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Opening Aartz West, a new teaching studio in Santa Fe, NM!
Opening Aartz West, a new teaching studio in Santa Fe, NM!
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The PROJECT: Aartz West, a teaching studio.

I believe in the power of Art.
Art is magical. It can heal, inspire, help develop critical thinking skills, communicate, or just make our lives more beautiful, more interesting and more informed. It can help us find new answers to enduring problems.
Humanity needs art!
And also, it's just plain fun!

Finally, after many years in the U.S. and South America, creating, exhibiting and teaching art, I’ve returned to Santa Fe, New Mexico to open my dream studio: Aartz West.  I need your help to fulfill that dream. 

In high school I dreamed of an art studio brimming with supplies, equipment, beautiful books and art. It wasn't going to be just for me. It was meant to be big enough to do my own work, but also a space to share and teach aspiring artists of all ages.

My goal for students is not just that they develop mastery in technique. I also try to help them get in touch with their muse, the source of their imagination. When you "listen to your muse," art comes from your heart. It becomes personal.
My goal for students is not just that they develop mastery in technique. I also try to help them get in touch with their muse, the source of their imagination. When you "listen to your muse," art comes from your heart. It becomes personal.

Aartz West will be chock full of art materials and inspiration, a creative haven. Students in my workshops and classes have always used high quality artists' materials. They also have the opportunity to watch a professional artist (That's me!) at work. Watching my paintings and sculpture evolve often opens new possibilities such as trying a new technique, color combination or style.

My sculpture and paintings are all around the studio and often provide teaching elements and ideas. Behind the students in these two photos you can see paintings and sculpture in process.
My sculpture and paintings are all around the studio and often provide teaching elements and ideas. Behind the students in these two photos you can see paintings and sculpture in process.

Your contributions will support the rental of THE PERFECT studio space with about 1000 sq. ft., good light, a library of great books (I already have a start on that!) and much more. It will also support the purchase of art supplies, a new or used kiln, advertising and insurance.

On the left you can see my electric kiln 20+ years ago when it was brand spanking new! Now it's in sad condition and needs replacing. On the right you can see the beginning of a "primitive" pit firing which we do outdoors using ancient techniques.
On the left you can see my electric kiln 20+ years ago when it was brand spanking new! Now it's in sad condition and needs replacing. On the right you can see the beginning of a "primitive" pit firing which we do outdoors using ancient techniques.

I have a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA in clay sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art. I've exhibited my paintings and sculpture nationally and internationally. Over the years I have worked with a multitude of artistic techniques and materials, exploring many topics.
I love what I do, and thoroughly enjoy sharing it!  

In the photo on the left I'm in Pisaq, Peru, demonstrating watercolor to a group of artists who had come with me to see Machu Picchu. On the right I'm with young artists glazing ceramic works in what used to be my Vermont studio .
In the photo on the left I'm in Pisaq, Peru, demonstrating watercolor to a group of artists who had come with me to see Machu Picchu. On the right I'm with young artists glazing ceramic works in what used to be my Vermont studio .

Teaching comes naturally to me. I've studied many different art processes, techniques and materials. I've taught at every educational level in public and private schools and colleges. During my many years as an artist and educator I have worked with thousands of students on two continents and in eight states. In fact, while I was teaching in Vermont public schools I was honored as Art Educator of the Year by the Vermont Alliance for Arts in Education.

After many years away, I am thrilled to be back in Santa Fe! This 400+ year old city is filled with art, galleries, artists and people eager to learn more about creative processes! With a population of 68,000 there are more than 100 art galleries and 16 museums! And there are also more than 70 public and private schools here in the K-12 range, which means that there are many potential students for after-school, weekend and summer camp classes who are just waiting for Aartz West to open! 

Yes, there are other art schools available, but Aartz West will provide a unique and exciting alternative. I am already in touch with educational administrators in various schools, and several adults have expressed interest in working with me. I'm already starting!

I can’t wait to begin in the new Aartz West studio! Don't wait to pick out your reward! 

Among the rewards are several different prints available on paper and on canvas. Below are the ones available on paper. Scroll down for the images available on canvas.

"Floating" is available in two sizes: 11" x 14" and 18" x 24" Both are signed and numbered on high quality paper.
"Floating" is available in two sizes: 11" x 14" and 18" x 24" Both are signed and numbered on high quality paper.
"Out of the Shadows" is available in two sizes: 11" x 14" and 18" x 24" Both are signed and numbered on high quality paper.
"Out of the Shadows" is available in two sizes: 11" x 14" and 18" x 24" Both are signed and numbered on high quality paper.
"Otters at the Water's Edge" is available in two sizes. The smaller is 11" x 14" and the larger is 15" x 25." Both are signed and numbered on high quality paper.
"Otters at the Water's Edge" is available in two sizes. The smaller is 11" x 14" and the larger is 15" x 25." Both are signed and numbered on high quality paper.
Heron with Red Osier Dogwood is available in two sizes. The round image is printed onto  11" x 14" and 18" x 18" quality paper, signed and numbered.
Heron with Red Osier Dogwood is available in two sizes. The round image is printed onto 11" x 14" and 18" x 18" quality paper, signed and numbered.

