Thursday, May 25, 2023

Art Inspiration: By the Light of the Moon


Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 

It is rather exciting to write by moonlight.”   - Dodie Smith

You are invited! 
Join us for the group art show "By the Light of the Moon"

Where: The Studio Alchemy Art Gallery, 1116 E. North Street
When:  First Friday, June 2, 2023  6-9pm

  Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, Hirschten, 30" x 40", $450

We hope to see you there!

In other news I have been given the honor of being the Maker-in Residence at the Ignite Studio of the Hamilton East Public Library from May-August!

I will be teaching Learn to Draw Landscapes, Flower Painting, Abstract Workshops and workshops for children on Puppet Making and Kamishibai story illustrations. Classes are free but you must register.  Registration opens 2 weeks before each class.  Sign up here 

At our first abstract painting class we had a blast!

The Studio Alchemy Podcast just celebrated its 99th episode!  On this episode I interviewed Bio Artist Maria Medina-Schechter about how she works with all natural materials to build her unique sculptural art.

Studio Alchemy will be fairly quite this summer because of my residency program but you can join us for these upcoming classes...

June Painting Club  4 sessions, Thursdays, Pick 1-4pm or 6-9pm $20 per session

Abstract Collage Workshop June 3rd, $48

Perfume Making Workshops June 17th, $29

AND!!! We will be hosting a special art class taught by Victoria Williams!

Find out more here

 The Moon's Wave, 20" x 20" Hirschten $160
May you grow toward the light and as always...

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Studio Alchemy Podcast Episode 99: Bio Art with Maria Medina Schechter


Today’s episode of the Studio Alchemy Podcast features in interview with Bio Artist Maria Medina-Schechter.  Using only living organic materials Maria creates sculptural paintings that reflect the patterns and beauty of the natural world.  find out more about her work at:

On the Studio Alchemy Podcast we explore creative ways to transform our lives using visualization, art making, and self-help techniques.  Each episode includes stories and reflections to inspire you to transform your life.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a.k.a. Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author, and public speaker.  Find out more at

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Art Inspiration: We are Climbing Jacob's Ladder


Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 

"We are climbing Jacob's Ladder.  We are brothers and sisters all."
-Pete Seeger

For the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts program we studied the Jacob's Dream story and created an amazing variety of artwork.   Join us Friday night 6-9pm at the Harrison Arts Center in the Underground Gallery for the reception!

Here are a few of the pieces I made for the show...
 Meeting in Heaven, Hirschten

In the biblical story of Jacob's Ladder, Jacob dreams of ascending toward heaven.  Even though God promises to watch over him and his family, Jacob tosses and turns from side to side, facing east and west.  The idea of the angelic realm enters his mind, yet he remains afraid.  Angels, helping hands, are there to life him up to higher spiritual realms but Jacob is not ready.  He sticks with what he knows.  He remains on familiar ground.  He keeps dreaming.


If Jacob had let go of his fear, perhaps he would have climbed the ladder to heaven.  Hidden angels would have assisted him up.  If Jacob had chosen to ascend, what would he have found at the top? Divine light or the graceful perfection of nature?  It is only by choosing to climb and by accepting assistance can we hope to be redeemed.

Join us at the studio for these upcoming events...

May Painting Club  4 sessions, Pick 1-4pm or 6-9pm $20 per session

Dream Sharing Group  May 21st, Free

Abstract Collage Workshop June 3rd, $48

Perfume Making Workshops June 17th, $29

AND!!! We will be hosting a special art class taught by Victoria Williams!

Find out more here

 The Piano Player: The Maple Leaf Rag, Hirschten
We fill the void of silence with music and the arts.  Notes rise and fall through the air creating a harmony of colors.  If you want to climb up out of the darkness listening to music is one of the quickest ways to ascend.  Each scale creates steps lifting you higher.  This is what Leonard Cohen called "the minor fall and the major lift."

May you grow toward the light and as always...

 Choose Peace, Prints available here