Two More Group Exhibitions This Year!

Tether ©2013 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass
Tether ©2013 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass

This past weekend, I received great news. First, I found out that my ring, Memento Aurum, was accepted in the TOP Jewels National Jewelry Design Exhibition at the Durango Arts Center. The exhibition runs May 16 – June 28, 2014 with an opening reception on May 16th from 5 – 8pm. I’m really excited because the awards juror is Allison Buchsbaum Barnett, co-owner of Patina Gallery.

Then I found out that for the fourth time I have a piece selected to be in the Art of the State exhibition at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Tether will be one of the works juried into this years show which runs June 22 – September 7th with an opening reception and awards ceremony on June 21st.

Memento Aurum ©2011 WTEK sterling silver, pyrite, brass
Memento Aurum ©2011 WTEK sterling silver, pyrite, brass

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I will not be able to make it out to Colorado for the TOP Jewels opening, but I will be at the opening in Harrisburg, PA. The State Museum will once again be hosting artists’ talks in conjunction with the exhibition and I will try to get some artist interviews like I did last year.

Great Gifts at Handmade Holidays 4!

Great jewelry to make your holiday sparkle
Great jewelry to make your holiday sparkle
They even package your purchases beautifully! (I tried to get a shot in the snow, but you can barely see it)
They even package your purchases beautifully! (I tried to get a shot in the snow, but you can barely see it)

Yesterday was the opening reception for Handmade Holidays 4 at Some Things Looming in Reading, PA. The set up is fabulous and there is such a great mix of pieces. As you would expect, there are a lot of fiber pieces – hats, scarves, purses, plush toys. There are also ceramic bowls (though those were going fast!), woodturnings by Ted Rasmussen, ornaments, plenty of jewelry, and even some paintings by a local graffiti artist, Saint Sanchez. (If you’re looking to get me something, I love the painting of his with the flowers and the paper airplane.)

There are so many great pieces and all at great prices. If you’re looking for a unique gift or just want to shop local and handmade this year, make sure to check it out.

Hats, table runners, and more. The paintings on the far left are by the graffiti artist.
Hats, table runners, and more. The paintings on the far left are by the graffiti artist.
Purses and scarves abound!
Purses and scarves abound!

Handmade Holidays 4 will be up through December 24th.
Special Holiday Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11-4pm (closed Sunday and Monday)

526 Washington Street
Reading, PA  19601
610-373-7337
www.somethingslooming.com

Naughty or Nice

Krampus is the dark counterpart of Saint Nicholas, the traditional European gift-bringer who visits on his holy day of December 6th, a few weeks earlier than his offshoot Mr. Claus. Krampus is the one who punishes the naughty children. He’s the vestige of a darker Santa, one that doesn’t promote Coke or Macy’s.

We’re all a little naughty at heart. This time of year you’re buying for everyone else and undoubtedly you end up finding things that you want for the holidays. Once in a while you have to give a gift to yourself as well.

So whether you’re being naughty by getting something just for you or being nice by giving someone you love something unique, you still have three ways to purchase my art this year:

Fold formed brass cuff. Could be yours or a gift for someone you love with just a few clicks of your mouse…

Handmade Holidays 4 at Some Things Looming in Reading, PA is up now and there is an opening reception this Saturday from 1-4pm. I’ll even be there if you have any questions or just want to say hi and hang out. There is a wide selection of fine craft here, most priced under $300. You can give truly special gifts this year.

I have some earrings at the Michener Art Museum Shop. You can also catch the Grace Kelly exhibition while you’re there.

The widest selection of my work is available online in my Etsy shop. Here you’ll find some bowls and wall pieces along with my jewelry.

I’m sure this goat isn’t naughty at all…

Of course, if you want to be really nice, you could also help the underprivileged by contributing to Heifer International. You could even donate a goat in the spirit of that cloven hoofed Krampus.