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It’s Soirée Time!

The Spring Subscribers’ Studio Soiree: Sunday, June 4th, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, 2017

Please plan to join us on Sunday, June 4th, from 2 PM to 5 PM, for this very special annual event held exclusively for newsletter subscribers.

This will be the first Soirée at Studio 111, my West End Mill Works studio, and I am enthusiastic to show you my new space! Please refer to the Location and Direction section below for further details.

We’ll be mixing it up a little bit this year with some new activities to reflect the exciting new studio.

New Work. As an extra incentive for you to attend, I won’t be giving out any more sneak peeks of my new artwork or works in progress until after the Soirée, so come have a look in person!

Turtle’s Progress greeting card. Don’t forget that I will debut a new greeting card at this year’s Soirée: Turtle’s Progress. As usual, my husband, photographer James C. Williams, is painstakingly matching the color exactly to the original work of art.

All of my greeting cards include envelopes, and are packaged in acid-free bags suitable for safe storage. Each card is signed in acid-free ink and suitable for framing as well as sending.

Greeting cards of my paintings are printed on an acid-free matte stock with acid-free ink. Those cards that feature my photographs are printed with the same quality Red River paper and archival pigment inks as the original limited edition prints.

Special Drawing Events. Get ready to participate in a collaborative drawing game using a classic Surrealist technique — then you might be one of the lucky winners of one of these “exquisite” group drawings to take home! (That was a clue — can you guess what the game is? See below for the answer.)

Attendees will also have the chance to participate in my most recent interactive drawing. Begun by visitors to my studio during the Gallery Hops at my previous studio, The Continuous Labyrinth is the third piece in this series of meditative drawings. Studies have shown that you achieve the same sense of calm in your mind by tracing a labyrinth design with a pencil as you gain when physically walking one of these ancient patterns, so come trace the labyrinth to feel centered and relaxed!

The Continuous Labyrinth, in progress
interactive meditative drawing (Phase 2, community drawing)
© 2015 – 2017 Amy Funderburk, All Rights Reserved
drawing series components in progress:
spiral template: smooth stones gathered from the shore at Topsail Island, NC
drawing: watercolor pencil on paper

Raffle Prizes. All newsletter subscribers who come to the Soirée will receive one raffle ticket just for attending. If you bring guests, you’ll be awarded a bonus raffle ticket for each one who subscribes during the Soirée !

As an additional reward to my subscriber patrons, you can earn additional raffle tickets by making a minimum $25 purchase or more between now and during the Soirée. Earn a raffle ticket for every $25 spent, and increase your odds of hopefully winning a prize when attending the Soirée! Please see the full details below, and visit my Shopping Cart page to see available merchandise at a variety of price points.

Please note that you do need to be present to win; the raffle will take place at 4 PM.

You might win one of the Surrealist drawings we will all create, as well as one of the following fantastic prizes:

  • Get pampered! Get ready to relax and rejuvenate with a one hour natural Ayurvedic facial and foot massage treatment with Andrea Cox, NCLMBT, IKYTA. This prize is a $95 value!

Andrea is a healer, coach, artist, and teacher. With her extensive training and practice of holistic wellness, massage, energy work, and yogic lifestyle, she brings natural body/mind and spirit treatments, self-awareness, creativity, and consciousness training into her signature treatments.

To learn more about Andrea and the services she provides, please visit her website ayamethod.com.

  • Get traveling! How would you like to visit one of the locations I depict in my artwork? You could win a $500 off gift certificate for two to travel to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, or England! If you choose England, you may select either London or the beautiful English countryside.

This very generous prize is courtesy of Michael Lundquist, owner of Vital Transport LLC, a full service travel agency for today’s traveler. Michael is a group travel specialist, travel writer, and agent. Please visit his website vitaltransport-travel.com today to see where Michael can take you!

Julie Funderburk
©James C. Williams 2015 All Rights Reserved

Special Guests. During this Soirée, you will experience three art forms, because we have not one but two special guests!  While you view my visual art, you will be treated to both poetry and live chamber music.

  • Julie Funderburk, poet. One of our Special Guests will be a returning favorite: my sister, poet Julie Funderburk.

Julie has had a busy year already since publishing The Door That Always Opens, her debut full-length collection of poetry, with Louisiana State University Press last December. I am honored that she will be reading selections from her book at this year’s Soirée.

Julie is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship and past scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. She has just been awarded a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship to attend the Sewanee Writers’ Conference this year. Her poetry appears in literary magazines such as Ploughshares, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, and Birmingham Poetry Review.

A graduate of the UNCG MFA Writing Program and UNC-Chapel Hill, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Queens University in Charlotte, NC, where she directs The Arts at Queens.

