Thankful

I have been so long away from this blog, I would be surprised if anyone was still following it!   If you are, thank you for being so patient with me.

Allen and I took a year off from doing the Hwy 62 Art Tours and that freed us up for traveling. We got back recently from a fabulous fall foliage trip to New England.  The change of scenery was refreshing one and it acted like a jumpstart on my creativity.  Then, as soon as we returned we toured as many artists’ studios on the Hwy 62 tours as we could fit in both Saturdays and I helped Karine Swenson with sales in her open studio on both Sundays.

A few days later Ann Congdon invited me to be part of  the upcoming         Broadview Open House and Desert Bazaar.  This event will be an unusual and exciting mix of Vintage and Handmade, hosted by 6 eclectic women from 29 Palms; Ann Congdon, Pam Anders, Vickie Waite, Sue Kelly, Terri Haskell and myself.

 I will have available my most recent small canvases, some older “tin can collages”, brand new collaged holiday themed magnets, ‘Round Twentynine Palms ornaments, cholla luminaries, tiny paper houses, and other handcrafted items……

Please join us at the historic Broadview estate

Friday December 12th  from 3-8

 and

Saturday December 13th from 9-3

Bazaarcard by Ann Congdon

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Endings and Beginnings

The first month of 2012 has been a busy one. I closed my shop doors for the last time, and expected to sit back and relax a bit.   Instead, life  quickly rushed in to fill any void  I might have experienced!  Moving an entire bookstore and art gallery back to my small home studio,  finishing the last traveling moleskine and sending it back to its owner, family members in need of care, cupboards desiring restocking, and long neglected home tasks.

I have managed to begin several new pieces of art, they await me.  I was asked by Carlos Reyes to hang some in his new gallery in Yucca Valley,  ArtFx& Furnishings,  so those are the priority right now ~he opens in 4 days!!!  Beginning March  4, 2012 Jennifer Ruggiero and I will share the walls of the Twentynine Palms Inn with a show featuring her luminous photography and my petite assemblage,  those pieces are next on the list.

I eagerly anticipate being part of a new long distance art project, Hilary Emerson Lay has launched a Sock Critter Adventure that I have been chosen to be part of.  Read more about Hilary and her quirky pals with the link above.

Hope you are all making interesting inroads into 2012!

The Shrine Auction is Open!

Over 25 artists have contributed stunning pieces to the 4th  Gallery of Hope online auction to benefit the street children of Oaxaca, Mexico.  I am honored to be included with these remarkable, talented and caring individuals this year.  The website is now available for viewing and registration and the bidding lasts a short week so waste no time.  Please read browser notes at bottom of this post if you have trouble accessing the link.

“Imagine a virtual gallery teaming with  love, compassion, inspiration, kindness and joy.   A gallery where each offering was created with the intention of making a bright difference in the lives of others.  Please join our efforts and help us transform hope into reality for children in need”.

Rebecca Brooks, founder of the Gallery of Hope

The Gallery of Hope Shrine Auction is open for registration and viewing June 1-4 and for bidding  June 5-12

You will need to access with firefox/mozilla or google chrome,  internet explorer does not seem to work.

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Spring clings to the Desert a little longer this year!

Normally by this time of the year we are hitting 100 degrees with some regularity.  But not this year and I , for one, am ecstatic.  I think, create, and function better when the mercury is lower.  I just finished 4 pieces of art for Woods in the Desert Art Gallery . Andy is celebrating the one year anniversary of his gallery in Joshua Tree , California this month with new works by featured artists Robert Arnett, Scott Monteith, , Rik Livingston, Mike Smiley and Mike Fagan and me!  My piece “Time Flies” is featured in the postcard advertising the event, thank you Andy!

The Artist Reception  is this Saturday, May 14 starting at 5pm as part of Joshua Tree Second Saturday Gallery Crawl. Hope to see you there!

HWY 62 ARTOURS 2010

I am pleased to announce that Allen and I will once again welcome visitors to our studio during the 9th Annual HWY 62 ART TOURS. We are the first weekend October 23 and 24 from 9-5.   I have begun work on several new series and am excited about where they are leading me.  If you can’t wait until the tours, I have art at True World Gallery in Joshua Tree, CA, Woods in the Desert Art Gallery in Joshua Tree, CA, 29 Palms Creative Center in Twentynine Palms, CA and the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley, CA.  If you are local you can pick up a  program at any SunRunner distribution point, and/or the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council Office in Joshua Tree and if you are from out of the area you can order one online or our Limited Edition Collector Portfolio which includes a CD with tracks from all the favorite Hwy 62 Musicians at www.hwy62arttours.com

Woods in the Desert

Joshua Tree, California ~ Woods in the Desert Art Gallery in Joshua Tree is opening for the new season this Saturday, September 25 with an evening artist reception starting at 6 pm. Featuring new collections by Mike Smiley, Wally Pacholka, Robert Arnett, Mita Markland Barter, Rik Livingston, John Greenfield, Scott Monteith, Bonnie Brady and Ed Keesling.

The artists will be showing new pieces as a ‘sneak preview’ of what you may see at their studio during next month’s Hwy 62 Art Tours.
“Come enjoy the evening, art and goodies from Ricochet Gourmet”,
says Andy Woods, owner of The Woods gallery

MitaBee Wall at Woods in the Desert

Woods in the Desert Art Gallery is located at 61325 Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Hwy) Suite D, Joshua Tree. After the reception on Saturday, the gallery will be open Tue-Sat 9-5, 760-399-7075.

Bakersfield Museum of Art Show

Visual Arts Festival opens 9-9-10

September 9 – November 21, 2010
Visual Arts Festival “Vessels”
A wide variety of interesting and compelling artworks will go on display September 9 when the Bakersfield Museum of Art kicks off the annual Visual Arts Small Works Festival.  The exhibits open with a reception on September 9 from 6 – 8 p.m. and awards will be presented at 7 p.m.  The opening is free to members, $10 for non-members. Light appetizers and a no-host bar will be available.
Using a theme of “Vessels,” the Visual Arts Festival ,  is a concept with a broad variety of meanings, said Curator Vikki Cruz.   The artists  worked with a uniform format of 12 x 12 inches or less to explore the depths of the theme.  Over 150 entries were submitted for the competition from which 63 pieces from 44 artists were selected for the exhibition. The exhibition will reveal an array of styles, techniques, mediums and approaches to the theme, Cruz said.

I submitted and had accepted a piece called Open Door and it is “framed” in a rusty kipper can, complete with attached “key.