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New Series

I am currently working on a new series – “Topography”

Items in this line are my exploration of terrain and life and the intersection of the two.

Some of my thoughts thus far:

texture

Life is full of ups and downs

peaks and valleys

hills we walk (or trudge) up

and then run (sometimes laughing, sometimes stumbling) down

we often traverse tortuous paths

before getting where we want to be.

Sometimes we cross paths ~  and other times must walk alone ~

and as I create these, and explore the technique

I began to think more and more of

the hills and valleys

and paths we tread

and so I kept exploring

enjoying the journey

getting lost in the process

and loving the textures

loving them so much in fact

that by the time I got to this one (#4)….

I began exploring the backs

and thinking about the lives we live out in the open
and then the other lives we have…..

private moments
or the times in life when we must
journey alone

I am interested in seeing where this part of my journey takes me

As I continue exploring this style/technique

and thinking about the intersection of art and life

and the stories we tell

how we think about life

how we tell our stories

both to ourselves

and the outside world.

These pieces will be listed for sale the first week in March.

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Wild and Wonderful WV!

I had intended to share a bit about our trip to the Arts on the River show in Morgantown long before now, but the time has eluded me.

I took my Mother and two children to WV with me, partly as a vacation for them and partly because setting up a booth is a lot of work! My daughter was a HUGE help to me and I am so happy they were able to make the trip.

Morgantown is a LOVELY place.

The people are warm and welcoming and the scenery is beautiful.

Clean air, lots of trees, the mountains, the rivers….the HEAT! It was very hot which is to be expected in late June on the East Coast. Hot and humid. But it was a good weekend nonetheless.

The other artists were great too – my booth neighbors were very interesting.

One made wood art – pictures out of layered cut wood, stained different hues – REALLY lovely work.

I wish you could see it in the photo.

I am trying to locate his contact information.

He gave me a card but I have misplaced it.

Then there was the monster booth!

I LOVE their monsters.

They make clay monsters and then also sock monkeys – both are quite fun!

I had the opportunity to meet one of the artists behind RidgeTop Pottery.

I fell in love with the work of this husband and wife team when I saw their work on the show website. Its even better in person.

Exquisite.

Flawless.

Truly a thing of beauty.

My son had a great time exploring the venue – the water and this bridge were a favorite spot.

We all went home tired, but rested at the same time – and really happy to have gone.

I am not sure if we’ll make the trip again next year, but it was a great experience and it has me dreaming of a little cabin in the mountains!

~Janice

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Show recap

I participated in the Gunpowder River Artfest on Saturday.

WHAT A DAY!

I have to thank everyone that came out to shop, browse, and partake of the food and music –  – especially in that heat!

This was my first show of this scale and I was a bit nervous. I felt well prepared, but still had a touch of nerves. Would my tent go up ok? Is my display going to look professional? Will I have everything I need? Am I going to freeze up in the face of the public ?

In the end, I did ok. :)  The tent worked, the displays displayed, I had everything I needed (just about), and I enjoyed interacting with the public. It was a great crowd with a lot of knowledgeable people and everyone was very supportive.

The event itself was organized, well attended, and ran very smoothly from my perspective. The Northern Baltimore County Art Foundation did a great job! Thanks Tami!

I am very thankful for those who appreciated my work enough to spend their money in purchasing from me. It means more than you know! I hope you enjoy your new jewelry for years to come! Many others expressed interest even if they weren’t able to buy and I am also very thankful for each of you – the perspective gained, the feedback, SO valuable. THANK YOU! I hope to participate next year, but wonder if they organizers would consider a fallfest – the heat was very overwhelming! 😉