Monday, October 30, 2017

Art *Sparks* local artists' Holiday Market

124 S. Carroll St. in Downtown, Frederick MD
please check hours on their website

* Artwork * Purses & Art Bags * Clothing *

*Funky Jewelry * Photography *

Featuring Artists:

Chelsea *Sparks* Weiss

Hand painted & upcycled wearable usable art
Musings and Meaderings in Mixed Media

Beautiful and Unique ice dyed clothing, and funky jewelry

Jane Beckman

Jane Beckman is a World Renowned Visual Artist with several styles of painting.

Bette Brody

Mixed media Artist specializing in handcrafted books/journals, awesome papers, fine art.

Susan Brown

Mixed media. Loves the process of painting, color, line, shape, inventing, reinventing.

Becky Carpenter

Photography and Mixed Media Collage

Brenda Silberman

mixed media art and photography

Friday, October 27, 2017

Meet Art *Sparks* Artist Becky Carpenter


Meet local Frederick Art *Sparks* Artist       Becky Carpenter

Photo by
Rebecca Carpenter Fine Art & Photography


Becky is participating in our Art *Sparks* Pop Up Shop 
Come by and shop her work!
Saturday, Nov. 4th, 10am-8pm  
at (right next to Starbucks) 
106 N. Market St. Frederick, MD

Words from the artist, October 2017

As a mixed media artist/photographer, I love to create with paints, pencils, metal, fabric, photographs, and whatever media will allow me to craft a finished piece that completes my vision.  Currently, I am creating four very different series of work – 
  • a mixed media series incorporating landscapes (especially flowers and butterflies), 
  • a vintage inspired collection of collages began when I found old photographs of my grandmother as a young adult as well as buying an older home in downtown Frederick and remodeling it (currently vintage fashion, food, and travel), 
  • a mixed media series exploring the parallel strengths of women and butterflies titled “Metamorphosis”, 
  • and a photographic series titled “Whispers” which captures visual stories of natural light in decaying spaces within Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. 
I also love to photograph people, places, and things and am happy to create family, children, senior portraits, headshots, and product photography for clients in my photography business. 
-  Becky Carpenter      

Art *Sparks* of Frederick is a group started in 2013 run by 
Rachel Stewart, Mixed Media Artist of & 
Chelsea *Sparks* Weiss, Designer & Mixed Media Artist of according to *spark* anything that activates or stimulates; inspiration or catalyst   

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My latest MagBag birth - Big Mamma Jamma

You can watch the actual birth of my latest MagBag and listen to me yammer on about it on ChelseaSparks on FB.

It's made with contemporary fabrics and vintage linens. I mention stencil once when I meant thermograph.

I'll be selling my MagBags and other fantastic kick ass stuff at the 

Witches Of Bethel Market

(follow me on Instagram at magbags.artbags)

on Saturday, October 7th from 8am-4pm
Morgan's Milkweed Antiques
8495 Lancaster Ave (Rte 501N) PO Box 23
Bethel, Pennsylvania 19507

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A month of Wrist Watches

One thing I collected until I got myself a Fitbit was watches. It's been since high school hat I had a fascination with them. I used to love those Citizen watch ads where they painted and staged someone's hand to look like an animal. For my collection I set them to the time of 10:10 when they are not being used. Many print ads show analog watches with the arms set to this time, which long ago a high school friend pointed out to me. 

I decided to show a month of the watches in my collection.

To start out what would become "my collection" was this first watch as a young adult. I might have had a watch earlier, but I didn't start collecting them until this particular watch. A boyfriend gave it to me. It was when I was in my punk-ish period and he was a ramp skate boarder. He had 3 white dogs he adored, so the watch had a lot of symbolism for him besides being designed by skateboard company.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Finally, I found my "what's next"

peek at my studio
I am over the moon excited to have a studio space at The Blue Elephant in downtown Frederick. I have made mixed media art and had other endeavors for 9 years now. I have a home studio and workshop. With my latest passion of painting my own fabric and making art bags with it - I just couldn't seem to squeeze that work easily into those 2 home spaces. I didn't want to take over my husband's man cave either, but I DID start too.   I have been working on my own doing small jobs since I was laid off from an Interior Design job in 2008. 

