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Saved the best for last

Silverton’s art festival was this past weekend and was the best of the whole run.  The weather was perfect, not too hot, I was in filtered sunlight, perfect for my glass, and the fellow artists and patrons were great.  The fair treated the artists well (salmon for lunch!!), music was fun, and it was the most successful for me.

So, what have I learned from this crazy, fun, exhausting, exhilarating summer?

* All venues are different: weather, patrons, fellow artists

* One day shows are a lot harder than 2-3 day shows since set-up and break-down/packing up are VERY hard with heavy glass.

*Artists who do this for a living work VERY hard for uncertain income.  I met some who normally do Farmers/Artist markets every weekend 6-12 months of the year, when they are not in art fairs, traveling MANY miles from home.  I am glad I do not have to do that.

*I am making my art because I love it, and want to make sure I continue that focus.  When I try to make pieces because I need a certain inventory for a sale, my art suffers.  I need to remain focused on the art.

*My Toyota Corolla still can carry all my stuff, thanks to my upgrade of a roof rack, that makes a loud whistling noise when I get above 30 miles per hour.  The straps I use to hold the items on the rack, go through the inside of the car and hit my head when I drive.  Keeps me awake.

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*People seem to be drawn to my art.  That makes me happy more than anything.  Guys ask how I make the pieces, very interested in the process.  People love to touch the glass, I have been making more textured pieces this season.

The conclusion of all this work is, I love creating glass art.  I do not need to participate in as many shows next year.  People like what I do.  Nothing better than that.

I will have my art next at

Local 14 Show – Oct 2-5, 2014 at The Forestry Center in Portland

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There is Sunshine in Sunriver

It is a beautiful day at the Sunriver Art Faire.
I sit in my booth, surrounded by artists whose livelihood depends upon their sales. Driving thousands of miles, they travel like gypsies with their art. Many seem to be making sales today, I am making a few.
It is all about perspective
A woman comes to my booth on Saturday, for a piece she had seen Friday and “had to return to buy it”.
Another woman had purchased a piece from me two years ago, at this show, and wanted to show me a picture of where she had placed the piece in her home.
A third woman smiled as she described giving a piece to her daughter as a gift. “It is such a beautiful piece”.
I chose to participate in art sales that have been six weekends in a row (1 more to go). I have done it to experience, evaluate and learn. I am accomplishing all three. With this knowledge, I will decide what to continue to do and what to change.
Meanwhile, there are many people here, with families and dogs, enjoying the art and the day. There is great live music and I am content.
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in glass design

 

First City Celebration in Oregon City this Saturday

The Gresham Arts Festival was FUN as it always is.  Lots of people, lots of music, lots of art interest.  I had a great time and people liked, and bought, my glass.  It always makes me happy when others relate to my work.

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Cherie M was the winner of the blue dish!  I will have a drawing for another piece at The First City Celebration in Oregon City this Saturday, July 26 11 AM- 7 PM.  Music and partying will continue until 9PM, so why not come and see the artists early, have dinner on Main Street and stay for the music?

 

 

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I LOVE PORTLAND

I SO LOVE PORTLAND

I am who I am because of all my life experiences, but…I wonder how I would have turned out had I always lived in the Portland area? (disclaimer: I live in the suburbs outside of Portland, but you get the idea)

For 4 days, since 1987, Portland puts on an amazing blues festival. It always includes the 4th of July and always includes great entertainment. This year was no exception, the weather was hot and the music hotter. Thousands of people travel from near and far to enjoy the festival, held on the waterfront, next to the Willamette River. There are two things that are wonderful, apart from what I have already said. The first is, all the proceeds go to the Oregon Food Bank (raised over 1 million dollars this year). The second is the people. We had seats on bleachers this year that afforded us a panoramic view of the public coming and going. It was an enlightening view for me. I grew up in an area where looks, style and money categorized who you were. It took me many years into adulthood to accept myself for who I am. Seeing all those people at the festival, every age, size, shape, color, with every type of clothing imaginable, opened my eyes more clearly to the understanding that we ALL are normal. Would I have had less angst had I always lived around Portland? How would that have changed who I am now?

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Today I visited ReRack (rerackpdx.com), a company that buys and sells new and used roof racks. I travel to art sales in my little Toyota Corolla and packing it has always been a challenge. Hopefully the rack will hold the canopies and other display items so I can fill the car with more art! While I waited for the installation, I took advantage of the time and went for a walk. ReRack is off Sandy in NE Portland and I hadn’t explored that area before. I found a lovely park, where street folks dozed on the grass as moms and kids had fun on the play structures. I continued my walk and came across a car with an apple/fish (?) on top. areweeatingfishyfood.com . Look up the site, enlightening and entertaining. Looks like there is a fleet (school?) of these. I was the only one looking at this car…Portland.

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Continuing with my walk, I came across a mattress store, locally owned, locally made and they deliver…by bicycle. Portlandia did not make this up, http://www.mattresslot.com

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Just before my car was ready (Remember the car rack?), I saw a large building with banner that said “Hatch”Their site describes : ”Hatch is a space for visionaries and realists who are working for a better world. It’s a place where local and social entrepreneurs can imagine, launch and scale enterprises that improve communities.” Brand new, plans to start on-line workshops as well.
SOME WALK, HUH?
OK, so would growing up in Portland have changed who I am now? Probably, but after all these years, I like how I turned out.

