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Interested in a piece of art? A workshop? A school program? One on one coaching? Have something to share with me?

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My email is: dar(at)darsworld(dot)com

You can also call me: 908.720.2066


New Hope, PA

908.720.2066

The official web site of Dar (Hosta) James, artist, author, illustrator & educator.

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Here's Where You Can Find Me...

Throughout the year I do a variety of festivals, shows and events. Check my events calendar here to find out where I'll be.

To be the most up to date on what I'm doing, email me at dar(at)darsworld(dot)com and put "Subscribe" in the subject line to get my semi-regular newsletter.

Click HERE to register for my New Hope Studio WORKSHOPS!

You can find my ONLINE CLASSES with Carla Sonheim Productions HERE.

Nov
24
to Dec 29

Art Of Spirit Holiday Pop-Up Gallery!

Art of Spirit Local is a holiday Pop-Up store, open for six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years. We shine a light on the creative spirit of the Delaware Valley, as we honor and celebrate the work of our local artists and craftspeople.

Our collections span from handmade soap, ceramics, jewelry to furniture, and clothing all with a range of accessible pricing.

All work is inspired, handmade, and available to you at Art of Spirit LOCAL !

Please join us as you ‘shop local’ and support the creative minds and hearts of the valley!

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Apr
19
to Apr 22

ART EXPO NEW YORK 2018

FIND ME in BOOTH S520

April 19-22, 2018, Pier 94, New York, NY

Thursday: Trade Only - 12–7 p.m.
Trade First Preview Party: 5–7 p.m.

Friday: Trade Only - 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Opening Night Party: 4–8 p.m. - (public welcome)

Saturday: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. - (trade and public)
Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. - (trade and public)

Tickets for 2018 will be available soon. Check back for details!

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Dec
8
to Dec 9

Art Within Reach

Friday, December 8 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 9 from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m.,  13 Fern Avenue in downtown Collingswood and adjacent to the Patco high-speedline.

Started in 2011, Art Within Reach shows are held twice a year -- in the spring and in the fall. Originally held in the home of Art Within Reachfounder Eric Wolff and Robb C. Sewell, the show has been so successful and popular that it has outgrown its original home. Art Within Reach has a brand new home -- The Factory in Collingswood, NJ.

The Factory is the perfect spot for Art Within Reach. Once the Collingswood Theatre, which opened in 1920, the historic, sprawling, and breathtaking building is now home to The Factory, a member-based co-op space for artists.

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Dec
3
1:00 PM13:00

Art Party, "Stained Glass Trees" at DIG YOGA

Come join New Hope artist and DIG member, Dar James, for this fun, unique painting workshop. As we head toward the winter holidays, come and spend a chilly afternoon making a special piece of art to gift to yourself or someone special. This is not the copy-the-example kind of paint party— it’s a personal, creative experience with a unified “tree” theme. Your 12x12" painting will be created on a pre-primed, stretched canvas with acrylic paints in a color palette that speaks to you!

We will use finger-painting, "graffiti," positive and negative space, we’ll experiment with a variety of tools, mark-making, and use metallic and iridescent colors that will light up your work.

Designed for all skill levels! No art experience necessary, just curiosity!

Cost: $75.00 includes instruction, all materials, and a Sunday afternoon full of creative, soul food with kindred spirits.

REGISTER HERE

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Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00

Everything Blue - A Gallery Opening

A SPECIAL GALLERY OPENING in the color BLUE... The Studio, 17&19 W. Mechanic Street, New Hope, PA. Visit the website: www.thestudionewhope.com

We humans are drawn to blue. Like no other color, we are drawn to blue. The color of the ocean, the color of the sky. Few other things in this world are naturally blue, but water and air are large and vast in our lives. On October 7, a small group of regional artists will be featured in the Everything Blue show at The Studio on Mechanic St. in New Hope, PA. I'm really looking forward to experiencing a gallery full of BLUE! Cobalt and ultramarine have long been my go to colors. Please join me.... What do you love about blue?

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Aug
5
to Aug 6

Park Avenue Art Festival, Rochester, NY

ROCHESTER’S MOST DAZZLING SUMMER FESTIVAL!
Renowned for its architecture, culture, and hip urban atmosphere, the Park Avenue neighborhood is transformed for one weekend each year into a one-of-a-kind shopping mecca, filled with original creations from more than 350 artists, craftspeople and exhibitors from the U.S. and Canada.

You won’t want to miss a single thing for the festival’s entire “miracle mile and a quarter!” The Park Ave Summer Art Fest stretches a full 1¼ miles from Alexander Street at its west end to Culver Road at the east. Exhibitors set up from curb to sidewalk, and Park Avenue itself closes to vehicular traffic, filling from end to end with festival-goers. There’s plenty of room for viewing, socializing, eating, and—of course—shopping from one end of the festival to the other.

