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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.

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.


Feb
21
6:00 pm18:00

Paint Party at DIG Yoga!

Stained Glass Trees, "Night Sky!" 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 to create a gorgeous, night sky tree. We will experiment with a variety of kooky tools and mark-making.

Open to the public...$75.00 includes instruction and all materials.

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

Register HERE

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.

 

Dec
10
Dec 11

The Water Tower Craft Show in Chestnut Hill

Holiday show at The Water Tower Recreation Center in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA. 209 East Hartwell Lane, Philadelphia, PA, 19118

10:00 - 5:00 on Saturday, December 10, 11:00 - 5:00 on Sunday, December 11.

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.

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

Nov
6
11:00 am11:00

FJCC Holiday Bazaar

Holiday Bazaar at the Flemington Jewish Community Center, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

FJCC, 5 Sergeantsville Road, Flemington, NJ

ONLINE CLASS: Paper Love, Module 1, Handpainted Paper
Nov
1
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/

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!

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

Sep
10
Sep 11

Doylestown Arts Festival

FIND ME AT BOOTH #23... NEAR THE FOOD COURT. 

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11.

The festival is back for its 25th year; featuring 160 juried artists, live music, interactive demos, food courts, events, and much more. This is the biggest weekend in Bucks County.

Full details here: http://doylestownartsfestival.com

Jun
5
10:00 am10:00

Artisans' River Market

Artisan's River Market at the Ocean County Artists' Guild, 22 Chestnut Avenue, Island Heights, NJ. 732.270.3111.

Sunday, June 5, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Jun
4
9:00 am09:00

Foundry Day

  • Boiling Springs, PA

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.

May
15
11:00 am11:00

Chestnut Hill Spring Home & Garden Festival

  • Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA United States

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.

Apr
17
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.

Nov
21
Nov 22

Princeton YWCA Crafter's Marketplace

This well-established, juried show exhibits more than 90 artisans and their handcrafted goods. Held annually the weekend before Thanksgiving, it draws more than 2,000 shoppers from the surrounding communities. All proceeds from this event support the YWCA Princeton's Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance for participants in YWCA Princeton programs.

Held November 21-22 at the John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton, NJ. 10:00-5:00, Saturday and Sunday.

Complete information here.

Oct
17
Oct 18

Tyler Park's Crafts In The Meadow

The Crafts in the Meadow Fall Invitational Craft Show is a fine art and craft event showcasing excellence in craftsmanship alongside a festive weekend of live music, performing arts and refreshments. Unfortunately we are unable to allow pets in the event.

2015 Crafts in the Meadow is Saturday October 17th & Sunday October 18th 10-5pm.

Tyler State Park is located in Middle Bucks County. Visit http://tylerparkarts.org

Oct
4
11:00 am11:00

Chestnut Hill Fall For the Arts

Each year Chestnut Hill welcomes Autumn with The 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.

STAY TUNED FOR WEATHER UPDATES THAT WILL CAUSE A RAIN DATE OF SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11.

http://www.chestnuthillpa.com/showcase/fall-for-the-arts-festival

Oct
3
10:00 am10:00

Collingswood Book Festival

Book lovers of all ages: join us on Saturday, October 3, 2015 when festival-goers will have an opportunity to 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.

STAY TUNED FOR WEATHER UPDATES THAT WILL CAUSE THE FESTIVAL TO BE HELD INSIDE AT COLLINGSWOOD HIGH SCHOOL.

http://www.collingswoodbookfestival.com

Sep
12
Sep 13

Doylestown Art Festival

The Doylestown Arts Festival is a juried festival of a variety of artists offering the best of the area’s culture. This free, open to the public, two-day festival is the largest event of the year in the heart of beautiful Doylestown in Bucks County, PA. This annual festival has grown to include more than 160 exhibitors and a food court. Diverse entertainment is presented at numerous locations throughout the downtown area. Live music features solo acts as well as rock, pop, folk, and music for kids.

 

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, September 12 -13, 2015.

Check back for my Booth location!

www.doylestownartsfestival.com

Aug
11
Aug 12

Dar & Deb's Summer Creativity Retreat!

The Summer Creativity Retreat is a two-day hands-on event that we’ve designed for all creative and creatively interested people. Our past participants have included, artists, art enthusiasts, educators, organizational consultants, life coaches, corporate managers, writers and retirees among others. Regardless of your background, our event offers up inspiring fun that you can take with you into your personal or professional life.

FEATURED GUEST INSTRUCTORS: Diana Trout and Debrah Block

Jun
27
3:00 pm15:00

"NOTEWORTHY" A Public Event For Blue Note Fans

"Noteworthy" is a Public Event for Blue Note fans and friends, past and present. We will be gathering stories, memories and memorabilia for consideration in the upcoming book about The Blue Note.

Join us Saturday, June 27, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at The Rose Music Hall on Park Avenue, in Columbia, MO.

May
9
May 10

Bethlehem Fine Art & Craft Festival

The 50th Annual Juried Downtown Bethlehem Fine Art & Craft Show will take place Mother’s Day weekend, May 9th and 10th, 2015. Main Street will be filled with over 80 fine artists and craft artisans displaying and selling their art. Street music, an artist-in-residence, a raffle with chance to win a piece of fine art, and a children’s art area will add to the festivities. As always, there is no admission charge!Over 80 Regional, National And Local fine artists and crafters line Main Street in the historic district of Bethlehem, PA for a two‑day juried Sidewalk Art Show.

https://www.facebook.com/BethlehemFineArtsCommision

May
3
11:00 am11:00

Chestnut Hill Spring Art & Garden Festival

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 and art exhibits.  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.

http://www.chestnuthillpa.com/showcase/home-garden-festival

May
1
6:00 pm18:00

Opening: The Studio in New Hope

AN OPENING AND A "FIRST FRIDAY"! New works from Dar James amid friends, with light appetizers, wine and cheese for this  springtime show. The Studio delivers an artistic experience unlike any other and has been named Best of Bucks Art Gallery in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Drop by to check out our current artists, attend the next Studio art opening or event.

http://thestudionewhope.com

Apr
26
1:00 pm13:00

Communiversity Arts Festival in Princeton

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. The Spring of 2015 will mark our 45th year, drawing over 40,000 art lovers and fun seekers to downtown Princeton making it Central New Jersey’s largest and longest running cultural event.

http://artscouncilofprinceton.org/communiversity/

Oct
5
11:00 am11:00

Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts

One of my all times favorite festivals, in the beautiful and charming Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Come on down and see me in my usual spot near El Quetzel, 8427 Germantown Avenue. I'll have books, prints and lots of new original paintings for your viewing pleasure!