Monday, April 30, 2012

Embracing my new Swedish Family

Happy Monday friends! I've been enjoying a quiet day in the studio. They've been few and far between lately, so I'm really trying to make the most of it.

If you hadn't already guessed it when I took my husband's name (Johansson), I married a Swede. For our wedding, we received a small wooden Dala horse, an icon of Swedish folk art. Matt has been asking me for some time now to make something  Dala, so here it is!

I made "Dala" here as a baby gift for some Swedish friends of ours and I made a duplicate to bring with me to the Lower Town Arts and Music Fest in Paducah in a few weeks. I don't know how many Swedes live in these parts, but know this piece would go over big in Rockford, where at least half the population is of Swedish descent.

I'd love to make similar "folk art" pieces that reflect my Irish and Italian heritage. I'm thinking a 4-leaf clover or claddagh for the Irish, but I have no ideas for the Italian side Any suggestions out there? I'd love to hear them.

Have a great week. Ta-Ta for now.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Next Up: Paducah

Ciao, Ciao Friends! How are you?

We were able to enjoy 2 straight weekends at home, so I am in heaven! (We usually drive up to Rockford about every other weekend to see Matt's son Jack. That 6 hour drive really wears on this homebody.)

After making nothing but chairs for the last few months, I've switched gears and have been making some abstracts.

So, as you can see I was able to figure out the chevron thing. Yes, it's trendy, but they're cute aren't they?

The first two pieces shown here are available for sale as prints in my Etsy shoppe. I'm keeping the originals for the Lower Town Arts & Music Festival, which happens May 18-20 in Paducah, KY.

Hope you're having a fabulous weekend. Ta-Ta for now. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tinker Exhibition Success!

Greetings friends.

I wanted to share a few pics that I snapped at the Tinker Exhibition last weekend. It was really cool to see my work in the house, on the chairs that inspired it!

Thanks to all who came out to support me. It was a fun night!

I also have to thank my pal Cindy Karnitz, Tinker's Executive Director of Administration for offering me this commission. It was awesome to have a patron sponsor a body of work! I'm really proud of the work I did and feel like I've grown artistically in the process.

I'm now working feverishly to prepare for my first outdoor show of the season. I'll be at the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky, May 18, 19, and 20th. Kentucky you say? Paducah has a thriving art community and is less than an hour away away from home. Very excited!

I'll be sharing some of the new work I'm creating for this show shortly. Wanna sneak peek? Check out my Facebook Fan page.

Happy Sunday. Ta-Ta for now!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Commission is done. Now it's time to party!

Hi! It's been a while. Sorry about that...I have been trying to put all of my effort into finishing up my Tinker commission....And now......It's complete!  What a relief!

Piece #9 features furniture that the home owner, Robert Tinker made himself.  This beautiful table and chair set is all made of root-wood, that was masterfully jigsawed together. This was a tough one to do....Lots of little nooks and crannies to render.

The last piece features a chair I found in the upstairs hallway, that overlooks the study.  The amount of care and craftsmanship put into this house is amazing to me....I mean, even this seldom seen hallway has a beautifully carved fireplace!

I will be delivering the works up to Tinker this weekend so that they can be installed for the opening on April 13th. I'll be there with bells on! Hope to see you there too.

Here are the details:

Opening Reception
Friday, April 13, 2012, from 5-9pm
411 Kent Street, Rockford IL 61102

All 10 pieces will be on display inside the Tinker house.
Prints and greeting cards featuring my new Tinker works will be available for sale.
The works will also be on display on Saturday, from 3-9 pm in the Tinker Visitor Center.

The opening is in conjunction with Rockford's Spring Artscene, so make a night of it and see art all over town.

To get a sneak peek of all 10 of my new works, visit my new website:

Ta-Ta for now!