Etsy Shop Update

Happy Holidays All!

I’ve added some fantastic new items to my Etsy shop, including some of my dolls from my numbered, named collection.

Below are a few examples of the new work. To see more of each item, including close up pics, visit my Etsy shop!

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Coming Up! Wicked Wonders Halloween Art Market

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This year, Lexington Arts & Recreation has decided to make a whole day out of the Thriller Re-enactment and Halloween Parade that occurs every year in downtown Lexington. This amazing event will be made even spookier by the addition of the Wicked Wonders Halloween Art Market which will be located at the 5/3 Pavilion in Cheapside Park on Main Street in Lexington. ( 251 West Main Street, Lexington, Ky). I look forward to displaying my own Wicked Wonders and participating in what may become an annual Halloween art show! And Zombies, I’m looking forward to all the Zombies!!! Click the ad above for more information about the day’s festivities.

Bluegrass & Backroads

I really like the title of this show. One of my favorite things about country living is traveling the backroads on a pretty day. Kentucky really is a beautiful state, and the rolling fields, deep caverns, creeks, lakes and rock formations can be breathtaking. I think the title of this show is an appropriate description of Kentucky.

Tucked along those backroads and rolling fields, sprinkled here and there, are unique and interesting people. Many folks think that isolation helps spur creativity in our people. To some degree this is true, I think. Growing up, all of my family members had projects we were constantly working on…piddling as we called it. I have piddled my whole life. In fact, I really never felt comfortable calling myself an artist until I was in my 20′s. So removed from the “art world” was I, that I simply said I piddled with making things.

I’m glad my folks encouraged all that piddling.

The episode that I filmed back in May (you can read more about that experience here) is coming up this next weekend on KET and RFD-TV. Although hesitant to participate at first because of my own shyness and perhaps, stage fright, I’m so glad Bob and Matt encouraged me to share my artwork on their program. It really was such a great experience and has helped me overcome some of that stage fright to a degree.

I encourage you to watch Bluegrass & Backroads. There are some interesting things happening in Kentucky, at the hands of interesting makers and these two fellows work very hard to scout the best and most interesting makers and bring their stories to you.

You can visit this link for a list of air dates on KET, (Kentucky Educational Television). I am episode #1305, just scroll down and look for Rebecca Miller Campbell or see dates below.

 

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26:40 | #1305 | First Airs: October 15, 2016

  • KET2: Saturday, October 15 at 4:30 PM ET
  • KETKY: Sunday, October 16 at 7:30 AM ET
  • KETKY: Sunday, October 16 at 11:00 PM ET
  • KETKY: Tuesday, October 18 at 12:30 PM ET
  • KETKY: Tuesday, October 18 at 2:30 PM ET
  • KET: Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00 AM ET
  • KETKY: Friday, October 21 at 7:30 AM ET
  • KETKY: Sunday, December 11 at 11:00 PM ET
  • KETKY: Tuesday, December 13 at 12:30 PM ET
  • KETKY: Tuesday, December 13 at 2:30 PM ET
  • KET: Wednesday, December 14 at 12:00 AM ET
  • KETKY: Thursday, December 15 at 8:30 PM ET
  • KETKY: Friday, December 16 at 7:30 AM ET
  • KETKY: Sunday, December 18 at 7:30 AM ET

Bluegrass and Backroads will also air nation-wide on RFD-TV. You have have that channel, my episode, Season 13 Ep 5, will air October 19th, at 5:30 PM ET.

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I hope you enjoy the little glimpse into what my day to day life in my studio looks like. I love making these little creations and I LOVE being able to share them and my process with you! Thank you for helping me realize that piddlers and artists are many times one and the same!

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The Devil Made Us Do It

I’d like to personally invite you to attend the opening reception of, The Devil Made Us Do It, Depictions of Satan in Kentucky Folk Art. Curated by the Kentucky Folk Art Center, this exhibit examines how the character of the devil has been portrayed by generations of self-taught artists from Kentucky. My own carefully made piece, “The Root of All”, will be included in the exhibition. I encourage you to come look at the piece for yourself. Photos really do not capture the detail of my imaginings of Satan.

