Patricia's Wellness Arts Cafe & Quilter's Comfort Teas

2620 North Walnut Street, Suite 915, Bloomington, Indiana

Herbal Teas, Seasonings,Art,Prints, Classes, Reiki, SITH, Reconnective Healing, Greener Lifestyle Coaching
 

PATRICIA KALER
" Love in Action"

Opening Friday, June 6th, 2014, Opening Reception 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exhibit June 6th - July 25th, 2014
 

Joanne Shank
" A Force of Nature "

Join us first Friday, April 4th, 2014,for Opening Reception 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
7:00 pm Poetry Reading by Ray Zdonek
Exhibit April 4th - May 29th, 2014
April is National Poetry Month - we celebrate with 7:00 pm Poetry Reading by Ray Zdonek

A Force of Nature, An exhibition of nature paintings by Joanne Shank and illustrated poetry excerpts from the upcoming chapbook, The Moon Speaks in Silver, poems by Ray Zdonek with photography by Joanne Shank.
in the Wellness Arts Gallery opening reception April 4th, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 PM; exhibits runs through May 31st, 2014.

7:00 PM Ray Dzonek will read from upcoming poetry book, The Moon Speaks in Silver.

Free parking lot to the buildings east and on the street.

The reception's herbal table will feature hot seasonal savory soup with the tasting spotlight on one of Quilter's Comfort, locally blended, certified organic seasonings; and sampling of beer, coffee and wine jelly (made using locally sourced coffee, craft beer and wine).

Joanne Shank
Nature is the endless inspiration of Joanne's art. Intrigued by several Chinese teachers' use of bamboo brush on rice paper, she has spent a number of years using the minimal brushwork to depict local birds and flowers. Her newer work combines her previous skill with more traditional watercolor techniques seeking to maintain the freshness of the moment.
Joanne also enjoys photography and is excited to be working with Ray on his poetry chapbook. For more visit Joanne's website at http://www.joanneshank.com.

 

Ray Zdonek

Ray Zdonek is a Bloomington-based poet and mystery writer, as well as Joanne Shank's husband and collaborator. His latest poetry publication is inclusion in Robert Bly's Leaping Poetry, from the University of Pittsburgh Press.

A chapbook of his poetry, entitled The Moon Speaks in Silver, is soon to be released. Two of his mystery novels, Bad Blood and The Killing Floor, are available as Kindle e-books from Amazon.

He is also a jazz DJ and co-hosts All That Jazz on WFHB Community Radio in Bloomington.

More at www.amazon.com/author/rayzdonek and Bly's Leaping Poetry www.amazon.com/Leaping-Poetry-Poems-Translations-Series/dp/0822960036/ref

Leslie Rodgers
"
Surface Journies"

Reception Friday, February 7th, 2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Exhibit February 7th - March 29th, 2014

Leslie Rodgers Artist Statement

When I was a girl my father would draw with me. He would make a mark on the paper, and I would add a mark. He'd put in a squiggle and I'd scribble a bit. In awhile it would become apparent what the picture wanted to be, and then we'd finish it to our mutual satisfaction. It was wonderful fun, and it taught me somehow to see things that weren't quite there yet. I loved this collaborative work, although I didn't know such a big word for it yet.

Now my favorite way to work is to start from something else. Piles of paper, stacks of cloth, pots of paint all delight me, but nothing is more inspiring than a found object, something that I can see into. I like to work with unknown makers this way, extend the collaboration through time and space.

In the 1940's my Aunt Dorothy was living on a farm in Kentucky and in the winter she had time to sew for her own pleasure. She
made a set of rag dolls of different sizes using a pattern she bought for a dime from a newspaper advertisement. They were made of plain cloth with hair of rust colored woolen yarn and embroidered faces. They were meant to resemble my red-haired aunts, and most of them were dressed in calico dresses like the house dresses women wore then. One wore a nurses's uniform like my aunt herself.

When my uncle died my aunt packed up her belongings and came back home to Indiana. She moved back to the family house in Vincennes, and many of her boxes and trunks went into the garage. Time passed, things not needed were forgotten and never unpacked. Mice came to live in the garage. Bugs arrived. The garage developed a leak.
After several decades of this neglectful storage the old house and garage were to be torn down. My brother and I, inheritors of the house and therefore responsible for everything in it, began the long arduous task of going through all the boxes and trunks. My grown daughters came to help us. It took all summer. Late that June the bottom fell out of a box and my brother tossed me a doll leg. There was an arm too, and part of a second arm. They were foul smelling, dirty, moth-scalped and mouse eaten.
We began to find doll parts, scattered in various dilapidated boxes, I considered consigning them to the dumpster, which seemed the most logical end for them, but as the number of found parts grew I sensed a spark of life, a glimmer of potential. I brought home the collected parts, cleaned them and reassembled them, creating new limbs to replace the missing ones, mending the places where they were mouse eaten. This was satisfying work.
Rather than dress the dolls I began to stitch on them with pearl cotton, adding colors and shapes as each piece seemed to tell me what it needed next. The first batch of dolls were done between July and December of 2006. The dolls became my constant companions. I worked on them daily in the studio and often carried parts of them in my book bag to stitch on in free moments throughout the day. Then I found a set of unstuffed doll bodies my mama had made in the mid 1950's. They were part of a project for a church bazaar, she'd made several completed and dressed dolls but had run out of time so several cut and sewn bodies had ended up tucked into a drawer in her sewing room and forgotten. Life had gone right on without them for half a century. I brought them out, stuffed them and embellished them, glad of a chance to have more dolls to work on. Or play with.

In the years since I've discovered more dolls. They sometimes lurk at garage sales, flea markerts and auctions. Apparently my family were not the only ones to make dolls, nor the only ones to neglect them or forget about them entirely. Our mice were not the only ones to industriously devote their time to chewing holes in dolls to pull out the stuffing for a nest.

The doll stitching is a delight to me, pleasant work that makes me contentedly happy. I'd do it even if no one but me ever saw a single one of them. I could be the Henry Darger of tatty old rag dolls.
Wherever I go I keep an eye open for some poor nibbled and stained girl who needs making over. I can go months or years without seeing one at all, and then suddenly find a pair or a clutch of them from someone's attic cleaning. I was lucky to get copies of the original patterns, but I've never used them to make a doll, only to make a replacement leg. I've realized I don't want to make this type of doll as a new doll. What interests me is working with old dolls, having someone else's work as a starting off point. I like it that the dolls have a history, many of them have been around much longer than I have. I like it that my work is a collaboration with unseen hands of another time and place. I even like collaborating with the mice who have nibbled the bodies and the long ago children who stained the faces in play.

It can take anywhere from 80 to a few hundred hours to embellish the dolls with tiny stitches, depending on the size of the original doll and how much mending she requires. It's an intuitive process, I seldom know where it's going until we get there. The dolls have always had a life of their own. I just bring my needles and threads and come to play.


Detail of "Twins"

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Leslie Rodgers Bio
Bloomington, IN 47404
leslierodgers16@gmail.com
www.shmataboro.blogspot.com

So far I have moved 28 times and lived in 4 states. I was born in Vincennes, Indiana and grew up in and around there. The middle third of my married years were spent in Warsaw, Indiana. After my divorce I raised my children in Loogootee, Indiana for several years, then 12 years ago I came to Bloomington to attend Indiana University and somehow I ended up staying. Despite years living in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio I have always seen myself as a Hoosier.

My earliest memories are of my family making things. Toys, clothing, entire houses, furniture, quilts, pottery, sculpture…. there was never a day that someone in my large extended family was not to be found building or stitching or mending or in some way creating some interesting thing. Our people have always been makers.

My introduction to the needle came early on. My cousin PJ and I used to sit under the quilt frame at our Mamaw's house when the church women came to quilt. We played with dolls there and threaded needles for the ladies whose colorful full skirts surrounded us in our hideaway. I did not so much learn to sew as absorbed sewing. It was in the rich atmosphere of my home, both of my grandmother's homes and the homes of my nine favorite aunts. Here too I developed an eye for line, color and texture and a love of cloth.
After raising my family I came to Indiana University to resume my education. I majored in Religious Studies, but signed up for a textiles class and quickly changed my program to a double major in Religious Studies and Fine Art with a focus on textile design studying first with Ann Mackenzie Nichols, and then with Rowland Ricketts.
I also took a summer Permaculture class, where I learned homesteading skills that felt very important to me despite my living in a small place in town.

I was well into earning my BFA when Rowland took me to the country to plant indigo, and introduced me to his friend Jim Canary, a bookbinder who had offered to let us grow a crop of indigo on his land in the forest north of town.

The next semester I signed up for Mr. Canary's bookbinding class, then I house sat for him while he traveled to Europe…..then we decided to live happily ever after. I moved to his handhewn home in the forest, we acquired a flock of chickens to go with our dogs and cats and our children proceeded to bless us with grandchildren.

Eventually, or in a lot more time than it takes to tell about it, I realized that despite my love of studying I would be able to spend many more hours a day stitching and homesteading if I weren't burdened with the requirement to spend hours a day traveling into town and sitting through lectures. With a decade of higher education under my belt I became a college drop out, following in the footsteps of the back-to-the-land hippies I'd admired in my grade school years.

Here in the forest, up at the top of the house, I sew and paint and sculpt, making things that please me and cheer my inner child.
When I was a child my mother used to read nursery rhymes to me. One of them was about a girl who was promised a perfect life , one in which she could "sit on a cushion, and sew a fine seam, and feast upon strawberries, peaches and cream''.
That is a pretty good description of my life.

