Thursday, November 21, 2013

Good Morning!  Good Morning ! 

Why am I so chipper this morning you ask?

Because this weekend is the wonderful CoCa( or Colony of Coastside Artists) Open Studios event here on the mid coast.    This year 21 artists in 12 different studios will be participating.  This is your chance to talk to the artists about their work and buy directly from each one. Maybe you will even find out why there is an eye in one of my spoons!   There will be painting, jewelry, glass, fiber arts, ceramics, photography and some very unique Mixed Media.

I will be selling my work at Laura McHugh’s studio at 285 Poplar St., Half Moon Bay with several other Mixed media Artists selling their wild and wonderful creations. Please open the attachment above for a map of all the studio locations.  You will also be able to pick up a map at any of the studios as well.

Oh did I mention treats?  Yes -each studio will have a variety of food and drink so you can spend the day eating, drinking and perusing the art in 12 different locations from Half Moon Bay to Montara.

It promises to be a wonderful weekend!

See you at Open Studios!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Gathering of Woman Artists

Dear Friends,
You are invited to our event is this Saturday from 10-4...just look at the amazing list of beautiful women artists that will be here.
Bring a friend or two and come for tea and shopping for the holidays!
Would love to see you

Gathering  of Women Artists
                 Featuring works by:

Tracey Walsh   Stunning still photography & greeting cards
Chris Pritchard   Unique handcrafted jewelry & goddess adornments
Niki Pritchard~ Bell    Eccentric jewelry made to support her travels
Connie Mc Clintock    Creatively repurposed charm bracelets
Kathleen Smith   Fantasy enchanted art& hand painted pillows and bags
Karin Rankin  Lovingly handcrafted knit scarves, accessories, and jams
Wendy Rotchstein  Spectacularly detailed quilled ornaments and arts
Patt Sheldon  Knitted, felted & hand woven clothing and accoutrements
Deanna Adams   Shining coast- inspired sunlight catchers
Connie Andrews   Textural collage and found art assemblage pieces
Cyndi Burkey   Embellished glass hearts, plates, bowls, platters & more
Diane Centoni    Practical and sublime handmade pottery

Saturday, November 16 th , 2013
565  Fifth Street,  Montara   (at Le Conte)

Call 728-7848 or 728-3950 for more information

Tea and snacks will be served. Bring friends and shop for the holidays!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Time for the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival!

Welcome Everyone!
I am back from my Petaluma excursion and would like to take this moment to thank Sallyanne and Ellen for allowing outside artists like myself to participate in the Art-is-You Vendor night.  It was a fun and exciting event and it was so nice to be near an art retreat again.  I met many other artists from the area including one group from Benicia.  I also got requests for classes from many of the students that attended the retreat-sorry guys I'm gonna just be an artist for awhile.
If you have never attended an art retreat I highly recommend it. At an art retreat you experience a total immersion that pushes your art forward.  It gives you the opportunity to give yourself permission to create art that you would never have thought to create before.  You also meet tons of really nice people and get to experience art taught by nationally know instructors.  Plus its just a blast!
So why has it taken me so long to post?!   Because as soon as I got back I started making items for Pumpkin Festival.
Yes this weekend is the Pumpkin Festival in downtown Half Moon Bay.  This is a huge event and most of the coast participates in some fashion.  Most of the proceeds for the food and event booths go to benefit students and the many charitable organizations here on the coast .  Also on Sunday -don't miss the "Made on the Coast" portion of the  festival. "Made on the Coast "features only local art and artists and was a great success last year. 
If you intend to come to the festival this year, I suggest you come early and leave early otherwise you will be stuck in the massive amount of traffic on Highway 92.  Promptly at 7:00 am you can eat all the Pumpkin pancake breakfast(my favorite) you want at MacDutra Park- Yum!   The proceeds of this breakfast go to benefit the high school Basketball team.   Also if you are in the mood for Clam Chowder the Half Moon Bay Rotary Club serves a mean Clam Chowder bread bowl.  They are located in the main food court at the IDES Hall.
If you are looking for hand woven scarves, felted hats and unique jewelry my good friend Patt Sheldon will be selling her fabulous fiber art outside of Savvy Skirts just past the bridge at the north end of town. 
And Lastly Maureen Barton and I will be selling our art in front of her clinic both days from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  Maureen runs the Coastside Children's Pediatric Therapy clinic at the north end of town before the bridge.  Some of the proceeds will go to benefit the clinic. So come by and chat for awhile.  Maureen will be selling small gift sized textural collage items and jewelry and I of course will have my creepiest Halloween items for sale.
Come on-who doesn't love a nice skull?!

