Second Annual Viera Art Festival Coming January

We were in their inaugural event last yearblog.  It will again be at The Avenue Viera in Melbourne.  

On both Saturday, January 19, 2019 and Sunday it should be open from 9 am to 5 pm.  For more information as it becomes available, go to www.VieraArts.com

Plans For Our Display Panels Are Now Available

After sending a few people (upon request) the original drawings and notes I made to build the panels we hang our pictures on at art festivals, it occurred to me (after closer inspection) that to the unaided eye, they were probably meaningless (and my friends are way too polite). I’ve been promising to organize the plans ever since.  I’m not going to tell you how long that’s been.

Well, I just finished.  The article is on our website (www.beehappygraphics.com/panels.html). You can even download a printable version (.pdf file) of the plans.  Enjoy!  If you try to use them and have any trouble, or have any suggestions for making them clearer, please let me know.  Thank you.

Nancy Gets Second Place In Photography

At the Lutz Arts & Crafts Festivalannounced last weekend, Nancy received second place in photography. This was our first time in this festival. It was a small festival with more crafts than fine art (I believe Nancy was one of only four photographers, but the others were very good). We are thankful for the award and look forward to next year’s show.

We Will Be In Cape Coral In Mid-January

This will be our third time participating in this festival (our first time was 2014). We were supposed to participate last winter but Nancy herniated a discblog. The Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival will be on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 & Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. Put on by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral since 1985, it will again be along Cape Coral Parkway. Admission is free. They are expecting over 100,000 visitors to 300 artists. For more information about this 34th annual festival, go to www.capecoralfestival.com.

We Have Been Accepted Into Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival In December

Although this will be our first appearance, it is actually the second time we have been accepted into this festivalannounced (we missed out last year because of van problemsblog). Put on by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’Lakes Woman’s Club, this 39th annual event will be held at Keystone Preparatory High School (18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa) on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 10 am to 5 pm and from 10 to 4 on Sunday.  They are expecting about 25 thousand visitors to 275 artists.  Admission is free but there is a five dollar parking fee.  For more information, see gfwclutzlandolakeswomansclub.org/annual-lutz-arts-crafts-festival/.

Working With Weird Wood: Preface

A few years ago, Nancy took a photograph of her junior-high-school best friend JoAnne’s father on a tractor at his northern-Florida homestead and gave it to JoAnne. After he died, JoAnne brought the picture back, along with some of the old fence pickets from the property, and asked if we could use them to frame the picture. After a lot of research, planning, and experimentation, this is what we came up with:

From Fence To Frame

The pickets were thin, dilapidated, warped, and dirty. The few articles I did find were about “barn wood” which, although it had a slightly distressed surface, was still thick and sound with straight, flat, parallel and perpendicular sides – none of which applied here. The articles were not all that helpful and not all that well written. I thought this project could be an opportunity to learn something new, and to share it with you. I hope I took enough notes and pictures to show you exactly how this frame was made. At least that’s the plan.

But First . . .

From math class, you may remember that one problem-solving strategy is to solve a simpler problem first and then use that answer to help solve the harder problem.  With that in mind, I have an idea to write a series of short articles on working with weird wood to make frames, so that I can draw on that information in the final article about this project.  The first article will be about working with pieces of moulding of different widths in the same frame.  Then I see a discussion of moulding where the inside and outside edges are not parallel.  Maybe then we’ll work with wood with a wavy inside edge.  Following that may be a discussion about what to do when your moulding is curved (but with uniform width).  But even before the first article, I may have to give a short post about matting techniques.  My hope is that by doing all of this it will expand your view of what’s possible and it will stimulate those creative juices of yours.  These articles will probably not be consecutive blog posts; another art festival season has just begun and other things will invariably come up as I am writing these pieces.  So please be patient and stay tuned.  Thank you!

Our Newest Teacher’s Poster, Pupating Monarch, Is Ready

Less than four months after creating our “Pupating Monarch” imageblog, the new posters are ready. We first mentioned these four years ago in Teacher’s Special – Laminated Poster Of “Emerging Monarch” Is Ready!. They are the same size, specifications, and price as our original poster ($15 for 17″ by 28″ signed poster, laminated on both sides).  Like the “Emerging Monarch” poster, they can’t be displayed in our booth during art festivals so you may have to ask for them (or you can contact us directly anytime and we will mail them).