 

 

The Wellness Arts Gallery was located in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café & Quilter's Comfort Teas at 725 West Kirkwood Avenue. The gallery featured the work of local artist and craftspeople. We are now located at 2620 North Walnut Street, Suite 915, Bloomington, Indiana

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Chinami Ricketts's
" Weavings"

Reception Friday, January 3rd, 2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Exhibit January 3 -January 31, 2014

   

Join us Friday January 3rd, 2014 for the opening reception of Chinami' cotton kasuri (ikat) kimono and obi yardage. The evening includes the herbal table with hot seasonal soup. Chinami's will be on display through January 31st, 2014.

The evening also kicks off our 3rd Annual "Name a Tea Contest" hosted by Quilter's Comfort. Names submitted through ourt the month of January will be released the first Friday in February with the winning tea name chosen by the judges, announced the following week. The contest winner will receive one bag of tea of their choice each month for the year of 2014!

The unnamed tea will be served during the opening as will other herbal jellies, including beer jelly, coffee jelly and wine jelly will be available for sampling and take home.

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Bio for Chinami Ricketts
Chinami Ricketts weaves cotton kasuri (ikat) kimono and obi yardage patterend with designs inspired by historical weavings from around the world. Initially trained in indigo dyeing in her native home of Tokushima, Chinami apprenticed with master kasuri weaver Yumie Aoto in Shimane before moving to the US with her husband Rowland.

Chinami Ricketts
Bloomington, IN
856.577.7549
chinami@rickettsindigo.com
Education
Yumie Aoto Studio, Shimane, Japan o April, 2000 - March, 2002
Apprentice to Yumie Aoto, studying hand-spun cotton kasuri kimomo and obi weaving techniques
Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto, Japan o April, 1998 - May, 1998
~ Studied fundamentals in weaving and dyeing
Furusho Dye Workshop, Tokushima, Japan o July, 1997 - August, 1998
~ Apprentice to Riichiro and Toshiharu Furusho, studying shibori and the traditional Japanese wood-ash lye,
natural fermentation method of vatting indigo
Shikoku University, Tokushima, Japan o April, 1989 - March, 1991
~ Associates Degree, Social Welfare
Professional Experience
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, Tokushima, Japan, April, 1991 - July, 1997
~ o General Affairs Department
Exhibitions
~ Fashioning Traditions in Japan, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, 2012
~ Focus: Fiber 2011-12, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH, 2012
~On the Loom: On Around and Through, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, 2011
~ Weave and Resist, Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City, Tampa, FL, 2008
~Near and Far: Indigo Textiles of Rowland and Chinami Ricketts, Walters State Community College,
Morrisville, TN, 2006
~Rowland and Chinami Ricketts, National Humanities Center, Research Park Triangle, NC, September, 2004
~ New Fibers 2004, Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, June-July, 2004
~ Konjo-Raisan, decouvir galerie nokiha, Tokushima, Japan, May, 2003
~National Artisans Exhibit, Kintetsu Department Store, Osaka, Japan, October, 2002

For more information Chinami can be reached at chinami@rickettsindigo.com. Visit her website at www.rickettsindigo.com

The Wellness Arts Gallery features the work of local artist, craftspeople and creative people from around the earth. Open Tuesday through Friday, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Saturdays, 12 pm to 5 pm and every first Friday1- 8 pm.

Artist interested in exhibiting their works or presenting classes and workshops in the intimate Wellness Arts gallery space are invited to contact us. We look forward to meeting you and discussing the possibility of you exhibiting your work with us.

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Dancer Doll - Resist, handpainted on cotton cloth- cards
Black Angel, cards and prints - copywrite
Strawberry Pawpaw Bread
Parabola "Star - purple
SCHEDULE YOUR ARTS WORKSHOP IN THE CAFE
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2013
Wellness Arts Gallery in Patricia's Wellness Arts Cafe & Quilter's Comfort Teas Celebrate the season of sharing by offering
nurturing gifts of art to your self , a beloved child or friend! Gift Certificates available for classes and workshops; locally crafted certified organic and locally sourced herbal products, meditation supplies arts and crafts, delicious herbal jelly, coffee jelly, beer and wine jelly! We also have great stocking stuffers beginning at $1.95!

The Wellness Arts Cafe is home to the Wellness Arts Gallery. Every first Friday the Wellness Arts Gallery host an arts reception from 5:00pm to 8:00pm for the current exhibit. The reception offers what we have begun calling the Quilter's Comfort's Herbal Table which features herbal teas, herbal baked goods, herbal dips and more!

Holiday Markets where you will find Hart Rock, Quilter's Comfort and Ichiyo One Leaf Dharma Supplies and a few certified organic whole grain baked goodies, mostly sweet, some savory!
Fairview Holiday Craft Market
December 6th-7th, 2013
7th and Rogers
Handmade crafts and gifts by local artisans, including holiday cards featuring artwork by Fairview elementary students. Proceeds from the cards support Fairview’s Artful Learning Curriculum. Refreshments and music, too! Free admission.
Krista Detor Holiday Benefit Show 2013
December 12, 2013
$20 Adults: $18 Advance: $18 Student/Child
Doors 6:00 - 9:00 pm in the Bloomington Convention Center
302 S. College Avenue
Benefit for Volunters in Medicine, a free healthcare clinic serving the uninsured in Monroe and Owen Counties
 

The Wellness Arts Gallery was located in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café & Quilter's Comfort Teas at 725 West Kirkwood Avenue. The gallery featured the work of local artist and craftspeople. We are now located at 2620 North Walnut Street, Suite 915, Bloomington, Indiana

To stay in touch with our current activities Sign up for our mailing list or contact us at quilterscomfort@gmail.com.
Website - http://www.hartrock.net/cafe.htm, http://www.patriciaswellnessartscafe.blogspot.com

Friday, November 1st, 2013
5:00pm to 8:00pm

GALLERY WALK
HOLIDAY GIFT-ABLES" CELEBRATION Gift-able Locally Made ARTS", an exhibit of locally crafted arts, crafts, gifts and ornaments to surprise and delight.

Celebrate the Holidays season with "CELEBRATION GIFTABLES - LOCAL ARTS and CRAFTS SALE! Opens November 1st thrugh December 31st!

 
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OCTOBER 2013
 
in Wellness Arts Gallery
"PAPER FOLDED PAINTINGS"
Patricia C. Coleman
   
 

Patricia has enjoyed playing with paper and color most of her life. In this work she is challenged with painting on folded forms and cutting to open up her work.
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GALLERY WALK OPENING Reception and 2nd Anniversary Celebration!
Friday, October 4th, 2013
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Janiece Jaffe & Curtis Cantwell Jackson, folding demonstrations, basket drawing, herbal gifts, discounts and more!
Exhibit runs through
October 31, 2013

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Artist Talk and Demonstration
October 18th, 2013
6:00pm - 7:00pm

"PAPER FOLDED PAINTINGS"
an
exhibition of folded origami tessellation paintings and cut paintings

Patricia C. Coleman is an artist working in a variety of media; she says that the idea always determines the materials to be used. An exhibiting artist since the 1970's as a painter, doll and mask maker, art quilter, fiber explorer through non-toxic and low impact dye arts, printmaker and paper arts including bookmaking; she is also a writer/poet and member of 5 Women Poets, the Bloomington Storytellers Guild, Writers Guild, an Energy Healer practicing Reiki, Reconnective Healing, Light and peace work. She is a lover of many styles of music and says that music moving within allows her to dance.

Patricia is also very passionate about foods, from growing and sustainability to cooking of delicious artful meals and treats, reflected in her coffee, herbal and beer jellies and baked creations.

As owner of Patricia's Wellness Arts Café & Quilter's Comfort Teas she creates a space to share her and others artistic creations.

A primary life goal is to be present in her life journey, to allow ideas to playfully breathe through her manifesting themselves as joyful uplifting imagery/energy creations. She sees her work as a discussion about feelings; visual song, and of her personal journey contemplating the vibrational nature of the energy body with intention is to hold love and manifest joyful vibrations into whatever she does.


Visit her website at www.hartrock.net or Stop in the the Cafe to meet her.

 

2014 Calendar

January - Chinami Ricketts's " Weavings", January 3 -January 31, 2014
~3rd Annual Name the Tea Contest

February/March - "Surface Journeys" Leslie Rogers Hand Embroidered Dolls Reception- 2nd Annual Doll Exhibit - February 7th - March 28th, 2014

March is Abilities Arts Month! We celebrate with Bloomington Artist Cori Mitchell. Cori has been painting much of her life and working with Patricia C. Coleman of the Wellness Arts Cafe. She has participated for many years in programs offered through Arts Work Indiana.
March 13 is Popcorn Lover's Day and you can save 10% on your purchase of L.A.O.'s Everything Plus Popcorn Seasoning
CLASSES
To stay informed, sign up for the Wellness Arts Cafe's Mailing List.
Painting for Health and Wellness - contact us.
Crafting Calm Workshop Series will begin soon!
April/May - Joanne Shank Reception - April 4th - May 31st -
with 7:00pm Poetry Reading in Celebration of National Poetry Month with Poet Ray Zdoneck
April 20, 2014, Sunday, 1:00 PM -4:00 AM - Papermaking - Join us this morning to learn how to recycle old paper into beautiful new paper. You will learn the process of making unique sheets of paper at home. This workshop can be reserved for Individuals, groups, children and adults. Paid registration holds your space. Limited to 6 students. All materials included. Cost - $55; Students and Seniors - $49.00.
April 22, 2014 - Earth Day Community Dinner and Conversation 2014 - Join us in a ahared meal and conversation about local food and more. Earth Day Network invites people everywhere to gather this day to eat and discuss food. Details with registration. Limited Seating - reserve early. 7-9pm
April 29th, through June 3rd, 7-9 PM, Tuesdays - One Sheet Wonders - In this series you will learn to make a variety of one sheet books; accordians, tunnel, lotus fold, pop ups, and other magical books! These fun techniques easily incorporate into multi-page books. Fun and relaxing. Meets April 29th, May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, June 3. In each session you will learn two or more book making techniques and create examples of these new book structures. All of these books fold up in magial ways and some reveal hidden pages when opened. Space limited to 6 students. Register with payment to hold your space. 7-9 PM - 6 classes - Cost - $155; College Students - $139; Seniors - $125. You can also register to participate in an individual class. Register for one or more individual sessions by the class name and the date - Cost is $33.00 per session.


