Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Butterflies and Suns

One of my doodle drawings, Butterflies & Suns. Done when I lived on the San Juan Ridge in 1983. Each line and dot put on the paper one at a time. It's crazy but I find it relaxing. I started playing with drawing suns 65 years ago or so. I Started making metal suns about 1975 and butterflies probably in the mid 1980's. I'm working on a butterfly jewel currently and just sold a sun brooch a few days ago. I would guess that I've probably made a couple of hundred sun jewels in the last 45 years. I've been wearing one for over 25 years.



 

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Hoping to do Live Art Shows Later in the Year

Trying to line up some live art shows to do later in the year. We may do a local show in Caspar in July. In August we will do the Los Altos Rotary Fine Art Show that has now moved from it's old date in May. We will not be doing the Kings Mountain Fair. Although we like the fair and it is always successful for us it is a somewhat challenging show for us and we are getting old. I'll be 80 on my next birthday.  My friend Warren Cook who has organized the Sacramento Arts Festival for the last 20 something years is retiring from organizing fairs so we are looking for another venue to sell our work at in the Sacramento area. We are looking at the Crocker Holiday Artisan's Market on Thanksgiving weekend at the Scottish Rite Center and for next year we are looking at the Kiwanis Art Fiesta at the Pavilions Shopping Center in June. If you've gone to either of these shows and have input about them or know of some other shows that we should check out, please email us at jica@mcn.org

We hope also to do the Bizarre Bazaar show in Chico in December. It worked well for us at the fairgrounds there last year. We will continue to sell on our Eventeny online store which has worked very well for us. To go there click on the the Online Store link above. I am committed to posting an image of a new jewelry piece there at least every other day for the rest of the year.

At this point Carlie is in a retirement exploration phase of her jewelry career but I am spending a few hours a day 5 days a week making jewels and will probably never stop as long as I am living. Collage below of a few new pieces. 



Saturday, December 25, 2021

Chico Fair Was a Happy & Successful Event

 

The Chico fair, the Bizzare Bazaar, on the first weekend in December was a very enjoyable experience for us. We found homes for a lot of our mixed metal jewels, reconnected with many friends and customers from our 45+ years of selling our work at fairs in the Chico area and were happy to realize we still remember how to do fairs after not doing one for two years. We were happy with the new location at the fairgrounds in Chico, it let us have a larger space that made it easier to set up our usual display. The first year we did the Bizarre Bazaar in the Women's Center in Chico we had to fit into a 5 x 5 foot space which was an extreme challenge for us. Luckily we did very well though and continued to participate in the fair.

We're not sure when our next fair will be. The spring show we used to do in Los Altos has moved to August. We hope to find another spring fair to do but haven't at this point. We may try the August Los Altos fair and we hope to do the Bizarre Bazaar in Chico in December of next year and probably the Sacramento Arts Festival in November. It's been quite a while since we have tried a new fair but we may try a couple this spring and summer to find one that works for us. 

Carlie is enjoying her life of retirement and may not be making many jewels any more. I will miss her work, it was often an inspiration for me and led me in interesting directions. I enjoyed making the collaborative pieces that we worked on together also. Because much of the work she did was in the form of earrings, I am starting to work on a lot more earring designs to make sure we have a good selection of them and am enjoying that developing  process very much. 

We are happy with how sales have gone through our online store on Eventeny and will continue to add new jewels to our page as we finish them. Please check it out at 

Online Stor



Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Getting ready to go to Chico

We will be leaving for Chico soon, to participate in our first live art show in two years. We will be setting up at the Chico Fairgrounds for this  year's Bizarre Bazaar organized by a group of young women called Chikoko Fashions. The fair is open from 10am to 5pm Saturday & Sunday in the commercial building at the fairgrounds. There will be signs leading to it. Masks and social distancing will be required. If you visit it would be wise to dress warmly as the doors will be kept open for ventilation. Luckily the weather prediction is for two sunny days. We are looking forward to seeing many friends and customers over the weekend, hopefully some of our jewels will find homes also. We first started doing fairs in Chico in 1976. 

We will be shutting down our Eventeny page where we sell jewels online during the fair but opening it back up afterwards, probably by December 10th. We will be putting up pictures of new work periodically. The link to that online page is https://www.eventeny.com/company/?c=11060
 

 Below is a collage of some of the new work we'll have in Chico. 



Sunday, October 31, 2021

End of year show Schedule for Mixed Metal Jewels

We thought we might participate in the Sacramento Arts Festival in November but because of some health challenges that Carlie is recovering from we will not do it this year, hopefully we will return next year. We will miss connecting with our Sacramento customers. 

We are planning to go up to Chico to sell our work at an event called the Bizarre Bazaar at the Chico fairgrounds on the 4th and 5th of December. Except for last year, we have sold our work in Chico in December every year since 1976. Some details are available at the website https://www.chikoko.com/  More details will be available as the event gets closer. I'll also be posting more images of new mixed metal jewels as they get finished. Some new work is featured in the collage below. 




 


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Kings Mountain Fair Cancelled for this year

Because of the Delta varied unknowns the live Kings Mountain Art Fair has been cancelled for this year. They will be doing a virtual online fair, to find out more about it go to their website at https://kingsmountainartfair.org/

 We encourage you to visit and check out the work of the artists there, many are friends that we have been doing fairs with for many years. You  can click on the link that is a picture of the artist's work and be taken to their webpage. Money raised through a percentage of artist's sales will go to support the Kings Mountain volunteer Fire Department and the elementary school there.

We will be doing our on version of a virtual fair starting on Thursday, Sept. 2nd and going until Friday, Sept.  10th. A percentage of our sales will also go to the Kings Mountain Fire Department & school. Our mixed metal jewel work will be available for viewing & purchase on our Eventeny page at:

https://www.eventeny.com/company/?c=11060

We will be adding pictures of new work on a regular basis. We hope you will visit and see what we have been making. Email us with any questions or comments at Jica@mcn.org 

 



Sunday, June 20, 2021

We hope to do 2 Live Art Fairs this Fall

If things go OK and there is no new resurgence of Covid we hope to sell our mixed metal jewels at two live art fairs this fall, the Kings Mountain Art Fair near Woodside, south of San Francisco and the Sacramento Arts Festival back at the Convention Center in midtown Sacramento. The Kings Mountain Fair is Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4, 5 &6, the Sacramento Fair is November 5, 6 & 7. More details will be coming up soon as well as pictures of new jewel work.

Friday, February 5, 2021

The Virtual Art Festival Continues

Our first incursion into the land of virtual art festivals has been very successful and we are pleased to announce that we will be continuing this endeavor through the end of August. We hope to be able to do a live show, the Sacramento Arts Festival at Cal Expo in October but life is a little uncertain at the present time. We have been making a number of heart shaped jewels as it is nearing Valentine's day. You can see them and many other new jewels on our Eventeny page;
Eventeny Page Link