August News    August 08 2008
The summer continues to fly by! A few reminders, first off, Trios Gallery is having a reception/fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 9th. I will have a piece in the raffle. Trios has partnered with Sharon Gorevitz and the Talmadge Art Show which will be held for the first time in Encinitas on Aug. 16th. For more info about this wonderful show, email me. I will appear on KUSI television on the morning of the 16th for a brief on air interview! Tune in! Another reminder, the Artfest class roster will soon be posted and I will be teaching 3 classes there in April. I also wanted to mention that I was selected to create a full size cow for the "Cow Parade" that is coming to San Diego. www.cowparade.com. So that ought to keep me busy for a few months! Then off to France for my workshop. Then on November 1, I will once again be teaching at Stamping Details in Poway. So looks like a very busy Fall is quickly approaching. Hope to see you at one of these events!


Not So Lazy Days of Summer....    July 12 2008
Back from an amazing time in Argentina, where I was able to meet up with a few of my artist buddies.I also spent an afternoon in the fabulous garment district,where there is shop after shop with jewelry findings and beads, etc. Great finds to use in some new pieces. A few announcements. I will be participating in the Talmadge Art Show in No. County. It will be on August 16th at the Encinitas Library. You may email me for more info. I also found out recently that I will be teaching 3 classes at Artfest in April! Again, if you would like more info on what I will be teaching, please contact me. In September, I will be heading off to France to teach a workshop there. I am getting excited about teaching a group of all French speaking students! Fortunately the language of art transcends all!! There are plenty of things on the horizon....stay tuned!


Lazy days of summer    May 18 2008
As summer nears, the pace of things has slowed, which gives me time to let my mind wander and the creativity flow. I love it when deadlines aren't looming. That's not to say there isn't lots to be done. There are always proposals to be written and emails to respond to. I just sold quite a few pieces of art to a gallery owner in Laguna who will be opening up a new gallery this summer. The rest of my work is at Trios Gallery in Solana Beach. This means I will really need to get hustling making some new artwork for the shows coming up in the fall! Speaking of fall, I will be going to France in September to teach a workshop for a group of French polymer clay artists. This should be fun! I just need to bone up on my French!


Mid-April!    April 15 2008
Wow,mid-April, how did that happen so fast? I just returned from a few glorious days teaching at Artfest in Port Townsend, WA. My students were fantastic, I am always amazed how much I learn while teaching. I also had the pleasure of taking a class with Anne Bagby. I learned how to carve stamps with a lino-cutter. It was super fun and I am hoping to have some time to experiment with making some large stamps to use in clay. The vendor show was incredible, as always. Many thanks to all of you who did your best to support our economy that evening! Lastly many thanks to Tracy and Teesha Moore (www.teeshamoore.com) for putting this incredible annual retreat together. I know that it takes countless hours and your efforts are very much appreciated! I am now in the process of getting some new work together for Artwalk which takes place in Little Italy the last weekend of April. I will be on Fir Street, down on the west end. Hope to see you there!


March Madness!    February 29 2008
Spring is just about here! Having spent the last week in Baltimore at the National Polymer Clay Guild conference where it snowed, I must say I am happy to live in sunny southern Cali.!! The conference was wonderful. It was great meeting so many talented people that I have only known online. The seminars and presentations were thorough and I gleaned a lot of information from them. The gallery show was total eye candy. I really appreciate all of the efforts by everyone who was involved in making Synergy such a success. I am now just in the process of getting things ready for a local workshop which will be followed by one in Boston. This is a busy time of year with lots of teaching engagements, vendor shows, collaborative projects and trying to create some new work too! (hence the March Madness!) I have been having fun working on a few collages, it has been awhile since I have done something other than mosaics! Also do check out the fantastic new retreat in Wisconsin where I will be teaching in October. The website is: www.raevns-nest-art-retreat.com Ok, that's it for now....back to work!


Off and running.....    February 11 2008
Wow, the New Year just began and I already feel so far behind! How does that happen??!! I am just getting ready for quite a bit of travel. Off to Baltimore at the end of the month for the National Polymer Clay Guild annual conference, Synergy. Home for a few weeks then off to teach in Boston, then back to the West Coast for Artfest in the Seattle area, followed by a quick trip to Santa Fe. In between, I have been super busy creating a few new pieces for the vendor shows that go along with these venues. I took a workshop with Lisa Bebi (www.lisabebiart.com) last week and realized how I have missed painting. It was really fun combining collage (family photos)with paint and I hope to do a bit more as time permits. That is also the nice part about Project 8, getting a chance to work in various mediums that I haven't had time to dabble in. So off to go play....


Happy New Year    January 07 2008
Here's to a wonderful and creative New Year! I am starting off the new year with quite a full calendar. I have posted workshops where I will be teaching throughout the year under the Events/Workshop button. One of the venues is a new retreat in Wisconsin. You can find out more information about it at: www.raevns-nest-art-retreat.com Please email me with any questions. I also am involved in Leighanna Lights, Project Eight, which has 8 artists creating 8 canvases that are 8 x 8 inches for the first 8 months of the year! Sounds like fun...I am working on my first piece right now. You can see it at http://project-eight.blogspot.com. I am also fortunate to have work included in 3 wonderful new books this year! Will keep you posted on release dates. Enjoy every day of 2008!


End of 2007    December 17 2007
As 2007 draws to a close, I am so grateful for the many opportunities I have had throughout the year to truly "live my passion" and create art. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching and have met so many wonderful people doing just that. Each year brings new possibilities and 2008 is already shaping up to be one of the busiest yet! I thank each and every one of you who have shared this artistic journey, from those who have been students to those who have purchased artwork to all of you who have been so supportive in words and deeds. Thank-you one and all. Happy Holidays and I wish you all the best in the New Year.


Happy Holidays!    December 06 2007
Another year has just about been wrapped up. It has been a great year full of new opportunities and ideas. There are so many new directions that I want to take in my work in the coming year. The last event of this year is Carmel Valley Artists this Saturday from 9:30-3:30, rain or shine (and I'm pretty sure it will rain)and contrary to what the flyer said, I will be there! The first six months of 2008 promise to be very busy as I will be on a plane EVERY month! I will fill you in the next time I write....but for now, Happy Holidays to You and Yours and Wishing you all the Best in the New Year.


Last events of the Year!    November 12 2007
Thank you to everyone who came to Trios Gallery for my book signing and reception. It was an awesome crowd and we raised lots of money for Synergy which in turn will help artists affected by the recent wildfires. There are a few upcoming events that I would like to share, that I will be a part of. The first is the Talmadge Art show which will be Sunday, Nov. 18th at the Women's Club in downtown San Diego. Then on Friday, Dec 1st, I will be doing another book signing at Gee gee's Stamps and Stuff in Carlsbad from 3-6pm. GeeGee's is a great place to buy all types of altered art supplies. Lastly, I will be participating in Carmel Valley Artists on Saturday, December 8th at the Karl Strauss Brewery in Sorrento Valley. For additional information on any of these events, please email me. In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Hard to believe it is already that time of year again!