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Handmade books and various art explorations

#antibullying art: Don’t Stand By, Stand Up

October 16th, 2014 by Nikki Smith

Don't stand by...STAND UP (#antibullying poster)

Created for an anti-bullying campaign.  “Don’t stand by…STAND UP.”  Bystanders can end bullying by standing up and speaking out.  Be an #upstander and help someone who needs a friend today.

I’m #antibullying.  Are you?

Copyright Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com, with thanks to photographer Mark Roy.

Social sharing ENCOURAGED! Educators: contact me for a free digital download of this poster for your school.

Spread the word and let’s help create bully-free schools today!

#antibullying  –  #standup

Fine Art & $100 for Wine: A perfect pairing! July 2014 Promotion

July 8th, 2014 by Nikki Smith

Fine Art and $100 for Wine - July 2014
For the month of July, 2014 only I’m running a special promotion.  Any purchase of artwork from my store will include a $100 gift certificate good towards your first purchase of wine on NakedWines.com.

Yes, really!

Naked Wines is a company based in Napa, California, that supports independent wine makers from all over the world.

Fine artwork and fine wine…it’s a perfect pairing!

When you place an order through my store during July, you will receive a $100 gift certificate from NakedWines.com… instantly.  It doesn’t matter how large your order is, you’ll still receive the gift certificate.

Once you receive the gift certificate, all you have to do is visit NakedWines.com, enter in your gift certificate code, buy some wine, and you’re done!  Then, just sit back and wait for the wine to arrive on your doorstep.  If the logistical stars are in alignment, maybe your wine and your artwork will arrive at the same time!

Before using your gift certificate on NakedWines.com, please note the following restrictions:

Terms & Restrictions

The $100 gift certificate is only valid for first-time buyers on NakedWines.com and can only be applied towards purchases of $160 or more.   You must be 21 years or older to redeem the gift certificate.   Wine can not be shipped outside of the United States.   Additional restrictions apply.   Void where prohibited.   See complete details at http://us.nakedwines.com/100voucher.   Naked Wines is not affiliated with Naked Winery (http://nakedwinery.com) in Hood River, Oregon.

Note that due to state laws, NakedWines.com cannot ship to all states.  Per their Terms page:

“We currently ship to Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Product availability varies by state and certain states are subject to volume limitations (details about your state’s shipping laws can be found on NakedWines.com website.) We don’t ship to counties or cities where wine shipping is prohibited, and we don’t ship to these states at all: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah”

There is no minimum purchase required in order to receive the gift certificate.   If you purchase a greeting card, for example, you’ll still receive the gift certificate from NakedWines.com – yes, really!

Start Shopping for your Art and Wine now:

Yes, please share this announcement with your friends and fellow art and wine lovers.  This promotion is only for art purchases made during the month of July, 2014.  What are you waiting for?

Visit my store below today to select your artwork, then pop over and select your wine! 


The Many Muses of Nikki Smith – Artist Reception, First Friday June 6th @ in Bryan, TX

May 18th, 2014 by Nikki Smith

The Many Muses of Nikki Smith, The Frame Gallery, June/July, 2014

The Frame Gallery presents:
The Many Muses of Nikki Smith

When: June/July, 2014
Starts: June 2nd
Opening Reception: First Friday, June 6th – Meet the artist and enjoy live music, art and conversation all evening!

The Frame Gallery
216 N Bryan Ave
Bryan, TX 77803
(Map & Directions)

(* NOTE: In July, The Frame Gallery will be moving! The artwork will continue to be displayed at the new location in July, just a block or so away. The new address will be posted here soon.)

The Frame Gallery is proud to present “The Many Muses of Nikki Smith”, our featured artist for June and July, 2014. From Euterpe (the muse of song), to Terpsichore (the muse of dance) to Urania (the muse of science), Nikki Smith’s artwork takes inspiration from her life and passions.

Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, June 6th at the Frame Gallery in downtown Bryan, Texas. Meet the artist, enjoy live music and great conversation, and of course, fabulous ART!

Smith’s artwork will be on display at The Frame Gallery through the end of June. Prints can be purchased in person at The Frame Gallery or through the artist’s online store at http://nikkimarie-smith.artistwebsites.com.

About the Artist:

Currently featured on the cover of Flair Magazine, local Bryan, TX artist Nikki Smith was awarded the prestigious International FAA “Tony” Award for Artistic Merit in 2013. Smith’s artwork and articles are published in numerous issues of Cloth Paper Scissors, PAGES, and Somerset Digital Studios magazines as well as an artist profile in The Houston Chronicle. A self-taught artist and lifelong learner, her artwork has traveled to collectors in over a dozen countries and across the USA.

