The flowers are blooming at Wabi Brook Studio! This is the latest blossom in my Flower Series.
Yes, it is officially spring here at the Brook. The hens have moved out of their winter quarters, the starlings have returned to nest in the attic of my studio ( I really must remember to fix that after the last nestlings leave), and the asparagus is up. Nothing signals spring like eating organic asparagus right out of the garden!
Spring is always a busy time at Wabi Brook, both in and out of the studio. This year it seems even more so. But perhaps it's me that is slowing down just a little? Let me catch you up on all that has been happening while you take a break out of your busy day.
This and That
▪ My first introductory jewellery-making course, hosted by Northern College, finished earlier this month. What fun we had! Seven enthusiastic and creative women got a little bent, twisted and loopy as they dove into the lessons. They created some lovely pieces, including rings, earrings and bracelets. We all worked hard, shared tips, and had fun. This class will be repeated this fall if there is enough interest. Contact Kellie at Northern College: email@example.com
I am also working with Kellie to develop an introductory metal smithing course. Let either one of us know if you might be interested in taking it.
▪ The Harder 4 Carter rain barrel fundraising project I worked on in collaboration with Spirits of the Heart was a big success. Our barrel sold for $1500 at the auction! We were thrilled to be able to raise that much money for the Carter Antilla Memorial Skate Park.
▪ I was thrilled to be one of a handful of artists selected to be featured at the Art Gallery of Sudbury's Annual Fundraising Dinner. The event was a huge success with much interest generated for the Gallery Boutique, and even a few sales for the artists and artisans involved. This lovely gallery and shop is well worth a visit the next time you are in Sudbury.
▪ The Riverside Farmers' Market opens for its 25th season on June 2. There always a lot going on at the market! I will have my work on display, check my blog for my schedule. If you live in the area and haven't yet been to the market, drop in one Saturday morning and check it out. You won't be disappointed.
▪ My website is undergoing a much needed face lift. It's not quite ready for its unveiling, but I do have the new shopping cart up and running! Everything is in one place, which should make your browsing and shopping experience so much better. The rest of the site should be up and running soon. I can't wait to show it to you!
New Jewellery Outlets
I am excited to announce three new outlets for my jewellery work. They span two countries and three cities.
Bea's creative display of my jewellery at the Match Factory.
The Match Factory
is a quirky, eclectic shop located in New Liskeard, ON in the historic former Singer Sewing store on Armstrong Street. The original wood plank floors and vintage displays help to create a welcoming feel. Drop in and meet Bea, the vivacious and multi-talented owner. Tell her I sent you!
Away in the opposite corner of the continent in Sacramento, California you will find Bows and Arrows. Part coffee shop, part art gallery and part boutique, this all-embracing shop is owned and staffed by enthusiastic artists and artisans. Well worth a visit the next time you are in Sacramento. I think I will have to personally deliver an order. Next winter would be a good time, don't you think?
Anne-Denise in her lovely new shop, Art About You Temagami
And a bit closer to home, in the village of Temagami, ON is a brand new shop. Art About You Temagami is a lovely little gallery owned by fellow artist and Spirit of the Heart cohort, Anne-Denise Mejacki.
Showcasing Anne-Denise's spiritual and intuitive landscapes and figure work, the gallery also features my jewellery, gorgeous pieces by fused glass artist Iris Shields (another Spirit of the Heart cohort), as well as work by other local artisans.
Located right on Highway 11 between the Busy Bee Restaurant and The One Stop, the gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Check out my website for a list of all the wonderful shops and galleries stocking my work.
Heather and Daquiri, graphite and pastel on paper. Copyright 2012, Julie A. Brown
It's not been all bangles and baubles in the studio. The portrait commissions have been steady as well. This is the latest one, a memorial portrait commissioned by three friends for their flat mate Heather. She was devastated when she suddenly lost her special friend late this winter, and they wanted to give her a special memento.
I enjoy the challenge of capturing the spirit and personality of an animal. Working with a client to make that happen is very rewarding. I would love to chat with you about creating a portrait of your special animal. Please take a look at the portrait page on my website for more examples, tips and pricing.
As I finish writing this newsletter, sitting in my garden under the ash tree, I want to leave you with this:
"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." Khalil Gibran
Thank you for taking time to read about the goings on in my little corner of the world, and for believing in me and my work. I treasure each and every one of you.
Wabi Brook Studio
Sustainably Produced Art and Jewellery
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