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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Our Wild Lands" Art Exhibition 2011

"Our Wild Lands" a juried  Exhibition put on by Sierra Art Trails at the Stellar Gallery, open till December 4th. in Oakhurst, Calif.

My piece " Reflections", is a whole cloth, hand dyed cotton fiber, machine quilted piece with leaves stenciled along the base.

"Love it, Don't Leave It" was inspired one day, when I was  picking up trash along the road way.  Of course, I had to use pop tops, but also some found pieces. I incorporated rubbings with oil paint sticks, hand dyed fabrics, stencils that I made, beading, hand dyed threads and a copper piece I found in the plumbing department at a Lowe's store is used as hanger. It has machine and hand quilting.

We had a good turn out, guitar music and refreshments.  I enjoy creating for a Theme, especially when it relates to the area we live in.. I have to  focus on the different aspects and sort through a variety of possibilities, gets my creative juices flowing..  Usually it is a short time frame that gets in the way and I need to review what I want to say, it is fun to have a message that the viewers appreciate.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Timberline Gallery Change Out November

While I sat the Gallery the first week in November, it was very quiet, Thankfully, as Jacqueline Kurtt and I worked on straightening up after the big long day of changing out the gallery the day before.

This happens every 2 months,,  I thought this time I would show the variety of items available,,, and of course, I am going to show you some of my jewelry pieces. I have a locked case that is by the front door, with a variety of earrings, hand made glass items, my little gourd necklace figures, and a small framed fabric landscape.

In another corner of the gallery,  we set a few of my gourd pieces and David Caris's ceramic pieces.

And below see Lura and Kerby's wonderful fiber piece of our local Father Christmas, Wayne Boring.







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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fabric dyeing- Fun- Nov. 2011

Miss the fun???  We had a grand time, playing with some new colors, experimenting, painting on colors, and totally enjoying the day... Will let you know when I plan to have another exciting class.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Beads and More Beads

Our little Historic Village in Coarsegold, Hwy. 41 & 415, has tents with venders set up most week-ends.. Gary, our bead buddy, has a regular booth, among several other venders... You can find a great variety of goodies from rusty items, to old saddles, pots, pans, and yard ornaments... But my favorite are these luscious looking beads.

Gary is there daily, if you are visiting Yosemite, be sure and stop at our little Village area..Tell him, Vivian sent you.... I have lots of beads, and rusty yard "art" supplied by Gary.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Timberline Gallery- Dream Time

Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst, Dream Time Show open Now... This showing will run through the holidays till Jan. If you have not been in lately, be sure to come by and chat with the artist sitting that day. You can check out the schedule on the Timberline Web Site and see this months schedule, open 10-4 every day.  We have Joyce Wycoff to thank for this wonderful poster.

If you are not registered to receive a mailing, there is a special happening, starting Friday, the day after Thanksgiving... better come by, we open at 10 AM. and see what all the excitement is about... maybe you will find the perfect special Christmas gift.... remember buy local...promote the local arts.

There is a Reception at Stellar Gallery this Saturday, Nov. 12, 4-8, "Our Wild Lands". I am delighted that I have 2 pieces juried into this show..Come join in the fun, wonderful Art, music, food, visit with the artists and your neighbors.
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Power Surge, P G & E

Finally, after being told 8 years ago, that we were 100th, on the list to receive an Electrical Pole. They came and changed ours out.
Since it would be from 8 Am till 3, we thought it best to rearrange our schedule and go away for the day.. So off to Fresno we went, giving no more thought to the workman... By the way they had come out 2 weeks ago, but forgot the pole.. enough said on that.

We got home about 5 and rushed out to feed the animals, then off to another meeting in Oakhurst.. Home about 9, and never gave a thought to anything, checked out emails, then to bed... Busy the next day, never looked in the refrig.... Hummm.

Guess the power surge had blown out the refrig, with the lights on inside! When I went to get something the next day.... what a mess! Everything was defrosted and warm.... we have a side by side G.E. Sears would be 10 days before they could come, so I called our local Fixit Refrig people, Fulmers,, He said he would make some adjustments in his schedule and come out.. There was a big black spot on the circuit board.... the power when it came on, blew out the refrig... Never thought to put a surge protector on the refrig, and we have been here 10 years.... and at some times had power outages, but nothing had happened till now..

We are still waiting for the parts......hope they can fix it!
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Monday, November 7, 2011

A Rose by any other name is

Fall is here,  my roses are still giving beautiful flowers, amazing what a bit of fertilizer can do and gentle talking. A storm is suppose to come in this week-end, so I took a moment to walk around the garden and see that things are safe.. We don't have storms like in the East, or what we are reading about in Colorado. But we still have to check out and make sure tools etc. are under cover.

 
The sun is  shining and I am taking a moment to enjoy the quietness. Our church, the Positive Living Center is having a class given by our Rev. Joanne Burgess.  The books we are reading are Stillness Speaks, by Eckhart Tolle, and Just One Thing By Rick Hanson. There are about 10 of us and the discussions get lively. Do we really know the answers, or is it just up to each of us to be comfortable with where we are in this wondrous life.
The Daily Om, had this to say this morning.. oh, so true.
When we rush through our days and lives, we fail to notice the simple beauty of living.
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tarantula Festival, always in Oct.

This year I am in town for the Tarantula Festival, and  guess I got there too early to see the contests with live fuzzy spiders.  However, we had lots of venders..  The mountain area is full of talented artists, and authors..  I met Tammy Simpson, wife, mother, gardener, and author. You can get in touch with her through her web site Greeneyed Lady.  just click on it..  She has written 2 books, The Cat Who Thought He Was A Dog, and perfect for this week-end, Tiny Paul the Tarantula Takes a Walk.


This tarantula is carved from wood, another one of our local artisans.
I wandered around chatting with friends and neighbors.. Fun beautiful day in the mountain area..  And we have only seen one tarantula at our house so far this Oct.



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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Postmarkd'art- letter B

At Postmarkd'art,we are exchanging letters of the Alphabet, and I drew the letter B.. At first I was not sure what I could make and then it came to me.. cut the card in half... I used some of my hand dyed fabrics, and rubber stamped with Stewart Gill paints..

 
I outlined the "B" with stitching, cut the card in half, sewed around the two edges and zigzagged them back together. I wanted to have some space in between,  but when I stitched it, it was too hard to fight my sewing machine.. The first one is for me, and did not have it so exaggerated, but I like this one better. That is why the first one is always for me...the experiment.

Be sure to check Postmarkd'arts new blog web site..  Franki Kohler and the ladies have done a magnificent job on putting that together. There is information on new skills for Fabric Postcards, a gallery, information regarding other projects, links to the members and a ton of interesting ideas. Stop in and Say HI, maybe you would also like to join us on the next round.  So be sure to sign in.

I still or will always have a great learning curve with all these new devices.. Was at the Apple store for an hour on Wed.. learning new things with my NEW I Phone... I even turn it on when I am not at home. Now I just have to give out my phone number!
 
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