Artlife News October 13 2017
Fall is here and we are easing into the shorter days and cooler weather. But we certainly haven't slowed down! Here's an update on Artlife Original happenings.
In September, Andrei finished a commission piece for the St. Peter Lutheran School in Lodi, California. Long-time friend, David Warmbier, who is principal of the school, commissioned a piece to hang in one of their gathering rooms. As always, Andrei was up to the task, and created this colorful, intricate piece:
Titled "Saint Peter's Vineyard", it is a 10' x 4' oil on canvas, depicting the spirit and natural beauty of the area. David was thrilled to receive the piece, and says everyone that sees it is in awe, and truly enjoys taking in the details and color. Congratulations to St. Peter Lutheran School!
If you've visited the studio or follow Andrei on any social media, you are familiar with another commission piece, titled "The Last Supper". This piece has become quite the focal point of the studio, and we are happy to announce that it should be making its way to its new home in Toronto, Canada by the end of the year! We've even contemplated have a "going away" party of sorts, and we will definitely keep you posted on any developments!
Andrei putting some finishing touches on "The Last Supper", October 11, 2017
As many of you know, Artlife Wednesday has been a standing weekly event for local artists and musicians to come together for community and inspiration. Although we had a bit of a lull over the Summer, we are glad to see people coming back. We are also excited to welcome two new artists into the Artlife family!
Nicholas Coroneos has been visiting Artlife since late Summer, and has recently relocated to Ferndale from the LA area. In addition to painting, he has also honed his carpentry and design skills, then added sculpture and bronze casting. While he is securing a new space here in Ferndale we are happy to have him join us at Artlife each week. His sculpture and bronze work can be viewed at:
Next up, we have recently had the pleasure of meeting Jess Aldeghi of Toad Art. Jess is a local artist, living and working in Arcata. She has been creating art since she was a child, and always knew she wanted to be an artist. While traveling and living in Italy, she kept to smaller pieces created with Prismacolor marker. But now that she has the space she is getting back into painting as well. She's working on a new website, but in the meantime, you can view her work at:
Welcome to Artlife, Nick & Jess!
Well folks, that's enough for now. Keep your eye out for info coming soon on holiday gift ideas from our artists that are available on the Artlife Original website. We will also include some links to the artist's other online stores and websites. Until next time, make life art & art...life!
Artlife News! August 04 2017
Greetings, Artlifers! As August descends upon us, we at Artlife Original are reflecting back on a great Summer, as well as looking forward to upcoming projects and all this month will bring. There's a lot to share, so let's get to it!
Summer saw Andrei Hedstrom heading to Costa Rica for both business and pleasure. After a week of meetings with his awesome teammates at SweetRush, he found some time to breathe in some peace and beauty in one of the most magical places in the world. But the art work doesn't stop! Upon return to Ferndale, Andrei jumped right in to a new commissioned piece for St. Peter's Church Winery in Sonoma County. It's a work-in-progress with pictures coming soon!
In other exciting news, there's a brand new restaurant opening in Ferndale that will feature Andrei's art. Tuya's Authentic Mexican Restaurant is opening later this month on Main Street, and will showcase two pieces of Andrei's work-"Rainforest Inside" and "The King's Undergrowth". We are excited to partner with this new establishment and to share art with the community and visitors alike.
"Rainforest Inside" currently hangs in The Old Steeple here in Ferndale, and can be seen there until August 9th.
"The King's Undergrowth" can also be seen at The Old Steeple until August 9th.
A big thank you goes out to the Redwood Art Association for including Andrei's work in an exhibition at the Arcata Regional Airport. Seven pieces will hang in the lobby areas of the airport for the next year. So if you're traveling or have visitors coming in, be sure to take a look at the incredible pieces! Here's a tiny sneak peek...
Lastly, we have been busy adding a few new items to our Artlife Original store! In addition to a new tote and coffee mug, we finally have a couple of CANVAS PRINTS available. Soon we will also offer some of Andrei's outstanding illustrations on merchandise, including shirts, and also prints. Stay tuned to see what's next!
Our favorite Dirty Rat, Sonny Wong, has made it a priority to hit the trails and camp as much as possible this Summer. All that natural inspiration is evident in his art and music. In addition to illustrating a board game, he has been busy putting out another album, (see pic below) and he busted out some archived pieces to hang at Humboldt Bay Coffee Company for Arts Alive! August 5th. We were glad to see him and his lovely wife, Sherry, at Artlife Wednesday this week & hope to see them more often!
