Friday, April 29, 2011

Community Art Project - How to Reproduce Your Artwork Class

Lisa and Nicole from True Colors Print & Design provided an informative session today on "How To Reproduce Your Artwork."

The one-hour presentation, followed by a lively Q&A session, was attended by over  a dozen local artists, who wanted to learn about how to turn their original artwork into cards, posters, prints, t-shirts, tote bags and more.

The class was part of the Community Art Project, a series of free public classes provided by Artistic Roots. 

A big THANK YOU to True Colors Print & Design, Inc. for providing this great workshop.

True Colors is located at 57 Main Street, Plymouth. Contact them at 536-3600 Mon. - Fri., 8 - 5.  Visit them online at

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cheryl Johnson Solo Show at WREN

I am honored to have my paintings featured in a solo show at the Gallery at WREN from May 13 to June 20, 2011. Opening reception is Friday, May 13 from 5 - 7 pm. Hope you will join me!

The gallery is located at 2013 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH  

7- Drawer Chest--Part 2 By Eric Johnson's Furniture

I believe I began this post on my blog before the Artistic Roots blog was launched.  If you are missing the first part, click here:

Hello again,

It’s time for the second post about the 7-drawer chest. 

After I cut and fit the dovetails in each corner of the case, I glued the case together.  If you remember in my last blog about the chest, I mentioned cutting dados across the case sides where the drawers will be.  This is where I fit the dividers.  I cut the dividers to length, then on the table saw I cut out the dovetails.

 This picture shows me scribing the dovetail to the case sides. 
Once I have the tail laid out on the case side, I transfer the line down the side to the depth I want--in this case about an inch.  Now all I have to do is cut close to the line.  I don’t need to be right on because I will pare it to fit with a chisel.


Once I cut down to the depth I want, it’s nothing to pop the piece out

Now comes the part where you need a sharp chisel and some patience.  The key is to not take too big of a bite but to slowly and carefully pare to your line.
Once you get close, mark some pencil lead onto the leading edge of the dovetail and try to fit it.  If it’s too tight simply remove the board and shave off where the pencil lead is showing.



Once you get a good fit, you are done. And you can move onto the other ones.
 IMG_0716a This post was fairly difficult to write because I wanted to give a brief overview of making and installing the dovetail stretchers but found it was difficult to leave things out.  If any of you would like a more in-depth discussion on how I did this, let me know and I will write a more involved article.

The next blog will be about the finishing process.  At some point I will be describing how I dovetail and build the drawers, but I think it will be a completely separate blog, so stay tuned.

Thank you again for stopping by.  If you have any questions or comments, or have a suggestion of what you would be interested in me writing about, just let me know.

Until next time,

Campton, NH

New Work

Fresh Work for the Spring Sale! Now at Artistic Roots!

Posted by Mary Ober

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cheryl Johnson Art - New Blog!

I finally got around to creating my own blog.  For a long time I have wanted to join the ranks of the Daily Painters, artists who do a painting every, single day!  There are several websites that feature these paintings, and I'd like to join one eventually.  Anyhow, I need a blog to do that, so ....  if you have a minute, check it out at While you are there, feed the fish!

In addition to daily paintings, I will be posting other works in progress, news about classes and workshops, announcements about shows and exhibitions,  newly-completed paintings and anything else I can think of.


Spring Cleaning and Seconds Sale from Mary Ober on Etsy

Running simultaneously with our celebration sale at Artistic Roots!

Through May 1st, all work by Mary Ober will be offered at a 20% discount, both in the store at Artistic Roots and online @! Choose from a variety of items to have shipped to a special someone or shop online and pick up Artistic Roots. What a simple way to shop local!

 posted by Mary Ober
handcrafted original ceramics @
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Celebration Sale--Artistic Roots & Eric Johnson's Furniture

We are all so excited about the upcoming move and are having a special Celebration Spring Sale from April 23-30!  Many of the artists will be offering 10 to 20% off their items throughout the gallery! 

In the spirit of celebration, we are expanding our sale to our Campton Showroom Location as well as our Etsy store!  Visit us at any or all of our locations to participate in the fun AND the savings! 

See you!  Happy Spring and Happy Sale!

Eric and Debbie Johnson
Etsy store:
Phone: (603)726-4980
2249 US Route 3, Campton, NH

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New works by Penny Burke and Denise Plante Renaud

Penny has just juried her wonderful collectible bears, along with her whimsical bear golf club covers!  She makes special order bears, too!

Also, Denise brought in a colorful African themed red rocker!
More coming later!


"Not Forgotten" - new watercolor by Cheryl Johnson - 35" x 10"

I've been meaning to paint this for a long time. Since I have a show coming up at WREN in Bethlehem in May and June, I figured it would be a good time to finally do it.

First Afternoon Shift

Cookies for all!
made by Beth

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cheryl Johnson now juried for Photography

In addition to watercolors, oils, acrylics, decorative painting, oil pastels, graphite, and pen and ink, Cheryl Johnson will now be presenting nature and scenic photography at Artistic Roots.

Eric Johnson's Furniture

Eric Johnson's Furniture is a small family-run woodworking company located in Campton, NH.  We have been a member of the Artistic Roots community since 2005.  We are excited to be a part of such a vibrant and healthy art cooperative.

We specialize in fine quality hardwood furniture and gifts.  We have a line of gift items at Artistic Roots as well as some smaller furniture pieces. 

We also have larger pieces at our showroom located on Route 3 in Campton.  Click here for directions.

We welcome you to stop by either location!  Custom work is always welcome, so if you don't see exactly what you are looking please call or email and we can work together to build that piece you have been looking for.

We will be re-posting our weekly blog on this site.   Sometimes we features specific projects or pieces.  Otherwise, we discuss specific construction details.   We hope you will join in the conversation.

Welcome to the new Artistic Roots blog!

Eric and Debbie Johnson
Campton, NH

Meet our newest member, photographer Beth Fougere

Welcome to Beth Fougere, our newest member. Beth is a photographer who lives in Pittsfield, NH. She enjoys photographing flowers, animals, and scenic images of New Hampshire. Her work can be seen on her website at

New works by current members

Here's a sampling of some new pieces recently brought in by AR members. Come and see what else is new!  It's always changing.

AR receives national attention in Whole Living magazine

Yesterday a copy of Whole Living magazine, a Martha Stewart publication, arrived in the mail in a hand-addressed envelope.  There was no note, but a yellow Post-it protruding from the top marked a page near the back. What a surprise to find Artistic Roots mentioned in an article entitled "Escape Artist"!

A sidebar titled "Cooperative Creativity," which listed five communal art spaces throughout the US, included AR at the top of the list, saying: The enclave provides mentors and workshops as well as space to create and sell work.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Artistic Roots is Moving to Higher Ground

Some time in May, Artistic Roots will be moving upstairs to the store right next door - the former location of White Mountain Snowboards!

Renovations are now underway, and we will be posting updates as we go.
We have already filled the windows with lots of members' artwork, and it is attracting lots of attention from passersby.

Look for a big celebration when we get moved in to our new home.