A bit delayed but here are pictures of the proud artists from this year’s VSA Art Show! The show is still up until May, so go take a look if you can! Most of the art pictured is also for sale.
We are pleased to announce that the Innisfree Art Studio will be participating in the Very Special Art show this Saturday , March 19th at the Carver Recreation Center in Charlottesville, VA! Over a dozen Innisfree artists have pieces in the show and we are eager to show off our hard work.
We love to see the arts being embraced all around Innisfree whether it’s doing crafts on a rainy day or gathering a group to tie-dye in the summertime. This past week, we said goodbye to a long-time community member as he moves on to new things. Cabell was a big part of the community for 14 years, and we hope to still see him around! Thanks for all you did for the gardens and the community, Cabell!
Here are some photographs of card-making from last week’s Community Gathering. We used potato stamping and drawing to create colorful cards to show Cabell our appreciation.
The medical office recently received a face-lift when we put some pieces from the art class up on its walls! They really brighten a room, and it’s so nice to see the art studio represented around the village. I hope it brings pride and happiness to Innisfree artists!
Lastly, some of the Innisfree weavers have been working in the weavery for over 20 years but that doesn’t mean they don’t still take pride in their work! Here’s Bee modeling a sherpa coat fresh off the loom. She does such beautiful work!
We did it! The Innisfree Art Studio had their very first solo art show. Up in the spacious, bright space that is the Tabor Presbyterian Church in Crozet until Thanksgiving, visitors can take a peek into the colorful world of the Innisfree Artists. There’s something really magical about work from the studio being framed and hung in a gorgeous space, and admired by friends and family members.
We often get the opportunity to congratulate each other for a job well done, but rarely in the context of such a celebratory environment. We are so thankful to Crozet Cares and Julie for supporting us, helping to hang the pieces, and providing refreshments for the evening! Below is the description of why we feel this art is so special and some photographs from the night. We are looking forward to the Very Special Arts show that goes up in March at Carver Recreation center in Charlottesville, so fear not this is not your last opportunity to appreciate the raw talent of the Innisfree Artists!
Typically, those working in the graphic design world say to never ever EVER work for your friends. That is, if you want to keep them as friends. I’d venture to say- never ever EVER work for your friends…work WITH your friends. The art studio has had the pleasure of doing several custom projects over the past few years with community members, family members, and more recently- Innisfree alumni Connie and Katie.
Connie and Katie both played large parts in the maintenance and growth of our garden and farm workstations during their time at Innisfree. Connie started the chicken and wool operation and Katie was garden intern extraordinaire. She taught me how to harvest my first greens and cherry tomatoes! Since their time at Innisfree, Connie and Katie have moved out to the great wide west to explore their interests in gardening and spinning among other things (Connie works for a great organization called Shalom Denver where they make potted plants to sell to ARC thrift stores- read more here )
Katie and Connie have now joined forces to make Tasty Roots Farm– “Connecting people and plants to create a stronger community by growing healthy and delicious vegetables and herbs and beautiful flowers.” One of the ways I wish for the art created in Innisfree’s Art Studio to reach others is through their beautiful illustrative style. They have such a knack for accessing an aesthetic that those of us are “trained” in the field can’t access. Therefore, what a better way to share the love than though a custom logo for our friends who are doing something we so admire! A logo is the perfect way to showcase an individual’s style- Corinne’s is expressive but linear, consistently quirky and rarely requires much cleaning up which is why I recruited her for this project.
We started out with a simple drawing of a sheep and a carrot, but re-oriented the carrot to look like it was growing out of the ground. Since Connie and Katie also sell flowers, we added a flower to the sheep’s mouth and voila! Of course, there was vectorizing and re-sizing and color play and font choosing involved but I love that since Corinne’s style is so unique, the actual concept of the logo mostly takes care of itself.
Connie and Katie also wanted t-shirts and a banner, which was a great way for us to practice our print-making skills. Here’s Corinne in the T-shirt she designed!
And here’s the banner in action at the farmer’s market in Lakewood, CO
Thanks for your support, Connie and Katie- can’t wait to hear more about your adventures in gardening, spinning, and more!