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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chris Sorensen Sculpture Show-Timberline-



Only one week left to see Chris Sorensen's wonderful sculptures and artwork at Timberline Gallery.



Chris is a very special talented, kind, gentleman,  he is called "Fresno's
Man of Steel".
Besides being a wonderful artist, he is an amazing supporter of the arts and artists.

His work is now featured at the Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst.

Remember next time you are in Fresno, check out Sorensen's Art Gallery and meet the creative artists that work and show there.

Chris's paintings as well as his sculptures are being shown NOW in Oakhurst.

Be sure to attend the Sierra Art Trails  Reception on Sept. 15, and see the Kinetic Sculpture that is planned for Highway 41, at Gallery Row.



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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Past Art, Oil



Eons ago, I enjoyed oil painting and was fortunate enough to live near Laguna Beach, Ca. There are amazing art teachers and art guilds to be inspired with in that area..My friends and I enjoyed visiting and taking classes, along with strolling along the board walks and looking at the abundance of galleries.

This painting  hangs in our "office".  It evokes  peacefulness and it is a pleasure to mentally enter the painting to "ground" myself. At the time of painting, I am sure I never had those thoughts, probably too young to need to go to that "space"..

Do you have a painting that you can escape into, center yourself, and meditate?
Can you lose yourself in a painting... what type? A particular Artist? One of your paintings, or quilt that you might wrap yourself in with fond memories?

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Sam's Italian Deli and Market



We have to applaud families that build their own business through hard work, and long hours.

 Periodically, when we to go to the VA Hospital , and in that same area, we take time to visit and buy from this wonderful deli and market on a the corner of Clinton and First St. in Fresno.

They have amazing take home foods, meat counter, wines and mostly anything Italian.



There is something special about walking into this type of market with the smells of good food cooking and smiles from everyone and for everyone that enters. Can't list all that they offer, from the Deli Trays, to sandwiches.  I could have said soup to nuts, and that might be there also.

But we usually get items that we can not get in the larger grocery stores, especially good salami.

So next time you are out that way or planning a party, be sure to stop by Sam's.
This is a true Mom and Pop Story... support hard working American's.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quail-tangles- Postmarkd'art




I just finished several pieces for the Zentangles theme for our Postmark'd Art Group.

However, I kept one back to sell.   The process I used was first to draw on a piece of watercolor paper, with ink, starting with the little Quail.

Then just  added lines and designs, as I felt the need. To make it into a fabric postcard, I printed it on Jacquard's Extra Organza, and ironed it on my hand dyed fabric. Stitched some of the main lines and finished with a zigzagged edge of heavy black thread.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater



Yesterday, we had great fun attending our first Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater  with two of our dear friends Peggy and Fred.

Calamity Jane was played and sung by Louise Mandrell.  This was a delightful show. Louise is amazing, and yes, she gave me permission to post the card, which she signed on the back for us. The dancing and singing are excellent. Yes, Fresno has fantastic talent and draws major talent!

We also enjoyed the PreShow, this Junior Company inspired us with their talent. I am sure we will see these talented young people going on to do fantastic theater, they are only 10-16 in age.

Food was an excellent buffet plus lots of fruits and salads, just what I love.

 But talk about procrastinating. We used to attend the Laguna Beach Theater when we lived in that area, and had season tickets.. When we moved up here 12 years ago, Roger Rocka's theater was on our list of things to do.  What took us so long? When looking back, I have to say I don't know.. But thankfully our dear friends said "come now, there is an opening at our table".
And we jumped at the chance to have someone show us the ropes, or in other words gently remind  us of what we have been missing.

Is there something you have been procrastinating about doing?  Why?
This was so much fun!! And we have tickets to go in October again.
Don't procrastinate in life, sign on for your theater!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

SAQA Benefit Auction- online



Want to keep Quilt Artists and Studio Quilt Artists Assoc. showing exceptional art all over the world?

Always wanted to have a piece of art from one of these talented artists? Now is your chance.

Auction starting September 10th. Instructions can be found at:
this link .

You will be amazed when viewing these amazing pieces and delighted to participate by being an owner of a 12 "X 12 " original.

And yes, I donated a piece this year.
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Journaling, magazines



This collage board is above my desk. I might have shown it before, but thought I might share some inspiration with you.  This was glued at a time when  I was thinking I should cut back on somethings I do and focus more.

When the opportunity arose to "play" with collage with a round table of friends, I said sure why not.
When I look at it now, I see I did not write a big "No" or "slow" down, there is a big YES on it, a " Oh yes I can", and many others, that show an on ward trend. Maybe my subconscious was saying things to me.

One of the blogs I follow was talking about fabric Dyeing Parties, and I got to thinking what a fun party this magazine collage/ journaling was to make and maybe others would enjoy it also...One gal did hers all on travel plans to a specific location and all her photos showed her enthusiasm. I wonder if she took that trip?

All it takes is a variety of magazines. Be open to the possibilities, you never know what ideas will come to you, what your vision will be... I glued mine onto foam core, and then enjoy, with friends, and probably some food would be nice to have.. Something that goes with glue.


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Stuck in traffic



We went to Southern Cal. for a suit fitting for a wedding in Sept.
When we go south we always visit all the kids and family.


Driving home on Monday morning it took us double time. New construction, but not a
workman in sight, too hot. Must be working at night.


