Sunday, November 13, 2011

Common Thread Art Show and Sale!

Well with the art tour behind us and the fall weather upon, we are all preparing for the busy holiday season ahead.  We at Common Thread have collect a group of 12 artists that represent a wide variety of art mediums from painting and photography to recycled art and unique birdhouses for our first Christmas Show and Sale.  All of the artists will be under one roof at Wayne Card's home work space.  It is a unique man cave that will be set up with affordable art and one of a kind pieces for sale.  We hope you will join us from on November 19th from 10AM to 5 PM to browse our collection of work.  Some of the artists will be available for questions and comments about their process and work.  For directions go to Facebook at Common Thread Art Studios.  You can also find them at local stores like George's Wine Shop in Branchville and The Chatterbox Restaurant in Augusta.  Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank You Art Tour Visitors!

Well, it was unanimous among the 9 participating artists - THE ART TOUR WAS A SUCCESS!  Thank you to all of you who came out and visited our studios and took the time to learn what we are all about.  Some artists had work for sale and many visitors were happy to make some one of a kind purchases.  Keeping your comments in mind, we will be having a single location art sale in the fall.  You can stop by and see our new work, purchases unique gifts for your friends and family and even invite your friends to come with you.  We hope to see you there.  In the meantime, enjoy the warm sunshine of summer!

Blue skies,
Claude and debby

Monday, June 13, 2011

Map and Addresses of Art Tour Participants

If you are not in the area and wish to visit us, please feel free to download and print the maps and addresses below for all of our participating artists.  We hope to see you soon!

Unfortunately, one of our artists has had a conflict and will not be available on the day of the art tour.  Please cross off George Lane #6 on our map.  Perhaps he will be able to join us next year.  However, we're sure you will enjoy visiting the other studios and artists.

Friday, June 3, 2011

All Roads Lead to the Art Tour

Well, not really but here are some maps and addresses to help you find us.  We are getting very excited about the Open Studios Event and looking forward to meeting artists and art lovers who come out to see us.  Here's the information you need but, we recommend that if you have a GPS system to use that too.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

To Apply:

Please contact either Claude or debby via e-mail @ or
our cell phones:  Claude 973.271.4718
                             debby 973.534.0357

Sunday, February 27, 2011

debby D'Aries

I have always imaging myself being artistic, even as a child.  As a teenager in the 60's, I explored art through my teacher's eyes, building a foundation of basic skills that I still utilize today.  As a young mother, I sewed and created with my boys on my lap.  At a certain point, I decided I needed to focus on a single artistic concept and that choice was custom designed stencils.  At that time, there were not even stencil supplies available, so I learned to 'make do' with what was. (This was before  the internet and AC Moore!)  I needed to convince potential clients as to WHY my stenciled artwork would be an enhancement to their home and lives. 

Fast forward thirty years: the business I created in my kitchen developed into a successful interior design team of several talented women that helped me live my dream.  We traveled all over New Jersey, including several other states and a good time was had by all.  My clients gave me the opportunity to explore my creative side of faux painting techniques, handpainting, murals, interior painting, visual and color coordination and accessorizing. I paid 'my dues' for thirty years by being very dedicated to my clients and their decorating visions.  I would never exchange all that experience for all the money in the world.

Now as life changes gears, I am able to blossom into the artist that I used to imagine as a child.  I create RECYCLED ART, using items that are normally just tossed out.  I have a vision for my salvaged debris that will one day become a unique piece of art made by my hands and comes directly from my heart.  I am again, living my dream as I live my life as freely as I am, with immense support from my beloved husband, family and friends.  I am so blessed to be sharing my dream with so many people that have come into my world. 
                             Life is good!

Claude Larson

Since I was young I have had an attraction to fabric.  My mother and grandmother were both skilled seamstresses who took the time to introduce me to sewing.  Throughout life I progressed through many stages of sewing.  From making doll clothes, my own clothes, curtains, eventually our childrens' clothes and finally to traditional quilting, I fed my desire to be near fabrics.  I dabbled in other mediums as well, but always returned to sewing.  About four years ago, I was introduced to ART QUILTING from a classmate in a graduate course.   This creative marriage of fabric and all other media both common and unique has become a creative pursuit that has consumed most of my artistic energy for the past several years.  With experience with traditional sewing skills and the freedom to recklessly abandon these rules and guidelines, I have discovered my “IT”.  I feel as though I have arrived at the artistic outlet that I will follow for as long as I make art. 

As an artist, I am in what I consider my infancy.  I have no formal artistic training and apart from an absolute love of art and an incredible desire to make art for my own satisfaction, I proceed wherever my heart desires.  I have abandoned patterns, rules, traditions and basically anything that sets restrictions to my work.  This free flow of ideas has filled me with possibilities and thoughts that float around in my subconscious until they are ready for creation. 

I have posted several examples of my work in the gallery.  I hope you will take a look and hope to come visit during our OPEN STUDIOS TOUR in June 2011.