Student reviews like this one warm up my heart ... "Martina is an excellent teacher, she is very kind, she knows her work, she explains very well, her classes are very entertaining, I enjoy her classes very much." I have another fun Zoom class on October 26! Check link for details (no experience needed) and see you in class!
It's been a great experience being part of the Latela Curatorial x Artsy: Women in the Arts Online Exhibition. I would love to invite you to a panel discussion on November 1 at 3pm that I will be part of. Message me for Zoom details (I will also share them in my November 1 newsletter).
The @latelacuratorial x @artsy: Women in the Arts Online Exhibition is all about supporting women in the arts. All artworks are available for purchase. Register via the link in our bio (free) to receive: - weekly link share for each new viewing room and - schedule of online zoom artist talks & studio visits (we are hosting 3 a week!! -- all FREE!)
I am excited to participate in the Amuse Art Fair (through October 24). Check out this online craft festival that highlights artists in a variety of mediums. And ... enjoy this video that all about my RADOST by Martina Sestakova textile designs.
Thank you, Travis Childers, for organizing "Self-Isolation" - an art show that tracks art created during the Covid pandemic - through the Ruby Projects art gallery. From Travis, "And here it is finally, our Hall of Portraits, part of our next online show: Self-Isolation! I still have to do the labels for the video but you can go ahead and see all the great work in these images. I would like to thank all the artists who by looking at themselves now let us look at them! This is really a great show with incredible art and aside from the video to show the work I think I’m going to make one talking about the pieces in it because a lot of interesting things and parallels emerged. Again, thank you to all the amazing artists who made this exhibition so incredible: Lina Alattar, Leda Black, Sally Brucker, Erika Cleveland, Andrea Cybyk, Joel D’Orazio, Jim Duckworth, Alexis Duque, Anna Fine-Foer, HN James, Susan Jamison, Anna Katalkina, Heather Levy, Steve Loya, Laurel Lukaszewski, Marion Edith MacDonald, Raymond MacDonald, Mathew Eric Mendez, Nazanin Noroozi, Shanti Norris, Francisca Oviedo, Megan Peritore, Billy Renkl, Greg Sand, Renee Sandell, Kristy Saunders, Gregg Schlanger, Martina Sestakova, Alexandra N Sherman, Barbara Slitkin, Sherry Trachtman, Angela White, Bud Wilkinson, Willy Yowaiski, Geanne Zeller."
Yay! I am indeed smiling under my masks. I am at The Muse in Frederick, MD, and they have a lovely variety of my RADOST scarves. They also carry designs that are inspired by the town. Grab yourself a fun Frederick-inspired scarf! And you can also enjoy original heart paintings on yupo. Cool gifts all around!
The nicest of words from my client to receive about a gift of RADOST scarves to her sister ... "My sister adored them and even made a little video so I could see how they looked on her. They looked beautiful! We both love your artistry." I am so grateful to be able to create and bring vibrant colors to the world.
I am excited to announce that Gifts Inn in Boonsboro, MD, is now carrying my RADOST scarves and my abstract watercolors on yupo. They have a beautiful variety of my work so stop by and enjoy this lovely shop in the loveliest of towns! They have an extensive selection of handcrafted unique gifts.
CREATIVE DISTANCE - organized by Shop Made in DC - is a virtual art showcase focused on 50 pieces of art created over the COVID-19 lockdown. Creatives have leveraged the emotions of our society to create new work that reflects these important times. I have a watercolor on yupo in this show - Enjoyment in Life. Check out artwork by wonderful artists!
The Latela Curatorial x Artsy: Women in the Arts Online Exhibition is a 6-week virtual exhibition featuring 80+ women artists working across multiple media from DC, MD & VA. Artworks are exhibited by themes or "viewing rooms" and accompanied by six full weeks of online programming, including artist talks, studio visits and more!
THEMES / “VIEWING ROOMS”:
1. Materiality - In the Flesh; Women who Work with their Hands & Across Various Materials
2. Artist as Mother - Artist Mothers; The Creative Cycle & Ancestral Roles in Making Art
3. The Idea - Abstract to Surrealism Art
4. The Vision - Seeing & Being Seen
5. Action & Existence; Activism Art & the Value of Collections/Collecting
6. The Surrender - Trust & Process
**To keep this online exhibition interactive, all featured artwork will populate weekly on the Latela Curatorial Artsy Exhibitions Page by theme. The only opportunity to view all artwork featured at once (without waiting until week 6) is through the Collectors Package.
