Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friend!!!!


I was born with two hands but needed 4 today as I attempted to attach my first sets of french cleats.  Thank you dear Diane (ORA member, critique group member, and wonderful friend!)

I'm excited to see how this all works out.

The directions indicate a 7-14 day cure time with a 21 day expectation for a full cure. I had no idea it would take that long...so not sure how to display my work at the Geezer Gallery/A.R.T exhibit hall this Monday. Sigh!  

My technique improved by the 3rd mounting project, but there are so many lessons to learn! 

Wish me luck!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Big Shout Out to Brooklyn Hardware Manufacturing!



This is a photo of REAL CUSTOMER SERVICE!

I know....it looks like a hand holding some metal and some wood.

Here's the story:
I have made some wall masks for the TRIFECTA Art Show at Artist Repertory Theater and Geezer Gallery. My problem was how to hang them in the gallery. I knew I needed to use something called french cleats but have never worked with them. The problem is that French cleats aren't compatible with the hanging system at the theater.

The folks at Brooklyn Hardware Manufacturing were unfazed. They make a product called panel clips. They problem solved the dilemma of how to adapt the clips for use in the gallery while retaining the original pieces for mounting in someone's home.

Friendly, helpful, and willing to problem solve.....I am so impressed with the product...and especially the customer service.

Now all I have to do is pray the glue dries in time!

Thank you Brooklyn Hardware!   http://www.panelclip.com/



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Let me tell you about GEEZER!


I just got word that my art submissions have passed muster and I will be part of the TRIFECTA: A Feast for the Senses show at Artist Rep. I am very excited to be part of this wonderful effort. I love, love, love Amy Herzog's play 4,000 miles and hope that my art work crafted for this event will sufficiently honor the show.

In this post I want to honor Geezer Gallery and its founder Amy Henderson. Tomorrow I will share some information about Patty Goodlund, their curator. 

The Geezer Gallery aka TGG is a fabulous concept that honors a segment of the population that is often overlooked.... senior citizens.

Just a few years ago I was able to display/sell some of my art at their Multnomah Village Gallery (they have since moved!)
At that time I dubbed myself a "geezer in waiting." I am officially a Geezer and proud of it!

The face behind TGG is a most innovative and tireless soul, Amy Henderson (pictured above.) I chose this picture of her on the phone because she is always on the move...always doing something energetic to benefit TGG!

TGG isn't just a gallery ... it is a movement! TGG seeks to empower aging artists to continue pursuing their work. TGG wants to empower every senior to have experiences in the arts and in conjunction with medical researchers is exploring the ways in which engaging in the arts impacts the aging brain. I bet you can guess what they are learning!!!!!

No need for me to get into the details...you can discover that for yourself at   geezergallery.com . I just want to sing their praises!

Go to their website and get your tickets while they last! See you at the show!



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TRIFECTA in PDX!


Coming in May!

Why TRIFECTA? Because 3 amazing non-profit groups have joined together what they all do best....
ART!

Artist Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) , Geezer Gallery, and ORA Northwest Jewish Artists are in collaboration .....At the center of this is a fabulous play  called  4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog.
Geezer Gallery operates the lobby gallery at ART and were most generous in inviting ORA artists to create art focused on the themes of this theatrical Pulitzer finalist .

This is a juried show...so I'll let you know what happens....when I know.

What you should know is that a 4th entity brings the culinary arts into the mix! Jamison Restaurant has designed a most special menu to compliment the theater production and art work (some of the art will be on display at the restaurant!!!!) There is an exciting restaurant, theater , and meet the artists opportunity.

For more information  go to: 
http://www.artistsrep.org/learn-about-us/trifecta.aspx

I'll post more information soon!
Stay tuned!!!!!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

FUSED GLASS CLIPS! Chamsah!


A most beautiful Bat Mitzvah Girl with a most beautiful tallit! Her request was for hot pink chamsah clips! Not only was it my joy to be her teacher for the upcoming celebration, but I was able to grant her request and make the clips.    MAZAL TOV!!!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

FUSED GLASS JOURNEYS BOWL

Here's a blast from the past....2012
Its a 15" bowl with dichroic blobs....
Such a fun bowl.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Dali Museum....Brilliant!


Back from our Florida trip. One of the highlights was visiting one of my favorite museums: The Dali in St. Pete. This visit was extra sweet because they had a Picasso/Dali exhibit. Two quotes stood out for me: 
  • Dali: "We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth." Picasso: "Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war against brutality and darkness."

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Industrial Journeys #3

The final and remaining piece in the journeys set is this one. It is a fragmented journey with many starts...and only one journey that reaches an endpoint. A bridge arches over the glass....where does it lead?

