Monday, April 20, 2009

Oh balls...... a packed weekend!

The weekend started off with me teaching the booth display class. It was a great success. Lots of time and energy went into this class to have it be over in a short 2 hours. I had a nice bunch of ladies attending on what turned out to be a beautiful weekend weather wise. They were all troopers to sit inside listening to me yap on and on when it was so gorgeous outside! Since it was so nice this weekend, I decided to meet up with two friends to travel to the Countryside Artisans Spring Studio Tour located in the foothills of Sugarloaf Mountain in rural Maryland. I picked up some Golden London Pride (feeling like Spring and wanting to plant something) at Alden Farms. Mixed in with all the plants, David Therriault makes way cool garden type sculptures. Passion leaked out of Tina Brown, from Morningstar Studio, as she spoke of oil spills of the past and how they affected nature, plants and animals. She was able to portray how she felt to the world through her abstract images and is pictured with my two friends, Olga and Pam. I had met her one time before and thought she was shy. Oh balls, she is a pistol! One of my talented and wonderful friends, Dalis Davidson at Dancing Leaf Farm was also on the tour with her fabulous wool and jewelry stuffsesssss! I picked up some of her awesome dyed merino sheep wool roving. She has these fabulous kits to get you started on felting and my daughter and I already started to play. Sharp little needles! We don't have a clue what we are doing or what we are going to do with them, but we are making balls anyhow! Oh balls, balls, balls!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Taking a break...

We took a break over Easter from work, school and art. Yoki, our very loveable yellow lab, decided to get in on the art of dying Easter eggs. She had to be a part of the Easter egg hunt, finding more than just eggs that E. Bunny decided to drop on the ground at the cabin. A quick and always inspirational trip put us on the lake with our daughter and her new kayak. She jumped right in and took off, even though it was quite chilly out. Would you believe we were the only ones crazy enough to play on a very cold wet body of water on Easter!?!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Dust Bunnies Be Gone for Easter

Lots of artists showed up for the annual cleaning at Lost River Artisans Cooperative in Lost River WV to get ready for the opening weekend over Easter. Most work will be installed this week since the dust balls have been removed, after lots of sneezing on my part! Also arriving on the beautiful Saturday were plenty of lovely ladybugs. It simply was a gorgeous day and a beautiful hour and a half ride on back country roads. After the cleanup came a wonderful spread of potluck for everyone to munch on. What a crowd we had, so you can just imagine how nice the munchies were - there was actually an entire ham and the largest darn chocolate chip cookies I've ever had! Yes, I had to have one! Everything was delish. What a nice group to hang with for a while. There was the cheery Albert Hutchings (aka Mr. President!) and the wonderful manager Kathy Welch there to arrange the cleaning and display and help everyone get their applications in for the day. Don't know how they stayed on top the large group that descended on the barn for checkin and cleaning. Heck, I even saw one of my old Cumberland artist friends in the midst of all the hustle and bustle - Anita Rickenberg! She was the lovely lady who told me about LRAC years ago and decided to bring in her fabulous ceramic work for the year. Can't wait to see the beautiful juried work from what looks like a talented group of artists. If you get a chance, swing by the area and check out my work and the work of about 70 other artists! The trip will be well worth it. Visit to check it out and read their blog!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Festival at Deep Creek Lake....

Arts in the Park
Come see our booth

Oakland MD - July 11 & 12, 2009
Hours: Sat. 10 - 5 and Sun. 11 - 4
Garrett County Arts Council