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 THE STORY:

The intersection of CONNECTION + CREATIVITY.

 

MY PAINTINGS:

Juliet Whitsett is an artist whose background and interests focus on the integration of arts and creativity at the community level. Her work explores ideas of "Social Fabric"- the fashion worn during connections between friends and strangers in the Texas Honky Tonk and Dance Hall cultures. 

My husband & I met in an old Texas Dance Hall, just outside of Blanco, TX. Twin Sisters Dance Hall to be exact.

Oh, if those walls could talk.
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For over 140 years the Twin Sisters have hosted down home memories for friends, families, strangers… even strangers who would share a first dance, then a second, eventually fall in love, and even, sometimes, fill each other’s dance card for ages to come…
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That night at Twin Sisters, Juliet had all of the right moves. Dason took her dance lesson and he reports that watching her teach Two-Step sealed the deal.
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From a nice conversation… to a fun first dance… to a business card left at Juliet’s work… to an extremely comfortable mid-week lunch, we both started to get the feeling that this was a connection worth looking into.
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Oddly enough, the day after our fabulous lunch date, Juliet got diagnosed with cancer. (Juliet actually postponed her doctor’s appointment one day to make the lunch). Dason, who barely knew Juliet, was very supportive thorough her 7 months of treatment- emailing, texting, and just being a good friend.
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About 6 months into treatment, Dason took an excited (and hairless) Juliet out to dinner.
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It was truly a magical night out… and we've been Two-Stepping every since...
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Oh yeah, we ended up having twin daughters... (one which we named after Fischer Dance Hall were we celebrated our marriage).

It must have been written in the stars at an old Texas Dance Hall- the Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco, TX.

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ABOUT GIDDYUP POST: 

 Giddyup Post- connection catalysts and postal delights that celebrate the simple art of sending mail.

  

Juliet’s relationship with her Grandmother Rita inspired the rootin' tootin paintbrush ridin' character/logo Lil’ Rita.

For years, Juliet connected with her Wisconsin-based grandma Rita through letters and drawings. She kept up the correspondence until the day her sweet grandmother died. At that point, Juliet’s sparkly-eyed grandfather held her hand, looked into her eyes, smiled and requested; “Keep the letters coming.” Juliet continued to write him until he passed away at the incredible age of 101. Juliet is now a mother, whose daughters have out-of-town- letter-writing grandparents who adore connecting with their grandchildren. Juliet makes a point of spending time drawing and transcribing messages from her young twins to send to their grandparents.

 

WE LOVE CREATIVITY!

IMAGINATIONS are for kids! They’re not just for kids! There’s a whole world of joy, downright silliness and delight that lives inside us rarin’ to be released.  There’s no pressure- or need for perfection- it’s play… and all the experts agree-play is GOOD for us!

Juliet Whitsett was an Elementary School Art Teacher and a Fine Arts Coordinator.  It was essential that every child had their own art journal to develop and explore their creative ideas. Sometimes within the timeframe of a class period,  students would finish their project early. When this happened, Juliet encouraged them to create in their art journal, and were given the option to free-draw or utilize the weekly posted ART CHALLENGE/ INVITATION, to use as a prompt. More often than not, students craved the prompts, they begged for more and more! She came to see that some of the most engaging moments and creative drawings and thoughts came from working within specific boundaries. Students, regardless of their technical skills could exercise their creative minds and problem solving skills, humor and sense of novelty and adventure. 

 

REAL MAIL RULES.

Imagine opening your mailbox, and finding something inside that was better than your soon-to-be recycling, better than coupons, better than bills, better than advertisements...  

What if you found real evidence that confirmed the fact that you were thought of and someone ‘out there’ wanted to connect with you, offline, with a gift of their time and hand-crafted creative energy? Imagine if you or a child you love could be a part of making someone else feel that way.  Giddyup Art Studio’s aim is to deliver personal connections through art.  

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CREATIVITY + CONNECTION = YIPPEE!

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WHAT IS GIDDYUP POST?

It’s about IMAGINATIONS.

A world of downright silliness and delight is RARIN’ to be released.  

It’s art PLAY…

and play is GOOD for us.

It’s about REAL CONNECTION.

If you love someone, share your love!  SHOW them.  

What will make them smile & feel seen? DELIVER it.

It will BRIGHTEN your eyes, then THEIRS.

Pinky swear.

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Have fun!  Be playful!  You are so darn thoughtful! GET STARTED!

-Juliet