Room to Create

Room to Create
Art for your Home and Spirit 245 Harrison Ave. Harrison, NY

About Me

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Harrison, New York, United States
I love to create and decorate. We now have a store front that exhibits paintings, assemblages, photography, jewelry, pottery and other unique gift items. I'm a mural artist which also extends to painting on anything else. And the tile idea, I have to give credit to my friend Emelio, who I have painted many tiles for.... I also teach art to kids. Kids are good for your art. They free you up!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Children at Play

This is the first year I haven't worked at the Recreation Camp.  I worked there for 30 years. I saw so many changes and now the big change was having a small art camp at the gallery.  It's been challenging as to how to set up the room, but with 7 kids in the front, it worked fine. The best  part is watching them create.. That's always the best part.
I love sharing the creative experience.
I love creating alone, but when it's a shared experience, so much more comes into play.  Kids are so creative and so much looser than adults. They play more than we do and that is the key. I learn from them. They inspire me. So many times I have spoken, "I would have never thought of that!"
Two weeks of camp left. So far, it's been a wonderful experience and have been quite impressed with the results of their art.
Garden Theme: Steampunk birds, Garden rocks, either a flower pot or birdhouse.. and who knows what altered version of these will happen.  Monday Aug. 8, 9, and 11th from 1-3pm  $100
Life is Sweet: Sculpey clay for small sweet things, painting of cupcake or ice cream cone, and crazy plaster cupcake... Aug. 15, 16, 18 from 1-3 $100.
sign up on Room to Create face book page or call 914 645 2738

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Celebrate with us

It's been quite a year!
We have had such a great time meeting so many new people and many became friends.
That has been the delicious icing on the cake. 
Therefore, we celebrate this time of the year by GIVING to show our gratitude and love.
Hopefully you'll be able to stop by to join in the celebration. We'll have baked goods by Jennifer Ricci,
music by Demetri McMullen,  Stefanie will have some Beautycounter products that offer us all a safe alternative to care for our body and Avra from Avra's Way will be doing some complementary chair massages! Can you say RELAX!!!

If you are in need of a gift now or at any time, we offer a very personalized service.
Jewelry, inspiration bottles, and prayer / rosary beads can be made to order... Mandalas too!
We offer classes and workshops and we have some very exciting one's coming in January.
Now is the ending of the darkness and the coming of light.
Let's look to lightness, let's share our inner light.
Be the Light!
We would love to see you!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Opening Reception June 21 2-4pm

We'll be having an opening on the Solstice.. refreshments will be served and hopefully some music too :-)
We have new art: new pottery, new mandalas, new cards... lots of great stuff.. jewelry, dream bottles.. and keep your eyes open for upcoming workshops!!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Birthing the Creative Self

After purging, clearing off my desk, I am back to 
mandala's morning meditation.
I love the insightful messages,
the sudden "remembering"..
The Inner circle, the creative will 
brings expression out into the world.
We give birth to our creativity.
When we are in this space of love
we can then express this creative self out 
into the world, 
bringing this love energy with it.
The outer journey may reflect back to us
a split heart.
We then return to center
to find our wholeness
and continue this cycle of 
going with in
to bring 
out into the world.
It's the only way to peace.
Peace within
Peace without.
Love within
Love without.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Coming Full Circle - Solstice Celebration

Next opening will be on the Solstice, so come on in and feast your eyes on some art.
Need a graduation gift?
Celebrate the lushness of life
Namaste' Art Lovers

Friday, May 16, 2014

Surrounded by beauty

To be filled with gratitude
for all the blessings that surrounds me.
I begin my day saying Thank You.
Red Cardinal singing outside
my window
awakening me,
Thank you.
The morning coffee brewing
that my loving husband has made,
Thank you.
Begin each moment with loving gratitude.
With those eyes, how can we not see 
the world around us 
mirrored back with the same.
Spring, in all it's glory,
Thank you.
You are beautiful.
Let me shine that beauty that is within
out into the world
just like you.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Choose Love