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The opening reception will be on Thursday, September 29th from 5:30-7:30 P.M. If you can’t attend the reception, “The Devil Made Us Do It”,  will be up through Monday, November 28, 2016. For more information, visit the Event page on Facebook,  or call the Kentucky Folk Art Center at 606.783.2204.

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Sampling Hot Sorghum…(the Importance of Festivals in eastern Kentucky)

It is festival season in eastern Kentucky. Around this time of year you can visit the Apple Festival, the Honey Festival, the Chicken Festival, the Swift Silver Mine Festival, Wool Festival and even the Woolly Worm Festival. It seems that most tiny eastern Kentucky towns have some reason to celebrate this time of year.

In Morgan County, where I currently live, we host the Sorghum Festival. If you’re not familiar with sorghum, it’s a sticky sweet substance similar to molasses. Folks from this region have lots of different ways to use it. My husband, who grew up in West Liberty, uses it as his primary sweetener. When I’m spooning tablespoons of honey into my oatmeal, he’s adding a dollop of sorghum. It is also delicious in cookies, barbecue sauce, chili and even craft beer! In fact, Vogue Magazine, just named Sorghum the new quinoa in the Aug. 2016 issue.

My favorite part of our local sorghum festival is, you guessed it, the sorghum.

Danny Townsend, a local sorghum grower, demonstrates all weekend the making of sorghum the old fashioned way. And that way involves a mule-driven mill that grinds the sweet cane into a syrup. That syrup is then transferred to vats and boiled down into a bubbling, thick, rich substance that pairs best with a homemade cathead biscuit.

All weekend long, while I demonstrate painting, stuffing or just chat with visitors to the sorghum festival, I see folks walk by with cut cane stalk, dipping it into a styrofoam cup with a sampling of fresh-made sorghum. That image makes me smile! Oftentimes, those folks might be dressed in bib overalls with a red bandana sticking out the pocket. When I visited my first Sorghum Festival with my husband, I couldn’t help but notice all the people in bibs! Apparently, this is part of the Sorghum tradition as well–old fashioned dress, little girls in braids, even the Sorghum queen (crowned during the Friday night football game), wears an old time prairie dress. This is a charming tradition, one that I hope carries on well into the future.

Under the tent, you’ll find entrepreneurs of all sorts, professional artists and home crafters alike. Small festivals in eastern Kentucky are a necessity. In areas where the economy is struggling, festival season allows folks to earn extra income for the year. In West Liberty, it is especially critical since the tornado of 2012 destroyed most of our retail shopping establishments. This event allows Morgan Countians and others to shop in county, to shop with our neighbors and support their efforts. Festivals also allow burgeoning artists the opportunity to put their work in front of the people, to really see if entrepreneurship is something they would like to seriously undertake. It is the first step for many artists before investing in and branching out to other, more well-known art fairs.

It was my first step in the public art sales arena. And I am thankful to have been allowed to take that first step in what has become an art career.

So, this weekend, I’ll have my dolls and homemade ornaments set up at my hometown festival. I won’t be wearing bibs, but I will be supporting my community with my art and with my dollars as I shop and eat local this weekend! And I’ll be smiling at all you little ones in your bibs, sampling hot sorghum and partaking in old traditions and maybe making some new ones.

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(To find me under the Big Top on Main Street, look for city Hall and follow the sidewalk down to Helton’s Tax Service. I’ll be in that area, next to good friend and one of my favorite artists, Pam Oldfield Meade.)

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How About an Impromptu Art Show!

Eeeks! Monday is usually the day for recovery after a full weekend of arting it up! It is also the day for laundry and watering plants and catching up and a host of other things that sometimes get shoved to the back burner when it’s time for an art fair.

This Monday, I was surprised by an email from the director of a well-established and well-known art fair in Indiana. She had seen my artwork at Woodland over the weekend and invited me to be a guest artist at Art in Speed Park, THIS weekend, August 27th and 28th.

Since I hadn’t unpacked a lot of my things, artwork excluded, it was easy to say yes! I feel very grateful to have been invited.

Sooooo, although it wasn’t included in my show line-up. I’m excited to say I’ll be in Sellersburg, Indiana this weekend at Art in Speed Park.

And, although I’m still a little tired from the Woodland Art Fair, I’m excited about this show.

