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Spring & Summer Show Schedule

Saturday, May 6 10-4

735 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale

Saturday & Sunday June 24 & 25 (10-4 Saturday 10-3 Sunday)

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo

http://gardensbuffaloniagara.com

Reinstein Woods Artisan Market

Saturday July 15 11-4 93 Honorine Drive, Depew

http://reinsteinwoods.org

Waiting for confirmation for the Glen Park Art Festival in Williamsville held during the last week of July.

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Restoration & Re-purposing…

Sometimes I am fortunate to stumble on an old piece of Sterling silver that has seen brighter days.

Antique and vintage Sterling possess their own unique and beautiful characteristics. Years of dirt, grime, and tarnish (well-earned patina!) may be hiding a sweet treasure.

My restoration process begins with bathing the piece for a few minutes in my rock tumbler. Stainless steel shot and Dawn dish detergent work their magic on the dark surfaces.

Re-purposing is the term I use loosely to describe any item that was intended for one purpose transformed into something else. My antique floral Sterling spoon rings are an example.

I just finished r&r-ing a dainty vintage Coro Sterling pin. The pin was a bit bent and posed a potential danger. So I filed it off, along with taking off the bottom 2 loops. All that was needed were the 2 chains & lobster clasp to transform it to a one-of-a-kind wearable pendant!

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Waste not…

Over the years I have found a variety of beautiful antique and vintage Sterling spoons and forks. My favorite are the highly detailed floral designs from the Art Nouveau era. I enjoy repurposing them into jewelry pieces, creating several keepsake pieces from loved one’s silverware.

Because I often only use the handle, I am left with the bowl of the spoon or the tines of the fork. Many these are just as ornate as their handles. It would be a shame to let them go to waste…

Left: antique gold washed Sterling spoon with Sterling rose Right: antique Sterling spoon with amethyst

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September Saturdays at Lockwood’s

Each Saturday in September there will be special plant sales, local artisans, vendors, & not-for-profit organizations as well as a food truck!

I will be one of the local artists on September 10 at Lockwood’s Garden Center in Hamburg from 9 to 4.

https://weknowplants.com/events/event:september-saturdays-2022-08-12-2022/

Fire-kissed Handmade Recycled Copper Bracelets
Kiln-fired Handmade Sterling Clay Leaves
Raku-fired Garden & Cottage Leaves
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Summer Show Schedule

BUFFALO STYLE GARDEN ART SALE

June 25 & 26 Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

https://www.gardensbuffaloniagara.com/buffalo-style-garden-art-sale

HAMBURG GARDEN WALK

July 9 & 10 Memorial Park

http://hamburggardenwalk.com/index.html

ARTISAN MARKET

July 16 Reinstein Woods

https://reinsteinwoods.org/events/artisan-market/

GLEN PARK ART FESTIVAL

July 30 & 31 Glen Park

https://www.glenparkartfest.com/

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Two Fundraisers on the Same Day (and only one of me!)

I have never in my years as an artist double-booked myself at shows.

Saturday, April 2, presented me with 2 opportunities to sell my work. Since both are fundraisers, I wanted to support both schools.

My wonderful daughter & her daughter stepped in to lend a hand! They will be “woman-ing” my table at one show while I work the other!

Cleveland Hill High School, 105 Maple Road, Cheektowaga, NY 9-1

Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY 9-3

The weather prediction is sunny and mid 40’s- a good day to support local high school fundraisers! Thank You!

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Fall inspiration…

Although I have no shows scheduled for the foreseeable future, I feel inspired each day to continue creating.

One of my favorite new discoveries is called MetalMagic- a truly fun way to transform garden leaves into wearable Sterling silver pendants.

Small leaves pressed onto the thinly rolled clay are kiln-fired to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit for 60-90 minutes. This allows the binder to burn away, leaving the silver, which is .960 pure -slightly higher than Sterling. Upon removal from the cooled kiln, I clean, oxidize, and polish the silver leaves.

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Pets Alive WNY Fundraiser

I will be among the many local artists and vendors helping Pets Alive WNY (7007 Campbell Blvd. in Pendleton) celebrate their anniversary on Sunday, July 26 11-3!

https://facebook.com/events/s/anniversary-lawn-fete/554413892177243/?ti=icl

These are some of my pet-themed items- free gift with each purchase!
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Garden Inspired…

Under normal circumstances I would be preparing for The Buffalo-Style Garden Art Show held at the Buffalo & Erie county Botanical Gardens.

Here are a few items I created with them in mind…

Although this and many other wonderful summer shows are cancelled this year, I hope to be exhibiting my work later this year. In the meantime, be well and enjoy the summer!

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You’ve Gotta Have Art

My first art show of 2020 is almost here!

You’ve Gotta Have Art 

Saturday March 7 (10-4) & Sunday March 8 (12-4)  Clarence Presbyterian Church, Clarence, NY

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