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April 15, 2013

Steider Studios:  Studio Sale plus Treasure

The Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour  was a huge success for all.  It was one of my best in the 15 or more years that I’ve been hosting a studio sale.

Before I begin packing and storing all my work I want to thank everyone who stopped by my studio this weekend.  We had so much fun seeing old friends and meeting new friends.

I loved hearing all the compliments!  If you know who it was at the Lyle Winery (could it have been Syncline?) telling everyone not to miss my studio, I’d love to thank that person with a token of my gratitude!!  A favorite moment was the little girl examining all my jewelry, who exclaimed she’d “never seen anything so pretty and sparkly before”.

My studio helpers, Angela, Jean & Cathy were awesome, as always!!  By the way if I didn’t get a chance to tell you, the wine I served was from Cathy’s 30 year old vineyard, DemiAnni Family Winery.  Alex planted and tended his grapes all those years ago and now makes a fabulous wine.  We have the beginning of a Facebook page set up, so please go ‘like’ their page, DemiAnni Family Winery!

Treasure, my door greeter was so tired by Sunday afternoon that she simply gave up the ghost and napped in the midst of us all.  She deserves a long hike tomorrow!  Thank you everyone for your continued support.  Whether you came to my studio, purchase my work from a local gallery or buy on-line,  I could not survive without you!!

 

My annual studio sale is a bit different this year.  I’m excited to be taking part in the Gorge Artists Open Studios tour this Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Normally I only open my studio for one Sunday afternoon in the winter, but this year I’ve stretched it into two full days and moved it to spring.

This time of year you’ll have a lovely walk through my garden to my cabin-turned-gallery-filled with shimmery sparkly glass.  There’s not a lot blooming yet, but my daffodils are still vibrantly nodding their heads for you.

My friends, Angela and Jean will be here helping me again.   You can see what all goes into the transformation from cabin and studio to gallery setting in this older post.

The upstairs living area looks wonderful with all my newest work including home decor, jewelry, vases and so much more!    In my studio I’ll have tools for glass artists along with my ‘firsts’ and ‘seconds’.  In my shipping/storage room I’ll have all my series that I’ve currently discontinued.   There are some great bargains to be had!

Hope you can join us!  Send me a note if you need directions.   Linda at Steider Studios dot com.

Oh, and if you can’t make it this weekend, guess what?  The White Salmon Arts Council is hosting a studio tour of local artists next Saturday.  Yes, I said I’d be on their tour too!!

Everyone that lives with me knows there will be no throwing dog toys in the house for the next 10 days!

What’s in a Name?

May 19, 2010

Reflections of the Columbia Gorge Art Festival…..

I’ve sold my work at the annual Columbia Gorge Art Festival for at least ten years and always have fun because of the people.  The Corbett Education Foundation volunteers treat the artists as family.  Student helpers who gain community service points help us unload and set up.  A cadre of BBQ chefs bring us burgers and hot dogs & sometimes entertain us!

Many of the participating artists have been here just as long, making it also a yearly reunion of long time friends and acquaintance.  We catch up on our families, show off our newest work and share business information.  Where’s the next show, which galleries are taking on new artists, marketing tips, nurturing those who need a boost, discuss interesting techniques, and general brain-storming of new ideas.

One topic this year was name calling.  Oh I don’t mean badmouthing, I mean what we title ourselves….artist, artisan, artiste, craftsman… And what about subtitles …woodworker, painter, potter, photographer … glassist.  Yes…glassist, Cynthia morgan’s term.  I like it and am trying it on for size as a subtitle instead of glass-worker, fuser or kiln-former.

Cindy Cossu calls herself an artist now, but felt she didn’t deserve the title until she had a few shows under her belt.  People who purchased her work bolstered her confidence beyond the admiration of friends and family.  “As I gained confidence, I grew into the title”.

Many of the artists, when asked ‘what do you call yourself’’, immediately responded “I’m an artist”.  When asked how long they’ve held that title, typical answers were “all my life” and reminisced a childhood experience about making and giving or selling their art to relatives and friends.

Lisa Rose Musselwhite has always been an artist.  Jim Stocker (his page isn’t quite ready, so keep checking back to see his fabulous raku and jewelry) told of designing and building sand candles when he was 13.

Dave Palomino, also a musician, said that others called him an artist before he did, but “eventually I began to believe in myself and believe them”.

My experience is a little of both Cindy’s and Dave’s.  I remember my face redden when I heard someone refer to me as an artist because I didn’t feel I filled those shoes.  I wasn’t qualified because I didn’t go to art school.  I was creative yes, but an artist?  I was in my thirties when I felt comfortable with the mantle and have run with it ever since.

I’ve played with all kinds of media including fiber, clay, glass, cement, oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, ink, dyes and more.

My high school teachers encouraged me to travel a creative path when they purchased my tie-dyed macrame’ belts almost 4 decades ago.

I’ve screenprinted, monoprinted, painted, beaded, torched, and airbrushed since then. Living my childhood dream life as an artist, and for close to fifteen years as a ‘glassist’.

What do you call yourself …and why?  Have you always felt that way or did it take time?  I appreciate time to answer and your courage in answering, I really want to know!

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