Saturday, November 20, 2010

Inspiration from Honesdale

Hey its Liz again [Caroline's blog partner in crime:)] I've taken this photo of the Lackawacken River from a tiny, blue walking bridge hidden away in the town of Honesdale. I was inspired to write the poem that follows because of the beauty of this river. Please, let me know what you think!

An observation

The suns rays
Made up of shinning light
Varying in strength
Shift upon my skin.

They move from me
To the river’s surface
Tinting its colors
While making the water shine.

The sun has the power
Of distinguishing purity
From a modern filth
In all winding waters.

All rivers
Untouched by man
Shine in the light
In a transparent way.

All other rivers
Touched by man
Are nothing but darkness
Killed by filth.

-Elizabeth Danon

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Tangent From The Observer

Hey guys! I know it's been a while since Caroline last introduced me on the blog... but things have been pretty hectic lately. caugh caugh... college applications and senior year of high school... caugh caugh. But hey, I am here now, typing away for all you My Journey to Neverland blog lovers. Please... Enjoy:)

To be powerful and to be safe is great. As Bob Marley would say, “No worries.” To feel invincible, to feel superior, and to feel like you were a steel fence is something that everyone strives to feel. Yet what if you were the railroad track that goes unnoticed behind the metal that’s called a hero? What if you were left to be walked all over by uncaring people? That high and mighty fence just stares at you with a hint of a smile that says, “I’m better than you.” It’s always protecting and always watching. You, on the other hand, just wait. The fence catches wary pedestrians from falling. Yet, you listen for the rumble of a train and feel for the touch of a curious butterfly. Somehow, I would rather be the unnoticed set of railroad tracks than the all mighty fence.
Liz Danon

A Picture Of Many Words

May the stones of our past lead us in the right direction. This is one of my favorite hidden spots in Honesdale. It’s only an alleyway, but when alone and stressed this place is great to come to clear my head. Just to think of all the people the stone wall and back of the church have seen and heard is astonishing. When I think of these people, and their stories, I realize that everyone’s life is unique. The old stones of the wall and church tell their stories. You just have to listen.

From... Liz Danon.

Update ~ Thank You Again

Quick update; we are almost ready for Thursday’s Show!
The windows and glass have been polished,
the cobwebs of Halloween have been dusted away!
I am so excited; The Connections Magazine’s Artscene Show will include the seven artists, featured in the magazine.
My hopes are to see you there; November 4th 5-7pm.
Your warm words, thoughtful cards and letters have been an inspirational blessing!
Although the economy stinks, our doors are busier than ever!
A great sign!
We have made serious cut backs, with great sadness, to our event schedule.
However, I am hopeful for the future.
Again, I want to thank you all for just being there with me… through it all!
Good and Bad!
Your friendship means the world to me!
Love Caroline

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Master Artist - Ron Orlando

Bon jour mon ami!
The work of a talented master, a wildlife genius, artist Ron Orlando has joined the Hone Gallery.
I am so excited and envious of his talent, I have been looking at his paintings for hours and wow, mind blowing! I just keep looking at the canvas with awe. The details are spectacular and not a brush stroke in sight!
You should see these in person!
His paintings are of beautiful and majestic wildlife.
He chalks up his talent to extensive field work and research.
However, this gentleman is accredited and has a long lineage of titles, grants, and awards.
I am a true fan of wildlife art no matter photograph, sculpture or painting.
His work will be exhibited or shall I say...
unveiled during our Connections Magazine Artscene Show on November 4th 5-7pm.
I so wish that you could join us?
I wanted to show you all a peak!
I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do?

Also, I would like to give a great big shout it out to our friends in Germany, Spain, Australia, and Canada! It is wonderful knowing that you are there, and I hope to celebrate together with you soon!
Vielen Dank für die Unterstützung!
Gracias por apoyarnos!
Merci pour votre soutien!
شكرا لدعم لنا!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Watch out for Trolls!

