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Congratulations to Handmade For Japan!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Incredible! Congratulations to Handmade for Japan raised a massive $75,757.55!!!!  Thank you to Ayumi, Kathryn and Ai for all their unbelievable efforts for the people of Japan.  I am so thankful for astounding human beings like them.  If we could live up to their standards of generosity and drive the world would be a better place. 

Thank you so much Ayumi, Kathryn and Ai, for including my artwork.   I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of something sooooo big. 

Handmade for Japan got some amazing press while they were gearing up for the auction here is the links to the articles; The New York Times, Huffington Post, American Craft, and The Japan Times.   All proceeds of the auction is going to Global Giving.

If you missed the auction or just want to donate to help Japan, go to Global Giving’s website and they are set up with a donation button. 

I am working very hard for my show at Plinth Gallery in May.  I’m very excited and nervous for it.  This is my first solo show in two years.  I took a break because of the adoption of our son.  But I want to announce that;  a portion of my Gallery sales made during  exhibition will be donated to The Mashiko Potter’s Fund, to assist ceramic artists in the Mashiko region of Japan who have been impacted by the recent earthquake. 

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The next show at Plinth Gallery is Yoko Sekino-Bove and she is also donating part of her Gallery Sales to The Mashiko Potter’s Fund.  She also had two very beautiful teapots in Handmade For Japan, that had many many bids. 

 

Handmade For Japan and Willie Nelson

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Things to do in Cheyenne today!

Option 1 -  Buy Willie Nelson tickets

Option 2 – Bid on artwork next Friday!  (Really the auction starts next Thursday, March 24.)

Thursday, March 24th, 8 pm EST- Sunday, March 27th, 8 pm EST on eBay.

I never thought my name would appear in the same headlines as Willie Nelson, but here you go, I have proof!  I don’t know how our local paper found out, about my participation in Handmade For Japan.  I hope it brings more people to the auction!

All kidding aside; Handmade For Japan’s mission is to raise money through an online auction on March 24-27 for relief efforts to assist the victims of Japan’s catastrophic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear emissions.
Handmade for Japan is an online auction of unique, handmade art donated by concerned, invited artists. One hundred percent of all net proceeds collected via the auction will be donated to Global Giving’s Earth and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Because of the urgency of the situation, the auction will begin on eBay on Thursday, March 24th and end on Sunday, March 27th. The auction items will be listed under the “Handmade for Japan” seller ID.

Previews of the auction items will be available in English and Japanese through Facebook pages and Twitter updates.

Handmade For Japan – an auction to help those affected by the tsunami and earthquake in Japan.

Monday, March 14th, 2011

 

Ayumi Horie and Ai Kanazawa Cheung, and Kathryn Pombriant Manzella, has started Handmade For Japan, in response to the devastation of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami causing 10,000 plus deaths and unspeakable destruction of homes and cities.  Handmade For Japan, will be an eBay auction of handmade ceramic pieces that will raise money for the relief efforts.  100% of the auction will be donated to Global Giving’s Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Relief Fund.

You can visit Handmade For Japan’s Facebook page, which is available in English and Japanese, to preview items for sale.  Ayumi stated, “The situation in Japan is still very unstable and we’re working as hard as we can to gather good work and reach our $25,000 goal.”

The sale occurs on eBay under the “Handmade For Japan” seller ID.

Handmade For Japan’s benefit auction will start on

Thursday, March 24th, 8pm EST and close on Sunday March 27th, 8pm EST.

Please “like” the FB page Handmade for Japan, pass it on to your friends and bid!

Until then here are a few of the pieces that are for auction.

Shoko Teruyama

Shoko Teruyama

Jana Evans

Jana Evans

Beth Lo

Beth Lo

Connie Norman

My Donation

Christa Assad

Christa Assad

Akio Takamori

Akio Takamori

Caroline Cheng

Caroline Cheng

Junji Miyazawa

Junji Miyazawa

 

My work is at Glen Garrett’s Architect Studio-Office & Hynds Building

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Glen does such a nice job with the window displays.  I know I’m really late with posting this since the reception is already over.  Last year, March, I had an Emergency Solo Show at Glen’s (read why here).  Glen has been collecting my work for years.  He can almost have an entire show of my ceramics that he personally owns.  The show is part of the Art, Design and Dine, Art walk, that my friend Georgia Roswell has started for Cheyenne.

So if you’re in the area and want to see my work during business hours…go to Glen’s!

1623 Capitol Ave.

Glen is almost single handedly bringing the arts to Cheyenne.  He is tirelessly spending all of his time raising money and restoring the Hynds Building, which has been empty for over 25 years.  He is trying to make the Hynds Building into an Artist-in-Residency program, offering programs to the University of Wyoming, Laramie County Community College and to high students in our area.  Anyhow, we are lucky that Cheyenne has such a huge art supporter.  And I am so lucky to have Glen as an art support also.  Thank You Glen, for everything you do!!!

The Hynds Building in it’s heyday.

