Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery lists upcoming Beatles exhibit, classes

From an exhibit inspired by The Beatles to a career development class for artists, Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca has announced an impressive calendar of activities as we enter 2016.

“An Evening with the Beatles,” an exhibit featuring artwork inspired by Beatles songs, opens from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. Guests can listen to the music of the Beatles while enjoying artwork with a “Fab Four” connection. The exhibit will remain on display throughout the month.

A “Creation of a Vision Board” class will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. The idea behind a vision board is that you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live or where you want to vacation, and your life changes to match those images and desires. The evening begins with a short mediation to clear and focus your thoughts on a new beginning. Then through photos, drawings and magazine pages you will assemble your very own vision board. Poster board and magazines are included, but If you have special photos, please bring them to class. The cost is $25.

Wine, Women & Art with artist Andrea Oswald takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 14. At this “Girl’s Night Out,” guests will spend a fun evening with friends creating a piece of art to take home while enjoying a glass of wine and some tasty treats! Get step-by-step instructions as you create a set of lovely hand-painted glasses for yourself or to give as a gift. All art supplies are included, plus the wine and goodies, and all experience levels are welcome. The class is limited to 10 participants and the cost is $30.

Career Development for Artists with Gerald Mead is offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, for a cost of $20. Mead, a noted artist, independent curator and art collector, will discuss strategies for getting broader exposure for you and your artwork through exhibition opportunities, networking and promotion.

Zentangle 101, a basic class for beginners with artist Kelly Barone, is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. This is a fun and very relaxing class featuring tools and supplies you can pack up and take anywhere! Participants will get a solid foundation in Zentangle and will learn three-plus tangles and complete two Zentangle tiles while learning beginner shading techniques. A mini-kit is included with the fee of $35. Zentangle 101 is a pre-requisite for advanced classes.

Don’t let your creativity hibernate this winter! Learn how to create a wet-felted vessel from wool with artist Suzanne O’Brien from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Is the wintry weather having you wishing to create something fresh and new? Wet felting with wool could make your wish come true! All supplies will be included for this workshop, which costs $65 per person.

“14 Shades of Gray” with Zentangle artist Kelly Barone takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Learn to create drama and emphasis in your tiles by seamlessly combining inked and penciled tangles. Master the skill of adding a focal point and good eye movement across your artwork. This two-hour workshop is $30 and includes any new supplies you may need. Please bring your mini-kit or basic tangle supplies.

The “Starving Artist Mindset: An Archetypal Approach to Embracing Wealth,” presented by wealth and personal empowerment coach Christine Mathieu, is offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15. “When I listen to artists speak about money and life, all too often it’s from the voice of the ‘starving artist’,” said Mathieu. “It’s a mindset that comes from fear of survival or a belief that fame and fortune come after death. And it’s this perspective that can leave us falling short in terms of our wealth and life satisfaction. But, it doesn’t have to be this way.” The cost of the class is $20.

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery is located at 1168 Orchard Park Road. For more information, please call 675-0204, email info@etjgallery.com or visit www.etjgallery.com. You can also follow the gallery on Facebook for frequent updates.