June 27, 2016
I have so many adventures to tell you about but time keeps slipping away! I must stay home this week to prepare for Art in the Gorge. 18 artists showing our work downtown Hood River at 301 Oak (Third and Oak) in a Pop-Up art show on July 1, 2, and 3! Open hours 11 am until 7 pm Friday & Saturday; 11 am until 5 pm Sunday. First Friday in Hood River will be Fabulous!! Arrive early for easy parking.
A few of the newest prints I’ll have in my booth will give you a glimpse of where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to the past few weeks:
Sea Turtle on the North Shore of Oahu
White-headed Woodpecker nestling with Mama
Moonrise on Kauai
Strawberry Moon, Summer Solstice Full Moon 2016
…and this year’s crop of Eaglets!
I’ll have all-occasion greeting cards and prints on paper, metal and canvas. My art glass earrings, bracelets and a few other small items will also be available.
If you’re interested in my larger work I plan to re-stock my on-line boutique soon. Most images that I share here can be printed in any size. You can always contact me for an appointment if you’re in the area.
Come see me and my fellow artists July 1, 2, and 3 downtown Hood River at 301 Oak.
April 6, 2016
‘Wild About Nature’ is a lecture series at the White Salmon Library that runs through the month of April. Produced by Joy Markgraf, you can experience a lecture by noted natural science experts each Friday evening at 6:30pm. I am beyond thrilled to have my photography included in this year’s event.
This coming Friday, April 8 Rachel Suits, an Education Program Assistant for Master Gardeners, Small Farms, and SNAP-Ed at the Hood River and Wasco County Extension Service will speak about the ecological impact of insects.
On Friday, April 15 an eleven-year-old (!) activist, Dae Dahlquist will eloquently speak about climate actions and issues.
On Friday, April 22 Ellen Morris Bishop, a geologist, photographer and writer whose
passion is telling the stories of Oregon’s landscapes and geologic history will speak about waters and rivers, a history of sculpting the Columbia River Gorge.
The last Friday, April 29 we’ll hear ‘For Love of Aspen’ a lecture by Steve Strauss, a Distinguished Professor of Forest Biotechnology in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. Also speaking is Burke Greer, a PhD student working with Strauss at OSU who is studying Rocky Mountain aspen in relation to climate change.
‘Of Books, Birds and Butterflies: All About Nature Writing’ by Robert Michael Pyle, a lepidopterist, writer, teacher and founder of the Xerces Society is the grand finale.
The first Friday (sorry, already past) I thoroughly enjoyed an introduction by Jeremy Takala, a Columbia River Native American, Rock Creek band of the Yakama Nation, currently employed with the Yakama Nation Fisheries Program.
Bill Weiler, a wildlife biologist and habitat restoration consultant who founded the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute had me on the edge of my chair as he discussed Cougars. Although I’ve seen one in my neighborhood, it was long ago and I did not have a camera with me.
Dark Skies & Light Pollution was discussed by Jim White, an amateur astronomer and
Vice-President of the Friends of Goldendale Observatory, and a friend of mine. He was fascinating and afterwards set up a huge telescope so we could see Jupiter and it’s moons. (Jim, correct me if my memory is wrong!)
If you’re a Gorge resident, I hope to see you at the White Salmon Library each Friday night. Yes, I will be there for all the lectures, it’s a wonderful event!!
Thanks to Joy, there is also a lovely display of natural history as you enter the library.
For more information you can call the library at 509.493.1132.
January 26, 2015
January has been crazy busy driving up and down the Columbia River chasing Eagles and Herons with an occasional foray to Conboy and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuges. Today I drove above the cloud/haze/inversion to grab some vitamin D in the form of SUNSHINE at Lost Lake!
What a special surprise to capture this lone Otter fishing. The lake had a layer of ice, so the Otter had to break through the ice to surface with his prize. In this photo, you can see chunks of ice near his ‘elbow’ as he munches on his catch.
With each ‘catch’, he climbed onto the ice and ate, then dove back for more.
