Featured Artist at Elevate

I had an unexpected opportunity to display my work locally, and after the lessons of 2020, I was hesitant to share the news until I saw my work on the walls–something like don’t count your art shows until they have hung.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’m the featured artist at Elevate for the month of April. Elevate is a co-working and community space in historic downtown Culpeper, and they’ve been wonderful to collaborate with. It was exciting to gather all the floral paintings together and see them as a collection, and I love how they chose to display the paintings using natural materials. If you’re local, I hope you can stop by to check it out. I’d love to send some new faces to Elevate to thank them for this opportunity. All of these paintings and more are available to view and to purchase on Etsy.
Happy Spring!

Art Jam virtual classes

Registration for Art Jam: Color Academy closes Monday, 4/5
Color can be exciting, soothing, or inspiring! We’ll learn about the color wheel and go beyond the basics to understand how to mix any color. Exploring color through the lens of art history, we can see its influence and maybe even find a new favorite color as we create our own drawings and paintings. All supplies are included in a kit.

The Art of K Art and Design

A silver lining of 2020 was I made a lot of paintings, and I had the honor of creating a couple of commissioned pieces as well. I’ve been looking forward to sharing the painting above with you! It is a watercolor painting for our friends at Pepperberries. This Culpeper postcard is available exclusively at their shop, and it was created to celebrate the opening of The Second Door at Pepperberries.
The Second Door at Pepperberries is a pop-up shop open for 2 months at a time, and then it will close for May and re-open in June with a new theme and products. Currently the focus is on stationery and spring!
Tony designed signage for the pop-up shop that fits with the established Pepperberries brand. It was exciting to help a fellow downtown business make a creative idea a reality. Please shop local and especially small local businesses when you have a need. Many of our downtown businesses offer online shopping, and you can pick it up curbside or in the store. No more hoping for shipments to arrive on time, and you’ll know your purchase made a difference.
Warmest wishes,

Day Trip Idea

Kelly and Pixie’s version of a Norman Rockwell cover for a Art Jam: Drawing Academy lesson

Currently on display at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is “Norman Rockwell’s America.” It includes original paintings, drawings, and hundreds of covers from The Saturday Evening Post.

The museum is located in Winchester, VA and is family-friendly with a historic property, gardens, and they recently added trails. It’s one of our family’s favorite places to go because the touring exhibitions are such high quality, and the permanent collections are fun too. There are sections dedicated to dollhouses as well as the history of the valley.

Culpeper Competes

We are working with Culpeper Tourism & Economic Development to support Culpeper Competes: a comprehensive 9-class virtual series designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start or grow your business. The registration deadline is Thursday, 1/28!

Downtown Dollars

We are participating in the Downtown Dollars program! For $100, you can purchase $150 Downtown Dollars which are accepted at participating merchants, like K Art and Design.
  • Culpeper Downtown Dollars may be purchased in person on a first come first serve basis only on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, starting at 12pm at the CRI office located at 127 West Davis Street via Cash, Check, or Credit Card (credit card purchases will include a 3% convenience fee)
  • Only $100 worth of Culpeper Downtown Dollars may be purchased. Spend $100 and get $150 in Culpeper Downtown Dollars!
  • One purchase only per household
  • Culpeper Downtown Dollars are valid thru March 31, 2021 and are not redeemable for cash.
For more information, contact Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) at 540-825-4416 or cridirector@culpeperdowntown.com

Deadlines and Downtown Dollars

I hope the new year is off to a good start for you. These first few weeks after the holidays are especially challenging for our friends in retail, and restaurants continue to struggle too. Please support small businesses as you pick up gifts for birthdays (and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner). This is a simple way that you can be a force for good. We are excited to be participating in CRI’s Downtown Dollars program.
Finally, I want to mention that K Art and Design was celebrating 15 years in Culpeper last year, and this month we celebrated our 19th anniversary in business. We’ll turn 20 next year when Cole graduates high school which is a really wild thought. I remember bringing him in his carseat carrier to deliver projects, and he remembers later meetings when generous customers would give him lots of branded swag to play with while we talked. It hasn’t been easy, and this past year certainly put us through the wringer, but I feel so fortunate to be working through this alongside all of you.
Warmest wishes and virtual hugs,

RBG pop-up shop

Tony’s December tradition of 25 Days of Snowflakes included this tribute to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was so popular, that we’ve set up a pop-up shop with shirts, masks, keychains, and more!
All orders must be placed by Sunday, 1/24 so our friends at Kash Imprints can start production.

Art Jam Registration is Open!

A lesson on Rex Ray and shape during this our first virtual session last fall

I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season, and that if you made resolutions that they include making more art! Registration is now open for our winter classes, and the details are on our class page. I’ve decided to continue teaching virtually through Zoom. My spring class schedule is due to Parks & Rec on Monday, and I’m leaning towards more virtual classes. If you have an opinion on that, please email me because I’d love to know your thoughts.

Happy & Healthy New Year!

Happy & Healthy Holidays!

Tony has been cutting his snowflakes again this year, but the resulting confetti is on the floor at home instead of the studio. There are just a few more days of the 25 Days of Snowflakes, but you can see all of them on Facebook and Instagram,

From our family to yours, we want to wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season. It may be different, but there are still opportunities for it to be joyful! As I’ve been teaching exercises classes at Powell Wellness Center, I’ve learned to appreciate that there are still smiles underneath those masks…sometimes you have to look more carefully to see them!

Thank you sincerely for your business and support during this challenging year. It has meant so much to us and helped us juggle the demands of virtual school with our kids. We are grateful to be part of a very special community.

Happy Holidays!