Category: Exhibit Information

Gallery Boom has a Pop-Up Store located in the Capital Mall for the month of December! Thirty artists are participating in this excellent adventure. I am so excited to participate in this venture. The hours are listed below. Gallery Boom 360-584-9091 • 5304 Little Rock Rd SW, Tumwater will remain open from Wed to Sat. 11-7pm & Sunday 11-5pm.

Pop-Up Gallery Boom in the Mall is Open 11am-9pm Wed-Sun Dec 2nd-19th And Dec 20-23, 26-30th
Closed Xmas,Xmas eve and New Year’s Eve.

Wednesday was The Evergreen State College Annual Holiday Sale…. I actually arrived very, I mean very early to get a decent parking space. I’m embarrassed it was so early but last year I swear it took me 20 minutes to walk shoving my cart from the parking lot to the CAB. I was 5th in line for check in…  ^..^

Remind me not to sign up for the small table… 3 foot square card table. Was trying to save $ because last year I only sold 2 cards.

cramped space…

this image is a little fuzzy

I was amazed at how much I could fit on the table.
It was slow for the first hour; then it picked up around noon…
I made my table fee of $15 and then $23 over… not much but every time I do a craft fair, it helps to check other people’s displays and what they are selling & if they are selling. Plus Evergreen is a ten minute drive for me.

Tomorrow is my last holiday show of the year – Olympia Waldorf School. Our names will be printed in their next newsletter so I have the opportunity to say I teach classes. I hope that brings in business as far as the teaching.

The sun is out and I have to clean up the yard a bit and put some holiday lights up. It’s true what they say “Make hay while the sun shines” especially out here in the PNW in the fall/winter. We’ve had such heavy rain storms lately…

Please buy from local artists…
Keep arting folks…

Trying to get things done for 5th Annual Lincoln Winter Market which is scheduled for Saturday November 28th 11am to 5pm.

location: 213 21st Ave SE, Olympia, WA

but… time is slipping partly because I put so much work into NaNoWriMo novel = 62,147 words to date.

I finished the tops of ten boxes last night as well- heres a few samples…


and the ones below need a little more work… sorry for the fuzzy photo I’m in a rush but realized I needed to post!

I’m getting 15 lighter weight chopstick books readythat will have block prints adhered to the covers – These will go for $5.00. Single layer cardstock cover and 15 sheets of regular copy paper for the pages. My other chopstick books have double cardstock cover and 65# weight paper 20 pages [ 10 folded in half].

and I must get to making bubble wands… whoops another fuzzy image!

and of course… I need to get to those wooden boxes and ornaments – I need a few more 24 hour days this week.

Enjoy celebrating Fall Harvest/Thanksgiving Day

TESC [the Evergreen State College] 3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair.

This event is held on Wednesday Dec 2 from 11 to 5pm and will have over 90 vendors…

The link below is for their Facebook page:



Enchanted Winter Faire – Olympia Waldorf School on Saturday Dec 5th, 2015 from 11am to 3pm – 8126 Normandy St SE, Olympia, WA

Chopstick Journals with my mini collages.

Gull Harbor Art and Craft Show – was a two day event last weekend – Nov 7-8. It was in the firehouse meeting room and had fourteen vendors. When I went in to set up Friday night, I thought wow… this is a small group. How’s this going to work? Well never judge a book by its cover because people came ready to purchase. I grossed $240 in handmade journals, cards and a couple of original 11X14″ sumi-e. A big thanks to all who purchased my work. My only complaint:  I had a 6 foot table in the middle and there, honestly, was only about 2 feet between the table in back of me. The first day the two people in back of me flanked me – I was in the middle of their conversation all day; on Sunday I moved their chairs to one side and I was at the end of my table. By the end of the day I was out into the aisle because they kept shifting their chairs a little. Had lots of good conversation both days – a fun experience. The booth fee was $40 which is very reasonable for a two day show! I will go again next year if I’m accepted.