Don’t forget Gresham Art Walk this Saturday and Oregon City First City Celebration the following Saturday. Both will be a LOT of fun, with a lot of NORMAL people.

 

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in glass design

 

Hay Bales!!!!

Aaron is here, haying the fields.  I love this time of year: the sound of the baler, the thud of the bales as they fall to the ground, the local farmers loading their pick-ups with the fresh hay.  Yesterday there were vultures, hawks and osprey all looking for food in the freshly cut fields.  It’s times like this that make me glad I live in the country.

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I have been working daily on my glass, preparing for the upcoming 5 weekends of shows.

Gresham Arts Festival Saturday July 19 9 AM-5 PM  greshamoregon.gov/artsfestival

Oregon City First City Celebration Saturday July 26 11 AM- 7PM  thefirstcity.org

Art Burst Northwest at Marylhurst University Saturday August 2 10 AM-6 PM,

&  Sunday August 3 10 AM-5 PM   artburstnw.org

Sunriver Art Faire Friday August 8 10 AM-7 PM, Saturday August 9 10 AM- 7 PM,                           &  Sunday August 10 10AM-4PM sunriverartfaire.com

Silverton Fine Arts Festival Saturday August 16 10AM-7PM & Sunday August 17 10 AM-5PM silvertonarts.org

Stop by and visit, better yet, stop buy and fall in love with art!

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Aside

I love living in the country…except the end of June.  Our house is surrounded by grass fields.  The farmer who hays and bales the fields does it around now, depending on the weather and his schedule (and is the tractor working)  Aaah hay fever.

SO, that gives me more reason to stay in and create.  Inspiration is a funny thing.  Some days ideas flow like water, other days the water is turned off.  I wonder if there have been any studies about the creative process.

Open Studios of Beavercreek was a GREAT success.  I had my studio space open this year for the first time.  It was wonderful. Making some new and fun garden art pieces.  They were VERY popular.

Carnegie Art Show was a bit slower than I would have liked.  The weather was great and the venue beautiful.

I will have my work in The Three Rivers Artist Guild Gallery,502 7th St #2, Oregon City, OR 97045, starting July 1st and continuing for the rest of the year.

I have been commissioned to do several pieces, which is always fun.  If you are thinking of a window enhancement or any other glass art idea, contact me and we can talk.

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NEXT UP…. Gresham Arts Festival July 19 9AM-5PM, over 140 artists, food, entertainment, farmers market.

Summer in the country, love it….Ahhhhh Chew!!!

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in artist, creating, glass design

 

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“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” — George Bernard Shaw

This article was in The Oregonian’s Homes and Gardens section May 17th.  I have selected excerpts from it.  Good stuff.
 
Four ways to learn about art: Easy steps will get you started
— Janet Eastman

   A recent survey found that most people see buying art as more intimidating than buying real estate. In the poll of 500 men and women, 70 percent said they have never bought artwork — ever. The main reason? Most think art is too expensive, exclusive, intimidating.

   What would help? According to the study by Toluna Research Group on behalf of UGallery, an online art gallery, 36 percent cited an easy, money-back return policy, 30 percent said knowing the background of the artist and 25 percent wanted a virtual preview of how the art would look on their walls.

   What else is needed: Confidence.

   Portland interior designer Kimberlee Jaynes, who builds color palettes and home decor around art, has helped clients overcome their fear with these words: Expose yourself to as much art as possible. You can’t go wrong.

   It’s all subjective, there are no rights or wrongs about why you love a certain piece of art,” says Jaynes, author of “Design It Yourself! A Step-by step Workbook for Interior Design.”

   Here are four ways to learn more about art:

  1. Let the artist help: “Don’t be shy about talking to an artist about their process,” Jaynes says. “Ask them what inspired them to create this piece. Start the dialogue and before you know it, you will learn about the different mediums of art and feel more comfortable. Artists are happy to educate.”

  2. Go to artists’ fairs or monthly First Thursday or First Friday events that bring local artists to the streets.

  3. View art websites and research the local art gallery landscape. Galleries have links to the works of the artists they represent. When you find artwork you like online, go to the gallery and ask to see more. Gallery owners are pleased to give you an artist’s biography and talk to you about the artwork you like.

   4.Attend artist open studio events to see the artist’s environment and works. 

So…art has been around since the dawn of time.  Somewhere along the line art has become something to fear.  Somewhere in our growth and development we change from bringing home our drawings and proudly displaying them on the refrigerator to being intimidated by the whole idea of art.  Calling myself an artist has been a learning process (after all, I don’t have a BFA or MFA, I haven’t “struggled”).  I have been creative all my life and now am able to express it with glass.People like what I do, I get joy from the creative process and from people’s reaction to my work.  I have a number or artist friends who are going through similar growth experiences. 

Purchasing art is a personal experience and should be fun.  A piece of art should make you feel good when you see it.  I think that should be the ultimate deciding factor. 

A sampling of my “tools of the trade”

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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in artist, creating, glass design

 

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