Thankful

I have been so long away from this blog, I would be surprised if anyone was still following it!   If you are, thank you for being so patient with me.

Allen and I took a year off from doing the Hwy 62 Art Tours and that freed us up for traveling. We got back recently from a fabulous fall foliage trip to New England.  The change of scenery was refreshing one and it acted like a jumpstart on my creativity.  Then, as soon as we returned we toured as many artists’ studios on the Hwy 62 tours as we could fit in both Saturdays and I helped Karine Swenson with sales in her open studio on both Sundays.

A few days later Ann Congdon invited me to be part of  the upcoming         Broadview Open House and Desert Bazaar.  This event will be an unusual and exciting mix of Vintage and Handmade, hosted by 6 eclectic women from 29 Palms; Ann Congdon, Pam Anders, Vickie Waite, Sue Kelly, Terri Haskell and myself.

 I will have available my most recent small canvases, some older “tin can collages”, brand new collaged holiday themed magnets, ‘Round Twentynine Palms ornaments, cholla luminaries, tiny paper houses, and other handcrafted items……

Please join us at the historic Broadview estate

Friday December 12th  from 3-8

 and

Saturday December 13th from 9-3

Bazaarcard by Ann Congdon

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Dog Days

Excerpts from MitaBee ~ Art and Books newsletter:  the Summer Buzzzzzzzz……

 Summertime is entrenched in Twentynine Palms and the heat is on. (although, blessedly the temps were much gentler this last week)  Visitors from out of state and out of the country seem to enjoy the triple digits on the thermometer and every so often when the door opens at MitaBee ~ Art and Books  there is an unfamiliar face.  Lured away from the comforts of a cool hotel and pool they have ventured out to explore our little city.  What is missing this time of year is the steady flow of locals that once populated our streets and bolstered the local economy by spending their  hard earned dollars at the various small locally  owned businesses.  Think Local when planning that next shopping trip.

The slow times  do give me the perfect opportunity to work on my petite assemblage pieces in my onsite studio.  Small rusty tins (often sardine cans with their vintage key attached) surrounded one of a kind collages.  Pieced together with faded photographs, old maps and words clipped from discarded books then adorned with found objects and bits of  forgotten memorabilia. Rarely measuring over 4″x 2″ and priced at 30.00 each these small moments in time are the perfect hostess gift or birthday present. Easy to mail and easy to hang.  There is always room for one more MitaBee!  I have finished 3 series since May, the first using a background of fabric from a dress I found wrapped around a creosote bush along a dirt road in Wonder Valley, the second series features a vintage playing card with an image of a Joshua tree and for the third series I used joss paper printed with a hand carved original image of a Joshua tree.
 
MitaBee Art and Books will be closed from August 16th – September 8th so I can replenish
my rusty bits, my used books and MYSELF!


In closing, if you haven’t been in to MitaBee ~ Art and Books, please drop by .  If you have visited  but it has been awhile, check back, we have new books and  new art every week!
  Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 9-5. Friend us on Facebook for the latest news, happenings and sales!
And you can also find me on my new online gallery at ArtFire!
MitaBee ~ Art and Books
An eclectic little shop with 
Local Art and Low-priced books  

6594 Adobe Road (just south of the fire station)

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277  

760-567-0856  

Friday ~ Saturday ~ Sunday ~ Monday  9-5

Spring clings to the Desert a little longer this year!

Normally by this time of the year we are hitting 100 degrees with some regularity.  But not this year and I , for one, am ecstatic.  I think, create, and function better when the mercury is lower.  I just finished 4 pieces of art for Woods in the Desert Art Gallery . Andy is celebrating the one year anniversary of his gallery in Joshua Tree , California this month with new works by featured artists Robert Arnett, Scott Monteith, , Rik Livingston, Mike Smiley and Mike Fagan and me!  My piece “Time Flies” is featured in the postcard advertising the event, thank you Andy!

The Artist Reception  is this Saturday, May 14 starting at 5pm as part of Joshua Tree Second Saturday Gallery Crawl. Hope to see you there!

MitaBee ~ Art and Books

Soon to be .....MitaBee ~ Art and Books

I have signed the lease and am hard at work on my new shop. I am moving my studio about one mile north to a sweet little building just 1/2 block from the epicenter of our small town. I will exhibit my work and some of my husband’s , Allen Robison Barter,. There will also be a small bookstore with new and gently used books. There is an outside area with a shady tree where dogs are welcome while their owners peruse the shelves. I hope guests will feel comfortable to stay awhile while I work in my on-site studio. The tentative opening is the end of February, beginning of March.

 

HWY 62 ARTOURS 2010

I am pleased to announce that Allen and I will once again welcome visitors to our studio during the 9th Annual HWY 62 ART TOURS. We are the first weekend October 23 and 24 from 9-5.   I have begun work on several new series and am excited about where they are leading me.  If you can’t wait until the tours, I have art at True World Gallery in Joshua Tree, CA, Woods in the Desert Art Gallery in Joshua Tree, CA, 29 Palms Creative Center in Twentynine Palms, CA and the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley, CA.  If you are local you can pick up a  program at any SunRunner distribution point, and/or the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council Office in Joshua Tree and if you are from out of the area you can order one online or our Limited Edition Collector Portfolio which includes a CD with tracks from all the favorite Hwy 62 Musicians at www.hwy62arttours.com

Woods in the Desert

Joshua Tree, California ~ Woods in the Desert Art Gallery in Joshua Tree is opening for the new season this Saturday, September 25 with an evening artist reception starting at 6 pm. Featuring new collections by Mike Smiley, Wally Pacholka, Robert Arnett, Mita Markland Barter, Rik Livingston, John Greenfield, Scott Monteith, Bonnie Brady and Ed Keesling.

The artists will be showing new pieces as a ‘sneak preview’ of what you may see at their studio during next month’s Hwy 62 Art Tours.
“Come enjoy the evening, art and goodies from Ricochet Gourmet”,
says Andy Woods, owner of The Woods gallery

MitaBee Wall at Woods in the Desert

Woods in the Desert Art Gallery is located at 61325 Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Hwy) Suite D, Joshua Tree. After the reception on Saturday, the gallery will be open Tue-Sat 9-5, 760-399-7075.

Bakersfield Museum of Art Show

Visual Arts Festival opens 9-9-10

September 9 – November 21, 2010
Visual Arts Festival “Vessels”
A wide variety of interesting and compelling artworks will go on display September 9 when the Bakersfield Museum of Art kicks off the annual Visual Arts Small Works Festival.  The exhibits open with a reception on September 9 from 6 – 8 p.m. and awards will be presented at 7 p.m.  The opening is free to members, $10 for non-members. Light appetizers and a no-host bar will be available.
Using a theme of “Vessels,” the Visual Arts Festival ,  is a concept with a broad variety of meanings, said Curator Vikki Cruz.   The artists  worked with a uniform format of 12 x 12 inches or less to explore the depths of the theme.  Over 150 entries were submitted for the competition from which 63 pieces from 44 artists were selected for the exhibition. The exhibition will reveal an array of styles, techniques, mediums and approaches to the theme, Cruz said.

I submitted and had accepted a piece called Open Door and it is “framed” in a rusty kipper can, complete with attached “key.