Monday, November 12, 2012

November 2012 Show is History!

Thanks to those of you who came out to see us at the show this weekend.  If you are reading this and wondering why you may not have received an invitation, the answer is that the flash drive with all the addresses on it went missing from my desk at work.  If you would like to get added back onto either our snail mail list, or our email list, please send me the pertinent information at:

A link to our photo album showing a pictorial view of the show is available at the following link.  I hope this works.  It is the first time I've tried to do this!;CAEQARoQDSNq0iuBow1ppdLfhwz3Ew;8BF02420-52EF-423F-AE80-5AB40D908935

We hope you enjoy this link.  Please let us know if you have questions by leaving a comment below.  I will keep checking for any requests for information...or you may send them to the email address I noted above.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

15th Annual Gallery Show and Sale

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We hope that you are able to join us for our 15th Annual show next week and the Kennedy Heights Art Center.

We have much to offer at this show.  There are two figurative art challenges.  Our guests are asked to vote for their favorite piece in both challenges.  Above, you will see the winner from last year.  This cloth sculpture was made by Judy Witt.  We are proud to announce that she also won a third place ribbon for this doll at the Ohio State Fair!  You have good taste Cincinnati!

For those of you who have attended our show before, we have some new members in the group who are very talented  (and experienced) artists in their own right.  Sue O'Dell will be showing her prizing winning dolls this year.  Holly Alder will be doing double-duty as both an artist and teaching our Make-N-Take It projects.  Many of you know Holly from the Plaza Art Supply store on Montgomery Road.  What is a Make-N-Take It project?  For $5 you can make a project from start to finish and take it home with you.  These are ideal stocking stuffers if you are looking at gift-giving ideas.  Finally, brand new member, Pat "PJ" Johnson will be joining us and displaying her amazing art jewelry. 

All of us hope you will join us at the artistic and fun-filled event.  We promise you a day of exciting art, stimulating conversation all inside the beautiful gallery space of the Kennedy Heights Art Center.

Please join  us and our guests for a lovely weekend.

The RiverCity Figurative Artists' Guild
Kennedy Heights Art Center
6546 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH  45213

Saturday, November 10 from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday, November 11 from noon to 4 pm.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Nita Keeler

Today I pass along the very sad news that Nita Keeler, a beloved member of the RCFA, passed away this morning.  Details are sparse.  Her son has stated that Nita did not want a memorial service, so we have no further information to pass along to you at this time.  I'd like to leave you with some photos of the lovely and talented Nita, surrounded by some of her lovable gentlemen.  Yes...Nita loved the men!

We are lucky to have a a You Tube interview that Nita did a couple of years ago.  I'm not sure how to put a link into this blog, but if a link doesn't appear, please copy and paste the following (all on one line with no blanks).  It is a treat to watch.  Thanks to all of you. Thanks especially to Nita, who was a wonderful talent and a no nonsense woman.  We will miss her very much. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 2012 Joint Meeting with Gilded Lilies

This amazing event is now history.  As promised, I am finally trying to get caught up on my posting to the blog.  Thanks to Cody and Sue for helping in the last few weeks.  This will be a short blog entry to try and catch you up on what we've been doing over the last few months.  Due to technical difficulties, most of the photos will be posted either later in the week or over Labor Day Weekend.  (If it helps, I have SO MANY photos to post that my 2 GB flash drive wouldn't hold them all - along with battery issues in my laptop...).

Dolls by Judy Skeel - from a class she took by Natalie Hamade.

What have we been up to?  Hmmm... let's start with the most recent things and work backwards.  Yesterday was the joint meeting between the Guilded Lilies and the RCFA.  The Lilies are wonderful, hospitable, talented and treasured friends.  We always enjoy the time we spend with them.  If you want to see a plan of the meeting, please check our Events page under the August Events.  It lays out the details of the meeting and was a truly wonderful experience.  The Lilies are planning a class by Natalie Hamade in early October.  If this is a class you might be interested in attending, please get in touch with them.  If I can get the time off work, I plan on taking the class myself!

Cody Goodin talking about a special project he is making.

Cynthia discussed her wonderful painted/dyed apron.

Show and Tell was a marvelous event.  Although I took these photos with a wonderful new I-PAD 3, I'm still learning how to  use the multiple-focusing features.  I apologize for blurry parts of the images...they are human error, not equipment error, believe me!  Also, I cannot remember names, so if you do not see a photo label below, it is because I cannot remember the names of these remarkable ladies (sorry - all the art work was fabulous!) 
Cyndy Seiving showing a hand-built doll - the process is fascinating.

Kathy Garnar made a cat doll from gourds.  She hand painted the birds on the body of the cat. 

Jody Miller's class on making shoes for dolls was very well done.  Please note the standing leg in the next photo!

