michael demeng apothecary kit

deMeng early bird extended + a change in pricing

Due to popular demand, I’ve extended the early bird pricing on Michael’s May workshop, “The Mad Alchemist’s Apothecary Kit”. You have until April 2 to take advantage of the deeply discounted workshop fee.

Now here’s some really interesting news. Since Mother’s Day is on the Sunday of Michael’s weekend, he’s decided to offer a 2-day (Friday and Saturday) option. So, if you want to honor mom, you can do that AND take Michael’s class, too! The 3-day option is still available and you’ll be able to both finish your project and learn some techniques that won’t be covered in the first two days.

So, choose an option and come and play with our demented friend, Michael deMeng!

Yes, I really, really, really want to take this workshop!

Donate Your Unwanted Art Supplies to Easter Seals

COOL NEWS! Katie from Easter Seals will be manning a table at the Artists’ Garage Sale, taking your donations for their art program.

Easter Seals provides a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. They offer art classes with acrylics, canvases, watercolors, paintbrushes, mixed media. They also do crafts.

You can donate supplies that you might purchase at the sale or even bring your own from home! Easter Seals will provide a receipt for tax deductible donations.

The Artists’ Garage Sale is being held at Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, 316 Willow Street,Fort Collins, Colorado 80524 Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 10am – 2pm.



Art Play Date #10 Notes

Hi gang! I’m slightly mortified that I am so behind on posting notes from our last Art Play Date. Forgive me?

Here’s the scoop: I was joined by

  • Jessica
  • Amy
  • Sonia
  • Nyebbi
  • Kathy
  • Eileen (new to our group!)
  • Darla
  • and Chris did a special drive-by visit and brought us chocolate cake!

What did we talk about?

Here are the photos I remembered to snap while everybody was working. Our next play date is on March 18, 10a-1p. Hope you can make it!

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On Saturday, January 21, we had another exhilarating Art Play Date. In attendance:

  • Karen
  • Annette
  • Nyebbi
  • Ellie
  • Jilly
  • Chris
  • Kathy
  • Jessica
  • Nakita


I brought donuts from DD to celebrate my (mumble)th birthday (it was a BIG one) and we happily munched and chatted and got our creative on. Some of the topics covered and projects in progress:

  • methods of binding books, including the sewn-over strap binding that our pal Marcy McKenzie is famous for. Nakita brought in enough composition book journals to cover a full table and was pulling the binding so she can turn the covers into a book of their own.
  • Jim from Creator Hub came buy and told us about what’s happening with that group, as well as what’s going on with FC Public Media (they’re looking for content!)
  • gelli printing (which Karen, Chris and I were doing and showing)
  • crochet (Nyebbi)
  • “Mommy Made a Bad Choice” project, in which Ellie was sewing 100 pennies on jump rings to a tshirt for her 1st grader’s 100-day celebration
  • polymer clay figures (Jilly)
  • collage (Kathy, Annette)
  • journals and watercolor (Jessica)

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Artists’ Garage Sale: Vendors Wanted

I don’t know about you, but my studio is brimming with stuff that I don’t use anymore. Supplies from my foray into polymer clay. Extra pens and paints that I don’t use. Papers galore. Collage fodder. It’s becoming overwhelming. I’ve talked to a few friends here in Fort Collins and Loveland who have similar situations, which made me feel like this is a common problem. I thought, what if we have a big garage sale? Thus, the Artists’ Garage Sale was conceived.

If you have things that you no longer use: Easels, beads, lighting, photo equipment, art books, sketchbooks, collage items, paper, rubber stamps, stencils, brushes, palette knives, pottery wheels, fibers, and so on, this is the event for you. Rent a table or half a table and get that stuff sold! Admission will be free to the public and your rental helps pay for the use of the Idea Lab at the Community Creative Center on Matthews Street in Fort Collins. A full table will be $25 and a half table will be $15. Or share a table with a fellow artist!

Fill out the application here.

Tell your friends and let’s make this the event of the dreary post-holiday season! You can download this flyer to share on social media or via email. Let’s get the word out around Northern Colorado and move those supplies around! 

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Art Play Dates and Workshops for 2017

Hi all! I’m so excited — last week I announced via my newsletter which teaching artists we have in store for the new year. From the looks of my inbox and our Facebook group, you are excited, too!

Below is a table that shows what’s scheduled so far. You can also subscribe to the group’s Google calendar. This page and the calendar will be updated as often as needed and any changes and additions will be noted in the newsletter. As soon as I have all workshop registration information, I will add it to this site and link from this page.

2017 schedule (updated 6/13/17)

*Art Play Dates are free and are held from 10 am to 1 pm in the downstairs workshop at the Community Creative Center in Fort Collins, unless otherwise noted.

**Workshop details and registration information TBA; there will be links to those from this table in coming weeks.

 dateswhat is islocationteachermedia
January21Art Play Date (9a-noon)downstairs workshopn/an/a
February18Art Play DateIdea Labn/an/a
March11Artists' Garage SaleWolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick Housen/an/a
18Art Play DateIdea Labn/an/a
April15Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
28-30workshopsKelly Kilmermixed media art journaling
May12-14workshopsCANCELEDMichael deMengassemblage
20Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
June17Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
23-25workshopsCANCELEDMindy Lacefieldmixed media painting, journaling
July7-9workshopsCANCELEDThomas Ashmanjewelry, books, assemblage
15Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
21-23workshopsCANCELEDKristen Powersmixed media, journaling, rubber stamps, watercolor
August19Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
25-27workshopsIdea Lab at Community Creative CenterCarol Ann Waughfiber arts
September8-10workshopsLeighanna Lightassemblage
October21Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
November18Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a
December16Art Play Datedownstairs workshop at Community Creative Centern/an/a


This month, we had a really special Art Play Date. It started out with just Ellie and myself. I worked on catching up in my journal, while Ellie knitted and did some cross stitch. We had never met before, but we hit it off right away and had a great time chatting and blabbing about our lives, our kids, schools, and crafting. Chris showed up a bit later and the three of us talked nonstop, pretty much, while Chris worked on some adorable fabric tree ornaments in the shape of Christmas trees and her son’s hand print. cute!

Shockingly, I was having so much fun that I forgot photos again. I know you’re surprised.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas, Hannukah, etc. Look forward to 2017…I’ve got a few great ideas simmering here in my studio and the workshop lineup is beginning to gel. Look for an announcement in January!

Reminder: Art Play Date #8 is this Saturday

We’ll be meeting in the basement classroom/workshop at the Community Creative Center on Matthews Street in Fort Collins tomorrow, Saturday, December 17. Bring your projects and hang out for a few hours with your arty pals.

I sent out the newsletter last night and in case you aren’t on the mailing list, you can see it here.

Now I must get back to the Christmas prep. I love this time of year! See you tomorrow!


Art Play Date #7 Notes

Another great time was had by all on November 19 in the classroom at the Community Creative Center in Fort Collins.

Those present were: Amy, Sonia, Odile, Kathy, Minnie, Mary, Jessica and myself. We talked about a variety of things, including the upcoming holiday art fairs, downtown artery, weather, Creator Hub, schools and learning methods, homeschooling and the homeless. There were a few mentions of pegacorns as well.

Sonia wanted to remind everyone about the Annual Holiday Craft Sale (hosted by The Fort Collins Club), which is being held at 1307 E. Prospect Road on Wednesday, 11/30 from 7a-7p.

I actually remembered to take photos this time…hooray! Here’s some of the fun you may have missed:

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