I’m in the Ottawa Glass Bead Show this weekend (Oct 18/19)!

IMG_9544[1]Here are some of the beads I’ll have at the show this weekend as well as some of my bigger sculptures.  I’ll only have a small table out front this year (Booth #32 near entrance and demo area) as i’ve not had much studio time… as you can see, i still have a pile of beads to clean.

Hope to see you at this year’s show!
Sat Oct 18th, 10am – 6pm
Sun Oct 19th, 10am – 5pm
Location: Hellenic Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

More show details here: http://ottawaglassbeadartists.com/

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I’ll be at the New art Festival for the 5th year in a row…

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For the fifth year in a row, I’ll be showcasing my latest one of a kind, handmade glass sculptures and beads at The New Art Festival, Ottawa’s premier juried outdoor fine art show.  Scroll down for a sneak peek at some  of the beads I’m making for the show – i’ve been having some pretty successful sessions at the torch last few days. This year my booth will be located in the SOUTH section close to the park entrance and right off Bank Street (go down the stars and head to the right, it should be easy to find!).

Hope to see you there!

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DATE: Saturday June 15th & Sunday June 16th, 2013

TIME: 10am-5pm (both days, rain or shine)

BOOTH: #10 South

WHERE: Central Park, the Glebe, Ottawa, Big park on the east side of Bank Street at Clemow Avenue, just
South of the 417 Queensway. 

FREE ADMISSION
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http://www.newartfestival.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/NewArtFestival

My Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/163452373834807/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

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Here’s the festival site map and how to find me!

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Quiet Hope sculpture on exhibit at the Shenkman Arts Centre

Quiet Hope sculpture on exhibit at the Shenkman Arts Centre

The full name of this pregnant goddess sculpture is “A Quiet Moment in the Garden of Hope” and she will be on exhibit (and for sale) from April 2-30, 2013, in the Shenkman Arts Centre display case in Orleans, along with works from other artists in the National Capital Network of Sculptors.  Do stop by and take a gander!

This piece is 9.5″ square and the goddess alone is about 3″ long – the largest pregnant version i’ve ever made – the picture below gives some perspective. I made the goddess, all the glass components, created the textured background then customized an existing frame to match. She has a sparkling faux diamond in her belly button and the butterflies were purchased from murrini artist Greg Chase.

Quiet Moment in the Garden of Hope - unframed

It also gave me the chance to incorporate some new mixed media techniques I’d learned from a Sara Sally Lagrand class (who makes the most fabulous glass and mixed media brooches!).  I keep going back and forth regarding whether or not to keep the frame…

There’s an interesting story behind this particular sculpture as well:  This mixed media piece is the 3rd large sculpture i’ve made and was created for the Expressions of Infertility art competition run by a local infertility clinic last fall.  Now that was a somewhat strange event…

I had created this piece based on the joy, optimism and hope that women trying to conceive experience, however, i don’t think that theme went over well in this particular context. Having never been infertile, I realize now that i didn’t really understand the depth of turmoil this brings to families and especially to the infertile couples themselves. Many of the other pieces submitted were very dark and spoke to feelings of blame, depression, worthlessness and desperation.  As well, the energy at the vernissage was quite tense – especially around the two women there actually with babies (which i assumed were conceived with the assistance of the clinic).

That evening I finally realized that despite the original intentions of the clinic, while it was advertised as an art competition, in actuality, it was (or became) more about the clients of the clinic using art as a therapeutic medium to express the devastation they were experiencing or had experienced.

I still love this sculpture as it reflects my own happy experience with pregnancy but looking back now, that competition probably wasn’t the right venue for it… In any case, here is my background story on the competition site that led to the creation of this piece:  http://bit.ly/11CBBUS

Idea for a new goddess sculpture

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Working on designing another (4th) goddess sculpture… I drew this on my new Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet which is SO MUCH FUN!! Not sure that I’m in love with this colour combo but it’s a happy start. I still need to design the base and a topper but so far, so good. I think by the time it’s done it should be around 8-10″ high.

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I was only sketching on paper before which was a pain since i kept changing my mind and then had to start all over again from scratch each time the idea changed… not to mention the random bits of drawn on paper trailing around the house. Digital design is definitely the way to go!

I made this clay prototype first to work out the basic size and shapes.  It’s been travelling around the house with me and has been reworked about four or five times.

Now to work on refining the colour scheme.  Next will be picking out the glass colours, checking for compatibility and then making some actual test pieces in glass – that’s the fun part!

I’ve also updated this blog’s template… what do you think?

ShebaMakeda @ the 2012 New Art festival

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For the fourth year in a row,

i’ve been accepted into Ottawa’s premier artists show the New Art Festival this coming weekend and i’m really looking forward to the show despite the fact that the weather is calling for rain both days.  

(Hopefully it’ll just rain overnight or something and be nice and sunny during the day?)

Details & Map
Saturday June 2nd & Sunday June 3rd, 2012
10am-5pm (rain or shine)
 
Central Park in the Glebe
(Bank Street & Clemow just south of the 417)
 
TNAF website:  http://www.newartfestival.ca/  (for further details and the list of artists)
 

I’ll have my usual work plus a few new additions as i’m somewhat changing direction (see that big gold goddess statue? i need to post the awesome back story to that one but no time yet). Click on the pics for large printable versions of the flyer and site map.

Hope to see y’all this weekend!

Ev.

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