July 31, 2013
Please join me and 30 other regional glass artists for “A Glass Act” at Columbia Arts in Hood River August 2 through September 1st. Something for everyone – from nationally acclaimed to emerging artists; from sophisticated to whimsical art; from tiny to large in scale; sparkles, glitter, matte, soft and shiny, delicate, eery, edgy, feminine and masculine.
For old souls and young at heart, TWO receptions – first Friday for the artists on Aug 2; and Marchesi Vineyards will release their 2010 Nebbiolo that was awarded ‘Best of Class’ at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition on Saturday, Aug 3. Introduce your children to glass in a hands on class August 5, 6, 7; and technique demonstrations every Saturday and Sunday in August! Come say hello to Cynthia Morgan and enjoy her demo Aug 31; and yours truly will demonstrate on Sep 1st. All demos take place from 1:00 – 3:00 pm both Sat & Sun!
Thanks so much for all your prayers and healing energy sent to my friend Kathy! Her work will also be available in this show – come buy her fabulous enamel jewelry to support her recovery efforts!!
See you there!!
July 21, 2013
Early this month I was on a roll, getting things done, adding to my on-line shop, getting commissions out the door. Then one of my favorite friends was in a horrific accident and all my attention went to her: http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2013/jul/13/local-artist-hospitalized-after-motorcycle-acciden/ We had just finished a meeting for an August art show and as we stood on the corner chatting afterwards, I remember thinking how cute Kathy looked in her motorcycle leathers & helmet. Everything changed less than an hour later.
I’m watering her garden along with other friends; and gathered some photos of our ‘Glass Girls’ and other mutual friends to paste on her hospital wall so no matter where she looks, she’ll see someone who loves her. It doesn’t feel like enough. Kathy has many friends that are thinking of ways to help, to show our love and support.
Along with many other artists, I’m donating my work for upcoming fundraisers and I don’t know if that’ll be enough. Last night I decided to give 20% of my sales towards Kathy’s fund. If you’ve been thinking about buying a gift of glass or something for your home; notecards or photograph prints on metal or canvas, you’ll also be contributing to Kathy’s fund and I thank you in advance! http://www.zibbet.com/SteiderStudios No, this is not a plug to get you to buy something….I’m simply looking at any possible way to help my friend & her family.
Kathy is one of those people who everyone loves. She’s full of life, energy and effervescence. She sits on many committees with me. I’ve been her student & she’s been mine. She is a sports enthusiast, skiing and snowboarding during winter months & windsurfing in summer. I could go on and on about her but I think you get the idea. She smiles at everyone and they can’t help but smile back. She radiates positivity.
If you can send a prayer or positive energy with healthy vibes, they’d be appreciated.
If you’re in the Columbia River Gorge, watch for announcements of opportunities to help.
I don’t know when Kathy will be back at work, but perhaps the best way to show support later will be to purchase her enamel jewelry, wall art and switch plates.
July 3, 2013
Yesterday was the Grand Opening Celebration of White Salmon Arts Council’s project, ‘Windows’. I am honored to be the first artist selected for this fabulous project, showcasing my kiln-formed art glass and art photography. I know it’s difficult to see my work in this photo due to reflections, so you’ll just have to come to White Salmon and see it for yourself! My work will remain in this space next to Katina’s Cafe and Catering (a great place for breakfast or lunch) through the end of July.
‘Windows’, a project suggested and coordinated by Ann Fleming for the arts council uses a ‘Pop-Up- format, turning a vacant downtown storefront window into a window gallery. Each artist displays their work for one month. Juris Sarins built the beautiful display panels that make my work ‘pop’!! Members of the White Salmon Arts Council hold the ribbon while Ann and I cut it during the opening ceremony. Thanks to Ellen Nippolt for documenting the ceremony.