“My artwork is inspired by music, color and the human body. I believe that music has such an incredible power to move us, to change our state of mind. My artwork seeks to capture this transformative power of music through color and motion, often combining musical instruments and the female form to tell a story. As my style continues to evolve, I am excited to see where this artistic journey will take me.”

Visit The Frame Gallery this First Friday, June 6th (and throughout the month of June) to see new artwork by award winning artist Nikki Smith.

Prints of Nikki Smith’s artwork are available in person at The Frame Gallery or through the artist’s website: http://nikkimarie-smith.artistwebsites.com .

Creative business card display for artists: Slinky-powered!

April 2nd, 2014 by Nikki Smith

Shhh…don’t tell my kiddos, but they’ve just lost a slinky!

Slinky: a creative business card holder!

I love my MiniCards by Moo.com (a box of 100 cards each with their own design: perfect for showcasing my artwork), and now I have a wonderful, creative, artistic way to display them! Yay!

I’m putting this in practice at the Wylde Women Art Show in downtown Bryan, Texas, less than 24 hours away. If you’re in the Bryan/College Station area, stop in to say hello to the artists, enjoy the artwork and live belly-dancing performances.  I can’t wait!  The opening reception is Thursday, April 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm at Square One Gallery in Bryan, TX, or stop in for First Friday from 6pm to 9pm.  I’ll also be at The Arts Center this Saturday from noon to 1:30pm for the opening reception of the Brazos Valley Art League Member Show.  I would love to meet fellow artists and art lovers in the area.  🙂

P.S. If you need creative business cards to show off your artistic talent, I highly recommend Moo.com. Sharin’ the love: follow this link for 10% off your first order. Then raid the toy box for a slinky – I won’t tell the kids if you don’t! 😉

Wylde Women Art Show: Celebrating the Female Figure (April 3rd – 12th)

March 25th, 2014 by Nikki Smith

Wylde Women Art Show, April 3rd-12th 2014

The first annual Wylde Women Art Show in downtown Bryan, Texas is going to be WILD this year! I’m excited to be a part of the show and will be unveiling a brand new digital watercolor portrait, as well as bringing one of my personal favorite pieces. Did I mention there will be live belly dancing at the opening reception? What a perfect compliment to the collection of evocative works of art celebrating the female figure! Plus, you can meet all of the artists Thursday, April 3rd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and again on First Friday, April 4th from 6pm to 9pm. It’s going to be wild and we’d love to have you join us!

Here are all of the details:

First Annual Wylde Women Art Show

Theme: Celebration of the Female Figure

Where: Square One Gallery, Downtown Bryan (directions here)

When: April 3rd – 12th (see below for times)
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 3rd, 6:30 to 8:30pm (meet the artists; entertainment and music by Brazos Valley Bellydance Events)
First Friday: April 4th, 6-9pm (meet the artists)

Additional dates/times: Sat. April 5th from 10am to 7pm; and Thurs. to Sat., April 10th – 12th from noon to 7pm

Note: Given the theme of the show, invited artists were permitted to include nude and semi-nude artwork and as such children’s viewing is at at the discretion of their parents.

Meet the Artists:

Nikki Smith – Mixed Media / Digital Watercolor

Gregory Darby – Drawing

Amanda Junek Lewis – Acrylic and Pen/Paper

Tess Kane Phillips – Dimensional Figures

Meghan Garner Portrait Designs – Photography

Wylde Soul Photography – Photography and Acrylic

Stone Voices by Larry Schueckler – Dimensional Figures

William David Garrett – Acrylic

Nancy Hampton Elliott – Mixed Media

Jill Pankey – Oil

Catherine Howell – Mixed Media

Greta Watkins – Mixed Media

Gustavo Castilla – Photography

Rebecca Kelly Boardman – Mixed Media

Cherry Winkle Moore – Drawing

Coleen Bradfield – Mixed Media

Rachel Junek – Watercolor

Lauren Browning

Acrylic Painting Club

Wylde Soul Photography


Location Sponsor:
The Pankeys Square 1 Art Studio

Advertising/Flyer Artwork:
Drip Drop Creative

Entertainment and Music:
Brazos Valley Bellydance Events

Video Capture:
Studio82-Donny Hall

Food Sponsors:
Erika Ervin – Your Fitness Girl
Advanced Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

See you there!