My students - in their 80s and 90s - love to make practical art! Today's class was all about exploration of abstract art (we worked in watercolors on yupo) and then creating a pendant out of one of our abstract pieces. Wow! What a fun class. I tell you: every students lit up as soon as she had her art framed and her pendant around her neck. Such a pleasure!
I have the privilege to teach watercolor workshops at retirement communities in the Rockville area. Today's class was packed and so so much fun! We painted a simple path through the woods. My students - in their 80s and 90s - recalled many favorite spots of their. We talked hiking, exploring, traveling around the world. So much fun!
What a fun project! This pillow out of t-shirts even has a pocket. Can you find it? And I hear the new owner loves it. Want one for yourself? Contact me. 🙏🏻
Good things are happening in Kensington! Excited to have an article published in the latest Spring 2019 issue of the Kensington CAN Business & Community Together newsletter. I also got a little blurb in about my business! Woohoo! Yay. You can pick up a copy at Kensington Row Bookshop.
A lovely review from a client of mine ... "Hey Martina. Have the scarf on today at work. Love the colors and patterns. Tends to brighten up my day. Take care, Bonnie."
Do you know what RADOST means? It’s the Czech word for joy. I am absolutely fascinated by the idea of joy and how to keep it bright and shining in our lives. I hope it shows in my textiles: joy as kindness, joy as self care, joy as pure fun ... The list could go on. When I wrap my scarves up to ship them to my customers, I take my time to also send positive intentions. Even my packaging comes with a sticker that reinforces the idea: en(joy). And you all probably know that each scarf has a name and comes with a short story reminding us about... joy. So, happy Wednesday. May it be filled with a touch of radost.
You are invited! Join Carol Starr, Reuben Amrani, Nancy Heindl, Dave Montgomery, Alexandra N. Sherman, and me (@radostbymartinasestakova), for the artist reception of "Spring/Summer 2019 Exhibition" at the Oasis Art Gallery in Bethesda, MD. We would love to see you on Saturday, May 18 (2-3:30pm) at OASIS (inside of Macy's Home Store) at 7125 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817. You will enjoy a lovely variety of paintings, prints, photography, and my fabric paintings. If you can’t make it Saturday, the show extends from May 13 - August 16, 2019.
OASIS Art Gallery Hours
M–F, 10am–4pm 301-469-6800, press 1, x211
Happy Monday! Here we go with #8 in the series of videos in which I introduce you to my RADOST scarves and the stories behind them. Glue? Spray paint? Yes, indeed, those are the tools I used to create today's featured textile pattern. Enjoy!
Good times in class today. We wished a fellow student happy birthday. But as she commented, “89 is not a big one and I am glad to be spending it in your watercolor class.” What a compliment! Teaching brings me so much. The classes are a place of exploration and calm and lively conversation. So grateful.
Excited to have two abstract watercolors on yupo at @maaartists art show at the Kensington Park Library during the month of May! Stop by this @mcpl_libraries in Kensington, MD, and enjoy a wonderful selection of artworks by local artists. @maaartists is an organization that promotes artists based in Montgomery County and it’s been such a pleasure showing my paintings with them. See the show and let me know what you think!
Save the date! On June 8, come celebrate the opening of @bonjourbooksdc in our lovely town of Kensington. I met Jennifer Fulton, the owner of this delightful French bookstore, some time ago. She is always smiling! In her store, she kindly features my little watercolors of anything and everything francophone. Colorful Eiffel Tower, anyone? Bonjour! These make for cute children’s room decor. Stop by and pick up a book or two and see you on June 8 (10-11am)!
A huge thank you to Barn Again Home for opening her home and fabulous art barn to local artists and celebrating our arts and crafts in this Friday/Saturday SPRING POP-UP. So many delightful people came and we all had the loveliest of conversations and made fun new connections. Kensington is a lovely community. I am so grateful to have been part of this unique event. @angie_kilcullen_art - you win the #womensupportwomen award! 🙏🏻
I saw this post on Instagram. Thanks for your support, urbansafaridc111! Congratulations!
