Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Lost Art

Stained Glass has a rich history which dates back to ancient Rome. The process of glass cutting and assembly with lead came has changed very little over hundreds of years but its use was confined mainly to religious themes. At the turn of the century, Tiffany introduced the copper foil method which caused an explosion of interest in stained glass and made it accessible to the masses. Over the past two months, I’ve worked with several students to explore these two very different techniques.  There are several hours devoted to the small projects in the photographs below but the students can take pride in their new skills and the long glazier tradition they now share.

John demonstrates grinding techniques.  Linda shows us her completed piece.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Food As Art

A wedding is a great reason to make pretty food. The photograph above shows a twist on a fruit salad made for a wedding last weekend...fruit kabobs with tropical fruits chosen for their colors and heartiness after slicing...star fruit, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, kiwi, and blue berries. Beautiful colors and a nice centerpiece.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Art Show Season!

Show season is nearly upon us…albeit a little delayed this year since my husband and I didn’t venture out to the spring shows we normally attend in IL and IN.  This promises to be an interesting show season for me. I usually display glass; this will be the first outdoor show season traveling with paintings as well.  In preparation for a blur of a summer, I have spent most of the winter creating pieces and our gallery has never been more lavishly stocked with fine art than just before this show season. This is a great time to shop but in a mere two weeks, it will nearly all be packed up and ready to go on the road. Our season starts with a short one day show in Valley Junction (Spring Art Market in West Des Moines 5/22). For those of you who have taken our Art and Craft show class, this is a great opportunity to observe how a show artist works from “load in” to the end of the show “load out”. The piece in the photo below is one of 30 currently in the gallery.  You’ll find it nested among 30 paintings and a variety of other art pieces. Or, maybe you’ll see it on the road at an upcoming show.