Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 Review...

January – May
Metal Fabrication class with Aleris Hart at Folsom Lake College.

Keep in mind that through all the following shows, we were still making jewelry…some commission pieces, special orders etc…

Hold on, here we go:

Earthday Festival in Placerville…this is where we met Matt McCollum, who recommended his Art Show at Lake Tahoe for the July.
IFest in Rancho Cordova…this is where Lisa met her distant cousins (on the Potawatomie Indian side)…Carol Willmett and Jocelyn Pickens. A seriously wonderful moment! J

Made lots and lots of jewelry…getting ready for:

McCollum Studios Art Fair at the Horizon. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in July!

Mendocino’s Art in the Garden
San Rafael Wine and Food Festival
Placerville’s 3rd Saturday
Ladies Night at Vintner’s
Set up space in The Market Place

The Market Place grand opening!
Paul Bunyan Days at Fort Bragg…three days in Fort Bragg…and Lisa came down with chickenpox round 2.
Park Your Art, Sacramento’s 2nd Saturday
Placerville’s 3rd Saturday Artwalk
Polk Street Blues Festival

Long Beach – The Great Shark Affaire…and a much needed side trip to Laguna Beach (in the pouring rain) and Disneyland (it cleared up!)
Midtown Bazaar, Sacramento
2nd Saturday Artwalk
Filmed a commercial for The Market Place

Ladies Night at Vintner’s
High Hill Ranch at Apple Hill (three great weeks until we got snowed out!!)
HP Craft Fair
San Rafael
Midtown Bazaar
Journey (metaphysical retreat) asked for us to supply pendants for their gift store.

Trunk show at Fire and Rain Gallery…and being asked to leave some of our art jewelry in the gallery…now we have our own nook there!
Midtown Bazaar
Four days at 27th Annual Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair…except we only did three as one was a rain-out.

We have a very good tentative schedule for 2011. Just a couple places, rather than all over California! While that was a lot of fun, the wear and tear on the Camry was a bit much for her. She is ready to retire.

Lisa is going to challenge herself to do “A Piece A Week”…and try some challenging stone settings! She also has some other ideas…she always has ideas!!

Josh also plans to do “A Piece A Week” and to push some ideas he tried in 2010 even further in 2011

New pics of work…a fresh look on Etsy – we have a lot of work ahead of us!

2010 has been an amazing year! We have loved every minute of it. We met many wonderful people and seen amazing art. Most important, we grabbed at opportunities and ran with them.

That is always the most important thing to do…run with opportunities rather than hiding from them.

Hope your 2010 was amazing...and let us all push for more amazing things in 2011!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fire and Rain

It is a wonderful James Taylor song. It is also the name of a gallery in El Dorado Hills.

I think the first time I noticed this gallery was maybe a year ago...maybe. The gallery was closed the first time Josh and I stumbled upon it. We peeked in through the windows. I loved what I saw. Interesting and energetic art!! We noted the business hours. We would try another day and time.

When we made it back, I was completely enchanted. I was also filled with ideas for jewelry.

And then I saw the jewelry under the glass. Wow.

(out of respect for the artists and the gallery - no pics here! Although the link below has several pics on the slideshow!!)

I signed their mailing list.

Josh and I dropped in now and again to the gallery to just absorb all the neat creative energy in there. We would always walk away commenting on how much we liked it there.

A couple weeks ago I received an invitation to attend a "girls night out" event at Fire and Rain. I saw on the invite "trunk shows"...hmmmm... I decided to be audacious. I hit "reply" and wrote:

"How can one do a trunk show at one of your events...? And, here is our website..."

In no time at all the curator wrote back and invited us to participate.
The curator likes our work so much that she wants to put it in the gallery.
We left a huge stash of art jewelry at the gallery last night...

And now...our work is a part of that amazing creative space...

Fire and Rain Gallery