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My car is packed and I’m ready to set up my booth today for Oregon Glass Guild’s Glass Gallery this weekend.  Held in conjunction with Gathering of the Guilds at Oregon Convention Center, Portland Oregon April 26, 27, 28 it’s the largest artist run art show west of the Rockies.

It takes me almost a full day to set up my booth for a three-day show like this.  You can see pictures in this link from last year’s show.

Steider Studios:  Finch in Birdbath

Knowing I’m about to miss a gorgeous long weekend, I decided to spend the afternoon in my garden.

Steider Studios:  Chickadee in Birdhouse

I noticed this little chickadee leaving a bird house so decided to wait & watch for a bit.

Steider Studios:  Chickadee Building Nest

He’s building a nest!  I love the sound of baby birds each spring.

Steider Studios:  Hummer with Fir Trees in the background.

We have a swarm of hummingbirds defending territory.  I’ve posted photos on my Facebook page, but will soon add them to An Artist’s Garden also.

Steider Studios:  Lizard

It was a lovely afternoon sharing the sun with this little guy, the birds, bees and butterflies!  Hope to see you at Oregon Convention center for Gathering of the Guilds this weekend!

777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd in Portland Oregon.  Hall C.  Friday 10 – 9; Saturday 10 – 7; Sunday 10 – 5.

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I’m feeling particularly exhausted after this year’s Glass Gallery.  The last two days were spent basking in the sun photographing birds and flowers in my garden as new colors emerge from the earth.  Today is back to reality with two more shows coming right up!

This year’s Glass Gallery was wonderful.  The artists were fabulous.  Our customers were delightful.  I’ve shown you how the show and my booth are set up, so this epilogue will simply be some of my friends & ‘booth neighbors’ who I caught when they weren’t busy with customers.  Some of my favorite artists were always so busy that I couldn’t digitally catch them this year.  Starting with Carolyn & Kathy, my neighbors … then random order:

Carolyn Crystal Handmade Glass Beads

Kathy Watne Enamels

Alexandra Farnham

Carol Carson Glass

Art Glass by Dale Rohrer with Donna Mason

Michael Barley Handmade Glass Beads

Debra Fenzl of MSR Studio

Kathy Engholm of Indigo Crow Studio and Karen Fairley of Shattered Illusions Glass

Stephanie Johnston

Natalie Vinsant of Live Laugh Love Glass

Pamela Domick

Carli Schulz Kruze, Juice Glass

Angelita Surmon

Julie Vincent of Corte Designs

Don Bietschek of Aquila Glass School demonstrating.

And just to show you I DID get out of my guild area for a couple of minutes, here is my friend, Karen Saró Troeger of Touch the Sky in the Handweavers Guild having just as much fun as I did!

It’s always a treat to meet new art collectors and network with old friends at this show, probably the largest one that I participate in.  Over the three days I was privileged to have several particularly poignant conversations.  Some of which I cannot let go of … that I keep thinking about … and am grateful … honored that I was chosen to have those stories shared with me.

Thank you.

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One week from today is the opening of Oregon Glass Guild’s 12th Annual Glass Gallery at Gathering of the Guilds in Portland Oregon.  It’s a fabulous three day art show and it’s what to do in Portland next weekend.

Glass Gallery is held in conjunction with Gathering of the Guilds, which is the largest artist-owned art show on the West Coast.  The show runs May 4, 5, and 6.  Show hours are 10am – 9pm on Friday; 10am – 7pm on Saturday; and 10am – 5pm on Sunday.

Originally started by the Oregon Potters Association thirty years ago, ‘Gathering of the Guilds’ includes the Oregon Glass Guild, Portland Handweavers Guild, Portland Bead Society, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Creative Metal Arts Guild and Northwest Fine Woodworkers.

The Oregon Convention Center is located at 777 NE MLK Blvd in Portland close to the intersection of I84 and I5.  You’ll find the Glass Gallery in Hall C.

The best way to see the show, meet artists and learn a bit more about their work is during the typical ‘slow’ times of an art show.  Friday during the day, Saturday night and Sunday morning.  Typically the largest crowds arrive Friday night after work and Saturday late morning through late afternoon; then Sunday early afternoon after church and brunch.

If you go during a slower time, you can get to know your favorite artist better – ask about their work, what inspires them, what upcoming projects they have, and maybe even talk about a special commission you’d like them to make for you.

