Saturday December 31st 10 am to 3 pm
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
over 100 pieces of art
all under 12" x 12" and priced below $100 (some WAY below!)
Lucy's Art Emporium will host its second annual Holiday Small Works Show. Ten artists will show small, affordable artwork in a variety of media.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Three Dover artists will share their creations at Lucy's Art Emporium this November. The Feathers & Fur show is an artistic homage to the birds and animals that capture our collective imagination. Caryn Lynn Duncan, Taylor Rose and Daisy Adams will bring their subjects to life in various media.
Local artist and teacher Caryn Lynn Duncan (owner of Creative Spirit Art Studio) has created masterful mixed media pieces in her signature vibrant colors. Caryn's birds are a perennial favorite.
Taylor Rose is making her first appearance at Lucy's with an amazing series of owl paintings. Taylor's attention to detail and delicate color draw the viewer into a world of clever owls perched against starry skies. Taylor will also show a companion series of handpainted bird houses inspired by each owl painting.
The show will run from November 1st through the 30th with an opening reception on Thursday November 3rd from 5-7 PM. All are welcome to attend this free event, enjoy light refreshments and meet the artists!
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Each artist captures the season in a unique way. Durand has created a special series of acorn monotypes for the show. Tiny acorns on cream colored paper capture the season's simple beauty.
Amie James has created soft sculptures and art dolls from wool harvested locally in Epping. Amie's work ranges from adorable Mouse Houses where tiny mice reside in pumpkins to quirky Halloween art dolls with a decidedly Tim Burton feel.
Nick Ellard brings fall color into his popular landscapes of the Maine and New Hampshire roadside.
The show will run from October 1st through October 30th with an opening reception on Thursday October 6th from 5-7 PM. The reception is free and open to the public who are invited to meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.
Amie James: Chuck, Felted Art Doll $38
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Felted Mouse House by Amie James $24
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
One of the biggest ah-ha moments for me with art was when I was in college. After coasting through freshman year sampling classes that I was hoping would help me decide a major, I decided that I needed to take an art class to indulge my creativity. I signed up for a drawing class. It was during that semester that I decided to apply for the art program and got accepted.
Quote Pockets, sweet little handmade pockets containing inspirational quotes, $5
Where do you find inspiration?
Looking for inspiration is a huge part of my creative process. When I create my art I have no idea what the finished piece may look like, but I do set an intention to create a specific message and try to bring the positive side of life to every piece I create. There are times that I need to go out into nature and walk, taking in the natural beauty and collecting materials along my way. Other times I will go into Portsmouth, indulge myself with a cup a coffee as I people watch or read a book, and then off to a gallery or shop.
I like the Portsmouth fabric store to get ideas for patterns and colors schemes. The aisles of fabrics are pure eye candy for me, I will sometimes buy bits of fabric, but just to bring back to the studio as my sewing skills are pretty limited. When in bloom, the Strawberry Bank flowerbeds are a favorite of mine.
Peep, Mixed Media on Canvas
The customers at Lucy's love the cheerful colors and inspirational messages in your artwork. They're always saying that your work simply makes them happy. Whose artwork (books, blogs, etc) makes you happy?
I love hearing that my artwork is bringing joy and happiness to people. I feel really blessed with my life, but I do have struggles as well. I am constantly working on keeping a positive focus; right now I am reading the book Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams by Mike Dooley. It is providing me with so many tidbits of insight.
On my blog (http://www.carynlynnduncan.blogspot.com/) I follow a number of other artist and their websites are available on my profile page. My top three right now are Alisa Burke (http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com/) , Roots of She (http://www.rootsofshe.com/) , and Kelly Rae (http://www.kellyraeroberts.blogspot.com/).
Wish Books, tiny reproductions of Caryn's mixed media books, complete with a candle for making a wish, $5
What message do you like to give to your students?
I believe that everyone has creative potential. My motto is “choose to be creative.” I teach my students that their art is about choices that reflect who they are. The most important thing that I help them learn is how to develop their ideas, choose their subject material that they then work into finished pieces that reflects individuality. I am there to help refine their drawing skills and introduce new techniques too, and those skills develop with time and practice.
