I have spent the past couple of years teaching, and taking night classes at the University of Maine. I have not had much time for mosaic art. I have however, taken some time to experiment with my glass kiln. I have made some ornaments, and some bowls. This weekend, I finished my first jellyfish. Here it is!
I love seeing it in low light, and then again in direct sunlight. Glass is amazing!
I just dropped off these mosaics at Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill, ME. Check them out if you're in the area!
Here I am at last year's conference!
Island Institute has a great conference every year for Artists and Makers. This year it is a two day event packed full of leveled classes and speakers. It is a wonderful chance to meet fellow creatives and learn new ideas for improved business practices...and the food is always great! It will be held at beautiful Point Lookout in Northport, Maine, and registration is still open. You can find more information on the Island Institute website, or click the button above.
Well, I did it. I just ordered a glass kiln. I'm excited to expand my mosaic work into glass fusing! I'm picturing mosaic fused bowls, carefully crafted glass findings, ornaments, and sun catchers...among other things. If you know me, you know I have a list of ideas and never enough time to do everything. I can't wait to learn and experiment! 2019 will be an interesting year!
This Saturday the Designing Women artisans will be having their annual show in Bangor. It will be from 9-4 at Husson University, and I will be there with stained glass mosaics. The donations made at the door will go to Healthy Acadia! Hopefully I see YOU there!
I had a fantastic weekend in Wells at the Laudholm Nature Arts Festival. The weather was cool, and both days were very busy. I am thankful for amazing customers, as well as for the awesome vendors I was surrounded by-it is a great feeling to be part of a traveling tribe of artists. :) Here is a photo of my display on day #2:
I will be spending my weekend as a vendor (and probably a shopper!) in Wells, ME for the Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival. Maybe I'll see you there!
Here is a recent article from Maine Gallery Guide about the upcoming artists reception at Archipelago. It is the last reception for the "Turning Towards The Sun" gallery show. You can see my mosaic work there tomorrow from 5-8 during the Rockland Art Walk.
Join Archipelago to celebrate the opening of its new gallery show, “Turning Towards the Sun,” and the start of the summer during Rockland’s next Art Walk, Friday, June 1st, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host two artist receptions for this show with another scheduled for the July 6th Art Walk.
“Turning Towards the Sun” will show through July 27th and features the work of Jeff Barrett from Monroe (carved wood sculptures), Holly Brooks from Portland (watercolor and acrylic painting), Karen Gola from Sanford (glass bowls and dishware), Debe Loughlin from Waldoboro (cyanotype collages), Dylan Metrano from Monhegan (papercuts), Wayne Robbins from Bath (carved wood sculptures), and Agnes Robinson from Holden (stained glass mosaics). The show features a wide variety of medium including paintings, papercut pieces, glass mosaics, glass bowls and dishware, cyanotype collage, wood folk carvings and more.
The public is invited to stop into the gallery’s 386 Main Street location to enjoy some light refreshments, see the new pieces, and meet some of the artists. In addition to the June 1st and July 6th receptions, Archipelago will be open extended hours, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for the Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk events on August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, and November 23rd.
The Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine. Located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, both the store and gallery and are open seven days a week; Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For questions regarding Archipelago or the summer gallery show, please contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.
I recently finished a small 12" x 12" butterfly commission for a repeat customer. It felt great to deliver it yesterday and see her so excited. The yellow flowers and edges of the butterfly have tiny pieces, and there are glass bead inclusions for the butterfly's eyes and the flower centers.
I am a glass artist from Maine.