Aartz West has been VERY busy!
We began with a group of 24 students from Gill St Bernards School in New Jersey on a travel study tour of the Santa... Read more
Two weeks of Aartz West Camp!
It has been a wonderful first two weeks of Aartz Camp!
We've experimented and created fabulous art with a wide variety of materials. Clay, watercolor, canvas board, ink, charcoal, acrylic... Read more
Getting the word out!
I've been running around like a mad woman hanging fliers, talking to educators, being interviewed on the radio... And of course I had to design the fliers first which took... Read more
Grand Opening MAY 20TH!
We're finally happening thanks to all of YOU!
It's been a long haul for many reasons, but I'm so excited to tell you that we have a schedule for an... Read more
Progress and Problems! Successes and Setbacks!
After a lengthy process of removing the rug, stripping the floor, filling the divets and cracks, and finally sanding it smooth, the floor was ready to work on!... Read more
Several of you chose the reward of contributing a book to the Aartz West reference shelf. While visiting with family in California over the holidays I perused some very nice... Read more
Yippee! I found a Great New (Used) Kiln
I have been watching Craig's list closely in hopes of finding a good kiln for Aartz West.
Luckily I was one of the first to call in on a great... Read more
1401Maclovia! It needed some work, but it's getting there!
To create the new Aartz West Studio space at 1401 Maclovia we removed several interior walls which had divided the space into a warren with several small inner rooms. (It... Read more
There are terrific studies on the beneficial effects of gratitude. Here's a great one on why gratitude makes us healthier, alleviates depression and gives us more energy! Thanks all of... Read more
WE DID IT!!!
I am SO GRATEFUL!!!
This has been an an amazing experience! So much support from so many old and new friends, near and far!
I'm working on gathering your rewards... Read more
Many Hands Make Light work!
I am filled with gratitude!
I am honored by your trust and generosity!
Aartz West is about to be a dream come true!
WE DID IT!!!!
96%! I can't even begin to express my gratitude.
This is amazing.
I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness that so many of you are sharing. I am THRILLED to report that we're now at 96% because... Read more
Oh MY!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! 91%!!!!
This is truly amazing. I am thrilled and moved beyond belief.
When I look at the list of backers I am deeply touched to see that many of you are... Read more
We are almost there!!!
Seven days left! and we're at 87%!!!
I had to add another 11" x 14" original painting prize group to the rewards because there was only one left!!! That is... Read more
An original 5" x 5" painting can be yours! Only 9 days left!
How about a 5" x 5" original painting that will sit nicely on your grand piano, or hang by the kitchen sink? Check out reward #10.
Thank you SO MUCH!!!
It's a perfect autumn day here, made even better by your generous backing of Aartz West!
The colors here are so inspiring! I thought I'd share some photos of artful... Read more
Oh MY!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
We're up to 75%!
I am thrilled and amazed at all the support you are showing for Aartz West!
Soon it will be a creative haven where you can let... Read more
Such Wonderful Support!
I am astonished and deeply grateful for your support! I'm very excited, too! We're getting very close!
We're getting there!!!
I'm amazed and honored by your generosity! I can't wait to start Aartz classes here in Santa Fe!
Thank you so much!!!
Wow!!! We're at 67% With 19 Days to Go!
I am amazed and filled with gratitude for all of your support!
Aartz West is almost on its way!
Just in case you'd like another choice for the 10"x 10"... Read more
Give a kid an Aartz workshop! Check out new reward # 7! The MPM Scholarship Fund!!!.
Thanks to a very generous, anonymous donor we are able to open up a new reward: the Margaret Peterson Scholarship Fund. The MPM Fund was created 5 years ago to... Read more
Petroglyphs and Big Horned Sheep
You may have noticed that I often use petroglyphs in my paintings. They are a connection with the ancient. Something about the mystery of an ancient people recorded on rock... Read more
OMG!!! More than halfway there!!!
Thank you SO MUCH for your support!!! This is VERY exciting! And amazing!
I also wanted to let you know that I'm adding a new Reward to the canvas print... Read more
How about a hand painted moleskine notebook?
I have been handpainting Moleskines for years. I use them as my wallet. The little pocket in the back is the perfect size for credit cards and thousand dollar bills.... Read more
You can add MORE rewards even uploading the whole kit and kaboodle of the project onto Kickstarter!
I found out because I had a special request for a... Read more
What's this about a "gallery wrap?"
"Gallery wrap" refers to the contemporary style of wrapping the canvas all the way around the edges of the stretcher bars. Sometimes the painting goes around the edge too, but... Read more
What is a giclée anyway?
Giclée is a french word for a very high quality reproduction on canvas. They are made with archival inks and a specialized ink jet printer. I have mine specially made... Read more