From Philly to New Mexico

From Philly to New Mexico

It’s been an amazing 10 days of travel, learning, beauty, and food! Last Tuesday Heidi and I flew into Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was excited and eager to participate in Paula Roland’s Intermediate Workshop on Encaustic Monotypes. The workshop was “designed to help you… refine skills; advance your techniques; find your voice, and connect style and content of monotypes with your studio practice.”


Paula is an incredible artist and teacher and it’s an honor to learn from her and work alongside so many engaged in developing their work. You can read more about Paula in this Vasari21 article by Ann Landi

I also had lots of time to explore Santa Fe before and after Paula’s workshop. Santa Fe is an incredible city full of vibrant color and amazing food! We started our trip off right celebrating Heidi’s birthday at Sazón, a fabulous authentic Mexican restaurant.

Our fave breakfast spot during our stay in Santa Fe was Café Pasqual’s, which beckoned us with an assortment of delicious breakfast options 3 mornings in a row including gluten free French toast! It’s a must if you are visiting.

On Monday, we left Santa Fe and drove to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa and what an amazing place it was.

Next stop, over the breathtaking (literally) Rio Grande Gorge and on to Taos, New Mexico! 

Stay tuned next week for our visit to Abiquiu and then on to Denver and Golden, CO to Alyson Stanfield’s Breakthrough Conference.

Spring Open Studio

I would like to invite you to come to my studio this coming weekend

Come and see my new work

Visit other studios in the building.

Sat. 4/28 and Sun. 4/29
from 12pm to 6pm

915 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
(Entrance is on Percy St., Between 9th and 10th)

“1974” ~ Mixed Media – Collage / Encaustic / Oil Sticks on panel 12×12 © 2012 Dora Ficher

915 Spring Garden Artists’ studios open to the public—

visit your favorite artists and discover new ones! Unique shopping opportunity!

Sandra Milner
Janell Wysock
Michele C. Kishita
Laura Adams
Linda Mehnert
Wendy Wolf

915 Arts at 915 Spring Garden

Spring Open Studios

Sat. 4/28 and Sun. 4/29
from 12pm to 6pm

915 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
(Entrance is on Percy St., Between 9th and 10th)Over 30 artists will have their studios open to the public. Come out and support your local artists! Paintings of all styles and mediums, photography, prints, drawings, ceramics, fiber arts, handmade clothing, jewelry, cards, books and much more!Open studio events are a fantastic way to see a wide variety of artworks from artists from every career level and style in one stop.  It’s an extraordinary experience to be able to see where the work is created, speak with an artist about their work, and to be able to support an artist directly through making a purchase at their studio.Just a few of our participating artists are featured in this email, come on in to meet them all. We have many new residents who will have their studios open!
Katya Held
Dora Ficher
Liz Afif in her studio (502) photo by Linda Mehnert
Rita  Siemienski Smith