Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Jan Dunn "Redbud Basket" at the Joyful Jewel 4-30-14

"Redwood Basket"
Jan Dunn
~ 12" x 9", Redbud base, dyed & smoked reed

Who would have known that the prolific native redwood tree would make such a beautiful base for a basket!  Jan Dunn chose it because she lives surrounded by redwood trees and she dyed and wove the rest of the basket into a creative curvy shape, and tapered it just to fit the base.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rosanna Johnson "Green Beta" at the Joyful Jewel 4-29-14

"Green Beta"
Rosanna Johnson
Original 9 1/2" x 6 1/2", with frame "9" x 12"

Still swimming around in the water left from yesterday's rain, Rosanna Johnson's "Green Beta" flounces and flourishes, swishing this way and that.  Shake your tail feathers sistah!

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Monday, April 28, 2014

On a Monday

Lila Berry, Poet
inspired by Vangi Cathcart “Pansies”

I look a trip to Florida to visit a long time friend,
We had a delightful time from the beginning to the end.
On the drive home memories fill my thoughts of the laughter and tears we have shared,
Experienced when you’ve had a friend of whom you have deeply cared.
I stopped into the Joyful Jewel to find a gift she may treasure, to lift up her spirits, put
A smile on her face and hopefully give her some pleasure.
You see her days are numbered now, tis month turning ninety-three, and I want her to
Know how much her friendship has meant to me.
As I browse through the shop my eyes fall on this lovely painting of flowers. Orange, yellow
And purple pansies, like t hose in her garden where she labored for hours.
Looking further I spot a card, a replica of the painting of pansies, and to my delight it dawns
on me the Artist is my very own sister Vangi.
I’ve found the gift to send to my friend, a card with her favorite flowers,
and a message inside of the gratitude I feel and the special bond that will always be ours.
She called and told me how touched she was by the loving message she read.
She said she had framed the pansy card and placed it on the nightstand next to her bed.
Paintings do inspire us to search our inner soul, and find the hidden stories that may
Never be told.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Jerry Fowler "African Violet Pot" at the Joyful Jewel 4-26-14

"African Violet Pot"
Jerry Fowler
Ceramic, ~ 8" dia. x 4" tall

Jerry Fowler calls this "African Violet Pot" but don't you think it could just as easily hold chives and thyme in your kitchen window.  Their shades of green and variety shape would contrast beautifully with the blue shades in the pottery.  You could have the sun shining directly glistening the blue and highlighting each subtle change in shade.  I say it's better than an African Violet where the pot would be in the shade.  And . . . your favorite recipes will love the fresh spices!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Rita Baldwin "Red Cattleya" at the Joyful Jewel 4-25-14

"Red Cattleya"
Rita Baldwin
Oil on Canvas, Original 8" x 8", framed "12" x 12"

This stunning oil painting by Rita Baldwin virtually bursts into the room!  Surely these Cattleyas are passionate in their reaction and reflection of the world.  Let us take inspiration from them and let us all be this way today!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Erin Dail "Red White & Blue" necklace at the Joyful Jewel 4-14-14

"Red White & Blue" Necklace
Erin Dail
Lampworked Glass Beads, Coral and Finely Crocheted Sterling Silver Wire
$69 ~ 19"

Erin Dail has found the most beautiful lampwork beads to include with her sterling silver wire crochet work. This necklace has a playful feel with a lot of action, yet it doesn't bounce.  With all of it's dimensions, it still knows how to hug against skin and make a stunning bejeweled frame for a smiling face.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jennifer Strickland "Fused Glass & Copper Plate" at the Joyful Jewel 4-23-14

"Glass and Copper Plate"
Jennifer Strickland
~ 9 3/" diameter, + steel stand

I work in glass and copper myself, yet I have never seen such a stunning combination as Jennifer Strickland made in this fused glass plate which is even more sparkling in person.  There is an alchemical magic to this combination that leaves me starry eyed and dazed!  This masterpiece comes with it's own steel display stand.  Surely it would entice one to change the colors in any room that dares to display it!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jacquelyn Lowry "From the Vineyard" at the Joyful Jewel 4-22-14