You can read about how I set up my booth in this post from last year’s show:  Epilogue of the Event: Glass Gallery 2011.

This year I’ll be in booth # 29, nestled between my friends, Carolyn Crystal and Kathy Watne behind the information booth.  We plan to have a lot of fun.  Come see us first, ok?!!  Oh, and I’d love it if you tell me you follow my blog!!

 

The 2011 Gathering of the Guilds took place this past weekend at the Portland Convention Center.  It’s the largest event of it’s kind, run by artists for artists in the Pacific Northwest.  The show includes Portland Handweavers GuildGuild of Oregon Woodworkers, Creative Metal Arts GuildPortland Bead Society, and Oregon Glass Guild.  It was initiated 28 years ago by the Oregon Potters Association and we other guildss have joined slowly over the last 10 to 15 years.

Above is my booth just before the Glass Gallery show opened.   It took awhile to get it to this point.  I’ll show you:

A group of Oregon Glass Guild volunteers ready to assist in the big empty building as artists arrive.

Alice Geyer, our State President along with Gayle Larsen from the Mid Valley Chapter arrive bringing a truckload of artwork.  And all the ingredients needed for our Pavilion!

The pipe and drape goes up while more artists arrive and unload their work.

Once the pipe & drape is set up we can start building our booths.  My walls & lights have to go up first.  No, I don’t turn them on until the show starts!

It’s easier if I display my wall art prior to setting up tables.  At this point, my neighbors haven’t arrived, so I can spread out.  As have the pavilion folks that are also setting up and painting pedestals.

Most of my work is unpacked, lots of tweaking yet to be done.  Where are my neighbors?

So close, but in my haste I didn’t notice  the sloppy edge of a table covering, so I had to remove the glass and pull down the table covering.  A few more things to stash and my booth will be ready.  Let the show begin!

In random order, a few of my friends and neighbors at the show.  Alexandra Farnham
shared a booth with Vandy Hall.  Blown glass.

Dianne Muhly’s booth ready for customers.  Fused glass.

Ken Hashagen and Julie Vincent of Corte Glass ready for action!  Sharing a booth with Kathy Engholm of Indigo Crow Studio.  Fused glass.

My friend Carolyn Crystal, a torch-worker had crowds all weekend……

…as did Cynthia Morgan, Becky Magnuson and Carol Carson who shared a booth.  Fused and cast glass.

Jim Aden of Jaidenglass was there early to help set up and stayed late to help clean up.  My thanks to Jim and Dean Wirst for loading my car when the show came down!

Lyn Kennison’s Blue Eyed Creations booth.  Fused glass.

Jane Godfrey about to make a sale.  She and Sondra Radcliffe, both of Ambiente Art Glass have wonderful stained and kilnformed work.

Ann Cavanaugh and Joann Wellner shared a large space.  Kilnformed Glass.

My booth neighbor, Eli of Mazet Studios had a crowd all weekend and was still selling after the show closed!  Very impressive work from his torch.

Debra Fenzl of MSR Studio.  Her beautiful torchwork won a prize in the pavillion.

Dennis Hoerauf of Nature of Glass.  I love his blown glass!

Sue Purr Designs, Sue Bradley makes cat glass in her kiln.

My friend Serena Smith working her booth filled with lampworked beads.  She was also the Glass Pavilion Chair this year.

I thought the Group Booth was particularly beautiful this year, chaired by Greg Frye.   Greg with Cindy Lacey.

Don Bietschek of Aquila Glass School was excellent at running the demo area this year.

Our  Glass Pavilion was gorgeous!  Thanks Serena & crew including Jim & Jayne Simmons who ran out to buy more paint!

This event is a huge undertaking with many people taking the reins of important tasks in order to stage a premier glass show.

I’m simply going to list their names and tasks, but want you to know they all contributed so much more than just chairing a committee.  Indefatigable comes to mind:

Charlene Fort, our Queen Bee, heading up the entire Gathering of the Guilds as well as our Show Chair for  Oregon Glass Guild.

Mike Yamrick (State Treasurer) – he who writes the checks and cashes us out!

Susan Arnot and Jayne Simmons…advertising and PR.  Did you see our Facebook page?  It’s not too late to ‘like’ us – we plan to post upcoming events there for you to follow!

Serena Smith took on the monumental task of organizing and setting up the pavilion.

Don Bietschek organized the demonstrations, including the recruitment of demonstrators.