Thank you all for the wonderful letters, emails and support!
It was a busy week at the gallery and I am looking forward to a great Holiday Season!
We have added four new artists this week alone!
We are moving around the gallery and shaken out the TROLLS!!!

Getting ready for our Monthly Drum Circle: October 29th & Our next show with Connections Magazine on November 4th! Seven new artists on exhibit!

These great photos are handmade items by Pat Baker Smith, that fabulous artist from Tyler Hill here is a link to her shop: www.artbypat.comCan you believe that adorable little owl is made from a gourd?

Some little inspirations…

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. ~Abraham Lincoln

Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think. ~Chinese Proverb

Monday, October 18, 2010

Help Me Keep the Vision Going!

Help Me Keep the Vision Going!

This is my first time trying to raise funds and please forgive me for doing this here.

As you all know, I have a gallery that does tons of free events, classes and demonstrations in Honesdale, PA. We have ALL recently gone through a tough period, first personally with my health and family, and then with funding and grants completely gone, through this horrible recession.
I need to resort to fundraising. I wish to continue doing these great community events and with a little help from everyone I could continue. I don’t wish to change the orientation of the gallery.

If all my friends donated $1.00, we could continue.
Without help and support I will no longer be able to continue these humanitarian projects.

Our past programs, events, shows, and Classes, have included:

Storytelling for the children.
Literature and Poetry for all.
Classical, Blues, and Jazz Music.
Drum Circles.
Dream Workshops.
Drawing Circles: Free Drawing Classes with Live Model .
Our Monthly Free-Demonstrations
Such as past events include; Photography, Sculpture, Jewelry, Special Effects, Zentanlges and Marketing.

Our Youth Incentive Program a monthly, charitable donation of $50.00 in art supplies to local students through an art contest.

I hope that you will consider supporting this vision of “Keeping the Arts Alive and Growing!”

If you wish to mail a donation:
The Philip Hone Gallery-Fundraiser
742 Main Street
Honesdale, PA 18431

Caroline Denaro

IF THE LINK DOESN'T WORK: here is the web-address:

There are other amounts here at our STORE.

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” ~Stella Adler

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Honesdale Harvest Weekend

Our NEPA town became thee artist’s canvas this past weekend…
Not only did we have the killer views…
The sweeping vistas and amazing colors…
The weather was perfect too!
We had our own local "Honesdale Harvest Weekend."
The fun never ended!
From the pet parade, with the cutest of costumes…
On our favorite “four-legged” customers.
To the hot air balloon rides at WLE, and all their happenings too…
There was music, a petting zoo; pony rides galore, cotton candy, candy apples, pumpkins and corn mazes…
Well this could be definitely why; I love the “fall!”
The Gallery…
The weekend was busier than ever, with our friend; Leeanna guiding our helm.
I am truly grateful that she bestowed this gift!
Yes, birthday wishes & dreams did come true,
I received a day off!
Good Friends, Champagne, Balloons,
Presents and cards.
It was my birthday!
A great big thank you to all of you for your warm wishes!
And a supper shout out to the crew;
You are all appreciated, and you make it look so easy!
A job well done! Bravo!

The Pearl Necklace is a little preview of the new line,coming tomorrow! This simple natural pearl necklace is stunning!
One of my favorites the Wooden Necklace pictured here is available and is featured in a giveaway...
Check out Kayce Hughes Pears and Bears Store her blog is giving away beautiful wooden jewelry… find out details here at her blog!

Information for a great weekend...

Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions.

or more info here:

This is the link for the hot air balloon company: Fantasy Fliers

WLE: Wallenpaupack Lake Estates
or more info here

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

More photos...