"From the Vineyard"
Jacquelyn Lowry
Ceramic, with Underglazes & Oil, ~ 8" x 20"

For Earth Day instead of featuring a succulent plant or a well-aging tree, I decided to show you this human being, a goddess intimately sculpted by Jacquelyn Lowry to celebrate the vineyards of life.  In her delicate condition, she connects us to nature and spirit through the growing life within and without.  "From the Vineyard" illustrates the best of what humans are capable of -- blessing with a loving eye and responding in a kind and respectful way to the concerns of nature.  Earth cares for us as we care for her.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

On a Monday

           BEYOND THE MOON
Sharon Blessum, Poet
inspired by Mariah Wheeler’s Triple Goddess

 If she could travel out to the moon
with an over-the-shoulder glimpse
of our watery pearl of a  planet,
then journey on past all lunar bodies
to the moon beyond all moons,
her gaze might behold miniscule galaxies
each held together by strings of light
in an infinite night.

She would see how currents flow into form
witness the animation of an unbounded  constellation
call It God and know  herself to be
She Who Floats in Blue-Green Mystery,

Then with google-earth vision,
she might zoom on down
through ethers and veils
to earth, a continent,  a state, a town, a store
and more
a precise place
where she rests in a case of jewels
near a Baldwin bluebird 
by a clucking Fowler chicken
both wearing Chandler gemstones
in a field of Ladd sunflowers
darting about making merry
in their little incarnation.

She sees the cord of Energy
stringing together all that is
has also sewn her into being,
like beads on a thread.

A flame- shaped crystal vibrates
where her inner eye might be.
An embedded quartz
rests in her heart center.
Ice-like pendants flare in all directions
from a core of radiance.
Spinning chakras bring her
from the Whole to the Particular.
reveal She Who Floats in Blue-Green Mystery
to be a planet
unto herself.                        

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Shannon Bueker "Rabbit" at the Joyful Jewel 4-19-14

Shannon Bueker
Acrylic on Board, 12" x 12", Original

Much cuter than Bugs Bunny, but perhaps also saying, "What's Up Doc?"  Shannon Bueker's colorful rabbit is ready for conversation.  I think she is taking a break after hiding the Easter eggs, stopping to challenge you to begin your hunt for them.  How many will you have in your basket?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Pam Epperson "Rabbit Mug" at the Joyful Jewel

Rabbit Mug
Pam Epperson
Ceramic, 3 1/2" diameter + handle, 4 1/2" tall

I'll bet she didn't even know she would be helping us diet!  Sipping coffee or tea in a mug as lively as this one by Pam Epperson, starts the day off so sweetly that you won't even have to put sugar in your beverage!  Pam's mugs are so expertly centered and the handles are perfectly curved to either cradle your hand on the underside like I do on a cold morning, or to daintily/sturdily allow the elixir to reach your lips using the handle the way it was meant to be used.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Vangi Cathcart "The Lover" Sumi-e Rabbit at the Joyful Jewel 4-17-14

"The Lover"
Vangi Cathcart
Framed to 9" x 11", Watercolor and Ink, Original
I believe that Vangi Cathcart painted this very alert and charming bunny for a Chinese Year of the Rabbit.  He is painted in traditional Sumi-e technique with hand ground inks and watercolor.  Vangi's choice of "The Lover" is interesting.  I see him coming courting at your door in his best tuxedo colors with a bouquet of fresh flowers behind his back.  Surely this will entice you out to play.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Emma Skurnick "Rabbits" at the Joyful Jewel 4-16-14

Emma Skurnick
11 x 14" Print, Mixed Media Painting

Not having reached my cute quota for the day, I am sharing another rabbit painting by Emma Skurnick.  How can one keep from soft eyed smiles and playful grin when experiencing this purely delightful painting!  What do you think, are they bringing branches for their nest or is this a prelude, a courtship overture?

