It's the season of joy, love, and unnecessary stress.  See why.
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snow angelDear <<First Name>>,

Gifts of time and love are truly the essential ingredients of a magical holiday season. 

With only eight days until Christmas, I'm feeling the normal pressure starting to build.  How will I ever get my shopping finished in time?  Will anyone notice if I don't put lights on the tree?  How will I fit 16 people around the table for Christmas Eve dinner? How are you handling the stress this holiday season?

Now is the time to take a deep breath and remember the season is about joy, love, and charity. It's not about maxing out your credit card or the perfectly decorated home.  What can you change to make the coming days more fulfilling and enjoyable?

While I like physical gifts as much as the next girl, what I love even more is spending precious time with my family and friends.  So before you head out to do more shopping, think instead of giving a gift of your love, energy, and time instead.  Give our loved ones a day with you doing something they enjoy. Take a cooking class or a tour through a museum.  Go for a snowshoe and hang seed-covered bagels for the birds. Spend four hours putting together that all white 500 piece jigsaw puzzle with them.

Or assist them with a project that they've been dreading.  It's so much more fun to work with a friend. Help them repaint their bathroom or tackle that overflowing hall closet.

Or give to others, together.  Decorate a senior citizens' center. Deliver food to the home-bound.  Or find homes for all those needy dogs and cats in animal shelters. 

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” ~ Janice Maeditere. 

May your hearts be open this holiday season.

I've joined a group of "Painter Ladies"

I recently joined the National League of American Pen Women.  The NLAPW is a nonprofit organization of professional women in arts, letters, and music that was founded in 1897. Our mission is to support and promote creative excellence and professional standards among women in the arts.  I am participating with them in an art exhibition at the Waterside Plaza Gallery at 25 Waterside Plaza in New York City (on the East River around 28th St.)  The show is called Painter Ladies (that's us) and includes lots of small works and vintage jewelry that make perfect gifts for the holidays (just in case you're going to ignore my advice above and buy gifts anyway ;). The exhibition is open Tues. - Sun., 12-8 pm through December 28.

Arch One, Two, Three, and Four. Acrylic, paper, and ink. 10" x 10" on 2" deep cradled birch panel. $450 each or set of four for $1500.

My artwork is "Off the Wall!"

I have more small artwork available for gift giving at the Plaxall Gallery's "Off the Wall" exhibition running through February 3.  Over 40 different artists are participating in this show where works are less than $400 each, and many (including mine) are less than $100. You can literally walk in, pick something out and take it directly "off the wall."  No need to wait until the end of the exhibition to get access to your purchased artwork.  You can take it with you right then.  I'm showing a handful of my framed poured acrylic paintings.  You can also buy them (or others) on my website, but I won't be able to ship them to you until early January as I am spending the holidays in Colorado.

These four paintings (and five more on my website) are 4" x 4", with a 2" border mat in a white 8" x 8" frame with glass. $85 plus shipping.
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Kathy Ferguson Art · 43-01 22nd Street · Studio 225 · Long Island City, NY 11101 · USA

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