Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Pop-Up Show

Here I am in the Julieworld part of Hannah's house.

Yesterday the WeHa Artists Emporium did a Holiday Pop-Up Show at a member's house.  We arrived at 9:30 for set-up.  2 artists per room.  The doors opened from 11 - 2.  Then we packed it up and I was home by 2:45.

It was great!  No one brought huge items, because we were in a house, not a gallery.  And a Holiday Pop-Up Show is not were you find art collectors.  People are buying gifts.  And they did.

We had a lovely flow of people for the full 3 hours.  I was very busy talking with people, writing receipts, and packaging rocks.

Artists at the Pop-up: Me, David Davis Wilson, Kimberly Heil, Stefanie Marco, Hannah Dunnack Jackson, and Phyllis Meredith.
I'm so happy to be a part of this group of lovely artists.  And I'm equally as happy to be in a group that has been able to incorporate ourselves into our community.  It's lovely to do a small show and meet the people who go on the rock hunts or have seen me at the Monster Hunt or their kids know me from a school visit.  West Hartford is a lovely place to live and I'm very fortunate to call it home.

Big thanks to all my friends in the group, to Stefanie Marco who had the brilliant idea to form the group and was kind enough to include me, and to Hannah Dunnack Jackson for allowing us to transform her beautiful home.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season!

Monday, December 7, 2015


Face Rocks               2015               Julie Christine Phillipps

Hello everyone!  My apologies again for being a bad blogger.  I think we all just have to face the fact that I don't blog as much as I used to.  I'm trying to maintain a once-a-week schedule, but December is super crazy busy for me.

Much of that has to do with rocks.

It's Finders Keepers time again!  If you don't know, Finders Keepers is a town-wide rock hunt that my artist group the WeHa Artists Emporium put on last year.  A bunch of artists paint and decorate rocks.  We hide them in town (4 or 5 per day) and we put clues up on our Facebook Page.  People go out and find the rocks and post pics of themselves with their finds.  It's fun.  Everyone loved it last year, so we're doing it again.

I divvied the rocks out by 12 days.  Here are local artists Hannah and Phyllis picking up their assigned rocks for their hiding days.

Yesterday Magoo and I went out bright and early and hid some rocks.  (Magoo is an excellent hiding helper and I am thrilled that at nearly 13-yrs old he still wants to join me for such activities.)

In addition to Finders Keepers, I painted rocks for Open Studio and I have another Pop-Up Holiday Show this coming Sunday that I sell some rocks at.

Here's a bit of a rock gallery:

Tiny Town             2015              Julie Christine Phillipps

Bird Rocks            2015                Julie Christine Phillipps

Gnome Homes            2015            Julie Christine Phillipps

So between all the rock activity, working on a picture book manuscript, putting together a presentation on writing personal narratives for first graders, a Holiday Pop-Up Show, and all the extra Christmas stuff that I try to do around here, well ... let's just say I've been making a lot of lists.

I hope you all are having a lovely holiday season!
Thank you so much for popping in!