December 4, 2013
I’ve been barely breathing this last year without even realizing it. One week from today, December 11th is the anniversary of the Clackamas_Town_Center_shooting. I was there. Or I should say I was almost there. There but for the grace of God. Spirit. Guardian Angel. My own intuition. I was exiting the mall as the shooter began spraying bullets where I had stood three minutes before.
This is what I posted on my Facebook page: ”I cannot believe how lucky I am. Missed the Clackamas shooting by 5 minutes if that! If I had gone into the Made in OR store & browsed like I wanted to, instead of racing to Sports Authority for gift cards I would’ve been locked in! Feeling goose-bumpy……..”
Almost a year later I’m beginning to realize how my life has changed because of that event. At the time it was nothing more than a near miss – I was too busy to give it further thought. I didn’t think I was affected…yet I was…and still am. Not taking anything for granted. No longer planning my life a year in advance for show & teaching schedules. Not wasting time on things that don’t matter. Lately my thoughts have bubbled to the surface and I’m acknowledging how it altered my life.
When I walked into the food court that day I had a prickly fearful feeling that I wanted to get out of there. As I looked at two employees talking in front of their counter I had a strange thought that one of them could have a gun. I shook it off as a weird unwelcome thought, but it was all I could do to make myself go to the restroom so I could get out of there sooner rather than later. On my way out of the food court I started towards ‘Made in Oregon’, a regular stop for me but that nagging voice in my head insisted I keep moving forward with my Christmas shopping. GET OUT OF HERE is what reverberated in my head. “Don’t dally, get across the street to Sports Authority and finish your shopping”. GO HOME is what I wanted to do.
As I drove home after my last purchases and heard what happened on the radio, I started shaking so hard I had to pull over. I looked at my receipts and discovered I’d exited Clackamas Town Center about the same time a shooter began his rampage. I didn’t know how lucky I was to acknowledge my intuition and left a disaster unscathed. Mostly unscathed. I still feel a little shaky thinking about it, but I think I’m beginning to process it.
I’ve always had a joyful spirit, but now even more so. Looking forward to seeing where new adventures take me.
I hesitate to hit the ‘publish’ button for this post, yet feel compelled to share this as part of my catharsis. Here goes….
November 26, 2013
The Soroptimist’s Pre-Holiday Artisan Shopping Extravaganza held at the Hood River Inn, in Hood River Oregon is this Saturday! For more information scroll down to the post before last, or look at my Upcoming Shows and Events page.
If you prefer Sunday shopping, you’re in luck! I’ll have a table at the Women’s Business Holiday Showcase this Sunday! Same location from 9am until 5pm, Best Western Hood River Inn. Exit 64 off Interstate 84 in Hood River. Turn north toward the Columbia River, then right on Marina Way. 1108 East Marina Way, Hood River, OR 97031. We’re in the stand alone building between the Inn and McDonald’s.
Fresh new bracelets just pulled from the kiln last night will be ready for you. Hundreds of images for you to choose from in the form of greeting cards, metal prints and canvas wraps. Ornaments and small delightful gift-giving glass-work. Earrings, adornment for your hair, vases, candleholders, and as much as I can possibly fit on an 8′ table!
Not in the gorge? You can always find my work on-line at Steider Studios shop on Zibbet. Just for you, my friends, complimentary holiday shipping! Use this code at checkout: FREESHIP2013
You’ve seen an image or item that I’ve made but don’t see what you want in my shop? I can email you a photo of what I have on hand, or make a new one just for you.
Buying quality handmade original art from someone you know is a unique gift from your heart that will be cherished forever.
November 13, 2013
Can you help send me on an African Photo Safari? Yes you can. I entered the above photo in the ‘Bird’ section of a Wildlife contest that B & H Photo is hosting. You can help me win the People’s Choice Award by voting for my photo. I’m excited just thinking about the possibility!! The prize is an African Photo Safari – something I’ve always wanted to do!
Helping me is easy. Click on this link and ‘vote’! In order to vote you need to provide a valid email address, and only one vote per email address is possible. If after voting the first time, you decide to vote for another image, the first image you voted for will lose that vote.