Alice Geyer and Gayle Larsen led the mosaic portion of the demonstration.  The finished mosaic will be donated to a women’s shelter in The Dalles, OR.

Victoria Miller donated the mosaic that was displayed and raffled in the Information Booth.

Lesley Kelley organized the volunteers and I can tell you she is organized.  Her husband, Kevin was the go-to guy for errands, ran the credit card machine, and even worked security – following potential perpetrators of petty theft around the building.

Donna La Plante produced the beautiful postcards and helped set up the floor plan.

Jim Piazza and Bill Cooper were instrumental in setting up the pavilion and running the information booth.  Not to mention their sleuthing skills at following would-be-shoplifters.

Jim (our unofficial photographer) and Jayne Simmons worked tirelessly setting up the pavilion and doing all sorts of odd jobs throughout the weekend.

There are so many more people involved, I’m sure I’ve left out a number of folks.  It’s a volunteer organization and we all volunteer to make the show happen.  Those above gave their time to perform major tasks without which, there would be no show!  I applaud everyone involved for a show well done!!

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March Musings

March 4, 2011

I am happy to announce my colorful art glass jewelry is now available for purchase at J D Smith Jewelers in The Dalles Oregon.  The owner, Jason and I have been talking about working together since last summer.  Our schedules finally aligned to make it happen and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Jason has been in the jewelry business much longer than you might think judging by his youthful appearance and ‘with it’ attitude.  He has an artist’s eye and it shows when you walk into his fabulous store.  If you’re in the Pacific Northwest make a point of stopping in.

The last few weeks you know I’ve been preparing for the Glass Craft and Bead Expo.  I finally have all the student glass cut up and packed, and everything I ordered has been arriving daily.  I am sorry for our UPS driver who has to trudge down my very long driveway through the snow.  Everything must be shipped next week, so it will be me carrying it all back up.  I’d love to find a few more students for my Beautiful Butterflies class, so if you know anyone who might be interested, I’d sure appreciate it if you’d share this post.  The emphasis will be pattern making, imagery replication and working with powdered glass.

My handmade wall pocket vases are displayed at Good News Gardening in Hood River through the end of this month.  I decided to install wall pockets alone instead of including butterflies and ladybugs due to the hanging system.  Screw eyes are anchored at the top of the wall and spaced in such a way that my little critters would be lonely so far apart from each other.  I do need to go back and fill the vases with flowers, but if you have a chance to try the lunch menu at The Garden Cafe I promise you’ll enjoy it!

‘Cat’s Meow’

I finally returned to my ‘Raining Cats and Dogs’ series for The Dalles Art Center’s show “Raining Cats and Dogs and Frogs”, running through March.  Perfect, don’t you think?  Of course I pulled this 15″ finished platter (photo was taken before slumping) out of the kiln the day before due date!  Three sweet little 6″ plates were also fused but not cold-worked or slumped yet.  More work for after the Expo.  I hope to have them ready for Oregon Glass Guild’s “Glass Gallery” at the end of April.

One last note:  Lately I’ve had a lot of mica sales in my ArtFire shop, so I’ve moved the mica tutorial that I’ve been slowly polishing from the ‘backburner’ to the ‘get it done sooner’ page.  It’s almost finished, I just need better photos…which I’ll take after I clear all the ‘Expo’ paraphernalia out of my studio.

See you inLas Vegas?

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Taking off

I am amazed at how busy this season has started out!  I’ll tell you about that in a minute, but first I want to talk about my play date.   I love big birds and when I see one (anywhere, anytime) I pull over, grab my always-close-at-hand-camera and take as many photos as the bird allows.  Mind you, this is a point and shoot camera…a good one, but nonetheless not one that can really capture a great shot unless the bird happens to be very close.  My friend Charlene feels the same way about stopping to photograph birds … or anything else for that matter, so I promised her a play date for her birthday.  She has a great camera with a telephoto lens, and I can hardly wait to see her photos.  I’ll share them with you by editing those she sends into the bottom of this post.

Through the branches, we could see 5 eagles

We found a great spot close to the Columbia River, but off the beaten path where a dozen or so eagles were soaring and circling a food source.  It was cold but clear and the thrill of watching and trying to photograph them made us forget about everything else.  In a way it was frustrating trying to get my little camera to do something it wasn’t made to do, so rather than fight it, I decided to enjoy the ride and shot what I could.

