Archive for the ‘Open Studio’ Category

I did it again. I went back and forth over when to have my open studio. I like doing the first weekend in November, but I have other commitments this year.  And I have commitments the following week as well. So, I decided to do it anyway, bumping it back into October. I’m not sure that the timing is optimum, but I really like having my studio open and visiting with customers and friends.

So my compromise is to do different days this year. A week earlier and Friday & Saturday, instead of Saturday and Sunday.

I’d love to see you there.


So please save the dates –

When: Friday, October 30th, 12 – 7pm and Saturday, October 31st, 12 – 5pm.

Where: My Studio at 70 High Street, Hampton, NH (I’m on the ground floor. Go in the door with the 70 on the door and follow the signs to my studio.)

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In conjunction with other businesses in my building, my studio will be open Friday, December 5th from 7 to 9:30 pm. The Christmas Tree lighting is at 6:30, so feel free to stop by after.

Other businesses in our building will be open as well. Bungalow Living is having a trunk show and will be open from 7:30 – 10pm. New England Brand House will also be open Friday evening starting at 7:30pm.

I also plan to be open after the Christmas Parade on Saturday, and possibly for a bit before. I love the Hampton Christmas parade, but I’ll be back to my studio shortly after the end of the parade and will be open until 5pm.

We’re right on High Street, across from Flatbread. To find my studio, just go in the door between Bungalow Living and New England Brand House and follow the signs down the hall and around the corner.

I’ll have a few brand new items – hand painted greeting cards and small matted paintings based on my land paintings. I’ll also have lots of small and larger collage pieces. Please stop by – lots of color and lots of fun.

Ethel Hills - Land Painting Cards

Ethel Hills – Land Painting Cards



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One of the reasons that I did an open studio at the beginning of the month was that I love going to other artists’ studios where I can see lots of work in one place and get a better idea of what the artist’s vision is.

My Open Studio the 1st weekend of the month wasn’t even the beginning of the season. It started last month with the Deerfield Arts Tour and my friend Rosemary Conroy’s open studio. This weekend was the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour and Open Studios at Rollinsford. The weather was much better than I had the beginning of the month, but it was still cold on Saturday. I hit 3 separate locations and came home with a lovely mug, 4 fabulous small pieces by different artists and a lovely drawing/painting by Tess Feltes. Today I went to Rollinsford, but again saw only a few of the studios. It was wonderful to see the art, even when you can only buy small things.

In the midst of this was an artists talk on Saturday at NHAA by Michael Walek and Todd Bezold, which was fabulous. And I also managed a short visit with another artist friend I haven’t seen in a couple of years.

All in all,  a great weekend – lots of art, lots of visiting, lots of inspiration and a few new things for the house.

I know that I can’t get to all of these, but it sure is fun to do some of it. Hope you get to enjoy the open studios in your area.


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Thank you to all those brave folks who braved the not so nice weather this past weekend to join me in my second annual open studio. I had a great time and several paintings found new and wonderful homes. What more could I ask for?

And since I forgot to take pictures before the event, I’ve taken a few after the event. Although I’m back working in my studio, I’ve kept my activity to one table to keep the space relatively clear.

Four businesses in my building are teaming up to have an open house tomorrow night from 7 to 9pm. You’ll get to check out New England Brand House, Bungalow Living, Spruce Interiors and, of course, my studio.

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by.

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I’ve always had studio space in mixed use buildings instead of the art only buildings. I never planned it that way. It’s just the way it worked out.

My neighbors decided to do an open house and asked me to join them. So if you’re in the area, stop by Thursday evening, November 6th, and you can check out my studio and also meet my neighbors and find out about their businesses as well. Here’s all the info –

The artists and business owners at 70 High Street invite you to a community open house on Thursday, November 6th from 7-9 pm. Four local businesses have recently opened in the old C.E.Greenman Mill building in downtown Hampton and invite seacoast residents to join them for a visit during their joint “open doors” evening.

The artists/entrepreneurs in residence are:

  • Ethel Hills, Fine Artist, specializing in watercolor and collage (http://www.ethelhills.com),
  • Amanda Peterson of Bungalow Living, a shopping destination for up-cycled furniture and home decor (http://bungalow-living.com),
  • Bob Kerens of New England Brand House, an apparel company featuring branded “village hoodie” and “Boston Hoodie’ cotton clothing (http://www.nebrandhouse.com), and
  • Pam Tiberia of Spruce Interiors, an interior decorating firm specializing in color, fabrics, staging, and decorating services. (http://spruceinteriorsnh.com)


Things are happening in downtown Hampton. Pay a visit and find out more about the services, products and special events offered by these four businesses in this historic and revived retail space.

And yes, there will be beverages.
Your hosts,

Ethel, Amanda, Bob and Pam


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I’ve mailed out postcards and I’ve emailed invitations to my open studio. Now’s the interesting part. Time to clean the studio. I must admit that my studio is not at its neatest at the moment, so I have my work cut out for me.

Most of my current work involves collage. In my case, that means some or all of the painting surface is covered not only with paint, but also with another layer of paper – watercolor paper, painted rice paper, or painted tissue paper. I love the results, but the process is messy. I have lots of bits and pieces of paper scattered across my work surface and piled on nearby shelves.

Although all this is required for my work, it does not make for a tidy work area. Although I hate to do it, I’m going to pretty much put away my work this week so that I can have a clean space for visitors to see my work. Hopefully, I’ll still be able to sneak in a bit of work without messing with the space too much. I hate to go too many days without working.


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