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Last Show of Spring

May 14, 2013

Columbia Gorge Art Festival

My last show of the season is this weekend in Corbett Oregon at the Corbett Grade School.  I’ll have glass garden art,  jewelry, photography and more to share with you.

A glorious scenic drive takes you to the western part of the Columbia River Gorge.  Take the Corbett exit off I84, come up the hill & turn right on Historic Columbia River Hwy.  The grade school is just down the highway at 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy.  Hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A fundraiser for Corbett Education Foundation, this is one of the best spring shows I participate in.  Festive, friendly and fun you won’t find more creativity and wonderful artists anywhere else.  The entire school is filled with amazing art and handmade fine craft with attention to detail.  I always find treasures at this show for gift giving and additions to my personal collection.

Not to mention a free lunch!  Donations accepted for a fantastic grilled cheeseburger with sautéed onions and mushrooms.  I can’t wait & hope to see you there!!  Let me know you follow my blog!

This weekend is my last art show of the season and one of the most fun.  It’s a fundraiser for Corbett Education Foundation, held at the Corbett Grade School May 19-20.  The volunteers who run this show are fabulous – they take great care of the artists and our customers.  They help us move in and back out; provide students to help us with labeling; conduct all sales for us; and are even available to answer questions about our work so we don’t have to be there if needed elsewhere.  I will be there all weekend because I love talking with you about my work!  Oh and they provide YOUR lunch for a donation!

The hardest part is deciding what to take and what to leave at home.  In addition to my kiln-formed glass, and my friend Alex Farnham‘s blown glass you’ll find woodworking, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, basketry, candles, soap, photography, fiber art, and even plants!

Directions:
I-84 to the Exit 22, go up Corbett Hill Road to Historic
Hwy and turn right.  Event is about 1/4 mile on left.

Hope to see you there!!

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!

Saturday & Sunday May 15 & 16 from 10 am until 5 pm both days.  Located at the Corbett School, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy in Corbett Oregon.  The school will be filled with wonderful artwork from incredible artists!

Fabulous array of juried art and craft, including fine art, jewelry, fiber, glass, garden art, basketry, soap, candles, cards and so much more. Something for everyone!!  Last year I bought most of my Christmas gifts at this event.  The Corbett Education Foundation also offers complimentary BBQ’ed burgers for lunch (donations appreciated)!!

Join me at the Corbett School for the twelfth annual Columbia Gorge Art Festival!
25% of all sales support the Corbett Education Foundation.


Afterwards take a scenic drive down the Columbia River for ‘icing on your cake’.

Hope to see you in Corbett!

1000 Markets

May 12, 2009

I’m excited to announce I’ve just been juried into 1000 Markets!

Shades of Purple

Shades of Purple

This bowl has been blogged about already, but I thought I’d share it again today because it’s included in my new 1000 Markets shop.  This is the first time I’ve participated in an on-line market so have a bit of a learning curve in front of me.  When you visit, please bear with me while I set up shop and begin adding inventory.  I accidentally found this site a couple months ago while learning about blogging in general and immediately liked it enough to bookmark it for further exploration.  A couple days later I couldn’t get it off my mind, so went back and started the process of ‘opening’ my own shop!

1000 Markets is a community of incredible artists, working in a huge range of media, as you’ll see.  ‘We’ also join forces under the umbrella of ‘markets’ to make shopping easier if you’re looking for specific items.  A network of shops not unlike a weekend art fair but instead of a transient fair, you can shop anytime from the comfort of home!  The same day my shop was approved, I received an invitation to join a specific market, Walls – decorate your personal space!

I’ve opened my shop with a few bowls from my Celestial Series, the recycled wall pockets and a few other things that you may have seen here, like the hearts in my Valentine’s day post: Happy Valentine’s Day.  I’m working on adding  jewelry, art glass wall pockets, and more sizes of celestial bowls.  If you’ve seen me at an art show or been to my studio sale, you know I have a long journey ahead!

With the Columbia Gorge Art Festival this weekend and work for the Art in the Garden show at Columbia Art Gallery due at the end of this month, it will be next week before I can start adding new items, so please check back often to see what’s new!  By the way, you can leave a note for me on my 1000 Markets blog to let me know how you like it, or just to say ‘hi’!  You can even ‘recommend me to a friend’!

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