Tuesday, December 8, 2009

On Friday December 4th we took part in "1st Friday" at St. Lukes, 222 Washington Ave, Scranton. We had a very successful evening, thankyou Father Pete and Bonita for hosting us! We were fortunate to sell many pieces, felted wool pins and wallets were all the rage! and our silk batik art cards were also popular with the patrons.
The studio will be closed from December 23 through January 3. We will reopen on January 4, 2010. Wednesday night classes will resume on January 27, 2010. Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE We will be holding a holiday open house on wednesday december 16th from 1-3 in our studio at 47 N. Franklin St. Come visit us and see what the artists have been working on. Light refreshments will be served. Hope we see you there, happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Patty and Gwen at the Wyoming Valley Art League art auction at Mohegan Sun.
They were selling cards, wallets, planners and posters of Patty's quilt.
The Quilt sold in the auction raising money for the art league.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

we are currently selling our unique art cards at Ah! Some Chocolates 1oo Overbrook Avenue in Shavertown. Visit for great breakfast, lunch and chocolate!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

We made the paper again....Front page of the Dallas post!.. that's Dallas PA not DallasTexas.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

We made the paper! The times leader did a cool article about The studio and the visit to Ewe and I, also about Patty's quilt which is being auctioned off at 'Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs' on Nov 6th for The Wyoming Valley Art League's "Art Under The Sun" auction.
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I wasn't joking about knitting socks
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The beautiful rugs
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Roxanne's next
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Patty enjoying her go.
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Erin was the first to try it out, she did a great job
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Myrtle showing us how it should be done
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Last wednesday, 14th, we went on a field trip to Ewe and I, a local sheep farm where our wonderful host Myrtle does everything from feeding and sheering the sheep to washing, spinning and dying the wool. Then she knits socks with it, and weaves beautiful rugs, amongst other things. We all got to try our hand at spinning , then we met the adorable sheep who provided the wool we were spinning with. Myrtle was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge it was fascinating. Did you know that the diet the sheep are on affects the thickness of their wool, apparently turnips make it thicker. I was also surprised to learn that they shear the sheep in january while it's still cold, the reason being that the lambs have much shorter coats and feel the cold more, if the mom is cold too, she will snuggle with the lambs and breathe on them to keep them warm. If she's snug and warm in her thick wooly coat she doesn't realise the lambs are cold... hey, no-one said sheep were smart.
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Donna's the newest addition to the studio, this is her second class and here you can see her stamping on the silk with wax. She's a joy to have in the studio with a very wicked sense of humour.
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Monday, October 19, 2009


by Erin Dougherty

Mixed media on canvas

"Times Square"
by William Sukus
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Farmers Market

On Oct 8th we took part in the Wilkes-Barre farmers market, selling greetings cards, felted wallets and 2010 planners with silk batik collage covers. Artists Patti Spellman and Erin Docherty demonstrated needle felting. It was a little chilly but we had a great day and sold most of what we took.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


OK now we have a blog, where do I begin? Verve Vertu studio is located within Arts Youniverse http://www.artsyouniverse.com/, a community of artists, housed in a beautiful old church in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Gwen is the genius and the driving force behind all things Verve vertu. As arts coordinator she comes up with most of the ideas for projects and she teaches the artists new skills and, along with Tara, Kim and myself, assists them where needed. The artists themselves have a wide range of challenges including Downs syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy, and therefore have different levels of skills and abilities but they all have wonderful inate creative talents which are realised here in the studio. The artwork created in the studio is sold at shows and in a few select locations, all the procedes are paid to the artists after the studio is reimbursed for the cost of materials.