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Karen Rexrode
Aldie, Virginia
Previous nursery owner, currently enjoy gardening and many forms of creative interpretation.
Interests: gardening, photography, assemblage, mixed media
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For numerous years I traveled to New Orleans for pre-Mardi Gras celebrations, always home before the real Fat Tuesday. This year I'm headed to Mexico for Carnival, or their Mardi Gras, traveling to Oaxaca again with Michael deMeng and attending his class with a lot of structured tours to take... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2024 at Studiology
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After many years of operating without a proper website, I finally have one! It was long overdue and now that I'm in 2 art galleries, it was even more important. So, I would like to introduce you to KarenRexrode.com. There are sections with themed pieces, most of which have sold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2024 at Studiology
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Monthly themes are how the associates at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottsville, Virginia work. Sent out in the months preceding, we are then tasked to create or resubmit work that fits the theme. For January we were asked to create artwork that demonstrates "Quiet". With time to contemplate and arrange... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2024 at Studiology
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Now that we have reached the winter solstice or most northern zenith for the sun, we can count on another minute of sunlight a day. It will be 182 days before we reach the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and a lovely day at that. For now,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2023 at Studiology
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Focus has shifted for this 9 year old to nautical things, mostly disasters of the past, namely the Titanic and the Edmund Fitzgerald. This became the theme for his 9th birthday party, where his mom designed a party with sinking ships and maritime themed fare. The punch was a sea... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2023 at Studiology
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Numerous tours took our group to locations outside of the city of Oaxaca. A parade in Soledad de Etla was an unexpected surprise, complete with the customary band. A rugged looking angel/devil/clown was doling out mescal to anyone that had a cup. I think the parade participants were enjoying themselves,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2023 at Studiology
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For 2 weeks I traveled to Oaxaca and Mexico City. A workshop lead by Michael de Meng with Mija Matriz as our tour guide led to some fantastic side trips. It would be hard to pick my favorite but one of the cemetery trips included 2 barn owls, flying overhead,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2023 at Studiology
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Tonight, at a very dark hour, I will be flying off to Mexico! Once again joining my art family and celebrating "Day of the Dead" in Oaxaca. Since I now live a distance from an international airport, travel plans are a bit more complicated. It will be a very long... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2023 at Studiology
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The season is upon us, more so every day as cooler nights have hit the upper 30's. My lawn that is now mostly meadow is the canvas I am using to dabble native wildflower seed into. It has a few welcome volunteers that are in flower, namely the latest asters,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2023 at Studiology
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The Pigeon Forge Rod Run is always scheduled for the middle of September and has been going on for at least 40 years, its history is a bit murky since it has altered and changed locations over the years. Since my husband and I love old cars, especially hot rods,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2023 at Studiology
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A person could not ask for better weather on opening night and the town was out in throngs. The show looks fabulous and I'm very happy to be a part of this month's exhibits. Everything remains up for the month of September and there's still the "Walk and Talk" on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2023 at Studiology
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August began with an email from the McGuffey Art Center with a proposition, do a show, fill two of the main hallway walls with art. What do you say? And of course I said yes and here we are, the week before September and the week before a big show.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2023 at Studiology
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I'm having a brave and full summer, a lot of which I will share here. A mix of gardens and art, all good stuff. My wet meadow has been spectacular and only planted this spring. Hummingbirds seem to be there 24/7 and there have been numerous monarch caterpillars, as well... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2023 at Studiology
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A recent call to jury into another art gallery was well received and I'm happy to say that I have become a member of the C'Ville Arts Co-op, located on the downtown walking mall of Charlottsville. Across from the Paramount Theater, where I first heard Doug Tallamy and Michael Dirr... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2023 at Studiology
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With the arrival of Covid, the Visual Arts Passage organization started a Thursday night drawing program and named it "Illustration Isolation". Free for anyone that wanted to draw, a 2 hour time slot with 4 photographs and a time frame of 20 minutes per image to try your hand at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2023 at Studiology
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My oldest granddaughter just turned 12 and decided that a great theme would be waffles. Waffle sandwiches, waffle sundaes, even a waffle relay with multiple toppings. She wore a waffle hat and reigned over 4 waffle makers to act as master waffle chef. It was briliant! The relay was a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2023 at Studiology
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The vegetable garden has provided, enough so that I feel that I've reached my vegetable quota and then some. And just as I feel that I can't eat any more vegetables, the zucchini is ready! A gardener has to remember all of this when it's winter, when the seed catalogs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2023 at Studiology
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Just finished and delivered my pieces for a show titled "Travel". Without hesitation (once the show title was announced), I knew that I wanted to make shoe art. A total of 3 are complete, and each has its own unique twist on travel. As I was building or placing items,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2023 at Studiology
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The busiest time of year for the gardener may be May! And so it went here with marathon plantings and the beginnings of my first harvest in a new garden. Seeds sown on March 2nd were of various cool crops, now almost 3 months to the day, the harvest is... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2023 at Studiology
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Now that spring is in full swing, it was time to get around, visit some gardens, meet some gardeners. As luck would have it, there are friends and acquaintances that also live in the Charlottsville area, and some magnificent gardens! A private tour at the University of Virginia was led... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2023 at Studiology
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Some deadlines have arrived for new art. These recently finished pieces are part of these 2 shows, all at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottsville, VA. They will hang for the month of April and I can't wait to see everyone's art hanging together. I found the Rhymes theme a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2023 at Studiology
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On March the second I sowed row after row of cool season vegetable seeds. Cabbage, lettuce, carrots, kohlrabi, turnips, lettuce, parsley and beets went directly in the ground, with sugar snap peas and nasturtium inside. There were nights that dipped into the mid-20's, so I fretted. I made it a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2023 at Studiology
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On the eve of Fat Tuesday, I share the last days of my trip to New Orleans. Our arrival is several weeks before Fat Tuesday, but does mark the Mardi Gras season and parades. In past years the Krewe du Vieux was always the first parade, but that's not the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2023 at Studiology
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After a 3 year wait, the art retreat to New Orleans was up and running. The theme, originally scheduled for 2021, was Dante's Inferno, or more accurately Dante's Infernal Journal. To that end we were asked to create a journal style piece of art, something that opened like a book,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2023 at Studiology
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This weekend I leave for New Orleans, the art workshop that has been cancelled for 3 years is finally going to happen again. There will be sweet reunions of fellow artists, flying in from all over the country and Canada, to spend a week creating a themed piece of art.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2023 at Studiology