I’m in the Ottawa Glass Bead Show this weekend (Oct 18/19)!

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IMG_9544[1]Here are some of the beads I’ll have at the show this weekend as well as some of my bigger sculptures.  I’ll only have a small table out front this year (Booth #32 near entrance and demo area) as i’ve not had much studio time… as you can see, i still have a pile of beads to clean.

Hope to see you at this year’s show!
Sat Oct 18th, 10am – 6pm
Sun Oct 19th, 10am – 5pm
Location: Hellenic Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

More show details here: http://ottawaglassbeadartists.com/

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It’s Bead Soup Time Again!

ImageIt’s  time once again for the Bead Soup Blog Party 8!!  As always, BSBP is led by our lovely internet host Lori Anderson.  This year my partner is seed beader extraordinaire Enikö Fabian from Austria and this is the soup she sent me (not all of it since i’d already used a lot of those little floral beads to make the necklace before remembering to take this picture, OOPS!): ImageNow, if you’re familiar with my work then you know pastels and tiny printed florals are not at all themes that i work in but of course, the whole purpose of the BSBP is to push us out of our comfort zones.  I considered making a big peach and green glass floral heart to work as a focal but again, my personal goal is always to work primarily with what i’m sent. Soooo…tiny round peach and white flowers it is!  I tried to work in the big bronze butterfly but i just wasn’t feeling it – esp. when i saw what else Enikö sent – some of her awesome beadwork (see it there under the butterfly?)!  This beaded focal was meant as a gift for me and strung simply on a black rubber cord but i couldn’t resist immediately taking it off the cord and working it into my bead soup design. I mean the butterfly is cute and all but handmade is always best!ImageAfter playing around a bit, this is what i made and i’m pretty happy with it.  Just to clarify – all that precise beadweaving is by Enikö.  Those ivory seed beads piled in the centre of the woven star? That’s me.  I lack the skills (and the patience) to work with tiny beads plus i find the contrast of the loose vs. the tight design quite appealing.ImageI I also added some tiny metal spacers as accents to go with the bronze chain she sent, a couple vintage faux carnelian olives and some pale yellow serpentine and dark peachy-toned aventurine spears to break up the roundness of the design.  I wasn’t too keen about the tiny lobster clasp on the chain so took that off and MacGyvered this toggle clasp from the four bronze beads in the soup.ImageThis year’s BSBP is running about a week behind schedule due to health issues with our host Lori and folks being out of town for the Mother’s Day weekend.  Enikö hasn’t posted what she made with my soup yet, but in the meantime, you can look at her other work here:  http://www.perleni.blogspot.ca/.  Here’s a sneak peak at the soup i sent her – it’s one of my glass focals with coordinating ribbed spacers, freshwater pearls, gemstones, laser-cut coconut shell discs and a gunmetal chain and toggle clasps.Image

 

If you’d like to view the other BSBP8 creations click the pic below and scroll down to the list on Lori’s site.  Enjoy!Image

I’m the featured Dimensions artist today on the NCNS blog!

I’m a member (and webmaster) for the National Capital Network of Sculptors (NCNS) – and as well i’m one of the 28 sculptors participating in our annual Dimensions 2013 exhibition.  The NCNS is our local, artist-run group promoting sculptural arts here in Ottawa, Ontario.

All this week, we’ve been featuring many of the artists participating in our annual Dimensions sculpture exhibition and sale.

You can view my Dimensions artist profile here: http://wp.me/p2cS6H-dZ

To view all of the Dimensions artist profiles click here:  http://sculptureottawa.ca/?s=artist+profiles

The Youtube video above is from the fabulous Liana Voia, who has been documenting the works of local Ottawa artists for several years. Check out Liana’s website to see more http://hypnosisyoga.wordpress.com/ or her Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd315lkNlFFgOfeJxKwu4Vg

Dimensions 2013 sculpture show – Sept. 12-15

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I’ll have three new goddess sculptures on exhibition and for sale at the National Capital Network of Sculptors along with 28 other artists who work in a variety of mediums.  (click pics above to enlarge)

DATES:  Thursday September 12th – Sunday September 15th, 2013

LOCATION: Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street (at Cumberland near the Market)

Free Admission

EXHIBITION EVENTS:

Thursday (6-9pm): At the opening night/vernissage, there will be an open bar and refreshments plus we will be holding a silent auction to benefit the Boys and girls Club of Ottawa – a great opportunity to bid on some smaller works from our members and support a wonderful charity.

Friday (6-9pm): Come on out and meet all the artists!! Refreshments will be served

Saturday & Sunday (10am-5pm): Various exhibiting sculptors will be demonstrating how they create their works

All this week: Each the NCNS is will be featuring profiles of several of the participating artists allowing you to get to know them and their art a little better. Check the site daily or join the NCNS Facebook event to receive regular updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/167881486734361/

You can find me there for the vernissage (Thursday) & meet the artist events (Friday) and as well i’ll be demoing how i create my works on Sunday from 3-5pm (no fire though, lol).  For more details and artist profiles take a look at the NCNS site here: http://sculptureottawa.ca/