Paper Cup

The first design that's based on 3 points ©2015 WTEK
The first design that’s based on 3 points ©2015 WTEK

This weekend I’ll begin working in actual metal on the commission project I talked about last week. I’ve been working out different designs in paper and had another sit-down with the patron commissioning the trophy. I’m super excited to start in on it and I think it’s going to turn out fabulous!

Design 2 based on 5 points (before the improvements) ©2015 WTEK
Design 2 based on 5 points (before the improvements) ©2015 WTEK

I initially came up with two different designs to offer her, and she chose one with a few editing ideas (that I completely agree with. They actually made me like this design more than the other one which I had been favoring.) I fixed it up and we talked some more about little parts of the design. Now I just need to start it!

The improved design (minus the base) which is less pointy and less symmetrical ©2015 WTEK
The improved design (minus the base) which is less pointy and less symmetrical ©2015 WTEK

Art of the State 2015 Opening Reception

You might remember this view with different people & art from previous years...
You might remember this view with different people & art from previous years…
Check out how colorful I am ©2015 WTEK
Check out how colorful I am ©2015 WTEK

Today was the day and this year’s Art of the State exhibition was another great example of the awesome art Pennsylvania has to offer. There was a great mix of pieces in various styles and media. This year there were quite a number of paintings on panel instead of canvas (which I like) and at least three screenprints (which I also like) and quite a lot of whimsy (which isn’t quite as up my alley.)

It’s fun to see the other artists who’ve been juried back in to the exhibition multiple times. I begin to recognize the names and faces (not to mention the art!) Jason Lyons, Robert Stickloon, Erma Martin Yost, and Drew Zimmerman are just a few of these.

To the Left of Fragmented a giant painting by Ira Upin
To the Left of Fragmented a giant painting by Ira Upin

It was also nice to see so many PA Guild of Craftsmen with work again this year. And most of them from the Yellow Breeches Chapter to boot! Jason Lyons, me, Gay Foltz, Gay McGeary, & Erma Martin Yost from the YBC and Sharon Merkel, Sue Reno, & Emily Squires Levine from other chapters/at large members.

To the right of my piece, the Honorable Mention in Painting by Daniel Burns
To the right of my piece, the Honorable Mention in Painting by Daniel Burns

My one complaint about the opening would be that moving it to a Sunday afternoon from a Saturday evening changes the atmosphere. People were way more casual and while still pretty packed, it didn’t feel quite as busy. The Saturday evening events felt more like a gala. Also, they ran out of food and drinks pretty early and no booze. But we’re really there for the art and that was spectacular!

The next room over had the Second Prize in Painting by Ellen Carver and it reminds me of a kimono.
The next room over had the Second Prize in Painting by Ellen Carver and it reminds me of a kimono.
Me contemplating the Mid-Century Modern architecture of the State Museum.
Me contemplating the Mid-Century Modern architecture of the State Museum.

NEW JEWELRY SET!!

Air Chased Jewelry Set ©2015 WTEK sterling silver, brass
Air Chased Jewelry Set ©2015 WTEK sterling silver, brass
Here's the backs ©2015 WTEK
Here’s the backs ©2015 WTEK

That’s right, I still make jewelry too! Remember I was working on a new set? Well, that 6 x 6″ piece of air chased sterling silver became a necklace, a cuff, & a pair of earrings! I’m super psyched to wear them this Sunday at the Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015 opening at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Hopefully I’ll see you there and you can see these pieces, Fragmented, and bunch of other great art by other great artists too! 2 – 5pm! And teal hair!

Earrings close-up ©2015 WTEK
Earrings close-up ©2015 WTEK
Cuff work ©2015 WTEK
Cuff work ©2015 WTEK