An incredible year has flown by. January was filled with sadness over the passing of a dear friend and fellow Artist, Susie Afflerbach. While the sadness lingers, there were also moments filled with pure joy. Some in my personal life, some professionally.
2014 was filled with work at the Gallery, the Studio, and new opportunities coming my way. Looking back it seems there was never a moment to just relax a little. There will not be a lot of “downtime” in the coming year but the the excitement of planning and executing all the new work will make up for that.
I would like to wish all of you warm Holidays, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or winter solstice surrounded with the people you love and a happy and prosperous 2015.
Only about three weeks to a yearly occurrence: The annual Art Studio Tour in our area. This year there will be 26 Artists participating, chosen by a jury. For the last 15 years I have been lucky enough to participate. Every year the preparation takes months. Creating new Artwork for the event that only lasts a weekend seems like a lot of effort but it is truly a wonderful weekend. For two days I am able to share with a crowd of ever changing faces, and some regulars, how my Artwork is created. From the drawing of the pattern to the first cut on the glass, the grinding, foiling and soldering and the finishing framing. I love how fascinated people are by the process. It is a lot more than just selling finished pieces.
It is a chance to show visitors what goes into making a one of a kind piece of Art, whether they purchase anything or not. It is a chance to interact with people that are really interested in all kinds of Art, every stop on the Tour shows different Studios, different Artists. If you are in the area November 1st and 2nd, please stop in, let me show you how an original piece of stained glass is created.
Taken last year during Studio Tour
Lately I have worked more with including natural stone slices in glass panels and the boxes of lids. Started that a number of years ago but I wanted to have a whole collection that includes Brazilian Agate slices.
Brazilian Agates combined with clear textured glass
We all know the saying: time flies when you are having fun. Well, time has certainly flown for me. The summer was incredible busy with both glass work and baking goodies for German Delights, the venture that my daughter and I started to share german treats and baked goods.
I had a glass Show and prepared for the group Show at the Gallery at La Cigale. Also for a group Show at a Gallery in Lebanon, Pa. And along the way I was working on Butterflies. Let me show you a few things that I worked on:
The week started out on a good note. A planning meeting for the upcoming months at the Gallery at La cigale. We have some great Artist’s lined up for the coming season: painters, glass sculptors, Collage Artists, basket makers. The preparation is always very time consuming but so very important. The Artists are featured on our website: http://www.galleryatlacigale.com
And other preparations for the upcoming Exhibit in June at the Lebanon Art Association. New designs, choosing the glass, and all that is involved in an Exhibit. Knowing how many pieces the space allows for, choosing what to display and of course the most important part: actually making everything. A group of glass Artists, showing all the different ways to use this beautiful medium. From kiln formed to mosaic, lead work and the Tiffany method. It promises to be a sparkling June.
More planning for the Butterfly project. Some of the dimensions needed size adjustments so details will be clearly visible form the height they are suspended from. And then the construction of the prototype for the largest of the Butterflies, almost three feet across. The image is of one of the smaller Butterflies hanging under a Trellis.
There is exciting news to share: Hershey Garden is building a Conservatory! A beautiful Building to house tropical plants and Butterflies with areas for instruction. Learn about it here: http://blog.pennlive.com/gardening/2014/03/hershey_gardens_to_build_new_c.html
I am thrilled that I was chosen to create the Butterfly Installation that will greet visitors. A large number of stained glass Butterflies will be suspended overhead, adding color and movement to a beautiful space. The sizes will vary from one to almost three feet in diameter, created out of sparkling cathedral glass in a multitude of colors. Please stay tuned for updates as this project moves forward.