May 8th, 2014 - Lovely Parabola

May 15th, Thursday - Visual Journaling in Small Spaces -Collage explorations through image and word. Collage is a great way to express your creativity. In this workshop you will create unique visual journal art pieces. We will play with color, composition, intention and focal point. Use as part of personal practice or create unique gifts. Space limited to 6 students. Register with payment no later than April 29th to hold your space. We must have three students to run this workshop. Some materials provided. Tools/Materials List sent with registration. 7-9pm. $25


Located between Hair It Is and Time Flies Antique Gallery

On the Wellness Arts Cafe Menu you will find Reiki, Reconnective Healing, Healing With Spirit, Quilter's Comfort Herbal Teas and other products, Green Lifestyle Coaching, Alternative Wellness Practice and Learning Space for reservations; Body Care Products, Indiana Made Arts & Crafts Gallery and Gourmet, Creatively Designed Herbal Local Foods
Together, WE create sustainable community.

 

Patricia's Wellness Arts Cafe & Quilter's Comfort Teas offers a delicious blend of:

*Quilter's Comfort Certified Organic Teas, herbs and seasonings locally blended here in Bloomington!

*Pre-Packaged and Bulk Herbal Products including Certified Organic and Fair Trade Herbs, spices, rubs, dipping mixes and body care products, including I LOVE Me cream.

*Wellness Arts Gallery & LOCAL ONLY and FAMILY MARKET - featuring Bloomington and Indiana made fine arts by Joanne Shank, Patricia C. Coleman, and others; up-cycled garments and accessories, delicious jewelry, eco-dyed and one of a kind hand painted or dyed fabrics, hand made meditation cushions and pillows by Yuko Okumura, bodycare products by Creating Harmony LLC, crafts, gifts, Quilted Guitar Bags, , Wildwood Furniture and Cutting Boards, Pottery by Libby Gwynn, 333rd St. Kitchen Works.

* Wellness Arts Center offering Vibrational Medicine (Energy Wellness), Reconnective Healing, Healing With Spirit, SITH, Reiki, Aura Balancing and Paintings; and other wellness practices and techniques.

Reconnective Healing,is a form of healing that is here on the planet for the very first time. It reconnects us to the fullness of the universe as it reconnects us to the fullness of our beings and who we are. The intent of Reconnective Healing is essentially that of healing, be it physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or on any other level. Reconnection Healing establishes new axiatonal lines (vibrational meridian lines) that reconnect us with the universe. As a healing modality, I believe that this energy pattern opens blocked meridians to allow the free flow of energies that may have become trapped or blocked for any reason. “If you’re lucky, your healing will come in the form you anticipate. If you’re really lucky, your healing will come in a form you’ve not even dreamed of – one that the Universe specifically has in mind for you.”- Dr. Eric Pearl

SITH, Self Identity through Ho'oponopono. As a Prayer Shaman, Patricia listens to you and crafts a Pule (Healing Prayer) to support the reconnection, forgiveness and transmutation of energetic patterns and their reflections within our lives. Ho'oponopono has been used by the United Nations and many organizations seeking tools to facilitate healing of personal and world issues.

Reiki, a gentle, non-invasive Japanese healing energy practice that catalyzes the body's natural ability to heal. It is utilized for healing the mind, body and spirit, and enhances the quality of life. Reiki Supports mental clarity, relaxation, stress, anxiety and pain reduction. Research shows it to help in speeding healing and recovery from a variety of dis-eases and is complementary to and enhances the effects of conventional medical practices and wellness arts therapies. Reiki is for people, places and animals! Info online at http://www.hartorck.net/reiki.htm.

Other services includes Presentations, Ceremonies/celebrations, and other Alternative Wellness Practitioners; and Arts as tools for developing beauty within ones daily life and to release stress and support healing, nurturing and wellness.

* Green Lifestyle Coaching - Patricia has been active in Green Lifestyle Coaching and Living for more than three decades and involves sustainable living practices within an artistic framework as part of her every day life. Patricia is available for sessions in person and via phone.

Call to make your appointment. 812-334-8155

* Classes and Workshops including Reiki, Coming of Age Ceremonies, Mask Making, Eco Dye, Doll Making, Non-toxic Fabric Decorating and Design, Storytelling, Bookmaking, and more!

* Wellness Room and Small classroom space available for reservation. Inquire.

*TEA BAR UPDATE - Well, I am gathering the resources toward announcing the opening of the Quilter's Comfort Morning Market . The Thursday Evening Farmers Market, I hope will soon follow with the collaboration of others. What ever the name we end up with, mornings we plan to be selling: to go beverages - tea, locally sourced coffee, artisan pastries and live foods.

The Thursday Evening Farmers Market will have some of the above and what ever the individual growers/producers bring. Sign up for our mailing list to stay informed of our progress!

Interested in Volunteering for the Thursday Evening Farmers, Contact Us!

*TEA TASTERS CLUB

The Q.C. Comfort's Tea Tasting Club will meet once, sometimes more each month. Every meeting will be arranged around specific themes that will include light tea foods and pastries. All meetings will offer active participation, discussion, and most will include a hands on arts or crafts project coresponding to the meetings theme. For more information or to be added to Quilter's Comfort mailing list, contact quilterscomfort@gmail.com.

GALLERY EVENTS and HERBAL TABLES PAST

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2013
"LISA RENE WILSON"
Encaustic Paintings


"Untitled Encaustic" by Lisa Renee Wilson

Lisa is an awareness artist who believes in blurring the lines between studio art and the art of everyday living.

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GALLERY WALK OPENING Reception
Friday, August 2nd, 2013
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Exhibit runs through
September 30, 2013

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Artist Talk and Reception
September 6th, 2013 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Lisa Renee Wilson is an awareness artist who believes in blurring the lines between studio art and the art of everyday living.

After obtaining a degree in psychology from Indiana University in 1999, Lisa went on to study wellness, yoga, and meditation. She noticed that each path, while interesting, seemed segregated from her experience of day-to-day life. Her desire to more deeply experience the spirituality of the mundane and to creatively share what she was learning led her to the arts.

As a self-declared awareness artist, Lisa's primary desire is to be mindfully aware and in creative play with the wonders of this moment. Through ongoing play with mixed media, she discovered encaustic (hot wax painting) in 2011. While she continues to create using a variety of materials, she finds herself often returning to encaustic art. This form of expression not only allows for the integration of many of the other mediums into one spirited piece, but also invites the artist and viewer into a dance with the playful nature of wax and alluring translucency.

Lisa is most interested in creating art that summons presence, contemplation, and engagement, instead of just being aesthetically pleasing. Through each piece, she invites the viewer to breathe with her as a conversation across time and distance.

Lisa lives in Bloomington, IN with her husband and two children, who serve as excellent sources of practice and inspiration. She regularly writes online, and periodically offers classes in meditative awareness, creative exploration, and beginning encaustic.

Learn more at www.BeingBreath.com.

 

JUNE AND JULY 2013
 
"SURFACES & TEXTURES"
Fiber Arts Exhibit

"SURFACES & TEXTURES", an exhibition of fiber arts, opens Friday June 7, 2013. Opening Reception is 5:00pm to 8:00pm in the Wellness Arts Gallery located in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café, 725 West Kirkwood Avenue. "Surfaces & Textures address the concept of surface design and structure. This first annual exhibit seeks to promote the appreciation of fiber art and support the creative development and continuance through artistic interpretations.

On July 5th, first Friday, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm the Wellness Arts Gallery reception for "Surfaces & Textures" will feature fiber art demonstrations through out the evening.
"Surfaces and Textures" exhibit runs from June 7th to July 31st.

Wellness Arts Gallery visitors will be able to sample a delicious variety of herbal treats. Foods will include Spicy Ginger Mint Cake; winner of the "Best Tasting Cake" at the 2nd Annual Architectural Cake Contest accompanied by Quilter's Comfort's locally sourced Lavender Tranquility tea.

In June, Wellness Arts Gallery classes and workshops in Fiber Arts, Mask making and Paper Arts begin. Programs include programs for youth and adults.

A FEW IMAGES FROM THE FIBER EXHIBIT
JULY AND AUGUST's First Friday tables - delicious evenings paired with art!
Kale, avocado, red onion, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, soy sauce
Raw Kale Salad
strawberries and local blueberries and strawberry sandwhiches

Pasta and Kale Salad

Herbal Egg Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wellness Arts Gallery was located in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café & Quilter's Comfort Teas at 725 West Kirkwood Avenue. The gallery featured the work of local artist and craftspeople. We are now located at 2620 North Walnut Street, Suite 915, Bloomington, Indiana

To stay in touch with our current activities Sign up for our mailing list or contact us at quilterscomfort@gmail.com.
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JUNE First Friday table in the Wellness Arts Gallery you are sure to find a taste of some of my favorite heritage foods from any branch of my family to enjoy. Some of my preparations are very non-traditional though I am keeping to the heart of a recipe though using different ingredients.

