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Friday, September 30, 2011

applefest 2011

The big weekend is upon us and M.F.E.O. Designs is headed to our first large scale public sale. October 2, 2011, come on our to Warwick, NY and we will be in the Chase Bank parking lot.
Brian and I launched our website for M.F.E.O. Designs just a few weeks ago and already we have received a lot of great feedback. We are so grateful to the amazing people in our lives for giving us the support to sell our work in a public venues.
I have blogged and shared about Brian in the past and from time to time on my personal work as well. After Applefest we are hoping to enter more juried festivals and hope to see you at one of them. If you are unable to attend please check out our site by clicking http://mfeodesigns.weebly.com/ and you can order items from the site as well. Applefest is such a great day out and this Sunday's weather forecast looks like the perfect fall day to check out so many great artists. Entry to Applefest is completely free so take a stroll around our wonderful village and see what wonderful goodies our local artists have to share with you. For directions and more information on Applefest please click here.
We would love to hear from you all out in blogging land so please check out the site and come visit us this Sunday, October 2, 2011 in Warwick, NY. Stop by, visit us and let us know what you think! Hope to see you all on Sunday!
Be Well and Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

surreal inspirations

My 7th grade students are working on surreal value drawings. We look at the work of artists such as Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, and Rene Magrite. Some of my 7th and 8th grade students were intrigued and enjoyed surrealism and so they created a surreal mural in my classroom on an old cabinet that was looking rather drab. The bright colors and surreal subject matter are really eye catching.
On the side of the cabinet I was busy all summer making glaze test tiles for my students. I believe that it is important for my students to plan out their glaze colors and really have a sense of how colors will work together so I made a series of test tiles so that they can really see what the finished glaze will look like. Each glaze is labeled and is accessible to all student when working on clay projects. I love this new addition to my classroom. They are both functional and beautiful! For more information on Surrealism, the art movement, please click on the title of this post. Be Well and Enjoy!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

warwick farm aide art...a huge success!


Today was a great day and a beautiful one at that too!

I am so pleased with the overwhelming response to Warwick Farm Aide. Our event was packed with kids, parents, families and fellow artists. We all gathered in our art central with one great purpose in mind, make great art to thank the amazing community members who have helped us so many times in our times of need.


I saw so many great families that I know and love and I know the farming families as well as the local fire departments are most certainly grateful to them all for being so supportive.



Music was playing and art was being made. The silent auction was wonderful. I saw so many great pieces of art up for auction, there is truly so much talent in Warwick.


As all of the whimsy was happening the center courtyard of the Warwick Valley High School was hopping and I was happy to be part of the excitement!



When we first arrived there were stacks of clean white paper and beautiful paint cups, fresh brushes, pastels, crayons, and more just waiting to be used. By 4pm the tables were covered with paint, every surface had beautiful drying art and brushes were dripping in dozens of colors.

When our time ended, Brian and some of the men carried off the entire mural to be donated to our local fire departments. The mural was being cut up into four separate parts and each one being donated to the local fire houses.



I just loved the entire expereince! It was just a wonderful afternoon! We truly lucked out with the weather and I am so happy to be part of such a great community. These are some of my favorite shots of the day.




I am lucky to have spent the afternoon with such a great group of volunteers too. A big thank you to my two student volunteers Taylor and Megan, as well as Jane Hamburger, Ron, Heidi, Janet, Lisa and of course my amazing husband Brian!

Be Well and Enjoy!

Friday, September 23, 2011

warwick valley farm aide 2011


Come out this Sunday, September 25, 2011 to the Warwick Valley High School in Warwick, NY and support our community farmers in need.




FEMA declared Orange County a "Disaster Area" due to the effects of Hurricane Irene however, there is nothing in either the federal or state programs that covers crop losses. Millions of dollars in crop losses were sustained by Warwick's farms in Pine Island and Florida. These same farms supply New York City's green markets (including Union Square and others in the five boroughs), as well as some of the top restaurants. The amount of water that overflowed the Wallkill River levees was so great that it now places the viability of the region in jeopardy.



I was asked to help support our local farmers and their families and I am happy to be of help. First, I am donating a piece of my personal art along with six student created works of art for silent auction. Then my husband Brian and I are working with some students to help out on Sunday at the event working with visitors to "paint our appreciation" to the Town of Warwick firefighters, police, EMS, and DPW. In this post you can see some of the works being donated.



