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

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

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Dig Plant! Water! Sunshine! Love! How Does Our Garden Grow? at Exton Square Mall on Tuesday June 12th at 10:30

Next public performance is Tuesday for KidCrew at the Exton Square Mall. This is the fifth time I have been there.  We will be doing Dig Plant! Water! Sunshine! Love! How Does Our Garden Grow? on Tuesday morning June 12th at 10:30. Hope to see you there! We will be near The Gap on the main level, moving from former location near Boscovs on the lower level.

Here are pictures of just some of the props and costumes we will be using to tell the story. Afterwards we will be making  farmer puppets. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dig! Plant! Water! Sunshine! Love! How Does Our Garden Grow? at Exton Mall Tuesday June 12th

Most of the places I go to for storytelling events are in schools, libraries, camps, daycares, etc. Malls like to offer family friendly entertainment and have been hiring me to come to their KidCrew program.  These programs are free and open to the public. Today I was at the Springfield Mall in front of the fountain and we had a nice crowd of kids and their parents for Hooray 4 Bugs

Next public performance is Tuesday. At the Exton Mall. This is the fifth time I have been there.  We will be doing Dig Plant! Water! Sunshine! Love! How Does Our Garden Grow? on Tuesday morning June 12th. Hope to see you there!

Here are pictures of just some of the props and costumes we will be using to tell the story. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

ArtyPantz Productions at Mary D Lang Kindergarten Center

I'm excited to be heading out to Mary D Lang Kindergarten Center in Kennet Square PA tomorrow for a couple of storytelling events of Dig! Plant! Water! Sunshine! Love! How Does Our Garden Grow? 

In the meantime, here is a very sweet video of these Kindergartners talking about Kindness.

Can't wait to meet this kiddos! 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Birdies in the Trees Drawing by Artist Victoria O'Neill

When I was 16 I just picked up a pen one day and started to draw, and that was the beginning of my life as an artist. I just drew black and white drawings for many years, and then went into painting. I haven't done much drawing in the past 30 years or so!

I got a new drawing pad for a silkscreen workshop I took with my daughters a few weekends back, and now feeling like drawing again.

This drawing may be transferred to canvas and if so will make a very colorful painting.

Also available as a print! 
Click here to purchase. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Spring Necklaces at Fundraiser for Playground in the Park

Preparing a necklace craft for the 3rd Annual Egg Hunt At Uncle B’s tomorrow, March 25th. 

We are expecting around 200 kiddos to come out and enjoy the hunt, play some games etc.  

To make a necklace, simply color a bunny from my drawings that I reduced and printed en masse, or make your own drawing. Then cut it into a circle along the dotted lines, glue it onto a decorative paper circle, punch a hole in it, tie a piece of yarn in and Ta Da!  

Some of the proceeds from this event will go to fundraising for Playground in the Park, a joint  effort by the Kiwanis and Jaycees and the Borough of Phoenixville to replace the existing playground in Reeve's Park with an all abilities playground,  for EVERYONE to access and enjoy!