We are planning to have

Sweet potato kale soup particular time.

Chocolate Fondu maybe

Cheeses are used as a complement and paired with jellies. Lately my favorites are feta and a creamery style cheese.

Assorted Quilter's Comfort Gourmet Jellies as usual will be available for sampling. Based on what is in stock at the moment; it may be Owl and Pussy Cat's Berry Green or Player's Pub's Bluesy Green, Carob Chamomile Mint SRTONG Coffee (Runcible Spoon) with ground cacao nibs, Ruby Bloom Amber Beer Jelly or a Butler's Wine Jelly.

EVERY THING DIP for veggies or fresh fruit is our, fine tasting Everything Dip made by combining plain yogurt with a little Quilter's Comforts L.A.O. Organic EVERYTHING SEASONING.

Hot Tea for first Friday's table

May is at the First Friday table in the Wellness Arts Gallery of my café in Bloomington, you are sure to find a taste of some of my favorite heritage foods to enjoy, though some are in non-traditional formats or make use of different ingredients.

We are planning to have

Soup particular time.

Chocolate Fondu maybe

Cheeses are used as a complement and paired with jellies. Lately my favorites are feta and a creamery style cheese.

Assorted Quilter's Comfort Gourmet Jellies as usual will be available for sampling. Based on what is in stock at the moment; it may be Owl and Pussy Cat's Berry Green or Player's Pub's Bluesy Green, Carob Chamomile Mint SRTONG Coffee (Runcible Spoon) with ground cacao nibs, Ruby Bloom Amber Beer Jelly or a Butler's Wine Jelly.

EVERY THING DIP for veggies or fresh fruit is our, fine tasting Everything Dip made by combining plain yogurt with a little Quilter's Comforts L.A.O. Organic EVERYTHING SEASONING.

Hot Tea for first Friday's table

2nd Annual Architectual Cake Contest in City Hall, I won for "Most Herbal Essence" and was judged Best Tasting Cake of the eight entries.

"NATIVE LANDS"
Photography of Ai Takahashi

 

 

On First Friday, April 5, 2013 "Native Land" Photography of Ai Takahashi opens in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery. Opening Reception is from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Ai Takahashi, visiting scholar, says that landscapes are at once events of the earth and the stage on which our human lives evolve to become our histories. As the layers of our lives accumulate, just like the geological beds of the earth, our existence becomes rooted in its layers.

Rural agrarian life (inaka) has long stood in juxtaposition to an urban existence, to a world overflowing with information. But now the idea of inaka as "an ordinary farming community," struggles to sustain itself. In my work I seek out the voices of people living in such communities. While tangible, their voices are not to be found in textbooks or the news media. Still, collectively these modest voices represent the grounded history of these small farming communities.

Life in these rural villages, rooted in the community members' sense of responsibility for place, provides an abundance that I find prescient. Inherent in village life is gentleness and tranquility, a severity and awe, a pantheistic prayer to god as the whole of creation. On my travels I search for the roots of Japaneseness through an exploration of human agency and disappearing cultural traditions.

Visit Ai's website at http://takahashiai.jimdo.com/works/yama-mura-nora/

April is the month we NATIONAL POETRY MONTH, and at the First Friday table in the Wellness Arts Gallery of my café in Bloomington, you are sure to find a taste of some of my favorite heritage foods to enjoy, though some are in non-traditional formats or make use of different ingredients.

We are planning to have

Sweet potato kale soup particular time.

Chocolate Fondu maybe

Cheeses are used as a complement and paired with jellies. Lately my favorites are feta and a creamery style cheese.

Assorted Quilter's Comfort Gourmet Jellies as usual will be available for sampling. Based on what is in stock at the moment; it may be Owl and Pussy Cat's Berry Green or Player's Pub's Bluesy Green, Carob Chamomile Mint SRTONG Coffee (Runcible Spoon) with ground cacao nibs, Ruby Bloom Amber Beer Jelly or a Butler's Wine Jelly.

EVERY THING DIP for veggies or fresh fruit is our, fine tasting Everything Dip made by combining plain yogurt with a little Quilter's Comforts L.A.O. Organic EVERYTHING SEASONING.

Hot Tea for first Friday's table

~March "Dolls and Small Quilts" Continues!

Friday, March 1, 2013 "Dolls and Small Quilts" Exhibit continues in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery. This show will host an original selection of dolls in a variety of mediums by Patricia Coleman and Jenny Kander. Small quilts of various themes displayed are by Patricia and Jacquelin Chiddister. During the month plans are to have Jenny Kander come talk about her dolls.

First Friday Reception is from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

The exhibit will be on display through March 29th, 2013.

*Also, a number of my quilts (incuding a dogwood leaf botanical dye piece) will be on display in the Farmer House Living History Museum at 10th and College Ave.

*In April 14th, National History Month, there will be a poetry tribute and reception to Jenny Kander in the Living History Museum. 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

CLICK HERE TO READ A REVIEW OF THE EXHIBIT

The number of "What I Wish 2013" drawings or positive thoughts for the
"What I Wish 2013" Community book.

March is the month we celebrate WOMEN'S HISTORY, and at the First Friday table in the Wellness Arts Gallery of my café in Bloomington, you are sure to find a taste of some of my favorite heritage foods to enjoy, though some are in non-traditional formats or make use of different ingredients.

We are planning to have

Sweet potato kale soup - I love it for the different textures and taste. It is packed full of nutrients and great taste. Most likely I will include garlic, as I rarely cook without it. A variety of homegrown herbs, dried in the autumn and having great fragrance and taste, I am enjoying the new taste imparted to my foods when bringing turmeric and cumin into the mix. Any veggies or mushrooms I have on hand will be considered for how well they support sweet potato and kale. With every soup I make begins with a clear idea of its foundation, once that is established, things develop based on what I find in the cabinets and the mood I am in at that particular time.

Eclairs always remind me of my mother. Only she would purchase hers from a bakery. There were a lot more bakeries when I was growing up. There were a lot more, small neighborhood shops and the mobile Ice Cream Man. My éclairs are made from an altered puff pastry recipe, of certified organic grains of whole wheat, whole wheat pastry and brown rice flour. The filling may be a jelly, rice cream or any favorite cream recipe. For sweetner I mostly use honey, and for milk, it is either Almond or Coconut.

Vegi-Scones are savory vegetable and bean pastry made using a variety of certified organic grains including whole wheat, brown rice flour, bean flours, other traditional grains, non-alliuminum baking and local eggs.

Chocolate Fondu made with fine chocolate, hot, dripping over fresh foods and cheeses.

Cheeses are used as a complement and paired with jellies. Lately my favorites are feta and a creamery style cheese.

Assorted Quilter's Comfort Gourmet Jellies as usual will be available for sampling. Based on what is in stock at the moment; it may be Owl and Pussy Cat's Berry Green or Player's Pub's Bluesy Green, Carob Chamomile Mint SRTONG Coffee (Runcible Spoon) with ground cacao nibs, Ruby Bloom Amber Beer Jelly or a Butler's Wine Jelly.

EVERY THING DIP for veggies or fresh fruit is our, fine tasting Everything Dip made by combining plain yogurt with a little Quilter's Comforts L.A.O. Organic EVERYTHING SEASONING.

Hot Tea for first Friday's table will be Assam Morning, a blend of Assam, Red Raspberry Leaves, Elderberries, Red Clover, Elderberries, Sage, Basil, and Nettles and the newly named "Mama's Feel Good Tea", a blend of Oatstraw, Motherwort, Honeybush, Rose Petals, Lemon Balm, Strawberry Leaves, Nettles, Rose Hips, Elderberry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  We will continue to accept drawings or positive thoughts for the What I Wish 2013 book.

 

~February 1st opens "Dolls and Small Quilts".

On Friday February 1, 2013 "Dolls and Small Quilts" Exhibit opens in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery. This show will host an original selection of dolls in a variety of mediums by Patricia Coleman and Jenny Kander. Small quilts of various themes displayed are by Patricia and Jacquelin Chiddister. During the evening Anya Petterson Royce will talk about chocolate and names submitted for to the 2nd Annual "Name the Tea Contest 2013" will be announced at 7:00pm. The contest winner will receive one bag of tea each month for the year of 2013! Check out our blog and Facebook page for more images.

The opening Reception is from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. The exhibit runs February 1st through March 29th, 2013.

As we celebrate love all the time, and Valentines Day all the month of February, we look forward to Anya Royce, PhD, D. Lit., Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology and Comparative Literature presentation on "Her Favorite Things about Chocolate". Professor Royce teaches "Chocolate: Food of the Gods", the history of chocolate and how it has affected humans by looking at the social aspect of it, its preparation, its romantic aspects, the fine arts of chocolate, the psychopharmacology of chocolate and more.

During the opening celebration we will offer a delicious variety of chocolate treats, including samplings of our Certified Organic Chocolate Chamomile Mint Strong Coffee Jam and Certified Organic Rose Petal "Rose Petal Wine" Jam. Click Here for more food information.


Special On the Shelves for Valentines Day

*Certified Organic Chocolate Chamomile Mint Strong Coffee Jam and Certified Organic Rose Petal "Rose Petal Wine" Jam. As with all of our products, they have been prepared in a small batch. In the event that we run out, customers may order Through February 7, 2013.

*We are offering Organic Red Rose Petals (certified organic and fair trade) at $1.50 per ounce.
* Red Rose Bouquets for only $42 per dozen. All orders must be prepaid by February 7, 2013. To make the purchase, we have to have a minimum of 16 orders.
* Quilters Comfort Tea Bouquets of assorted sampler size tea blends are perfect for tea drinkers.
*Miniture Zafu and Zabuton (meditation pillow and cushion) for mindful meditation to help your love reduce stress.

