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A Nice Escape

Cindy, left, and Cameron, right working steadily on their designs

We first introduced you to the Kanczuzewski family a couple of weeks ago. As you may recall, mom Cindy and two of her children, Maddie and Cameron, are participating in this year’s pop art inspired Festival of Banners. They have been working steadily on their designs, visiting our studio almost weekly to put the finishing touches on their colorful artworks. We recently popped in on them again to see how things are moving along, but also to learn more about what Festival of Banners can teach a first time painter. Join us by reading more about what Cindy, Maddie, and Cameron have learned on their journeys, one brush stroke at a time.


The best advertising ever


When we plan out the editorial calendar for this very blog, we find ourselves brainstorming ways to communicate to you, our readers, and anyone else who may come along, just how much we want to be a place you can appreciate and turn to for all things art-related.  We set up our schedule of postings and get to work fine tuning this message, hoping that it will be well delivered and well received.

Then, a guest contributor agrees to help us out and blows us out of the water.

We find ourselves thrilled and humbled by what our friend and long-time SBMA member, Karen Chambers, had to say when we asked her to share why she has been so committed to the programs and classes we offer.  Without further ado, we invite you to LEARN MORE ABOUT the VALUE of SBMA ART CLASSES by CLICKING HERE.

And, most importantly, thank you, Karen!

Why You Should Meet Us on the Island

Here at SBMA, we pride ourselves on lots of things. From our quality exhibitions to our excellent educational programs to our stellar staff, we have a lot to be proud of. Did we mention our ability to throw a rocking summer party? On Friday June 29th, we invite you to join us at one of our signature summer events, “Meet Me on the Island”. In collaboration with WVPE, we are pleased to present you an ART-ful evening filled with live music, cool drinks, and local art and artists along a beautiful river front location. Still undecided? Keep reading as we share with you our top reasons why you should “Meet Us on the Island” June 29th.

Mom (and kids) go Pop! for F.O.B.

Coming soon…a banner featuring South Bend’s Mayor Pete – pop style!

A little while back we told you that Festival of Banners was coming, and now it’s here!  Submitted designs for this year’s theme – “Pop on Parade” – were judged, and winning designs were chosen.  But it’s right about now that the action is really underway as the selected artists are beginning to work on their original, hand-painted banners in the SBMA studios.  With only two months to go until the banners are on display in downtown South Bend, our Festival of Banners participants are busy bringing their pop art visions to life.

From now until August, we’ll be checking in with not one, but three of our Festival of Banners participants, to see what it’s like to take transform  their 4″ x 6″ submissions into banners.  The  dynamic, creative members of the Kanczuzewski family have agreed to let us look over their shoulders as we bring you an inside experience of this great community-based program.

To LEARN MORE about Cindy, Maddie and Cameron, and their BANNER DESIGNS, CLICK HERE.

We Honor the Masters: Moms

Emil Jacques’ “A Mother’s Care,” a painting in our permanent collection at SBMA.

Once upon a time we could stick our hands in a bucket of paint, slap them on a canvas and call it a Mother’s Day gift.  But time has passed, we’ve all gotten older (not you, Mom – you’ve evolved with grace and beauty), and we know how important it is to find just the right thoughtful, special something for the ladies we love and honor on Mother’s Day.  The good news is that we at SBMA provide the perfect approach to accomplishing this daunting task: come on into The Dot Shop.

Located right here in the Century Center, The Dot Shop is unlike any other retail space in South Bend.  From watercolors to ceramics, from jewelry to garden accessories, our fabulous array of artwork by local artists is sure to include the gift you know is just right for your Mother’s Day honorees.  The fact is that everything you can buy at The Dot Shop is a one-of-a-kind, handmade masterpiece.  And isn’t that what Mom would say about you?


Teachers: Time to Get Planning…for a night out!

Our friend and colleague at the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art, Sarah Martin, has asked that we help her extend an invitation to the Snite’s Teacher Night event, and we couldn’t be more pleased to oblige.  Teacher Night events—held here at SBMA every Fall and at the Snite every Spring—are fun and FREE opportunities for our museum education departments to congratulate, thank and treat our local educators for all they do.

So teachers, we hope you will mark your plan books for next Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 4-6 p.m.   Head to the Snite Museum of Art on campus at Notre Dame (parking will be available in Lot C; you’ll see signs when you arrive), any time between 4 and 6 to enjoy refreshments, mingling, and some raffle prizes, as well as the amazing galleries at the Snite.  We know you spend tremendous energy enriching the life of your students each day; don’t pass up this chance to indulge yourselves!


We eggspect to see you!

Make a sock bunny this Saturday at our Eggstravaganza event!

With Easter just under two weeks away, you may notice that the ol’ Bunny Trail is starting to pick up a lot of traffic.  Before you get swept up in all that cottontail congestion, we suggest you take the next eggxit marked  “SBMA!”  Join us here in our studios this Saturday, March 31, from 2-4 pm for an art-making hop-portunity that will everybunny will be talking about, including bunny mask making, “bunny putty” eggs and sock bunnies.


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