Yesterday’s fair: DuPont Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar
Wow, the organizers were incredible! It was held in the gym at the Pioneer Middle School, 1750 Bobs Hollow Lane, DuPont. I didn’t realize how big a space. A normal out door pop-up tent fit so I think it was 10’X10′. Of course we had the strongest rain storm of the season on Saturday but at least setting up Friday night wasn’t too bad. The booth fee was $30 and you had to pay for a one day event business license of $5.00. My set up looked so small that the next morning I dragged more things to set up. Despite the rain squalls there was a steady stream of traffic for most of the day. The organizers/volunteers were incredible. Coffee and muffins ready for us in the morning; lunch [croissant sandwich, bag of chips, beverage, cookie for lunch! I think there were forty vendors but… the advert says “Many vendors selling handcrafted items. Admission is $1 for adults” The person next to me had essential oils/aromatherapy [which smelt incredible], the person to my left had men’s clothing, there were t-shirts and mixed in with “handmade” wreaths, beaded jewelry, etc. It was a real mixed bag of vendors. I made the booth fee of $35 and only sold an additional $34.50. I let a child by a box for $4.50. I did talk up my classes and  I added an astounding 3,490 to my NaNoWriMo word count = 40,162
I might do this on next year. Maybe make some items for kids – like bubble wands…. One of the vendors said there was less people than last year but then it was a horrid storm – you wouldn’t believe the rain squalls.

My advice is scope out the various fairs before entering to see the quality of the wares and get a feel for the amount of people veiwing the event which of course, can change from year to year.

Block print cards ready for sale….

My next event is: The 5th Annual Lincoln Winter Market is scheduled for Saturday November 28th 11am to 5pm.
Last year I just made my booth fee but its downtown in Olympia and not far to drive. I for sure will make those bubble wands that I’ve been thinking about and maybe stencil on small canvass bags, have the journals and cards. This booth fee is $50 and I’m determined to get better sales as it was packed with people last year.
I have been accepted as a vendor for the TESC [the Evergreen State College] 3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair. I did that show last year and sold: a card! This year, I’m going to make some of my chopstick journals and price at $5.00. it will be a single sheet of cardstock for the cover and adhere a block print. I may try to make bubble wands for this as the TESC students are a wonderful wacky bunch = many hippies! This event is held on Wednesday Dec 2 from 11 to 5pm and will have over 90 vendors

The link below is for their Facebook page:

I have been accepted for this show: Enchanted Winter Faire – Olympia Waldorf School on Saturday Dec 5th from 11am to 3pm – 8126 Normandy St SE, Olympia, WA. I heard this was a “good” show and again it’s wise to have a wide price point… aiming for allot of $5 items.

I may have one other art class run but this fall was dismal!!!! One 6 week drawing class, one WC pencil Sat workshop, and a three week make simple books. I rewrote many of my descriptions and offered a few new classes for Winter schedule.

Zazzle: A reminder to everyone to always check Zazzle for their promos… Today’s steal: 50% off wrapping paper & tissue paper | USE CODE: ZSUNSTEAL109

the link below is to one of my Sumi-e on wrapping paper:…80867270211236

In checking my Christmas shop to find a sample of wrapping paper, this propmo is across the top of the Zazzle pages:

20% Off All Orders | Up to 50% Off Gifts – Make Their Christmas Morning! Ends Tuesday Use Code: SANTASCOMING

Keep arting folks!

OMG – I can’t believe that March was my last post…  somewhere along the line from Nov to May, I really fell down a deep hole. To be honest, it was a struggle to put food on the table. Please no food bank advice – we don’t each much of what is given out at out local food bank.    Out of 17 classes offered through Olympia Parks, Arts and Rec only five ran. That with limited art or blank note card sales created a real low. With that said, lets move forward….

Wow…. It’s September 2nd! what a wild and crazy summer. Thirteen of my 14 kids art classes ran. Between the heat and the 6 hours a day, plus prep at home, and buying supples, I crashed last week. I was exhausted. I’m thinking far less hours next summer – for instance 9 to 11:30 for the 12-16 year olds and 12:30 to 2pm for the 8 to 12 year olds. Most of the older kids were incredible – they came in ready to learn and create. I made art work along with them. I will scan and post soon…

all six pieces that I entered into the WA State Fair Fine Art Exhibit [formerly Puyallup Fair] have been accepted. The reception is on Friday the 11th.
The pieces include: two mini 4X4″ canvas mixed media [Nocture and Blue Moon], two 11X14″ Sumi-e [Cat Zen and Serenity] and two mixed media on stretched canvass – 16X20″ [Departing Heart and Green Man, Forest Spirit].

The two mixed media pieces that I created for the Confluence Art Gallery in Twisp WA were finally delivered after the level 3 evacuation was lifted because of the wildfires  and the gallery could safely reopen.

“Celebration of the Horse” at the Confluence Gallery in Twisp, WA. The Confluence Gallery will give a percentage of the proceeds to the non-profit organization Methow Valley Riding Unlimited (MVRU), which offers a therapeutic riding program among others. However, all artists will receive their full commission for works sold during the exhibit.
The Horse

© 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

Twilight  (C) 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt {please note – colors are slightly off on this image.]

My camera has died so learning to use the iPad to take photographs.