The following paintings are available as reproductions on canvas. 

Heron Nest is available as a print in two sizes: 12" x 12" and 20" x 20". Beautifully printed on canvas, it is ready to hang on your wall.
Heron Nest is available as a print in two sizes: 12" x 12" and 20" x 20". Beautifully printed on canvas, it is ready to hang on your wall.
"Goose and Amaryllis" or "Study in White" is available as a 14" x 11" or 20" x 16" print on canvas.
"Goose and Amaryllis" or "Study in White" is available as a 14" x 11" or 20" x 16" print on canvas.
Hope Entwined IV is available as an exquisite 10" x 10" or 20" x 20" print on canvas.
Hope Entwined IV is available as an exquisite 10" x 10" or 20" x 20" print on canvas.
Bluebird with Apple Blossoms is available as a print in two sizes: 11" x 14" and 16" x 20". It is beautifully printed on canvas and is ready to hang on your wall!
Bluebird with Apple Blossoms is available as a print in two sizes: 11" x 14" and 16" x 20". It is beautifully printed on canvas and is ready to hang on your wall!
Waiting for Spring is available in a 10" x 30" giclée on canvas. It is beautifully printed on canvas and is ready to hang on your wall!
Waiting for Spring is available in a 10" x 30" giclée on canvas. It is beautifully printed on canvas and is ready to hang on your wall!
Raven on a Wire is available as a beautiful, high quality print on canvas, ready to hang on your wall. It's available 11" x14" and 16" x 20".
Raven on a Wire is available as a beautiful, high quality print on canvas, ready to hang on your wall. It's available 11" x14" and 16" x 20".

For nine years while living in Brandon, Vermont, my husband and I had our own gallery & frame shop. I also had my studio and taught classes in the building. Then Hurricane Irene happened. The building across the street was washed out into the road. Our building took a direct hit. We had to close the business.
It was a sign for us to head west!

Here are the three stages of Irene: Left: that's me above the rock gardens before the flood. Center: the torrent slamming into our building, undermining the foundation and washing away the park next door to us. Right: the chasm that was left behind.
Here are the three stages of Irene: Left: that's me above the rock gardens before the flood. Center: the torrent slamming into our building, undermining the foundation and washing away the park next door to us. Right: the chasm that was left behind.

Now I am finally home again in Santa Fe!
I'm excited and ready to begin a new chapter! Aartz West. 

Will you join me? 

Risks and challenges

•The first challenge is to find the perfect studio space for Aartz West. I'm in contact with several realtors and am confident that by the end of the Kickstarter I will have found it!

• The next challenge will be to get the word out to prospective students!
I have many years of experience in getting in touch with the community. I will connect with art educators and community organizations to find children (both paying and scholarship students) who LOVE ART and will benefit from this opportunity. As to contacting adults, I am confident that between local papers and social media I'll be able to connect with aspiring artists. Many have already made inquiries.
Please follow me at:
www.twitter:com/@lizamyers
www.facebook.com/LizaMyersArt
www.instagram.com/lizamyersartist
https://www.facebook.com/AartzWest
• An ongoing challenge will be to to complete the original paintings for the rewards in a timely fashion. And I'm SO EXCITED to have the opportunity to do so! It just takes time, especially because my paintings are very detailed. And patience from the supporters!

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    A heartfelt personalized postcard featuring Liza’s art!

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    A signed, heartfelt personalized postcard thank you AND a magnet, both featuring Liza’s art.

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    A signed, handwritten, personalized 5” x 8” greeting card printed on high quality paper suitable for framing, featuring Liza’s art!

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    A set of four beautiful 5" x 8" cards printed on high quality paper featuring Liza's art.

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    We still have THREE MORE DAYS!!! As a stretch goal we are adding a baseball cap with the Aaartz West Logo on the front! This reward will go for the purchase of a drying rack, which will allow for the storage of paintings and prints. An essential and very useful tool in any teaching studio.

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    Choose to sponsor an art book for the reference library and you'll receive a set of 6 cards plus a very cool magnet both featuring Liza's art!

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    Quality 11" x 14" reproduction on paper of one of Liza's beautiful paintings with personalized signature.
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    1) "Out of the Shadows": A curiously contented moose emerging from forest shadows into a marsh surrounded with blooming wetland flowers.
    2) "Otters at the Water's Edge": two sleek, handsome otters playing near water and cattails.
    3) "Heron with Red Osier Dogwood": a formal circular portrait of a Great Blue Heron with a background of cattails and dogwood berries. For some reason this one reminds me of Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington.
    4) "Floating" depicts a peaceful frog floating on the surface of a summer pond, viewed at eye level, partially underwater, partially above.

