Friday, December 14, 2012

'Tis the Season!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here at Two Twelve! Our Holiday Sale is in full swing right now--just two more days to come and shop. Before the sale even started, Holly Losee held a festive Woven Angel Collage Class, just in time for the holidays. Students enjoyed selecting brilliantly colored paper and creating a unique angel, ready to frame and hang. Some students chose to weave the paper to create their angel's dress, while other students went with a collage technique. Check out the beautiful angels below; each one different from the next.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

There's Still Time to Shop!

There's still time to shop at our Holiday Sale! Don't miss out. We have a lot of great items left, perfect for all of the loved ones on your list. The sale runs through Saturday, December 15. Sale hours are from 10am to 6pm. Stop by Two Twelve for some artful shopping today!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Now at My Favorite Café: Canavan²

During the months of November and December, be sure to stop by My Favorite Café in Saline to see the works of Jean and Meghan Canavan. This mother-daughter show is featuring the recent watercolor works of Jean Canavan, and recent photography and mixed media works of Meghan.

Through her watercolors--a variety of landscapes from Saline and her summer travels--Jean aims to capture everyday moments. Jean's cool palette, soft realism style, and emphasis on lighting within her watercolors convey more than beautiful imagery; they emit a certain feeling. During her travels, Jean keeps a travel journal as a constant companion, and enjoys translating her smaller works and ideas from her journal into large watercolors. Jean teaches both watercolor and travel journal at Two Twelve Arts Center.

Meghan's photography reflects her aspiration to capture the beauty of the world around her. Whether it is a gorgeous Utah landscape or a rusty license plate, Meghan hopes to bring her images to life for the viewer by emphasizing otherwise overlooked details. Taking her photos to the next level, Meghan has enjoyed experimenting with mixed media processes and combining her photography with other mediums to further enhance her concepts. Many of her photographs are from her recent cross-country road-trip from Saline to Burbank, CA, that she took with her sister, Katie.

With a variety of subject matters--from still life, to landscape, to travel--there is plenty to see.
If you're looking to enjoy art while you eat, or maybe do a little holiday shopping, stop by the café to see the Canavan² exhibit.

A reception will be held at the café on December 16, from 3 to 5pm. All are welcome to come meet the artists and see what the café has to offer.

Monday, November 5, 2012

November Artists of the Month: Instructors' Show

During the month of November, Two Twelve's Artist of the Month Series is featuring our annual Instructors' Show. This show will host work from many of our instructors, in a variety of mediums. This exhibit offers viewers the opportunity to see some of our instructors' latest and greatest works. The reception will be held this Friday, November 9, from 7 to 9 pm. Stop by for some light refreshments and meet the instructors and staff of our arts center. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall Inspiration in Basics & Beyond Watercolor

The students in Basics & Beyond Watercolor, taught by Jean Canavan, drew some inspiration from the colors of Fall during Wednesday's class. The students worked on watercolor paintings of leaves, branches, and berries while focusing on color washing techniques. It was so fun to see how each student played with the brilliant fall colors and composed their paintings. Remember that if you're ever feeling a lack of inspiration, just observe and use resources that are readily available to you. Just go outside, grab some leaves, and paint away!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What we've been up to lately...

After a busy Summer here at Two Twelve, we've spent the month of October transitioning right into Fall. We are happy to have our regular classes running, and we're enjoying having new students and classes as well. 

Tuesday mornings we have our Art Escape classes. A different class is offered every Tuesday, giving students the opportunity to enjoy themselves and try something new in just a few hours. One of our favorites here at Two Twelve is Silk Scarf Dyeing taught by Michele Montour. This class is fun for both newcomers and returning students, and each student leaves the class with two completed scarves. This class is also offered in other time slots, with the next class being held on Thursday, November 15, from 9:30 to 11:30am. Call us at (734)944-2787 to register.

 Another recent class we have offered here is Clay Meets Fiber. This two-session class merges the two mediums; with students hand building and embellishing a clay bowl in the first session, and then using a yarn coiling technique to complete the bowl in the second session. This class was perfect for bringing in the Fall, and the students created some lovely, colorful bowls.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Above & Below Challenge Winners!

