COLOR CAFE! Last one b4 summer...

Beach Gals, oil on board, 16 x 16, $550, 18 s/h

Tuesdays, 10 am - 12pm, April 19 - May 24
Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, April 21 - May 26

Fee: $295

Week 1: spring image
Week 2: continue or free paint
Week 3: still life
Week 4: continue or free paint
Week 5: loose portrait

Week 6: continue or free paint

Email Claire: claire@clairekayser.com
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Sarah McLachlan ROCKED!!!

Above image courtesy of Star Tribune photographer Kyndell Harkness
All others, Claire Kayser

Butterfly Boucher (from google images)

Melissa McClelland (from google images)

What an awesome show Sarah Mclachlan put on last night at the Orpheum!  I've never seen her before in concert, and I was so impressed with her as an artist, humanitarian and seemingly as just an genuine, fun, personable and charming lady!  Her format, as she talked about at the opening of her show, was to highlight a couple of her backup singers/guitar players as part of her show in lieu of having an opening act.  VERY COOL!  Selfless!  Impressed!  They were Butterfly Boucher, 31-yr.-old Aussie, and Melissa McClelland, 31-yr.-old Canadian, and they were great singers, rockers, lyricists in their own right.  Also Lilith artists.  While she sang many songs from her current album "Laws of Illusion," she mixed in a few of her older tracks like "World on Fire, " "Fallen," "Possession," "Surrender," "Building a Mystery," "Adia," and "Angel" to name a few.  Also, if you submitted a question on paper that went into a hat, she answered random questions from the audience throughout the show.  To me, it showed her desire for her audience to know her and gave opportunities for her to share things about her, like her start into the music business at the age of 17, fun things she does with her two, young daughters, and whether or not she plans to produce any more purely instrumental tracks.  To that, she humorously and honestly said that the previous instrumental tracks were ones she just couldn't find lyrics to match.  Sarah's show was a full 2 hours, 45 min., and she never took a break while her colleagues played and sang their songs.  In fact, she sang background vocals and played either guitar or piano.  Happy to share the stage and let them shine!

Also, Sarah and Melissa both talked about their passion and involvement with World Vision and how it's affected their lives.  If we felt compelled to sponsor a child last night, we got a free cd of theirs.  My family has been supporting World Vision for years and can attest to what a great organization it is!

To cap this show: genuine, from the heart, great artistry, great music, lyrics, fun, laughter...

I think I can say that I enjoyed this concert, these women artists, more than any show I've seen in a long time...

What can I say?  Sarah ROCKS!


I wish I hadn't waited...

Joy Liberman is one of the art teachers at SPA's elementary school, and she now has a most awesome show up at the Harry M. Drake Gallery at the high school of SPA.  I had the pleasure of going today, and can't say enough how much I ENJOYED IT.  Joy painted an apple a day for 365 days, and as you can see, she became so inventive with ideas of how to portray the apple and execute each painting so beautifully, cleverly, and creatively.  Go to this show before it comes down this Friday!  Each piece is for sale, but many have sold already.  She also has a wonderful, soft cover book about the show, the paintings, and philosophical expressions about the meaning behind the apple's representation in art, religion and in our lives in general.  You may be in touch with her to purchase.  It's all so BEAUTIFULLY done - every detail!

Joy Liberman - jliberman@spa.edu


Totem Pole!

Grace's totem pole art project!  She chose Alabama as her subject, Auburn's Aubie, made of clay tiles and decorated with colored pebbles...  Love it!


MMMmmmmm... flax/bran muffins.  been way too long since I made them. they are DE-LISH!!!


Timelines Antiques

After a long month of renovations and collecting  some great, vintage pieces Timelines opened their doors again at last night's soiree to show off the look of the renovated space and the many wonderful pieces that you will love to collect!  Vintage signage, lighting, designer furniture from the 60s to arts and crafts pieces will surely delight your senses.  Jim has a way of displaying in a very appealing style.  It's a treat just to visit!  Don't wait - GO!!!  Click here for the site, facebook and here for how to get there!


Happy 14th, Sam!!!

One of my favorites of Sam - age 4
I can't believe it's been 14 years since I delivered this 9 lb. 6 oz. baby boy who rolled over as soon as the nurses put him down on the table after delivery.  However, he didn't walk 'til 16 mos.!  I love my son more than he will ever know! ;)))

Happy birthday, Sam!


Work in progress... It's a commission of two brothers, and the third boy will be painted on a separate canvas....



Hhhhhhhhhhhh... so tired of it!  11 today...

St. Martin 2011

St. Martin - fine food, wine, sun, warmth, comfort and beauty...


a fun, warm, sunny getaway from this Minnesota harsh winter...