I survived my first art at festival! This weekend, I had a booth at Festival By The Sea in Manchester, MA. It was a wonderful experience. Special thanks to friends who helped set up my tent and hang a few paintings before the show started – there is no way I could have done everything myself! :O
My set-up was pretty basic. I had a couple of tables for jewelry and small paintings, 2 hanging pegboards for larger paintings, a bust form to display my pet pins, a literature rack for beading kits, and 4 easels for more bead paintings. I was a bit nervous about having easels there because they take up quite a bit of space, and they can be a hazard in the wind. I came prepared with 20-lb sandbags & concrete blocks just in case..
Luckily, the weather cooperated. It turned out to be the perfect day for an art festival. I made a few sales, my tent was always full of people, and Cape Ann TV did an interview with me! Since this was my first show ever, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the response was very positive! Nearly everyone who visited my booth said they had never seen anything like my work before. One woman even said that this type of show is much too small for my work – she insisted that I need to show my work in a gallery in NYC (hopefully someday!).. Children of all ages seemed to enjoy my beadwork, too – they could relate to the subjects right away, and many asked me questions! Seeing people smile when they viewed my pieces made me very happy:)
Even though it was a lot of work, doing this festival was a positive experience. I think I may have to start doing more shows in the future! :D
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Tagged art, Arts festival, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Cape Ann, Manchester, Manchester-by-the-Sea Massachusetts, Mixed media, painting, Visual arts
I have been invited to do an art festival in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA!! This will be my first festival and I will admit that I am a little nervous about it. There is so much to plan for, and I don’t really have much time or space to do it.. This week, I am revamping my booth design just a bit as well as figuring out the best way to windproof my displays all while doing it on a limited budget. It looks like the weather may cooperate, but in New England, anything could happen. If you have any tips or suggestions for a newbie, please leave them in the comments below..
Anyways, it sounds like it will be a fun event. There will be many artists and crafters showcasing their works, as well as locally grown products, concerts in the park, and a beer garden! If you happen to be north of Boston on Saturday, August 3, please stop by and say hello! (Click the pic above for more info:) I will do my best to post updates on Facebook and Twitter. Hope to see you there!
Posted in Boston, exhibits, shows
Tagged art, Art exhibition, Arts festival, beading, Beadwork, Boston, crafts, Etsy, Event, Facebook, New England
I am excited to announce that I have been invited to participate in the Holiday Pet Shoppes 2012 show! The show takes place this Saturday, December 8 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel (at Prudential Center) from 12pm-6pm. This show is sponsored by Cityside Subaru and will feature over a dozen carefully selected pet vendors from throughout New England. You will be able to view my beaded doggie designs as well as a select number of my beaded artworks, all of which will be available for sale. Please check the event page to learn about all of the vendors, as well as special guest, Lilly the Hero Pit Bull. :)
This will be my first show on rather short notice, so I have been running around like crazy trying to prepare. I don’t have a lot of money to spend, so I used what I had around the house to create a display for my beaded pet pins. I simply covered a canvas with felt and displayed it on a tabletop easel. I can now attach my pins and pendants to the felt using U-pins. It’s a simple idea, but I think it will serve its purpose for a one-day show. What do you think?
I will also be offering one of my latest designs at next week’s show – a new beaded Labradoodle pin! I used size 11 & 15 seed beads to created this piece. Beadwork is layered on the dog’s head & ears to create more dimension. I posted a photo of this on my Facebook page, and learned that this piece could actually pass for several different dog breeds. What kind of dog does it look like to you? :D
Posted in Boston, exhibits, shops, shows
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Boston, Cats, Dogs, Etsy, Facebook, New England, Pet Shop, Prudential, Shopping
Thursday night’s reception at Boston Bead Company was fun! What a wonderful opportunity to show some of my beadwork in Harvard Square. I also had the chance to talk about my creative process to those who were interested and perhaps new to bead embroidery. Here’s a quick pic of Carson Eddy, the shop owner, and I.. We had a great time checking out all of the gorgeous seed beads currently in stock for the Fall Seed Bead Trunk Show!
After the reception, I went out with friends sporting my latest micro-beaded poodle necklace. This piece is so much fun to wear & it really commands attention. Perhaps I should make more beaded dog collars! :D
If you are in the Boston area, and would like to learn how to do bead embroidery, Boston Bead Company has added a beading class with me to next month’s calendar! :O
Register now for this 5-hour workshop. I will be teaching some basic bead embroidery techniques, as well as how to make an adorable Pink Poodle pin. This workshop will be held at the Cambridge store one time only. Class will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 10am-3pm. Six students maximum, so register early! H0pe to see you there! :D
Posted in bead embroidery, bead shops, beading class, Boston, dogs, exhibits, featured
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Boston, Boston Bead Company, Cambridge, Dogs, Poodle, Seed bead
I am thrilled to announce that Boston Bead Company has invited me to do an artist reception later this month! Please join me on Thursday, September 27 from 6:30pm-8pm to help kick off the bead shop’s Seed Bead Trunk Show. I will be showing plenty of beaded dog jewelry for humans and a few bead-paintings, which will be also be available for sale! If you are interested in taking a future bead embroidery class with me, please let the bead shop know by email. Also, don’t forget to RSVP for your chance to win the door prize – 10 unique vials of seed beads! Hope to see you there. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!
Posted in bead shops, beading class, Boston, dogs, etsy, exhibits
Tagged beading, Beadwork, Boston, Boston artist, Cambridge Massachusetts, Dogs, Etsy, Harvard University, Jewelry, Seed Beads
Finally, a quick pic from Friday night’s reception at the Cambridge Art Association’s 11th National Prize Show! What a fantastic event and what an honor it is to be a part of the show! :D
Also, for the first time, the Cambridge Art Association allowed artists to take out an advertisement in their full-color exhibition booklet. All proceeds support the Cambridge Art Association, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. I designed my own ad! How does it look? :D
If you happen to be in Harvard Square during the month of June, I hope you’ll stop by the Kathryn Schultz Gallery to check out my beaded M1 Abrams military tank, entitled ‘Imminence of War’. Please check the Cambridge Art Association‘s website for hours and directions. The show runs through July 5th, 2012. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!
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Tagged Army, Art exhibition, Bead embroidery, beaded, Beadwork, Boston, Boston artist, Cambridge, Cambridge Art Association, Harvard Square, military, Mixed media
The other day, I dropped off my beaded portrait of Dr. Geoff White at Central Square Eye Care. This portrait was created using tiny glass seed beads, felt, and recycled eyeglass lenses. My beadwork will be on display at 3 Central Square, Cambridge, MA, indefinitely. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, do stop by and take a peek! This is also a very cool place to get a new pair of specs. I just ordered a pair of purple Lafonts. Can’t wait to receive them! 8)
I can’t blog enough about Coos Art Museum‘s, Thunder at CAM. For those of you who are new readers, this is a BIG exhibition of motorcycles and motorcycle art in Coos Bay, Oregon. My beaded Buell X-1 Lightning will be shown at this exhibit through July 23, 2011. Here’s a quick pic I pulled off of the museum’s website. Can you find my beaded bike? :D
Thunder at CAM. An Exhibition of Motorcycles & Motorcycle art. Coos Art Museum.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, I highly recommend taking a road trip to check out this exhibition! You can see a short video clip featuring some of the antique bikes at the show HERE. Also, check out the museum’s virtual gallery to view all accepted artworks & award winners!
Other exciting news this week: I’ve decided to move back to Boston in September! It may seem spontaneous, but I’ve actually been putting off moving for over a year now. I need to be back in town since I’ve been spending so much time in Harvard Square lately.. So, I found a bigger space in Brighton where I should be able to do my beadwork more efficiently. So, over the next month, I’ll be busy assembling my beaded Radio City Music Hall, organizing my beads & art supplies, and packing up my belongings. It will be a big change to move back into the city- one that is long overdue! :O
Mark your calendars! I will be showing one of my largest bead -paintings, Gasoline District (featuring my beaded Boston Trolley), at the South Shore Art Center’s 56th Arts Festival! You are cordially invited to attend! :)
'Gasoline District' by The Lone Beader. Bead embroidery on canvas. 24" x 48".
The event takes place on Cohasset Common in Cohasset, MA from Friday, June 17, 2011 – Sunday, June 19, 2011. The festival features juried art exhibitions, fine art, crafts, music, and food. Hours are listed below. Click HERE to see this location on a map. Also see the official web page for more details. If you will be on Boston’s South Shore during Father’s Day Weekend, I hope you’ll stop by! :)
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Tagged Arts, Arts festival, Boston, Cohasset Massachusetts, Father's Day, Festival, Fine art, MBTA, Subway, Trolley, Visual arts