John James Audubon Museum Art Show "March Madness" March 03 2015
“March Madness” Exhibit Dates: March 1-April 5
The John James Audubon Museum is busting at the seams with 77 pieces of extraordinary art by 37 tri-state artist. The invitational exhibit “March Madness” exhibits a grand selection of Landscapes, portraits, still life and abstract art in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Graphic and pen and ink. Henderson, Evansville, Owensboro, Webster and Hopkins county Artist were accepted in to the show.
GHP's art entry, "Spirit of the Moon" was right at home at this state wildlife park backdrop. We brought the original watercolor pencil on bark paper, and it's limited edition print version. Please come visit this wondrous museum and see the Kentucky talent!
New Artwork and Unique Gifts Soon Revealed! February 18 2015
In the next few weeks, new creative gifts and striking art prints will be added to our growing product line. Please remember to sign up for our newsletter and be among the first to know when they are available! I'll give you a hint too -- a few of them smell heavenly! :-) Stay tuned!
42nd Vanderburgh County Extension Homemakers Fine Arts and Craft Show September 29 2014
I've been going to this show as a customer since the 1980's and know very few people who haven't attended at least once. Held north of Evansville, IN during the last weekend of September in the Vanderburgh 4-H Center, this 2-day event is the area's culmination of everything artistic, creative and crafty. Up to 500 vendors and thousands of tristate arts & crafts customers converge on these grounds every year, so I couldn't wait to register the GHP booth to continue my quest in seeking new design blends, and of course new customers!
From day one, I couldn't have asked for a better venue! The Show staff was hospitable, and my 12'x12' booth neighbors became instant friends. Those are two things I like to call"cake" in this industry, particularly made that much more priceless by people like Lana, my booth neighbor who was selling Primitive Snowmen.
The quality of the visiting customers was ideal. I knew I'd found my Mecca. Not only did I get design inspiration and new GHP customers - I got new GHP customers with inspirational stories! Couldn't have asked for better! As a result, GHP will be adding several new items and services to our product line, and will proceed strongly with some of our established products..
A big shout out to the Byers, a cool young Floridian couple who were up for a visit with relatives and stopped in at the show. Their enthusiasm for our limited edition Belgian horse print, "The Working Class" provided a new point of interest for the artwork. They own a Belgian and a couple of Quarter horses, all of which they enjoy riding for the sheer pleasure, as documented in their phone's photo folder. Horse-lovers in the purist form! Very amiable.
A nod also goes to Mrs. C----y who recognized the perfect gift for her husband in our largest limited edition print, "Spirit of the Moon". "He just loves wolves", she proclaimed. I believe we could both see "man cave" written all over that print.
My daughter joined the GHP booth crew on the second day and shared in the success with her botanical series featuring daisies and sunflowers. A notable art patron, Mrs. W--t was impressed with their beauty and bought the dual set. She shared that her daughter is a graphic designer too and thought she'd enjoy the artwork as a gift.
Further feedback from our show visitors revealed interest in dog and cat breed portraits, more horse art and flora prints. Still others requested that commissioned pet portraiture be included in our range of services.
We were ecstatic with the results of our trip to this show and are already hard at work planning this stage of our continuing evolution. Thanks to all who dropped by our tent over the weekend!
On a side-note, we gained a new team mascot, "Alex" as was stamped on his backside. Presumably dropped by a young craft-goer, Alex stood watch for his owner throughout the weekend on one of our stools. If he is your little one's lost toy, please contact us. Until then, we'll keep him clean and well loved. ;-)
9/11/2001 September 11 2014
We pause to remember the horrific events on this day 13 years ago, and the lives forever changed.
Miss Marva's Sweets August 26 2014
On the east side of Henderson, KY, a SWEET new store has moved into the neighborhood. "Sweet" because it's product focus is dessert! The new shop is called "Miss Marva's Sweets" and is owned by Al and Marva Gendek, who have been professional bakers for almost 20 years. Marva, who is famous for her Chessie Bars, has been wanting to showcase her favorite recipes and has finally opened up a venue to do just that.
