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November 12, 2012

October flew by in an instant and I want to catch up if I can!  I’ve been working on new earrings and you know I can’t make just one pair.  Tedious work cutting out tiny rectangles of glass in every color I want to play with, then cutting even tinier accent pieces!  The end result is gorgeous, so I have to make them!  There are over 350 pairs in this photo (along with a few student tiles – I’m also teaching a class at The Dalles Art Center each week) and I have another 150 pair ready to fire.  Then I’ll finish them up and hopefully sell them at upcoming holiday shows and my on-line shop.

My first fall event is only two weeks away!  The Mt. Adams Soroptimist 8th Annual Pre-Holiday Artisan Shopping Extravaganza takes place Saturday, November 24th from 10am until 4pm at the Best Western Hood River Inn (exit 64 off I84), Hood River Oregon.  I’ll have beautiful glass there as well as my friends Kathy Watne with her enamels, Elizabeth See with paintings, JoDean Sarins jewelry  and more!  It’s one day only, tons of fun, and one of my favorite shows to do!  Come say hi if you’re in the area!!

I was invited to participate in the inaugural event of The Left Coast Artists Collective, a group of 20 women who are holding an “Artful Gift Sale” Friday, December 7 and Saturday the 8th.  Multnomah Arts Center Gymnasium is located in Portland Oregon at  7688 SW Capitol Highway and is right off I5 at the Capitol exit.  Coinciding with a pottery show, you’ll find wonderful gifts for giving this holiday season from some amazing artists.  I am honored they asked me to join them!  You can see some of the work that will be available on their Facebook Page.

I was a semi-finalist in Lytro’s first ever contest with my hummingbird shot!   I wrote about entering the contest back in August in this post:  Love my Lytro!   My prize was a gift basket filled with Lytro accessories.  This photo is my Lytro camera surrounded with all the fun new accessories.  It was a delightful experience and I’d like to thank my friends again for voting for my photos!

Fall produced spectacular color this year so I took every opportunity to get out of the studio and take a few shots during the especially long season with my new camera.

I live in such a majestically beautiful area, the Columbia River Gorge, there is not a bad photo to be taken here.

If all the above weren’t enough, I’ve been living under plastic while my little cabin undergoes a desperately needed face lift.  The job is 90% complete and most of the furniture has been moved back in place but with the onslaught of fall shows and upcoming gallery holiday shows, I probably won’t finish until January.

I just delivered new work to The Dalles Art Center for their annual holiday show, opening on Sunday, November 18th.  The Columbia Art Gallery‘s December Show – Holiday Treasures will open December 8th in Hood River.  Both galleries focus on artful, affordable gifts for your gift giving options.   Hope to see you at a fall show, or perhaps run into you at one of my galleries!

Love my Lytro!

August 15, 2012

Exciting news, I was personally invited to take part in the first Lytro contest because of this photo of flags I took on Memorial Day.  Lytro published it on their Facebook page a few months back!  Click the link, wait for the photo to load, then click on different flags to alter the focus.

The butterfly photo above is the first of my Lytro entries and to help me win, you can vote for it at Lytro’s Photo Contest on Facebook.  You do want me to win, right?  You are entered to win a Lytro for yourself with each vote you cast.  You can only vote for each photo one time and only one photo per day.

What do I win?  Each week for seven weeks, five finalists will win a Lytro Accessories package (including new to the world accessories that are coming out later this year). One of those 35 finalists will win the Grand Prize – a Master Light Field Photography Lesson with Eric Cheng, Director of Photography at Lytro; plus FIVE cameras to give to my friends!

If you’re on Facebook, please help me win by voting here:  Lytro’s Photo Contest on Facebook  (at this time the contest is being held on Facebook, no other way to vote).  And, if you’ll share with your friends I’d really really appreciate it.  Your friends will also appreciate it if they win a Lytro!

We can enter photos daily and these are some of the others I’m considering.  If I were on WordPress.org instead of .com, you’d be able to click and refocus the photos here.  Alas, to do that you need to visit my Lytro Photo Page.

My Lytro was a Christmas gift, but I didn’t get it until April because they were manufactured and shipped slowly!  If you haven’t yet heard about it, go to Lytro.com for all the info, but essentially it captures the entire light field instead of a single plane.  The fun part is that you can refocus your photo after you upload it to your computer – and you can share it as an interactive photo online.

I hope you’ll vote vote for my Butterfly photo at the top of this post and as a result, I hope YOU are the winner of a new Lytro camera!

Spring has finally sprung and just in the nick of time.  I was hoping my studio tour guests would have some color to enjoy as they walk through my garden to my studio.  Crocus are blooming and maybe a daffodil or two will open in time.

I’ve been trying to fit in time to play with my new Lytro camera.  I have a lot to learn:

https://pictures.lytro.com/SteiderStudios/pictures/82926/embed

You can change the focus by clicking on the photo!  The code above was supposed to embed the photo, but looks like you’ll have to click the link after all.  You can see more of My Lytro Photos and watch my progression as I learn how to use this fun new camera.

In the meantime, I’m almost ready to open my studio.  I still have to wash the dog nose prints off my windows & later in the week bake some lemon scones.  Not to mention displaying all my work!  To see how I transform my home into a gallery for my work you can go back to this previous post.

Please join me at my annual sale!  I just may have an extra treat for you!!

My final sunrise from the South Point Hotel where I’ve been attending the Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas.  I’ve enjoyed this view every morning at 6:30 for the past week.  Today I didn’t want to miss capturing it for you, so raced to the top of the parking garage at 6 am.  I shot for about 45 minutes playing with different settings on my camera.  Can you imagine how fun this would be if my new Lytro camera were in hand? It’s finally enroute, so get ready to re-focus some of my upcoming shots!!  Yes, you’ll be able to re-focus what I post here!  You can play with some of the photos already being sent to Lytro by photographers at this link:

 

In addition to my love of teaching others about glass possibilities at the Expo, there were excellent networking opportunities.  As a result, I’ll be back at Half Moon Creek in Palmer Alaska this July; and I caught a couple more leads for places that are interested in hosting me as a guest instructor. Thank you Carrie of Calyx Ann for one of them!!

Heading back to White Salmon today to begin preparations for my annual studio sale.  It’s in conjunction again with the  Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour on April 13, 14, and 15.  Yes, you heard correctly!  We’re open for THREE days this year from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

To celebrate, I have a complimentary map for the first three people who bring three or more guests to my studio on each of the three open days.  

Until then, I’ll be whirling my way through the cobwebs and my garden to make sure you have a delightful time at my studio!  If you’d like an invitation and aren’t on my guest list already, please let me know so I can send you an invite!!

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