Thursday, July 26, 2012



I had such a great time in my week of Artist in Residency, I hardly know where to begin!

…. When Jonathan Florez,, the manager at the Jerry’s in Providence Rhode Island, first approached me with the idea of having an Artist in Residency program I really didn’t know what to think...

All I knew was that Jonathan has been doing so much for our artist community here in our little state of RI, that I thought I probably should help him out with his idea…

 So, I made a few suggestions, and informed Jonathan I would be happy to be an Artist In Residence.

Turns out, I was the first ever ARTIST IN RESIDENCE in all of the SIXTEEN Jerry’s Artarama Retail Stores throughout our nation!                                       WOW! What an honor!!

There were so many exciting and FUN things I experienced in that one week, I thought it would be easiest to list them!

* I met a lot of really awesome people!

* I was able to experiment and learn about some new art materials!

       * I was given a wonderful space to create in, as well as exhibit my work!

* I went to work everyday and got to see my friends! ( Jerry’s staff in Providence are AWESOME people to hang with!)

* I was approached by two different people with new opportunities to exhibit my work! 

* I met some wonderful women who are working on the  DAY OF PEACE  here in Rhode Island ( which is really a month long!)  I am honored to be included in an exhibit for Peace AND...                                                                  I will also be working with them on the Peace Flag Project! 


* I had the opportunity to show many artists how I create my work, what makes my passion stay exciting and FUN...

...AND I got to hear their stories as well!

* I participated in Opening Night/ Gallery Night…

*AND…. I finished one, almost two paintings!

I’m sure there are things I forgot, but you get the idea!

To wrap things up...if you receive an opportunity to either participate as an Artist In Residence, OR get an opportunity to visit and Artist In Residence at any of your local Jerry’s Artarama’s… I suggest you go! It’s mad FUN and you just might learn something or make a new friend along the way!

Happy Creating!!

Kim Ellery


  1. It sounds incrediable. I wish i could have come to see you work. Where /when are your other gallery openings?

    1. Hey Lisa!
      There is an exhibit being discussed, but the next exhibit for sure is a 4 person show at the Wickford Art Association. The date of the Opening Night is September 11, 2012 from 6:00-8:00. There will be live music, food and wine... Basically LOTS of fun and GREAT ART! ( Me and 3 of my friends exhibiting!) Hope you can come!

  2. Oh, a week in an art store--how cool is that! Sounds like a great opportunity. Lucky you!

    1. Susan... It was GREAT! BUT... dangerous too! Anytime I needed anything, I just got up and got it! It was also hard to get started being in the "Candy STore" was a little distracting to say the least! LOL!!! BUT... I highly recommend it if you have a Jerry's near you! :)

  3. You look so happy! I'm so proud of you girl!

  4. Thanks Wyanne!!! Just think... You were a BIG part of setting me FREE with your "PAINT FREE" online class! I HIGHLY recommend to all artists who want to break free creatively and experiment with mixed media to take my friend Wyanne's class!

  5. Congratulations!!
    What an amazing opportunity and experience!

    So nice to meet you through FB’s Magically Mixed Art Community.
    I am your newest blog follower! :)

    All the best,
    Mixed-Media Map Art

    1. Thanks Mary! I love the Magically Mixed Art Community! Lots of awesome people and inspiring art!
      Thanks for following me!