Monday, December 5, 2011

I'm Back

It is time to revive this shortlived blog. As it does when you get older, time flew by from spring past summer, through fall and into winter. It is now December...not sure when that happened!!

So this past weekend we had the opening to the VESTA art show at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro PA. VESTA is a wonderful group of ladies largely from the Wellsboro area who are brought together by their art endeavors. There are a wide variety of media: Kathy Cummings, Alyson Leach and Alice Mickey are painters, Linda Hoerner does jewelry and graphic design, Ali Taylor uses lots of beads in weaving and jewelry, Judie Mainus works in fiber and metal thread, Ruth Anne Miller is a weaver and craftswoman, Barb Most sews using vintage fabrics and does altered photo imagery and collages, Madaline Murphy makes exquisite art quilts, Patty Dillman makes willow baskets which are to die for, and then Kathy Riley and I are bead makers. Well, Kathy is in VESTA, I am not sure if I am official or not. I showed this year as a guest artist, hopefully everyone liked my work.

I am hoping to get more pics from the group, but I have one of our own display that Kathy and I shared :

That is Kathy in the foreground ( I love that fleece she is wearing-I want to paint my upstairs hallway that color!)

My fleeces are mounted on black frames at the base of Mount Rileykuhn.  I used mostly old frames I had in the attic, and covered them with black fabric from Tom's old Harry Potter- Dementor costume.  I had to laugh because the felts were too big for the frames, so I popped them in the washing machine. Shazam! Shrunk to size! Kind of like Shrinky Dinks. Made the edges more ruffled too. I really loved how they turned out.

Further up the slope are some bracelet/earring combos I made. I had lots of bracelets, very few necklaces, and not a lot of earrings. The reason I had so few earrings is that the Fire Mountain order I made for earwires and posts took forever to ship. They did a pretty good job of getting it out the door, but the package sat at the Horseheads office of F****x for 2 days, then didn't get to the house until 8pm the third day (halfway through the opening of the show). I offered to pick it up myself but they wouldn't let me. Next time I will be using UPS.

Here is Kathy's bead tree. It was stunning! She grouped the beads on the branches, so one branch had encased florals, another alien eye beads, another swirly beads. She even made chickens. Yes...CHICKENS!!  I traded her a pair of earrings for one. We all know how gaga I am for chickens.

I also sort of spewed felts all over her side of Mt Rileykuhn....luckily she shares way better than our dogs.

A closer look at Mt Rileykuhn....

So my dear husband Dave came all the way down to bring me a stand for my bio and see the show and he took the pics on his iphone. He wasn't sure if anyone else would mind their work being photgraphed so ours is all he took. We then all went out to eat, scored some free drinks at the bar, and then Dave stayed with us at Kathy's. Kathy was kind enough to let us sleep in the bed, which we shared with Moo. Moo has never slept with us before, and was very, very happy to be in the middle. He was such a nice, still, and quiet sleeping companion I was hoping maybe, just maybe, Dave would let him sleep with us at home. After all, we have a massive bed...plenty of room!

No luck.


  1. Yay you're back!!! I love your fleeces, so pretty! And the chicken bead sounds so awesome! You should post a picture :)

  2. Welcome back! It was a fun weekend, wasn't it? Loved how those fleeces turned out.