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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!



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! 

Who knew that gourd could be sculpted to appear as leather, metal or porcelain?  Leann Scott of the Kentucky Gourd Society knew, and she brought the goods to prove it.








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!

Abby VasekEqually 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!