In redecorating their new location at 5433 US 60 East, they were sure to include a "Colonels Corner", dedicated to their association with the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels", an organization who reaches out to provide support to those in need and preserve Kentucky's rich heritage. Several momentoes of the membership are featured, along with a few pieces of memorabilia of the HCHS Colonels. When Al asked me to display my horse, wolf and bear art print series on one of the other walls, I was honored.
During Miss Marva's Sweets Grand Opening, the store's counters were full of delightfully delicious cookies, sweet breads, decadent brownies and flavored popcorn. The latter being the Gendek's newest product line.
They've found a popular popcorn niche at wedding receptions called the "Popcorn Bar". It's incredible -- raspberry, green apple, even BBQ flavor is available among others and they are addicting!
Here's a bit of popcorn trivia to hold till the next time you have the inclination to spring it on family, friends or co-workers -- Popcorn is actually divided into two shapes: Mushrooms and Butterflies. As the descriptive words imply, the mushroom kernels are the large, dome-shaped pieces that you normally want for strong jobs, like stringing garland for your Christmas tree, where the butterfly kernels are delicate little structures that easily break into pieces when munched. At Marva's shop, the "mushrooms' are used for the fruity, sweet flavors, and the "butterflies" are saved for their BBQ flavors. Yum, Yum!
Art in the Park June 21 2014
An art show in the woods? What could be more natural?
Here we are on the road again - this time in Wesselman Nature Center for Art in the Park, hosted by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Evansville is very lucky to have a nice chunk of gorgeous woods, nature trails and animal observation areas all wrapped up in this wonderful park located on the east side part of the town.
What a perfect opportunity to study the park's animals AND the people who love them! ;-) Despite the drenching heat and the biting "no-see-ems", visitors to the park were treated to a day with the art community, local music performances and children's painting activities. It was easy to sit back and watch the talent flow.
We've been finding insight for fall and winter additions in the feedback gathered from new found friends and customers this summer. Outdoor venues such as these are truly rustic luxe!
Close to Home June 01 2014
Green Horse Productions enjoyed a day out yesterday, as our canopy joined those of other artists in Audubon Mill Park in Henderson, KY for their first annual DHP Artisan Marketplace. Our art prints, candles and soaps were on display, as were the handcrafted works of over 50 other artists of all kinds. The beautiful May day easily convinced fair-goers and passersby from as far away as Atlanta to come up for the event and they were not disappointed. Neither were the GHP crew. Not only were we given the chance to talk with our customers in a pleasant spot near the Ohio River, but the opportunity to discuss new creations with fellow artisans is a treat not to be missed!
April Inspiration April 08 2014
April 5, 2014 was a beautiful day to indulge my yearly home show pilgrimage to Evansville, IN (formally known as "The Annual Heritage Federal Credit Union Home Show"). I love this event because it's an exhilarating meeting of creative minds, and an opportunity to identify new resulting trends.
This year, I looked forward to seeing how the addition of a new Arts & Crafts Pavilion, located in The Ford Center was received by the show goers. Artists of all types: painters, wood carvers, metalworkers and more were set up, answering questions and offering their wares for sale to take home - a welcome sight in an event that normally presents services and merchandise for "show" only. Although there seemed to be success in every booth, I believe the items drawing the most attention were determined by how they related to the rest of the show. Hope to see all of them back next year, plus even more!
Equally exciting is attending the list of topical presentations given by invited experts each year, something the DIY geek in me truly enjoys. Abby Vasek, a memorable contestant from HGTV's Design Star delighted the audience with her presentation about designing your home to make it your dream home. "Close your eyes and think about sitting in your favorite room at home." The lecture had a very interesting take on making your present home conform to your vision of the dream.
I had been particularly interested in meeting Abby because she is also a graphic designer. An energetic soul, we clicked right away. I asked how her training in graphic arts has specifically benefitted her career in interior design. Being an artist has it's perks when creating the actual design of a space, but it can also give credence to that place where design starts - your imagination. Vasek has partnered with another HGTV Design Star favorite, Bex Hale to develop Relics Home, an eclectic interior design firm.
I couldn't help but feel inspired with a new "can-do" attitude after leaving the Home Show this year!