If you are unable to attend this important community event, you can make a tax-deductible charitable donation to support this cause, please write a check payable to "Community 2000" (a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization), put "Farm Aid 2011" as a notation in the memo line and mail it to: Community 2000, Inc., PO Box 1270, Warwick, NY 10990.



For more information on attending Warwick Valley Farm Aide 2011 please click on the title of this blog.
Be Well and Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

paint the town PINK!


For a second year in a row I was asked to work with my students in the village of Warwick to paint pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness on the local shop windows. What a great honor this is.

It is so nice to know that we have a such a great community filled with local shops that want to donate and give to such a great cause, the Susan G. Komen foundation. It is also so nice to know that they want to have local Warwick Valley Middle School students paint proud pink ribbons on their shop windows!



I gathered a small group of students and we painted the town "PINK!" The students and I all donated our time after school on Monday, September 19, 2011 for a great cause that is important to all of us.






As I drive through town, I am overjoyed to see the bright pink ribbons glowing on the shop windows.



I am proud to call Warwick home.

Please click on the title of this post to find out how you can donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation today and help support breast cancer research.

Be Well and Enjoy!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

samuel dorsky museum of art


The Dorsky Museum is a great place to visit and certainly one filled with nostalgia for me as SUNY New Paltz, my alma mater, houses the museum.



Today Brian and I took a trip to visit the wonderful town of New Paltz. New Paltz, much like Warwick, is a great small town filled with small shops, great restaurants and of course, GREAT ART!

Our first stop on the agenda was the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art located within the SUNY New Paltz campus. It was so great for me to walk around and see all of the buildings... old and many new... that I learned to be the art teacher that I am today in. Wow!



I saw tons of campus tours happening and I felt as if it were just yesterday (really the 1990's) when I was on that same tour exploring and experiencing the beautiful New Paltz campus for the first time. Ahhh the memories of walking around campus with my fresh art supplies, fuzzy socks with Birkenstocks and smiling at every person I passed.



Upon entering one of my all time favorite buildings, Smiley Arts Building, I was greeted by a graphic and bold mural, just what I have come to expect from the many diverse students of SUNY New Paltz.

There were so many beautiful works on display in the museum and inside were wonderful students working and chatting it up with me, a New Paltz alum, about what the world is like once you graduate college, the art world of today and tomorrow, and just a plain love of art. I loved the enthusiasm and energy these young people brought to their jobs and so I shared my own experiences in New Paltz and beyond as a teaching artist.



Today was a beautiful fall day, a nice cozy sweater and a day of art was all I needed to make this day one of perfection!




Enjoy some of my favorite works on display now. You can click on the title of this post for more info on the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and plan your visit today while the leaves are turning! I just love New Paltz in the fall!

Be Well and Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"weebly" wobbles but it won't fall down!


For those of you who used to play with or remember "Weebles" you can appreciate this post and its references... so here we go...

Today is the second day of school and we are back in full swing! I know most teachers get those back to school nightmare dreams of not having your lessons prepared or showing up late because you slept in and thought it was still summer. I just shared those "bad dreams" of sort with another art teacher friend of mine. It is funny because the students and teachers both get nervous at back to school time!

It all works out in the end of course as I sit here still smiling at the end of the second day. I was early to school, I have my entire year of lessons completed, my students found their way to my room on time and everything was great! I have a talented group of students to start out my ninth year of teaching in Warwick, NY and everything is right in the world.

I remember the September of 2003 as if it were yesterday and yet so many things have changed since then. Technology is certainly one of those things that keeps changing and most certainly keeps us all on our toes, parents, teachers and students alike!

In light of change, I was introduced to a great FREE site for making a teacher webpage, "Weebly." I was very excited as it is extremely user friendly for even the most technologically challenged.

So I am up and running.... nheller.weebly.com and please click on my link and let me know what you think! It is ever evolving and I am like a kid with a new toy, even "Weebles" if you will.... wink, wink!

Every night I find myself working on the site, changing, tweaking and updating little bits. It is my self-assigned homework. I have shared it with all of my students and now all of you out there. If you are interested in a teacher friendly, user friendly site to make your own webpage, I HIGHLY recommend "Weebly."

So start your school year off right... wobble a little but NEVER fall down!!!!

Be Well and Enjoy!