Its Soirée time!

Welcome to the June issue of Amy Funderburk's newsletter, Off the Easel. Read on for more details about this exclusive annual event, open only to my newsletter subscribers and Twitter followers, as well as information on the fabulous raffle prizes you can win just for attending.

In this issue you'll also find information on the upcoming June 5th First Friday Gallery Hop, new artworks that will be unveiled at the Soirée, a new greeting card design, inspiration, newsletter archives, and more!

Welcome to the June issue of
Off the Easel


The Subscribers'
Studio Soirée

Sunday June 7, from 2 PM to 5 PM
An exclusive open studio event only for
Newsletter Subscribers and Twitter Followers

a raffle for those in attendance
Please RSVP by Friday, June 5th 

It's time for the Soirée! On Sunday, June 7th, from 2 PM to 5 PM, I am hosting the exclusive Spring Subscribers' Studio Soirée at my Artists On Liberty Studio to express my thanks for your subscription to my newsletter, your follow on Twitter, and for your support of my artwork. There will be a raffle for those in attendance, including a very special Grand Prize for eligible patrons (please see details below), so I hope you will be able to attend and perhaps win one of several prizes. Please RSVP by the extended date of Friday, June 5th. Light refreshments will be served. 

Don't forget a gift for Father's Day! June 21st not only marks the astronomical start of summer, but as the third Sunday of the month, this year it is also Father's Day in the US and many other countries, including the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Canada, France, and India. When remembering Dad with a special gift, what could be better than original artwork? Please visit my website to view merchandise options at a variety of price points, including greeting cards and giclée reproductions!  

Also in this issue:
  • June 5th Gallery Hop. Please join us Friday, June 5th, for the Downtown Arts District Association's First Friday Gallery Hop in downtown Winston-Salem, NC! Read on for more details.
  • New works to be unveiled at the Soirée. At the Soirée, I will be unveiling new archival pigment prints from our trip to Orkney! See the Soirée Details article for more information and to see one of the new photographs.
  • New greeting card available. By popular demand, Savasana -- the Release will be the first oil painting that I will reproduce as a greeting card. See the New Greeting Card article below.
  • Inspiration. Read how I gained fresh inspiration from something I've enjoyed doing all my life: cloud watching.
  • Newsletter archives. Miss any previous newsletters? Links to a few of the most recent issues are listed below.

Seeing this newsletter on Twitter? Why wait to find it there when you could subscribe and have it sent conveniently to your inbox each month? Twitter followers who attend the Soirée will earn a bonus raffle ticket just by signing up for this newsletter! See Soirée Raffle Details for additional information.  

I hope you enjoy the June issue of Off the Easel. A warm welcome to new subscribers, and thanks so much to everyone for your continued interest and support of my work. I look forward to seeing you at the Spring
Subscribers' Studio Soirée!

All the best,

Soirée Details and Special Guest

In appreciation for your support of my work through your subscription to this newsletter, on Sunday June 7th from 2 PM to 5 PM, I will host the second annual Spring Subscribers' Studio Soirée. This exclusive event will be open only to newsletter subscribers and, since I've had such an overwhelming Twitter response to my newsletter, to my Twitter followers as well.

When and Where. The Subscribers' Studio
Soirée will be held Sunday, June 7th, from 2 PM to 5 PM at Studio #107, the Artists On Liberty Building, 521 North Liberty Street in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. 

Special Guest: Shane Horton. I am absolutely delighted that pianist Shane Horton will be our Special Guest performer for this
Soirée. Shane is a classically trained graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with over 20 years experience at the keyboard. He repairs brass and woodwind instruments at Jackson's Music in Winston-Salem, NC, and is currently in pursuit of a career teaching piano. Shane shares that one day he hopes to build his own tiny house, as well as sail the oceans.

