October Newsletter

October Newsletter

I’ve missed sending several newsletters and creating new blog posts lately but I promise I have a good excuse! The house (including my studio and the office of Jason Cyr Design) went under contract in August and we closed in September. It’s been a very exciting time and although I’ve moved out of small spaces with limited items in college and in Park City, I have never moved out of an entire house. My hat is off to those of you who move out of a house with kids; I cannot imagine! The amount of pouting that came from me when Jason forced me to pack things when I was not in the mood to do so was equivalent to 10 kids and my art materials were enough to fill half a pod.

Moving out of our little house was overwhelming! Thanks to my parents we have temporary housing while we wait for more houses to hit the market. Jason Cyr Design and I share closets off of a bedroom for our new office and studio. While closets don’t sound exciting for work, each space is very cozy and has a great view of trees/lake. We are happy and finally getting productive again (and getting caught up… whew!) which brings me to the event announcements!

1. Art & Design Show House. Okay, this one already happened.¬†Last month’s Art & Design Show House was a huge success for the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art and for the participating designers and artists. I was delighted to get to work with the ladies of Project Style (Kathy, Marni, Tina and Joanne) and honored to be a part of their vision for their section of the house. Please check these ladies out at My Project Style… their talent is only matched by their amazingly fun personalities!

2. Dog Show. I’ll be at the Kennesaw Kennel Club’s show at Jim Miller Park on the weekend of October 27-28th. The focus of that weekend (duh!) is dogs so I’ll have doggie portrait examples, a few new dog prints (watch for pictures soon!) and I’ll also be painting live so people can watch the progress of a portrait over the two days of the show. I will be painting small portraits of the doggie winners from each day of the show as well.

3. Fundraising Events. “Fire Sides” was part of the silent auction at the 5th Annual Cobb Arts Ball on October 13th. “STRANDelicious” will be the happening event on October 18th with amazing food, people and a silent auction to top off the evening. I created a pair of bookends for the silent auction for the Cobb Library Foundation’s “Booked for the Evening” Gala on October 20th. The set includes one Mark Twain and one Margaret Mitchell bookend. Both have a charcoal portrait, quote and of course an American Flag in the background.

4. Cherokee Heights Art Festival. This is THE show NOT to be missed! I’m not talking about my artwork, either. I’m talking about all of the amazing local artists exhibiting at this special annual event in one of Marietta’s most precious historic neighborhoods. I’ve gotten heavy doses of Christmas shopping completed here in years past. That’s the reason I’ll advertise that Dunaway Studios will have a tent here but that you’ll most likely find Jason in the tent as I’ll be shopping with the other artists. Food and lots of amazing local musical talent (Do you like Tuesday night Bluegrass on the Square? Yep, some of those guys will be ¬†!) will be part of the Cherokee Heights Art Festival this year as well.

5. Horse Show. I’m preparing a few new equestrian paintings for the GHJA Finals Show from November 16-18th in Alpharetta. I’m really looking forward to being in the middle of all of the excitement of the horse show! I will be displaying artwork all weekend and I am looking forward to painting portraits of a few winning horses as well!

Enjoy this wonderful leaf-changing time of the year and have a fabulous rest of your October!

Claire