Ain’t out the Wood Yet" …tales from life on the tracks

Don’t miss this solo show & upcoming exhibit by:

Sally Ann Rodriguez

‘Ain’t out of the Woods Yet’
Tales from life on the tracks
An exhibit of paintings, gunny sacks, papier mache, and prose.

November 15 – December 31, 2010 Elihu M. Harris State Office Building – Atrium,
1515 Clay Street Oakland, California 94612

Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm Mon – Fri

Opening Art Reception for Sally Ann Rodriguez

this Thursday, November 18, 2010

Plus live blues by ‘Big Cat Tolefree and The Hipnotics’

Free to the Public…BART, AC Transit, & Wheelchair Accessible

A Step to Eternity: Un Paso a la Eternidad

The Day of the Dead – A Step to Eternity: Un Paso a la Eternidad

In honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Mexican revolution, in which approximately one million people died to replace the dictator Porfirio Diaz in order to create a Constitutional republic, this year’s theme of the Day of the Dead is based on revolution and change or honoring death as the price for liberty.

October 20 — November 13, 2010

Artist-participants: Francisco Franco, Yvonne Montano, Oscar Cisneros, Dr.Htain Win, Maria Sanchez, Dave Steffes, Raul Nava, Patra Nesseth – Steffes, Maxton Dramite, Lorenza Sanchez, Beto A. Bravo, Leonardo Ibarra, Amy Nelson Smith, Leslie Mathie, and others.

  • Reception and Celebration:

    • Saturday, Nov. 6, 3-7PM

The Art of Lupe Flores

One of my favorite artists is Lupe Flores. While we have never met in person we go back a while back to 2004 when we both were listing art on Ebay. I’ve watched her art develop over the years and it’s been incredible to see the different types of art she has created.
Lupe’s art includes paintings, hand stitched dolls, clay dolls and more recently a new line of t-shirts with her Dia de los Muertos themed art!

 

She has also teamed up with Saide on a line of paper mache painted calavera skulls.
To learn more about Lupe Flores visit her website at: http://www.artbylupeflores.com/
To purchase her T-shirts, dolls, original art and prints visit her etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtByLupeFlores?ref=top_trail
Lupe’s art is also one of this months featured artists on ArtByLatinaArtists.com.

 

Easy DIY Covered Tin Flower Vase

I hope to share an easy DIY project every once in a while. This being the first of many. I am normally not a big crafter but I do enjoy DIY projects. This one is pretty easy I’d say and I didn’t have to look far to find the items to make this.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Recycled tin, rubber cement, ruler, scissors, pencil, ribbons, glue gun & glue sticks, paint brush.

Instructions:

S tep 1: Find a tin container to cover. I recycled a Rosarita’s Refried Beans tin, but any clean tin will do.

Step 2: Measure and cut a piece of your favorite scrapbook, magazine page, or leftover gift-wrap paper to fit around the tin. It could be a single strip of paper or small pieces added to cover the entire tin.

Step 3: Cover the blank side of the paper with rubber cement.

Step 4: Carefully wrap the scrapbook paper strip around the container while lining up the seams. Or placed randomly if using smaller pieces of paper.

Step 6: Embellish the container with ribbons or other epherma of your choice. I used hot glue to attach the ribbon.

Step 7: Place a small potted flower or plant in the tin!You can also add water and fill your container with fresh cut flowers (add floral foam or flower frog for support).

Step 8: Try it on different sized tins, line them up on a windowsill, as centerpieces on a table or fill with sand and use with a votive candle.

note: I can see myself using this covered tin to hold my paintbrushes once the flowers are gone.

Have fun with it!