Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013
If you have been following me through my blog, e-newsletters, Facebook or in person, you know that "my life as an artist" has continued to become a major focus of my professional career. Over the last few years, with David, my husband and partner, by my side, we have spent a good deal of time traveling to art shows and galleries to share my wildflowers with the world. We have decided that we want to continue in that direction. In order to do so, we are going to need to make some changes.
We will not be renewing the lease this fall on the building where Casa de Linda Art Center has operated since September 2010. We are NOT going out of business since we will continue with a scaled down operation at the Casa de Linda Art Studio, located upstairs at the New Braunfels Art League. As you may know, this is where I started teaching classes 10 years ago. Not having the Art Center location will mostly affect adult classes since children's classes are already held in the downtown studio. Here is what this change will mean for our students:
ADULT ART CLASSES
Adult oil, watercolor and drawing classes currently on the schedule for August and September will be still be offered as planned. This includes 5-week drawing and painting classes with Maren Phillips that start on Aug. 13 plus her last workshop, Introduction to Watercolor on Aug. 24. Since no other classes are on the schedule at Casa de Linda for Maren this fall, this is a great opportunity to study with her. Visit www.casadelinda.com for more information and then contact us about available seating.
My Adult/Teen Basic Acrylic Classes will continue to be held at the Art Center location until about mid-September, at which time they will be relocated back downtown to my studio above the New Braunfels Art League Gallery.
The only other adult classes planned at this time for the downtown studio this fall will be Fused Glass and Jewelry Making workshops with Lynette Clauser in November. Click here for more information.
CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES
As already mentioned, our children's class schedule will not be impacted by the closing of the Art Center. In fact, we are expanding the program! We plan to offer after-school classes this fall with Elaine Eickenroht and Saturday classes, some of which will be taught by her, some by me, and a fused glass workshop with Lynette Clauser. The complete children's fall schedule is now posted to our website. You can also register online!
ART-2-GOGH PAINTING PARTIES
We have suspend scheduling any ART-2-Gogh Painting Parties until further notice.
A NOTE ABOUT REGISTERING FOR CLASSES
One change that will come about involves signing up for classes. Since we will no longer have a retail location with regular business hours, we will go back to taking registrations and credit card payments over the phone or through the mail. However, for the convenience of busy parents, we do plan to continue with the online registration program for children's classes that we introduced with this summer's camp program.
We will continue with regular business hours, Tues-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through Sept. 14. Even after we close the Art Center, we will continue to use the same business phone, 830-624-5302.
ART SALE ... AND MORE...MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
As you can imagine, relocating from the Art Center back to the studio will not be easy. In other words, it won't all fit! So we are having two big down-sizing sale events at the Art Center in September.
The first will be a week-long ART-N-ARTIST SALE, starting Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2 and continuing through Saturday, Sept. 7. Hours will be daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Included in the ART-N-ARTIST SALE will be a diverse range of my paintings, from older wildflowers series and various landscapes to the paintings I finish with each ART-2-Gogh Painting Party. Prices will range from $10 to $100 each so you know there will be a ton of bargins. In addition to my paintings, David will have a great selection of his photographs available at "sidewalk sale" prices! Not only will original art and photos be on sale, but also a limited amount of artist supplies and materials, craft supplies and a good selection of used ART BOOKS (and odds-n-ends other books, too) at great prices.
On September 20-21, we will have a RUMMAGE SALE to move out surplus tables, chairs, bookcases, shelves and other odds-n-ends.
The decision to close the Art Center was not an easy one. We have had an amazing three years in this location, met a lot of wonderful people and made many, many new friends. But with the growing success of my art and the desire to focus more on painting and marketing my artwork, we decided that the time was right to make this change.
We hope that you will come see us over the next month or so and stay in touch even after we are no longer open at Casa de Linda Art Center on Business I-35. If you are on our mailing lists, you will continue to hear from us. Also, if you have not already done so, please "like" both my Texas Wildflower Artist Facebook page and the Casa de Linda Art Studio Facebook page.
And, finally, I want to thank EVERYONE who has supported this business venture! We could not have done it without our teachers, students, customers, and friends!
With warmest regards and on behalf of David...
Linda Calvert Jacobson