It is time to start thinking about spring, don’t you think? This has been a rough winter for so many, hang in there!
After some time off, I am back into the creative mode and producing some new work. I enjoy trying out different techniques. I take classes to refresh my creativity and add new flavor to my pieces. I keep thinking I should have a “style” but every time I learn something new, I need to explore that for awhile. The constant in my pieces is color and light.
I have sent in applications to the shows I hope to be a part of this year. Of course I will not know which ones until the acceptance emails come. I am hoping for the best. Last year I participated in 9 shows, crazy, huh?. I did that to see what direction I should take in the future. I learned a lot from that experience and will see what this year teaches me.
Took our dog for a walk the other day. That doesn’t sound all that exciting, people walk their dogs all the time. But, you see, we have a “tightly wrapped” dog who is now doing a lot better on Prozac. Now, some of you may find this troubling, medicating a dog. Our dear Moxie, was rescued off the L.A. streets and we adopted her from the OR Humane Society. She is a Schnauzer mix and a real love. We have an acre fenced yard and every two hours (she lets us know within 5 minutes of the time) we exercise her by hitting tennis balls from one corner of the yard to the other. She sprints after the balls until she finally lies down, tongue hanging out, showing she is done. This goes on from morning until evening. Because of this high energy, Moxie has not done well on a leash in the past. Did I say she also “talks” loudly? So, back to the walk. Moxie had to go to the vet to get her shots updated. There is a note in the chart warning the vets that she is “mouthy” and needs to be muzzled during exams. The vet asked me about Moxie’s teeth, not wanting to experience the “alligator mouth” as she called it. She did a lot better this time, didn’t bite and less talking. After the vet, we went for our walk around Oregon City. We took a trail that looked down on Willamette Falls, beautiful. Moxie only growled at 2 men who were smoking, she growled and then sneezed from the smoke. Moxie and I walked 3 miles, beautiful day and the Prozac seems to be working!
So, I have had a great art season. I participated in 9 art shows and also have my pieces in the Three Rivers Artist Guild Gallery now through the end of December. I learned a lot, that was the reason for the heavy schedule. I wanted to find out what I should do in the future, both in the shows I do and in the work I do. I also met some wonderful and inspiring people along the way. I have learned so much from fellow artists and from the public.
The studio is clean, the kilns are prepped and I am ready to create.
I am excited to be participating in this year’s Local 14 show at the World Forestry Center. My glass will be in a room filled with natural light and I will also have garden art pieces outside. There are many amazing women artists participating. Come and spend the day!
Thursday, October 2, 6-9 p.m. Each year we celebrate our opening with a wine and nibbles event, where first comers can experience all the new artwork and have a wonderful evening out! Feel free to visit the show all weekend with no extra charges.
We donate the proceeds from this evening to our Scholarship Program. The cost for the first sight/first bite is $10- no-host wine.
Friday, October 3, 10-7 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 10-5 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 10-5 p.m
Our show continues throughout the weekend. We do ask for a donation at the door of $5 (this is suggested only) to help our Scholarship Program and alleviate show costs. Artists are all around the venue to help you out with questions and to inform you about the various art genres we have at the show. Plan for an amazing outing!
Miller Hall, World Forestry Center, across from the Zoo. Zoo parking is available, as well as shuttle parking. Building is handicapped accessible. TriMet is also advised!
Great writing about the play Christopher is in
Originally posted on A Seat on the Aisle:
I must admit, I was totally unfamiliar with William Shakespeare’s play The Two Gentlemen of Verona before attending opening night of IRT’s production, which opens their 2014-15 season. I have since learned that this comedy is considered by many to have been the bard’s first play or at least one of the first. If that is so, he certainly stepped off on the right path. As performed here by this genuinely expert company of actors and technicians, it is a wondrous creation that has made this play move to near the top of my list of favorite Shakespeare plays.
Working with themes of foolishness in love, friendship, and infidelity, the bard’s “two gentlemen in Verona” are Proteus, a love-addled young man, and his great friend, Valentine, a young man with a much sharper vision of the world with regard to amour. Valentine at first chides Proteus for his blindness…
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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.
*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
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.