1) Artisan Showcase of Jewelry at Pharmasave in Grand Forks, BC
2) Christina Lake Homecoming Event
3) Rock Collecting on the Kettle & Granby Rivers
4) Sitting in my garden gazebo with my morning coffee
Jewelry and Art Exhibit September 9 – 23
Grand Forks Pharmasave sponsored an Artisan Showcase series this summer. Invited to display jewelry from my Funk-tional Art by Diane Rae line, I offered a show of local semi precious stones made into pendants, some canvas jewelry and a few new designs with semi-precious beads and copper.
On a few of the days, I was on hand in the store to answer questions about my work. It was a good experience. Thanks to the wonderful staff at the store, but especially Wanda, who engineered the program. I also provided an artist statement with pictures of my current architectural project for sale, mural of historical figure and copies of my last three DRWdesigns Publications booklets.
Christina Lake Homecoming – July 20 & 21
A new song inspired by this new summer event describes how Christina Lake is a place where many call home – for the summer, for a vacation or even all year round. The Homecoming event invited singer songwriter Lowry Olafson this year to offer workshops and to entertain on the second evening of the event. There was a workshop on solar power, a wine and cheese evening and a kid’s art show on the theme of their favourite person.
On the Saturday, the community centre packed with people to fill up on a pancake breakfast and to stroll around the many display booths and to attend demonstrations. The main theme for the market for the past couple of years is upcycling. This year, I brought my jewelry, art cards and booklets to the Lake. My upcycling theme this year was “A New Twist on Souvenir Spoons” (see my May blog).
Christina Lake has a provincial park with a nice sandy beach. All during the summer, I set up my market stall at the public market (Sunday morning). In the afternoon, I went to the beach. That was also something to look forward too each week.
Rock Collecting on the Granby & Kettle Rivers
OK, so I am a rock hound. Lots of folks like to pick up interesting stones they find on the beach or by the river. I am always looking for stones that make good pendants. This summer, I found some interesting stones. I found some jasper and calcite in a metamorphic rock region of the Kettle River.
Later in the summer, I got some fluorite, barite and moganite with quartz from Rock Candy Mt., which is just east of the Granby River. I also explored the area of confluence between the Granby and Kettle Rivers in hopes of finding something unusual in the swirling current. There were many interesting rocks, but nothing to take back for my tumbler.
I also explored a few creeks. Lynch Creek runs into the Granby River and has a lot of colourful rock. There is a significant amount of old white quartz in Spooner Creek., just above Christina Lake.
Sitting In My Garden Gazebo With Morning Coffee
A few mornings every week just to sit for a short while in the gazebo with a coffee and reading, making either jewelry or mosaic glass pictures. Relaxing. The sunlight in the morning refreshes. A good time to check the garden. Sometimes that time deciding which jobs to do and the order by which to complete them.
As the summer progressed, I collected spices and herbs early in the morning to dry in preparation for my fall teas and spice packages. The entire process of growing and collecting each plant species at the time of blooming is important for the best taste and potency of each species. My garden is still small, but each year I am expanding with more new plants. Next year, I would like to begin growing and blending fruit teas as well as the medicinal ones.