The glass is mounted to some glass chads which help the glass look as though it is floating about the inch thick mounting board. Metal bits and pieces were scavenged from a construction site dump pile.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Industrial Journeys Series #2


This glass is so expressive in this piece. The journey appears rambling and  confused but it covers a lot of territory. The glass floats on some glass chads which are mounted on a herringbone embossed piece of metal evoking that "grunge" feel. Other found objects complete the effect. Are they tools of the journey or destinations?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Industrial Journey Series....#1


Okay, I'll admit it....I love going to the scrap yard! I love finding stuff on the ground....yup, I love scavenging. This piece was so fun to make.

The industrial feel is quite  purposeful although my search for parts was quite random. I made these while doing battle with the "crud."

Each time I emerged from that fuzzy, yucky, spacey zone I found myself trying to construct something positive from the mass of toss-away stuff I had found. 

I made 4 glass panels (one sold) and then chose different mountings and different "accessories" for each in response to the hot/cold flow of the glass. This piece of glass is mounted to black lucite plastic which "floats" on top of a piece of hand-polished scrap aluminum.




Friday, December 5, 2014

Journeys Tray #2


This is the second tray in my most recent exploration of Journeys. 
Journeys #2 features an iridized finish on the base creating a lovely but subtle rainbow effect in the background.

Journeys #1 is sold. #2 is available for purchase. If you are interested, just contact me! Prefer the design in some other colors? Just ask!

Below is a close up of the lataccino I mentioned in my earlier post.



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Journeys Series- Tray #1


Every year I make a few new plates working from a theme of "journeys"

The diagonal line is a pretty strip of latteccino .... stringers that have been pulled and twisted in an open flame. Unfortunately my camera skills fell short of capturing the pretty orange/red/blue/black colors in that rod.

I'm happy to report this piece sold. I have one more with different colors....more photography tomorrow and then I will post.

There are still many journeys to explore. I will continue to play with this theme!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Tallit Clips


These really sparkle in the light! Fun, light-weight, silk safe! 
Silver or copper chain available! Other shapes, patterns, and colors available for commission!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

My booth shot ....Celebration of Art '14


I have to admit I'm pretty camera shy.... grateful this photo came out pretty well.

It was a great show... thank you to our supportive community for coming to the show and recognizing the value of purchasing one-of-a-kind art work in the season of big box store mass-produced "stuff".


Friday, November 28, 2014

WHERE WERE YOU IN '62?


Where Were You in 1962? That's the name of this serving tray. It's a playful piece based on another piece I saw in a thrift shop. Just a little more fun with mid-century modern design. I like the wonky imperfect lines.....poking a bit of fun at the design while honoring the the stylistic notes.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Midcentury Modern FUN!

I'm having so much fun doing midcentury modern designs!

More often than not, I make glass items with Judaic themes.... sometimes I just hear another voice....a blast from the past . I decided to respond. More midcentury designs yet to come!


This is a 12" sushi style platter.....  The inspiration came from seeing some art in a local thrift shop. 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Another Wedding Bowl


Blessings to the newlyweds! ...and gratitude to the folks who commissioned this gift.

I am so honored to be asked to craft a piece of art that will hopefully be a keepsake that can potentially be passed on to future generations.


Monday, November 17, 2014

FUn WIth Mid-century Moderns

Fun little serving tray...great for olives, pickles, other finger food!

Come check out the variety of mid-century modern items I've crafted just for the upcoming show.


Details can be found at: northwestjewishartists.org

just click on the link at the top of that website!

Remember...mention the this blog and get a small gift.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Whispy, ethereal, and affordable! You can find this challah plate and more at the Taste of Art and Celebration of Art November 22 7-9:30 pm and November 23 10:30am-4:30 pm at the MJCC in Portland, Oregon.  

Over 20 amazing artists will have beautiful and affordable art available for purchase. Customers will receive a free raffle ticket for every $25 spent on art! Two amazing gift packages can be won. Winners need not be present at the Sunday afternoon drawing (4 pm)

Saturday will also feature live music by the band "The Noted", and free food and drink samples from  awesome places like Chickpeadx, Widmer Brewery, Eastside Distillery, and Sip D'vine.

Come check it out!   Visit my booth, mention this blog and get a free token of my appreciation.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thinking About Chair Affair '15


This is a borrowed photo....I don't know how to photograph a mirror without all the reflection that happens when I try.

I'll be rehabbing this old bathroom mirror and gifting it to Community Warehouse's Chair Affair + Event.  CW does some very impressive work and I am proud to be a part of this event.

I had hoped to contribute last year but events conspired against me and I couldn't get the job done. I hope to make up for that this year with something special.   I won't have time to really begin work in earnest until December...but keep reading the blog. I'll have updates about the coming Celebration of Art event and other projects.