Exciting LOCAL 14 Women’s Art Show and Sale October 2-5, 2014

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!

Carol Bresky

THE GALA!  and THE WEEKEND

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!  

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

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.

“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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Life in the best lane

After 3 weeks of watching the grass grow,we got our riding mower back.  Our dog Moxie could no longer find her beloved tennis balls in the jungle known as our yard.  Looks great now, many loads of clippings on the compost pile.

I am enjoying the creative process with my glass and continue creating new pieces.  I am using more frit (ground glass) in my recent work, adding another dimension.

JUNE 6-8 Open Studios of Beavercreek http://www.openstudiosofbeavercreek.com
JUNE 21 Carnegie Art Show, Oregon City, on the Carnegie Library campus
JULY 1-DECEMBER 31 Three Rivers Artist Guild Gallery, Oregon City http://www.threeriversartistguild.com
JULY 19 Gresham Arts Festival, downtown Gresham
JULY 26 First City Celebration, Main Street Oregon City
AUGUST 2-3 Artburst Northwest, Marylhurst University Campus, West Linn
AUGUST 8-10 Sunriver Art Faire http://www.sunriverartfaire.com
AUGUST 16-17 Silverton Fine Arts Festival
OCTOBER 2-5 Local 14 Arts & Crafts Show,World Forestry Center, Portland http://www.local14.org
OCTOBER 24-26 Open Studios of Beavercreek http://www.openstudiosofbeavercreek.com
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