"In good company in the DC Made section in the shop at the @americanart museum with my pal @radostbymartinasestakova with her beautiful infinity scarves and black and white tunics, alongside @bailiwick_clothing with their DC logos. Thanks store manager Wendy for the placement! Love the new look of the shops and am so delighted to have 111 Places on the shelf."
So fun! Today’s class at a retirement community: we studied up on basics behind landscape painting and created our own interpretations. Rivers. Mountains. Trees. Delightful places to imagine. Wonderful group of curious students. All in their late 80s or early 90s. Can’t wait for next art workshop!
And the Spring/Summer Show at OASIS is up! So excited to share (for the first time!) my fabric paintings. And even more excited to enjoy this art show with my dear friend Alexandra Sherman. You have to see her silhouettes! Absolutely stunning. I have two of them in my home. Join us for the opening reception on May 18 (2-3:30pm). Lovely art and yummy snacks await.
OASIS Art Gallery at Macy's Home Store (2nd floor), 7125 Democracy Blvd in Bethesda, MD 20817.
Friday, May 10 @4pm-8pm
Saturday, May 11 @10am-2pm
Please join me & 15 awesome local+kickass+female artists/artisans as we come together to bring you a HUGE variety of original artwork and accessories just in time for Mother's Day, teacher gifts, graduations, summer weddings, Father's Day and more!
We will have everything from original paintings, photography, prints, jewelry, accessories, home decor (new and vintage finds), mosaic art, embroidery art, artisanal treats & more. All of this while sipping wine and mingling with friends @ Angie Kilcullen's 120~year old barn setting.
Address: Angie's barn studio at 10308 Montgomery Avenue in Kensington, MD 20895.
"Into the World" is on view at The Daily Dish in Silver Spring, MD, until the end of May. In this join exhibition with the lovely @jennifer.beaudet, I am showing abstract watercolors created on yupo. These pieces are called "Hidden Treasures" and contain two paintings in one. The bottom layer reveals itself through the top one ... Paintings should be a little mysterious, right? Hop over to this cool restaurant for a meal or a cup of coffee and enjoy the art show!
One art form informs another... I like the complimentary colors into this @radostbymartinasestakova scarf and this @martinasestakovaart watercolor. I put them up on a table at an art fair and noticed he similar they are visually. Makes sense since they are both created by me. I invite you to follow both of my Instagram accounts and to find more similarities. Do you create in a variety of mediums? Let me know!
Happy Monday! Here we go with #7 in the series of videos in which I introduce you to my RADOST scarves and the stories behind them. Today's story has a touch of salt in it!
This is just a feel good post. I turned one of my colorful dot watercolors into a pillow and it’s full of joy and positive energy ☺️ A little bit retro? Modern? Great for a kid’s room? All of it! Flip through to see the original art; you can buy the painting at @oaktheshop in Kensington, MD. Let me know if you are interested in the pillow. It’s fuzzy!
My student Lara created this unique pendant in a class I was teaching a few weeks ago. We explored the beauty of watercolors on yupo (a cool medium!) and Lara is now enjoying her artwork all framed in this lovely pendant.
And here we go! I just delivered my tunic tops to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, where they will be featured starting next week together with my RADOST scarves. The gift shop is highlighting 10 local artists and I am one of them. I hope you stop by to see the display.
I am excited to have two of my abstract watercolors on yupo at the May art exhibition at the Kensington Park Library in Kensington, MD. This show is organized by Montgomery Art Association; I am a member. Stop by the library and enjoy a variety of art pieces created by MAA members. My pieces are called "Acts of Kindness" and "Choices and Consequences". All art in this show is for sale; you can reach out to each artist directly. Interested in my watercolors? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art show dates: May 1 through May 30, 2019
Address: 4201 Knowles Ave, Kensington, MD 20895
And they are up on the wall! Thanks @rosetwinkletoes for your kind support of my art. So lovely to see these two pieces - "Continuous Transformation" and "Tenderest of Feelings" in your home. Enjoy!
I visited @redorchardshop and they now feature a new selection of my RADOST scarves just in time for Mother’s Day. What a cute gift shop! Check out these photos to see what lovely gifts they have and read a story behind one of my scarves.
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!