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Terry Perkinson "Sleepy Bunny" at the Joyful Jewel 4-15-14

"Sleepy Bunny"
Terry Perkinson
~ 7" x 14", Cashmere, Batik Cotton, Wool Scraps and Misc. fibers
Cashmere soft and ever-so cudly this bunny by Terry Perkinson could be named "Sweet Bunny" -- or the name she gave it "Sleepy Bunny" so he could help you get quickly to cottony dreamland.  Sleepy gives you his heart, as do all of Terry's animals.  He is easy to hold on to for very small hands and safe for them as well since everything is very securely sewn.  Happy Easter.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

On a Monday

Granny’s Pink Rose Chair     
Al Capehart , Poet
inspired by Terry Lange’s Pull Up a Chair

Plush crushed velvet pink rose ply,
Sea Shell flared deep soft back,
Rich plied velvet on framed wired foam cushion
Seat floating on 12 graduated springs.
Left rear spring has gone slack.

Sitting in the yard behind an almost white washed fence
Drying the left rear corner in the sun after
The brushing, scrubbing, vacuuming of cat hair
Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Febreze treatment.
No more cat, no more cat fur.

Little brother and I could sit one on each side,
Granny would read the Wind in the Willows.
Granny was small, her personality gigantic
Inviting us to sit together in her pink rose chair.

Sometimes in the front room, in her day room
Near the tall reading lamp and stand,
Occasionally, on the screened in porch.
Easy to lean back into with a feeling of being embraced
Comfortable surrounding and pleasant sitting.

In the chair looking over the little grassy knoll
I see the Atlantic Ocean, one of Granny’s favorite views.
Watching the clouds, birds, boats, people, rolling foaming
Waves bring their energy to the pristine sands of Emerald Isle,
Where Granny photographed magnificent over sea sunsets

Standing is the challenge, getting out of the chair,
First feet to the floor, leaning way forward to find balance,
Using the front edges of the seat to guide standing,
The chair has no arms. Once balanced, give a little bounce and
Up to upright. It really takes two to move it.

Granny’s chair is leaving for the Habitat Store,
A new chair will go into Granny’s chair space,
Granny got a custom black deer skin leather
Dream Wave Massage

Lazy Boy.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Emma Skurnick "The Prey Make a Home for the Predator" at the Joyful Jewel 4-13-14

"The Prey Make a Home for the Predator"
Emma Skurnick
Framed Original

I think only Emma Skurnick would think to paint "The Prey Make a Home for the Predator" which surely says something about her own guiding life principles.  I wonder what specifically was on her mind, but for me it is a perfect post for Easter week.  Of course the rabbits are cute, also powerful, and the fox looks a bit perplexed. There is a lesson just in these images and much to ponder.  I say the bigger message though is, "Let us all embody peace and forgiveness."  Miracles are sure to follow!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vangi Cathcart "Eostra's Rabbit" at the Joyful Jewel

"Eostra's Rabbit"
Vangi Cathcart
Watercolor, Sumi-e Style, 13" x 13" Original, with frame 19 1/2" x 19 1/2"
$100, Original

In tribute to an earlier in time Easter, Vangi Cathcart painted this alert and alluring companion hare.  She is a wild hare influenced by the brilliant light of a full moon night.  Dance Sister dance!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

John Makowski "Woodalia" Sculpture at the Joyful Jewel 4-11-14

John Makowski
Life Size, Multi Media Sculpture

Meet Woodalia, a lifesize sculpture that John Makowski made of many too-many to count recycled materials.  She greets you with glass door knob eyes and a harmonica mouth (you can play if you wish), has moveable legs and arms with flexible button fingers.  She is anatomically correct (at least attempts to be) and comes with her own chair.  Hours can be spent analyzing all of her parts and she promises to make you smile every day!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Shannon Bueker "Elephant Folds" at the Joyful Jewel 4-10-14

"Elephant Folds"
Shannon Bueker
Ceramic Sculpture, ~ 7 1/2" x 11", with hanger on the back