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    When you back the Margaret Peterson Myers Scholarship Fund your contribution will be matched by an anonymous donor! So your donation will be doubled!
    The MPM fund provides Aartz classes or workshops for children who otherwise might not be able to afford to attend.
    As your reward you will receive
    1) a high quality 8" x 10" reproduction of one of the child's artworks.
    2) a set of 4 cards featuring Liza's work
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    3) a magnet, also featuring Liza's art work.

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    Large, high quality reproduction on paper of one of Liza's beautiful paintings with personalized signature. Measurements are as noted.
    Choose:
    1) "Out of the Shadows": A curiously contented moose emerging from forest shadows into a marsh surrounded with blooming wetland flowers. 18" x 24"
    2) "Otters at the Water's Edge": two sleek, handsome otters playing near water and cattails. 15" x 22"
    3) "Heron with Red Osier Dogwood": a formal circular portrait of a Great Blue Heron with a background of cattails and dogwood berries. For some reason this one reminds me of Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington. 18" x 18"
    4) "Floating" depicts a peaceful frog floating on the surface of a summer pond, viewed at eye level, partially underwater, partially above. 18" x 24"

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    A brand-spanking new 5" x 8" Moleskine notebook with a spectacular original hand-painted cover.

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    Private or group day tour of the cultural and historical highlights of Santa Fe. Visit Museum Hill, Canyon Road and Fort Marcy. Stroll through the Santa Fe's charming plaza. Visit with native Navaho and Puebloan jewelers while you peruse their exquisite hand-crafted wares for sale under the portal at the Palace of the Governors. The oldest government building on the continent, it was constructed in 1610!
    Ground transportation, museum fees and elegant picnic lunch included. Air transportation not included.

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    Original 5" x 5" painting on canvas. These small paintings can hang on the wall, sit on the windowsill or adorn your grand piano! Let's Skype, FaceTime or talk on the phone about your choice of subject matter.

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    2 three hour session adult private classes in the new Aartz West Studio. Beginners and advanced students welcome. One-on-one time with Liza to explore new techniques in watercolor or acrylic painting, or even work with clay sculpture. To be scheduled at our mutual convenience.

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    Four sessions of adult group classes. These take place on Saturday mornings or a weekday evening, as yet to be determined. Sessions are three hours. Learn cool techniques in watercolor or acrylic painting. Beginners to advanced are welcome.

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    Traditional New Mexican dinner for two at Liza's house, home cooked by Liza, just for you. Your choice of red or green chile, beef, pork, chicken or vegetarian enchiladas, calabacitas, refried beans, rice and a yummy salad. Tres Leches cake or flan for dessert. (Transportation to Santa Fe not included)

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    10" x 10" or 11" x 14" very high quality giclée reproduction ON CANVAS of one of Liza's paintings. Check the images available and let's Skype about which one you would prefer. Personalized signature.

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    10" x 30" beautiful, high quality giclée on canvas reproduction of the painting "Waiting for Spring." Personalized signature. Ready to hang on your wall!

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    16" x 20" or 20" x 20" beautiful, high quality giclée reproduction ON CANVAS of one of Liza's paintings. Personalized signature. Ready to hang on your wall! We can Skype, email or talk on the phone about which image you'd prefer.

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    Have you dreamed of having your own original painting? Here's your opportunity: an 11" x 14" original painting of a subject from nature made JUST FOR YOU!!! We can talk about what image you'd like via Skype or on the phone. Originals take time so we'll be sending you some surprises while you wait!

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    Have you dreamed of having your own original painting? Here's your opportunity: an 11" x 14" original painting of a subject from nature made JUST FOR YOU!!! We can talk about what image you'd like via Skype or on the phone. Originals take time so we'll be sending you some surprises while you wait!

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    A three day tour of the Highlights of Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, guided by Liza. Dates to be arranged at our mutual convenience beginning June 2016 (group minimum of 4 people. Cost is per person)
    We'll visit historical sites, museums and travel to Taos to visit famed Taos Pueblo. Land transportation, picnic lunches and one home cooked traditional New Mexican dinner provided. (does not include airfare, or hotel)

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    Want a original painting that's a little bit bigger? How about your very own 16" x 20" original of a subject from nature made JUST FOR YOU!!! Let's talk or email about what image you'd like. Originals take time so we'll be sending you some surprises while you wait!

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    How about a larger painting to make to dynamic statement on your wall? Liza would love to paint a 24" x 30" original painting, CREATED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU!!! Let's talk about an image from nature. And we'll send you some nice surprises while you wait for delivery!

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    Your next terrific option is a 30" x 36" original painting of a subject from nature made JUST FOR YOU!!! Let's talk about what image you'd like! We can Skype, FaceTime or call. And because you'll have to wait for your reward we will send you some fun surprises.

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    Wow! Your very own 36" x 40" original acrylic on canvas painting! Think about how wonderful this will be in your home! An original painting of a subject from nature made JUST FOR YOU!!! Let's talk about what image you'd like.
    An original this size will take a while to complete, but don't worry, we'll be sending you some surprises while you wait.

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    Gorgeous, magical original painting, Let's talk about what imagery will speak to your heart and make you happy every time you see it!
    40" x 60" gallery wrapped.

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