Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Six months same as cash financing for Cow Art

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Cow Art and More is working with Paypal to offer 6 months financing for all purchases of $99 or more. Enjoy the art now, pay for it over time!  (And you even get $5 back on your first purchase)

*Must receive credit approval and make the required monthly payments. See Paypal for a full list of details.*

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cow Art and World Dairy Expo #WDE12

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Wow!  We're heading to World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, in a couple of weeks, and there is so much to do!  One of the things is (obviously) to take art to sell.  While doing inventory last week, I snapped a few random pictures of some of the cow art that will be headed to the event.

Have you seen our World Dairy Expo exclusive jewelry charm yet?  I wanted a special way to celebrate our inaugural attendance at this year's expo.  It's a limited edition and can be bought at WDE or ordered online.

If you're old school like me and still need a bookmark (I don't know how I could ever go digital on cookbooks), you won't want to miss our magnet cow bookmarks.  They're strong enough to clip several pages at a time.  (and if you have decided you have enough cow decor in your house, there will be other country designs as well)

I have to tell you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE our bags with cow art by Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson.  They come in several different sizes (small purse size all the way up to a beach bag) and are the perfect fashion statement to show your dairy girl pride.

If you're a fan of realistic paintings of dairy cattle, you won't want to miss the art of Robert Duncan.  His paintings also come in cow card sets with blank insides, making them perfect for any occasion.

Just in case you thought we didn't have anything for the Jersey folks, be sure to check out our Jersey Jug jewelry charms.  Fifteen percent of the sale of each charm goes to fund American Jersey Cattle Club youth scholarships.

Looking for a 'little' something to take home to someone as a souvenir?  Our farm animal night lights easily fit into a suitcase or carry on bag and will be cherished by the recipient.  These lights have a 1/3 watt bulb and emit a soft glow.

So what you do get someone who has everything?  How about hours of entertainment putting a cow puzzle together.  Choose from two designs, Holstein or Jersey, both with artwork by Robert Duncan.

You can find Cow Art and More at World Dairy Expo in the Coliseum, main concourse, booth 62 (across from Alpine Ridge Embroidery).  Will we see you there?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cow Art and More seeking new artists

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Are you a cow artist looking for a targeted customer base to market your work?  Cow Art and More, the art gallery where 'art and agriculture' meet, is looking for quality artists in any media that portrays agriculture and cows in a beautiful art form.  Cow Art and More will be attending World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, this fall, along with plans to attend the NCBA conference in February 2013.

Interested artists should submit by email the following:

A few pictures representative of your work along with descriptions
Retail prices
Availability (originals, prints, etc)

Information must be submitted by Saturday, July 14 to info@cowartandmore.com for consideration.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered.  Questions may be directed to the same email address or gallery owner Kathy Swift on twitter @cowartandmore

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Why I should be fired as a blogger

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Perhaps because I haven't blogged in awhile. I'm not making excuses. I've had some great opportunities come my way recently that have taken up a lot of time. Time that I used to put towards blogging. As much as I love to keep in touch with cow art enthusiasts through the cow art blog, I haven't found a way to eek out any more minutes from the 24 hour day.

I have secretly hoped that there was a telepathic blogging app for my phone that would allow me to get posts out. Until that happens, I guess I'm going to have to deal with them being a bit less frequent.

That being said however, I do want to know what YOU want to hear about with Cow Art and More. More on the artists? techniques? studio cat pictures? Please leave your ideas in the comments section below.

On a semi-related note, I do have two blog posts that have been gnawing at me to write. They don't really relate to art, but more as my job and role within agriculture. If you will give me a little latitude this week, I would like to write about them here.

Thanks for listening. More to come this week.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday's art article - Central Florida cow art in ag

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In case you missed it, Cow Art and More and several of its artists were featured in the November 2011 issue of Central Florida Ag News. Missed it in your mailbox? Read the issue online! (Find us on pages 7, 9, and 38)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Polishing silver cow jewelry

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*This is a reprint of the original post from April. Since I've been busy polishing jewelry this week, I was inspired to share again.*

In getting ready for the Cow Art and More booth at the National Holstein Convention this June, I decided a jewelry inventory was in order. In doing so, I had some dairy cow jewelry pieces that needed polishing.

Metal doesn't want to be shiny. If silver had its choice, it will be a dull flat gray color. We jewelry folks give that bright shine that is so appealing. This is a group of cows that have been polished (foreground) and another group that need polishing (small pile to the upper left of the picture). Before polishing, I coat all of the pieces with a black patina (stain). This will buff off easily, except in the cracks and crevices. This is actually what I want, since that dark patina will highlight some of the subtle details of the cow charm.

The cow to the far left has the black patina, but has not been polished. The one on the right of the picture has been polished.

There's a couple different ways of doing this, but this time, I'm using a flex shaft tool with a buff and red rouge polishing compound. While spinning the buff, I dip it into the red rouge (the mostly hard brick in the right part of the picture), then press the buff onto different areas of the cow charm.

In case you're thinking this looks like your dentist's office, you're pretty much right. Just imagine the higienist polishing your teeth with that minty toothpaste, except I'm using polishing compound on metal.

It leaves a dark red residue on my hands and fingers, which mostly comes off with soap and water. It does get into the cracks of your hands and fingernails though, so people will wonder if you have some strange incurable fungus or something similar.

When I'm done polishing, I use Dawn dish soap to get the greasy compound off. I dry them thoroughly, then they're ready to go!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday's agriculture website - Christmas Tree facts

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Learn about Christmas trees and more on today's agriculture themed website. The National Agriculture Library has an all inclusive page of links to information about Christmas trees, other holiday themed plants, and decorations. There are tips for keeping your tree looking great while it's on display along with advice for how to plant your live tree after December. Readers can also get helpful hints on keeping your holiday decorations safe. Readers can also enjoy a list of organic Christmas tree growers to purchase a tree from.
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