2022 is bringing about many changes in our lives as well as all of our good friends! Unfortunately, many of our artist friends have decided that enough is enough and have decided to retire from the art show business. We will miss them all very much. On our home front, Vickie and I are now exhibiting our works in 4 different galleries in Northern Arizona. We are in the Sedona Artist Market in west Sedona, Mimi's Open Studio Gallery in Jerome, Art2 in Prescott on Gurley St, The Gallery in Williams in Williams and Vickie's works can also be seen in the Sedona Bead Garden. We work a couple of days a month in Art2 and can usually be found on a Friday or Saturday doing demonstrations in the Sedona Artist Market. It has been really nice to still get to enter act with the public and talk about and sell art, especially since the number of art shows that we are used to doing has been greatly reduced with all the health concerns going on in the world. We didn't get to go to Kauai again in December of 2021, but we are bound and determined to get back there this year. We have a lot of beach glass collecting to catch up on! We also have high hopes of maybe getting back to Italy in the spring or fall of 2023. We will keep our fingers crossed on that trip as it has been way to long since our last visit there and we miss seeing the friends we have made around that beautiful country!

The really big news for us is we are combining all of our websites into one location on the web! VACreationStation, RunningBearProductions and Alans Art can now all be found at www.alansart.com. We are really excited about the new look and the fact that you will be able to keep track of everything from one spot.

Even though some of our shows are being allowed, there are still many that are not going to happen in 2022. Because we have always produced smaller high quality shows, the size of our shows have not been affected. Many of the larger shows that we know of have had to greatly reduce the size of their shows in order to comply with local and national guidelines. Artists are finally getting to get out and do shows, but things still have a ways to go to get back to something like is was a couple of years ago.

With the continued additional time on our hands, we keep busy making new things for the shows we do get to do. We are blessed and have stayed healthy. We hope all of our friends and customers are doing the same!

We hope to see our friends and collectors at our scheduled shows for this year. Please check in with our show schedule on this site for any updates.

Thanks to all of you that support and enjoy our creations and we hope to see you at some of our shows in your area soon!


Alan & Vickie

Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Alan's phone: 928-300-4711

Vickie's phone: 928-300-0860
Alan's email: alansart@gmail.com

Vickie's email: vacreationstation@gmail.com



This is one of many new paintings I have been working on over the last year and a half. I have been very busy developing new techniques and so far I am very excited about how things are going! I am using many different media and different tools to finish each painting. In some ways, I am getting to the finished painting faster, but more importantly, I love the way these new techniques are coming together. Always in the past, I only sold giclee' prints after the original painting was sold. I now have such an inventory of originals, that I am now selling limited edition giclee' prints of all my new works at the shows we do. As always, I am still doing all my own printing.







This new painting is one of a series of desert scenes that I have done featuring that magical time of year that only happens once in a while. When we get the winter rains, the spring flowers go wild! I hope you will enjoy this one and when you come to one of our shows, look for the others in this series.








This new Crazy Critter is one that Vickie calls a front facing stick bird! There is a whole line of stick birds and like all of the Crazy Critters, there are no two alike. You will see similar shapes, but no two are painted the same. Since found objects are used in the creation of Crazy Critters, all the decorations and add ons will always be different. Since Vickie made jewelry for 20 plus years, she also has tons of semi-precious stones and jewelry findings that go into the creations too. Stop by one of the shows and get a big grin to take home with you!



Thanks for stopping!


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