*Silk and Linen Lavender Hearts

ON THE GALLERY TABLE

February is the month of LOVE and on the First Friday table we expect to have these foods and others:

Chocolate and Carob Teas and Other Beverages
Assorted Appetizers and Fruit
3 Bean Soup - Black Bean, (to help take the chill off)
Chocolate Cornbread
Chocolate Fondu
Flan with Cranberry Rose Petal "Rose Petal Wine Jam" and
Chocolate Chamomile Mint STRONG Coffee Jam
Carob Chamomile Mint STRONG Coffee Jam

The Wellness Arts Gallery is located in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café & Quilter's Comfort Teas, 725 West Kirkwood Avenue (look for the blue teapot sign at the Western entrance to Arts Row). The Wellness Arts Gallery regularly features the work of eleven local artist and craftspeople, family and friends and is regularly open Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm every first Friday.

For information about gallery events call 812-334-8155. If interested in exhibiting your work, please call and make an appointment.
To receive announcements, sign up for our mailing list or contact us at quilterscomfort@gmail.com. http://www.patriciaswellnessartscafe.blogspot.com. Check us out on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Patricias-Wellness-Arts-Cafe-Quilters-Comfort-Teas/272910646089111.

February Activities in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery 2013 -
~Friday,February 1st Gallery Opening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM -"Doll and Small Quilt Show"

Anya Petterson Royce PhD, D. Lit., Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology and Comparative Literature presentation on "Her Favorite Things about Chocolate".

Winning Name in the 2nd Annual "Name the Tea Contest 2013" is "Mama's Feel Good Tea"! Congratulations Gini Patrick!

Introduction for sampling of our Certified Organic Chocolate Chamomile Mint Strong Coffee Jam and Certified Organic Cranberry Rose Petal "Rose Petal Wine" Jam. Click Here for more food information

~ Jacquelin Chiddister
~ Jenny Kander
~ Patricia C. Coleman ~
January in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery

ON SALE this month - Players Pub's Bluesy Green Cranberry and Owl and Pussycat's Berry Green Cranberry!

   

 

 

 

 

   

~January 4th opened "What I Wish 2013".

On Friday January 4th, 2013 "What I Wish 2013" an Interactive Community Exhibit opens in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery. Visitors will find colored pencils, markers and paper to make

Community members of all ages are invited to stop in the month of January to draw and/or write a positive expression to support interest in collective goodwill and sustainability amongst all peoples and beings.

Drawn and written wishes will be collected gathered into a book form to be titled "What We Wish 2013" Possibility/Intention Goodwill Consciousness for Community.

We will continue to accept drawing and inspirational words through February.

Volunteers interested in helping with this project can stop in the café for more information.

ON THE GALLERY TABLE

Welcome to the New Year and the First Friday table we expect to have these foods and others:

"Name the Tea 2013" Teas and Other Beverages
Assorted Appetizers and Fruit
Our "Everything" Herb Dip
Vegetable Soup (to help take the chill off)
Chocolate Nut Scones
Spearmint Wine Scones
Spearmint Wine Jam on Feta

The Wellness Arts Gallery is located in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café & Quilter's Comfort Teas, 725 West Kirkwood Avenue (look for the blue teapot sign at the Western entrance to Arts Row). The Wellness Arts Gallery regularly features the work of eleven local artist and craftspeople, family and friends and is regularly open Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm every first Friday.

For information about gallery events call 812-334-8155. If interested in exhibiting your work, please call and make an appointment.
To receive announcements, sign up for our mailing list or contact us at quilterscomfort@gmail.com. http://www.patriciaswellnessartscafe.blogspot.com. Check us out on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Patricias-Wellness-Arts-Cafe-Quilters-Comfort-Teas/272910646089111.

January Activities in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery 2013 -
~January 4th Gallery Opening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM -"What I Wish 2013"

Introduction of new tea and the 2nd annual "Name the Tea 2013" Contest.

Yuko and Ai just before the Green Tea Demonstration

~ January 27th Green Tea Ceremony Workshop - 7:00 PM - reservation only.
November and December in Wellness Arts Gallery

 

On Friday November 2nd Mark Totte's Mixed Media" art exhibit opens in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery. The opening Reception is from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. The exhibit runs from November 2nd through December 29th. On first Friday Arts evening December 7th between 5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. the gallery presents the Closing Reception and Local Holiday Handmade Gift Shop with an Artist Talk by Mark Totte at 7:00 P.M.

Brief Bio:
I am Mark Totte. Artist, filmmaker, and professional hoarder with a guilty pleasure for antiques.

I grew up in Troy, MI just outside of Detroit. Currently I attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where I am completing my undergrad in Design and Production and Film Studies.


Extended Bio:
I am Mark Totte. Artist, filmmaker, and professional hoarder with a guilty pleasure for antiques.

I grew up in Troy, MI just outside of Detroit. Currently I attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where I am completing my undergrad in Design and Production and Film Studies.

In the fall of my sophomore year at Indiana University I came up with the idea to decaposh children's storybook illustrations upon one another. I added a little acrylic paint to blend in the ripped pages and thus I created my Fairy Tales. Ever since, I have been dedicated towards experimenting with new styles and medias to produce my art.

I have an obsession with the frame. Whether sped off a reel at 24 frames per second or continuing to lay untouched in my studio, a frame will always consume me. Within these "frames" I will continue to capture the beauty around me and conceptualize it for your person to enjoy.
Time - 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

 

September in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery

THINGS ARE SOLIDIFYING AND WE WILL SOON (WE THINK THIS MONTH) NOTIFIY YOU OF OUR SOFT OPENING FOR THE MORNING MARKET AND THE THURSDAY EVENING MARKET! IN A FEW DAYS WE WILL BE FILMING FOR THE FINAL FILM, THEN WE WILL HAVE A LAUNCH DATE FOR THE FARMERS MARKET CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND PATIENCE. WE ENJOY SHARING OUR AND OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS CREATIONS WITH YOU!

SALE - This month Elderbush Honey tea is 10% off

On the first Friday in October, we will be celebrating our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY and will do something special, including hosting our artist Paul Kane for an Artist Talk!

September in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery First Friday Gallery Opening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - "LOTUS - Textures of Life" paintings by Paul Kane
~September 7th - October 30th, "LOTUS - Textures of Life" paintings by Paul Kane in the Wellness Arts Gallery. Join us for the First Friday Opening Reception September 7th, 2012, 5pm to 8pm for paintings by Paul Kane. On the first Friday in October, join the artist in the gallery for a discussion. Visit the gallery calendar or email us for more information.
A Boston native, Paul Kane came to Bloomington in 1989, to study painting at IU, after having studied at Yale and in Boston. Kane's father came from Indiana, and the area felt like home to Paul, the pace of life in Bloomington being more gentle than East Coast life tends to be - with plenty of room for rabbits and creeks - yet still culturally rich.

Paul Kane's painting has roots in German 19th century neo-medievalism and 20th century Boston based neo-expressionism. His paintings range from figurative to abstract, always exploring color and texture, but also exploring the relationships of figures as simple as rectangles, and as complicated as people. No two paintings are approached the same way; a painter has habits, like every other person, but in the end a good painting must transcend them. Kane's techniques are based in
tradition, but very intuitive. He often uses materials that come to him, such as found boards and donated paints, exploring the possibilities for 'little miracles' in what has been lost, or set aside, exploring unexpected paths towards wholeness.

ON THE GALLERY TABLE

For September we are pairing this months sale tea to a few of our offerings. We will have:


Elderbush Honey Tea and Other Beverages
Elderbush Honey Scones
Assorted Appetizers and Fruit
Our "Everything" Herb Dip
Herby Leaf Crackers (If we are lucky)

 

The Wellness Arts Gallery is located in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café & Quilter's Comfort Teas, 725 West Kirkwood Avenue (look for the blue teapot sign at the Western entrance to Arts Row). The Wellness Arts Gallery regularly features the work of eleven local artist and craftspeople, family and friends and is regularly open Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm every first Friday.

For information about gallery events call 812-334-8155. If interested in exhibiting your work, please call and make an appointment.
To receive announcements, sign up for our mailing list or contact us at quilterscomfort@gmail.com. http://www.patriciaswellnessartscafe.blogspot.com. Check us out on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Patricias-Wellness-Arts-Cafe-Quilters-Comfort-Teas/272910646089111.

~ September 8th - We are pleased to ask you to join us as Patricia's Wellness Arts Cafe along with many other businesses and community leaders will receive the 1St Annual UPDRAFT Supplemantal Scholarship Project Community Service Awards at Jakes NOW Nightclub, 7:30 P.M. Sponsored by Kemp and Associates, Arthur Murray dance Studios and ABR Print & Imagery. More Deatails will follow.

August in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery - First Friday Gallery Opening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Title: Creative Gallery "Art from many Ages and Angles" See July for information

~ August 3rd

~ August 7th - 6:30 - 8:30 - Make a Brain Book bag or farmers market tote - fabric and tools provided. Hand stitch a bag using fantastic brain patterned fabric! For children 9 years and older; younger children welcome if accompanied by a parent or caregiver. $6.00; two or more children $5.00 each.

~ August- HART Rock Poetry Series and Open Mic on vacation. Will return the 4th Friday of September in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café Gallery.

July 2012

July in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery

*MORNING MARKET AND THURSDAY EVENING MARKET COMING SOON! Many of you have been asking, "When will the markets begin"? My answer is "As soon as possible", which means, as soon as I have all of the items necessary for outdoor food merchandising. To that beginning, we are about to launch a crowd funding campaign. Join our mailinglist to stay informed about these and other Wellness Cafe activities.

