Friday, December 10, 2010
Here is the link for the museum that Cara and I will be in the 2011 Statewide Fine Arts Competition in January!
See my pictures of my diptych "Neighbors" on the previous post below- it will be in this show along with the 4 cupcakes you can see at

Time to Paint: Ella Sharp Art Opening#links

Time to Paint: Ella Sharp Art Opening#links

Time to Paint: more work on diptych#links

Time to Paint: more work on diptych#links

Ella Sharp Statewide Fine Arts Competition

Hooray! Cara and I just heard that we were both selected for the 2011 Ella Sharp Statewide Fine Arts Competition! We were thrilled last year, and we are even more thrilled this year! Cara's super sweet little sculpture "Beatrice the Bee Nymph" got in! 2 of my paintings were chosen. "Neighbors", and "Four Cupcakes". Yeah!
The reception is January 15th from 2-4 at Ella Sharp Museum. The exhibit closes March 26th.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Art Shows!

Art show at Baker college is up! and I delivered paintings today to Art 634 for the ArtPrize in Jackson show coming in a few days.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

in progress

This is the diptych I have been working on forever! I'm getting pretty close to being done- Last night I worked the leaves some more- I added a couple detail views. I'm really liking the maple leaves. The tree needs more detail, and the sky color needs to be brought up some more... I can't wait to work more on it!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Night Class

This class is awesome!  These are their underpaintings so far.  Pretty incredible- and they told me they were beginners...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Class at Jackson School of the Arts

I started teaching a painting class for adults at the Jackson School of the Arts last Monday. I'm really looking forward to next week! We are going to work on a couple of different approaches to beginning a painting. Should be fun :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Art Prize starts this week!

Location of Grand Rapids, MichiganImage via Wikipedia

Hi Art Friends!
ArtPrize: September 22 - October 10
Don't Miss it! It starts this week!

I'm an official artprize artist! Please vote for me!
look me up at

Julia Garnett's 
Text voting ID: 
Up: 44301 
or use this code to vote online

My painting "Farmscape" is showing at O'Tooles

Venue information
O'Tooles Public House
448 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair '10

We're back from A2 Fair!  It was busy and exhausting.  The weather was hot and rainy.  We even had tornado warnings!  Fortunately none of my work was damaged...  all in all it was an enjoyable experience.  I met some great people, saw some wonderful old friends, had some of my art students stop by to see me, and I had some time with my family!  I'm thankful.

Thanks, as always, to my wonderful family for making this work!  Jamie, Cara, and Mary who are with me in this.  and my Jena even drove 7 hours to be here!

The next big adventure is Art Prize in September.  I can't wait!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ann Arbor Art Fair '10

I'm getting ready for the A2 fair. I'm getting my paintings stacked up and ready to load in the car. I set up on Tues. and the Fair begins wed.  July 21-24. Booth #259 on Libery across from the library.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Art 634 Exhibit- Grand River

Here are a collection of pictures from the Grand River Exhibit I'm in this month.  Be sure to see it at Art 634!

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Art Prize

The matching window for Artists and Venues is now closed, and I have connected with O'Tooles!  I'm proud to be exhibiting at an Irish Pub. I love the idea of displaying a painting of farmland with wheat in the foreground at a restaurant- the field to table journey is an intricate one.  There are so many steps and so many people involved along the way.  Food is not only important to survival, but it is integral to the social structure of every culture.  I'm lucky to live where I am surrounded by beautiful farmland.  Just yesterday they were baling hay in my backyard!  Farmers work endless hours in the summer.  The other night we got home about 11 pm and a tractor was cutting the hay on the dark, we could see the headlights glowing up and down the rows...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

new style?

I took a painting today to Art 634 for the Grand River Exhibit. It's a complete departure in style for me. It's a very abstract mixed media painting. I used painted papers and paper towel, watercolor, sharpie, acrylic, gel medium, and dried acrylic that I cut into shapes. It was super fun to do! I forgot to take a picture of it, and I forgot to sign it- oops! I will do those things after the exhibit I guess...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

More paintings to Tibbits

Got back the roller skates and sent in the barn cat painting to Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater.
Skate got 1st Place People's Choice, yeah!!!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Art Prize

I signed up for Art Prize, but I need a venue! I need to hurry!
If you have any suggestions...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Art and Flowers- with Cara, Mary, and Grandma!

Thanks to all who came by to see us at Art and Flowers. We had a great day together. Really enjoyed doing a hometown event and seeing so many of our friends! Thanks to Joan Larsen for organizing the event, and to Van Thorre's Greenhouse for such a beautiful location. 

Cara, me, Grandma

Me, Cara, Mary - Grandpa sitting in the background.

Mary and I in the booth.  It took a little longer to set up than it should have. The ground was soft, so we had to put little blocks of wood under the legs. Every time we would get one block in place another would come out! Pam and her family came by and helped us... thanks Pam and fam!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Today is the Spring Arbor Art Fair at Art and Flowers!

