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FeMail at the IS183 ArtLab 2014 at Hall’s Garage in Stockbridge, MA

Posted: May 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Mailroom, Uncategorized, Up and Coming | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on FeMail at the IS183 ArtLab 2014 at Hall’s Garage in Stockbridge, MA

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You’re Invited to Stockbridge Art Lab 2014!

STOCKBRIDGE, MA—(May 1, 2014)—IS183 Art School and the Red Lion Inn are proud to announce that Art Lab 2014 is coming on Saturday, May 17! This event, a curated afternoon and evening featuring local artists, begins at 1:00 p.m. at the former Hall’s Garage at 35 Main Street in Stockbridge, and continues at sites throughout Stockbridge until 10:00 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy a film screening, live multimedia performance, pop-up artists’ studios and, be sure to join us for presentation of the 2ndAnnual Berkshire K-12 Arts Educator Award at 3pm – it will be a great chance to celebrate the arts.

The fun begins at 35 Main Street beginning at 1:00 p.m.:
· 1:00 p.m. –Meet the artists! Art Lab 2014 begins with a chance to engage with participating local artists. Ceramicists, collage artists, writers and multimedia artists will be on hand from 1 to 5pm, showing their work and providing demonstrations.
· 1:30 p.m. – join us for a screening of the documentary To Spring From the Hand, on the life and work of the dancer and ceramicist Paulus Berensohn. This inspiring film is hosted by FeMail, a collaboration between the artists Karen Arp-Sandel and Suzi Banks Baum.
· 3:00 p.m. – Presentation of the 2nd Annual Berkshire K-12 Arts Educator Award to an individual who has gone above and beyond to inspire creativity in their students. Join us to celebrate and applaud the efforts of art educators across our community!
· 3:30 p.m. – The duo Black Lake, comprised of the artists Susan Jennings and Slink Moss, will perform; their striking multimedia performances include music and video.
· 5:00 p.m. – Visit one of the many pop-up events happening around town and grab a bite to eat before returning to the Garage for…
· 8:00 p.m. – A Rockin’ Dance Party at the former Hall’s Garage with DJ RothFitz; dancing continues until 10:00 p.m.
Art Lab 2014 is a chance to celebrate local art and spend the day engaging with the artists who help enrich community life. To find out more about this event, contact IS183 at 413-298-5252 ext. 100 or visit

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires is a not-for-profit community art school whose mission is to encourage people of all ages, means and skill levels to enrich their lives through hands-on experience in the visual arts. IS183 offers year-round programs in ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber arts, sculpture, animation, mixed media, photography, collage, jewelry and more for children, teens and adults—at locations throughout Berkshire County through collaborative partnerships with schools and other cultural organizations. Programs are offered daytime, evenings and weekends, for all levels–from the absolute beginner to the professional artist. Visit to get involved or support IS183’s work.

Images available upon request.

Contact Information:

Hope Sullivan, Executive Director
IS183, Art School of the Berkshires
Box 1400 / 13 Willard Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
413.298.5252 x101


FeMail is at The Art Hop in Burlington, VT September 6-8

Posted: September 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: events, Mailroom, Up and Coming | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on FeMail is at The Art Hop in Burlington, VT September 6-8

The Lamp Shop/ Art Hop

What are you doing this weekend?

The FeMail Boutique will be in Burlington, Vermont for the Art Hop in the South End neighborhood’s artist/open studio extravaganza over the weekend of September 6-8.

You can stop in and see Karen there, buy some FeMail Art note cards and see Karen’s latest assemblage creations. FeMail prints and other art will be for sale.

(I will be celebrating my birthday in the Berkshires.)

Karen at Art Hop 2012


 The Lamp Shop is hosting our FeMail Boutique. Thank you Liz for your generous hospitality!

Take photos and post them on our Facebook FeMail Art page!

Have a blast Karen!





Summer Time Mail: Wish You Were Here

Posted: August 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: events, Mailroom, Uncategorized, Workshops | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Summer Time Mail: Wish You Were Here

A great mail day at my house!

Karen and I are avid summer travelers.

Even our art travels.

You can see our Sketchbook Project submissions in a traveling exhibit here. If you are in Santa Fe or Saint Louis, Brooklyn or Wichita, you can find this exhibit and ask for our work by our names. They send us a little note when people see our books on this tour.


Suzi to Karen Spruce Lake July 2013

Our postal art arrives from our travel destinations and this summer was particularly busy for each of us. I think I have spent about half the summer in other places. Along with our travels, we did some very fun things together too.


Suzi FeMail to Karen June 2013

In June, we were in Pooja Roo’s Rites of Passage in Pittsfield.

Rites of Passage bathroom SBB

Then, Karen and I made paste papers with Joy Seidler in Holliston, MA in July.

Karen at Holliston
Paste Paper Pathway
We have not laid eyes on each other in August though our mail art keeps us connected.

Here is a card I got from Karen this summer. She made it from a napkin used at my son’s graduation party.


Karen's Card to me June 2013

How about you? Get any good mail this summer?

We have stories aplenty this fall. Stories of our travels, outdoor art making, a discovery I made of many of the postcards I sent my Mom from a period of over 40 years. (That’s right, I started sending my Mom mail when I was a baby…)
In September we will present Art and Story as Deep Connection: a workshop at Alchemy Initiative coming up on Saturday the 28th at the
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA. Register here. We’d love to make art and connection with you this fall!


xo Suzi

Studio Sale is past but we still love this poster.

Posted: December 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: events, Mailroom | Tags: | Comments Off on Studio Sale is past but we still love this poster.

Thank you to all our FeMail friends for stopping in at Karen’s Maison Collage!
We loved visiting with you all and sharing tales of FeMail.
Keep posted here for upcoming sales of our products.
xo S

FeMail loves to have fun in North Adams

Posted: November 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mailroom | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on FeMail loves to have fun in North Adams

Last week, Karen was one of the featured artists in Die Formmeister: The Masters of The Form at Gallery 51 in North Adams.
We love celebrations of art.

The moon came out too.

The show includes art from our FeMail archive, postal art that Karen has sent to Suzi.
Here are our friends enjoying the art.

here is what curator Valeria Frederici said:

The work of Karen Arp-Sandel implies an intimate reflection over the feminine universe.

Yup. I agree!
If you are in North Adams during October, please stop in at Gallery 51.

Watch this site for upcoming FeMail events and workshops.
More mail please!