You can tell I am not driving. I fiddled with my I phone for a bit and then got bored.
And got immersed in the art work on the trucks.


Some of the graphics are wonderful.  I was wishing I was that bird!


Oh, yes, did I mention it was almost 100 degrees out.
Since this area is mostly desert conditions and the road is generally upward,
we turned off the air conditioning. Only thing worse would be stuck on the side of the road with a hot engine.
That cool fruit looked very inviting.


This sort of reminded me of mediation.. But I was really looking
forward to turning on the air conditioning at this point.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pinterest - Zentangles- Ikea-



One of the themes I signed up for at Postmarkd'art is Zentangles. And here are some examples
at IKEA.. Oh, yes, I bought some pillows. Covers even zip off for washing.  Good reminder and also inspiration for making postcards!  First things first, finish the project I am working on now!

However, Have you been in Pinterest? 
http://pinterest.com/vivianhelenaart/.

Yes, it is fun, yes, it is time consuming, but I found some great recipes for zucchini. Am I just trying to justify my time looking at photos?

I am just starting out and have not totally figured out the process. I have this fear, when I hit a key/button, and not knowing where it will take me, if I can change it once it  has happened, what did it do and what happened?

Is this a little like stepping off of a cliff blind or maybe it is just a stepping stone. Is something else showing up in my personality?  I am not daring or care free? Where is my curiosity, do I just want to be safe. Oh, this is too deep...

I love the amazing photos on Pinterest.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fresno Art Hop



My husband and I had a wonderful fun trip on this Trolley, around Fresno City area.  It left from the Historic Water Tower.   Our docent was very well informed and pointed out all the sites.
We visited the Downtown area, Tower District, and actually drove down the middle of Fulton Mall, where he explained and gave us the names and history of the beautiful art work.

The Water Tower, on Fresno Street, is an art gallery, showing art from local artists, but also is a Visitors Center that has brochures to share from the area. One that we picked up was a Walking Tour of the Fresno Mall. You would be amazed at all the sculptures and the history of the art work.



After the tour we went over to Chris Sorensen's ( Metal Sculpture) Studio, and open house. It was Chris's birthday along with a fund raiser for the Mariposa Arts. Many artists donated pieces for this special showing.  The Mariposa Art Center and many other buildings  burned to the ground recently.  It was devastating to lose so many businesses, and all the art work.

Mariposa is a small western town on the way to Yosemite, besides the tangible losses, many jobs were lost... and those can not be replaced easily. But they are trying and the Art Center will soon open at another location.

Photo above is painted on the side of Chris's studio, and the view below is of the side of his warehouse and the variety of graffiti... Who says Graffiti isn't beautiful... 



Chris's building is along the railroad tracks, but no train in sight when I took the photo.


We were returning home when Ralph saw this great pair of statues on a side road.. The one hidden in the shadow is of Kennedy... I am sure there is a wonderful story to this. Maybe it will be on the tour next year..
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Reflective Water, completing the Back



"Reflective Water" was hanging, rather setting at Timberline  Gallery for last months Theme, " River, Streams and Lakes" The show has changed now, to  Chris Sorenson's Show, but more about that in an other blog.  This piece is hand painted on fabric, as I might have mentioned before. There has been a bit of a discussion on how to finish the backs of fiber art  mounted on gallery wrap canvas.


I prefer a finished back, which means not seeing the mess I might have made while stitching the piece to the canvas.  I also give the canvas 2 coats of acyclic paint, front, sides and back. Add a piece of felt to cover the back, and glue that on with glue that will dry clear.

Then I screw in the little copper brackets at the sides, after hammering a starting hole.
Add the picture hanging wire, and wrap the ends with tape.

When hanging at an art show, nothing worse then getting cut by the raw ends of the wire.

I also hang an envelope from the wire, with a signed certificate of Authenticity that has a photo of the piece.

Yes, this piece is for sale.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gourd Necklaces


  Busy making some gourd necklaces for Sierra Art Trails, the first week-end in October... Catalogs out soon.  Love making these little spirit gourd jewelry pieces. Each one tells me a story and what saying or beads it might like woven into the knotless netting of their bodies.

Don't forget to order your copy of " Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry, by Lark Publishing. Hours of creative ideas.


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Monday, August 6, 2012

Timberline Gallery, Gallery Row Brochure



 My piece "Shrine to Land and Sea", is on the cover of this beautiful 4 page fold out brochure about Gallery Row, in Oakhurst.  This piece is also featured in "1000 Artisan Textiles". The book is available through Amazon. You can spend hours looking through this marvelous book of contemporary fiber art, quilts and wearables. Reading and being inspired is a great way to cool down on a hot summer day.
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Sweet Singer Featherweight



My Lovely Little Singer Featherweight was the oldest in the class recently given by
Linda Cover.  I realized that I had taken the class when we first moved up here about 12 years ago.
And honestly had not used my machine much since.



But I felt the old thing, born 1937, probably needed some attention. Like all of us, a little oil, love and lots of TLC.
Linda is great at what she does, explaining each step and helping each lady in putting it back together.
She also carries supplies that might be needed.

Linda lives in Modesto and her email is Lkcover@aol.com.

Our guild has a second list going for those that did not get in on the first round. I think we are going to see more of our little black beauty's at the next retreat.
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