Shannon Bueker came in yesterday with new pieces and I thought I had taken a look, yet this morning I was totally awestruck by this powerfully humble elephant sculpture.  Shannon is widely known for her watercolor and acrylic painting, yet she has always done some pottery as well.  I just had to show you this one right away.  Elephant looks like she is entering the room right through the wall where her portrait hangs.  Perhaps aware of her large and intimidating form, she is approaching quietly and with care so that you will see she wants to tell you something.  She asks you for the same consideration as you come for guidance.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sharon Blessum "Coming & Going" Photography at the Joyful Jewel

"Coming and Going"
Sharon Blessum
Photography Triptik Collage, Framed 12" x 4"

I love the name Sharon Blessum gave this clever photographical triptik.  It is "Coming and Going", giving a view of just where you are at this minute -- as well as where you are going and where you have been.  Wide open space, clear views and a forever landscape -- is a longed for spiritual place, physical, mental and metaphysical.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kim Hawks "Echinacea" Photograph at the Joyful Jewel 4-8-14

"Echinacea - Cone Flower"
Kim Hawks
Photograph on Wrapped Canvas, 20" x 24"

Kim Hawks has captured the exceptional beauty of this native flower, "Echinacea - Cone Flower."  While your are planting this week, be sure to include these.  Of course, being native, they are especially likely to grow well, and the butterflies like them!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

On a Monday

Sheridan Bushnell, Poet
Kate Ladd, Painter
Voices and Vision
The moon goddess is full,
Opening our hearts
To play, celebration, love.

She tenderly invites star secrets
To filter down to our pillows,
Enter our dreams,
Erase our nightmares.

Welcomes the vagaries of pure delight,
Issues a  passionate invitation
To dance in the streets
Of our most fervent desires,

That we might pay homage to our Self,

Soul Elevated Life Form!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Terry Perkinson "Steve Stingray" at the Joyful Jewel 4-6-14

"Steve Stingray" and Friends
Terry Perkinson
Merino Wool Sweater with Felt Scraps
~ 11" x 9"

Meet "Steve Stingray", one of the animals made by Terry Perkinson.  He isn't really very scary with a big smile and merry blue eyes.  Terry makes her animals out of recycled sweaters, not just any, but sweaters of extra softness and pile, and other recycled materials and quilting pieces.  Eyes and other adornments are very securely sewn on so they can't be chewed or "worried" off, and the stuffing is just as soft as the sweater material inviting deep hugs.  Steve has long "wings" and "tail" making him easy for the tiniest of hands to hold and giggle with.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Shannon Bueker "Gardening With Animals" at the Joyful Jewel 4-5-14

"Gardening With Animals"
Shannon Bueker
Acrylic on Board, 12" x 12"
$160, Original

Posting this today for all you gardeners out there trying to plant today.  I say, "trying to plant" because -- well you probably know why.  At every planting hole, the cat wants to be petted, and after the radish seeds are covered, the blue jay who has been watching and waiting for you to go inside, has a feast.  I'm not sure what the duck would eat, maybe in this case it's beneficial as he is waiting for the weeds to eat. Perhaps you'll fine other animals in this painting.  Best of luck all :)

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Beth Shaffer "Teapot Bird House" at the Joyful Jewel

"Teapot Bird House"
Beth Shaffer
Utensils including Teapot, Dessert Molds, Strainer, Spoon with Bird
~ 6" x 6", $45

Two writers were inspired by Beth Shaffer's teapot windchime, and they wrote funny heart-warming poems for Vision & Voice.  No one picked this teapot bird house and she is sticking her tongue out in protest!  Actually the spoon tongue is a perch inviting certain types of birds to enter and build their house inside.  This type of entrance works for most songbirds but not for a woodpecker or nuthatch.  The dessert molds on top can catch a bit of water for the bird parents, and the straining roof allows for aeration inside the nest.  Beth has added a feathered beauty so there is absolutely no doubt who is invited inside!  This is the height of bird nesting season, so time to get this house outside.

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