Hope to see you at Van Thorre's greenhouse on King Rd.! I'll try to post pics later.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

May 22nd

Art and Flowers next weekend! Cara is very busy preparing her pieces for this exhibit. She's also trying to get her website online! You go girl!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010


I have been to 2 wonderful workshops recently. They were sponsored by the Jackson Civic Art Association. One was about color with Vianna Szabo, she's an oil and pastel painter. The other workshop was portraits with Mary Rochelle Burnham. She demonstrated her process with pastels. She and her husband are shown in the above picture. He was a great model! She showed a picture she painted years ago of him, also with a cap on. I wish I would have taken a picture of him with both pictures :) She is so good at capturing a likeness. Both workshops were excellent and inspiring! I joined the JCAA last year, and have been pleasantly surprised at all they have to offer. It's on Tuesday nights at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan. It might even be worth missing American Idol! :)

pics from fairy festival

I was very proud to have my field and flower paintings as the backdrop for the fairy festival at Art 634! It was an adorable event where all the little fairies in town gathered for tea, crafts, and activities. I even saw some little fairies that looked an awful lot like my art students! The Ann Arbor Fairy Doors were a main attraction. This is an annual event, so if you missed it this year, all fairies, elves, gnomes, and wee folk are invited back next year!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Current and Coming soon...

This pic is from my sketchbook- it's a building in Marquette MI. There are many beautiful buildings and scenic views in downtown Marquette!

Right now there is an exhibit at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater that I have 2 pieces in. The show is titled "Kick Up Your Heels". I finished the roller skates and sent them over.

I am also in the Oakwood Heritage Hospital Exhibit. I have about 30 paintings in the hall on the way to the cafeteria. There are 7 artists featured in 4 hospitals. The exhibit will be up through June.

Coming soon...
On May 22nd I will be at Art and Flowers at Van Thorre's greenhouse in Spring Arbor. My daughter Cara, Mary and I will all be there.

July 21-24th mark your calendars for the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. I will be on Liberty St. My booth # is 259. I sure hope you will stop by- those are long hot days, and it's fun to have visitors.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Coming soon...

Spring Arbor’s Fine Arts Fair
Saturday ~ May 22, 2010
10 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine
Van Thorre’s Greenhouse & Gift Shop
7455 King Road
Spring Arbor, MI 49283
Directions: M-60 to Dearing Road, North on Dearing to King Road, West on King Road 1/2
mile. Between Dearing and Chapel Rds.
For more information call Joan Larsen @ 517-524-7185 E-mail:
Featured Artists
The Concord Cafe (of Concord, MI)
will be on site with coffee, rolls, homemade goodies & more!
Lee Gibb-Felted Hats
Maureen Lochey-Clay
Martha O’Kennon-Paper/Wood/Clay
Mary Gallaway -Fine Beaded Jewelry
Mary Sprague- Acrylic & Pencil
Robin Van Thorre- Jewelery
Romelle Frey-Ceramics
Vivian Shilling -Paintings & Porcelain
Ann Hunter-Applique Clothing
Audrey Hostetler -Handwoven Baskets
Cara Garnett-Sculptures
Debbie Spring- Oil / Acrylic
Greg Summers -Metal Sculpture
Joan Larsen- Monotypes & Oil Pastels
Julia Garnett-Acrylics
Karren Cram-Clay

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Art 634 Exhibit

This Sunday from 2-4 PM I'll be at art 634 for a meet and greet. My flower paintings are up all month, including the date of the spectacular Fairy Festival. On Saturday the 24th is the 3rd Annual Fairy Festival from 11-5 PM. There will be lots of things going on for kids, and all kinds of cute Fairy artwork. Don't miss it! 634 Mechanic Street, Jackson.

RED Cross Pop Up Gallery

Here are some photos from the Red Cross Pop Up Gallery:
Cara's sculpture is in the middle of this wall:
Mary Lou's paper painting:
Mary's paintings:
Cara's sculpture:
My snow paintings on this wall:

Friday, March 26, 2010


Check it out! Cara and I donated art to the Red Cross "RED" event. Mary and Mary Lou also donated!

I donated the Crabapples in the snow, and Cara donated her quilted, pregnant sculpture.

Yeah! What a great event!

Arts Alive in Coldwater!

This is a picture of the American Gothic Mural I participated in. My tractor is just about in the middle. This was at the opening reception.
At this site you can see my blue quilt painting of Cara :) I was excited to see that they posted it here.

Arts Alive in Coldwater is doing so many great things. I've been happy that I could be involved in some of their exhibits.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tues. -new paintings

I don't think these are done yet. I will be fiddling with them some more at some point. I will probably redraw quite a bit of the skates, and add more layers to the background. I'm thinking about adding words or music, or something... we'll see.