Some beautiful images of our town; Honesdale from our intern Liz...
and from me a photo of our artists:
Check out more about our "Women of Substance Show" on our gallery blog!
Pictured together from top left; Joan Hill, Nancy Wells,
(Bottom Left) Gabriel Feldman and Suzanna Rhea Hadorn
Au Revoir

Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. - Henry David Thoreau

Monday, October 4, 2010

Carpe Diem!

Go for it now! The future is promised to no one. ~Wayne Dyer

The beautiful, young lady pictured here is Liz our intern with one of her drawings.
She is also one of my students. I teach a small drawing class to the local kids for two hours, once a week.
I really enjoy doing this. They are a talented bunch of little artists!

I have been going through hell trying to get my camera & digital storage devices to work right.
The stupid thing (camera) cost almost 2Grand, and it is falling apart!
Right after the warranty expired!
I know…
So, then purchased a video camcorder this week and
Well let’s just say I am taking it back to the store!
it’s another piece of poop!
I know I have been promising you the photos from the show…
I hope to bring them to you this coming week.
That nice woman at CVS photo downloads them to a disk for me.
So much for complaining!
The other photo is our new artist Lisa Domiano’s work titled; “Take a little piece of my heart.” This is made from ruby red glass, old, rusty nails and barbed wire.
I can’t wait to see what she brings in next.
The apples are a giclee by Phil Jostrum, a talented local painter. He was the set designer for the Godfather Movies. I still pinch myself we are friends.

Wishing you all a beautiful, productive day!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wonderful Colored Pencils

My favorite pencil artist Ann Marie Jones, sent me this wonderful email below.
Which, I hope you all enjoy as much as I did!







We all need to be constantly sharpened. This parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities. Only you can fulfill the purpose which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what's inside of you.

Keep Creating, my wonderful box of colored pencils…

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New artist Scott Matern

So my full apology for not posting Liz’s wonderful work.
I am scheduled to see her tomorrow.

I have awakened from a blur, a cold.
A stressed out, burned out, breakdown of sorts….
I have received what I deserved from running around all ragged and crazy.
4 days of aches and pains, coughing, running nose…
and some visuals that I will most certainly leave out!
A large dose of rest (quite frankly, I didn’t move at all)
What the heck was I thinking!
It never fails, as we all do, especially mothers…
We run ourselves to the ground trying to accomplish the impossible!
Now awakening to my house…being in bed for days, oh no…
Truly frightening!
Now another week just to catch up for being sick,
Am I the only one this happens to?
I posted some of my own pictures of our new artist Scott Matern
and from our Antique Car Night here in Honesdale.

Oil Paintings by Scott Matern
Snowplow 40x50
Untitled Street Scene 30x42

Until tomorrow keep creating~

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Introducing Liz

Yes, I have been MIA!
With all the excitement in the air, our events are better than ever!
And I am busier than ever…
We have a whole new line up of artists, and of course…
Our new show on Thursday! “Four Women of Substance,”
What a glorious success!
Come join us and share in the excitement!
Strong, Talented Women whom are full of wisdom and let's talk art!
To die for! I will be posting all the details this week!

Tonight I will be introducing our new intern Liz and her work.
She has been photographing our beautiful and charming community.
Just only 17, and full of passion and determination for the arts!
She hopes to bring a touch of the little things to our blog…

All the local beauty, majestic and historic scenes,
With even the quirky things we truly love about our town.

Liz enjoys writing and literature, so of course I said go for it!
Give it your best shot;
And well she did it!

I will be adding her work daily to our blog.
And my request to all of you; my friends…

Share your wisdom and direct her with the spirit, soul and kindness you have shown me! I think she did a great job; and only you can tell her!
These next few weeks will be your opportunity to inspire and direct her!
So much for me;

Introducing Liz:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

4 Amazing Artists - Four Women of Substance

Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~Attributed to Howard Thurman

What makes us come alive?
For me, it is bringing art to life, doing art, creating art, being around art…
Which is why I am so excited to tell you all, about this month’s show:
Four Women of Substance
Gabrielle Feldman, Suzannah Rhea Hadorn, Joan Hill and Nancy Wells.
These women are top notch, the best talent around and I have them showing in my gallery!
This just makes me so excited!
I have butterflies!
Can you imagine…
It’s a dream come true.
I spent all day writing out invitations and going through the mailing list.
I am going to rip the gallery apart and get the place squeaky clean!
It will be approximately my one year anniversary!
I wish you all could join us for this night of celebration.

