Selasa, 25 Oktober 2011

Day of the Dead at the Art Clinic

Come to the Art Clinic on Tuesday from 5-7pm and vote for your favorite art piece. Bring a rememberance for the Alter. Food,wine and art activities.

Minggu, 11 September 2011

Jewelry studio with store front

I finally got a jewelers bench.  I needed a more ergonomic situation especially for sawing as I was sitting too high downstairs in the art clinic proper. This is called a mini bench and it sits on a table I found at a store called "Pink Trash" which is owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters who love to collect stuff.  Sound familiar?  The large drawer under the bench pin is used to collect all metal scraps and dust (silver is sooo expensive to not let any go to waste!!). I found that my saw was hitting the drawer so I use the drawer in the table to collect the silver. 

I've been wanting to work closer to my soldering station which is located on the street level landing and the back entrance of the Art Clinic.  You can see the windows that look out onto a drive that leads to public parking.

The foot traffic has been increasing since Knit Fit an arts and crafts store opened on the corner, Fresco Cafe opened across the parking lot and Art at Sevtap Wine Tasting opened up his business to share the back patio with the Art Clinic. There are people around!!!!  My friend Shelly Niro washed the windows and I painted the walls and moved my studio into the corner, left of the door.  I also painted a peg board to hold my tools.  I collaged and stenciled it as well.  I was afraid it would be too busy for such a tight space, but no--  I absolutely love it!!!
I am slowly creating a storefront to sell the wares made at the Art Clinic.  More photos to follow... if you haven't been to the art Clinic for awhile your in for a surprise.  Come by and say"hi".

Rabu, 24 Agustus 2011

Art and showing art

Last Saturday in Santa Barbara there was an opening for a show called "One Night Stand".  It was a fund raiser for Art From Scrap and I heard it went very well.  Lots of money made for a viable ecological and art education facility.  I was not able to attend as I was sick in bed, not wanting to do anything- a cold caught from my family after attending my family reunion and hanging out with my mom and sisters in San Rafael, CA.
I noticed on the website for Art From Scrap under "The Morning After" heading, that a not so great picture of the piece I entered was up, indicating that my piece did not sell.  I am not too sad about that (lest the hurt to my ego), because I really liked the piece I did, and since the "unveiling" is over I can post a picture here: 

This is a tribute to how I, in the very far past, felt after allowing myself the frivolous encounter of a One Night Stand. 
I thoroughly enjoyed making this piece- something I started in Michael deMeng's class.
And though, in my life I have made choices that have not been to my greatest benefit, I am here to say that life is good, that this moment is an opportunity to make a great choice for me, that I have everything I need, including a fabulous husband, kids and extended family and that I love making art!!!! 

Rabu, 03 Agustus 2011

Metal Clay- Private classes

I have had the pleasure of hosting private parties for classes.  Below are some pictures of  the fantastic creations made. Send me an email- for more information if you are interested in making some incredible jewelry in 99.9% pure silver.

 This is what seven people made in a day class- 2 to 4 pendants each.

(click on photo to get a better look at the silver pieces)

 Thank you guys for all the fun!!!

Michael deMeng teaching at the Art Clinic

I know this was last month (time flies when you are having fun)- but here are some pictures of the creations from the great class we had with Michael deMeng in July. Michael is a fantastic teacher who is very generous with his knowledge and know how, and he is quite entertaining!!!

Pretty Vial Things:

 Cold Blooded Journals:

 Michael and his great and informative critique:

Sabtu, 23 Juli 2011

Shirt redesign-

I have had time to rethink this. Camp Serenity is in the redwoods so the tree should be a redwood!!!
I like this so much better.