"Walking Thru Walls" is available locally at The Works in Eureka, as well as on CD Baby & iTunes!
Check out this beauty and the following pieces at Humboldt Bay Coffee Company for Arts Alive! in Eureka...
Rock on, Sonny Wong!!!
One of the hallmarks of Summer is Festival Season! Shawn Griggs has been on the move, painting, creating and preparing for one of the biggest festivals, Reggae on the River. Shawn will be posted up sharing his art and merchandise at the event again this year, so if you are attending, hit him up! In addition to festivals, Shawn has been busy collaborating with local businesses and getting new merchandise out. See the photos below for more!
Shawn's art on this trailer wrap for Lost Coast Brewery's Fogcutter Double IPA. Wrap was done by Visual Concepts in Arcata!
Great shot of Shawn's art on the Fogcutter can!
New hoodies, t's and tanks are now available from Redeye Laboratories! Check them out (and order something!) at www.redeyelaboratories.com
We have been blessed this Summer to travel, create, connect, see old friends and make new ones, and expand our Artlife Family. And we are excited about all the possibilities of the future. Check back soon for more updates and info. Don't forget...Artlife Wednesdays every week. Love & good vibes to all!
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New Addition to Artlife Original July 10 2017
Well folks...it has been awhile since we've posted anything here at Artlife! Which makes this post even more fun, because we get to announce the addition of a new Studio Manager to the Artlife family.
Starting in June 2017, Stephanie Willoughby joined the Artlife Team as the Studio Manager and also as manger for most things art-related for Andrei Hedstrom. She is a Southern Illinois transplant that landed in Humboldt County a little over a year ago. Through friendships and connections with Andrei, Sonny Wong and Shawn Griggs, among others, it was decided to bring Stephanie on to keep things updated, add new products and generally be a liason for the studio.
Stephanie's work life has been rich and diverse, including a lot of sales & marketing, customer service, management, food co-ops, non-profit work, and even many aspects of healthcare. She grew up with an artist mother, and started sketching and creating at a very young age. While raising 5 kids back in Illinois, Stephanie didn't have a lot of time for canvas work, so she took to painting the walls of her various living spaces and crafting to satisfy the art urge. She is also a certified Birth Doula and has studied herbal medicine on her own for over 20 years.
Another aspect of her work life was being a personal assistant for tattoo artists Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman of Hyperspace Studios in Creal Springs, illinois, which included a lot of travel and exposure to art and artists in many forms. It was through this work that she first came to California, and quickly fell in love with it. We are glad she followed her dream of moving to The Golden State!
Please join us in welcoming Stephanie to Artlife Original. You can catch her at the studio most days, and especially during Artlife Wednesdays. Cheers!
Artlife March 09 2015
Over In Wong's Corner January 29 2015
Some of that Ol Sonny Wong stuff... December 21 2014
Cream City December 13 2014
Black Faun Gallery - Candystick Underground show - collaborations between Griggs, Wong and Hedstrom December 10 2014
Artlife July 25 2014
Andrei in Kuwait 1991
Pear Trees and Flowers by Andrei Hedstrom
Sushi by Kyotos of Eureka
Raven by Andrei Hedstrom
Oak Tree by Andrei Hedstrom
Back to Humboldt!
Flora Grubb in SF Artlife garden car!
ARTLIFE June 12 2014
Artlife June 12 2014
Kickstarter campaign a success! May 08 2014Thanks to everyone who backed us on our upcoming show and took home some killer art. We will keep you posted on the show. We have a few other exciting projects in the works - stay tuned. https://www.facebook.com/ArtlifeOriginal
ARTLIFE KICKSTARTER April 23 2014It is the final day of our Kickstarter project for Artlife - this means a last chance to get some of the art pieces we have offered as rewards at such a great price. Thanks to all who have helped make this campaign a success. We are looking forward to a productive year ahead and a great show. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/795983249/artlife-2014-15-project
Random Acts of Artlife Old and New March 14 2014
A night of ARTLIFE with Sonny WONG September 13 2013
Artlife Family Night July 11 2013Once in awhile we like to bring our families together and set up a scene where our kids can make art in the studio. Last night was a lot of fun - lots of great color, fun little projects, new experiences, tasty food. Nice to step out of the hard work of making art and slide into the joy of seeing kids be creative. Very inspiring!
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Artlife June 23 2013Thanks to Erik Borzi for some for some of the awesome pics! www.erikborzi.com
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