The holiday season is upon us, some may jump for joy and some may hide in their house in fear of hearing yet another Christmas song. Either way, if you are Santa’s little helper or a Ba-humbug lets remember that this season is a good time to spend with family and friends. We get so caught up during the year with work, kids, school, appointments, etc. Sometimes we only have the holidays to be around those who might live far away or can only get this time of year off work, so let’s try to put differences aside, leave drama at the door, and instead just show love to those we care about even if they might get on your very last nerve! You just never know if this season will be someones last so enjoy those around you and share the love.
It was a chilly autumn afternoon, walking down the quiet downtown streets of my quaint little town, when I saw a sparkle out of the corner of my eye. What could this interesting glimmer be? Approaching slowly I realize that the gold on the windows and the neon of the sign could not be what caught my eye although beautiful and intricate as those and the painting on the outside wall were, it was something a little stranger that was catching my attention. Peering through into what was called the Double Dip Gallery’s window I see an array of glass fingers, dead bugs, painting of human x-rays, fall like abstracts, and the piece that brought me over to this curious shop. A crystal chandelier, but not one that you would see in some uppity home, no it was more like something you would see in a haunted mansion for it had skulls at the ends of its delicate lace ends. What was this place? It looks like it could be an art gallery, but not your regular old kind, a unique place..a strange place..a curious place…a very odd place….
Taking chances can be scary…You are put in a position where you will not know the outcome. You can try to think about twenty different scenarios of what COULD happen, but you never really know unless you take that leap. Fear keeps us from accomplishing goals in our life, but it also keeps us from a path not taken. A path where you could of got the promotion, where you could of found that perfect (for you) mate, where you could of, could of, could of…which leads to..well, I should of. It’s a cycle of confusion and it’s a cycle of not knowing, because once again fear stopped you. If something is weighing heavy on your heart, if an opportunity has come up that you never thought would, but have always wished for, then take it. If you feel good about it, its a healthy choice, and you know its what you have been waiting for, take that step towards happiness.
Are you trying to find a fun way to educate your classroom on the world of art? Double Dip Gallery has a solution for you… a field trip to a fine art gallery & studio that just happens to serve ice cream. Your children will get the chance to explore the watercolors, pastels, acrylics, and gold leaf works of local talented artists. Interest in art varies from each age range, it is always something great to teach at any grade, but no matter the interest level, kids are not going to turn down the chance to get a scoop of ice cream (and let’s be honest, neither are the adults).
If this sounds like a fantastic idea for your school please feel free to contact Double Dip Gallery for more information or to book a field trip for your class. Field trips will be arranged by appointment so that we are sure to be available at your considered time.
Double Dip Gallery is located at 222 W. Pine Street, across from City Hall in Lodi, CA. 209-365-3344/ email@example.com
” Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.”- Madeleine L’Engles, award-winning author.
The above quotation is so true. I teach my students that writing doesn’t happen in their minds, it happens while they’re at the notebook or keyboard. You start with a gem of an idea, and through writing, develop that idea. Amateur writers make the mistake of thinking they should have it all figured out before they sit down and write. But what if you don’t even know where to start? I want to share a way to make your writing much, much easier. The method called ‘free writing’ has helped hundreds of my students and clients free themselves from ‘writer’s block’. With free writing, they’re able to get their words out on paper.
Free writing is a very simple way to write where you set your fingers to the keyboard (or paper) and go. Use these guidelines to try free writing.
* Choose your topic
* Set a timer for 15 minutes ( the timer really helps, trust me!).
* Go. Write on your topic without worrying about it being any good or even coherent.
* At the end of the 15 minutes, set the writing aside and do something else.
* Print it up the next day or hours later
* Make notes about what you want to keep and what you want to dump.
* Go back to the keyboard and keep tweaking until you have a something you can live with.
Cynthia Morris is a writer and teacher that offers help to those of us who would love to write, who have it in our hearts, but can not figure out where to start or go with it. She has some great tips that I know will help me with my writing abilities.
School is back in session, the seasons will be changing soon (hopefully), and our schedules are being adjusted. Our new hours will not change much except: Tuesday, Wednesday,and Sunday we will be open 12:00PM to 8:00PM. Thursday, Friday,and Saturday we will be open from 12:00PM to 9:00PM. However, once Farmers Market has ended here in Lodi, CA we will be closing at 8:00PM on Thursdays. Thanks so much!
“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” Vincent van Gogh
“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
“Great art picks up where nature ends.” Marc Chagall
“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” Piet Mondrian
“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” Francis Bacon
“To create one’s own world takes courage.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams
“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” — Robert L. Peters