is the featured […]

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Extreme Cupcake

Sad stuff on the Street.

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Studio Snapshot – Pencils To Match Gift Tins

Last week after sharing my Paper Covered Metal Tea Tins, I decided that each tin ought to have its own set of matching paper wrapped pencils. So that’s what I made in my studio this past week. I just love how … Continue reading

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What Makes a Great Plein Air Painting?

  “Illumination of Mt. Shasta from Tule Lake” National Wildlife Refuge What Makes a Great Plein Air Painting? Mount Shasta is a beautiful and diverse area that offers some of America’s most dramatic, stunning vistas in a location that is sparsely inhabited. Located in Northern California, Mt Shasta is where I chose to create a special place for Plein Air artists to learn and practice the art of painting from nature. Mount Shasta offers plein air artists unlimited sources of beautiful locations waiting to be captured with paint and canvas and I will be offering several Plein Air Workshops in…

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Calls to Artists – Deadlines from June 30 to Jan 1, 2016!

Calls to Artists, Calls for Entries, Calls for Art: Make plans now to respond to one of these calls – there’s a deadline coming up for nearly every artist!

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Emergency Art Supplies Sale

For the past year, she was a full-time caregiver for her husband John, who had heart issues and later was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. John passed away last Sunday, and late last night we received an email from Jillian telling us that she urgently needs to move back to her native Australia. To pull that off, she will need to sell her art supplies quickly.

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