Friday, July 27, 2007

Private Sale - Friday, August 3rd

Friday, August 3rd
6:00-9:00 PM
Hosted by Lorie Covarrubias
9607 Sandie
Helotes, Texas 78023

If the glass alone doesn't tempt you maybe the refreshments will. If you've ever been to one of Lorie's Parties you know she makes a fabulous champagne punch. Coupled with decadent treats from The Cupcake Diva you'll think you're in heaven. Shopping, champagne and chocolate... need I say more.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Evoke Gallery Opening

The Evoke Gallery is concurrently running Metemorphsis: The Life Cycle of a Glass Bead and Wearable Art and Glass Art exhibits starting July 26 - September 8. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 27 from 6:00-9:30 PM.

The Evoke Gallery website has been updated with information on the exhibit of Wearable Art and Glass Art. If like me you do not have the opportunity to see the show in person, the website allows you to see photographs and learn a bit about the artists. If you do see the show I'd love to hear about it, so I might enjoy it vicariously.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Bullseye Education Conference (BECon)

I have just spent the last four days in Portland, Oregon at BECon an education conference focusing on the exploration of kiln-glass in the built environment. This was an opportunity to learn from work which has been done, discuss information, ask questions and meet others. Over 250 participants from 20 different countries attended the conference.

I was inspired by the opportunity to see the work of artists in the Bullseye Gallery, pieces I had only admired until now in books. It was an amazing experience to hear artists like Narcissus Quagliata talk about the immense projects they have undertaken and give me advice on finding one's creative voice. Also meeting other artist and hearing the path they have taken in their carriers helps me feel my own goals are attainable.

Exposure to the Bullseye factory and Resource Center helped solidify my understanding of the materials I use. It gave me the opportunity to see first hand the process I described to students. Formal panel presentations as well as casual conversations with some of the Bullseye Technicians (thanks Erik) helped me see and understand glass on a larger scale.

Just Plan Fun
My stress levels always drop the moment a plan lifts off the ground. And what could be better then spending 3-4 days seeing the lovely city of Portland with good friends enjoying; meals, small adventures, deep and not so deep discussions. Ya... I'd call that fun.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Evoke Gallery Acceptance

Several weeks ago, with encouragement from a friend and fellow artist, I submitted an entry for a juried exhibition at the Evoke Gallery. Her advice was straight forward and honest. If you enter you will get rejected sometimes and accepted sometimes. But you have to try or you will never get in. With that in mind, I sent in my application and waited. Yesterday I was notified the following three pieces had been excepted

The exhibit will coincide with the show Metamorphosis: The Life Cycle of a Glass Bead sponsored by the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB). Metamorphosis has traveled from the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the Evoke Gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota. Both shows (i.e. Evoke's Wearable Art and Glass Art, ISGB's Metamorphosis) will be on exhibit from July 23 – September 8, in the Evoke Gallery.

Mine will not be the only work arriving from San Antonio, Texas. Glass bead artist Nina “Sam” Hibler has pieces in both the ISGB and Evoke sponsored shows. Congratulations Sam and thanks for the encouragement.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Look closely...

When I was little one of my favorite toys was a microscope. Looking at a drop of water could reveal a whole new world. I still enjoy looking at things close up and viewing some of my pieces through the camera’s lens affords me a similar experience. It’s a sense of discovery, of wonder and imagination.


Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Call for Entries

Want to be a part of San Antonio Art Glass history? The San Antonio Glass Art Guild, San Antonio's official Guild for glass art enthusiasts, is accepting entries for its First Annual Show and Exhibition at beautiful Artisan's Alley on November 3, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. A wine tasting, silent auction and live auction will be held in conjunction with this event to benefits WINGS (Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving, Sharing). WINGS is a non-profit Texas Corporation whose mission is to provide comprehensive breast health care services to women in Central and South Texas who would otherwise not receive the needed care and treatment for breast cancer.

Participating Artists must sell only hand-crafted pieces; no glass beads, pendants or jewelry from imported/outside sources. No resale of wholesale items. San Antonio Glass Art Guild membership is required of all participating artists. Annual dues are only $40. Various table and booth options are available beginning at only $50.

For more information, please visit the Guild's website at Additional enquiries may be directed to Deadline for application is August 1, 2007.

San Antonio Glass Art Guild (SAGAG) June/July

The SAGAG June meeting was an informative one. Wired Design Studio co-owner Stacey Campbell facilitated an educational program on basic online marketing. As artists we tend to focus on our creative process and often do not take the time to appropriately market our work. Thanks Stacey for sharing your knowledge and providing us all a little encouragement.

July 27th, SAGAG is excited to announce Stain Glass artist Cathy Claycomb will be our guest speaker. We will be meeting at the Stain Glass Crafters Workbench. Look for SAGAG's upcoming news letter online for details.