Special Events. The following treats and more will only be available for Soirée guests, and will not be on display during the Gallery Hop:
  • Debut of New Works! I am thrilled to say that I will be unveiling new archival pigment prints during the Soirée. Test prints of additional works in progress will also be available for viewing. I shot these photographs at the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, on Fall Equinox 2012. This large stone circle, set in an inspiring sacred landscape on a plateau between two lochs, revealed many different faces as their colors shifted with the passing light of the day. 
  • Preparatory Drawings and Reference Photographs. Sketches, studies, and plans for certain upcoming works will be on display only during the Soirée, including my travel sketchbooks. Visitors to the Gallery Hop will also be able to see my plans for the upcoming work, Fictitious Pictish Standing Stone.
  • Art-efacts. Exclusively for Soirée attendees, a few works from my college days and earlier will be on view, including an oil I painted in 1987 that comes with a chilling story for me to share about the haunted church of Valle Crucis, NC.
  • An Animal Scavenger Hunt for children of all ages! No matter what your numeric age, have fun hunting for the various animals I've depicted in my artwork. This has been very popular with young visitors! Can't make the Soirée? Come play during the Gallery Hop as well. 
Parking. The Artists On Liberty building is located at 521 North Liberty Street in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, between 6th and 5th Streets -- please refer to the photograph of the building under the Gallery Hops information. In addition to free on-street parking on Liberty, parking is also available nearby at the Liberty Street parking deck between 5th and 4th, as well as on Main Street just behind the Artists On Liberty building. Look for a sign out front with balloons! 

We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Subscriber's Studio Soirée! Please RSVP by the extended date of Friday June 5th.

Above: Sunlit Stones with Clouds and Reflection, Ring of Brodgar
archival pigment print
" x 12", framed to 26" x 21"
© 2015 Amy Funderburk
photographed on Fall Equinox 2012
All Rights Reserved
Orkney, Scotland


Soirée Raffle Details

Raffle: Attend to Win! There are some fantastic prizes for you to have a chance to win just for attending -- no purchase is necessary. The raffle drawing will be held at 4 PM; you do need to be present to win. Each newsletter subscriber attending the Soirée will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the following: 
  • One Little Angel or Lil' Devil photograph by James C. Williams. The winner will receive his or her choice of one 5" x 7" framed archival pigment print from one of these two charming series by Jimmy. He photographed his Little Angel series at various locations throughout the US and Puerto Rico. In the Lil' Devil photographs he depicts grotesques -- think gargoyles, but without the runoff water spout -- from St Peter's Church in Winchcombe, England. Jimmy has been a photographer for over ten years, and he  is now available to provide for all of your photographic needs.
  • One of two $25 Gift Certificates to Mooney's Mediterranean Café. This is one of our favorite restaurants, and for good reason. Mooney grew up in the kitchen, and it shows through his superb quality Lebanese food prepared with beautiful simplicity. The enthusiasm and care taken in the kitchen is evident: the hummus, falafel, sides, sauces, and dishes are handcrafted on location and the falafel is always freshly fried to order. Mooney's is conveniently located on the corner of 4th and Liberty, so when you visit to redeem your gift certificate, you may see us there. I highly recommend the falafel, tempeh, hummus, moussaka, and lentil soup! Thank you so much, Mooney!
  • Be pampered at Yodi International Hair Salon. The winner will receive a luxurious shampoo and conditioning treatment with scalp manipulation (a type of massage), along with a hair and scalp consultation -- a $70 value! A healthy hair salon, Yodi International Hair Salon is located just a few doors down from my Liberty Street studio, in the heart of the Winston-Salem Arts District. Team Yodi is eager and ready to assist you with your hair care needs and concerns. Thank you to owner Yolanda Moses for providing this heavenly sounding prize! Follow Yodi on Twitter @Yodi507, and on Instagram @YodiInternational. You can also find them on Facebook.

Increase your chances of winning! As a newsletter subscriber or Twitter follower, you get one raffle ticket for the above prizes just for attending, but you can receive additional raffle tickets by doing one or more of the following: 

  • If you bring a guest to the Soirée who signs up for my mailing list during the event, you will get one additional raffle ticket per guest who subscribes. 
  • If you forward a copy of this newsletter to a friend prior to the Soirée and that person subscribes to my newsletter, you will get one additional raffle ticket for each new subscriber. (To get the credit, simply have your friends list you as the reason they learned about my artwork when they subscribe.)
  • If you are a Twitter follower and you subscribe to my newsletter between May 1st and the RSVP date of June 5th, you will get one additional raffle ticket. Simply mention that you are subscribing as a Twitter follower on the subscription form. Please note that you do have to be present during the drawing to win.
  • If you are a current newsletter subscriber and you start following me on Twitter between May 1st and the RSVP date of June 5th, you will get one additional raffle ticket. Simply send me an @ mention when you follow me to say that you are a newsletter subscriber.
Grand Prize. In addition to receiving a raffle ticket for the above prizes as a newsletter Subscriber or Twitter follower, between May 1st and during the Soirée, patrons who purchase one of my original artworks, a five-pack of my greeting cards (or a minimum of five individual cards), order a giclée reproduction, or schedule a private lesson or critique will also be eligible to win the Grand Prize.

