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Artsy One To Watch: Mitra

13 Sep

Argie Mitra has such creativity and talent oozing out of her that it seems she has her hands in everything.  She’s an artist, a stylist, a jewelry designer, a costume designer, a window-display designer AND an up-and-coming fashion designer with her own independent line, Mitra.  If there is a creative project going on, you can bet she will be part of it.

Lacae Trapeze Dress, Mitra, Myco-Reverie Fall 2011

It is this sponge-like absorption of the artistic world around her results in designs that are a fantastic amalgamation of inspirations put together in a uniquely Mitra way.

Mitra, Myco-Reverie Fall 2011

This young designer is just a year out of college and she is well on her way to accomplishing great things.  I first got to know Argie when she worked as a gallery assistant while I was working for Fogle Fine Art.  It has been such a privilege to watch her blossom and I can’t wait to be able to say I knew her when!

Nidia strapless top, Dusia maxi skirt, Mitra, Myco-Reverie Fall 2011

To see more of Argie Mitra’s fabulous designs, please visit her website and Facebook page.

All images are courtesy of the designer’s website.  Photography by Lauren M. Gherardi.

Yes, Virginia, You CAN Afford to Buy Artwork! ( Part 2 )

1 Sep

Please enjoy this oldie by goodie while I spend the next two weeks camping, packing, visiting with the mom-in-law and moving from WA to OR. See you in September!

The affordable artfest continues today!  In case you missed it, you can catch Part 1 here.   Here are a few more suggestions for purchasing affordable artwork:

  • Art festivals– Just about every community at one point of another puts on some kind of arts festival or at the very least, there are a few within easy driving distance of where you live.  Festivals are a great place to check out ( usually ) a wide variety of artwork.  And with individual artists manning their own booths, it’s also a great opportunity to chat with them about their work.  Plus, you can usually score some funnel cake.  Win-win!! 


  • ArtWalks— Many communities are also getting on the ArtWalk bandwagon, which I am all for!   ArtWalks customarily take place once a month, usually the same evening every month such as the First Friday or Second Saturday.  While the ArtWalks usually involve visiting local galleries, which we’ll touch base on below, many of them set up tents in a local park or closed-off street where local artists can display their wares.


  • Arts Markets– A growing trend is a local “arts market”, which is a weekly market, combination farmer’s market, street fair and arts market.   A wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning, grab some fresh ingredients for dinner, listen to local music and discover new artists.   


  • Local Galleries– You may think this one is obvious, but in many communities, brick & mortar art galleries are rapidly disappearing, thanks in no small part to the recession.  If you are lucky enough to have some local galleries in your area, do what you can to support them.  Don’t just go to the free events– actually buy something, even if it small.  Many galleries today offer payment plans for larger purchases, don’t be afraid to ask.  Galleries are in the business of supporting artists and selling their work.  While it’s nice to browse, browsers don’t pay the rent.  Most art galleries are run by average folks who love art or are artists themselves and are an important feature of any thriving community.  Please patronize local galleries– your community will thank you.


  • Art by Students– Chances are, you have a community college or university of some kind in or near where you live.  These institutions are often filled with budding artists.  Check the colleges’ websites to find out more about their art programs, exhibitions, etc.  Purchasing student work is a wonderful, economical way to start a collection AND help give emerging young artists a boost of confidence.  Even if they don’t make a career out of being an artist, that student will always know someone loved their work enough to buy it and they will cherish that knowledge. ( I speak from personal experience! )


  •  Artists Themselves– OK, so this suggestion may call for a huge, UMM..DUH, LESLEY!!, but it’s definitely an option, especially today when many artists are foregoing traditional gallery representation, choosing instead to market their work on their own.   There are certain advantages to dealing directly with an artist, such as they may have more room to negotiate on price or payment terms without a middle man, as a direct “patron”, the artist may notify you first of new works you may be interested in and best of all, you can get to know the artist personally, which often makes the work you love that much more significant. In addition, many artists are now offering “budget” limited editions of their work, which make it all the more affordable.  ( Check out Town Editions, a limited edition collection offered by Pick of the Crop artist, Thomas Hager ).   A word of caution though, on a somewhat touchy aspect of buying directly from artists which goes back to my point of supporting local galleries– if you see a piece in a gallery that you love PLEASE do not try to circumvent the gallery and purchase from the artist directly.  It’s dishonest and well, just a crappy thing to do.  Most artists value their relationships with galleries or have a contract with the gallery and would not sell such a work to you in any case, but I’ve seen it happen.

 I hope you find these suggestions helpful.  It can be intimidating to buy artwork, but buy what you love and you’ll never be sorry.

Seedling Saturdays: Kendall Hamilton

2 Apr

Today we’re continuing our Seedling Saturdays, featuring artwork created by children.  Today’s artist is Kendall Renee Hamilton, age 5, almost 6.  In addition to sharing a love of hot dogs, cake and the color turquoise with her aunt ( that would be me! ), Kendall also loves to draw and do anything crafty.  Since learning how to write, she often includes text in her drawings– maybe a future graphic designer? 

Enjoy Kendall’s work and be sure to email artwork by your own creative kids to artsyforager@att.net.  Have a fabulous weekend!

Driving Her Car by Kendall Hamilton, age 5

Stamp Art by Kendall Hamilton, age 5

Watercolor Words by Kendall Hamilton, age 5

Seedling Saturdays: Samantha Hamilton

26 Mar

One of my passions is encouraging anyone who has even the slightest interest in the arts.. but especially young children.  Their minds are still so open and fertile, they still believe they can be the next Picasso.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if they were able to hang onto that belief?

So Saturdays here at Artsy Forager are dedicated to kids.   It is my hope that the excitement brought by seeing their artwork on the internet will continue to foster confidence in their abilities.  Even if they don’t grow up to be professional artists, they will know that someone thought their efforts were valuable.

We kick off our “Seedling Saturdays” with one of my brother Jason’s own, ahem, seedlings.. my niece, Samantha Hamilton, age 10.  Samantha showed an affinity for art early on and has taken a few art classes, in addition to studying piano.  Her favorite artist is Georgia O’Keeffe ( a girl after my own heart! ).

After Monet by Samantha Hamilton, age 6

Circles by Samantha Hamilton, age 7

SHH.. Samantha Holly Hamilton by Samantha Hamilton, age 7


Portrait by Samantha Hamilton, age 8

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