The Hynds Building opened to acclaim in 1920 was Cheyenne’s premier office building for the next sixty years.

The Hynds building now.

Thank you!!!!

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The Among Friends Art Show and Sale is now over for the year!!  We are so grateful to everyone who came out and support us.  This was our most successful show, to date.  We had tons and tons visitors and lots of my pots have new homes.  We are thankful for the fans who come out every year and for all the new customers who found us this year.  Thank you for sponsoring creativity and community, and supporting local artists by buying and giving handmade.  cnorman-pic-009

Also a huge shout out to everyone who bought raffle tickets for my salt and pepper shakers, we raised close to $500 dollars.  That’s a lot of dough for six tickets for 5 bucks.  Thank you to everyone who contributed!    The winner of the raffle is Susan Moldenhauer.

One elderly gentleman came wondering and hovered over the refreshments and when I noticed he wasn’t eating anything I asked if I could help him.  He turned and grabbed my hand and said, “I’m here to help you,” and handed us $50 dollars for Heather.  Heather was really moved and humbled by everyone’s generosity.  We are hoping for her full recovery. 

We hope to see everyone again next year!!

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Among Friends Art Show and Sale

Monday, December 6th, 2010

We cordially invite you to our Among Friends Art Show and Sale.

Among Friends Art Show and Sale
December 9, 10, 11
Artful Hand Gallery
302 East 1st Ave.
Dec. 9 Thursday 5-8 PM
Dec. 10 Friday 5-8PM
Dec. 11 Saturday 10 AM-5PM 

Enjoy sweet and savory refreshments while you browse!

This is the last few days to buy a raffle ticket for my salt and pepper shakers.

CLAY FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

 

I am selling raffle tickets for a pair of my black and white salt and pepper shakers ($150) with the quote, “Add Spice to Your Conversation.”  Proceeds will go to my friend Heather Blakely Voyles who is battling breast cancer.  Heather is only 32 and just had a double mastectomy, hysterectomy, and her biopsy came back positive for malignant lymph nodes. Heather is a second grade teacher and will be missing the rest of the school year.

$1.33 for one ticket and $5.45 for six tickets.  

The weird prices for the raffle tickets are to offset the Paypal charges, so when I give Heather the proceeds of the raffle she will won’t have to share with Paypal. The drawing will Dec. 11 at the end of our Among Friend’s Art Show and Sale.  If you are buying a Paypal ticket I will fill out a raffle ticket for you for the physical drawing.  I will email the winner on December 12.

New work for Among Friends Art Show And Clay for the Fight Against Cancer

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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CLAY FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCERI am selling raffle tickets for a pair of my black and white salt and pepper shakers ($150) with the quote, “Add Spice to Your Conversation.”  Proceeds will go to my friend Heather Blakely Voyles who is battling breast cancer.  Heather is only 32 and just had a double mastectomy, hysterectomy, and her biopsy came back positive for malignant lymph nodes. Heather is a second grade teacher and will be missing the rest of the school year.

$1.33 for one ticket and $5.45 for six tickets.  

The weird prices for the raffle tickets are to offset the Paypal charges, so when I give Heather the proceeds of the raffle she will won’t have to share with Paypal. The drawing will Dec. 11 at the end of our Among Friend’s Art Show and Sale.  If you are buying a Paypal ticket I will fill out a raffle ticket for you for the physical drawing.  I will email the winner on December 12. 

Please pass this on to your friends.  

 

 Please excuse the horrible photos.  I’m still trying.  But any hoo, here some of the work that just came out of the kiln.

Small ice cream – cereal Bowls

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Large Serving Style Bowls

Shallow Serving Style Platters

Small Oval Bowls

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Small Vessels

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Salt and Pepper Shakers

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If by chance you see any work you interested in and do not live in the Cheyenne area, please feel free to email me at connie@connienorman.com.

Thanks Connie

If you live near me, please come to our show.

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Among Friends Art Show and Sale
December 9, 10, 11
Artful Hand Gallery
302 East 1st Ave.
Dec. 9 Thursday 5-8 PM
Dec. 10 Friday 5-8PM
Dec. 11 Saturday 10 AM-5PM

Among Friends Part 3 – Jennifer Rife

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Jennifer Rife Among Friends Guest Artist

Check out Jennifer’s Artist page on Facebook.

I grew up in rural southeastern Colorado in a family of do-it-yourselfers who fostered creativity and provided unlimited materials.   My favorite materials were scraps from mom’s sewing and leather projects and the dirt in the backyard.  These materials are now the basis of my work in the forms of hand-dyed silk noil, leather sides and clay.

 As a result of renovation projects on my 86-year-old home in Cheyenne, leftover hardware and plumbing parts have also found their way into my pieces.  Hardware stores double as art supply stores for me and I find all sorts of materials in their aisles.  Pine needles and other natural materials in my garden also creep into my work and provide continual inspiration.

 My collegiate studies in art history have influenced me greatly over the years.  All those memorized images and subsequent trips to art museums and iconic sites are burned into my memory.  Some have influenced me more than others, and I find myself most attracted to ancient, tribal and abstract expressions, and color, color, color! 

