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My Last Art Show

October 18, 2016

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I’ve had a long and wonderful journey with art from painting to fiber to glass with photography along every step of the way.  A year or two ago I announced my retirement from teaching and selling art supplies.  My announcement this year is the end of weekend art shows.  Yes.  This is the last one.  I’ve sold my work at weekend art shows since I was sixteen years old.  This. Is. The. Last.  If you’re in the region I hope you’ll come out & snap up the last of my glasswork.  I’ll be at the first spot on the map below:

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200 SW Edgecliff, at my friend Ann Fleming’s studio.  I’ll still play with art but just for myself, just for fun, and when I’m in the mood…probably only on rainy days.  I’ll still be out in the field trying to capture wildlife with my camera, and will print on demand instead of speculation.  Most of my images will always be available for you to order on paper, canvas or metal in most standard sizes.

This weekend, October 21 – 23; Friday – Sunday from 11am until 5pm.  Come say hello, support our local artists!

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Closing in on the end of June and I’ve started many posts for this month but have yet to stay at my computer long enough to finish one!  Instead of going in chronological order, I MUST share my exciting adventure from last night.  I shot my FIRST AURORA BOREALIS!!!  I am so excited I can’t stop thinking about it and don’t even care that Mt. Adams is blurry.

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Wednesday’s adventure began when my friend Darlisa invited me to a ‘Solar Storm’ event on Facebook.  I’d seen all the Monday posts (with photos!) about the gorgeous Northern Lights occurring this week but it didn’t occur to me to stay up all night myself to photograph this amazing light show.

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Wednesday morning I studied blogs and help forums about how to shoot an aurora, then spent the afternoon scouting locations.  I chose this view of Mt. Adams because it was clear and close  ~ easy to get to & a short drive home.  Then I reviewed my camera, remote, lenses and chose the best gear I had for the task while waiting for late night to arrive.

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In spite of careful preparation ~ my wireless remote wouldn’t work; I couldn’t find the infinity symbol on my camera; I was out in the middle of nowhere by myself far later than my comfort level (11:45 until 3:15); feeling like I didn’t know what I was doing; the LCD on the back of my camera showed a lot of nothing but BLACK ~ and then all my worries disintegrated when I first saw amazing color on the LCD!

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A little side note, after about 15 minutes I had to get back in my car and maneuver it so the headlights were illuminating the field next to me ~ to be sure the sound of crunching brush getting closer and closer, and slurping sounds were indeed the cows I’d seen earlier in the day! Fortunately there was a fence between me and the cows!

 

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I don’t know if this is part of the Aurora, and I really couldn’t see it with my naked eye.  I’d see what looked like mist or a thin veil far off behind the mountain.

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I played with the ISO and shutter speed.  The widest I could get my aperture was around 5.6 ~ this makes me want to buy a better lens for this type of work!!

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Instead of throwing away many of my ‘black’ images, after bringing up the exposure, I could still see some color in many of them.

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Alas, most of the black shots looked like this after editing.  So many technical issues I need to learn more about.

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Of course I didn’t take notes as I shot, so instead of repeating my best efforts, I will have more learning sessions!  When all is said and done, I must say it was a fabulous first learning experience.

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Just after 3 a.m. I felt myself fading into the night and had to get some sleep. I grabbed one last shot of the stars above, then headed home. It was a gorgeous and glorious experience!  I’m glad I went out to shoot the Aurora Borealis and can’t wait for the next opportunity!!

I’m learning more about Northern Lights while trying to wrap my head around all the information at Space Weather Enthusiasts Dashboard and http://www.ips.gov.au/Solar/1/4

Coming Up ~ Fall Art Shows!

October 17, 2014

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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…..

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… 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.

 

 

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!

A year ago today….

February 10, 2010

…I began this blog.  Today is my blogiversary! I realized yesterday that my very first post about a project I did with middle school students was published on Feb. 10th 2009.  The year went by so fast that I almost missed my blogiversary!  Interesting that I’m about to embark on another adventure with middle school students, this time in my own town of White Salmon.  The teacher wants a glass mobile hanging from the skylight at the entrance of the school.  I’ll tell you more about that when I have some photos to share.

When I began blogging, I searched for and read hundreds and hundreds of tips about ‘how to’ blog, ‘why to’ blog, ‘when to’ blog and everything in between.  I stumbled my way through setting it up, adding widgets, pages and links.  I watched my stats every day and confess I still do.  I am always thrilled to see how many readers have found me and actually return to read more.  And when someone leaves a comment, well I’m just plain over the moon delighted that I stirred you into responding!

I have to thank a couple of mentors who are wonderful bloggers as well as artists.  They were so compassionate and gentle while leading me through the tiniest of baby steps to get this blog and me to where we are today.  Drumroll please…..

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The first Thank You goes to Cynthia Morgan of Morganica, who always inspires with her blog and is so brilliant at everything blog and glass related.  I believe she knows everything in the universe and if you haven’t read her blog, you’ve been missing out on great fun, instruction and inspiration.  A glass artist, writer, and so much more, go read her blog right now.

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Thank You to Toni Johnson of Daily Vignette who made sense of my rambling questions.  I didn’t exactly know how to ask for what I wanted to do, but Toni always managed to decipher what I wanted or needed.  She then not only took me there, but told me the next step as well.  She also co-developed and co-authors Vision and Verb a collaboration from ‘women of a certain age’.  A phenomenal photographer as well as glass artist and friend, if you haven’t read Toni’s blog yet, go read it now!

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Somewhere along the midway point, I met Kathleen Krucoff, who writes Reflections of a Glass Artist. Talk about the motherlode of information!  She knows everything about blog and internet marketing.  One of the most creative people, a gifted, talented artist working with glass and metal.  Web designer and author of numerous blogs, she also happens to be married to a wonderful photographer, Daniel Krucoff.  Yes, you know the drill…go read her blog right now.

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There are many others who have helped me along the way, with inspiration and suggestions of topics to cover.  Lastly, I want to thank you, dear reader for encouraging me by the simple act of inviting me into your space, and listening to what I have to say.  I love hearing what you have to say so don’t be shy, let me know you were here.  You’re the reason I’m here, after all!  Tell me what you’d like to see here in upcoming posts.

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