SONOMA COUNTY ART TRAILS–I’M ON IT!

New tour! New studio! New work! Same ol’ red hair and smiling face.

New tour! New studio! New work! Same ol’ red hair and smiling face.

There's room to SIT DOWN in my new studio!

There’s room to SIT DOWN in my new studio!
I have lots of NEW WORK, too!

I have lots of NEW WORK, too!
New antique box mini-shrines!

New antique box mini-shrines!
New framed fiber pieces, too!

New framed fiber pieces, too!

I’m delighted to be a new artist (#30) on the prestigious Sonoma County Art Trailes, a self-guided tour through the open studios of more than 175 artists and craftspeople throughout…well, throughout Sonoma County.

The tour covers the next two weekends in October, Saturday and Sunday, 10-5, Oct. 10 & 11, and Oct. 17 & 18.

I’m in my new studio space! It’s a lot bigger than my former space. In fact, I’m in the space you had to walk through to GET to my former space. There’s a window! There’s room to turn around! There’s a sofa and everything! I even cleaned!! (This in itself is a noteworthy event.)

I have new framed fiber pieces, new small antique box ‘installations’, featuring my handmade artifacts and small sculptures. I have new jewelry, too.

So come on down to 300 South A Street in the SOFA arts district in Santa Rosa, between Sebastopol Ave. and Sonoma Ave. There are eight artists on the Tour here. I’m by myself, down Atlas Coffee Alley, down the side of Gallery 300. There will be many bright blue signs showing the way; look for the cerulean blue door in the alley, that’s me!  Studio #30.

For more information, visit http://sonomacountyarttrails.org/ where you can also download a copy of the catalog (if you don’t have one yet) and maps of all the studios. (The one with me on it ishttp://sonomacountyarttrails.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/MAP-15-SR-Coast-v2.pdf.

FALL FOLIAGE ART STUDIO TOUR! (And why you should visit an artist studio…)

Just a quick announcement about the next opportunity for you to see my work…..

I’m part of the Fall Foliage Open Studio Tour (affectionately known as the FFAST tour), aptly named because it takes place during some of the most beautiful days here in New England. On Saturday and Sunday, October 6 & 7, I will open my studio to the public–YOU, dear reader.

There are two preview shows for this tour. One just finished up at the Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey NH.

My big big framed piece on display, with two horse sculptures.

The other will run through the month of October at The Works Bakery on Main Street in Keene, NH.

You can see peeks of my studio here. And see more details about the FFAST tour here.

And now I have to find my vacuum cleaner and dust cloths. And find a place to stash my 250 old wood boxes for my new series I’m working on. And make it look like I actually did use the dust cloths in here…!!!

So….Why should you visit an artist’s open studio?

Well….Years ago, it was how I found out I was an actual artist.

I stuck my head inside the door to ask a new housemate something. To my amazement, he had the same vast collection of beach pebbles, small animal bones, acorns, interesting sticks, sea shells, sea glass, bird’s nests, squashed rusty metal objects and other little doodads as I did.

He was a “real artist”–enrolled in art school, making cool stuff, etc. It slowly dawned on me…. maybe I wasn’t “crazy acorn-hoarding squirrel person”. Maybe….I was an artist, too! An artist-in-waiting, perhaps. An artist who hadn’t actually honored and made room for her creative spirit–yet. But an artist all the same.

It was the beginning of an incredible journey. And I’ve never forgotten that first moment, that shock of recognition, that foreshadowing of what I was supposed to do in this world.

Other reasons to visit an artist’s studio:

A chance to talk with someone who makes stuff.
A chance to snoop through drawers and bins and shelves. (You cannot believe all the drawers, bins and shelves I have in here, and what they hold.)
The opportunity to see work I can’t display or sell at the League of NH Craftsmen shops and Fair. (Hint: It involves PEARLS and semi-precious stones!)
The opportunity to watch me make stuff.
The chance to buy really cool stuff. Like jewelry, and wall art, and sculptures, maybe even a handmade print or two.
Wine.
Wine and crackers and cheese. And maybe chocolate. Oh, and more wine. Cold cider. Or hot cider, depends on the day’s weather. Did I mention the wine?

And who knows? Maybe, as you exclaim (with astonishment, or dismay) at my immense collection of pebbles, sea glass, driftwood, elk antlers, moose antlers and deer antlers, buttons, bird’s nests and such, you, too, will have that same flash of insight….

Maybe I can be an artist, too!

Vintage buttons plus antique glass trade beads equals very cool jewelry!
Antique mother-of-pearl earrings.
These symmetrical antique keys remind me of ancient ankhs and other mysterious metal artifacts.