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Why you should win a marathon

Ceramics artist Kathy Fodness is a prolific, inspiring presence in our SBMA studios.

For the great majority of us, some SBMA staff members included, it’s nearly impossible to imagine running a marathon, let alone winning one.  If you’ve ever watched a marathon in person and seen the leaders at mile 20 or so, you know those people have got something that you just don’t.  And when this year’s Sunburst Marathon winners sprint across that finish line on June 2, they’ll get something else you wish you had: artwork by Kathy Fodness.

Native American ceramic artist Kathy Fodness has been a friend of SBMA for many years, volunteering with youth classes and events, and frequenting our studios to perfect her artistic techniques.  So when the Sunburst Races asked us to commission a local artist to create the first place awards for the 2012 races, Kathy came to mind instantly.  Given the way these awards are turning out, we know we made the right choice.  We’ll give you a sneak peek at what Kathy has been creating, but we have to warn you – this click may cause the sudden dusting off of running shoes!

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KATHY FODNESS AND HER HANDMADE SUNBURST RACES ART, CLICK HERE.

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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?

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FAVORITE MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS AT THE DOT SHOP, CLICK HERE.

Rain Candy

Our Sculpture Corridor is radiant with the color and beauty of the Michiana Rain Barrels.

There are already a fair number of reasons to hope for rain in the forecast: You’ve planted a new garden that needs a jumpstart; there’s a Nora Ephron movie marathon on tv; or, you’re the coach of a 5-and-under tee ball team that has a scheduled practice.  But now there are fifteen even better and more beautiful reasons to pray for precipitation…the arrival and auction of this year’s Michiana Rain Barrels.

As partners with the Indiana University-South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future, SBMA is proud to display the rain barrels painted by local artists and artist groups.  They can be seen in our sculpture corridor from now until May 4, when they’ll be auctioned to those smart and savvy citizens who know that these rain barrels are garden-, budget- and earth-friendly ways to support art right here in our own backyard.

To LEARN MORE about A RAIN BARREL ARTIST, CLICK HERE.

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!

To LEARN MORE about TEACHER NIGHT, or DOWNLOAD a FLYER, CLICK HERE.

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.

To LEARN MORE ABOUT SBMA’S EGGSTRAVAGANZA EVENT, CLICK HERE

Make your own art table

Quick and Easy Art Table

by Cheryl Ricks


A great idea for every home, this amazing art table was designed by mom and local graphic designer, Cheryl Ricks.  Designating a space in your house for art keeps you organized and makes a great “discovery” station for your kids!

What you need:

• A coffee table (old or new)

• Chalkboard paint

• Dowel rod and hardware to hold the rod on (curtain rod hardware was used in the table pictured)

• Roll of paper

• Plastic containers to hold art supplies

• Long, narrow wood board to attach the containers to (see picture)

• 2 wood spacers to raise the long, narrow board up off the table so the paper can slide underneath it (see picture)

• Art supplies: chalk. crayons, markers, watercolors, popsicle sticks, stickers, stamps, playdoh/clay, glue, pipe cleaners. etc.

Instructions:

  • Sand the top of the table.
  • Paint the top with chalkboard paint.
  • Attach the hardware at one end for the doll rod and paper roll.
  • Nail the long narrow wood board with the spacers at each end of it to the opposite side of the table than the paper roll.
  • Nail, screw or super glue the plastic containers to the long narrow wood board so they can’t fall off the table easily. This is a great place to store some of the art supplies. Other supplies can be stored in containers underneath.

Tips:

Michaels sells great paper rolls. You can get plain white and you can also get some that have activities and coloring pages on the roll. My 3-year-old son and I use this table all the time for art projects. Everything that is on the table is appropriate for his age, so he has full reign to use his creativity to the fullest!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from SBMA!

9.5 out of every 10 leprechauns prefer SBMA projects!

In homage to all wee artists of Irish and not-so-Irish descent, we’d like to share with you one of our favorite St. Patty’s Day projects.  Our most recent family day visitors tried it themselves earlier this month and it was a great success!

So while the soda bread is baking and the corned beef and cabbage are slow cooking, here’s a quick and fun way to add a rainbow or two to everyone’s luckiest day.

To LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO MAKE THE WINDSO’CK CLICK HERE

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