Right now I am hearing the song, "Sound of Sunshine" and what can better be defined as this then a flower.
It's a love song.. Flowers are love songs. 
This is a Margaritta: Spoon Flower and I planted it outside Room to Create.
Spring seems to be the time of year that I hear God speaking the loudest.  
My eyes are feasting on the beauty surrounding me.. color generously displayed in all it's glory. 
I love color. 
You can see this on the walls in the gallery. Color speaks loudest to me and if you would like to be embraced by it, stop in and fill your creative soul with it.
Although we usually have music on, I want to take it up a notch and bring more sound into the store. 
We have some windchimes hanging outside when we are open and my talented son is working on making some to sell.
Sound and Light. 
Energy of Love. 
This is what we all feed on.  
Eat well.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Awaken to Love

Awaken to Love
I put myself inside a box, 
but like Alice,
I have outgrown it.
Open up, expand, push through the illusion.
There are no walls-
just space.
I can do whatever I can imagine my Self doing.
Seeing it all in a higher Truth.
Believe in the Miracle.
Stand tall, move forward - outward - it's all here for 
the taking, receiving, giving - 
it's all the same.
It's scarcity, contraction, and fear that keeps us in the dark -
but Light allows us to see the Truth eventually.
We just need to open our eye to it.
and our heart..
mostly our heart.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mandala Workshop and Art Opening

I have my computer in the shop.. it's the one with all my pictures on it. I have a laptop that I need to learn to navigate better and I guess somewhat forced into it.. but in the meantime, Room to Create will have our next opening on Saturday, Feb. 8th from 2-4.
Without my computer and my favorite program, I had drew my flier and it was quite fun..
We have some new art and new gift items.. New earrings arrived from " The Zone Tripper's Wife" aka Kiot (Jake :-)  His work is original.. one of a kind chain maille jewelry. Very unique.. just like Jake!
Along with the new jewelry, we also have gemstone bracelets and necklaces.
Rose quartz and Aventurine are 2 gems for the heart chakra.. perfect for love.
Gemstone bracelets can also be custom made.. just let me know and we'll design it together.
I've been working on new Dream/Inspiration shapes too. Perfect for your Valentine.
Playing with Paint and mixed media.. works in progress.
New painting from Robert Schaad.

The following day on Sunday, we are having a mandala workshop from 3-6.  Space is limited, so if you are interested please send me a message. I have a few spots left. Cost is $25 and includes materials and refreshments too.  Mandalas have been used in meditation and for healing.. both Eastern and Western traditions.  They have become an important tool for centering, calming, focusing when the world gets too chaotic for me.. They have also become a form of prayer for healing in others.. I do not mess with what works. Art heals!
Namaste' art lovers.. stop by the gallery to say hello

Sunday, December 01, 2013

For Now

For Now

Being in the present moment
Not wondering about the future
Reviewing the past
being here now.

Friday, August 30, 2013

On the Easel....

The collaboration is not finished, but I needed to work something out of my system and not on that particular canvas... sooo, here I am taking a round canvas with one intention.. originally a mosaic.. and finding myself painting on it for another reason.
Feeling super sensitive lately and needing to deal with my emotions in a peaceful way.. I take to the canvas.
It started out pretty abstract, thinking I would focus on the elements.. wood, metal, earth, stone, water... notice no fire.. 
I painted for a while.. the stone, the decaying wood, barren landscape.. some metal bars and not sure what is there in the middle :-)... It felt so desolate, the decaying wood, the stone, maybe a barren planet.. I played with these round balls, beads.. connecting them.. feeling a need to be connected.. trying to connect to the "whys".. 
I played with the orbs.. creating a pearl.. purity.. emotions.. truth.. and added the shell, the misplaced shell.. the separation from it's home..  Pearl in the sky.. the sea of skies.. Can we drop you in this pool and watch the ripples?
All actions create a ripple..many ripples we do not know of.. extending outwards to unknown places.. we are so unaware..
And then we remember that all things change.. it never stays the same and we must move with grace through these changes.. move beyond all that we see as "wrong", "bad", unjust... and find the center of peace within. 
Butterfly goes through some very deep and magical changes.. we gain hope...Find that pearl deep inside and know, we are all children of the Universe.. we have our gifts that no one can take from us.. no one can take that which is deep inside each of us.. our truth, our faith, our love.
Hold on to that deep inner truth and know all will be resolved in time.
Namaste' Butterflies