After lunch we had several demonstrations.  The first I attended was by Jody Miller. She showed us how she likes to make shoes using a technique developed by Ute Vasina (I hope Ute is the correct person?).  Anyway, all the workshops were well conceived and demonstrated.  I thank the Lilies for their willingness to share their knowledge with us.  I  have more images for you as soon as I master my technology.

Also, thanks to Cyndy for information about the 2012 AFIC (Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay).  The teachers and projects are better than ever.  If you are thinking about attending, I highly encourage you to do so.  This is a marvelous educational opportunity.  If you cannot afford the classes, remember they give scholarships to folks who otherwise could not attend.  Check out this website on September 1, 2012 for all the information and amazing photos (use the link above to get to the site on the 1st).  I already know what classes I want to take.  Now, if my house and car will quit messing with my budget, I may actually be able to attend ALL the events.

In the very near future (the next seven days), I will tell you about our wonderful meeting with the Indy Dollmakers (in Batesville Indiana), as well as how our members did in the Ohio State Fair art doll competition.  Additionally, my face drawing class, the Sharonville show in June, and much more.  Thanks for stopping by.  If you want to be automatically notified when the blog is updated, please add your name to the list (part way down in the right hand column of the home page). 

Happy Labor Day everyone!

We are leaving you with a look at the charity dolls made by the Guilded Lilies.  What a loving way to help children in need.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

March 2012 Meeting - Kennedy Heights Art Center

As usual, we invite you to check out our Events Page to see what we will be doing this year.  We have many exciting things planned for 2012 and hope that those of you viewing this page will click on the Events button above to see if there is anything that we are planning that looks exciting to you.  If so, please email me at  I check this mailbox several times a week and will respond as quickly as possible. 

Show and Tell

We start with Anne Huddleston who brought a selection of her Twirly Tails dragons.  Some of them wear eyeglasses and some can hold money in their mouths.  They are all quite adorable and have great personalities.

On the left you will see 
Robbie Porter's newest fairy. She does intensive sewing machine embellishing on the wings and skirt (leaves).
Robbie also made "Celeste", which is a free pattern you can find on Dollmaker's Journey.  Look below to the Feb 2012 blog to see another version of this interesting pattern.

Robbie made a cloth journal to hold small ATC's, art quilts and Zentangles.  The journal is filled with clear page protectors, in which she will store small, flat works-of-art.  Both Robbie and Carol Lang are members of a local contemporary quilt group, (CQAFA), in which this project was born.  Carol's version of this project can be seen in the February 2012 blog entry below.
Isn't Carole Staples new piece marvelous?  She used a polymer clay face from Cody Goodin along with scrapbook papers, an armature made from a clothes hanger, and various "steampunk" style items to accessorize this amazing piece.  For those of you who know her work, Carole is showing a great willingness to step outside her comfort zone and try new things. 
 Again, Carole has used polymer clay faces, and made cloth bodies which she covered in paper clay.  After painting the body, it reminds me of leather.  She uses her signature style to dress these little ladies!

Make It/Take It Challenge Winners

We thank Liz Marten for thinking of us as she works to recover from a back injury to design one of two Make It/Take It projects for 2012.  Using covered buttons we have left over from previous projects, she made a darling little flower person who can serve as a pin doll, or be sewn onto a cloth headband.  This is a very timely (and fashionable) item for 2012. 
We also thank Holly Alder for her entry - a cloth doll that can be made into a necklace or pin.  This original piece was inspired by Sherrill Kahn's painted projects. We felt it would be advisable to have a second MI/TI project for the September Sharonville show since many of the same guests visit both shows.  This will give them an opportunity to walk away with a seond art project created at our table.  Thanks to both ladies for these wonderful ideas.
ATC/ACEO Challenge

Kathy Garnar made three wonderful cloth ATC's for this challenge.  Here we have a cloth face ATC which has been embellished with various fabrics.  The red ATC has a 3-D body with a button head (which looks like a Greek coin). 

Below, Kathy made the black and white ATC with feathers and beads...simple yet elegant.  Well done Kathy!

Carole Staples also found a pattern on line for ATC envelopes that will allow a 3-D ATC to be slipped inside.  I'm sorry that I cannot remember the website from which she found this piece.  I suggest trying to search on ATC envelope patterns to see what you can find. 

On the right, Carole made 3D ATC's consisting of handdrawn faces on top of cards covered by very interesting fabrics.  I hope you can tell that the faces are raised up off of the card, allowing for interesting shadows. 
 On the left you see one of Carole's completed ATC envelopes and her third and final ATC.  Aren't they wonderful?

Even though the challenge is over, we would be happy to have latecomers make ATC's at future meetings.