 
 

Dear Everyone,

The heat has been record breaking and it has been a constant effort to stay cool. We recently had a small amount of rain. May we have much, much more! We have been watering minimally to ensure that Jaime's "Garden the City" planting survives. I have also mulched it and added a little compost. There are signs that the plants are settling in and most show some new growth, including the blueberries in post donated by Tom Gallagcher. There is room for a few more low growing plants. The volunteer squash in the planter continues to amaze us all with its lush leaves and flowers. It is not setting fruit. Opening night there were mini Lavender Balm and Elderberry Scones. The children kept refering to them as the biscuity things. We also had a wonderful dip made simply from one cup of organic whole milk yougurt, 1 tablespoon of Quilter's Comfort Popcorn Seasoning and about a half spoon of local honey; and Hartzell's Ice Cream's frozen desert creation flavored with our Owl and Pussy Cat's Berry Green herbal tea and lots of luscious fruit!

New for tasting and take home pleasure:
Head Balm, a tasty blend to soothe and allay head pain, Elderberry Boost and Rustic Chocolate (yes, there will be Rustic Carob!); and these gourmet treats - Nuthugger Brown HipHop Jelly , Sunshine Honey Jelly, STRONG Coffee Jelly, Spearmint Wine Jelly and the fabulous Onion Jam and Garlic Jam!

New in the Wellness Arts Gallery is local potter Libby Gwynn.
Due to HEAT Wave, Sun Hats are 20% off now through July 13th!
Stop by our sampling table at Bloomingfoods East on Mad Cad Day, Saturday July 14th.
We have received unanimous approval from both Planning and Zoning to go forward with our markets! Quilter's Comfort Morning Market will offer a selection of our teas, coffee from the Runcible Spoon, organic whole grain and locally sourced pastries, sweet and savory and more! We are inviting local growers and Wellness Café artisans to participate in the Thursday evening market. We've already received offers from a few musicians to share their talents.

Thank you to Prospect Hill and Near West Side communities for their unanimous support of our endeavors.

Thank you Image boxers for fabric donations to Fiber Arts students.

We are not yet sure when it will be available for market, but Hartzell's Ice Cream is working with Quilter's Comfort teas to create some delicious frozen desert items! Another friend is working on Sorbet! All specialty creations blended with Quilter's Comfort teas for an incomparable taste experience. If you are curious, stop in the café for First Friday Gallery Walk or go to Hartzell's and see if they are still sampling.

To help us acquire the necessaries for the markets, we are about to launch a Crowd Funding Campaign. I have to make a brief video (my first). We will let you know when we launch and where. Join our mailing list to be the first to know!

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~July 6th - First Friday Gallery Opening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Title: Creative Gallery "Art from many Ages and Angles"

Description: 7-11 yr. old local homeschool artists/creative writers will be displaying colored pencil still life drawings using different color schemes and backgrounds and during the August Gallery Walk, will be sharing the "important thing about....." poems and handmade illustrated storybooks. Last fall our classes spent time talking about publications and art displays so we are very excited to be sharing with the greater Bloomington community at Patricia's Wellness Arts Cafe & Quilter's Comfort Teas

Creative Youth on Display are: Diego Ansaldo, Paolo Ansaldo, Cora Mae Deemer,
Keegan Deemer, Virginia Durlacher, Kathrynn Meuser, Aidan Reef, Gianna Skaggs

The Wellness Arts Cafe has a variety of youth, family and adult friendly arts projects, classes and workshops available. To schedule you and your youth, family, friends or group, please call ahead or stop in the cafe to reserve a time on the Cafe calendar. The dates and times listed here are subject to change of time and location, depending on the number of registrations. Children under the age of 7 are to be accompanied by an adult. We want our programs to be accessible to more people. If you have the ability to pay more, please do.

~ July -10th, Tuesday - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM- Artist Trading Cards - $5.00 per person - supplies provided. Space limited. Stop by cafe to register.

~ July 21st and July 28th (Saturdays) - Make a Figure (Doll) Workshop for children - no sewing experience necessary. Materials and tools will be provided.
10:00 am - 12:00pm - $14 per child, $25 for two children. Register before July 15,

~July 24th, Tuesday - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Design Fabric - learn a cool resist technique in this non-toxic design workshop that is fun for all ages. $7 each for children and adults accompanying a child/children; $9 for Adults. Fee includes materials. Register by July 18th

~ July 27th Friday- 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Design Fabric - learn a cool resist technique in this non-toxic design workshop that is fun for all ages. $7 each for children and adults accompanying a child/children; $9 per adult. Fee includes materials. Register before July 18th

~ July - HART Rock Poetry Series and Open Mic on vacation. Will return the 4th Friday of September in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café Gallery.

~ July 31st - 6:30 to 8:30 - Storytelling Workshop - Fun for Kids of all ages! $9.00, Adults; $6.00 for children under 16 years old ; Families with children, $9.00 + $5.00 per child.

* Keep your eyes on the Garden the City installation in green way in front of cafe; want to know the date and time for the walking tour - visit Edible Eden.

June in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery

~June 1st - First Friday Gallery Opening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - "Chinese Paintings of B.J. Irvine" in Wellness Arts Gallery. The exhibit runs through June 30th, and is open during "Café" hours and by appointment.

B. J. Kish Irvine - April 2012

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My interest in Chinese ink painting stems from my nearly life-long love of watercolor painting. Fascinated by Chinese painting, I had the extraordinary opportunity to begin studying this technique in 1990 when Zhiyuan Cong, Professor, Dept. of Chinese Painting, Nanjing Arts Institute, P.R.C., came to Indiana University to expand his graduate studies. As his student, I studied from a traditional vantage point which included Chinese calligraphy, ink painting, and seal carving. This style of art allows me to freely express my love for the rhythm and elegance of Chinese calligraphic forms, the play of negative and positive spaces, and the joy of traditional Chinese brushwork, ink, and handmade paper.

~ June 14th - "Connections" - 7:00 Pm to 9:00 PM, is a monthly gallery conversation facilitated by Dave Parsons. Connections with community, the earth, ourselves. Second Thursday of each. A voluntary $5 donation is requested to help support the space and pay for any materials.

~ June 22, 7:00 PM - "Summer Sounds" with HART Rock Poetry Series and Open Mic, the 4th Friday each month in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café Gallery. April is National Poetry Month and Earth Day Celebrations Month. This event is an open-mic. Each presenter will have 3 minutes and can share their own or a favorite poets writing, tell a story or sing a song. Signup for the evening begins at 6:50 PM. Tea and cookies will be available for a donation.

May in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery

Dear Everyone,

I hope you have had an enjoyable February and this gentle move into March. I am looking forward to developing new community connections with growers, small producers, artist and craftspeople. And thank you for stopping in and inroducing your selves. Blessings of of all good things to each of you. On the Quilter's Comfort Herbal Table this month is I LOVE Me Cake with Rose Petal Syrup from three different sweetners (one is low glycemic).

~May 4th - First Friday Gallery Opening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - "Chinese Paintings of B.J. Irvine" in Wellness Arts Gallery. The exhibit runs through June 30th, and is open during "Café" hours and by appointment. The Quilter's Comfort Herbal Table for May will be announced. 10% of Quilter's Comfort tea sales from 5:00pm to 8:00pm first Friday opening evening will be donated to the Feed Our Hungry Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington to benefit Monroe County United Ministries.

B. J. Kish Irvine - April 2012

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My interest in Chinese ink painting stems from my nearly life-long love of watercolor painting. Fascinated by Chinese painting, I had the extraordinary opportunity to begin studying this technique in 1990 when Zhiyuan Cong, Professor, Dept. of Chinese Painting, Nanjing Arts Institute, P.R.C., came to Indiana University to expand his graduate studies. As his student, I studied from a traditional vantage point which included Chinese calligraphy, ink painting, and seal carving. This style of art allows me to freely express my love for the rhythm and elegance of Chinese calligraphic forms, the play of negative and positive spaces, and the joy of traditional Chinese brushwork, ink, and handmade paper.

~ May 10 - "Connections" - 7:00 Pm to 9:00 PM, is a monthly conversation facilitated by Dave Parsons. Making more connections with the earth the second Thursday of each month. A voluntary $5 donation is requested to help support the space and pay for any materials.

~ May 12 - "Quick Little Books" - 7:00 Pm to 9:00 PM, $39 (all materials provided).

~ May 22, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Story ; We will begin reading and discussing of a new book (TBA). A voluntary $5 donation is requested to help support the space and pay for tea and cookies.

~ May 25, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - "Mother Words" with HART Rock Poetry Series and Open Mic, the 4th Friday each month in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café Gallery. May is National Women's History Month. This event is an open-mic. Each presenter will have 3 minutes and can share their own or a favorite poets writing, tell a story or sing a song. Signup for the evening begins at 6:50 PM. Tea and cookies will be available for donation.

~ May 29, 6:30 to 8:30 PM - UFO Night and Up-cycle Evening - Gather up (hand work (sewing, beading, embroidery, etc.), some thing you have unfinished, or did not want to part with, and bring it to UFO Night where you can work on your project or be asked to playfully work on your unfinished project. There will be a garment restyling demonstration. We can help you begin the process of refashioning your garment or project into something else. A voluntary $9 donation is requested toward the facilitator, the space, tea and cookies - Please call if coming to the Cafe or we may decide to work elsewhere.