To participate (free) &/or to receive a Collectors Package, visit this website.
I just finished this commission (watercolor on yupo, 26" x 20"). My client was really lovely and gave me tons of freedom. I use words as inspiration for my abstract explorations. The title of this piece is "Love Is the Only Cure" - title supplied by my client. It was so fun to create! Contact me for commissions.
I am excited to participate in Montgomery Art Association's member-only online exhibition, "Portraits." You can see all of the artworks here. Enjoy the show!
I am pleased to announce to my RADOST scarves are part of Art at Your Doorstep, a virtual art gallery of juried works created by artists and crafters across the U.S. Check out a wonderful variety of arts and crafts here. Thank you for your support!
In love with colors! I am so glad @lolamiarte is enjoying her new RADOST scarf. A woman who loves colors as much as I do. We have known of each other through Instagram and just recently met in person at @missprints_and_masterpieces kick off party. Check out Lola's artworks featured on this new cool website (over 45 female artists!) and flip through pix here to see a few beautiful examples. Go Lola! If you enjoy the scarf Lola is wearing, shop my designs.
My friend Angie Kilcullen is launching MissPrints & MasterPieces, a collection of art prints (canvases & cell phone cases) by professional female artists (I am one of them!). Enjoy a 20% discount on your entire order from October 2-7 (promo code welcome20 at checkout). What a great place to shop art for your home, office, and gifting pleasure.
I have been teaching Zoom art classes since April 2020 and it has been a pleasure to bring people together through art even when we cannot be together physically. Here is what one of my students mentioned, "By the way, my Mother-in-law, who lives in Pennsylvania signed up for both October watercolor classes. She and I usually try to do something together often, but we haven't seen them since February because of Covid. This means the world to both of us that you are offering virtual art classes. It gives us a way to still do something fun together without the risk. So, thank you so much."
Well, this was a lovely surprise in my email box. My student - who took the Mandala in Watercolors art class - framed her creation! How lovely!
I so enjoy Mary Oliver's poetry. I find solace and inspiration in her words and use them as inspiration for my abstract watercolors on yupo. I recently painted several new pieces that are now available in my shop. I am also a big believer in positive affirmations and mantras and a few paintings shown below explore them, e.g., I am courageous, I am rested. Enjoy these explorations in colors, shapes, and movement.
I would like to introduce you to my latest collaboration with about 45 other female artists. I am proud to be a part of MissPrints & MasterPieces, a collection of gorgeous art prints by professional female artists. MissPrints & MasterPieces was created to support female artists by providing a place to showcase & sell our work.
To celebrate the launch we are offering 20% discount on your entire order beginning October 2-7, 2020. Please visit us here and use the PROMO code: welcome20 to receive your discount at checkout. Please feel free to share this email with family/friends.
I just sent out my monthly RADOST newsletter. I shared updates about my textile designs, exhibitions, and art workshops. Take a look! Click here.
Yay! Humans. Their hands. And creating TOGETHER. Today was the first time since mid-March that I was able to teach in person. I can’t even describe how much fun it was.￼ Aaah, my heart is full.
I enjoy the healing potential of art and believe my workshop - "Abstract Portrait in Watercolors" - is a lovely way to celebrate our unique beauty. I got to work with delightful students and we created colorful self portraits through the exploration of our five sense. Each is so different and so beautifully captures the individuality of its creator.
And this is what one of my student had to say about learning about watercolors, "I always enjoy your workshops. This last time I 'heard' what you were saying about how watercolor paper opens up when water is added and how the paper soaks up the water and pigment. I know you've said it before but my mind focused on it this time! Learning is repeated exposure." Check out my workshops here.
Don’t just take it from me. Check out what my customers have to say about their experiences with my RADOST designs.
I teach art classes in the DMV area so enjoy workshop updates and testimonials from my students.
And since it's been proven that color is good for us, check back often for news about my abstract watercolor paintings. They will brighten up your day!