Leaving the house to work has been something I have wanted to do for quite a while. I wanted to leave the house every day period. Too many trips by the kitchen have certainly increased the circumference of my waist in that time. Pier 1 wouldn't hire anyone with "unnaturally colored hair" and I was enjoying my wild colored hair for a time. Pete was appalled that I would even consider changing my hair for a job. My goddess, what a supportive husband I have!! I love that man with all my heart. 

I even tried renting a work space in a neighbor's basement, but realized after a year's rental that what I REALLY wanted was to leave the NEIGHBORHOOD for my work.   So...then Rachel Stewart came into my world by way of my Meet Up group called the Art *Sparks* of Frederick, she has become my art BFF. There is plenty of room for me to have lots of BFFS, so don't you mind this at all Tricia, my sista in rhythm and rhyme. Rachel, your friendship has opened up my art world to all that I am capable of in the most wonderful and amazing way. And then we add in Bethany Blakey to the mix with her entrepreneurial savvy .and... F*%# look out. What I needed was SOMEONE to tell me what I needed to do NEXT to create by business. And when I meet with these 2 women while we are working through SARK's Making Your Creative Dreams Real book...I find I know now what what I had been missing in my art life. You two help make my path so much clearer. Thank you. I am in tears, being present to what joy I have and ALL the possibility that is ahead of me.

I haven't blogged in a while, but as you can see I've been VERY VERY busy.

Big hug love to YOU wherever you are. I'm on Cloud 9.  
MagBag Studio by

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Putting the Kibosh on my 30 Paintings in 30 Days, here's why

In case you were wondering where my paintings have gone...

In 2014 my studio space (3rd floor of our house) got all jacked up full of tools (drill press, grinder and the like), so in January 2015 I rented some basement space from a neighbor. It was great to be able to spread out and not grind metal in the same space I painted in.

Then I discovered how inconvenient it was to have two work spaces in 2 different locations...the back and forth because there was no sink in the shop space.

So I have started thinning our own basement space to bring my shop into our home. It is a big undertaking, so I have chosen to stop pursuing the 30 paintings in 30 days to get this move taken care of right away.

I will participate in another 30 Paintings in 30 days challenge when it comes, but right now I have to get my house in order.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

New in 2016

For some reason I am completely excited about the changes I am making in my life and specifically my aRt life, even though it is an insane amount of work that has nothing to do with actual art. I think it is a very good time for me, which is counter-balanced with the tragedy that we have ongoing in our personal world.

While down at my mom's house before the snow storm I met my brother at his storage unit. He has had it since our dad passed 11+ years ago and filled it when he inherited Dad's workshop. It has sat mostly untouched since then. As a tool girl and mixed media artist I see this cache as treasure and I am so excited to get a couple of pieces. My brother gave me half of a set of drawers pictured here.

New-to-me storage drawers


And he is also giving me a workbench that our grandfather made. It is legend in our family that these 2 workbenches were made so perfectly that the drawers needed to have holes drilled in the back of them. The drawers were so air tight that they couldn't be pushed in without the drilled holes. I have yet to confirm that this is the case. They have sat so long in variable temperature and humidity they might need to be shaved. I am to get the shorter of the 2 benches. And I am beyond excited.

At one point I made fun of my dad for painting everything poop brown. Matte poop flat brown. He defended it because his architect brother-in-law wanted the inside of the house to reflect all the surrounding pine trees. I could see that, but it almost seemed EVERY SINGLE THING Dad painted was this same blah brown color. Then...he showed us! He painted everything wild colors. The benches now sport a baby blue and rich lilac color. The laundry room floor was sky blue. It was refreshing as I remember it, but still funny after all the brown.

I also found in one of the drawers of my new-to-me workbench a set of metal stamps. They need some love, but my hands will be stamping into metal with our Grandad's tools. 3 generations of tools, and being a woman using them delights me.

Metal stamps that were my dad's dad