Friday, April 18, 2014

Return to the Studio

I welcome your return to the studio this week! Thank you for your patience in my absence. I have updated the blog page to reflect some additional student lessons on the studio schedule.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Time for a desert vacay

Greetings friends of Open Window Studio!
 
It has been a wonderful transition from winter to spring here at the studio, welcoming many new and returning students to explore their art and practice their skills. In these past few months, there have been fabulous watercolor florals, pastel chalk portraits, animal sketches, weavings, mache sculptures, realistic drawings, chalk landscapes, oil painted portraits, wildlife acrylic paintings, comic books and super hero masks created by the eighteen students visiting the studio weekly! What a variety of expressions and delight is found in exploring art together! I hope you have inpressed yourselves as much as you have impressed me with your skills!
 
It brings me joy to have the opportunity to teach and support each of you in your artistry, but it is time for a break. It is time to take the time carved out of this busy schedule months ago, and meet up with my friendly crew and do some flying through the southwestern desert. After viewing the world from an aerial perspective, baking my bones in the desert sun and spending every day outdoors, I shall return refreshed and recharged, to share my stories, make new art and meet with you all again.
 
I leave this Friday afternoon, and will be back in studio on Wednesday, April 16th. Lessons will resume on Wednesday, April 16th and continue through the entire month of May (thanks to the extended school year.) The end of the year always brings special events and outings. Please continue to message or courtesy call if you are unable to make your lesson time. I am happy to work with your busy schedules and reschedule when that option is available.  
 
I usually take the summer months off to enjoy time with my family, but as my children are teens and have their own plans for summer, I will be offering a more limited schedule/studio time to those students who wish to continue their lessons in the summer months.  If that option interests you,please schedule your summer lesson time by May 1st.  I will be offering Art Workshops at Yoga East every fourth Saturday of the month, Creation Station art (for ages 4-7) and Studio Art Adventures (for grades 4-7) every fourth Saturday at the Cape Public Library, and a Horizons summer workshop on campus, entitled "Project Runway," July 7-11. Keep up with summer events by visitinghttp://www.openwindowstudioart.blogspot.com/ or on FB page "Open Window Studio artist Kelly Hughes."  
 
I look forward to meeting with each of you this week, and again when I return mid-April.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Art & Soul workshops at Yoga East

We invite you to join us for a uniquely creative yoga practice called Art & Soul! This is the first of our monthly Art & Soul workshops, meeting Saturday from 2:30 - 4:30 at Yoga East on Broadway in Cape. A different workshop is offered each month. This month, learn to create a mandala, enjoy contemplative yoga postures and discuss the joys of creative process. 
Please register online at  http://www.yogaeast.abmp.com/ 
   
Session One:
March 22nd    2:30 - 4:30  
INNER WORKINGS     Mandala Tangle
Find a meditative space in the creation of a "Mandala Tangle" drawing, practice restorative yoga postures, be inspired by reflective writing prompts and slow down to practice being attentive in the present moment.
 
Session Two:
April 26th     2:30 - 4:30   
MANIFESTING      Book Making
Take courageous steps in opening to the idea of "Being Love," through allowing your body to dance, moving through heart fire postures, and creating a book in which to record your ideas, dreams and the unfolding journey.
 
"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life" - Picasso
 
Beneath the busyness of life flow deep, energetic impulses, creative currents, passions, and inspired communion. Too often the to-do lists and future plans distract from the soulful, nourishing life that can "currently" be enjoyed moment by moment.  Yoga East Healing Arts studio is a unique space   in which the meditative practices of yoga and creative expression are naturally and profoundly intertwined.
 
We invite you to slow down and allow these "currents" to soothe your busy mind, bring awareness and open you to a more creative flow. Art & Soul Currents introduce yoga postures and artful practices that transform stress into creative energy and inspire self-expression. In a supportive, non-competitive setting we invite expression in many forms, including song, story, interpretive dance, journaling, traditional craft and expressive art.  Engaging in such nurturing daily practice can quiet the mind, sift through the clutter and create space for expansion, expression and playful possibility.
 