Congratulations to our People's Choice Winners of the Above & Below Challenge!

The Above & Below Challenge was featured as our Artist of the Month Series during September and October. Artists were challenged to create a layered fiber work encompassing the theme of "above and below." Viewers were able to vote for their favorite, and the First and Second Place Awards were announced last Friday.

Second Place was awarded to six-year-old Samantha Mahalick, our youngest participant, for her piece entitled, "Adventurous Sea."

First Place was awarded to Karen Losey for her magnificent, detailed piece entitled, "A Slice in Time."


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Visit us at Harvest of the Arts this Saturday!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Stop by Harvest of the Arts in downtown Saline to visit the many tents of Two Twelve Arts Center. Our tents will host a number of artists with a variety of work for sale. Come shop for jewelry, pottery, fiber art, photography and more. Then, be sure to visit Inspiration Station, where we will be offering a make-and-take project for adults. Harvest of the Arts is located on North and South Ann Arbor Streets in downtown Saline this Saturday, September 29, from 10am to 5pm
See you there!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Above & Below

Join us for an artists' reception this Friday, September 7, from 7 to 9pm. The reception is being held for our current Artist of the Month Show, "Above & Below." This Fiber Arts show features thematic work inspired by Kat Campau and Running with Scissors (a fiber arts group). Check out this awesome video interview with Kat Campau from The Saline Post for more information.

Stop by Two Twelve on Friday to meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments. The reception is open to the public.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Adult Student Art Show Reception-This Friday!

This Friday Two Twelve Arts Center is hosting a reception for the Adult Student Art Show. The show features works created in a plethora of classes throughout 2011 and 2012. Don't miss your opportunity to view fiber art, watercolor, pottery, drawing, colored pencil, yupo, 3D works, and more. This show gives viewers the chance to see the variety of art that Two Twelve classes can offer, and to visit with instructors and students.
The reception will be held this Friday, August 3, from 7 to 9. It is open to the public and refreshments will be served. The Adult Student Art Show will be up through the month of August.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dream Big Art Installation

If you haven't had a chance to stop by the Saline District Library recently, you are missing out on a beautiful community art installation. Sponsored by the Library and Two Twelve Arts Center, the Dream Big Art Installation features a galaxy of stars and planets that were decorated by community members during Two Twelve Arts Center and Library events. Members of the Potter's Guild of Two Twelve also contributed to the collaborative installation by creating a ceramic wind-chime using stars that were made by kids during our Family Fun Day. Stop by the Library to find the star you decorated, see the details up close, and listen to the peaceful sounds of the wind-chime.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Introduction to Encaustic Painting

Last night, Rob Kinsey taught Introduction to Encaustic Painting at Two Twelve. Encaustic painting is an ancient medium; notably used for Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300BC. In the 20th century, artists such as Jasper Johns, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Diego Rivera and Tony Scherman used this process of combining hot wax with pigment to be used in their work. 

During last night's class, students used the hot pigmented wax and experimented with techniques like pouring and brushing the wax on wood to create an encaustic painting. Students also had the option of embedding objects to add texture.

Rob is teaching a second Encaustic Painting class on July 25, from 4-7pm. This class is not listed in the brochure, so call (734) 944-2787 to register today! There are only a few spots left.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This happened Friday...

Yarn Boming--also known as graffiti knitting, or guerilla knitting--is a type of temporary installation that employs yarn, or other colorful fiber. While some consider this type of installation to be a stealth form of street art; other artists practice it as their main medium, and aren't very fond of the term "yarn bomb."
However you categorize it, wrapping houses, trees, benches and signs in brightly colored pieces of knitted yarn and fiber is FUN! That is precisely what we did at Two Twelve Arts Center on Friday.
Because our Family Fun Day was Saturday, and in honor of International Yarn Bombing Day, Two Twelve was decked out in all sorts of colors to celebrate. There were also some monster additions to our installation, just for a little extra personality.
Thank you to all of our Cake Eaters and friends who contributed to the yarn bomb. If you haven't seen Two Twelve recently, make sure you at least drive by so you can check out the bombing. 

To see some more incredible yarn bombs, just do a google search for "yarn bomb" or "yarn bombing day 2012"...There are some amazing yarn bombs out there!