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. www.kingsmountainartfair.org/
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Monday, January 2, 2017
In my move to become more semi retired, I reduce my weekly quota of hours devoted to any aspect of the jewelry business by two hours each year. I started this in 2015 and the quota for that year was 20 hours a week. I ended up actually working about 23-24 hours. I must confess to being somewhat of an obsessive record keeper and keep track of every minute of work time. This past year my weekly quota was 18 hours a week and I just last night added things up and discovered that I actually did 19.6. That's progress. This year my quota is 16 hours a week. As you can see, it goes down 2 hours a year. I know it's crazy but it works
This year I'm planning to find a way to incorporate well shaped little beach stones into some jewelry pieces, collect and shape and polish more abalone pieces from the beaches around Mendocino and start using up more of the 50 year collection of gemstones that I have accumulated. I hope also to work on new designs featuring creatures of various kinds. Top of my list is to make a great many
bracelets this year, I have sold out of them at several fairs this years so that is sign I should make more.
I hope to see you at one of our shows this year. I'll be posting pictures here on the blog periodically as new items get finished, if anything interests you, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to tell you more about it. I've sold an increasing number of jewels
like that in the last few years. HAVE A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2017.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
We will be selling our work at
The Christmas Faire of Chico
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
Friday-Sunday Dec. 2-4
Fri. 12-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5
Free admission & Free Parking
Live entertainment by local musicians
We'll have a lot of new Mixed Metal Jewels to show
Hope to see you!
For the last 37 years or so we've been traveling to Chico, CA to sell our jewelry at an event called the Bah! Humbug Arts & Crafts Festival. The first BH was up in Paradise at a school gym, then for 10 years or so it was at the old Montgomery Wards store on 2nd street in Chico across from the downtown parking lot where the farmer's market takes place. After that it floated around and settled in whatever building the organizer, Steve Rooney of Cyrcle Productions could find. Sometimes in the same location 2 years in a row but usually in a different building each year. Usually the BH took place for the two weeks before Christmas, we participated for 6 to 11 days depending on how much energy we had, what our stock of jewels was like and how the weekends fell. For a number of years though we have been in Chico selling our mixed metal jewels right up until about 3pm or so on Christmas Eve, an annual ritual.
We only recently found out that the Bah! Humbug is not going to happen this year. We're not sure about it's long term future. We were able to find another venue though, The Christmas Faire of Chico at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds which has actually been going on for longer than the Bah! Humbug, since 1974. We started doing the Christmas Faire in 1976 and did it for a number of years, and did it and the BH both for some time, but at some point switched to doing only the BH, we could only do one Chico show because of fairs in other areas and it worked better for us.
In some ways we are sad to see it go, it was a different and slower pace than most fairs that we do and we enjoyed having the time to spend talking with a lot of our Chico customers, many of whom are also friends. We could also each take time to go out into Chico and meet friends for lunch, shop and explore Bidwell park and other places because one of us could stay and handle the business. At some fairs that we do we have so many people at our booth that even with both of us there it is sometimes hard to handle.
CHANGE. We are not unhappy about only doing 3 days in Chico this year instead of 6 or 8, it will certainly be easier on my old body. We are also happy that after the Christmas Faire we will have over 5 months before our next show, the Los Altos Rotary Art Show on May 20 & 21. That is the longest stretch of time between shows since we first started doing them in 1971. My gosh, maybe we'll take a vacation.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
The first two collages of images are pieces that have just been finished, I took pictures of them this morning and just finished putting the collages together a few minutes ago. We will have all of these jewels at the Sacramento Arts Festival which starts on Friday morning. A couple of pieces in the bottom collage have already found homes but most will also be at the Sacramento Fair. We are looking forward to our annual selling visit to the Sacramento convention center. We've been very happy about the very rainy October we've been having here on the coast but are glad it will pause for this weekend, looking like nice weather. Hope many of our area customers get to stop by and look at our new work and say hi. Looking forward to a great show despite the crazy election stuff that is happening.