And just like that….my typical recovery M0nday turned into a busy one!

Art in Speed Park is just a few short minutes from Louisville, so if you’re in the area and would like to see all of my little people, in person, in one setting, come out and visit!

The show runs on Saturday and Sunday, 10-5 each day.

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Click the banner above for more info!

Woodland Art Fair….this weekend!

Find me at Woodland Art Fair this weekend, Aug. 20th & 21st.

I’ll be booth #219, located near the bandstand/gazebo.

 

Click on the map below for a larger version!

 

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And don’t forget to look for my pennant banner in a sea of white tents. I’ll look a little something like this!

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Woodland Art Fair 2016 Y’all!

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Woodland Art Fair Info, Driving Directions, Parking Info and Shuttle Service Info

It’s almost time and I’ve been working my fingers to the nubs getting ready for the 41st Woodland Art Fair in Lexington, Ky. 41st! Anything that’s stuck around for 41 years has to be good, right? Well Woodland Art Fair is definitely good. Located within the grounds of the Woodland Park in Lexington, Woodland Art Fair includes around 200 participants from Kentucky and beyond. You can bet that some of the best working artists from the central Kentucky region are represented at this fair. In addition, the music, the setting, the food choices….it all makes for a great show! I’m always excited to get the notification that I’ve been accepted. This is easily one of my favorite art shows in Kentucky.

If you’ve visited me in past years, I’ll be in my usual spot, booth 219 near the Gazebo which serves as a bandstand during this event. (So follow the music!) I’m also by the pool area, so if you see that, you’ll know that I’m nearby! I like to give my location and possibly stay in my location, if I can, because Woodland Art Fair is huge! As always, look for my very colorful pennant banner on the front of my tent. It’s a nice way to separate myself in a sea of white tents filled with wonderful works of art.

Hope to see you there!

Shuttle Service Info if you’ll be attending Woodland Art Fair

Because parking later in the day can be an issue, three shuttles (including one wheelchair- accessible) will be circulating every 10 minutes. Park in the LEXTRAN Transit Center parking garage (enter from E. High Street near the Lexington Ave. and MLK Blvd. intersections), the Phoenix Parking Lot and the Lexington Herald Leader front parking lot to catch a shuttle.

 

Witches among us.

I am watching Salem on Netflix while working on art. The show is very inspiring and filled with such imagery. This is the perfect time of year to begin the series.

I have noticed though that some of my sculpts are beginning to be affected.

 

I hope it is of my own doing.

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Is it wrong that I will put this girl in the oven to bake? To dry her of course! And at a low temp.

If you’d like to keep up with simple sneak peeks like this one, follow me on my personal facebook, business facebook or on Instagram! And join my mailing list so you’ll be notified once this little witch comes available!

Thank You!

I would love to extend a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who stopped by my booth at the Berea Craft Festival this past weekend in Berea, Kentucky. This is one of my favorite weekends of the year! I speak a lot about the charm of the historic Indian Fort Theater and the creative, inspiring vibe that can be felt during the festival but until you experience it for yourself it’s hard to really explain. The truth is…this experience is carefully curated by a bunch of hard-working people and has been for 35 years. Firstly, the the organizers of the Berea Craft Festival carefully choose interesting, dynamic artists and crafters for this show. There’s no doubt about the quality of the things you’ll find at the fair! Secondly, each artist puts so much effort into creating a fantastic shopping experience for the buyers. This woodland marketplace is outstanding. Couple that with strolling musicians, delicious food, kids crafts and demonstrations that will spark your imagination and maybe, just maybe, you’ll get the itch to create yourself!

I really enjoyed getting to meet so many different people, having the opportunity to talk about my work and share a little about my process and how I taught myself to make these little people. An extra special Thank You to everyone who purchased a little something to take home with you or to tuck under the tree for a loved one this Christmas. It makes my heart swell to know that a little piece of me will live on in your home and through your family traditions! Thanks so much!

(My space on Friday morning right before the gates opened! Exciting!)
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(I wish I had more pictures to share of this amazing event, but sometimes the downside of being a participant is that I don’t have to time to walk around snapping photos of all the things I really love. Make plans to attend next year to experience this for yourself. The Berea Craft Festival is always the second weekend in July!)