In a scaled-down version of The Wishing Tree project (see image above the Flotsam and Jetsam article), all Soirée attendees will be invited to tie their paper wish to an oak branch in my studio. Following the Soirée, I will burn this branch with its wishes, and the Grand Prize recipient will receive an 8"x 10" or 9" x 12" drawing of my interpretation of their wish that I will create from the resulting ash and charcoal. For more information about The Wishing Tree project and to see other extant drawings, please visit my website.

In addition to being eligible to win the Grand Prize, patrons will also increase their chances to win the list of other prizes above by earning between one and ten additional raffle tickets depending on their level of purchase. (Private lessons or critiques must be for a minimum of two hours, and must take place between June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Please email me for rates and further information.) Check my website to view some of my available artworks, or email me to schedule a private studio visit to see more options. 

Above: Our fabulous Soirée raffle box
by Chris Williams of Creations by Chris


What do you see in the cloud formation above? I took this shot during our recent family beach trip to Topsail Island, NC. Whether I am travelling abroad or in my own back yard, I am constantly inspired by clouds and sunsets. Throw in the ocean, and you have an ideal recipe for inner peace. 

Right-brainers like artists are always seeing forms within clouds, knotted trees, stone textures, and other natural patterns. In fact, there is evidence that the Celtic Druids practiced Neladoracht, or cloud divination, by reading the patterns they saw in the sky. For certain past paintings, I have purposefully altered cloud formations, turning them into various figurative shapes to suit the needs of my narratives.

When pondering what approach to take for my upcoming Wishing Tree drawing based on participants' wishes for pets and animals, I knew I didn't want to get too literal. At first I wasn't sure what direction I would take, but it recently occurred to me that I could utilize my penchant for seeing animals in the clouds to suit this theme. So stay tuned! In the meantime, I encourage you to go relax in a field and look up at the clouds. The sky serves as a canvas for a different painting each day. 

Above: Topsail Clouds and Sea
(Crested Bird vs Komodo Dragon
digital photograph
Topsail Island, NC
May 19, 2015
© 2015 Amy Funderburk, All Rights Reserved

New Greeting Card  

Savasana -- the Release. You asked for it, and I listened! As of the Soirée on June 7th, I will have greeting cards of my oil painting Savasana -- the Release available for sale. Cards of additional works from the series Images From the Otherworld, including Turtle's Progress and Manifestation of Rabbit, will be made available soon.

o insure the highest quality reproduction of my paintings, I use archival inks printed on a matte version of the same quality Red River paper that I use for my photographs. Like my other greeting card collections -- The Trees of England and Cornwall and The Loch Ness Sunrise Suite -- these cards will be blank inside, making them ideal for any purpose. I also sign each card in acid free ink, making them suitable for framing. 

My five-pack collections include one card of each design along with envelopes; single cards and Artist's Proofs are also available. To see the photographs that are available as greeting cards, please visit my website. Email me today to place your order! Remember, those who attend the June 7th Soirée and make a minimum purchase of a five-pack greeting card collection (or five separate cards) will be eligible for the Grand Prize raffle prize drawing!

Thanks to those who have voiced such a strong interest in this painting. I deeply appreciate your support!

Above: Savasana -- the Release
oil on linen, 44" x 32"
© 2008-2011 Amy Funderburk
All Rights Reserved
Meditation image 

Gallery Hops

You have two chances to visit my studio in June! If you can't make the Soirée on Sunday June 7th, please visit my studio at the Artists On Liberty Building during the upcoming Downtown Art District Association's First Friday Gallery Hop from 7-10 PM on Friday, June 5th in Winston-Salem, NC. Come see an example of what you might win during the Soirée as you peruse the Little Angels and Lil' Devils series by photographer James C. Williams.

Don't forget Father's Day! When remembering Dad with a special gift, what could be better than original artwork? When you are out at the Gallery Hop, be sure to visit my studio 
to view merchandise options at a variety of price points, including greeting cards and giclée reproductions!  

Not able to make the Hop this month? I am available for studio visits by appointment. Please note that my studio will be closed during the July 3rd Gallery Hop, but I do plan to be open for the August 7th Hop.

