Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Almost Here! 'Just Us...in Midtown!'

'Just Us...in Midtown: A Humidity Holiday Show' begins this Thursday evening! It will take place over two evenings (Thurs & Fri) and one day (Sat), 12/1-12/3.

Located in Barbara Psimas' Midtown studio at 335 Beard Street, it's an inside show.

Sharri Moroshok and I will present our very newest art jewelry. Sharri is known for her beautiful beaded beads. I work in metals. And we both make beaded jewelry in vintage glass and semi-precious gemstone beads.

Perfect for holiday gifts (or as a gift to yourself -- remember all of those holiday events coming up)!

Find Barbara's studio easily, from Thomasville Rd. (Waterworks is the corner landmark), or from Gadsden St. It's on the corner of Beard St. and Gadsden St. in a 2-storey red brick office building, in the lower left unit. Free parking in front of the building or in the parking lot behind the building, and other nearby spots. Chez Pierre's parking lot is across the street.

There was an article about this show in our daily newspaper, The Tallahassee Democrat, and you can see it as this link:


The schedule:
Thurs 12/1       7-9 pm
Fri 12/2           5:30-8:30 pm
Sat 12/3          11-4


Pictured above is my Blossom Jasper Pendant with sterling silver. It's available in my online Etsy shop.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Every Once in Awhile...

In the new year, when I have more time, it's my intent to work on my blog and turn it into more of an online 'zine about art jewelry and the artists who make it and who sell it in different ways online.

This first year in business online myself, I've had a zillion learning curves, all while working hard in my studio to create new works worthy of the endeavor.  And now the holiday shopping season has arrived and I'm getting busy.

Pictured is one of my funky Christmas tree pendants in patterned steel and copper. Available in my Etsy shop, along with several others.

In the midst of all of the activity, along comes a nice experience, that of having a piece of my work highlighted in another artist's blog!

The writer/editor of that blog is already where I want to go with this one, and so it was a privilege and very fun to find my work included there.


Once in awhile, something really nice like this happens and it's the highlight of the day.

Hoping all of you in the U.S. have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Just Us in Midtown: A Humidity Holiday Show... with Tana & Sharri

Once upon a time, two Tallahassee jewelry artists (Tana & Sharri) grew weary of life on the road and art shows and bead shows in distant villages. They wanted to stay home more and work with local artists and find ways to market their work there.

So they opened Humidity Gallery, first in an art park called Railroad Square. And then they moved it to Market Street. They ran their gallery for 4 years. They sold the works of more 200 local and regional artists during that time. But, in their first year on Market Street, the national economy tanked and it became difficult to grow and prosper in a small college city.

So, after 4 years, they sadly closed their gallery and returned to the lives of studio artists. They began to market their work on Etsy and Facebook, and returned to placing  their work in galleries in distant villages. The first year was full of learning and surprises and transitions and some successes.

One day, another local artist, Barbara Psimas, came to them and offered them the opportunity to do a 3-day show in her beautiful Midtown art studio. They decided to hold this during the holiday season and to spread the word that their newest work would be featured in a studio show.

And so, on December 1st, their show, 'Just Us in Midtown' will open. On that first evening, they will be open from 7-9 pm. On the next evening (Tallahassee's 'First Friday' monthly gallery hop evening), they will be open from 5:30-8:30 p.m. And on that Saturday, December 3rd, they will be open from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Holiday snacks will be served.

To get to the show at Barbara Psimas' Midtown studio, find the 2-storey red brick office building at the corner of Beard Street and Gadsden Street, at the south edge of Chez Pierre's parking lot. From Thomasville Road, the landmark is Waterworks.

Barbara's studio is in the lower left unit of the building. There's parking in front of the building and nearby.

We'll have some signs outside guiding your way.

Barbara will also have her classical jewelry on exhibit, as well as her Madonnas and other fine art.

To stay in touch with us and to learn more, please find us on our Facebook fan pages:

Sharri:  https://www.facebook.com/TheBeadedBead
Tana:   https://www.facebook.com/cityrustic.art

Address for the studio and show:  335 Beard Street, Tallahassee, FL 32302

These gorgeous photos were shot by Sharri Moroshok (copyright 2011). They depict current work by Tana & Sharri. Sharri creates beaded beads of many types and is world famous for this! The top photo is a duo of earrings, one pair by Sharri (the green & silver beaded-bead pair) and one by Tana (the bronze leaf pair.)

The middle photo is of Sharri's stacking bangles with beaded beads & vinyl tube beads and of Tana's bronze & sterling pendant, fabricated with a sterling 'cabachon.'

The bottom photo is of one of Sharri's gemstone beaded-bead Sea Urchin beads and one of Tana's stacking bangles in recycled copper and bronze, with an abstract blossom adorning it.

All of these items and many more can be found in the artists' Etsy shops!

Sharri's Etsy shop, TheBeadedBead, can be found at this link and you owe to yourself to take a look!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Upcoming Local Shows...

As time grows closer, I'll publish more details about my three local holiday shows. But I wanted to give you a heads-up about them now, because each one will be a fun event -- and the chance to see my new work and that of other local artists!

My first show will be in Tallahassee's 'Downtown Marketplace' on Saturday, Nov. 26. This is the Saturday of our Thanksgiving weekend. I'll be bringing new metalwork and beadwork.

My second show, with my former Humidity Gallery business partner, Sharri Moroshok, will be a 3-day show at artist Barbara Psimas' Midtown studio. Located at 335 Beard Street, her studio looks across the street to the south edge of Chez Pierre's parking lot. Waterworks is at  Beard Street and Thomasville Road, just slightly west of Barbara's place.

This show is called 'Just Us in Midtown... A Humidity Holiday Show!' It will open on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 pm. We will be open again the following evening (Friday, Dec. 2 -- 'First Friday' gallery hop), from 6-8 pm. And our final day for this show will be Saturday, Dec. 3, when we'll be open from 11 am - 4 pm.

My final show of the season will be back in the Downtown Market for the 'Just One More' show on Saturday, Dec. 10.

My Etsy shop will be open all through the season and I will be posting new work there. The last moment to get guaranteed delivery by Christmas will be Monday, Dec. 12. I will package all last orders that evening and ship them the next day.

For the very best selection in my Etsy shop, please considering purchasing early in the season. During my shows, some items will be taken down from Etsy and might not make it back onto my online shop after the shows, if they sell during shows.

I do mostly one-of-a-kind work, but I do produce lines. Pictured here are two of my new stacking bangle bracelets, a new line I'm working on. The top bracelet is hand-forged copper with an organic sterling silver blossom. I recycled the sterling and forged it into the blossom. The bottom bracelet is hand-forged copper with an organic copper blossom. I created it in the same way. These look great solo or in a stack of several. They're available in my Etsy shop:


You can also click on the tab at the top of my blog page to see a sampling of new work and to access my shop easily!