Monday, December 27, 2010

This is the kitchen that the Elton Brothers are building

Brothers Winston and Leland Elton are my contractors for our Kitchen and Bath Remodel. Highly recommended! They are creating a beautiful new kitchen and bath for us.
They are kind and considerate and willing to listen to you. That is almost unheard of these days it seems. Good quality work and on time scheduling. Thanks guys!

The next photos show updates on our new custom built cabinets, concrete counter tops, tumbled travertine tile and Mexican tile backslash and our new back door.  Our new sink is also concrete....way cool! I'll post more photos when everything is finished....

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Love and Joy

Wishing you
a great holiday season full of warm yummy treats,hugs and fuzzies......
Taos in Winter I   

Saturday, December 18, 2010

San Miguel de Allende next April

Just keep this in mind..and sign up soon! ........
a wonderful, art filled getaway awaits you  in the heart of Mexico next Spring with Laurie Mika, Jane LaFazio, Lynn Leahy and Me!

We would love to have you join us for our week long retreat "Tescoro del Corazon"  -Treasures from the Heart.
April 13 to 20, 2011
This will be a progressive approach to art making in the creation of a single final mixed media art project. There will be four different classes running simultaneously and each day students will work with an instructor on one facet of their box.

Each day students will rotate into another class so that by the end of the retreat, all students will go home having learned a variety of mixed media techniques....and with a unique box that will hold all of their treasured memories of San Miguel.

San Miguel de Allende will warm your heart and fill your imagination and soul.........

Photos taken by Amberley niece who lives in New Zealand...thanks Amberley!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Helen's artful space

Helen's artful space
Originally uploaded by Agave Latte
This is my space at Amber George's 3 Day Monotype and Collograph Workshop this week....I've been trying to post the rest of the photos of our fantastic group and our artworks but can't figure it
Anyway..if you click on the photo it will take you there....
Amber George   is a very talented artist who shared so much with us. Thanks Amber!
We had a great artistc buzz going on....

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Patron Saints Collabrative

 I was one of the Artists who participated in the Patron Saints Collabrative Book Arts Project in 2008,09. My book structure is constructed with paper mache, acrylic, inks, watercolor, and found objects. Saint Gertrude is on the right. I chose her because she's the patron saint of guessed it.....Cats, Gardens, and Travelers. Santa Lucia is another saint shown, selected by Laurie Mika St. Lucia is the patron saint of light, who unfortunatly, had her eyes gouged out by some horrible persecutors. She was miraculously still able to see without her eyes. And that is why, In paintings and statues, St. Lucy is frequently shown holding her eyes on a golden plate.

A majority of the works were developed in watermedia with some collage. I’m interested in organic shapes that are surrounded or are housed by geometric calligraphy. Each patron saint is surrounded by icons and symbols representing and supporting the figure. These shapes were sometimes pulled out of the geometric “housing” to create a sense of depth.  

This is the description from the Ukiah Art Center, where our books are currently  on display.
The Patron Saints Project -13 Women, 13 Books Project. Thirteen women artists in southern California and Oregon each made a book or container and chose a Saint. Each book was mailed in a circle for 13 months with each artist making one page in each book. Each book contains 13 Saints either ones recognized by the Catholic Church, or nominated for sainthood with a couple newly created ones. Artists:, Dorte Bistrup, Karen O'Brien, Deb Denton, Andrea Callas Hein, Helen Shafer Garcia, Lisa Guerin, Susanne Knutilla, Lyn Leahy, Laurie Mika , Josie Rodriquez, Cheryl Tall,  Elizabeth Raybee  The books will be on display through January 15. There will be two times during exhibit when viewers will be able to carefully look through parts of the books that will not be visible during the exhibit. Wednesday, December 8 2pm - 6 pm Sunday December 19 12 - 4 pm
Art Center Ukiah, 203 S. State St. Ukiah, 462-1400