April 2012
Dear Everyone,

I hope you have had an enjoyable February and this gentle move into March. I am looking forward to developing new community connections with growers, small producers, artist and craftspeople. And thank you for stopping in and inroducing your selves. Blessings of of all good things to each of you.

April 2012 in Patricia's Wellness Arts Gallery

~ April 6th - First Friday Gallery Opening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - "Quilt's and Paintings" - Sharon L. Hudson, an Arizona Quiltmaker and local Painter Cori Mitchell in Wellness Arts Gallery. The exhibit runs through April 30th, and is open during "Café" hours and by appointment. On the Quilter's Comfort Herbal Table this month is Orange Earl Green Pound Cake with an optional Seasonal Floral Syrup; Bavarois (Bavarian Cream or Fluffy Pudding) will also be available to pair with our Seasonal Floral Syrup. 10% of Quilter's Comfort tea sales from 5:00pm to 8:00pm opening evening will be donated to the Feed Our Hungry Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington to benefit Monroe County United Ministries.

~ April 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, 2012 OPEN GALLERY Studio Days Chapbook Intensive - Monday- 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. $180; Seniors and Students $135. Learn how to craft your own chapbook from your poems, short stories, recipes, family songs, etc. Build your chapbook from cover to cover and everything in between. In this seeding workshop, you will produce your own chapbook and leave this workshop with lots of ideas for organizing and producing collections for yourself or others. You will receive general guidance and feedback and be offered useful critique in this intimate workshop setting. Our time together will be spent discussing your manuscript, your concept, cover photos/images, organizing and formatting, printing options and more. Most of your work will be done outside the workshop.

~ April 12 - 7:00 Pm to 9:00 PM - "Connections with the Earth", is a monthly gallery conversation facilitated by Dave Parsons. The fourth gathering focuses on making connections with the earth and will include an Earth Connecting and Centering Meditation. Connections , is the second Thursday of each month. A voluntary $5 donation is requested to help support the space and pay for any materials.

~ April 14 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Story Night - The Man who Planted Trees; A Story by Jean Giono. Join us as we begin a shared reading and discussion of the story of Elzéard Bouffier and his life work that regenerated his regions landscape. Tea and cookies will be available. We will complete the reading and discussion on April 28. A voluntary $5 donation is requested to help support the space and pay for tea and cookies.
OPEN Studio Fiber Art are play days for exploring natural dyes and non-toxic dye, paint and printing on fabric techniques using low tech fabric processes for new fabrics and up-cycling. This summer we will explore paper as art, book and more! All of the techniques can be used safely in the home and with children (some techniques will require adult supervision).

~ April 15 -12:00pm to 2:00pm - Eco-Dye Eco-Color Botanical Dye Workshop an Introduction into the gentle and ecologically sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes. These techniques are used to produce the least harm to dyers, the end user and the environment. You will learn basics of eco-dye while working with Natures palate; what materials are suitable for gathering, introduction to non-toxic mordants and methods to applying plant dyes. Materials list sent upon payment of registration. Small group. 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - $45.00

~ April 19th - "Resist and More, YES!" - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - come play for a few hours and learn a few simple resist techniques that can be used to create a number of wonderful surface results. Email quilterscomfort@gmail.com for registration form and other information. Register for two and take the "Buddy Discount" of $5.00 off the total. This workshop is available for groups. To schedule your group, email us for details. $40.00 plus - $9.00 materials fee for fabric and non-toxic pigments.

~ April 20th - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - "Mask Making" Workshop toward a Council of All Beings". In this playful workshop you will "explore" a chosen connection to the natural world (maybe to our Bioregion) and explore that connection through creating a mask and encouraged to gather information about your chosen "part of nature" that can be used to facilitate a deeper understanding of our interconnectedness and focused connection to that part or used as a part of a Council of All Beings Celebration. $25 plus $5.00 materials fee.

~ April 22 -2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. - Earth Day Seed and Plant Exchange - We will provide the space and tables in front of the "Café" for the exchange of open-pollinated seeds, herbs and shrubs. We may have people from the community speaking on topics such as "Compost", "Why Open-pollinated Seeds", gardening in small spaces, container gardening, why shop local, and related seasonal topics. It is also possible that arrangements will be made to facilitate the celebration "Council of All Beings".

~ April 24, 6:30 to 8:30 PM - UFO Night and Up-cycle Evening - Gather up (hand work (sewing, beading, embroidery, etc.), some thing you have unfinished, or did not want to part with, and bring it to UFO Night where you can work on your project or be asked to playfully work on your unfinished project. If desired, we can help you begin the process of refashioning the garment or project into something else. A voluntary $9 donation is requested toward the facilitator, the space, tea and cookies.

~ April 27, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - "Readings for Our Earth" with HART Rock Poetry Series and Open Mic, the 4th Friday each month in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café Gallery. April is National Poetry Month and Earth Day Celebrations Month. This event is an open-mic. Each presenter will have 3 minutes and can share their own or a favorite poets writing, tell a story or sing a song. Signup for the evening begins at 6:50 PM. Tea and cookies will be available for donation.

~ April 28, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Story Night - The Man who Planted Trees; We will complete our reading and discussion of the story by Jean Giono. Join us in reading and discussing the story of Elzéard Bouffier and his life work that regenerated his regions landscape. A voluntary $5 donation is requested to help support the space and pay for tea and cookies.

March 2012
Dear Everyone,

I hope you have had an enjoyable February and this gentle move into March. I am looking forward to developing new community connections with growers, small producers, artist and craftspeople. And thank you for stopping in and inroducing your selves. Blessings of of all good things to each of you.

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~March 2, 2012, 5pm to 8pm is First Friday Reception. Quilt's and Paintings - Sharon L. Hudson, Quilt Maker and Cori Mitchell, Painter in Wellness Arts Gallery. The exhibit runs through March 31st and is open during "Café" hours.

*10% of Quilter's Comfort tea sales from 5:00pm to 8:00pm will be donated to the Feed Our Hungry Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington to benefit Monroe County United Ministries.

Cori Mitchell was born and raised in Sterling Colorado until her family moved to Bloomington when she was 18 years old. She had suffered a traumatic brain injury when she slid on some ice going to school one early wintry morning in November of 1987. She was 17 years old. Before her accident she had discovered a love and flare for art thru her art classes in high school. After several years of intense in-home therapy guided by Philadelphia's Glen Doman, she was drawn back to art. Due to her ataxia on her right hand and weakness on her left side, she has been learning how to express herself with color working with her Art Teacher, Patricia C. Coleman. Cori is an active participant in the South Central ArtsWORK Indiana monthly program in Bloomington.

Quilt Artist Sharon L. Hudson of Arizona, made her first quilt when she was a young mother. "I have always made things, and I love the process of creating." I have made quilts using almost every type of material, and now have returned to using cotton fiber. I find it the most satisfying." "I can't remember when I did not sew. For years my focus was on designing and making clothing. I had a costume design shop called "The Perfect Look by Shar". I started quilting as a hobby; then it took over. Most of my quilts are custom work. I have exhibited in many places, including the Arizona State Museum.

"I find each step of quilt making, from the beginning to the end, a real challenge. It is hard to say what part I like best. I Love the pure creativity involved in conceiving and designing a new quilt. I love piecing new ideas."
Everyday I walk in my neighborhood with my dog Buddy Boy for natural inspiration. Recently, I have focused on making a bigger, bolder statement by piecing larger format quilts. I love the bold colors & designs in African Fabrics, and I use them a great deal in my work. With the larger format, I am learning how to quilt the larger works I'm creating on my long arm quilting machine.

The Wellness Arts Gallery is located in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café & Quilter's Comfort Teas at 725 West Kirkwood Avenue (at the end of Arts Row). The gallery features the work of local artist and craftspeople. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm; first Friday 1:00pm to 8:00pm. For information call 812-334-8155. Sign up for our mailing list or contact us at quilterscomfort@gmail.com. Website - http://www.hartrock.net/cafe.htm http://www.patriciaswellnessartscafe.blogspot.com.

Work scholarship may be available for some programs.


~March 4, 2012 Eco-Dye Eco-Color Natural Dye Workshop an Introduction into the gentle and ecologically sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes. These techniques are used to produce the least harm to dyers, the end user and the environment. You will learn basics of eco-dye while working with an autumnal palate; what materials are suitable for gathering, introduction to non-toxic mordants and methods to applying plant dyes. Materials list sent upon payment of registration. Small group. 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - $45.00

~ March 8th, Thursday, at 7 pm is the monthly 'Connections' gathering. All are welcome! The location is Patricia's Wellness Arts Café, 725 W. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington IN. A $5 donation is requested to help support the space and pay for any materials.

Dear Friends,
This session will center around readings from Neil Douglas-Klotz books 'The Hidden Gospel' and 'Prayers of the Cosmos' that have been helping me to fill in my sense of universal oneness. In these books Neil Douglas-Klotz uses a study of Aramaic, a root language/sister language to Hebrew/Arabic combined with his knowledge of middle Eastern mystical practice traditions to shed light on concepts that have come to us within the (mainly) Christian tradition. He places them within a context that ties them to earth-based symbolism that is the basis for meanings of many words in Aramaic. I would love to share what I have been reading, a brief meditation and then open the evening to sharing suggested by the readings and meditation.
I hope to see you there.
Dave Parsons
dashparsons@bluemarble.net

~ March 15th - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM "Resist and More" - YES! - come play for a few hours and learn a simple resist technique that is used to create a number of wonderful surface results. $40.00 plus - $9.00 materials fee. Register for two and take the "Buddy Discount" of $5.00 off the total. More than two friends, talk to us about "Group Discount". Stop in the "Café" to inquire about work scholarships. Email quilterscomfort@gmail.com for registration form and other information.