The Artists On Liberty building is located at 521 North Liberty Street in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, between 6th and 5th Streets --
please refer to the photograph below. Starting at 7:00 PM the day of the Hop, Liberty Street will be closed to traffic between 6th and 5th Streets, but parking is available in nearby parking decks, as well as on Main Street just behind the Artists On Liberty building. Look for a sidewalk sign out front featuring our poster on the night of the Gallery Hop. We look forward to seeing you!

Above: Detail, Manifestation of Rabbit
oil on linen, 30" x 36"
© 2007 Amy Funderburk
All Rights Reserved
Standing stone on Cnoc Áine,
Knockainy, Co Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Above: The Artists On Liberty Building
521 North Liberty Street
Winston-Salem, NC USA
© Amy Funderburk 2014

Look for our sidewalk sign on Gallery Hop night as well as during the Soirée!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Twitter: May Newsletter link stats. If you read my newsletter on Twitter, thank you so much! Each month the link click count rises even higher than the previous month. I thought April had done very well -- now registering 3,745 clicks -- but as of this writing, my May newsletter link on Twitter has received an astonishing 4,851 clicks! Thank you so very much for your interest, and I deeply appreciate your favorites and generous retweets.

If you are a Twitter follower and you like what you see here, why wait to find my future newsletters on Twitter when you can subscribe? Click here to subscribe to my mailing list today! Remember, if you subscribe to this newsletter as a Twitter follower by June 5th, when you attend the Spring Soirée, you will receive an additional raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the first level of prizes listed above! See the above article, Spring Soirée and Raffle Details for more information.

If you are a newsletter subscriber and you are on Twitter, remember that you can follow me here: @AFunderburkArt. It is a great way to augment your newsletter subscription. You'll also get a bonus raffle ticket for the first level of prizes when you attend the Soirée if you follow me on Twitter by June 5th. My husband, photographer James C. Williams, can be found here: @JCWilliamsphoto.  

My blog. Please be sure to also visit my blog.Your subscription to this newsletter is separate from signing up for blog notifications, so please subscribe today! 

My website. 
Since I won't be open for the July Gallery Hop, one of the things I plan to do during the summer is to give my website a much needed overhaul and updating. Stay tuned for some exciting, dramatic changes! Of course I'll announce it here when I launch the new version.

 Above: 2) Peace – 26
Wishing Tree charcoal and ash on watercolor paper
14 ¼" x 21 ½", framed to 23" x 29"
© Amy Funderburk 2013, All Rights Reserved
Playa Melones, Culebra, Puerto Rico


Newsletter Archives

Miss any past issues of Off the Easel? Have you recently subscribed, and wondered what you've missed? Here are links to some past issues, along with highlights of their content.

January 2015: Works in progress: aged cedar triptych, and the start of The Welcoming pastel, including a photograph of me sketching at the White Horse of Uffington; Winter Soiree report; Quotes of the Month

February 2015: All about Color! Mastering Color workshop and The Magic of Color demonstration; two works in progress; recent blog posts, including The Day We Left Orkney. Part I: You *Can* Get There From Here; Quotes of the Month, including artists' quotes on color

March 2015: Counting rabbits for St Patrick's Day and the story behind Manifestation of Rabbit; the origin of my pastel View of Clew Bay Off Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo, the Republic of Ireland; Mastering Color workshop

April 2015: A celebration of the tenth anniversary of my month long residency at the Vermont Studio Center; what inspired my oil paintings Turtle's Progress and the diptych, Second Sight/2nd Site; big publishing news for my sister, poet Julie Funderburk

May 2015: M
y new pastel, The Welcoming, and the story behind it; Soiree information; Morris Dancers in Lyme Regis, England; available merchandise, including greeting cards and giclee reproductions

Above: The Watchstone
digital photograph
© 2012 Amy Funderburk, All Rights Reserved
Near the Stones of Stenness in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney

The Watchstone and Stones of Stenness are just down the road from the Ring of Brodgar depicted in my new archival pigment print above -- evidence of the archaeological richness of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Favorite Quotes

This month, I have selected three of my very favorite quotes. I hope they will inspire you!

Follow your bliss.... If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.” -- Joseph Campbell

“Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours.” -- Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977)

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” -- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)

Above: Topsail Island: Sea, Sand, Dune
May 2015
digital photograph
© 2015 Amy Funderburk, All Rights Reserved


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