Painter, Fiber Artist, Interactive Theatrical Storyteller. To contact please call 610-644-8088 or email

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Capture and Return of Bald Beatrice the Baby Mermaid with Seniors

Friday was a special day with a small group of lovely people at a senior center. I thought I WAS a senior, but they are all past their 80's so they ARE seniors. It was a pleasure getting to know some of them after the performance, always humbled by their resilience and wisdom. 

Everyone just loves to play, no matter what the age! The Capture and Return of Bald Beatrice the Baby Mermaid! We had many moments of laughter and a few of tenderness.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

3 D Wall Pocket with Flowers Acrylic and Paper on Canvas by Artist Victoria O'Neill

I love fabric so much, and manipulating it into different forms. So, bought a roll of canvas and started to paint and collage papers onto it, with the thought of creating wall pockets with flowers. This did not come easy. Made many adjustments along the way but at this point just have to say Ta Da!

The completed piece is 19" x 14" x 10"

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mandala Workshop at Abington Library on Tuesday Sept 25, 2018

Mandala Workshop for ages 5 thru 12
   Tuesday September 25th 
from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Abington Library
1030 Old York Road

Abington, PA 19001

Class size is limited to 30 children 
Questions? Call (215) 885-5180, ext. 128.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

ArtyPantz Productions Coming into the Home Stretch for Summer 2018

It's been a fabulous summer traveling all around sharing storytelling events hither and yon. This Thursday I will be at La Petite Academy in Exton for a private event of The Capture and Return of Bald Beatrice the Baby Mermaid, and then pretty much done for the summer.

I will be teaching at KenCrest Pottstown and working with the Phoenixville Area Senior Center here and there in the fall, plus some other creative endeavors.
But most attention will be shifting to Sew Bee Mine, making beautiful one of a kind wearable art aprons and other things with vintage and other unique fabrics.

An idea for a seventh storytelling event has been floating around in my brain for the past year or so, and maybe this year it will get done. It's so much work to make enough costumes, props etc for a show, but once they are made, they are made. And then it's just a matter of using them!
I am also completely absorbed with the planning and implementation of Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville's KidsFest which will be taking place on October 6th in Reeves Park Phoenixville. 
Life is full and good.

Monday, July 23, 2018

ArtyPantz Mandala Workshop at Upper Dublin Library Saturday July 28th

I am looking forward to spending the morning at the
this coming Saturday July 28th at 10:00 a.m. 
for a Mandala Workshop

The library is located at 
805 Loch Alsh Ave
Fort Washington PA 19034 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Busy Summer for ArtyPantz Productions

Summer is just busy enough, bopping all around with storytelling events, plus some Mandala Workshops scheduled here and there.  Most of these events are at camps and schools so not open to the public. 
However The Capture and Return of Bald Beatrice the Baby Mermaid is FREE and open to the public on July 19th at Springfield Mall. 
Another public event is on July 28th at Upper Dublin Public Library and it's a Mandala Workshop for kids ages 6 thru 9. You must register for this.

Back to storytelling, I have been doing these 100% interactive events since 2003, and actually love it more than ever each year. I've done all the work writing the stories and making all the costumes, puppets, props etc. Now it's just a matter of loading it all up and driving somewhere and doing it!

Occasionally a fish puppet needs a new stick, or a strap comes off a rainbow pixie cape or a piece of corn comes out of it's stalk and needs to be glued in, etc.  But it is nothing compared to making it all in the first place, as in making hundreds of costumes, puppets, and props. For the most part they have all held up really well over the years. 

There are six different stories and some of these handmade items can be used in more than one story, such as bears in one story are ground hogs in another.......

It can be challenging to keep the stories and matching puppets props and costumes straight since everything is packed into rolling have to open them all up and switch things around on a regular basis. 

Anyway life is good, I am lucky to be doing something that is of my own making, that is enjoyable and enjoyed.

Happy Summer Everyone!
artwork by Madeleine de Kemp

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Mandala Workshop at Lower Macungie Library with ArtyPantz Productions

We had about 30 participants in the Workshop.....ages 5 through senior citizens.

started off learning the concept with geometric blocks

then made some mandalas with crayons and  markers

Each participant created their own set of shapes 
then took assorted papers and cardboard cake rounds home to make their own cut paper mandalas!

 That evening, many came back plus more for a rip roaring performance of The Capture and Return of Bald Beatrice the Baby Mermaid. Afterwards swinging tail puppets were made by all. This girl made a "mer"BUNNY, the first bunny ever made in the 16 years of this show! 

Her sister made a mermaid to watch over the bunny!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Artypantz Productions at Lower McCungie Library June 18, 2018

Next Monday June 18th I will be at 
Lower McCungie Library
3450 Brookside Road
Macungie, PA 18062

From 3 to 4:00 p.m. 
Mandala Workshop for Teens and Adults

from 6:30 to 7:30 
 The Capture and Return of Bald Beatrice the Baby Mermaid with the whole family!

Call the library at 610-966-6864 to register