 I’m also attracted to stories – in any medium: they contain memories and experiences.  Each of my coiled sculptures and vessels contains a story, though it is not a literal telling. The large sides of leather I use are marred by scars, causing me to consider the story behind each mark.  They make me think of my own skin and my scars that hold stories. 

 Through the materials, colors and shapes I use, I aim to stir each person who encounters my work and to evoke their own memories and stories. 

This one is in my collection!!

 

Among Friends Artist Part 2

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Georgia Roswell

Check out Georgia’s website and her blog.

Prevent Stretching, Baste Your Curves”, is about connections between my mother, myself and my daughter. My mother taught me how to sew and was always giving me pertinent advice which sometimes I followed and sometimes I didn’t! My mother and I made many trips to fabric stores and I have spent numerous hours running my hands over yards of beautiful fabrics. Consequently I am deeply influenced by pattern and texture.  My mother has since passed away but the skills are still being passed down through my daughter and I. The dressmaking pattern I choose is a McCalls Easy pattern from 1956, the year I was born. It makes me laugh to see what was considered and “easy” sewing project in the 50′s!

Georgia’s Artist’s Statement

I come from a family that appreciates the value, craftsmanship and personal expression of a thing beautifully made. My formal degree is in painting and drawing but my love of art began very early under the tutelage of my Mother. Her curiosity and mastery of the “woman’s arts”, instilled in me a love for,“The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.” *

        The world around me is my inspiration. Ideas might spring from the natural world, like looking closely at the details of a shell or seeing the patterns of the land from the window of an airplane. It could be from the world of ideas, books or museums, where I am inspired by other cultures, thoughts and artists.

        My years as an artist have taken me through many different media, each one buliding upon the next and strengthen my voice as an artist. Art is the language I use to translate the world around me.  Combining nontraditional materials  in unusual ways, with a heavy emphasis on pattern, color and texture, I create a vibrant visual vocabulary. My goal is to present work that inspires an interesting and lively conversation.

   *quote by the American author, Willa Cather

website: www.artfulhand.org

We will be a part of Cheyenne’s Art, Design and Dine Art,
December 9,
5PM – 8PM.
Art, Design & Dine
features local galleries, businesses, and dining options in downtown Cheyenne Wyoming, every second Thursday of the month. It’s going to be big!! 
 

 

The Among Friends Art Show and Sale
Dec. 9 -11

Artful Hand Gallery

3o2 East 1st Ave.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

 

Among Friends Art Show and Sale: “The Artists Part 1″

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Chad Blakely

Chad has been a long time friend of mine.  He has taught art across the hall from me for 11 years.  He and I teach the advanced Junior High Art classes.  He teaches 2-D classes and I teach the 3-D classes.  This year he is reproducing all his paintings into greeting cards, his original paintings will also be for sale and in the show.

 Check out Chad’s blog here.

This year most of Chad Blakely’s artwork is “PINK” in honor of his sister who is battling breast cancer, and he is donating all his proceeds to help Heather with her medical bills and missing so much work.  She is a second grade teacher and is taking the rest of year off for all her medical procedures. 

I will be raffling off one of my bowls for Heather as well.  I haven’t decided which one yet.  Check back to buy a raffle ticket.

I was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, where I started drawing at the age of 3 and the guidance of my mom. She taught me to draw Popeye, and I’ve been drawing cartoons ever since. I graduated from UW in 1999 and started teaching art in Cheyenne that same year.  As an illustrator I have self published four comic books and done inking for various companies. I am currently working on an original graphic novel that I hope to have published by summer 2011. I currently live in Cheyenne with my wife and two kids.

Kelley Jones

I met Kelley when she lived in Cheyenne, but unfortunately she moved to Colorado.  I love Kelley’s work.  I traded her for one sculpture last year, and it is a favorite of everyone who comes to my house. 

Check out Kelley’s website.

My work is inspired by a childhood of low-tech toys, comic books and cartoons.  My later years of studying art in college, however, did not lead me to my dream job of being a cartoonist.  Time passed, kids were raised, and alternative careers explored. Eventually, my guys (a sort of 3-D cartoon character actually) were created. I now have a home studio in Eaton, CO, where I live with my husband and the lords of the house: the dogs.
Each piece is hand sculpted, painted, and sealed. The captions are original, intended to be humorous. Kinetic features add another level of whimsy.

 Heather Fetsco

Heather Fetsco lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with her Husband, Dan and their Son, Jackson.  She has been creating jewelry since 2001, when she knew what she wanted for her Wedding, but just couldn’t find it.  She uses only natural materials like glass, semi-precious stones, metal and even rocks – no plastic or resin.  Many of her pieces are one-of-a-kind, but she also enjoys doing custom sets for Weddings or other special gifts and events.  Her styles range from classic, to thoroughly modern.

The Among Friends Art Show and Sale

Dec. 9 -11

Artful Hand Gallery

3o2 East 1st Ave.

Cheyenne, Wyoming