Workshops are offered every fourth Saturday of the month, beginning March 22nd. Please visit the studio website to register for monthly workshops and  yoga classes at http://www.yogaeast.abmp.com  
 
 
   




Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Welcome new artists

Welcome to Open Window Studio artists Mollie, Mason, and Averi! I look forward to learning with you and discovering art together!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Studio open

Though Jackson Schools are closed Tuesday, March 4, Open Window Studio is open for lessons. The path to the door is prepared and you are most welcome! If you choose to skip your lesson time, please be sure to call.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Art Speak Newsletter Artist Spotlight

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Kelly Hughes

Kelly Hughes is an artist, arts educator, and entrepreneur. She has a degree in Fine Arts/Science from New York State and has completed coursework in fine arts, biology, and elementary education. She began Open Window Studio in 2001, to support local artists by offering instructional classes for youth and adults. She has also begun to give classes at the Cape Public Library, titled "Creation Station" for ages 4-7 and "Studio Art Adventures" for grades 4-7 on March 22. In addition, she has become the Art & Soul Event Coordinator at Yoga East Healing Arts Studio, where she offers the Art &Soul Currents workshops, coordinates art exhibit events, and serves as a yoga instructor.

As well as teaching art lessons, she has built a reputation as a professional artist through completing over 55 interior mural commissions, commissioned portraits and paintings, theatre and stage backdrops, commercial graphic designs and business logos, signs, and billboards.

In her private art practice, she seeks to share her unique voice by making artwork that speaks of her own life experience, merging concept and form to invoke meaningful response from those that view it. While her preferred media include pencil illustration, acrylic murals, pastel, watercolor, sculpture and fashion design she also uses what she calls a “material of the moment.” This has included stained glass, paper clay, beeswax, and more.

 


You can read more about Kelly Hughes at her website:http://www.openwindowstudioart.blogspot.com

Find her at linked in
 and in our Artist Directory
Sign up for her workshops at Yoga East
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Session One Workshop taught by Hughes at Yoga East Healing Arts Studio
March 22nd from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
“INNER WORKINGS Mandala Tangle”

Find a zen meditation space in the creation of a “Mandala Tangle” drawing, practice restorative yoga asanas, be inspired by reflective writing prompts and slow down to practice being attentive in the present moment.


Monday, February 24, 2014

First Friday

When you are out visiting our great local art galleries on First Friday, take time to stop in to the area's newest gallery space at 827 Broadway. We invite you to stop in and visit with us for First Friday "Art and Soul" exhibits each month, and enjoy the creative artworks gracing this meditative space. This month we gather on Friday, March 7, from 6-8 pm at Yoga East Healing Arts Studio.

This opening reception features the work of local photographer Larry Braun. "The beauty of the world around me has always inspired me. My goal as an artist is to capture this simple beauty I see and share it with others. My latest work features the Benton Hills area in which I live." 

News and Events

Yoga Basics – Monday, March 17 6:30-7:15 p.m. (Geraldine Hirsch Room)
Join local yoga instructor Kelly Hughes for an introduction to yoga. Please bring a yoga mat or bath towel. To register, call us at 573-334-5279 ext. 121 or register through our events calendar on our website at www.capelibrary.org. (15 person limit)

Yoga Basics – Thursday, July 17 6:30-7:15 p.m. (Oscar Hirsch Room)
Join local yoga instructor Kelly Hughes for an introduction to yoga. Please bring a yoga mat or bath towel. To register, call us at 573-334-5279 ext. 121 or register through our events calendar on our website at www.capelibrary.org. (15 person limit)

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If you do not already receive the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's online newsletter, sign up at their website  (www.capearts.org ) and check out the Artist Spotlight featuring Kelly Hughes of Open Window Studio! 
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Due to low enrollment, I will not be offering the proposed art workshops at the Cape Career and Technical Center this spring. 

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Stay tuned for confirmation on the proposed summer workshops offered through the Horizons program at Southeast Missouri State University! The very popular "Junior Fashion Designer" and "Be the Architect" workshops are being considered for July.

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More Upcoming Events

As you may know, I have been serving as yoga instructor at Yoga East Healing Arts Studio since the doors were opened in October. Since embarking on this journey in yoga practice three years ago, this facet of my life experience sustains and evokes my creativite life in such a profound way that the two have become inseparable. As a result, I invite you to experience this for yourself in joining me for the Art & Soul Currents workshops. To register and learn more, visit www.yogaeast.abmp.

