Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Hey all,
I'm moving my blog over to my website, www.kateaustinavon.net.
I also keep a blog at www.myadvokate.com.

See you there!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Etsy class!

How to Sell Your Artwork Online
Saturday, Nov. 13, 10-11:30 a.m.

This beginner’s class with artist Kate Austin-Avon is for the artist or crafter who is finally ready to part with some of their work. We will focus on Etsy, an online community selling everything handmade! We plan to cover opening an account, setting up shop, photographing your pieces, describing your work, shop policies, promoting and more. It takes place at The Shirt Factory, corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets, Glens Falls, NY. Class fee is $20.

Sign up required: kate@kateaustinavon.net.

Friday, February 19, 2010

My artwork on an ALBUM!!!

As you may or may not know, folk singer/songwriter Gary Moon approached me about an album cover for his new CD, Big Sky. Now the CD release party is coming up! Listening to the songs over and over (I'm not kidding - if it wasn't a rude thing to do, I'd be in the front row singing them at the top of my lungs while Gary performs), I came up with some paintings inspired by them - and I'm really proud of the work. I'm really excited to see what he's done with them and to finally have the songs and art together as a package.

Come to Caffe Lena for the party on Saturday, March 20! It's also Phil Henry's CD release party.


Are you a fan? I am!
(I'm also the man behind the curtain on these two... so join up!)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lots of news!

I have been asked to join the board of Art in the Public Eye (A.P.E.), the umbrella organization for Third Thursday Art Walks. Adding this to my already full plate will be a challenge, but I'm honored to have been asked. My first ever solo art show was through Third Thursday, so this is a nice full-circle moment for me in my art life. These folks are dynamic and going places. I'm excited to be a part of it.

I'm continuing on with North Country Arts Center as board member, and will again help chair this year's Colors of Fall Art and Craft Festival - which we are already starting to think about for 2010. If you have feedback, are interested in becoming a vendor, or would like to help out, please let me know! The organization is also looking to expand to the north - be in touch if you're up that-a-way and want to jump on board with some new initiatives.

I am also a part of the new Buttondown Gallery in The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, which has its first show, Winterscapes, coming up. The reception is Saturday, Jan. 30, from 3 to 7 p.m. I think Rhea Love Doran (who will be running Buttondown) has a lot to offer.

I'm also helping out here and there at LARAC - another organization I'm proud to be involved with. I'm also helping out at Hocus Pocus Consignment, the awesome new children's store that has opened up next to Finders Keepers (same management) on Broad Street in Glens Falls. Some of my artwork and jewelry will be displayed there for sale, so come and check it out! Lots of quality kids' clothes, toys and more, too. Stop by Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. if you want to see me there.

Some of the artists in the vampire-themed show at Galleria Transylvania at The Shirt Factory were interviewed for Mountain Lake PBS (self included!!!). It was filmed in late 2009, but will be airing next week. We should be able to watch it online here once it's aired.

On the jewelry front, I'm trying my hand at silver chainmaille. Materials are crazy expensive, but the end result is beautiful. On the flip side, I'm also making some funky earrings made with garbage - Tupperware lids, take-out containers, styrofoam, broken scissors, etc. Keep an eye on IVYTEAKETTLE - I'll update once I have a free second!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Let's do it again!

There's a second open house this weekend at The Shirt Factory!!! Come check out my studio on the third floor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20. Be sure and pop in to all the shops, galleries, studios and and outside vendors on your way up!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

New gallery!

I'm trying out a new way to host the gallery on my site - check it out and let me know your thoughts!

Also, don't forget the Shirt Factory Holiday Open House this weekend! Here's the info, pasted from my latest newsletter (which is available here, by the bye).

Annual Holiday Showcase at The Shirt Factory!
What: An old converted shirt factory houses studios, galleries and shops! Wander the hallways and do some shopping at the tea shop, art supply store, quilt shop, or any of the 30-plus studios! Pottery, fine silversmithing, jewelry, felting, paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic, mixed media works, pastels, fabric art and SO much more! Just in time for the holidays!
*New this year -- a Shopper's Advantage drawing! For every $25 you spend at the open house, you'll earn a ticket to the raffle. The prize is a basket containing more than $500 in gift certificates and merchandise from Shirt Factory shops and artists! Whoa!
Date: Friday to Sunday, Nov. 27-29
Time: Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (I won't be there on Friday, but it's nice to get a preview. Make your way up to the third floor to see my studio and browse my chainmaille and plarn jewelry and prints!)
Stay tuned for a possible second weekend!