Monday, March 31, 2008

Early March 2008

I had a fantastic time in Sioux Falls! Laurel Lather, owner of Food and Fermentations hosted a private jewelry trunk show for me....complete with a car trunk for the jewelry!

I made the 9 hour drive from Illinois on Friday March 14 and arrived with temps in the 40's and SUNSHINE!!!

Son Jordan is attending Augustana College and he was working at Laurel's that evening! I was pleased to meet his great friend Izzy...who is gorgeous, funny and SMART!

Izzy made me her famous Godiva Fondue with raspberries...this after a sumptous meal of a gorgeous AHI TUNA cake with a creme fraiche wasabi topping courtesy of Laurel! Heaven!!!

Saturday I set up for the Jewelry Trunk Show (notice the pic above with the car TRUNK!)
I met Tom Bennett's (South Dakota Symphony) wife Julia for the first time. When I lived in Sioux Falls 3 years ago I was on the South Dakota Symphony League Board! Some of Laurel's great friends/customers stopped by too! What Fun! It was delightful meeting Lynette Kelley and her husband.... who not only bought the "Buttercream Pearls" she is wearing...but also brought in pearls from her recent trip to Las Vegas. I am going to incorporate them into a custom creation!

MMMM this was for dinner Saturday Night....Chicken Mole.... have presentation down to an art form!...and of course the flavor was outstanding!
Laurel and I got to have our Girlie in the hot at 8th & Railroad
...and lunch at Sanaa's!

On the way home I stopped in Minnesota and had an early Easter Dinner with Mom at Torey's, shopping, lunch at Costa's and a meeting with one of my artist friends, Russ Docken...check out his incredible artwork!

End of February 2008

Wow...this has been a super busy month. I ended the month of February by participating in Art for Art's Sake. This event was held in Dixon IL at the Hospital's Commerce Towers to benefit the Next Picture Show...a gorgeous non-profit gallery. 40 artists set up at noon, creating one of a kind works of art. I brought my kiln, silver and tools. It is NOT EASY working under such pressure, but by 6pm when the doors opened to the pubic, I had finished a beautiful .999 fine silver pendant and inscribed the back with the name of the event and date. A silent auction started at 6 pm until 8 pm...the guests filed through listening to the live music, sipping wine, munching on tray passed gourmet hor d'oeurves and flowering us with many questions about our work! At 8 pm the bids were collected...however those were NOT the winning bids...the highest bid on each item was then given to an auctioneer, who took the place of the band on the stage and then the excitement built! NOW the bids went higher and higher and oh what fun we had.....I had the opportunity to have the winning bid on a gorgeous jewelry box created by Rosalie Koldan who was there with partner/artist Shirley Guay!

Kim & Jane Cress Edgar......................
Her painting went for $1200

Jayne Rose and I each had the second highest bids of the evening for our creations.
$650 for Jayne's Pink Barns painting
and $650 for my pendant!
This is at the finishing stage...fresh from a 1650 degree kiln.
It was named FEMALE GARDEN...notice the slender femail silhouette...the floral background on the silver and the dimensional fines woven on top the the pendant!