Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thank you for your participation!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Relay for Life! What a fantastic turn out. The event yeilded $207, 000, with Jerry's team contributing just over $2000. So thanks to each and every one of you for your support.

Here is a link to the information I have posted on the Jerrys Art Events site that includes photos too.

Speaking of photos, I finally posted some of the photos that I took last year at Art of the Carolinas 2008. Seems like I get so busy here at the store, I can't get to everything I want or need to do, so thank you for your patience.

I have been busy getting all the plans for Art of the Carolinas 2009 under way! If you are from out of town, you may want to make your reservation now, because once the brochure hits the streets, the hotel rooms go quickly. This is the link to the official site, so all the updates on vendors, workshops, instructors, everything, will be here. I should have all the workshops posted by mid July at the latest...wish me luck! It's quite the puzzle.

I'm going to use this spot to show you what I've been painting at home! Too much fun...
Here are a few images:

Lastly, I want to let you all know that my DVD is finally out! We shot it in January, so I have been anxiously awaiting this new adventure. Here is a link to the Web site where you can order on line now. They should be available in the Raleigh Store soon!

Oops, one more thing:
If you're looking for a new addiction, come on by the store this weekend and join in Dianne Rodwell's Encaustic Workshop.
Trust me, you will have way too much fun! This class is very informative, experimental and like I said, addicting. There are so many possiblities with encaustic paints. You will love this medium and be truly hooked!

See you soon,

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Times Flies When You're Having Fun!

Hello out there...
Geez, can you believe it's the end of April already?
Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but it sure seems that time passes so quickly these days!
We've been busy at Jerry's Artarama this month.
Construction is (almost!) done on the building/parking lot/shopping center. They just put the new parking space lines down today, so it will be a little easier parking for you. We are anxiously awaiting Trader Joe's to join us here in Holly Park Shopping Center too, so any updates we get, I'll be sure to pass them along.
We've had several Free Demos here for your pleasure and hope you've enjoyed them too. Please keep coming by! It's great to see you and also great to share our knowledge and love af art with each and every one of you!
If you haven't checked them out, please visit our Free Art Lessons on line. This is just another way we at Jerry's get to share our love of what we do with you, our valued customer. So, please enjoy our over 350 Free Art Lessons on our Web site.
We are just wrapping up another three day workshop with Suzanna Winton. She's awesome! If you've missed this workshop, check out Art of the Carolinas! We'll have Suzanna and several other instructors there teaching all kinds of workshops for you, so mark your calendars now and keep posted. I'll have the details up on the Web site by early July.
Enjoy this fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Can you believe it's April already??

Hello there all you creative people!
We've been very busy as usual here at Jerry's Artarama.
Last weekend, Luana Luconi Winner offered a wonderful workshop here. I think the students really enjoyed the class. Luana definitely has tons of information to share and show, so thanks Luana! If you didn't get a chance to take this class, her next one is in June. Above is just some of the work completed by students in this two day workshop. Imagine what you can accomplish in her five day workshop...

Saturday, April 4th, Mike Rooney shared his talents in a free plein air painting demonstration for our customers! Thanks Mike! Your style is always refreshing! And for those of you that missed the demo, you can see Mike on line at our Free Art Lessons or you can sign up for one of his workshops we offer here at Jerry's.

Sunday, April 5th, Janie Johnson offered a free watercolor demonstration for a "standing room only" crowd and rasied $88 in a raffle for Relay for Life! Great job Janie! Thanks for helping us kick off our fundraising efforts for this cause that is near and dear to all of us! If you'd like to be a part of the Jerry's team or join in any of the activities and fundraising, please chick here.

Click here for all Upcoming Activities!

Oh, one more thing. We have a new EXPANDED line of Ampersand products. Come and check it out. Stampbord, Claybord, Gessobord, Hardbord and MORE! Come in and see for yourselves. It is quite impressive. Below is a sneak preview:


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Get Ready for SPRING!

Okay all of you artists out there! No more excuses. Spring will be here tomorrow. Enough of this hybernation stuff! Get out and enjoy the wonders of the season. Yes, it might still be a little chilly and probably a bit more rain is on the way, but have no fear.

If you're in the Raleigh area this weekend, please stop by the store. Patti Brady starts her three day workshop tomorrow, Friday, March 20th. (We still have space left, so sign up now!) And her book signing is scheduled here from 6-8pm also on Friday the 20th. Stop by and meet the artist/author of the new acrylic book, "Rethinking Acrylic" - radical solutions for exploiting the world's most versatile medium. You'll be so enlightened and armed with the correct knowledge, trust me!

We also have a book signing with Nick Meglin, author of "Drawing From Within" set up for Saturday, March 21st from 1pm-4pm. He is a wonderful artist and instructor. You'll understand what I mean once you speak with him! This book is a great tool for all artists that think they need to draw in a particular manner or like a particular artist. Free yourself and come on in for a little inspiration from Nick.

FREE DEMO - Jerry's Artarama - Raleigh
Pastels with Leandra Ganko
Sunday, March 22, 2009
1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Please join us!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Loving this WEATHER!

What a fantastic weekend! Spring Fever is definitely in the air. Friday night, we enjoyed the First Friday Festivites. Starting out at Nicole's Studio to check out the "Up and Coming" show, we met up with some friends and headed over to Flander's Gallery. There we were totally impressed by Mia Yoon's colorful exhibit of painted papers. Next stop was Visual Art Exchange for the current "Pulp" show. This is quite an exciting show. Very innovative creations, all on paper. This is a "must see" for all. Next stop was Adam Cave Gallery where the talent of the evening was Will Goodyear's collection of mixed media paintings.
The art scene in this town just ceases to amaze me! It's really exciting to see the talent just keep on growing. I hope you're able to get out and about for at least some of these current shows.
Saturday, Joe and I took a drive to Southern Pines to visit Artist Alley. This quaint, artsy boutique is the home of Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild's current challenge, Mixed Media Madness Mission: Art Possible (M4 Challenge). Check out the review of this wonderful show at Triangle Art Review.
If you need a bit of art inspiration for your own work, visit our workshop schedule at Jerry's Artarama in Raleigh for March. We also have FREE DEMOS in the store for your free artistic spirit! Please join us!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Congratulations Tom!

Congratulations Tom Dowd for your endless efforts in raising money for the St. Baldrick's event for kids with cancer! I can't wait to hear the final tally and get a glimpse of you BALD one more time. WAY TO GO!

We had a crazy weekend here at the Raleigh retail store! Joe DiGiulio taught his two day "Exploring Mixed Media Abstractions". The students were doing alot of painting in the classroom and coming out with some great pieces! Oh so colorful!
Take a look...

I had a "Free Photo Transfer Demo" and had quite the turn out! Thank you to all who attended. I did find out that the Laser print worked out just great. Again, I think it has everything to do with the toner...Thanks PD for the image and suggestion!

And today, Wyn Easton is offering a FREE DEMO on oil painting with his favorite Lukas 1862 Oils. He'll be here until 4pm, so come on by before all the snow starts falling! You don't need milk and bread anyway! Stock up on your supplies so you can PAINT!

Thanks and see you next time.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another busy week at Jerry's!

STEVE APPLEBY and Manga enthusiasts!
Let's see - Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21 were pretty busy here at Jerry's. We had Steve Appleby in from Pittsburg to share his Manga talents with us in a FREE demo. We had a great turn out for both days and hope you are all inspired! Steve will be back in July to teach a two day workshop. He will provide an overview of Manga history, styles and techniques and encourage each student's individuality and creativity. Here is a link to our Web site for additional information:


working on his donation!

Also on Saturday, the Saint Baldrick's Painting Event at the store in Raleigh was a huge success. Nearly 200 raffle tickets were sold and $200 was contributed to Saint Baldrick's and the fight against childhood Cancer.
Gayle Gray was the lucky winner of Cascade Lake.
Thank you all for your support!

And thank you Micah for the awesome donation!

To visit Micah's Web site, click here:

LAURA AZZI and students:

Watercolor and Pen & Ink Workshop

Saturday, Laura Azzi offered her Beginning Watercolor and Pen & Ink Workshop.

Sunday, I had a Collage Workshop! Thank you to all particpants! It was a blast...
Here are a few photos...

Carissa Lada and one of her finished pieces!

SHARON DIGIULIO's Collage Workshop students...

hard at work!

And lastly, we had a fantastic turn out for F.E.W. (Free Expression Wednesdays)
last night! We experimented with the Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque Paints on black illustration board, black fabrics and black t-shirts! Thank you to everyone that came to join in the fun.

Mark your calendars for the next get together for a F.E.W. - Wednesday, March 25th from 5-7pm, when ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) is on the agenda. Here is a link for you:
Until next time...Sharon

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

St. Baldrick's Day!

David Goldstein, CEO of Jerry's Artarama has pledged to match the next thousand dollars we raise for St. Baldrick's day ! Now is the time. If you have not made a tax-deductible donation yet, please go to and make a donation that you can afford! Even ONE DOLLAR will help . We all know that times are tough. The economy is in a slump and many of us are hurting finanically. Take one day and don't buy a cup of coffee or a pack of gum...donate that dollar and make a difference!

Every year I hear from people whose lives have been touched by cancers, non-hogkins lymphoma, neuroblatoma, breast cancer, pancratic cancer, prostate...the list goes on forever. As one of my donors this year told me just the other day "No parent should have to know the pain of losing a matter the cause."

Together, we can change this. Imagine your one dollar funding more research, making us closer to a cure, saving just one life in the future, helping a scientist to find a way to make a treatment less painful. As adults we know pain. We know what we can handle and we know how to overcome. When a young person is diagnosed, they may not know how to handle it. A two year old can barely communicate, much less understand why they have to go to the hospital yet again.

Join me please. Give one dollar! With the are giving two . Give what you can afford today. Let your friends and family know about what we are doing together and let's get that next thousand and turn it into two thousand...I need your help! Go to and click on my head to donate!

Love and light, Tom Dowd

Jerry's Artarama Raleigh Store Manager

Friday, February 6, 2009

Busy week for the DiGiulio's!

Last week, Joe and I had a busy week filming at Burning Oak Studio. We not only filmed some Free Art Lessons, but each of us filmed new DVD's.

Here are some photos taken in the studio:

Be sure to check out the Free Art Lessons at

You'll be delighted with the amazing information you'll find there!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Jerry's Artarama 2009

We're back!
It's been a long time coming, but we're finally back to the blog thing...
We have been crazy busy planning all sorts of wonderful workshops for your for 2009. Please check our official Web site: for all the latest workshops and free demos we're offering to you this year. If you have a love of the arts and want to get better at what you do, or learn something completely new, please check us out.
Another thing Jerry's Artarama is offering this year on our main Web site is Free Art Lessons! These are free to you. All you have to do is go to and scroll to the Free Art Lessons. These are videos up to 30 minutes long, offering tips and techniques to you for free in literally every medium there is!
So, please check it all out and give us your comments.
Thanks so much!