Just check out the picture above done by Nancy Wells!
She even created the frame…
including images imprinted into the tin.

When you love something, just do it with all your heart.
Thank you God.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


These creative peace signs are from the Varga Gallery in Woodstock, NY.
The Woodstock World Peace Project was to acknowledge and commemorate the role that Woodstock played in the peace movement. This was a project open to all, everyone around the world. I love the concept. I have always admired Christine’s creative spirit and all she does to promote art and help the community.
One day I hope to meet her and join our creative forces together.
These peace signs are for sale and available log onto
for more details.
These creative peace signs are from the Varga Gallery in Woodstock, NY.
The Woodstock World Peace Project was to acknowledge and commemorate the role that Woodstock played in the peace movement. This was a project open to all, everyone around the world. I love the concept. I have always admired Christine’s creative spirit and all she does to promote art and help the community.
One day I hope to meet her and join our creative forces together.
These peace signs are for sale and available log onto
for more details.
Keep creating!

Original works by Varga Artists available for sale at

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gallery Life

The pictures are from our Night of the Arts with the Milanville Poets Unlimited, who will again be playing here, along with Stephen Faubel; August 28th 6-9pm, “a sixties gathering!” Save the Earth! Music & Poerty!
We have Zentangles 101,102, and 103 coming in August 18th & 25th!
The Artist’s Lounge: Free Demonstration - August 11th 5-7pm
The Drum Circle: Thomas Deerheart - August 27th 6:30-8pm

What a busy season it has been, so far!
All things personal, including family and friends have been put on the back burner…
even my blog! However, disappointing that may be for my social life;
it is wonderful news about how the gallery is doing, it is thriving!
I have met so many wonderful new artists & friends! The gallery keeps growing, evolving and prospering. During the craziest of times!
It is a blessing! “Thanx God!”
As usual, the struggle between motherhood and career are still running full force, rampantly through my mind daily!
All my mistakes…
Like; I have realized how horribly wrong it was to spoil my children by doing everything for them as a stay at home mom!
Especially now, that I need them, to chip in?
I hear comments like "I don’t know how", "It’s not my job", or "other Mother’s do it",
Errr! This drives me insane, I believe it is some type of attention getting, out burst or mechanism! When you know you showed them how do it twenty times already!
Well, now that I got that off my chest!
I know I shouldn’t sweat the little things, but hey:
Life is full of the little things!
They are what make you smile and laugh.
Back to the Art world:
We just had our studio tour. Huge success!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t go on it like last year, I worked right through it.
I am thinking about adding and subtracting some events, I will be giving drawing lessons after school. Hopefully, I will get a student!
I am looking forward to another fun month.
Wishing you all tons of creative energy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Street Fair!

Some pictures from our last street fair!
The talented and charming Ann Marie Jones, whose warm heart and soul has kept me going! She is such a pleasure to work with, and talk about talented can you see her drawings? They put me to shame!
Looking forward to this week with Ms. Pat Baker Smith! She will be out front for the Fabulous Fifties weekend Street Fair! Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the local stores will be setting up shop outside with tons of activities for all!
Some more photos:
A little photo of the Train going by with all the Antique Cars in the Parade… right behind our gallery is the Honesdale Welcoming Center where the passengers board the Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions. The Great Train Robbery is so much fun! The actors are incredible and so much fun to watch! Last year they even came into the gallery!
The next show will be July 25th… They even have the “fall foliage” run….
You can find out more information here: Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions