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Beyond the Valley Studio Tour…..the day after tomorrow…..Saturday, Oct. 15 & Sunday, Oct. 16…..10 a.m. to 5 p.m

October 13, 2011 | Filed under: Uncategorized

It is crunch time as the studio tour is the day after tomorrow. And am I ready…..well, never!!There is always something that I wish I had completed but working up to the last minute seems to be what I do.

We had excellent Thanksgiving weather and were able to have our dinner outdoors. Turkey leftovers for a few days but that is a good thing as there is no cooking on my part. Altho the turkey that was left was a bit skimpy. We had a 22 pound bird, also ham, for 20 people. Let me say that it was a hungry crowd!

And now back to the tour. Our group was very fortunate to have The Spectator publish a lengthy article about us in the Go Section…actually made the front page of that section. It featured Paull Rodrigue our glass, artist; Scott Barnim, a potter and one of the founding members of this tour; and Michelle Prosek another glass artist. And I am happy to say that I was mentioned, a there was a picture of one of my pieces. I knew that the article was coming, but was surprised to get a phone call yesterday about sending in some images of my work. Which I did promptly, need I say. It was a very well written article. Our studio tour is in its 29th year. Celebration next year.

And now….. it is back to work for me.

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October 10, 2011 | Filed under: Uncategorized

For most people, Thanksgiving is over, with a dinner yesterday and today a time to relax and enjoy the outdoors. For us, the dinner is this afternoon as it has been for many years. Two of our children have cottages, so this timing gives them an opportunity to enjoy the country and yet still get together as a family. Right now we are thinking that we could eat outside, it is so balmy. The drawback is the number of wasps that immediately appear upon smelling food. My husband was stung the other day as he sat down outside, so they are numerous and edgy. I was hoping that they would all go to the Rockton Fair. We will eat around 5, so perhaps they will dwindle in numbers.
And then comes the Beyond the Valley Studio Tour….this Saturday and Sunday. Oct. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sadly it looks like rain. Dundas has another studio tour the week end before Thanksgiving. For the last 2 times, they have almost been rained out. Most of the participants in that tour are outdoors and suffer the consequences. Our tour is entirely indoors.

We have a great line up. A new studio has entered the mix…Heather Vollans does wonderful work. Check out the tour website….www.BeyondTheValley.ca…. and you will get the details of her work. Better still, much better, go and visit Heather at her studio. You will be amazed. The Lawsons joined us this past spring in May. They had a great tour and are excited to be back.
Terry Osborne has a show at the Carnegie Gallery featuring her wood fired kiln pieces. (I am not sure that is correctly phrased). We went to the opening reception this past Friday…a huge turnout….and it was evident why….Terry’s work is outstanding.

I will have some unusual stones this tour….green onyx….opaline….copal (a type of amber) to name a few plus different shapes in black onyx…one of my favourite stones. Just so versatile.
The bracelets that are on the front of our brochure, advertising the tour, are fine pieces that look very attractive with watches. There will be a large selection of these featuring quartz, jade, onyx, pearl,agate,and so on.
As well, I have incorportated vintage findings in some of my earrings. For a different look!!!

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October 4, 2011 | Filed under: Uncategorized

Getting ready for a studio tour and our fall one is upon us, takes lots of work, besides working at one’s craft. I spend many hours designing and creating jewellery but I also spend many hours sourcing supplies, for example. One of my jobs as a member of the tour is to distribute our brochures. I hand deliver brochures to the Burlington Art Centre, to local galleries including the Hamilton Art Gallery, libraries, where ever they might attract the notice of the public.
One of my locations for delivery is the Tourism – Hamilton Information Centre, which is very good about then distributing to local outlets across the region. Great people to work with. At one time their storefront (so to speak) was on James St. S. between Main and King.
This was moved to Jackson Square and I delivered brochures there for our last 2 tours. This year, off I went to the same spot, which was boarded up. But not to worry, there is a map of Jackson Square and I soon found the new storefront which was just down the hall. But alas, Tourism Hamilton was not there. I checked another map – same incorrect address. Not one to give up, I went off to the Main branch of our public library and phoned for a new address ….Which was…..James St. S., so off I went thinking, well perhaps the original space had been renovated and Tourism Hamilton was back. I arrived and yes – found the administrative offices of Tourism Hamilton and also a sign saying that their information centre was beside the indoor entrance of the Public Library in Jackson Square. (where I started off about 40 minutes previously). I don’t give up easily and so I quickly returned and yes indeed there was the storefront next the the library entrance…..Strong signage…well maybe not or else I am not well sighted. I went in and said that it appeared that Tourism Hamilton did not want to be found….The response from a lovely and pleasant volunteer was that she heard this frequently. And this was not the final location as the information centre was moving to the Lister Block. 50 minutes of walking = good exercise albeit frustrating. So is this good for visitors to the city????

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