As part of my workshop clean up project I have been working on using up some of the art supplies that have been sitting around the shop for awhile. these little birds are made from shovels, horseshoes , disc brakes and a few other odds and ends. From left to right, Fern, Eve, & Dixie added Frens hair after the photo was taken.
Well it is August 6th and I am still working on finishing touches! I am getting so close to being done.I am pretty happy with how he is coming alone so I had to give Idaho his first kiss!
In case you missed the back story on Idaho: He is the 2nd wire bird I have made. The first one I donated to an art auction to benefit our local art gallery. I started with a roll of recycled wire that I bought from a friend’s dad for $20.00 I might just have enough to make one more bird!
Happy Independence Day!
I was invited to a couple BBQ’s but I really just wanted to work on getting Idaho finished so that I can deliver him to his new owners later this month! The wire I am using is recycled and is covered in soot ( which for some strange reason is not showing up in this photo. I have spent countless hours cleaning the wire before I weld it to the frame. This is not a lot of fun! This is how I am cleaning the wire. Tomorrow I am going to try soaking some in vinegar to see if that helps. I used to use vinegar to clean my pennies when I was a kid so I figure it is worth a try.. All this time in the shop would not be possible as if it were not for my good friend Brad Isley. He has volunteered to be my assistant / babysitter( as I not allowed to weld on weekends without having someone on site). I guess catching myself on fire last year upset a few more people than just me. So, thank you Brad for spending time in the shop with me , thank you for for helping cut wire and for taking the photos.
Here is todays updated progress photo of Idaho. .
I recently starting working for Native Stone Concrete as a regional sales rep. The owner thought it would be a good idea for me to learn as much about the process as possible.
So last week I rolled up my sleeves and got a bit dirty. The art design is by artist Joe Illig. This morning Joe picked this piece up to deliver to a doctors office. He was very happy with my first pour.
As a child I was fascinated with Native American Art so working with Native Stone Concrete and Joe Illig is like living in a dream.
Coho Computer invited me to curate for the upcoming wine walks. I had a great time turning the shop into an art gallery today. Wine walks take place on the first Friday of each month from February – May on front street in lovely downtown Issaquah .
I am showing a variety of my work including, first love , a tribute to a single mother , faces from childhood dreams, runaway brushes and up a creek with a paddle.
Native Stone Concrete dropped off two pieces designed by artist Joesph Illig. This is just a sneak peek of what you can expect to see over the next 4 months from Joe and Native Stone Concrete! I am super excited to have been offered an opportunity to represent them!
Tickets on Sale Now!
Buy your ticket before January 15th and be entered to wine a pair of tickets to Women Stars of Food & Wine at the Columbia Tower Club on Sunday, Feb 9th. A $90 value!
Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk is a first Friday evening event that is fun and supports the community. Enjoy live music, art happenings, some snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations up and down Front Street. Front Street shops and restaurants are open to the general public during Wine Walk and all ages are welcome.
Help us reduce waste and BYOG (bring your own glass) to Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk!
Front Street Wine Walk venues include ArtByFire Glass Blowing Studio, Illuminate Electrical, artEAST Art Center, First Stage Theatre, Fischer Meats, CoHo Computers, U Swirl, Chicago Pastrami, Eastside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and Thrive.
Wineries include: Bunnell Family Cellar, Cedar River Cellars, Echo Ridge Cellars, Genoa Cellars, Patterson Cellars, Piccola Cellars, Smasne Cellars, Sol Stone and Van Camp Cellars.
Purchase a bottle of wine at Wine Walk and enjoy it with your dinner with no corkage fee (Wine Walk nights only) at these participating restaurants— Amante’s Pizza, Issaquah Brewhouse, Stans BBQ, Mandarin Garden, Max’s World Diner. You can also purchase bottles of wines to take home.
FEBRUARY 7th LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES
Travis Harnett Trio – A tantalizing trio who seamlessly blend sounds and material resulting in a jazzy mix of guitar driven instrumental tunes.
Ali Marcus - Ali’s music spans a variety of audiences. Here smart, melodic songs have been featured on NPR, XM, NY Times and venues throughout America. With a box full of harmonicas, her music brings a dose of bluesy country to the act.
Spoonshine – A fabulous acoustic bluegrass duo with virtuosic mandolin, guitar and exceptional harmonies.
Mills Music – Open mic night. Strongly suggested to sign up in advance, but walk-ins are always welcome. Contact Don @ 425/392-1000.
FEBRUARY 7th other ART HAPPENINGS
ArtByFire: Master Glass Blower, Leonard Whitfield, shows off his collection of hand blown glass and demonstrates the glass blowing process creating art pieces that are sure to dazzle.
artEAST: Browse this fabulous gallery for unique and one of kind items including sculpture, wall décor, jewelry and more. In addition, Eastside Writes, a new community based literary arts organization, is partnering with artEAST to present “Undercover Stories; The Secret Life of Books”. Beginning February 7, the month-long program will feature an exhibit of art created from books and a series of visual art and writing workshops.
A RAIN, SNOW OR SHINE EVENT
$25 in advance or $30 at the event (online tickets on sale until 3 p.m day of event; limited day of tickets available check in)
(Includes 10 one ounce drink tokens)
- Check in starts at 6:00 at the Hailstone Feed store (the historic Shell Station) – 232 Front Street
- You must be 21 to purchase wine tasting tickets
- Will call for pre-paid tickets require identification for the name tickets were purchased under
- Maps of tasting locations, plastic wine glass, tokens and wristband provided at check in.
- Take a bottle of wine home from the tastings or enjoy downtown at participating restaurants. Available for purchase at the Hailstone Feed Store.
– See more at:wine walk
If each person would resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty two persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.”
Happy New Year everyone!
I spent new years making magnets out of stuff I had around the house! ( which made me happy)