What are two of your favorite spots in Dover?
I have been living in Dover for just about eight years now. I love that we have a vibrant downtown with shops that support local artists, that there are a number of restaurants that will cater to my vegetarian diet, and that its location gives easy access to the seacoast or the mountains. My number one favorite spot in Dover is my art studio, when I go there it lifts my spirits and I feel absolutely connected to my creativity. My second favorite place is the Silver Moon Creperie, the crepes are the best and the atmosphere is cozy and friendly.
Caryn in her studio.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Megan has an affinity for the sea and its creatures real and imagined, cityscapes and the Far East. She captures all of these in vibrant colors and dynamic textures.
In addition to her love of art, Megan is passionate about educating people about Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism with which she has been diagnosed. You can learn more about Megan and her artwork at www.megansvisionart.com.
The show will run from May 10th through June 5th with a reception on Friday May 13th from 5-7 PM. The event is free and open to the public, light refreshments will be served. Lucy's Art Emporium is located at 303 Central Ave in Dover and online at www.LucysArtEmporium.com.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
To make it even easier, Lucy's is offering a coupon for 15% off any one item. Please print the coupon below and bring it into the shop to get a great deal on something wonderful!
clockwise fr0m left: Handmade Cards $3.50, 8" x 10" Prints by caryn Duncan $15, Belts by jug Hill Design $20, Pearl Bracelets by Jill D'Angelo $26, "Mom" Sash $12
Friday, April 1, 2011
Stacey's popular crocheted "Duranimals" are a favorite among Lucy's customers and her recycled postage magnets and magazine bead necklaces always get rave reviews. We asked the Newmarket artist a few questions about her crafty ways.
Many people know you for your wonderful mixed media paintings. Is there any cross-over between your paintings and your crafts?
A large part of my painting process involves collecting – mostly the collection of images and collage materials. This collecting has crossed over into my crafting as many of the items that I collect, like used postage stamps, I then use to create new objects.
Recycled Postage Stamp Magnets $8 & $10
Do you find crafting to be relaxing?
Yes, I do find it relaxing. When I work on a painting I enjoy it, however it is “work” and there is usually a sense of urgency or a deadline looming when I am painting. But when I am crafting I do not usually feel this way. I usually spend each evening crocheting or knitting while watching silly TV shows. Besides, the quirky little animals that I crochet usually just make me smile or laugh once I finish them.
Crocheted Lemur $18
Is your family crafty?
My family is very crafty and creative. Both of my parents actually have items that they sell at Lucy’s. My dad (Ron Durand) is a welder by trade and is a very accomplished carpenter as well. His grilled cheese presses are a family favorite. My mom (Denise Durand) is a crocheting queen! She creates baby blankets at incredible speed. I also have an aunt who does quilting and my grandmother used to knit and made slippers and afghans for everyone in the family.
Sock Animals $7-$14
What are you working on right now?
I am knitting a hat, I’m about half-way done crocheting an afghan, I have a few crocheted bunnies to put together, I have started some post cards made from canceled postage stamps, and I’m sure there are more things I have started…
What book, magazine or website would you recommend to the handmade fan?
The magazine Ready Made is really great for ideas of things you can make with items you most likely already have. I also like www.Knitty.com for their . They have a nice archive of patterns on their site too and every pattern includes a difficulty rating which is very helpful.
What's your favorite local snack?
Hmmmm…. I have a few. I am very fond of the portabello mushroom burritos at Dos Amigos Burritos which is very conveniently located across the street from Lucy’s. I work in Exeter, so my local favorite there is the carrot cake at Blue Moon Evolution… and just about any soup that they make there as well!
Follow Stacey's Blog at www.staceylynndurand.blogspot.com
Monday, February 28, 2011
Peep, Mixed Media, 20" x 16"
Believe, Mixed Media, 10" x 10"
Friday, February 4, 2011
Chubbikins by Erin A. Ellis
available in a variety of animals $16 and $20
*image courtesy of the artist
Valentines by Sarah Leone $3.50