Inside SmitKit Studio & #SpreadTheKindness Link Up #57

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” -Pablo Picasso

Back in December, I shared a post about some local artists in my small city of Watertown, New York. If you missed that post, I encourage you to read it as it gives some background on these creative minds that are bringing culture and artistic awareness to this tiny little town…Artistic Interpretation & #SpreadTheKindness Link Up #49.

*This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Thanks to one local woman, Lindsey Paranzino, many of these young artists now have a place to display and market their work in a quaint little location where she has established SmitKit Studio. Her mission with this studio is “to discover and promote local artists while making art more accessible in our community.” Read the story of Lindsey’s journey which led to her establishing SmitKit Studio.

Meet Lindsey Paranzino, Founder and Owner of SmitKit Studio, Watertown, New York

Housed in an old Victorian home in the heart of Watertown, New York, Lindsey has created a modest studio space where local artists can display their work. She features the crafts of painters, potters, and photographers and is always rotating pieces and inviting new artists so there is sure to be something new every time you visit.

Let’s pop inside for a look around…

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” -Edward Hopper

“Creativity takes courage.” -Henri Matisse

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” -Andy Warhol

“Great art picks up where nature ends.” -Marc Chagall

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” -Piet Mondrian

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” -Salvador Dali

“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” -Henry Moore

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -Edgar Degas

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” -Georgia O’Keeffe

“Life obliges me to do something, so I paint.” -Rene Magritte

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” -Salvador Dali

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” -Ansel Adams

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau

You can follow SmitKit Studio on Facebook and Instagram to stay abreast of any new artwork that comes in as well as community events hosted by the studio. All of the artwork pictured here is for sale (if it is still available).  For details and pricing, please contact SmitKit Studio directly.

Are you artist yourself? Aren’t we all artists in one way or another…just expressing ourselves through a variety of different mediums? Are you inspired by art and the language it speaks? I would love to hear about your art and your interpretations in the comments.

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Suzy of Suzy Turner in Portugal

And Pam of Sidewalk Shoes shared a cute classic winter look in her post Winter Capsule Wardrobe The Gray Cardigan. This is one of my favorite winter outfit formulas!

Pam of Sidewalk Shoes

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

72 Responses

  1. How lovely to visit the gallery, some impressive and interesting paintings and photos – I bet you had a lovely time. Thanks for hosting the link up Shelbee. Jacqui

  2. Amazing art!

  3. These are amazing art work and I am happy to hear that there is a place where the artists can showcase their talents. What’s worse than being a great artist and not having a chance for the world to see your hard work? Love how you styled your red dress with a brown crocheted poncho. It goes so well together! I hope your week is off to a great start and happy Tuesday!

    Maureen |

    • Maureen, thank you so much for stopping by and for the lovely comment! Lindsey really is doing a great job spreading the word about all the local talent in Watertown! Have a wonderful day, my friend.


  4. Thanks so much for the feature! What a fantastic place for the artists in your town!

  5. What a wonderful studio and I love that she shares local artists! Thanks for the link up!

  6. Thanks for sharing beautiful art with us – what a treat! And how cool is that little art studio? Wow, your town is awesome, I want to move!

    • Thanks so much, Kellyann! My town definitely has its cute little treats to offer. But it is a very small town…so don’t let my fun posts fool you too much! Have a fabulous day, my friend.


  7. Thank you for interspersing all those lovely images with inspiring quotes!

  8. It’s so nice that you have a place for local artists to display their work in your town! There are some amazing pieces and so diverse! I love that a ceramic artist (my daughter is a ceramic artist) is included as well! It’s nice to be able to purchase functional pieces that are also beautiful! Have a great day!

    • Suzanne, thanks so much for stopping by! It really is a wonderful addition to our little town. And how cool that your daughter is a ceramic artist! I bet you have a beautiful collection of handmade pieces then. Have a wonderful day.


  9. Love the outfits! You have such a great sense of style!
    Thank you for hosting us each week – it’s always a fun time.
    Best wishes, Mimi

  10. I absolutely love how you highlight the businesses in your town, Shelbee!! I can’t wait to come visit you sometime, and go around to all of these places!!

    • Thanks so much, Jodie! And oh my goodness, you just made my heart go all aflutter! If you ever visit upstate NY, I will gladly take you all around my little town! A tour of all the places I have featured on my blog! That would be super fun.


  11. I minored in art history and love art. You have showcased some fabulous work! I could walk through art museums all day long. Great post!

    • Cheryl, I am finding out so many interesting facts about my blogger friends! I love that you minored in art history! That is so cool. And it makes sense as you are clearly very creative. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am so glad you enjoyed this post!


  12. A great selection of artworks by some talented folk, and love the quotes you chose!

    • Gail, thank you so much for reading! This was a fun post to write as I found these quotes by famous artists to be quite inspiring! And I do love being surrounded by creative people with creative minds!