Back to arting despite a bumpy Spring and full summer teaching schedule.


Keep arting –


This Puget Sound Sumi Artist group exhibit runs from February 2 to the 28th.  I have three paintings exhibited… of course, I was in a rush and forgot to write down the titles. Wow, I’ve been spacey!

Reception: February 8 from 1 pm – 4 pm Sidney Art Gallery and Museum, 202 Sidney Avenue, Port Orchard, WA 360-876-3693

I know I put this image into the exhibit – frame is  14″X11″ but the actual image is 5X5″.

Winter Nap

there was a landscape and….

I have to say, I’ve been so stressed lately. Somewhere I read how much it messes with your thinking which for me means being a real space cadet and forgetting to write down what I entered.

Time for some serious meditation to calm down as we all know stress does nothing – calm is everything.



Tracks exhibit started on Jan 19th and goes to Feb 14th, 2015  at  Confluence Gallery and Art Center, 104 Glover Street [PO Box 716] Twisp, WA 98856   (509) 997-2787

Four mini 4X4″X1.5″


Spirit Flight


Winter Dawn


Moon Over Mountains


Snowfields under Moon and Stars

and this 12X12″


In thinking about winter and snowfields, a labyrinth reminds me of the game of fox and geese.  When playing with the neighbor kids, we’d stamp out a big circle and cross pieces to play that winter’s game of tag.  This 12X12″ mixed



Original Art Call: This coming January 10, 2015 we will be opening an exhibit titled “Tracks”. We invite you to interpret this theme through your artistic lens. Submitted works can be anywhere from wildlife predators and their tracks, to human tracks left from former or current lives, to tracking memories. Footprints, paw prints, bones, feathers, railroad tracks, garbage, old orchards, buildings, fences, ashes are just a few examples. We encourage you to think outside the box. There are many ways to interpret Tracks and we look forward to seeing your ideas on paper or canvas, in ceramic, glass or whatever your medium.


not the best photo – snapped it before I packaged these four 5X5″ mini collages for donation to Five Squared 2, YMCA, 45 McClurg Rd, Boardman, OH 44512.

Solace, Earth Meditation, Transience, Celebration – I refurbished older collages for this donation.

Opening reception, February 8th, 2015. Exhibit runs from Feb 8 to March 8, 2015.

Art donations are 5″x5″ (12.7 cm x 12.7cm) and sell for $25 each. All proceeds fund art scholarships for under-served kids. Sponsor – Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road, Boardman OH –


I will create five collages for the annual post card fundraiser.  Come join the fun! It’s a great exhibit…

Here’s the info:

The Fine Art Postcard Exhibition, taking place Jan. 12 through Feb. 20 at The Gallery, is an annual event bringing the local creative community together under one theme. The 2015 theme is “Out of Sight!” Postcard-sized original artworks, created by artists of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, will be sold through silent auction. All proceeds support gallery programming.

Location: The Gallery at The Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts, South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, WA 98512-6292

-Exhibition opens and registration for silent auction begins Monday, January 12, 2015.

-Silent auction begins during the opening reception on Friday, January 16, 6 – 8 p.m.

-Silent auction ends during the closing reception on Friday, February 20, 6 – 8 p.m.

This exhibit begins on November 15th and runs through January 20th, 2015 at the Confluence Gallery and Art Center – location :104 Glover Street [PO Box 716], Twisp, WA 98856 (509) 997-2787

The two 12X12″X1″D mixed media will be shipped soon to Twisp.


Winter  (C) 2014 E. Miffitt – Nine Lives Studio

Theme Info: Are you familiar with Jan Brett’s Annie and the Wild Animals? The synopsis: Annie was lonely. Taffy, her golden-haired cat, had disappeared. Life in the woods was empty. There was no one to love and be Annie’s friend. Outside, the snow was deep and the winter seemed endless. Annie tried her best to encourage Taffy to return but without success. A moose and a bear and even a wildcat are not as soft and cuddlesome or as friendly as Taffy. Where could Taffy be? Jan Brett’s story is told mostly through wonderfully detailed full-color illustrations. The wonders of the forest and the seasons are an expressive backdrop to the tale of the animals. Story within story forms as the intricate borders subtly foreshadow the main plot of Taffy’s final return to her friend Annie.

Now, imagine a winter wonderland: the quiet of snow, shadows stretching across the horizon, cold, crisp air, and magnificent icicle stalactites. Peer from the warmth of your home through the windows or reflect on a day of snowy adventure – tell us what you see. What emotions emerge? How do these images translate into a storyline? How would you depict the story through your art?