See you at the festival!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Art-Is-You preview #3

Welcome Everyone!
Its time for the third and last preview before I leave for Petaluma tomorrow morning.  As you can see above I will be offering just a little bit of Steampunk,


Hopes and Dreams

And don't forget the Kitchen implements!

See you at the Art Trunk!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Art-is-You preview #2

Welcome everyone!
Yesterday I promised to continue my preview of some of the items that I will be selling at the Petaluma Art retreat:  Art-Is-You.
First up are my Memento Mori book cover assemblages.  These two pieces started with an antique book I found at the Alemany Flea market.  The book was literally falling apart but the covers were so beautiful I just couldn't resist the purchase.  The cover immediately reminded me of Victorian Mourning pieces or Memento Mori.  I didn't want to cover up all the beautiful tooling so I created very simple assemblages and gave them a Patina look.   Here's a close up of the lovely wreathed skull.

But wait the best is yet to come! On the back of each cover I collaged a quote and added a pocket.

In the pocket you can add a photo or prayer card.  The assemblage then becomes a commemorative piece for a loved one that has passed or just a place to stash all those prayer cards you can't stand to get rid of.

And no show would be complete with Altoid tins.  Yes I will have a large altoid tin collection with me.

I will have some old favorites:
Some totally new ideas:

And some that have a new twist on an old idea:
Come back tomorrow for my last preview before the Art trunk!  There is some good stuff yet to come.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Art-is-You Preview #1

Welcome everyone,
In my last post I promised a preview of some of the items that I will be selling at the Petaluma Art retreat: Art-is-You. You'll remember how happy I was with the results of the large commissioned piece I created a couple of months ago. If not you can read my blog post below.  At that time I was determined to create some smaller pieces.  Well above you can see my first lovely skeletal gent.  I am calling this ongoing series:  Skeletal Excavations.
Here is a full image of the entire piece.


 And speaking of something totally different.  How about Miss Bubbles?
This is also part of an ongoing series designed to allow me to use my doll sculpting skills once again.  Miss Bubble's face is hand sculpted out of Creative Paperclay. She is an elemental creature-part of her surroundings which is actually an altered vintage silver plated bowel.    Here is a close up of her face.

Come back tomorrow for part 2 of my Art retreat preview!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Art-Is-You Petaluma!

Hey Everyone!  

I am very excited to announce that I will participating in the Vendor Night at the Art-is-You retreat in Petaluma on Saturday September 28th.  I will have new assemblage items, altoid tin shrines, collage and some misc. jewelry and decorative ornaments as well.  I am super excited about this opportunity as well as a little intimidated.  This will be my first time selling at a big Mixed Media retreat with many nationally known artists in attendance.  Yikes!   I could use some friendly faces so if you are
going to attend the retreat please come by and say hello or stay for awhile and gab. 

In the next three months I have four shows-so I will be monstrously busy inventing new items to tempt holiday shoppers.  Here is a list of my upcoming shows:

Art is You Petaluma
Vendor Art Trunk
Saturday September 28th
Sheraton Sonoma County
745 Baywood Drive
Petaluma, CA, 94954

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival
October 19th and 20th
Main street HMB

Gathering Of Women Artists
November 16th
565 Fifth St, Montara.
10:00am to 4:00pm

CoCa Open Studios
November 23rd and 24th
285 Popular st.
Half Moon Bay, Ca.

Stay tuned for a little preview coming in the next couple of days of some of the items I will be offering for your delight!