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PopUp Gallery, Danville, VA, June, 2017PopUp Gallery, a FUN announcement, new painted bowls, ocean magnets and ornaments, payment options, webstore update, and shrimp tacos!

There are WAVES of artwork crossing my desk in preparation for the PopUp Gallery here in Danville next Saturday! I’m working on a fun set up to bring aloha spirit and my love of the ocean to our landlocked city! My friend, Rebecca Wright, is heading up this community event, which is free for local artists, so it will give some new artists an opportunity to dip their toes into the world of showing without a big outlay of money in setup fees. The PopUp Gallery walls will be constructed of used palettes (you know I love the recycling aspect of this). I am excited to be a part of this event, and hope that the community comes out to support it! (Here’s an article that JUST came out tonight in the Danville Register Bee about the event: http://www.godanriver.com/entertainment_lifestyles/lifestyles/new-art-exhibit-to-pop-up-saturday-in-danville/article_92785470-52e5-11e7-8fb7-d73f27b500f3.html) Link will open in a new tab.

Today: new artwork is ready for adoption in my etsy shop!

Ocean Ornaments and MagnetsPainted Octopus Bowl ©EclecticDawnArtsPainted Leatherback Baby Turtles Bowl ©EclecticDawnArts

You’ve got to check out the adorable ocean-themed driftwood magnets and ornaments which I woodburned, then embellished with colored pencil. So sweet! The ornaments can hang anywhere year ’round to bring a bit of beach to your corner of the world! I also put five new painted bowls up for adoption, and two of them are significant pieces that a large amount of time was poured into. Turtles, octopus, leatherback babies, a stylized sea urchin, and an aboriginal Kiwi bird. My Exotica Pandora station got a workout this past week, and I was listening to Martin Denny, Don Ho, Bruddah Iz, and Don Tiki while creating all these goodies…and there’s more to come. Next project will be SURFBOARDS! Wall art boards, that is. I have always had a dream to paint surfboards, and they are impossible to find here, so I decided to cut out my own smaller version to paint!

©EclecticDawnArts Tribal Turtles Bowl in purple and blue ©EclecticDawnArts Tribal Kiwi Jewelry Tray, handpainted wood art wall art surfboard template
A quick note about payment options: we’ve added more ways to pay in our EDA etsy shop (instead of just Paypal) to make it convenient for ALL of our customers.
Here’s my fun ANNOUNCEMENT! As my friend, Tracy, would say, SQUEEEEEE! (And beach hair don’t care! I was so excited to make the announcement, I didn’t even bother with mah beach hairz!)

If you’re heading to the Myrtle Beach or Outer Banks area, check out The Painted Mermaid in Southport, NC. Some of my artwork and my books are available there! Be sure to tell Amy (the owner) and Laurie that Eclectic Dawn sent you! I am VERY excited to have my work in such a colorful and yes, ECLECTIC shop! This place is chock FULL of vibrant energy, repurposed love, schparklez, feminine empowerment, humor, mermaids, fishies, shells, nautical, a beautifully colorful and artistic beach vibe…MY PEOPLE!!

We’re on track to get the first items up in our website here at Eclectic Dawn Arts by the end of the month. We won’t have it all up right away while we are in the adjusting stages, so bear with us while the store is under construction!


I do believe it’s time for one of our summer favorites in the Ventimiglia household: SHRIMP TACOS! We like ’em spicy, but you can tone ’em down, if you must. *wink* Easy, fast, and DELICIOUS and they pair nicely with a tiki cocktail (lots of recipes to choose from in my “Treasures from the Kukui Lagoon” book). *link opens in a new window*
Shrimp TacosI make a quick marinade that doubles as a dressing using a small bit of olive oil, Rose’s Lime Juice, a splash of lemon juice, a bit of oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper, Burman’s, cayenne, garlic, and honey. I never measure. If you like garlic, use more. If you don’t like cilantro, use less. The honey offsets the heat nicely.
I use about 2/3rds of that mixture as a marinade for the shrimp (about 15 minutes in a ziplock), and set aside the rest for the taco fixin’s, which consist of avocado, grape tomatoes, romaine hearts, a bit of Mexican corn, and just a few black olives, roughly chopped. You could add some black beans (my hubby’s not fond of them or they would be LOADED). I  chop all the fixin’s, mix them together, then toss with the reserved dressing RIGHT BEFORE we are going to eat.
While heating up a cast iron skillet, warm up some flour tortillas (I warm them in the toaster oven JUST long enough to give them some character – or if you want to get fancy, warm them in a cast iron skillet).
Sear the shrimp in a skillet just long enough to cook. Toss the fixin’s with the dressing. Put some of the fixin’s and some shrimp in your tortillas, drizzle with lime juice and hot sauce, and EAT! Super easy, super fast, super YUMMY!!
I hope that you are enjoying some sunshine…remember to be grateful for the little things like those birds chirping in the trees.
With love and gratitude,
Eclectic Dawn


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