Session One: March 22nd    2:30 - 4:30    
INNER WORKINGS Mandala Tangle
Find a zen meditation space in the creation of a "Mandala Tangle" drawing, practice restorative yoga asanas, be inspired by reflective writing prompts and slow down to practice being attentive in the present moment.

Session Two: April 26th     2:30 - 4:30    
MANIFESTING   Book Making
  Take courageous steps in opening to the idea of "Being Love," through allowing your body to dance, moving through heart fire asanas, and creating a book in which to record your ideas, dreams and the journey in manifestation.

Session Three: May 24th   2:30 - 4:30    
BALANCE    Clay sculpt
   Let loose the shakti energy in a yoga dance, find balance in sculpting and in practicing balance poses as we discuss the need for balance in our relationships.

Session Four: June 28th   2:30 - 4:30   
CYCLES & SEASONS   Nature Journaling 
  Learn the influences of the divine masculine and feminine in the process of writing, move with yoga energy flows, and enjoy the practice of observing nature to bring serenity, perspective, and sense of connection.

Session Five:  July 26th  2:30 - 4:30    
PARTS & WHOLE    Poem/ Group weaving
   Participate in community games and dance, add your touch to a group weaving, and create a poem from fragments. Experience vinyasa flows and learn the meaning of the word "yoga."

Session Six:  August 23rd  2:30 - 4:30   
ACCEPTANCE   Painting
   Learning to accept and care for oneself is as vital as caring for others. Learn the inward turning yin asanas, create a painting and write a poem of love to Oneself, connecting us with all beings of love.

Upcoming Events

The Cape Public Library and Open Window Studio are teaming up to bring more creative experiences to the youth of our area! Make plans to join us!


*Creation Station  (ages 4-7) 
Saturday, March 22  9-10 a.m.
This class will meet monthly, with each class based on a theme and an element of art and design. This month’s theme is color.
Instructor:  Kelly Hughes of Open Window Studio 
Registration required



*Studio Art Adventures (grades 4-7)
Saturday, March 22    1-2 p.m.       Tangled Line Drawings 

An artistic embellishment or doodle can become an intricately woven “tangle”.  
Instructor:  Kelly Hughes of Open Window Studio  
There is a $3 fee for materials payable to the instructor on the day of the program. Registration required.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Thanks for your patience

I'm back in action, and all lessons are go!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Studio closed for snow day

Today is a snow day, so Open Window Studio will be closed as well, and I will be recovering from this cold  :-(  If school is called of tomorrow, same story, different day.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Writing Prompt

It is true that the more voraciously I devour books of great writing, the more easily the personal writing process becomes... but what if the things I am devouring lately are study guides and technical manuals? My love of learning new things and immersion in new endeavors presses me to learn more about the amazing ability of a multi-ton aircraft to stay afloat on breaths of air, and how pilots navigate weather formations, and how the boat pose in yoga is a natural precursor to successfully holding the wheel pose...

I attended a writing workshop today without any specific topic or gnawing need to express, because I have upheld the "brain drain" or "morning pages" habit of journaling for decades, and figure that is therapy enough for me. But as I consider the poetry that once flowed effortlessly from me in college years, and the narrative "snapshots" I crafted in high school, and the infrequent bursts of revelation I have shared since then, I realize how little story I read and how that would adversely affect my ability to now begin writing even the most poignant and delightful of life's stories.

I'm trying to work through my first Faulkner novel, "Pylon." Its fascinating first chapter kept me engrossed even as I was surrounded by the hungry chatter of the business lunchers in Panera Bread. The man's ability to maintain a full page run-on sentence is astounding, and in consuming his colorful, novel and meticulous descriptions I felt like E.T. following a trail of Reese's Pieces. I was amazed at my abandonment to reading an entire chapter of a book, in total focus, without interruption in a crowded room. ( I have yoga practice to thank for that!) But I also recognized the tragic fact that the only other time I have done this was during our week at the lake last summer, when I felt fully entitled to string my handmade hammock between two maples and spend hours swaying with the lake breezes for my annual re-reading of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's "Gift from the Sea." Rarely do I make time to really read amongst the routines and schedules of home life.