Thanks so much for your help! I can’t wait to show you photos from Africa. If I win!! And I CAN if you’ll help me!! Click on this link and ‘vote’! xoxoxo
November 8, 2013
Time for holiday shows! I know my local followers want to know where to buy holiday gifts!! Especially hand-made, one-of-a-kind quality gifts for friends and loved ones. I’ve been in the studio preparing exactly that for you as well as ordering new all occasion greeting cards and canvas wraps from my photographs.
The Soroptimist’s Pre-Holiday Artisan Shopping Extravaganza held at the Hood River Inn, in Hood River Oregon is one of my favorites. One day only, we load in early Saturday morning, set up and then have FUN until four p.m. with our shoppers! 10% of all sales are donated to Soroptimist International Mt. Adams, a worthy organization supporting and helping women around the world.
Hope to see you there – let me know that you follow my blog!!
For those of you not in the Columbia River Gorge, you can always find my work on-line at Steider Studios shop on Zibbet.
October 31, 2013
We’ve had a fantastic fall, full of warm days and cool evenings that bring out fall colors in our foliage. I went up to Trout Lake to photograph Mt. Adams reflected in the lake; but actually think the above shot, Trout Lake Creek is my best for that day.
Into Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Mt. Adams, I think I missed the best show of fall by a week but still caught some color.
My take on this classic shot. I think I’ll go back for sunrise and sunset tries over the next few seasons and see what I can come up with.
Heading back down the mountain, I stopped at Conboy National Wildlife Refuge but saw no wildlife. The leaves were mostly past prime there also.
I did see mushrooms. All kinds and colors!
Until now I’ve never seen a mushroom as red as this one!
Not taken on the same day, but a good ending for this post, I caught this magnificent golden autumn sunset over the Columbia River Gorge. I’ve probably said it too many times but I am so lucky to live here!!
Do you feel a change in the air?
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October 15, 2013
This weekend I attended a photo conference that inspired and fueled my passion for photography.
It began Friday with a hike to Wahclella Falls near Bonneville Dam. Most of the other photographers were landscape enthusiasts.
I love great landscapes, but am more captivated with nature. In the creek leading to Wahclella Falls, fish were swimming upstream.
Spiders were building webs and capturing prey……
…and at the end of our hike I found a Dipper perched on a rock!
To our delight, the group leader added a second stop at Starvation Creek Falls .
Saturday I attended five lectures on various technical or inspirational topics, then Sunday enjoyed another field trip. Mt. Hood at sunrise! Unfortunately clouds hampered our view, but I can go back another time if I can drag myself out of bed that early again.
Eventually the clouds broke up and we had a semi-clear view of the mountain before it was time to leave.
As we left, I grabbed this last shot of the top of Mt. Hood. I love living amidst the majesty of the Columbia River gorge.
Most inspiring to me was Friday evening keynote speaker, Paul Bannick. Taking his lecture to heart and paying even more attention to habitat than before, I was able to capture this Red-breasted sapsucker near my studio following the conference. I could go on and on about how fabulous Paul is, but I am rushing out for another hike to find more birds! Go like his Facebook Page and buy his book, but I warn you – prepare to be awed!
In case you didn’t know it, many of my images are available as all-occasion greeting cards in my Zibbet shop. Some have also been printed on canvas wraps and glossy aluminum.
September 28, 2013
Come play with glass every Wednesday night in October from 6 to 9 pm at The Dalles Art Center, while learning fundamentals of Kiln-formed (also called fused) glass. I’ll bring a ton of glass and tools, introducing you to different techniques to achieve different effects in glass. Many former students have gone on to set up their own glass studio after this class! Each week we explore a new technique using a different process temperature giving you a set of samples to keep or give as gifts.
No experience is necessary. Beginners will make a series of sample tiles, holiday ornaments and jewelry learning the differences between full (flat) and tack (textured) fused tiles. Students will work with dichroic glass, inclusions, textured glass and more.
A small, functional bowl, vase or plate will be developed for a final project.
Learn the basics of glass cutting, placement and firing while receiving extensive information on the technical aspects of kilnwork, safety and studio set-up.
The returning student can participate in weekly assignments or develop their own course of study based on level of experience and pre-planning with the instructor.
Students should bring safety glasses, wear closed-toed shoes for safety, and bring any glass working tools they may have along with a sketch pad or note pad and pencil and pen.
Call The Dalles Art Center at 541-296-4507 to register. Space is limited to 12 students.