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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


Collage-mas and FeMail

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: events | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Collage-mas and FeMail

December 5, 2012

Collage-Mas means capturing the Spirit of Giving with Collage Chemistry and Love

Ah yes, the Holidaze is upon us , and here at FeMail Studio Productions, you will find me and Suzi fast at work like industrious and gluey elves, creating one-of-a kind post card collages.

For the past 2 years our signature post cards have only been available at Alchemy Initiative’s Handmade Holiday Fest for one weekend in December, in Pittsfield, MA.

This year, you will find our 2012 line of very funny, mod/retro Santa, Doggie & Angel fashion mash-ups at the Holiday Art (s)Hop in Burlington, Vermont’s Hip South End. What a thrill for Fe-Mail to be in VT for a second visit this season. We are hosted again by The Lamp Shop, after a fun premiere in September with thanks to our hosts Liz Segal and Andy Arp.

Whenever Suzi and I collaborate in the studio, there is collage chemistry that includes plenty of laughter, vintage, current and odd ball materials punctuated with cups of tea. This year we brought the manly energy of the Santa Stud and the companionship of the loyal Doggie into our mix.

You will find our fashion Angel 2012 to include a guitarist, stylish woodland and lodge girls and vintage mountain sports gals.There’s advice about how to host, tips on mixology, how to improve dictation, the bath and of course “the perfect gift”. A 1949 New Yorker inspired our series of past vs. present mash-ups. Cancelled Christmas Postage stamps turn up here and there. Even Rudolph makes an appearance again this year!

These one-of-a kinds are our gift to the holiday shopper looking to send original art through the mail to a cherished friend. They are this season’s best value for the budget-minded shopper!

If you miss out on FeMail at the Holiday Art sHop in Burlington- Dec 14, 15 & 16th you can find our 2012 FeMail Art Note cards (printed blank 5 x 7 cards) at the following locations:

Museum of Motherhood Shop, NYC
Kripalu Center Gift Shop, Stockbridge, MA.
You may contact us here at FeMailArt dot com.
AND by contacting us directly to place an order:
Maison Collage Gallery/Studio :
Or Laundry Line Divine Studio :

Merry Collage-mas!

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

We make all our #Snail Mail #FeMail!

Posted: October 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mailroom | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on We make all our #Snail Mail #FeMail!

We just sent a bundle of mail off today to the participants in our workshop at PRESS.

There is a group of people on Face Book sending a piece of snail mail a week.
FeMail supports that effort 100%.

These are some of what we sent.
xo S

Thinking about Mothers’ Day and the Museum of Motherhood

Posted: May 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mailroom | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Thinking about Mothers’ Day and the Museum of Motherhood

Click on this image to read our FeMail Mother’s Day post in the Musuem of Motherhood archive.