So, In accepting the invitation to participate in this writing workshop, I am faced with a dilemma. What to write?!? I am not afraid of the process of putting pen to paper and letting the thoughts flow like wine, but that's what I write - random thoughts... and feelings... and personal stuff. It's been a long time since I've written a cohesive series of thoughts that may actually turn into an essay or story.

Perhaps it is time to dig into the past a bit, though I really prefer living in the present. It's time to pour out the amazing moments that life has brought me and record them before they are lost forever. When my children were young and my life revolved around building a home, I would take time to create family scrapbook albums and complete the albums by journaling the stories of our days together, even when our world seemed small and comfortably cozy. As life and priorities shift I often consider what to hang on to and what to let go of, and somewhere along the way, the keeping of stories has fallen to the wayside. Now my daughter is preparing to graduate and move away to college and my son is close on her heels. They will be creating and discovering their own stories independent of this original family circle, and I will depend on them to tell their stories so I may continue to delight in their growth and discoveries.

Accepting the challenge, the process begins here...

Friday, January 3, 2014

STUDIO CLASSES RESUME Monday, January 6th

It's time to continue in the practice of living a creative life, living open to each moment, to giving and learning and inner growth. It's time to continue living in the light, acknowledging and accepting its guidance, beauty and presence, within and without. As creative learners, we grow to be ever more receptive and sensitive to the light -- within us and enveloping us -- and seek to share it with every expression. This is the artist's way. This is the way set before us.

I welcome the opportunity to encourage students returning to an artful practice. I support each in their personal journey and their preferred styles of expression. I offer guidance as well as the space for each individual to make poignant discoveries, build confidence in their own decisions and resolutions, and recall the sound of their inner voices. I offer the experience and technical skills gained on my own artistic journey, but encourage each to find their own path in creativity according to inner guidance.
                                           "Luce Cielo "     Print with collage papers      by Kelly Hughes

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday schedule at Open Window Studio

Greetings!

What an enjoyable semester it has been creating art with you! I cannot express how grateful I am to have the privilege of working and learning with each of you fine artists. I am blessed to be sharing the artistic journey with you.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, I wish to remind you that my studio schedule closely follows the Jackson Schools schedule, as my kids will be home on those days. This year, the studio will be closed Thursday, November 28th and 29th, and will reopen on December 2nd. Those with a lesson on Wednesdays, please contact me to let me know if you plan to attend your lesson on November 27th.

For the Christmas holiday, the studio will close Monday, December 23rd and reopen for classes on January 6th. 

Cheers!

Kelly

Thursday, November 7, 2013

NEW! Art & Soul Currents Workshop series

ART & SOUL CURRENTS
“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life” - Picasso
Beneath the busyness of life flow deep, energetic impulses, creative currents, passions, and a flow of inspired communion. Too often the to-do lists and plans for the future bury the soulful, nourishing life that can “currently” be in enjoyed moment by moment.  Yoga East Healing Arts studio is a unique space in which the meditative practices of yoga and creative expression are naturally and profoundly entwined.
We invite you to allow yourself to slow down and allow these “currents” to soothe your busy mind and promote attentive awareness and creative flow. Art & Soul Currents are designed to introduce mindful, soul-nourishing practices that transform stress into creative energy and inspire Self-expression. In a safe, supportive, non-competitive setting, we invite and welcome expression in many forms.
The first week of the six week series will look at “Parts and Whole.” Registration for the six week series must be made online this week, as our first gathering will be this Friday, November 8th at 10:30 a.m. Registration includes an introductory workshop we’ve added on Saturday, November 9th. If you are curious and would like to know more, come by the studio this Saturday at 12:30 to immerse yourself in a comfortable creative space. Engaging in such nurturing daily practice can quiet the mind, sift through the clutter and create space for expansion, expression and playful possibility.

http://www.yogaeast.abmp.com
Open Window Studio                                                                                                                                Kelly Hughes                        

Commissioned Art  
Lessons & Workshops                                                                                                                                            
Art & Soul Yoga

Phone: 573 243-1448     

Welcome artists!

A warm welcome to artists newly joining or returning to Open Window Studio to continue their artistic adventures!

Angie Brown
Josey Gohn
Macie Werner
Kate Sebaugh
Briana Lee


Tuesday, October 8, 2013