Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Dog Days

Well it has indeed been a strange year and the "dog days" of summer are hear.  I'm never sure this time of year if I'm happy that cooler days have arrived or sad to know that summer is drawing to a close.  It has been a hot one, but still beautiful here in Upstate.  The sad news this year is that all the large fine craft shows have been canceled.  The good news is that my galleries in Upstate are all open again, and I have work available on my Etsy page.  I have also been keeping my Instagram and Facebook pages up to date with new work, so tune into those if you want to see things that are newly made and available!  (They are more up to date than this blog:)

This pendant has a hand-fabricated setting for a gorgeous fluorite on top of aquamarine.  The beach is from my last trip to the Caribbean.  I love these colors!  I was fortunate enough to take a wonderful trip this summer out west camping and backpacking with my son.  Despite Covid it is still a great time to get outside and see beautiful places, social distancing of course!

Indonesian opalized wood earrings with Wildhorse Picture Jasper necklace.  The landscape is from my trip  this summer to New Mexico.  Stay well everyone!!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Spring 2020

Lace agate necklace with druzy, modern handcrafted links and 14k gold detail.
Hello friends.  I hope everyone is staying well and healthy during the challenging times of this spring and the coronavirus lockdown!  These are strange and anxious times and I know many of you are struggling.  Hang in there everyone!  Sunny skies are ahead and better times will be here soon.  In the meantime,  I wanted to update everyone on where to find my jewelry.  At present, all my regular shops and galleries are closed, but I am still creating jewelry and I have lots of work available!  As always, my Instagram and Facebook pages are updated regularly with new work.  If you find something you are interested in, please don't hesitate to email me at  Also, I will be gradually adding listings to my Etsy shop:  Check it out over the next few days and weeks as I add items!  Stay well everyone and much love.

Variscite Garden sterling necklace.  Currently available on Etsy.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Winter Shows

Hello friends!  It has been an absolutely gorgeous Autumn here in Upstate.  I hope everyone is well and enjoying it.  Winter is fast approaching, but I have a couple exciting events to invite you to.  My work is currently featured in "Creative Thread", a group exhibit at Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse which is on view until November 15.
Dendritic agate rings!
On November 22 & 23 I will be in Buffalo at Wild Things Gallery for a trunk show.  I plan to have lots of new work with me for the show and look forward to meeting Peter Fowler who will be there with his paintings as well!

Last but not least is one of my favorite shows of the year, Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival at Nottingham High School in Syracuse, December 7 & 8.  

In addition to these shows my work continues to be available year round at Gallery 54 in Skaneateles,  NY, Artizanns in Naples, NY, and Wild Things in Buffalo, NY.  Follow my Instagram for regular updates and new work.

Blue topaz ring, and mixed metal sterling and 14k gold band rings.
Have a wonderful Autumn everyone!

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.