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
The New year has not started off perfect but I am working hard at making the best of things. New Years day I broke my ankle and was told I could stand for more than 2-3 hours a day. I like to be busy and sitting still is my version of being a in living hell.
January forth another doctor told me that I was going to need to give up coffee. So, instead of multiple cups a day I have limited myself to one cup every other day which seems to not be good enough.
So instead of tossing wonderful smelling beans in the trash …. I spent 6 hours gluing them to an old mirror. I love the wonderful smell of coffee.
Materials: mirror with frame, clear water proof silicon, caulk gun, and corks of course.
Put the mirror on a flat surface, if you are using a table you care about put something under it like old paper bags so that if a cork falls off while you are working you won’t end up with Silicon on your table like I did.
You don’t want to try to do too many corks at once take your time and let them dry! I did one row half way around and then took a break allowing the silicon time to dry.
The 2nd photo is of a clock I made a year or so ago for a fundraising auction.
I remember my guitar, It was red and always out of tune. I used to visit a friend and sit and strum his guitar so for my 11 birthday he bought me one as a gift.I didn’t get the hang of playing so, I gave it to a neighbor boy who made amazing music. He used to invite me over to hang out and listen to him play.! It was amazing how wonderful he could make it sound! A few years ago I was driving home late one night and I saw a broken guitar in the neighbors trash can. I pulled over and pulled it out of the trash and brought it home. I have finally brought it back to life.
The guitar was my first love. I had forgotten how much I loved to listen to someone play. I am lucky as my youngest child plays guitar so I often get serenaded for hours and hours in the evening.
This guitar is now ready to go off to live with someone new! $ 325.00
This little bird raised $$$ for the , Way back Inn which is a place that gives homeless families a place to stay. I hope he is happy in his new home.
Yesterday I was in my daughters room looking for a part of a Halloween costume and I spotted a garbage bag on the floor. In the bag I found three pairs of expensive shoes that I had purchased for homecoming and prom, as well as an expensive Prada bag and a few other girly items that I had given as holiday gifts a few years ago.
When she got home from work I told her I found her trash and was happy to reclaim the unwanted items. She was fine with this and I was moving on to a new topic when my other child said , “yeah I gave my bag away a couple years ago to someone who really cared about purses.” Emotions set in and I started crying, I went upstairs and tried to be reasonable. I am not about material things and my children have told me I am impossible to buy gifts for. Personally I prefer gifts that require the giver to spend time with me. Why then was I crying about some unwanted handbags?
Both the kids came up to talk to me as they did not like seeing me upset. Over the past year both my daughters have also shared that they do not see themselves as girls so I have been slowly preparing to help them with whatever transition comes . So why was I feeling so emotional? I gave them gifts that I thought they would like, I thought I knew my children, I was so clueless to who they were and who they wanted to be, so I cried.
I am not sure how many years ago I gave them Prada bags and it doesn’t really matter.The youngest leaned over and gave me a hug and said , “its okay mom we are much closer now” I cried because I was only seeing them as I wanted to see them and not as they were met to be.
It has been a busy few weeks. I am working on a couple commissioned pieces , which I have found is not my strong suit. As long as people are not in a rush its okay but I really don’t do my best work on a schedule. Having a new shop pet has not made working any more fun! Stickers likes people and doesn’t mind noise. I usually leave my door open and he just comes on in! I now have a true understanding about the old saying, don’t let the camel put his nose in the tent! IN this photo the dear thing was trying to eat my young guests shirt.
The gallery is shaping up , we had two good sales early in the month which is a good sign. In the below photo we were trying to decide where to put the second bench. My friend Brad was helping me hold a piece of lumber and my business partner Zal decided to have a seat!
So many emotions the past few weeks! I made a little piece for our gallery neighbor who went out of business after having been at the design center for twenty plus years. She gave me all kinds of things and just before packing up she gave me some bamboo that had been given to her as a gift from a friend who passed away in December. She was in tears when she gave it to me. She said she had been meaning to do something with it but never did and she wanted it to go to a good home. I decided to make something for her as a souvenir It has that design center rock and bamboo theme . It made her cry more.
While out visiting one of our GC artists I met a really cool artist who makes native Salish
art . I have a few sample’s of his work at the gallery. You can check out his website by clicking on the photo. These are 24 x 24 rolled copper , some have black nickel or silver coatings or a cool baked Japanese pine needle finish. For a limited time these can me snatched up for $720 instead of the usually $1400 as the artist told me he can’t eat them.
One of my best buddies has been in they ICU for a couple weeks. Its hard to see friends and loved ones in pain. Tonight the hospital is sending her to a new room outside the ICU. I am sure going to sleep better tonight! I am looking forward to having a party on the 5th floor!
Tomorrow September 19, is our 3rd thursday art walk , our theme is faces and limbs, our artist Anette Lusher will be giving a talk at 7 PM on her installation called, Caged. In case you have not been to the gallery we are in suite 262 in the Seattle Design Center.