Wednesday, May 8, 2019

New Work and My 2019 Show Schedule

Greetings and Happy Spring!  I wanted to post an updated show list for this year, as I have been finalizing my schedule.  The links to each show are at the right of this page, however I have realized that on a cellphone the links at the right side of the blog don't show up, so I thought I'd list my shows in a post just in case someone is looking for them!

  • St. David's Celebration of the Arts, St. David's Episcopal, Dewitt, NY thru May 12
  • Allentown Art Festival, Buffalo, NY June 8 & 9
  • Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, Buffalo, NY August 24 & 25
  • Clothesline Festival, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY September 7 & 8
  • Gallery Opening at Edgewood Gallery, Syracuse, NY October (Dates TBA)
  • Trunk show at Wildthings Gallery in Buffalo, NY November (Dates TBA)
  • Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival, Syracuse, NY December 7 & 8
In addition to these shows, my work is available year-round at:
  • Gallery 54, Skaneateles NY
  • Wildthings Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  • Artizanns Gallery, Naples, NY
Please follow me on Instagram @danastenson as well for photos of recent available work!
"Beyond Here There Will Be Dragons", one of my pieces currently at St. Davids Celebration of the Arts.  This pieces is inspired by a quote found on antique maps referring to unknown and dangerous territories.  The stone is a blue topaz along with an antique button and photograph.
"The Secret Garden", also currently on display at the St. David's Celebration of the Arts. This piece is entirely hand-fabricated.  The stone is ocean jasper with small faceted  tourmalines.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring and I look forward to seeing many of you this summer at my shows:)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Viva Mexico!!

I hope everyone is off to a wonderful start in 2019.  I just returned from a trip to Mexico City.  I'm happy to report that despite several warnings, my friend and I found the city to be quite safe, welcoming, and full of wonderful history and culture!  We were able to visit many sites related to my favorite artist, Frida Kahlo: her family home, Casa Azul, the home she shared with Diego Rivera, as well as the home of her friend Leon Trotsky.  In addition we saw the awe-inspiring Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan and several historic Mexican political sights and Basilicas.  

This week I am finally beginning to build up some inventory for my 2019 shows, which will be listed on this blog as I confirm them!  The collage below is of work from 2018, which has sold.   The second photo shows three new pieces, all still available in the studio.  These days the best place to follow my new work is on Instagram, where I try to post new pieces weekly.  
Happy 2019 and I hope to see some of you soon!!
A collage of sold pieces from 2018!
Chalcedony, agate and moonstone, and labradorite pieces, just finished in studio.
The Temple of the Moon, part of the Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan near Mexico City.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Autumn and Winter Shows

Greetings all,
I have some Autumn and Winter events to share with you!  First of all, I will have work through January at Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse.  My current show there, "Touch of Light" is with painter John Fitzsimmons and glass artist Carmel Nicoletti.  The two pieces below are in that show, and still available.

On November 16 & 17 you can find me with my work at Wildthings Artisan Gallery in Buffalo for a trunk show.  I will have several new pieces to debut there are hope some of you can make it!  My final show for the year will be Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival in Syracuse.  The link is at the right.  This is one of my favorite shows of the year.  It benefits the Syracuse Peace Council and has wonderful art, food, and music.  Have a wonderful Autumn everyone!!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Color Studies

This weekend I will be once again heading to Buffalo for the Allentown Arts Festival. You can find me all weekend on Allen St.. This is my first festival of the season, and I have lots of new work to debut!
Lately I've been experimenting with series of colors, and have found myself drawn to some gorgeous green stones. The stone in the pendant on the right is called Prudent Man Plume Agate. I have no idea where it got such an odd name, but I love the color and formations in it.  It reminds me of a forest floor full of mosses and ferns.
I hope some of you can make it this weekend to the show.  This one is a big show with hundreds of vendors, but its worth the effort.  There are many many talented artists, in addition to some great entertainment and food.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Frida and the Longest Winter

Well I think I have set a new record for how far behind I can get in my blog!  I haven't dropped off the planet, but it has been one long and tough winter.  We lost my beloved father on December 23, 2017.  Since then it has been a struggle to stay on top of my work while taking the time to cherish memories of my dad, tie up his estate, and simultaneously try to squeeze in studio time.

On a more positive note, spring is finally around the corner and I am starting to finalize my show schedule for this year.  I recently returned to working on my jewelry series inspired by the great painter Frida Kahlo and her passionate life.  The series began with a custom necklace for a wonderful customer and has continued with additional custom pieces.  Stay tuned as I update my show list, with links on the right side of the page.  Happy spring!

Custom "Frida" necklace with Bisbee, AZ turquoise

Custom "Frida" necklace with shattuckite

The latest "Frida" cuffs with turquoise from Kingman, AZ.

Undersea necklace with chrysocolla, emeralds, and 14k gold.

My beloved dad, Gerald G. Blythe.  August 11, 1942 - December 23, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tales from the Toolbox

There is much news from my corner of the world...and I need to update everyone!  First of all, I have added a couple events this month.  This coming weekend the Delavan Center where I have my studio is having an open house.  Thirty-six artists will have their studios open to the public.  I have lots of new work that I've been saving for the show, so I hope some of you will stop by and join me for a glass of wine and to browse!

Two weekends from now you can find me in Buffalo, NY.   Wildthings Artisan Gallery invited me to do a trunk show and I will be there with a new collection of jewelry in tow November 17 & 18.

However, the most exciting news from this month is the release of "Tales from the Toolbox", a beautiful publication of art jewelry edited by Mark Fenn of England, published by Schiffer publishing, and released this past weekend.  About a year and a half ago I was invited to submit work for this publication.  Three of my projects are included in the book.  The release date was October 28, so I am happily awaiting my copy of the book in the mail.  I am very appreciative of Mark for including me in this beautiful collection!  Below is the book cover.  It is currently available on Amazon or directly from Schiffer publishing, if you want a copy all to yourself:)

Book cover: cover piece is a brooch by artist Dauvit Alexander.

"Courage":  antique Joan of Arc medal, stealing silver, onyx, black spinel, bobcat claw.  This piece is one of mine featured in "Tales from the Toolbox".

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Heading to Rochester

Tomorrow I will be packing up my jewelry and heading to Rochester for the Clothesline Festival this Saturday and Sunday. I've done this show for several years now, and very much appreciate my customers who return every year to support my work! This has been one of the busiest summers ever, and my lack of blog posts is a reflection of that. So... rather than a lengthy post, I thought I would just share some photos of recent work that is available right now, and coming with me to Rochester.  I hope to see you there!!

Poppy jasper, sunstone, 14k gold & silver necklace, azurite necklace, and jasper necklace with cast branch.
Earrings, druzy, and Indonesian opal

Silver and 18k gold rings, ruby and chrysoprase.

"Moody blues" necklace: gem silica and sapphire, handmade chain.

"Sky blue sky", plume agate over turquoise earrings.