This fall I am sending my youngest off to college and I am sending off sculptures to new homes. With both a little piece of my heart will stay with them as they move onto their new life stage. With both doing the job successfully means parting and stepping back with pride. I was fortunate to get to meet the new owners of each sculpture this week and they are so excited to welcome them into their homes. Cheers to a good life and loving home!
Honeycomb delivered to its new home today. Botanical Fantasies will go to its new home after the MN State Fair ends.
I am excited to announce that you can see me working live at the MN State Fair this Sunday August 29. I am one of twelve artists invited to be a part of Studio: Here at the Minnesota State Fair. Studio: Here is in it’s ninth year with the goal of giving the public a behind the scenes look at how artists create their artwork. Each artist has one twelve hour day to share their process at the fair. I will be working this Sunday August 29 9am-9pm in the Fine Arts Building Studio: Here space. It is such an honor for me to be a part of the fair and last night’s preview night felt a little surreal. In MN the fine arts exhibit at the state fair is a really big deal and the MN State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the country, so my head is spinning.
On Sunday 29 I will be doing live flame-working demos throughout the day, intermixed with occasional interviews and work on my sculpture pieces and jewelry. I am excited to get to share my process with everyone and I will also have work for sale at the state fair in the marketplace. Botanical Fantasies (pictured above) is also on exhibit at the fair at the Fine Arts Building in the Studio: Here gallery.
I have the bees’ approval! My recent work has focused on the symbiotic relationship between humans and bees. Inspired by a bee that kept photo bombing (above left) when I was taking pictures of my piece, Botanical Fantasies, I began researching bees and hives. I have always been amazed at the architectural beauty and stability of bee hives. I have enjoyed exploring a variety of methods of using glass to create bee hives, honey drippers, honey pots and vases to remind us of the importance of these small creatures to our own lives. We need to take care of them, because they help feed us. Our lives depend on them and their lives depend on us!
I am so excited to be a part of this great honor of being one of 12 artists selected for Studio: HERE at the MN State Fair. Not only willI I have a sculpture on display throughout the fair, I will have one whole day to work live in the Studio: HERE space at the fair so people can see my process. Be sure to come by and see me! I will announce my day soon! 🎉
This is your last week to view my exhibit at the Hopkins Center for the Arts http://www.hopkinsartscenter.com. Stop by to view their beautiful space full of windows perfect for showing off glass artwork. I love the way the sunlight shines through my pieces. While you are there also check out the installation work by Fawzia Khan – it is a powerful look at women – Becoming Visible!