Is this a crawfish he’s eating? It was so quiet on the lake, he didn’t notice us until we went crashing through the brush, trying to keep up with him as he swam away.
I’m making a big effort to really learn my camera better and use it to its fullest potential. In that light, I had a little fun with some experimental ‘blurred motion’ shots of the gorgeous surrounding forest before we left.
The pictures I haven’t shown you between my last post and this one (because I’ve run from one adventure to the next with no stops between) are on my Facebook Page, ‘Steider Studios’. I try to post a daily photo of what I am lucky to see here in the Gorge, or regionally on the occasions when I leave my mountain top.
Many more fun events are coming up.
Sunday, Feb 1st is the group ‘bird walk’. We may go to the Maryhill or Columbia Hills area – let me know if you want to join us & I’ll let you know where & when to meet.
Feb 12 – 15 I’ll be in Klamath Falls for Winter Wings Festival, photographing everything I see while I’m there!
Sunday, March 1st is another group bird walk.
First Friday, March 6th my show, “Fine Feathered Friends” opens at Columbia Arts and runs through March 30th. Co-curator Robin Panzer and I have put together a fabulous month of events for your enjoyment in addition to 16 artists presenting their artwork! Many of our artists will demonstrate their process during the month and we’ll have an interactive display on loan from Conboy National Wildlife Refuge. On Mar 7th come see Raptors, live in the theater at Columbia Arts! Mar 14 you can paint a birdhouse in the studio. Mar 21st, enjoy a fashion show of feathery tattoos and a tattoo demonstration. Mar 28 join us for a short hike up the Hood River stairs into an older neighborhood to see and learn about our resident birds with field biologist, Cathy Flick.
I keep thinking I’ll have plenty of time to tell you everything, but when the sun is out or eagles are flying, or an opportunity for fun presents itself….I’m going out to play! Maybe I’ll see you out there!!
October 17, 2014
Flying by the seat of my pants to catch up, I stayed outside too long with my camera. Now I’m buried in my studio working as fast as I can producing new art glass home decor, jewelry and garden art for upcoming fall shows. The first is our first – the inaugural White Salmon Fall Art Tour takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 24, 25, 26 from 11am until 5pm. Downtown White Salmon. One week from today! We have an event page on Facebook with our map and more information.
A White Salmon Art Council sponsored event.
Join 14 White Salmon artists as they open their studios and a Pop-Up Gallery all within walking distance of downtown White Salmon for a Fall Art Tour. The self-guided tour takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct 24, 25 & 26 from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm all three days.
A preview and month-long viewing of the artists work is at the White Salmon Pop-Up Window.
Participating artists are:
In the Hatchery Studio Arts Building at 363 E. Jewett:
Sally Gilchrist, a painter/printmaker inspired by simple natural forms. www.sallygilchrist.com
Sarah Morton Erasmus of M.E.Jewelry Co. & Atelier, will be demonstrating the fabrication of her handwrought sterling and gold jewelry at studio #6. www.mejewelryco.com
Cyndi Strid, mixed media artist, is excited to share large-scale drawings and her admiration for our native Northwest bees in studio #4.
In the Elba Building, 290 E Jewett Blvd at the corner of Estes and Jewett:
Peggy Ohlson grew up surrounded by the beautiful landscapes she loves to paint. www.peggyohlson.com
Linda Steider offers nature photography prints and greeting cards in addition to her kiln-formed art glass jewelry and home decor. https://steiderstudios.wordpress.com/
Jo Dean Sarins will be using turquoise in a new collection of jewelry featured at the White Salmon Fall Art Tour. arrayofelegance.com
Barbara Murphy creates colorful, impressionistic gorge landscapes in acrylic on canvas. barbaramurphy.net
Chris Fischer, traditionally trained jeweler, wholesaler, retailer and artist, has created works in sterling silver and gold filled for the upcoming Fall Tour from Celtic- inspired themes, accented with gemstones. www.chrisfischerdesigns.com
Miki Caldwell is a functional potter who enjoys making tableware and outdoor decorative ceramics in her studio in Husum, WA.
