This past weekend I was in Enterprise, Alabama at the Piney Wood Art Festival. As is typical of small southern towns, the promoters were some of the friendliest and accommodating people you could ask for. The hospitality was exceptional … but the weather? Well now, that was something entirely different!
On Saturday the sun was shining and the temperature was lovely, but the winds grew fiercer by the hour. I’ve worked hard to do away with so many of my displays that fell to the winds at shows in the past and I thought I was finally finished with that. I wasn’t really prepared for wind gusts of up to over 30 m.p.h. however and I found myself repeatedly picking my displays up off of the ground. So much so that my glutes were sore from all the bending and stooping! Talk about frustrating. And then there were all of the pollinating oak trees that we were surrounded by (the pines were down the hill). They were dropping pollen which was being forcefully blown into our booths all day long. I kept picking oak flowers out of my hair and displays. The pollen was so thick I could actually draw a smiley face in the yellow dust that collected on my glass cube units. Fun! And now imagine all of that in your lungs … because that’s where it all seemed to settle. My lungs and sinuses were not happy at all.
Around 2:30 or so I scooted on down to my friend Dorethas tent (Dr. Meow) to visit a bit only to be paged back to my tent by my sister, Rhonda. “Some people want to talk to you” she said. It was the judge and several of the board members along with a photographer. I had won an award! My ever popular “Marthra, Winged Thing #3” Lunar Moth Pendant had won her second award. This time it was an Award of Distinction (last time an Award of Excellence). I was very happy to hear the news. They placed the ribbon under the bust and took our picture. Too bad I don’t have a scanner or I’d share the picture with all of you. 😦 I did, however, take a picture of the ribbon to share.
So did you think that the adventure ended there? No, no… the best part was yet to come. Sunday morning we awoke to hear tales of severe weather headed our way. We arrived at the festival to find many other vendors breaking down and packing out. We debated for some time as to whether or not to call it and pack out ourselves. I spoke with Dave Deal, one of the board members, about it and he encouraged me to please stay and open make a determination about leaving after noon. I agreed to do so. Come 12:45 there was about a 20 second sprinkle, which quickly turned into a wall of water blowing sideways right into my tent, effectively drenching all of my table cloths and 80% of my displays. I struggled to drop the walls of my tent to salvage what I could of my displays and in the process I was drenched as well. Yes … I packed it out at this point. I couldn’t possibly conduct business with my tables and displays dripping wet. As it turns out, this was a good call because the worst was yet to come.
After a break in the rain, we loaded up the contents of the tent into the van and said some quick goodbyes to our fellow vendors. As we pulled out of the grounds my tummy reminded me that I had neglected to feed myself … and it was time. After a brief discussion with Rhonda on the state of our starving bellies we voted unanimously to have a decent meal before getting on the road. I decided we would enjoy some good ol’ southern comfort food so we headed straight for Po’ Folks. Oh yum! We were there just long enough to take our order when another band hit. The rain was moving sideways with even greater force than it had before … and then the hail came. First, little dime sized pieces … which quickly grew to GOLF BALL sized pieces of hail! We were so glad to be in the building and not on the green with all of the other vendors … The hail must have continued for near 20 minutes. I couldn’t help but think about my poor friends back at the festival. I hoped that no one lost their tent or sustained any serious damages of any kind.
This weekend I will be at the Festival on the Green, still battling some serious winds but thankfully no rain, no hail. I’m not looking for adventure this weekend, lol, just a nice quiet art show.
I just received notice that my course proposal, Introduction to Wire Wrap Jewelry, was accepted by the University of West Florida. It’s official. I’m a *real* instructor. lol I think I’ll have a glass of Jay’s homemade wine to celebrate.
More information will be forthcoming. Classes will not start until May. Stay tuned for more information.
IMPORTANT UPDATE 4/4/2011
I recently discovered that I have had a misunderstanding with the Universitys Continuing Education Department. They accepted a single presentation workshop that I will be doing for the Leisure Learning Society in the Continuing Education Department, not the Intro to Wire Wrapped Jewelry – at least not yet! I am still trying to negotiate that course proposal. I will let you know how that pans out.
Border Wrap Pendant Workshop
Date: Tuesday, March 29th
Location: A Bead and Crystal House 711 W. Garden St, Pensacola, FL 32526
Cost: $35 plus materials (available for purchase on location)
Learn the basics of setting a cabachon in a wire frame using tension mount techniques with simple hand tools. No prior experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome. To reserve your seat please R.S.V.P. with your name and phone number here: Workshops@DeliaStone.com or by calling the Bead and Crystal House at 850-432-3400.
Because of the nature of this workshop, many supplies will be included in the cost of the workshop. All you will need to bring with you is your imagination and basic wire wrap tools (round nose, flush cutters, needle nose) if you have them. Tools will be available on loan if you do not have them. If you wish to add beads to your project you are responsible for providing them.
Because materials must be ordered in advance for this project preregistration is required and seats will be limited. Please R.S.V.P. with your name and contact phone number to Workshops@DeliaStone.com or The Bead and Crystal House at 850-432-3400.
Please note that it is recommended that you wear clothes that you wouldn’t mind if they were soiled beyond repair. This etchant can cause rust like stains on matieral that will not come out. While this is not likely to happen if participants are careful, it is possible that accidents might happen and by participating in this workshop you assume all responsibility for any accidents. Delia Stone and the Bead and Crystal House are not liable for any personal injury or ruin of material items.
Tools required: Round nose pliers, needle nose pliers and clippers. All materials provided for etching process. If you choose to use beads in the process of converting your etchings to jewlery you will need to provide them yourself. A variety of beads are available for purchase on location.
Student Requirements: This project is suitable for beginners. No experience necessary.
Learn to etch copper sheet metal to create your own unique designs. In this workshop you will create a pendant and matching earring set or your own half cuff bracelet as shown. The design is up to you! Delia will teach you how to add your design using a resist, etch and then finish a completed piece of jewelry using this fun and easy technique. This technique is suited to a beginner!
As some of you may recall I blogged in January about entering the Fire Mountain Gems Jewelry Making Contest. I entered two pieces from my Winged Things series, Marthra and Madame Flutterbye. Today I received notification in the mail that one of my pieces made it to the finals for round two of judging! I’m very excited. I was sure that it would be Marthra that drew the most attention out of my two entries but I was wrong. She was not selected for the finals. Madame Flutterbye, however, made it to round two!
So what’s next? I will send it in to Fire Mountain using the address label provided so that they can examine it in hand and have professional photographs taken. This means, if I understand correctly, that my beautiful butterfly may appear in full page full color ads inside and on the back cover of jewelry magazines and the Fire Mountain gems catalog. The national exposure certainly can’t hurt. 🙂 Now I am off to set up at the Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts festival in preparation for this weekend. I just had to pop in to post a brag before heading out the door!
Join us for Gallery Night in historic downtown Pensacola, FL on Friday March 11th. You can find me at Blue Morning Gallery next door to the Seangar Theater. Blue Morning Gallery is fortunate to have Sweet Prospect, the best Irish/Celtic band in the Southeast, entertianing our guest so be sure to stop in to visit and enjoy the alluring tunes of Melissa, Gary and Sheryl. You can also find my jewelry and a variety of art in various mediums from over 40 other Emerald Coast artists.
The weekend ahead promises glorious weather along the beautiful Emerald Coast which is perfect for the artists participating in the Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts show. I will be one of the lucky artist out enjoying this lovely weather. I hope you will come out to join me. I will be located in booth number 123.
The Festival will be held on the the ground of Gulf Breeze High School on highway 98. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.