  13. How nice to have a local art gallery! There are some beautiful works!

  14. What a beautiful idea to house a place to display artists works. I also love all of these quotes from these famous artists that you included. I took about 5 art history classes way back when I went to college and I still love browsing art when I have time. I just love that green shawl/sweater draped over your dress! The colors are beautiful together.


    • Carrie, thanks so much for stopping by and for the wonderful comment! I love how my non-fashion posts generate such fun responses and I learn more about my blogger friends! I think that is totally cool and interesting that you took that many art history classes in college. That would qualify for a minor in art history, wouldn’t it?!


  15. What a super cool place. I would love to visit it. Not an artist here, don’t want to tell you about my mis-adventures there. You look great.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful week.

    • It is a very cute quaint little studio, for sure, Patrick! Misadventures in art?! Sounds like a story needs to be told! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day.


  16. I love your outfits and all of the art! It’s all so beautiful, I love different art!

  17. How fun to have a little “art museum” of sorts right in your town. Really cool. I just knew you were going to say someone had made your sweater at the studio. It’s darling and looks beautiful layered over that dress! XO

    • Isn’t it a fabulous little place, Lisa? And no, my sweater is store bought! But I do have a local friend who makes the most beautiful crocheted items I have ever seen! I’m sure she could make something even more beautiful than my sweater. In fact, I featured her in this post back in June! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


  18. First.. the outfit. Love the crochet sweater, the olive color is lovely on you. and i love olive with red. long floral dresses are some of my favorites and I love the style on you. Thank you for introducing me to this studio. I love viewing painting and different artwork, and cool you mentioned ‘Piet Mondrian, as I mentioned him talking about color blocking. cool.
    Have a great day!
    jess xx

    • Jess, thanks so much for this very thoughtful comment! I didn’t think I would like red and olive together, but then I was really digging it once it was all on. I am so glad you enjoyed this post! And I always find it interesting how we bloggers tend to hit the same topics, references, etc. all at the same time! Great minds…


  19. i love discovering local artists and you have such cute outfits!

    cute & little

  20. This is so great—I love that your town has so many talented artists, and that you’ve featured them here!
    Cheryl Shops |

  21. I love all of the art! It all looks so pretty.

  22. I love art! In Brighton we always visit a art gallery! These look fantastic!

  23. what a beautiful studio! And I love to see all the colors..those boots are awesome!

    • Thanks so much, Indah! Colors always brighten up a winter’s day! I do enjoy popping into the studio and just being surrounded by art and color! It lifts the spirits and cheers the mood.


  24. There are so many wonderful art pieces in this post!

  25. Shelbee Hello!!
    the sayings under the images have made me think about creativity and how it all works inside our heads!?
    meanwhile back to your outfit, that knit is so pretty, it makes me want to crochet a similar one!!
    take care
    best wishes

    • Ashley, thanks so much for stopping by! Isn’t creativity such a fascinating concept? And we are all creative in our way…sometimes through painting and drawing, others through writing or fashion, and yet others through music or dance. Creativity spans across all people! And if you crochet a similar sweater, I do need to see pictures of it! You fabulously creative woman!


  26. WOW, such beautiful paintings! I Love your outfit for the occasion! Gorgeous!

    Edwige |

  27. I think art can be such a personal thing, wouldn’t you agree, Shelbee? There certainly are some wonderful (and crazy lol) pieces there in the studio but it looks like an amazing place to visit.
    Thank you so much for featuring me again. You’re a star!
    Suzy xx

    • Suzy, I agree completely! Some of the pieces really strike me as beautiful and pleasing. Others not so much. But like you said, art is very personal and different pieces appeal to different people. I find it interesting how one artist can produce vastly different genres of work. But then again, don’t we do just that with fashion? I go from trendy, edgy, sassy to vintage to boho to Goth from one day to the next! And thank you for inspiring me! It is always my pleasure to feature my fabulous blogger friends. Have a wonderful day!


  28. Love your photos and quotes. Very inspirational

  29. So many amazing pieces of art! I love the crocheted top you’re wearing, it looks fantastic over the red dress!

    Emma xxx

  30. Very cool, Shelbee. I love seeing what local artists do. This looks like a really neat place. – Amy

  31. That looks like such a great place! I love all the different styles of artwork!

  32. Shelbee you’re amazing, those paintings are amazing and I love how your outfit goes perfectly with the theme of this post, thereby showing off your fab creativity!! Thank you for hosting my friend!

  33. Loved the quotes… and there are some really interesting pieces here.
    Also I loved the knit cape.

  34. These photos are eye candy!

  35. It looks great in here. I would love to take a look inside 🙂 Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Link Up.

  36. It’s a great little place to promote artists in. The paintings are fabulous and very original! Love the outfit too!

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