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Art reflects Life

 I had wanted to paint a bridge, a rainbow bridge moving off into the distance, but instead it ended up as a wooden bridge with some "fire guardians" on to the side.  Due to the circumstances of life this past week, I guess burning bridges was on my mind.  Ironically, an astrological aspect had come into my email with a quote about "not burning any bridges" after I had painted this. This made me question that process...
We want to release the pain so badly, that we are too eager to burn those bridges.. and maybe at times, that is exactly what we should do.  We cannot go back and must move forward and learn what we need to from the experience so we don't repeat it.. Release and let go.. Maybe the best way to do that is to burn it away..Pick up the Torch.. Use that light to carry us forward, to transformation.
We have choices in life. One of the greatest choices we make is choosing how we think about things. We can see our self as separate .. apart.. or a part of something much bigger.  Separation is what seems to cause the pain.. resistance, judgement, criticism.. gathering our pain and throwing it back out into the world.. WE  don't want it .. here YOU take it!.. and we just pass it around like a game of hot potato.
How do we disengage from this?
How do we reconnect and go back to that awareness of Oneness. Honoring all of life. How do we get back to living in Grace.. to be in spirit.. inspired.. Ride the Great In-Breath of God...
How do we ascend?
Through knowledge, knowing, experiencing, feeling, loving... doing what we love and being in that "moment" of Being.  This is where we find our bliss, in those blessed moments of love that removes all other distraction.
We need to release the burdens, ask forgiveness.. begin again.
Replenish ourselves with the Holy, the Sacred.. the Inner Stillness.. The Divine Self that is at One with All That Is.. yes. here is where we all want to move towards.. peace. love.
Ah, what a painting can teach us..

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Art as a Channel

I had an art student on Saturday and while she was focusing on her painting, I worked a little bit on this one.  She liked the flower pots I did in the upper left corner and added plants to her work as well. It's a wonderful thing to be inspired by each other.
After she left, I worked with more focus and of course that is when the painting began to speak, to reveal and bring insight.
I began to see a story develop, a message brought to light.. what needs to be brought to attention in my own life?  What needs to be birthed? Transformed?
What am I willing to stick my neck out for?
I have to say there may have been more pondering than painting :-)
What I love is the anticipation of where it will go next...
Namaste' fellow travelers.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

And the painting speaks...

After the background I painted, John started it off while I was working at camp.
He began with a grid, then added a branch and faces, very much like his works on paper, but now with a brush.
Saturday was rich for painting and I saw the theme of "connection" developing.  Branches moving into vines and hair, tangling and intertwining , morphing into a garden.  Yes, The Garden of Eden.
Snakes, watchful eyes.. I look for symbolism.
Stepping back, an archer's bow revealed itself.. what was it aiming at?
An apple of course.. the apple of love.  What it wants is to break it open.. who holds the apple?
(We both know who.)
Who is the shooter? Me.
I am aiming but looking away.  I have the lotus growing from my head, my muddy thoughts, wishing for clarity, spirituality.. so I adorn myself with pearls, blue pearls, a personal significance.
Ananda, from the Blue Pearl, years ago, is responsible for my introduction to Abraham before he was so popular, bringing me deeper onto that spiritual path.
I wanted to bring things upward and moved there by painting some leaves.
Starting from the girl behind the tree who has a guilty look about her.. maybe she is Eve, hiding in the garden. She wants to transmute all those worried thoughts,  shed that which no longer serves her.. she want to transform into a being of beauty and lightness.  She has dreams of ascending, shedding her skin, leaving behind her cocoon, but she is too rooted..
She wants what we all want, to shed our skin, leave behind our cocoons and become that which we are intended to be.. Beings of Light.

John: "This piece is about the theology of hope. Some say love is the answer and I would have to say, attentiveness and awareness of others. It's about caring - how much we care for our brothers."
I ask the question, "How aware are we?"

Art brings awareness, insight, and with a collaboration like this, it opens up a dialogue for both of us into a deeper, meaningful relationship of our shared love.