Of Julie Funderburk’s book, LSU Press says:

Julie Funderburk’s debut poetry collection, The Door That Always Opens, braids together poems of sharp lyrical imagery and experimental narrative focused frequently on houses: houses under construction or demolition, inhabited, abandoned, and vandalized. Sparkling with details of landscapes and seascapes, her poems depict a state of isometric tension as people struggle to communicate and connect, pulled by feeling and pushed by logic, trapped between choices and mixed loyalties.

Despite what is unknown or misunderstood, however, the poems in The Door That Always Opens retain hope, as life persists in the beauty of the visible world.

V3N features Mandy Mitchell (flute), Asher Carlson (clarinet), and Elliott Stanger (horn). Having a passion for both education and performance, the members of V3N engage in community outreach through public appearances, performances, and masterclasses. The trio’s efforts are currently focused on the expansion of literature for this ensemble, culminating in the the commissioning of new works from contemporary composers across the country.

We look very forward to hearing Mandy and Asher perform.

V3N, a collaborative chamber ensemble, features Mandy Mitchell (flute), Asher Carlson (clarinet), and Elliott Stanger (horn).

LocationStudio 111 is located in the cobalt blue building in the historic West End Mill Works Community at 915 Bridge Street, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101.

Bridge Street is off of Northwest Boulevard, between Reynolda Road and Thurmond/Broad Streets. (Thurmond changes into Broad at that intersection.) Once you turn off of Northwest Boulevard onto Bridge Street, you’ll pass The Breathing Room yoga studio, The Olio Glassblowing Studio, and The Porch Kitchen and Cantina. My building is beside The Porch, on the other side of the archway and greenspace connector, on the corner of Bridge Street and Canal.

West End Mill Works Community map
Winston-Salem, NC USA

Please refer to the yellow map of the community pictured above that you will also find posted around the area — my building is labeled Office Space (the largest gray rectangle in the lower left of the map).  If Northwest Boulevard were shown on this map, it would run left to right along the top. Parking is available in front of my building as well as along the side, as shown on the map.

Look for the cobalt blue building with dark red trim as pictured below — it’s the only building painted these colors in the community. My signage and balloons will also let you know that you’ve arrived!

Accessibility. There are two doors that lead directly to the front door and lobby area of my building, as seen in the photo below. A ramp is located on the side closest to the greenspace connector garden and The Porch. My studio is located on this floor.


Cobalt Blue with Garden - my studio building, 915 Bridge StreetEnter Here: 915 Bridge Street, Winston-Salem, NC

Please RSVP. You don’t want to miss this event! Please RSVP by the extended date of Thursday, June 1st.

Not yet a subscriber? Be sure to sign up to receive my monthly newsletter, Off the Easel, to be eligible to attend this exclusive event!

Complete Soirée Raffle Details. All newsletter subscribers who come to the Soirée will receive one raffle ticket just for attending. You have to attend to (hopefully) win, and you must be present during the raffle, which will be held at 4:00 PM.

As an additional reward to my subscriber patrons, you can earn additional raffle tickets by making a purchase of $25 or more between now and during the Soirée.

Purchase the following and earn additional raffle tickets:

  • a minimum of a 5-pack five of greeting cards or five individual mix-and-match greeting cards
  • one of my two available giclée reproductions
  • creativity coaching, art marketing sessions, art lessons, or critiques — including the 10-for-9 Spring Art Lessons Special bundle
  • an original work of art

For each $25 spent, you get an additional raffle ticket! Please visit my Shopping Cart page to see available merchandise at a variety of price points.

Raffle Prizes. As prizes are confirmed, I will add more details here. Attend to (hopefully) win one of the community Surrealist drawings created during the Soirée, and more!

Raffle prize winners will be responsible for reporting any applicable prize values as income or paying any tax when applicable that may result from prize values.

A Surrealist Drawing Game – The Exquisite Corpse

Let Bob the Skeleton (the most well-behaved studio model you’ll ever meet) be your guide to this collaborative Surrealist drawing game.

In this method, artists would take turns drawing on a folded sheet of paper. The first participant would only draw on one folded section, but would wrap any lines at the edges around to the adjoining sections to show the next artists where their starting points were located. As each artist completed his or her segment, the participant would fold the paper so as to hide that portion of the drawing, so that only at the end would the entire Surrealist image be revealed. It should be fun to see what comes of our creative experiments!


2017 Art Workshops

As I schedule additional workshops, I will post information about them here, so be sure to keep checking back.

I am also currently available to schedule art workshops with organizations for 2017. If you are with an arts organization, please let me know if you would like a full brochure listing the topics I currently offer.

Your buffet of choices includes:

  • Mastering Color: explore this complex, emotionally evocative element
  • Psychology of the Self: The Art of the Self-Portrait: learn first-hand why artists feel compelled to depict themselves in their work
  • Beyond Green: Using Color in the Landscape: get a handle on what is considered the most challenging of colors
  •  And much more!

Prefer some individualized instruction? I offer private lessons, critiques, and art career consultations, all tailored to your individual needs.


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