Sunday, July 24, 2011

Looking Forward to the Sonnenberg Gardens Show!

Sonnenberg Gardens Show is coming up soon: August 20 & 21. I definitely recommend this show if you're in the area. It is held in the gardens of the Sonnenberg Mansion and the setting itself makes the show worthwhile. The jury does a nice job of selecting high quality craftspeople with unique work. Personally, I'm partial to the show because they served us free wine and sushi last year - I'm a sucker for free food and hospitality. My other favorite show is the May Memorial show, where the church members cook soups and stews for us all weekend! I guess I'm easy to please. Anyhow, here are some photos of new work. I'm saving some special pieces for the show. Above is a pendant of Peruvian Opal. What a gorgeous stone! It reminds me of the ocean. Speaking of which, our Cape Cod vacation is less than a week off. Yay!

This necklace is one of my cast branches with hand-pierced leaves and green turquoise. Below is a new moth. This one is a bit smaller than the last one, with prehnite cabochons, entirely hand fabricated.

I hope to see some folks at the show! Enjoy the summer.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A New Dragonfly

This might be my favorite one yet! It is entirely hand-fabricated with lapis in the center. This one can be a pin or a pendant. These are so fun to make because each one is different.

Today is the annual Gem and Mineral Show in Syracuse. I went this morning and stocked up on stones. Sooooo fun! Lots of goregeous things to pick from. My two favorite vendors were there, an Indian couple, and a man from Russia - both really nice. You just can't beat picking stones in person. Stay tuned...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Opening at Gallery 54!!

The Fingerlakes town of Skaneateles where our Gallery is located has a First Fridays art event every month. It's a gorgeous little town right on the lake and a very fun evening, particularly on a clear summer day. This month I was one of our featured artists along with fabric artist Sharon Bottle Souva. Sharon is well-known for her art quilts and is represented by several galleries in the country.

This piece is called "Sunset in the Forest". It is hand-pierced sterling silver with a tab-set carnelian agate framed in the silver.

This one is an owyhee picture jasper with two fold-formed sterling leaves. I love unusual stones, and this one is a recent find. It reminds me of canyon landscapes out west.

Here is a shot at the front of our shop with Sharon's pieces and mine - a great combination!