Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Give STL Day

Each year The Great St. Louis Community Foundation sponsors "Give STL Day", which highlights a singular 24 hour period when donations may be made to a variety of worthy non-profit organizations and funneled through the Foundation. Of course you can donate all year round, but big shout outs build energy and are exciting. 
I find the hardest part is deciding how to divy up my cash. 
This year, my top three:

Art Saint Louis - the group I first met when I moved here from San Francisco. They accepted two of my pieces into a juried show right off the bat; I made friends; I got involved: I watched them struggle and then get back on their feet; my friend Robin has worked there forever and she is good people. They are a class act. 

Chesterfield Arts - another organization I met after moving here. I was so stupidly bold I carried my art into their gallery (unsolicited) and somehow landed a 4 person show, complete with a radio interview, oh be still my heart. I have taught here for pay and taught here for free. I have volunteered in projects, donated works for auction and they even made me a "Visionary Artist in 2012, wow oh wow. They are in the midst of a big reorganization and really need money. 

St. Louis Teacher's Recycle Center - my "go-to" spot for inspiration and class supplies, this group collects all sorts of recycled material and organizes them for re-use. I never fail to find cool things to share with my students. Love them.

So yeah(!) all three of these groups need money, there is just never enough to go around and I watch them struggle to find enough volunteers, equipment, supplies, you name it - non profit work is hard!
I am blessed with a successful business and am happy to give to others to help out.
Hope you might consider it too?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My Book Club with Sue Pelletier and a GIVEAWAY!

Does it mean I am even remotely like Oprah, since I have my own book club? 
Ha! One could only hope, eh?
For my very first Mary Beth's Book Club Webinar, it is my privilege to feature my friend 
Sue Pelletier (one of our StencilGirl artists, woo hoo!!)  and her terrific new book, Collage Paint Draw. I hope you will be able to join us for our conversation about Sue's book and how we both approach art making and personal symbolism. 

The Details:
Join Mary Beth Shaw as she welcomes Sue Pelletier, author of Collage Paint Draw, for an hour-long live web seminar! During this online event, Mary Beth will show you how she combined techniques from several projects in Sue's new book to create a dimensional, textural mixed-media collage with lots of flair and kick. During the presentation, Mary Beth will talk to Sue about choosing personal imagery, using unusual materials like rigid wrap and more. Then they'll answer your questions on the air.

The Details

  • Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
  • Time: 1PM (EDT)
  • Where: Your Computer via a GoToWebinar Link
  • What You'll Get Before the Live Event

    A unique GoToWebinar registration link.

    What You'll Get After the Live Event

    48 hours after the live event you'll receive a recording of the full webinar plus a demonstration video, not shown during the live event, of Mary Beth creating the complete project. You'll also receive a supply list so you can create the project on your own.
    You may sign up for the Webinar by clicking this link. 

And guess what? StencilGirl Products has put together a really sweet giveaway. Cause you know we are celebrating our girl Sue's book this is gonna be good. 
Enter to win TODAY on StencilGirl Talk

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hello DLP!! Meet StencilGirl!!!

Hello DLP fans!
I'm StencilGirl, aka Mary Beth Shaw

I love me some DLP and am thrilled to be here today. You may or may not know that before 2013, I didn't even keep an art journal. Yep, I was one of the naysayers who didn't get it.
Then my husband got cancer. 
And then my Mom got cancer. 
And my business exploded. 
Good and bad things, I had a million stressors in my life and wasn't making any art just for me, it was all I could do to meet my deadlines. 
I finally picked up a journal and haven't looked back. My journals save me. 
I made you all a little video so you can sneak a peak at how I work. 

You can see the challenge for this week over on the Art to the 5th blog HERE.

Not only am I thrilled to be Guest Designing for The Documented Life Project I am also excited because today, at StencilGirl we are introducing 
NEW artist
 who just happens to be one of the Art to the 5th girls.
Don't you love that kind of synchronicity....
A BIG welcome to Rae Missigman!!!

Rae has 16 new stencils that we just released TODAY on the StencilGirl website. 
We made a special package to celebrate StencilGirl and DLP and are calling it Rae's Bunch. I am using the stencils on the Video cause I like Rae's Bunch a whole bunch!

And do we ever have a deal for you! We have packaged up Rae's Bunch (yep, ALL 16 of 'em) 
at a special introductory price. You better hurry though
 cause we only packaged 100 and when they are gone, the introductory price is gone too.
Of course, they will still be available at regular prices. 
You can order the bunch HERE 
and see all of Rae's stencils HERE.

Products Used:
Rae's Bunch Stencils from StencilGirl
4" Round Gelli Plate from Gelli Arts®
6" Round Gelli Plate from Gelli Arts®
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic

Friday, March 13, 2015

Laurie Doctor Chance Images

In this year of less teaching (!!), it is my strong desire to get back to my own art. Yes, that has been one of my goals for the year. Like every artist I know, I long to capture my voice in beautiful soul inspired works that bring people to their knees. 
A girl can dream, eh?
Seriously though, I mainly want to express myself and Laurie Doctor's recent class, Chance Images,  allowed me to do precisely that. 
The book I made during the workshop, fantastic woven embellishment on the binding. 
I have known Laurie for over ten years, having taken classes from her at the very beginning of my artist journey back in 2001. She inspired me so much then! And again today, she somehow gently pulls things out of me in a way that is hard to explain. Her classes are so incredibly special.
One of my favorite spreads from my book.
I don't want to reveal specifics of her teaching style or classes because it would only serve as a spoiler for future any classes you wish to take. 
Painting, poetry, mark making, writing, storytelling, music; 
Laurie's classes contain all these things orchestrated with grace and serenity. 
After our recent three days together, I came away rejuvenated and utterly blissed out, as though I had been to some sort of sensory art spa. 
Smiling inside and out. 
Some details from my book
And then I signed up for a week long class she is teaching at Madeline Island School of the Arts
Because I must.have.more. 
I feel certain that Flotsam & Jetsam will be just that - it is 5 days after all, in a fabulously charmed location where I look forward to a Midwestern leaf display on an island setting. 
Check it out! 
I would love to meet some of you there. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Art Journal du jour

A Settlement

Look, it's spring. And last year's loose dust has turned
into this soft willingness.  The wind-flowers have come 
up trembling, slowly the brackens are up-lifting their
curvaceous and pale bodies. The thrushes have come 
home, none less than filled with mystery, sorrow,
happiness, music, ambition.

And I am walking out into all of this with nowhere to
go and no task undertaken but to turn the pages of
this beautiful world over and over, in the world of my


Therefore, dark past,
I'm about to do it.
I'm about to forgive you

for everything.

~ Mary Oliver