The Artist Shop Kazette 🗞 March 2022

News from the K. A. Artist Shop is hand-written in black text. Six colorful stripes cross the page like a rainbow.

In this Issue

  • New for Spring

  • Print Services Update

  • 2022 Summer Camps

  • Classroom Calendar

  • Flagpole Faves

  • Shop Closings

  • Coupon Codes

New for Spring

Hello from the Artist Shop in blossoming downtown Athens Spring has sprung, and we could not be more excited to welcome you to our revitalized space.

The sidewalks outside are finally looking good, and we’ve added a new open sign to the streetscape. Our bulletin board got a makeover, and soon we’ll be hanging a new sign.

Most importantly, our supply shop got a refresh earlier this month. I am so proud of what my staff accomplished over spring break! Come check us out the next time you’re in town.

Click + Collect

Print Shop Services

If you’re a digital artist or photographer in search of the highest quality prints, we’ve got you. If you’re a painter looking to reproduce your work and make an edition of prints, we’ve got you.

Often called “giclée,” our prints are archival; this means they will last 100+ years without degrading. Unlike normal prints, our fine-art quality prints use archival papers and lightfast, pigment-based inks.

We haven’t raised our prices in about five years, so we’ll need to do that in upcoming months. Now is a great time to place your orders at a stellar price. Once you choose your paper type and size, just send us a follow-up email with your image(s) to print. We accept Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, and emailed files via

Pick Your Print

Summer Camps

Many of you have been asking, and the answer is YES! We will be offering art camps this summer (and every summer, we hope)! Please click the link below for all the details.

2022 Summer Camp Schedule

Week 1 → June 6 - June 10
Week 2 → June 13 - June 17
Week 3 → June 20 - June 24
Week 4 → July 11 - July 15
Week 5 → July 18 - July 22
Week 6 → July 25 - July 29

More Details

Spring 2022 Calendar

FRI 04/01 →
Art Club for Pre-Teens
4:30-6pm | For Ages 10-12
Drop-ins and Semester Passes Available | $25

FRI 04/01 →
Art Club for Teens
6:30-8pm | For Ages 13-17
Drop-ins and Semester Passes Available | $25

SAT 04/02 →
Digital Art • Intro to Procreate
1-3pm | For Ages 13+
Single Session | $40

SUN 04/03 →
Handmade Books • Coptic Style
10am-3pm | For Ages 18+
Single Session | $90

SUN 04/03 →
Digital Art • Intro to Procreate
1-3pm | For Ages 13+
Single Session | $40

TUE 04/12 →
Drawing Fundamentals
4:30-6pm | For Ages 13-17
3-Week Class | $90

TUE 04/12 →
Intro to Watercolor
6:30-8pm | For Ages 18+
4-Week Class | $125

TUE 04/12 →
Drawing Fundamentals
6:30-8pm | For Ages 18+
3-Week Class | $90

WED 04/13 →
Acrylic Painting • Landscapes
4:30-6pm OR 6:30-8pm | For Ages 18+
4-Week Class | $125

THU 04/14 →
Intro to Watercolor
10-11:30am | For Ages 18+
4-Week Class | $125

SUN 04/24 →
Linocut Printmaking
10am-3pm | For Ages 18+
Single Session | $90

SUN 05/01 →
Printing on Fabric
10am-3pm | For Ages 18+
Single Session | $90

Register for a Class

Best in Class

Thanks for doing for us in the 2022 “Flagpole Favorites” awards!

We’re pleased to be your favorite place in Athens to take an adult creative class. Plus, this year we got runner-up in the kids category, too.

Many thanks!

Celebrate Athens

Upcoming Closings

We’re typically open seven days a week from 12-6pm, but once in a while we take a little break. Here are the upcoming days that we’ll be closed:

Easter Sunday • April 17th

Memorial Weekend • May 28-30

All Closings

In-Store Giveaway

Each Sunday we give a small gift to one of our in-store shoppers!

To win, all you need to do is make a purchase at the shop on any Sunday. Click the link below to see what’s up for grabs in the upcoming weeks.

Grab a Gift

Here’s the Deal

You’ve made it to the end of the email—you deserve a reward Here are some shiny new coupon codes:

→ Spend $45 on anything in our online store, and you’ll get $5 off your total. Good for anything… like art supplies, camps, classes, creative gifts, local art, services, and stationery! Good through 04/30/22.

→ Purchase one class from our online store, and you’ll get 25% off a second class. May be used for single sessions as well as weekly classes! Feel free to use for yourself or for others. Good through 04/30/22.

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Thanks for reading!

Simply reply to this email if you have any questions or comments. We’d love to hear from you. And as always, thank you for being a part of our creative community.

Kristen and the Artist Shop Team

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René Shoemaker

René Shoemaker is a contemporary artist focused on silk painting. Born in New York City, she maintains studios in Athens, GA, USA and Aubusson, France. Spanning four decades and embracing a variety of mediums, her artwork highlights a sense of place while capturing the ways spaces work together and how people inhabit and interact with those spaces. Architecture and public places are often highlighted in her work.

René received a B.F.A. from the University of Georgia (UGA), building a career of painting with dyes to create flowing, colorful work on radiant silk glowing with light. After retiring from her profession as a university librarian at UGA, René continued refining her art and sharing her techniques while discovering new ways to describe the world we collectively share.

Exhibiting in solo and group shows internationally, Shoemaker delights in exploring our everyday experiences through color and line. René has exhibited in museums in Georgia, Mississippi, and Paris and in galleries and public spaces in Georgia, New York, the UK, and France. Her solo exhibitions include museums in Georgia and Mississippi, where her work is held in permanent collections. Shoemaker was awarded the Fiber Forward Focus Fellowship from AIR Serenbe in Georgia, and 2024 exhibits are now scheduled in San Francisco, and Paris, and she will lead workshops in Athens, GA, San Francisco, CA and in a castle in southwest France.