Complete information can be found HERE.

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Jul
8
10:00 AM10:00

Corn Hill Art Festival, Rochester, NY

The 49th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival welcomes you to come and experience Rochester’s oldest residential neighborhood. Historic homes, beautiful gardens and friendly neighbors who volunteer their time come together and create a uniquely wonderful experience. 375 original, juried artists from across the US and Canada exhibit an array of beautifully handcrafted art and crafts.

Full information HERE.

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Jun
3
9:00 AM09:00

Foundry Day Festival of the Arts

For all my Philadelphia and eastern PA area Friends! This wonderful juried Arts and Crafts show is held along the Children’s Lake on Front Street in Boiling Springs. Booths line the street from the Memorial Clock Tower, along the lake, right up to the walking bridge at the pool.

You can find parking along some streets or at the Yellow Breeches parking area.  More recently, shuttles have been made available from the high school down to the square. 

Find all information HERE.

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May
7
10:00 AM10:00

Handmade Hopewell

Handmade Hopewell a Makers Street Fair. Handmade Hopewell is BACK and promises to be better than ever!  Mark your calendars!  

Seminary Ave, Hopewell Borough, New Jersey, between E Broad St and Columbia Ave. 10-4 rain or shine.

Find all the information HERE.

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Apr
30
1:00 PM13:00

Communiversity

Produced by the Arts Council of Princeton with participation from the students of Princeton University and support from the town of Princeton, Communiversity ArtsFest features over 200 booths showcasing original art and contemporary crafts, unique merchandise and culinary masterpieces from local chefs, plus six stages of continuous live entertainment. Communiversity ArtsFest draws over 40,000 art lovers and fun seekers to downtown Princeton, making it Central New Jersey’s largest and longest running cultural event.

For complete information click HERE.

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Apr
18
to May 4

ONLINE COURSE, "Stained Glass Trees"

REGISTER AT; CarlaSonheim.com The simple and universal beauty of a tree meets the decorative grandeur of stained glass in this three-week, acrylic painting, online course with Dar Hosta James. Come along for a creative journey that gives you the recipe and the ingredients for your own fantastic, magical forest. You will begin with simple shapes and lines and continue with doodling, negative space, dots and more dots, and embellishment that truly proves more IS more! We will put lots of emphasis on color harmony and pretty details. By the end of this course, you will have four gorgeous canvas paintings in various sizes and dimensions. This is a course for ALL skill and artistic levels and you will surprise yourself with how you’ll take this recipe and turn it into your own expression of trees, so come along for this new and fun artistic adventure!

REGISTER AT; CarlaSonheim.com

The simple and universal beauty of a tree meets the decorative grandeur of stained glass in this three-week, acrylic painting, online course with Dar Hosta James. Come along for a creative journey that gives you the recipe and the ingredients for your own fantastic, magical forest. You will begin with simple shapes and lines and continue with doodling, negative space, dots and more dots, and embellishment that truly proves more IS more!

We will put lots of emphasis on color harmony and pretty details. By the end of this course, you will have four gorgeous canvas paintings in various sizes and dimensions.

This is a course for ALL skill and artistic levels and you will surprise yourself with how you’ll take this recipe and turn it into your own expression of trees, so come along for this new and fun artistic adventure!

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Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Paint Party at DIG Yoga in Lambertville, NJ

Butterfly Bling at DIG YOGA. Hello, Beautiful Wings! See how you shimmer and shine! Create your very own 6x6" painting on a gorgeous, cradled birch board.

This workshop is about BUTTERFLIES, their bright colors and intricate decorative detail! We will use acrylic paints--with a focus on the shiny, iridescent, metallic and specialty acrylics with sparkly mica flakes-- collage and acrylic ink.  Leave with a beautiful, colorful piece that you can hang or set on a shelf or a table. Your art will be wonderful to keep or to give. $75 includes instruction, all materials and a fun and inspirational Sunday evening with kindred spirits.

My workshops are designed for all skill levels! No art experience necessary, just curiosity!

Open to the public...$75.00 includes instruction and all materials. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF DIG YOGA TO ATTEND.

My workshops are designed for all skill levels! No art experience necessary, just curiosity!

Register HERE

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Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Paint Party at DIG Yoga!

Come play with color and shape... spend an inspirational evening with kindred spirits!

Come play with color and shape... spend an inspirational evening with kindred spirits!

Join artist/illustrator/educator, and Dig member, Dar Hosta James, for a special pre-holiday, creative experience at Dig Yoga.

So, you don’t consider yourself an artist but you know that you have a spark of creativity inside you that is dying to get out?

Do you like to play with things like paper, paint and pens?
DO YOU LIKE TO MAKE STUFF?

