Jewelry by nearly a dozen artists and designers will be on sale at the Walker Art Center Shop’s Local Jewelry Artist Mart. Meet Michelle Barlow, Karin Jacobson, Tia Salmela Keobounpheng, Ruth Mikos, Felicia Parsons, Danny Saathoff, Sarah Michaela Sitarz, Helen Wang, Brenda Weber, Maran Wolston, and others who will set up shop to display and sell their unique bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more. Gallery admission is free that day for Free First Saturday. Featured items at the Local Jewelry Artist Mart incorporate a wide variety of materials, including sterling silver, Argentium sterling silver, copper, and salvaged auto body metal; woods, including wenge, walnut, and reclaimed pieces; semi-precious and lab-grown stones; resin, acrylic, and glass; and recycled components from computers and typewriters. Walker members save 10% on all purchases.
i have been busy catching-up with architecture work and trying to find the appropriate balance between my making and my work/job and motherhood and taking care of myself. i suppose all women strive for this balance - it is an on-going process.
i've also been preparing for an artist demo/talk at the American Craft Council show in St. Paul this weekend. it is the only ACC show not on a coast, and while it is not as big as the one in Baltimore - i am quite honored to have been asked to take part in the show in my home-town's twin-city. For those of you in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area who plan to attend the show, please stop by for my presenation. i will be there on saturday - april 19th - from 3:00pm-4:00pm. wish me luck!
........ i've found myself thinking about ralph a lot this week - thinking about the fact that he continued to go to his office to work right up until the very last day, just as he had hoped he would. he embodied an ideal that is found in the most creative of people - their work = their passion. he couldn't help but engage his work .... because it is what fufilled him. that is how i will remember him ... committed and in love with what he did. we were all lucky enough to observe and learn from it....