Saturday, December 21, 2013

Art Supplies!

As a mixed media artist, I am very interested in the best art supplies.  I recommend two shops:

First, Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ!   I enjoy walking around the downtown Scottsdale 5th Avenue area on weekdays, always stopping in to say hello to the friendly, helpful owner of Frenzy Stamper.  You’ll find fine art papers and envelopes, Copic markers, craft items, stamps and inks, glitter; in every form imaginable, paints, pearly paints, everything you could possibly hope for is at this lovely shop!  Frenzy Stamper is next to the bronze horse fountain on the north side of 5th Avenue!  The store also carries some unusual 3D embellishments, the best selection in town!  If you need a dose of inspiration, this is the store for you!  You can visit the website for hours and class schedules at

Second, I really enjoy shopping with the helpful, knowledgeable staff at Blick’s in Tempe, AZ!  They have a great selection of art supplies including fine art papers, paints (watercolor, acrylic, and oil), canvases in every size, chalk pastels, pencils, pens, printmaking supplies, markers, clay and sculpting tools, architectural supplies, a great selection of art portfolios of all sizes, and the list goes on and on.  The manager has worked at Blick’s (formerly Utrecht) for several years.  You can Blick’s on the corner of Scottsdale Road and University or visit the website at

Be creative!  Happy shopping!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Renee Meredith ~ Local Artist

Renee Meredith has a full time job, however, next weekend she is making her first professional appearance as an artist at Jack O’Con in Albuquerque, NM.

Renee has always had a love for painting and decided in June it was time to refine her art skills.  She has a great sense of style in her art.  Her attention to detail and sensitivity to line and color gives her an edge.
In addition to having a booth at the con, she will also be showing some of her work at a local museum.  If you’re in Albuquerque next weekend, stop by and see her work at The Metropolis Art Gallery / Metropolis Comic Art Gallery  1102 Mountain Road NW, Suite 202, Albuquerque, NM.  The opening event runs from 7pm to 10pm October 30th.

You can find more of Renee's artwork on her website:

Renee Meredith quote: "I want to bring joy to people through art. It just warms my heart and brings me a great thrill when someone appreciates my artwork." 

Good luck at your first con Renee!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Courtney Cotter ~ Local Musician

It is my great pleasure to introduce another local treasure, Courtney Cotter.  Courtney has a rich, pure, sweet voice.  Courtney was born in Mesa, AZ, and comes from a large family.  She writes and composes her own songs and lyrics.  There is so much wisdom and sensitivity in her lyrics.  She met some of her musical accompanists in a Jazz class at Mesa High School.  She has two albums available.  Her first CD, Home I Roam, was recorded in NY.  Her latest CD, Rooftops, was self produced here in Mesa, Arizona.  Rooftops opens with an upbeat song titled Stand in the Rain and closes with an instrumental, the title track, Rooftops. The instrumental track, Rooftops, reminds me of that feeling you get on a chilly Christmas morning, so much joy and anticipation.  There is so much variety in this gem of an album.  Be sure to pick up your copy of Home I Roam and soon to be released Rooftops.  You can follow her journey at 

Friday, July 12, 2013


This (AZ Treasures) is my local interest blog.  If you'd like to see my artwork you can find it at  Thank you.  Judy

Forest - Mixed Media Drawing by Judy and David Wood