Would you like to disconnect from your daily tasks and take a moment to answer the call of your heart and soul?

"Stained Glass Trees"

Trees are a symbol of life, of family, of love and of knowledge (and a yoga pose!), and they inspire human beings for their majestic beauty which connects us to this planet. This is a painting class for artists and non artists at all ability levels. Using acrylic paints on canvas, participants will create a gorgeous, finished tree painting by exploring intuitive painting techniques and the use of negative space.

Your 12x12" painting will be created on a pre-primed, stretched canvas with acrylic paints and inks. We will use finger-painting, "graffiti," positive and negative space. We will experiment with a variety of tools and mark-making.

My workshops are designed for all skill levels! No art experience necessary, just curiosity! I teach a technique, rather than how to copy my example. We work together on pieces you will enjoy making and taking home with you to display in your home!

$75 includes all instructions and materials.

Register at Digyoga.com by Clicking "Paint Party" under Upcoming Events.

 

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Dec
9
5:00 PM17:00

Sauce For The Goose, Members Opening Preview Party

In celebration of it’s 22nd year, the annual holiday sale formerly known as Sauce for the Goose continues as the Sauce for the Goose Market. This annual sale of artwork by local and area artists has established itself as a resource for ceramics, glassware, ornaments, and other forms of fine art and craft for gifts to friends and family.

Join me at the Paul Robeson Center for the members only preview on Friday, December 9, 5:00-10:00 p.m. at 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ.

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ONLINE CLASS: Paper Love, Module 2, Cut Paper Collage
Nov
8
to Nov 18

ONLINE CLASS: Paper Love, Module 2, Cut Paper Collage

Shapes, shapes, shapes! The whole world is made up of simple but beautiful shapes! In this six-lesson course, participants will use their personal stash of collage papers (or, for those of those who took “Hand-Painted Paper,” their newly finished collection) to create a variety of playful collage compositions including buildings and architecture, floral, botanical, insect and animal. Learn Dar’s favorite and unexpected adhesive technique, which allows you to bring detail and delicacy into your cut paper work, as well as her final, detail technique which will literally “light up” your collage!

To purchase “Cut-Paper Collage go to: http://carlasonheim.com/paper-love-2-classes-with-dar-hosta-james-2/

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ONLINE CLASS: Paper Love, Module 1, Handpainted Paper
Nov
1
to Nov 4

ONLINE CLASS: Paper Love, Module 1, Handpainted Paper

Create a rainbow of your very own hand-painted papers! Join collage artist Dar Hosta James for a playful exploration of color, pattern and texture using a variety of techniques to produce beautiful, decorative papers that can be used in cut-paper collage as well as other projects that call for special, decorative paper. We will experiment with layers of paint using found objects, spattering, dripping and more as we work in color families. You will paint on Yasutomo Kozo paper and finish with a collection of at least 20 sheets of gorgeous—and very personal— pieces of hand-painted paper, as well as a toolbox full of paper-painting techniques to mix and match.

To purchase “Hand-Painted Paper” go to: http://carlasonheim.com/paper-love-2-classes-with-dar-hosta-james/

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Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

Collingswood Book Festival

Book lovers of all ages: join us on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Stroll more than six blocks of Haddon Avenue filled with authors/speakers for adults and children, as well as booksellers, storytellers, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities, and entertainment for all ages. This award-winning festival is the longest-running, largest literary event in the Delaware Valley. Remember, all events are free!

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Sep
25
10:00 AM10:00

Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival

FIND ME IN BOOTH #102.

Each year Chestnut Hill welcomes Autumn withThe Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival.Everyone is invited to enjoy a day of art, music, culinary delights and boutique shopping as Germantown Avenue, between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues is transformed into an outdoor arts and crafts marketplace. 

Full information here: http://chestnuthillpa.com

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Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

Foundry Day

Rain or shine on June 4, 2016 from 9 am – 4 pm, about one hundred juried craft and fine artists will be set up on Front Street along Children’s Lake, starting at the Memorial Clock Tower at the square and going partway up on Third Street.  The upper part of Third Street becomes the Food Court with wonderful festival food vendors and local community groups.

This outstanding juried art and fine craft festival features pottery, furniture, fiber, jewelry, handmade brooms, decorative painting, leather, enameling, woodworking, blown glass, doll sculpture, photography, fine art and metalwork.

Complete information here.

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May
15
11:00 AM11:00

Chestnut Hill Spring Home & Garden Festival

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POSTPONED TO MAY 15!!! From 11 am to 5 pm, Germantown Avenue is turned into an outdoor marketplace between Rex and Willow Grove Avenues, as the street and stores come alive with festivities. Many festival-goers extend the fun into the evening with friends and more music by ducking into one of the Avenue’s many great pubs and restaurants—where informal parties continue well into the night.

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