Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Kings Mountain Fair this Weekend

We'll be selling our work this weekend at our favorite fair, the Kings Mountain Fair on Skyline Drive south of San Francisco. Details on our Show Schedule page. The collage at the right shows a selection of the bracelets we have been making. In the last couple of months we've made more bracelets than we have in a long time. We'll have more bracelets at the fair than we've had at one time in probably well over 30 years.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

New Jewels for the Mendocino Fair

We will be doing our only local showing of our jewel work in Mendocino this weekend at the Mendocino Arts Center's 59th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Here are a few of our new jewels that I just finished taking pictures of. Still more to finish and I didn't take time to get pictures of everything yet. It's looking like pretty nice weather for this weekend which is a good thing. Looking forward to a good fair and reconnecting with some of our customers and friends.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Leaving in the Morning for Our Los Altos Fair

We've spent the last few days putting the final touches on quite a few new jewels. The collage at the right features some of the newly finished ones.
We are looking forward to connecting with a lot of old friends and customers at the Los Altos show as well as other artists, some of whom we've done shows with for many years. We've done fairs in the area since 1971.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Our Los Altos Fair is Coming up Fast

The Los Altos Fair is coming up fast. Our first showing of the year. In some years in the past we would have already done 3 to 5 shows by now. I like being semi retired. We will have quite a good selection of new work to offer at the show. Here are a few more pieces just finished. Many more are in the pipeline to be finished by the fair. I'll do another collage of new work to post before we leave for the bay area.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Our First Show of the year will be in Los Altos in May

As has been true for the last few years the first showing of our work for the year will be the Los Altos Rotary Art show on May 19th & 20th. It's always a nice way to start out our sales year, weather is usually pleasant and business good because we have so many customers in that area.
I'm enclosing a collage of the few things that we have finished in our studio, mostly simple and familiar designs. I have an odd way of working sometimes, especially at the beginning of the year as I get started. I tend to start a lot of designs before I really get into finishing them so I probably have 40 plus pieces started right now from this year that are in various stages of completion. I'll get one started and then I'll have another idea that I want to get into some sort of form before the idea gets lost and I'll start it and work on it some and then another idea and another and another and another and another.
You get the gist. Some of the most interesting designs are still in process. Another odd aspect of the way I work is that some of these ideas won't get finished now, I'm not sure what to do to finish them. They'll go into a little cigar box of which I have dozens around the studio full of partially finished pieces, hundreds of pieces, some of them decades old. Periodically I go through a box and find a piece that rings a bell and I'll bring it out and finish it. Sometimes two pieces will actually join together to make the finished one. There was once a time when it bothered me and I felt some kind of guilt about not finishing pieces but finally realized that it is just the way that I work and it's OK. Some will turn into interesting jewels and some will never be finished. That's OK too.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Our Annual Journey to the Sacramento Arts Festival

We'll be leaving for our journey to the Sacramento Arts Festival in a few days. Looking forward to it. Seeing old friend and customers and visiting with other artists we've met over the last 50 years of doing shows in the west. A treat. Oh, and it's usually a very successful show for us too and we like the money so we can pay our bills and have a little fun. Looks like we may have a few partially rainy days so it's a good thing the show is inside. Hope to see you at the show.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

It's Time for the Kings Mountain Fair

We are leaving Friday morning for our trip to the redwoods south of San Francisco for the Kings Mountain Art Fair. This is the 55th year for this great event, started in 1963. We first did it in 1971 when we were living in Berkeley, it was the 2nd fair in our 46 years of making our living selling our Mixed Metal Jewels at art shows, fairs and festivals. (and various and sundry other odd venues along the way). After our first year there we went back to southern California for a few years, doing shows in the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara area  and living in Ojai for a while. In 1976 we moved to the Nevada City area in the Sierra Foothills and in the late 70's or early 80's started doing the Kings Mountain fair again. So we've been doing it for close to 40 consecutive years. It's our favorite and our most economically successful. Looking forward to it once again. I'm adding three collages of newer work below. Click on this link to go to their website and get directions, parking suggestions, a list of participating artists and images of their work.

Friday, July 21, 2017

We Are Showing our mixed metal jewelry in Mendocino tomorrow

Our last local showing of our work is coming up tomorrow (Sat. July 22nd)  in Mendocino at the Street Fair along Little Lake Street near the post office in downtown. We've been doing little fairs here for many years. EZ set up, pleasant visitors and I hope a pleasant weather day this time. We've had a streak of sunny 65-70 degree days and I hope that continues through Saturday. You never know though, living this close to the ocean, the weather can change several times a day. Fog-Sun-Fog-Wind-Sun-Fog. We are getting ready for our biggest and best show of the year in Woodside, south of San Francisco on Labor Day Weekend and are creating jewels at a steady pace. To the right are some of the new ones.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Showing our mixed metal jewels in Mendocino in July

In July we will do the only local showings of our work at the 2 Mendocino Street Fairs on Heider Field, along Little Lake Street, near the post office and one block east of the Mendocino Art Center. We will set up and sell there twice, first on Tuesday, July 4th at the same time that the parade happens and for the second time on Saturday, July 22nd, the last weekend of the Mendocino Music Festival. Hours for the fairs are 10 am to 4pm, admission is free. These small but sweet shows feature creative work by local and regional artists. I expect we will get lots of visitors from inland areas where it is very hot this year, temperatures here at the coast are running in the low to mid 60's for the most part, very pleasant.