Sunday, May 24, 2009

Spring/Summer 2009 Newsletter...

In this newsletter:
* Get FREE Stuff during the "VACATION" Sale
* Upcoming Shows
* Park Heights Mural
* 2009 Knitimals
* Facebook Group Page

Greetings Green-Friends!
I feel like it's been ages since we've talked... and there's so much to talk about: the teen & adult art classes at school 33 (two more starting soon!), my most recent mural, upcoming shows, the 9th edition 2009 Knitimals, and all the brand new items I've added to the greenstar-catalog. Between newsletters, my blog is the best place to be kept up to speed, so bookmark it and read along!

Now for the good stuff...
I'm getting ready for the summer (aren't you!?) and all the summer shows & would love to give you a chance to cash in on my spring cleaning frenzy. So...

ALL SALES between now and May 31st will be eligible for a slew of free gifts & special offers. Like what? Well:
*All purchases of $10 or more will come with a coupon for FREE SHIPPING & a $5 GIFT CERTIFICATE (both good on future orders) AND a FREE 4 pack of Knitimal STICKERS.
*All purchases over $30 will come with all the above, plus a FREE GIFT of your choice; you can choose from:
1.) a knitimal coloring book, 2.) a 4-pack of Knitimal Magnets, or 3.) a giant Knitimal Magnet.
*All purchases over $50 will come with the free shipping coupon, gift certificate, the stickers, your choice of coloring book, magnets or giant magnet AND an additional FREE gift! You can choose any one of these:
1.) a bar of knitimal soap, a felt knitimal ornament, a hand drawn illustrated ornament, or a recycled plastic Knitimal pin.

That's up to FIVE free gifts!

To take advantage of this offer, all you need to do is:
* visit my shop
*fill your shopping cart
*checkout & include the code "VACATION" and your choice of free gift(s) in the "message to seller" section. (If you don't include your choice of gifts, i'll choose for you). 
*complete your order, by paying via PayPal

Sound good?

How 'bout a FREE KNITIMAL too!?

Now, through May 31st, make ANY purchase from my shop and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a FREE KNITIMAL ($100 Value). Really!

This is "Spring" and he's the first of the 9th Edition (2009) Knitimals to make his public appearance & he's looking for a home.

Just visit my shop; pick something out (anything!) & complete your purchase (remember to include the code: "VACATION" in your message to seller). As soon as I get your payment notification, you'll be registered! On June 1st, I'll pick a name at random and send Spring to his new home. The winner will be notified via email & congratulated on the Blog.

easy peasy.

That's a lot of GOOD STUFF.
Act quick... you only have until 11:59pm EST May 31st.

Prefer to shop in person?
You can find me here:
The Columbia Festival of the Arts, Art Park, Columbia, MD: June 13 & 14th 12-7pm and at Artscape, Baltimore, MD: July 17-19th. 

I'll be revealing the rest of the 2009 Knitimals at the Columbia Festival, so print and clip this coupon and put it to good use!

Want to be the first to know about the latest Greenstarstudio News?
Greenstarstudio has its own Facebook page--- click here and become a "fan"!
Fans will have access to all kinds of updates, so make sure you get in on it!

Last, but not least... be sure to keep your eyes on my blog for regular updates on the Park Heights mural, upcoming shows, special fan discounts & offers and more! (psst... like these guys).

Hope to see you all online or at a show soon! Until then, stay cool, and hug some art.
xoxo, danamarie

what the WHAT?!: a major snag...

when we last left the mural, it looked like this...

oh, but when i got there on Friday, it looked like this...
don't see a difference? look carefully at the scaffolding...

does that wood look weird to you?
see those metal bars just sorta dangling all this way and that?
see, that stuff's not supposed to be on the ground like that... it's supposed to be all attached and helpful and safe up top. 
you'll also notice that the stuff that is now on the ground, used to be a safety cage on the 4th level... you know, protecting me and whatnot. 
these pieces of metal are, theoretically, supposed to provide support and reassurance of safety... they shouldn't be hanging by a thread and all dangly like that. 

so it seems that i, the consummate believer in the power of public art and transformation has been victimized. it seems, at least to SOME people, that the best thing about this mural is the access to a little "easy" money. the vandalism was, most likely, an attempt at a get rich quick scheme--- dismantle some parts, sell them to a scaffolding company (maybe a rival company, maybe the company that owned them to begin with). all i know is, my scaffold doesn't work anymore; someone who didn't belong on it was on it and did bad things to it; and for some reason, didn't even take the pieces with them when they were done! maybe they got spooked. who knows. 

what i DO know is, i spent the rest of the day trying to get a remedy to the problem and at this point, the only resolution is that the company will put it back together for me... sort of. They won't, it seems, be putting the top access gate back up... because it's "too expensive" (i'm guessing its too expensive a risk to take to maybe have it be dismantled, damaged or stolen)... in the meantime, i will have to see if i am even remotely comfortable climbing all the heck back up there without any leverage, anything to grab on to or steady myself to pull myself up to the top level. 

this is glamorous. 

cross your fingers that a.) when i give it a whirl on monday, it's not so bad and at least do-able enough for me to go up ONCE and finish all the faces in one day, b.) that if it IS terribly scary that i'll be able to convince someone to put the piece back up, or c.) that the mural magically completes itself (or that i grow wings and develop hummingbird like skills and can paint while hovering). 

oh dear.