 Katie Storer made several ATC's - using black cardstock painted with metallic watercolor paints.  On the left, you see the back of the card, which has been bordered with a Zentangle pattern.  Katie will fill in her personal information as a "signature" for her piece.  Please note, many artists adhere their business cards instead of designing both sides of their cards.  Either is quite acceptable.

This frame shows two watercolor ATC's painted with techniques learned from Dion Dior in a Derwent Inktense watercolor pencil class that is currently being taught on-line through  Katie finds watercolor pencils a natural companion to Zentangling and is having a great time with this class.  To see the backs of these ATC's, please check out her blog on Saturday, March 24th.  She will have more work from this class posted by that date.  The link is:

Guild members, if you did not get your February meeting notes via email, please let Katie know so that she can send them to you.  Thanks and we hope to see all of you, and any interested guests at our April meeting.   

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Remember to click on the Events button above to see all our exciting plans for 2012.  Our latest adventures are listed below on this page...including some enticing images.  Enjoy!

February 2012

Hello everyone!  It has been a long time since our last post.  I now have help with the Guild minutes, so I hope the delays will  be a thing of the past.  I hope all is well in your part of the world.  The midwest was tortured by tornadoes yesterday and ran rampant around over and under the Greater Cincinnati area.  I hope the artistic creations below help calm damaged nerves and replace scenes of horror with smiles of delight.

February 2012 Meeting

Stephen Rausch
First up - We are overjoyed to welcome Stephen Rausch back into the Guild.  We beat him up pretty badly year before last and it took sometime for him to recover.  We promise to be gentle this year and help him learn how to say "no" when it come time to volunteer for projects - LOL.  His newest doll is amazing - as usual.  Enjoy!

Stephen Rausch signed the top of the wooden stand with a gold pen.  The stand was then given a high-gloss protective coat.  A very elegant finish to a graceful work-of-art.

Elizabeth Marten
Our beloved Liz Marten suffered a fall recently.  Stiff and sore she still attended today's meeting (you can see her in the above photo behind Stephen's figurative sculpture).  While spending a few days in bed recovering from her accident, she remembered that she had some clothespins that had been cut and were ready for dressing.  Please note that the arms have been made from a clothespin that was cut in half.  Very cleverly done!  Here are a couple examples:

Show and Tell

I apologize in advance if I've gotten names in the wrong order for the figurative art below.  I will correct quickly if I have, in fact, listed the following items in an incorrect order. 

Holly Alder

Holly Alder has made a delightful cloth doll.  I'm sorry I do not know the pattern name, although I think it was mentioned in the meeting.  Sue has detailed her little lady very nicely.  A strand of pearls, a "diamond" nose ring along with a saucy ensemble make this a very stylish little lady.

Sue is a new doll maker and asked us several questions about this piece.  I'm using this space to remind everyone to check out our scheduled Events for this year - which you can reach by clicking on the "Events" button at the top of this page.  We are starting a cloth doll class at the March meeting for those of you new to doll making where we hope to pick up many more excellent doll making tips from Liz Marten and all members of the group.

Holly Alder

Holly Alder created a lovely piece of mixed media figurative art from air dry clay.  The arms are moveable and this photo does not show the sweetness of her little face.  I think the striped leggings are just the right touch for this piece!

Holly also created a delightful piece that we plan on using for our Make It and Take It next year meeting.  There is no doubt in any of our minds that the attendees of this meeting will be very happy with her creation.  What is it?  Ahhhh, you will have to wait until it is unveiled.

Carol Lang

Carol brought in several delightful items. To the right you will see one of two pancake style dolls that Carol then adorned with an amazing amount of beading, metal flowers, sequence and dragonflies.  The beading around the seams must have taken hours to complete.  Very well done!

Her second item (below shows a couple pages from a fabric  book that she made with her quilting group.  The pages have little pockets in them to hold the tags that she collects while working on this challenge.  She suggested that we may want to do a book like this to hold our Artist Trading Cards or Art Card Editions and Originals Challenge.  (Remember - this challenge is due to be unveiled at the March 2012 meeting!)

The colorful piece below was also made by Carol Lang - who has been extremely busy since we last saw her!  I envy her productivity - I haven't been nearly so creative myself.  Well done Carol.  I love this piece - she brings a smile to my face.

Helpful hints to keep the rest of us being creative....

Keep a list of projects in progress and exactly what needs to be done next.  Then, when you get bored working on one project, make a note where you are in the project and what needs to be done next.  Tidy away that project (so that your tools and supplies are available for something else).  Once this is done, check over your list - and pick a project that sounds more interesting.  Pull it out at GET BUSY!

Doll by Carol Lang

Since we started with Stephen Rausch, we also want to end with him this month.  A big congratulations go out to him on his recent cover and article in Doll Collector Magazine, January 2012 edition.  Alas, this edition has already been removed from the shelves, but I bet you could purchase a copy from the publisher.