~ March 17th Happy St. Patricks Day! Enjoy 5% off all tea blends containing green tea!

~ March 23, 7:00 pm - OPEN-MIC - HART Rock Poetry Series and Open Mic returns to the 4th Friday monthly in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café. March is Women's History Month, and in previous years we have enjoyed the community sharing of women's words. Open-mic presenters have 3 minutes each and can present their own or a favorite poet, tell a story or sing a song.

~ Interested in "Painting for the Pleasure of It" and "Stroke by Stroke". Contact Patricia by stopping in the Wellness Arts Café or calling 334-8155.

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~ OPEN Studio Days - Play days for exploring natural dyes and non-toxic dye, and paint and print fabric techniques using low tech fabric processes for new fabrics and up-cycling. The first series is:

~ April - Mondays - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - OPEN Studio Chapbook Intensive - Learn how to craft your own chapbook. You have a collection of poems, stories, pictures, recipes, etc., now you want to pull them all together in a way that is easy to share. Building your chapbook from cover to cover, and everything in between will be a lot of work on your part. The result of your work will see you enter the month of May with a small edition of your book and the capacity to create more copies of the book and create others.. 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. $225.00 -Seniors and Students $200

~ April 15, Botanical Eco Dye Workshop 12:00pm to 2:00pm
~ April 19th - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM "Resist and More" - YES! = 2 - come play for a few hours and learn a simple resist technique that is used to create a number of wonderful surface results. $40.00 plus - $9.00 materials fee. Register for two and take the "Buddy Discount" of $5.00 off the total. More than two friends, talk to us about "Group Discount". Stop in the "Café" to inquire about work scholarships. Email quilterscomfort@gmail.com for registration form and other information.

~ April 22, Earth Day Celebration and Seed and Plant Exchange. We will provide the space and a table in front of the "Café" for the exchange of open-pollinated seeds, herbs and shrubs. We may have people from the community speaking on topics such as "Compost", "Why Open-pollinated Seeds", gardening in small spaces, container gardening and related topics.

It is also possible that we may facilitate the celebration "Council of All Beings".


~ Up-cycle Evening - TBA, gather up something you did not want to part with and bring it to this evening of play, where you will be asked toPlay and refashion the garment into something else you will want to have in your life.

February 2012

Dear Everyone,

May this note February Cafe Note find you all well and enjoying the New Year. Things continue to be busy and the learning is still pretty fierce. We have some challenges, and simultaneously, many opportunities for gratitude. Thank you to each of you for being here and for your support of the 'Café' and the continued amazing response to our teas, tea syrups and tea jellys! We will have many new teas on the shelves when we open first Friday in February. Some of the new teas are Sage Well, Minty Thyme, Peppermint Rose, Honeybush Balm, Carob Mint, Ginger Thyme, Chocolate Chamomile, Elderberry Boost, Hops, Rose, the One tea that will receive its name during the evening, and a few others.

Yes, the month of January is almost past and next Friday is First Friday and Gallery Walk night and we open a new exhibit, "Island Sabbatical" Photographs by Bill and Glenda Breeden in the Wellness Arts Gallery with a reception from 5pm to 8pm. The exhibit runs through February 29th.

In the fall of 2009, Bill and Glenda Breeden bought a $500 Buick and headed to Mexico with their D50 Nikon within easy reach and a laptop to download the photos. Eight thousand miles and three thousand pictures later, they settled back into their cabin in the Owen County woods. They've selected a few photos of their sabbatical/second honeymoon adventure to share-enjoy!

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The winning tea name of Quilter's Comfort "Name a Tea Contest" will be announced at 7:00pm; 24 locally blended, certified organic teas, tea jelly and tea syrups will be available for sampling and take home. ~Comfort Zone is winner of the "Name the Tea Contest" 2012!


Upcoming in the Café

*I Love Me, I Love Me Lavender and all teas with carob or chocolate are discounted 10% for the month of February!
*Classes, they are coming, and yes, some will be for youth. If you have a class or workshop you would like to offer through the "Café", stop in with a written description.

*Samue on the way!
*Diva Shar Aprons are on the way!
*Earth Day, April 22nd - plans are in the works for a community seed and plant exchange. Details to come.

*'Connections' -2nd Thursday, February 9th, 7pm - Connections will be a venue for speaking and listening about the relation of people with the world. The main focus will include experiences with the energies that we try to portray when talking about Earth, Air, Water and Fire; or about the Four Directions and Above and Below; or when we talk about the energy of the chakras as they exist in the world; or about the radiant heart anchored in the center of the body and radiating in all directions. Presenters will share experiences that have been important to them and each class will include experiential sharing as the presenter (or facilitator) leads a short meditation/visualization/imagining.
Dear Friends,
The February meeting for "Connections" will be February 9th, Thursday, at 7 pm. Chris Haynes has graciously volunteered to share his experience and lead this session. He will focus on chakras, subtle energies and the associated mudras (see following description).

'Chris Haynes will present an introduction to our subtle energy system from the perspective of Yogic science, with emphasis on the principle chakras (energy centers) and their relation to the five-fold division of subtle energy (pranas) and the five elements. A sequence of 10 hand positions (mudras) will then be introduced that are associated with these chakras, subtle energies, and elements, along with basics of conscious breathing. Used regularly, these constitute a profound technique for activating and purifying our bodies subtle energy system and deepening our connection with our environment.

This provides an introduction to Datta Kriya Yoga, a distillation of ancient Yogic wisdom by Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji, who has qualified Chris as an instructor.'
All are welcome! The location is Patricia's Wellness Arts Café. A $5 donation is requested to help support the space and pay for any materials. I hope to see you there. Dave Parsons. For information contact me at dashparsons@bluemarble.net.
Other Stuff
*Patricia has an exhibit of limited edition Gicle' prints in Lennie's Restaurant and Brewhouse on 10th Street through the end of February. All prints are $55 each or 3 for $145.
*Join Patricia, February 10th for the Opening Reception of "Recent Works, Skins and Stones" in the Showers Building (City Hall), 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 401 N. Morton St., Bloomington, Indiana. Reception

Press Release - September 30, 2011

A locally run specialty tea and coffee bar hosts a Grand Opening October 7th at 725 West Kirkwood on the edge of the BEAD's Arts Row. The words café and tea shop conjure up specific images in many peoples minds. Some of the ideas may be true, some far from the truth of "Patricia's Wellness Arts Café and Quilter's Comfort Teas", owned by Patricia C. Coleman. This cafe blends up a uniquely delicious variety of Certified Organic proprietary teas, tea jellies, herbal seasonings and body care products for customers to enjoy. When asked about the tea bar she says, "The tea bar will be built as soon as possible! We are looking forward to serving teas, small pastries and live foods , getting to know the people and developing a sustainable local business."

The opening event features a space blessing, Arts and Crafts by Patricia C. Coleman (owner of the Wellness Cafe) and Quilter's Comfort Teas, Cory Mitchel; Clothing by Yuko Okomura, Eco-Dye and Elastic Brain Designs Collective, Up-Cycle; Mobiles by Glenda Breeden, Art by Joanne Shank, Finger Foods and Quilter's Comfort Teas. Music by Bamboo Steve who sings and plays over twenty primitive woodwind and percussion instruments including panpipes, an ancient oboe, a bamboo saxophone, a hollow log, a Native American Flute and bamboo flutes from India, China, Japan and Sumatra.

The Café is hosting a drawing to win a year of Reiki sessions. Tickets can be purchased for only $40! The drawing will take place with the sale of at least 20 tickets. This activity is to raise money toward the completion of the tea bar. Whoever wins will be getting an amazing value for their dollars. Tickets can be purchased by sending payment to Patricia's Wellness Arts Café, P.O. Box 8172, Bloomington, Indiana, in the Café beginning the first Monday in October up to the drawing scheduled to take place about 7:30 PM the evening of the grand opening.

The café offers Quilter's Comfort's certified organic, originally blended herbal teas. Herbal teas are really tisanes. The Players Pub's Bluesy Green, Owl and Pussy Cat's Berry Green, Orange Earl Green are examples of blends combining herbs with green and black teas. Quilter's Comfort has been available around Bloomington for a number of years, and some tea blends can be found for retail purchase in local markets, or enjoyed while dining at these popular locally owned eateries: Max's Place, Runcible Spoon Café, Players Pub, Rachael's Café and Roots on the Square.

Customers at Patricia's Wellness Arts Café will be able to purchase Quilter's Comfort teas, buy a Tea Share, herbal seasonings, prepackaged herbs as "Fat Eights" and "Fat Quarters" in the language of Quilt Makers. Other products and menu items in the shop include arts by Joanne Shank, Patricia C. Coleman, Cori Mitchell; Clothing by Yuko Okumura, mobiles by Glenda Breeden, art by Café students and others works; crafts, gifts, up-cycle, Elastic Brain Cooperative, appointments for relaxing, pain reducing Reconnective Healing, Reiki, Intuitive Movement and other Energy Wellness practices. There will be many opportunities to participate in classes and workshops for individuals and small groups. The open classroom space and the Wellness office are available for reservation by
For more information, about the Café visit http://www.hartrock.net/cafe.htm
For information about Reiki visit http://www.hartrock.net/reiki.htm
For information about Quilter's Comfort Teas visit http://www.quilterscomfort.com

The Wellness Arts Gallery was located in Patricia's Wellness Arts Café & Quilter's Comfort Teas at 725 West Kirkwood Avenue. The gallery featured the work of local artist and craftspeople. We are now located at 2620 North Walnut Street, Suite 915, Bloomington, Indiana

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