Landing strip

As you can see, this shot is blurry, but it was incredible to watch these large birds, symbols of freedom, land one after the other onto this tall, narrow snag.

Woolly Bear

As we left, I found something my camera was very good at photographing, a Woolly Bear!

The Dalles Dam

And a petty landscape.  We stopped for lunch at The Bistro, inside Waters Edge Health and Fitness Center where we happened to meet the director, who graciously showed us around.  It’s a wonderful facility including a spa, conference center, excercise room and so much more.

Back in the studio I have way too many projects going on.  Several private commissions, a couple of public and educational proposals just finished up and sent out, as well as gearing up for a busy ‘show’ season.

If you’re in the Hood River area, please stop into Good News Gardening during the month of March where Charlene Fort and I are sharing a wall to display our glass. I’ll have butterflies, fairies, ladybugs and wallpockets. What more could you want for the garden or to hold your garden’s treasures?  Have a bite to eat with friends at the cafe.  Oh, and they have plants too!

The end of March you’ll find me heading to Las Vegas for the big Glass Craft and Bead Expo.  I know I’ll see many of you there – be sure to say ‘hi’ when you see me!  You’re welcome to stop into my classroom in the late afternoon when we’re finishing up from our day’s work.  Better yet, sign up for a class!

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River will be hosting a show in which all participating artists from the Gorge Artists Open Studios tour are featured.  You can stop in during the First Friday opening on April 1st, or anytime during the month of April to see an example of the studio tour artist’s work.  Taste some fabulous wine while you’re there!

Bite of the Gorge” takes place on April 9th, a feast of a fundraiser for Columbia Gorge Arts in Education.  Most artists paint a ceramic plate for the event, but I’ve been donating glass plates.  I’m better at glass than I am at painting ceramic and I want them to have my best.  Taste and silently bid on art.  Fun!

April closes with the huge Oregon Glass Guild “Glass Gallery” in Portland.  April 29 through May 1st.   There’s more….too much more, so for now, I’ll go back to creating glass to fill all my upcoming events.

Don’t forget, when Charlene sends her eagle photos, I’ll post them here.

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Maryhill Arts Festival

August 27, 2010

The Oregon Glass Guild was featured at Maryhill Arts Festival because the museum’s focus is glass this year.  My friend Charlene is the current president of OGG and combined with the fact that Maryhill has been very good to me I went along for the fun of it, even though I don’t usually take part in outdoor shows anymore.  My first outdoor show was the Rose Bowl in Pasadena where I sold my tie-dyed macrame’ every weekend when I was sixteen years old.

Setting up tents; sharing space with Leila; 'Glass Row' at Maryhill Arts Festival

We OGG artists had a bank of tents in line with one another.  Most of us arrived to set up on Friday, even though essentially we set up every day.  And broke down every night.  Peacock Protection, we called it!  Yes, the inquisitive peacocks can get into zipped up tents!

Saturday morning arrived cloudy with a bit of sun beaming on Mt. Hood.  Good portend or not?  Turned out to be very hot!  Breezy in the afternoon!

Steider Studios at Maryhill Arts Festival

What to bring & what to leave home…these are the questions that haunt me when there’s little space.  As usual, I fit as much as I possibly could on my tables.  I like giving you a choice after all!

The road to Maryhill.

If you made the drive to Maryhill Museum along Hwy 14 in the morning, you would have seen bright skies with puffy clouds scattered about.  It’s an arid landscape contrasting with the adjacent river.

Sun sparkling on the Columbia River.

Large vistas of distant mountains and the Columbia River separating Oregon and Washington.

Maryhill Museum

Maryhill Museum perched above the Columbia.

Arriving at Sam Hill‘s castle, Maryhill Museum is a surprising oasis amidst the dusty brown landscape.

Artists ready for the festival to awaken.

Sunday morning dawned a bit breezier than Saturday so a couple of us bungied together and hung on.

We love a crowd!

Not as many shoppers on Sunday, but we always have a good time together.

Thanks Andy, for purchasing the Peacock Coasters!

Andy, Maryhill’s caretaker purchases coasters with gold line drawings of a Peacock made especially for this venue.  Thanks for the photo, Colleen!

Peacock coaster on Turquoise, 4" x 4".

Andy chose a green set; pictured above is turquoise with an iridescent cap for sparkle.

Baby peacocks

As usual, I cannot post about Maryhill Museum without including peacocks!  This time, I found some babies!  Aren’t they sweet?!!

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