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When Artsy Friends Take Time Off

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Of Living as an Artist


One of the greatest things is when your art making passion that you share with others, turns into friendships …over Continents and States. Two weeks ago my friend Birgit Koopsen came from The Netherlands not only to teach a workshop together with me but also for a  week long visit.


And what better reason to get the Art House crew back together- and have Jenn Mason coming from Boston and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer from NYC. The four of us had a great time touristing in New Jersey and New York City just taking a time off from everything and have some good old girly fun. So here is some picture overload …


Birgit loved playing with her panorama mode. Sometimes it worked…


and sometimes it didn’t when she tried to get all four of us into the picture at the dinner table – LOL


Strolling around in Jersey City…can’t beat our view of the city :)


and our street art is also pretty cool. (mural by Fintan Magee)


Lot’s of evenings on our deck enjoying sunsets


The Brooklyn Bridge had to be stepped on


Dim Sum had to be eaten in Chinatown …lot’s of it…


And Bubble Tea had to be drunken …once….and never ever again as Birgit and I agreed on – LOL


We took the ferry to Ellis Island


and showed AMAZING photo skills taking photos of the FOUR of us WITH the Statue of Liberty


We waved at Lady Liberty and the long lines to get to her


By which time one of us had finally figured out how to shoot a photo of all five of us :)


We found Julie’s grandparents inscribed on Ellis Island


and had Jenn sing Country songs to the amusement of the two Europeans in the group.


I took Birgit to a walk through Liberty State Park while the two Americans made their way back to the City.


And joined the two the next day again where we decided at MoMA that art is often taken way to serious




And because Birgit and I were by then used to daily 14 miles walks…we walked the Highline…where she became part of a billboard


…and we walked


and had even my husband joining us walking…it was a whole Forest Gump Troop


And made sure to fulfill Birgit’s wish to find a Yankees Shirt. That is one triumphant face for Julie…who is a Red Sox Fan – hey Julie: Take that – we rubbed the Yankees Shirt onto your TV sofa…LOL


And got an amazing shot of the three of us and the Rockefeller Center


And looked from the Top of Rock over all the areas in Manhattan and Jersey City we had been walked through.


And that is the end of a fab inspiring and relaxing week with my girls …It was loads of fun and I miss Birgit a lot.

But I know we will see each other next year…for sure ;)

What did you do the last time you took some time off?

Have an amazing day!








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  • Birgit Koopsen


    Love it, love it, love it! Made me relive it all over again and laughing again too! Boy, did we laugh a lot!! :D Miss you too, but it will be next year before you know it!! <3 xxx


  • Be


    Great photos! Looks like you guys had a blast. New York is on my list of places to see. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.


  • Carol Jones


    Love this. Everyone needs time off with their friends!


  • Laura S


    Looks like you girls had a wonderful time. I want to try some dim sum. It looks so yummy but you don’t like Boba Tea? What?! You have to try the Strawberry and Banana! Best Smoothie, ever! Thanks for the tour. I enjoy your pics so much :) Hugs, Laura


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      Nathalie Kalbach


      LOL Boba Tea – bah – LOL. You should have seen Birgit and my face :)


  • Sofia


    You lucky girls!!!


  • Sue Clarke


    Love all the photos and how cool that Julie found her grandparents on the plaque. I always enjoy the pics of street art that you find Nat. The last time I hung out with my girlfriends we took the dogs for a long walk on a beach and it was a blast. Followed by some delightful food of course.


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      Nathalie Kalbach


      That sounds wonderful Sue! Nothing more fun then playing with the dogs at the beach! I miss having a dog sometimes!


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Art Fusion at the InkPad in NYC – Photos

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media Workshop


Last week my friend Birgit Koopsen visited me from The Netherlands. Birgit and I have been teaching together in Europe quite often and last year we organized our first Art Fusion Event in The Netherlands. This year our event was hosted by The InkPad in New York City and we had a great time with our students at Westbeth last sunday.


Birgit taught a Mixed Media Canvas Class using Acrylic Paints and I taught an Altered Book Class using Acrylic Inks, Paints and Markers. Birgit worked with her new wonderful stamps and I was able to see my new Stencils in action :)


It was so much fun. It was a very colorful day and we had a great time with our super talented students!


Look at all those gorgeous images they draw in their altered book class!


Thank you to The InkPad for having us and thank you to Liquitex for providing the acrylic media for the class! I am missing Birgit – but who knows – we might be up for something next year ;)


If you live near or in NYC – why don’t you join me next Friday, October 10th 2014 from 7pm-9.30 pm at The InkPad for an Art Journal Class – Artvergnugen with Photo Transfers


There are only a couple seats left – come and join us. I will show you some fun ways to do Photo Transfers and how to incorporate them in your Art Journal.

You can see all other in-person workshops I am teaching this year here.

Have a gorgeous day




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  • Jackie P Neal


    How wonderful that your friend Birgit was able to come here and teach with you! Wish I was there too! “)


  • Laura Strack


    I love seeing what everyone creates with your fabulous stamps and stencils! Looks like you and Birgit had a blast. Have a beautiful week :)


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      Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you Laura, wishing you a gorgeous week too! Nat :)


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Inspired by Brooklyn – Brooklyn Museum Swoon Exhibition

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in The Traveling Artist


I am a little bit behind with posting my stuff, so this exhibition meanwhile closed. But: Last month I went to the Brooklyn Museum for Swoon‘s Submerged Motherlands Exhibition. I admire her work and I wanted to see this exhibition ever since it opened .


In the middle of the rotunda of the museum was this amazing tree – the trunk made of dyed fabric and the branches holding intricate paper cut pieces. Swoon engaged with climate change in the installation as a response to the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy.


The exhibition touched me – not only was I in awe by all the tiny details and the obvious love and work in putting it all together- it also made me think, feel, and smell (the rafting boats made out of garbage and that had concurred some international rivers, left some traces ocean smell in the exhibition).



I wanted to live in this place. It was beautiful and calm.


Where ever you looked you saw tiny pieces of repurposed every day materials into pieces of art.


on the walls, on the floor, in air


The drawings and colors – strong and breathtaking . It was an exhibition that made you want to explore, to stay there forever, to lay down on the floor, to just let it work it’s magic.


I am sad the exhibition is over and not there to go back- but it makes me happy to know that the rafts found a final resting place in a forest. What a beautiful idea.

If you have the chance to see art work by this amazing artist- go and see it Follow her amazing projects – she is one inspiring and amazing person! I have a little swoon crush, I admit!

You can find Swoon on her website here, on FB, instagram and twitter.

What was the last art exhibition that made you all emotional?




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  • Diana Trout


    Thanks for introducing me to this artist, Nat! I’ve had a nice little visit with you this morning ;)


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      Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you Diana :) Can’t wait to catch up via email :)


  • Michelle Salazar


    This is amazing thank you for showing me her work I will keep my eye out to see if I can catch her exhibit live sometime!


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