Kevin and I love outdoor art festivals and the immediacy of the venue. The wonderful excitement of new works of art and artists of all kinds showcasing their latest creations along with the passion, the beauty, and the thrill of being in the moment with like minded creatives is what this weekend is all about.
Come out and join the scene…
The Lake Norman Festival of the Arts at Birkdale Village is a must-do experience for fans of fine art. Nestled near Lake Norman, this community is known as an ideal weekend destination just north of Charlotte. The Lake Norman Festival of the Arts will provide you an exclusive opportunity to experience a range of phenomenal creations ranging from beautiful sculptures, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and mixed media. Enjoy all the Birkdale Village has to offer – grab a bite at a local eatery, visit more than 60 retailers and purchase original artwork from the artists, as you enjoy this weekend of visual inspiration.
Wow, my uncle David Schaefer shared this photo he took of me.
By the look of the artwork I would say it was the late 70’s. I was still doing pastel portraits, which I actually miss doing… My mom was keeping track of everything, she did all my record keeping, was my biggest supporter, critic and best friend.
The chicken wire art display and my easel were all made at home – I can remember cutting the sharp wire and stapling it. We later covered it with blue fabric. I see pen and ink sketches oil paintings and airbrushed acrylics. The back wall has intaglio printmaking from the classes I was taking at UWEC. I still love doing shows and festivals- getting out and sharing my passion, still makes my cry as I miss my Mom but I am so grateful of her love and support. I am so thankful that my husband and I found each other so we can create and continue on this path. I don’t know why but it simply fills my heart with joy.
So for all you creative types out there. Be courageous, be yourself and do it!
What do we like about it? Just about everything, it is physically and mentally challenging and just when we think we have had enough of the bad weather the sun comes out and charms us to paint and the crowds come out onto the scene. I have been going to art festivals since I was a child packing up my art with my mom in our van, it was a great way to meet people and see new things.
The change of pace is exhilarating and the new scenery is always beckoning us to hike with our sketch books, easels and camera.
If you haven’t been to a show I highly recommend it. Go out in your area and support a local art festival with your presence. Better yet support an artist at the show by engaging, learning about and purchasing a unique piece to bring home with you. I guarantee you will find it an uplifting and inspiring experience with great stories to tell your friends!
Kevin and I moved back to my hometown in 1988. It was a beautiful sunny day like the one pictured and truth be told not much has changed since 1915. Except loved ones have come and gone and young ones either move on or return home again to experience the peace of rural living.
Seymour Gardens has been published from a 3’x6′ original oil painting. In 1989, artists Wendy Schaefer-Miles and Kevin Miles were commissioned to paint a piece for the new medical facility Gunderson Clinic, in Wendy’s hometown of Whitehall, WI. The artists’ imaginative view portrays a day at the garden park that once surrounded Whitehall’s Bandstand. The magnificent gardens which were developed by the Women’s Civic Association are long gone, but the bandstand built in 1915, still remains. The popularity of the painting has inspired the modern day citizens of the town to restore some of the garden to its past glory.
Vintage Offset Fine Art Paper Lithograph 1100 S/N. – Image Sized 32” x 16” $125.00
Mini print on demand 5” x 10” $25.00
Custom Framing available.
Collectibles of this painting are available at Fine Art America note cards, mugs, pillows and totes.
Some of our original drawings and sketches still exist in our files. We took photos of people to use in the painting and you will see my parents and Kevin and I in the painting. It still hangs in Gunderson Clinic.
It was one our first collaborative commissioned paintings and we are still very proud of it today.
Original Oil Painting by Schaefer Miles “Above Booth Falls” 48 x 60 The hike at Booth Falls just east of Vail Colorado offers amazing views of a valley filled with wildflowers. On a beautiful sunny day your soul soars to greater heights.
Rest and rejuvenate as you immerse yourself in this peaceful world.
Let your heart love the solitude and contemplate with wonder and contentment the natural glory God has shared with us.