Ellen Nippollt creates shelter, furniture, clothing, and increasingly, jewelry, designed to a new materialism that’s torn from place, re-paired, re-strung.
Showing in their own studios:
Klickitat Pottery at 264 E. Jewett, Ed and Diane Swick making handmade artistic and functional stoneware pottery for over 30 years. www.klickitatpottery.com
Ann Fleming at 200 SW Edgecliff Drive, will be showing limited edition bronze and one-of-a-kind clay narrative sculptures, jewelry and handmade brightly painted pottery. http://www.annfleming.com
Katey Ellen Price at 217 NE Wisconsin Street will show oil paintings that are the result of her love for the outdoors and her continual exploration of both the intriguing effects in nature and a variety of techniques to produce pleasing works on canvas. kateyellenprice.blogspot.com
In other news……
Opening the First Friday in November, I’m producing work in my other kiln for…..
… a gallery show titled ‘Snow’ at Columbia Center for the Arts. It opens the First Friday in November with a reception from 6 until 8pm and runs through the end of the month. I’ve created a series of ‘Snow’ Bowls in my ‘Celestial Series’ tradition and will offer my iridescent art glass snowflakes.
Between those two events I’m delivering work to the NEW Holiday Pop-Up Shop in Hood River at 301 Oak, formerly Gallery 301! “Locally handmade gifts for everyone on your shopping list.” It is open Fridays and weekends November – December and open every day the week before Christmas from 10am until 6pm.
There’s more in November, but for now I am dashing madly toward my studio! Hope you’re all having a wonderful fall. You can see many photographs I’ve taken between my last post and this one on my Facebook Page, Steider Studios.
March 5, 2014
I am way behind, so instead of panicking I’ll just relive the last sunset of February. I was cooped up all last week with my computer, CreativeLive and Photoshop trying to learn new tricks. At the end of the last session on Friday I had to… no, needed to hike down my mountain for fresh air, green forest and hopefully a sunset. So thrilled I caught the last sunset of February just before March stormed in.
On Sunday, in spite of the March storm I went to the Yard Garden & Patio show with my friend Kathy. We were so desperate for spring that we braved icy snowy conditions on Interstate 84. We cruised at a steady 35 to 40 mph & arrived in Portland in time for a fabulous Lebanese lunch and the show. Our trip home was not as pleasant with a 10-15 mph cruising speed crawling on bumpy washboard ice caused by semi trucks chained up. I confess that was better than the alternative – skating off the road like some of the abandoned cars we saw.
Now I’m back in the throes of getting ready for my annual studio sale. and working with Gorge Artists Open Studios for next month’s self-guided tour of 40 artist’s studios. I always wonder if people will venture way up here to my spot on top of Burdoin Mountain to see (and purchase!) my glass & photography. If you’re so inclined, you can download a pdf of our map from our website onto your iPad (I think it would work on other reading devices too)!
In preparation this year we have THREE venues showing a preview of our work!
Tomorrow night, Thursday March 6th is the opening reception for The Dalles Art Center Preview Show. From 5 until 7pm you will meet many of our artists – I hope you can make the opening.
We’ll also have a Preview Show in the lobby of Columbia Art Gallery with an opening First Friday, March 7th from 6 until 8 pm. Most of us will be there to talk about our work & we’d love to see you there.
I also have work in the gallery portion of Columbia Art Gallery for the Trash to Art Show during the month of March. I’ll be hanging out between the lobby area and the gallery for the reception of both shows on First Friday.
If that weren’t enough, the White Salmon Windows project is featuring participating studio tour artists downtown for the month of March. So, 40 artists have work spread throughout the gorge hoping to tempt you to come to our studios in April!
I’ll post more information about my studio sale closer to the event & hopefully will have something interesting to post between now & then!! As always, I’m ever so grateful that you took a moment to visit with me!!
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 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.