The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is excited to announce Wendy Gell as our newest member! You can find her listing, which includes a full set of web links, social media sites and contact information, on this page, among others.
Through the 70s and into the 80s, Wendy Gell’s designs appeared on the cover of Vogue and in thousands of editorials in magazines all over the world. Wendy created sequined Disney characters, jeweled Roger Rabbits and his friends, Wizard of Oz jewelry, and masks from The Phantom of the Opera. She designed special pieces for Bill Blass, Oscar de laRenta, and Louis Dell’Olio. Her company specialized in a “different” look that is very whimsical and unique. Wendy’s large “wristy” cuff bracelets became famous. Her worldwide client list includes celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Isabella Rossilini, and Cher. Wendy Gell jewelry can also be found in the private collections of Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John , Hillary Clinton, the late Andy Warhol and Princess Diana.
Now Wendy is back, designing not only jewelry but paintings and various gifts as well. She creatively adorns mirrors, dolls, goblets and more with the same jewel-encrusted pop art style that has made her jewelry such a fashion sensation. Below are the announcements from Wendy’s most recent newsletter, and the many jewelry pieces commissioned by fans as gifts for Judy Collins tell us that her days of a star-studded following are anything but over!
If you would like to subscribe to her newsletter, please visit the online version and click the Subscribe button in the top left corner. Wendy is in the process of redesigning her website. To see more of her available works, check out the Under Construction page she has up to hide the dust with her beautiful creations.
Bridal Cuff by Wendy Gell
Bridal Cuff for a New York Bride
I got an exciting order this summer from a beautiful NYC bride who works in a powerful financial firm in NYC. She sent me her mother’s pin for a centerpiece, so it has high sentimental value. Here’s what she wrote after receiving it:
“Goood Morning, Wendy!
I just received the bracelet that you made and the reconstructed earrings! WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!!!!!! Simply stunning!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to wear it! It is going to look magnificent! You did not exaggerate, it’s everything you said and more …. Really gorgeous!!! I am so proud and happy to wear the piece; for sentimental reasons (my mom’s pin) and just because it’s so fantastic!
Thank you so much, Wendy! I feel like I know you now through this process J
I will send you a picture on the wedding day and I will let everyone know who made my gorgeous bracelet!!! You are an unbelievable jewelry designer! I cannot wait to have another occasion to have something else made by you!”
Fan Gifts for Judy Collins by Wendy Gell
Wendy meets Judy Collins backstage at an Oregon concert
Pearl and crystal barrettes for Judy Collins
Fans Buy Wendy Gell gifts for Judy Collins!
Judy Collins first heard of me when she received a Wendy Decorated Mirror for a wedding present years ago. Judy asked people on Facebook if they ever heard of Wendy “Gehl.” Over 100 people responded to her query, and we became Facebook friends. Her fans have purchased gifts to send to her: pearl barrettes, a mirror, cherub goblets, a bracelet and more. We met backstage at a concert in Grants Pass.
American Visions, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell
Love Me Tender, by Wendy Gell
Be Smart, Buy Art!
Art sales are up! People are loving my Gelastic 3D pop art. Fashion Blogger Shannon Dawn’s custom piece inspired by Elvis, called Love Me Tender (left), and writer BJ Gallagher’s American Visions (pictured above) were shipped in August. Shannon featured the art piece in her blog and showcased a lot of her Wendy Gell Collection. Check out her fabulous post!
Both orders were received through Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, send me a friend request!
Wendy taught a class of 12 collectors in April at the Seattle public library. She shared her self-made jewelry making technique to the enthusiastic ladies. “The students were amazing and very creative” said Wendy. Here are a couple of comments from participants:
“I’ve been Gell-ized!” Never thought I’d get those creative juices flowing. But I did! WE all did! Is it truly a Wendy Gell? Or an imposter…? You might never know! Great day of creativity. Wendy’s a genius and so easy to follow. Plus she brings parts and pieces that are guaranteed to make you a success.”
“Way too much fun! Under the juicy artistic direction of Wendy Gell, our wristies and necklaces came alive – better than we had ever imagined. We hated for play-day to end and are super interested in booking Wendy again next year. Her mind is always working and creating. She’ll swoop over, make a subtle suggestion or adjustment and voila – the piece is in direct competition to Wendy’s originals! Not really, but we thought so!”
Ornate Museum Cuff by Wendy Gell
Costume Jewelry Collectors International Convention Class
On October 24, Wendy presents a jewelry making class to members of the Costume Jewelry Collectors International Club at their convention outside of Chicago. She will teach them techniques to make their own wristies and jewelry, shipping out a ton of fabulous material before the show for participants to work with. The convention members will also be selling to the public on Saturday, October 25. Read more here. There is still room for a few more people in Wendy’s Friday morning class – Register now!
Oh Wendy Saint Go Marching In
Lost and Found Show
Wendy’s 3D Gelastic art was featured at the GoodBean Coffee shop in Jacksonville, Oregon with 4 other local women artists in a July show called Lost and Found. Among the works I showed were the pieces pictured above: Oh Wendy Saints Go Marching In (top), Buddha by the Lake (bottom left), and Byzantine Prophet (bottom right).
Blue Buddha, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell
Byzantine Prophet, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell
Kids working on giant Hamsa at Temple Emek Shalon in Ashland, Oregon
Bring on the Bling with Wendy Gell!
Birthday Party Activities for Kids
Your kids will make jewelry and gifts, objects like picture frames, bracelets, headbands, or magic wands; creations they can take home. They will work with Wendy using her self-taught technique. Wendy brings a suitcase of materials collected from her 38 years as a jewelry designer: Swarovski Crystals, stones, toys, pop art icons, flowers and beads.
Wendy’s work was collected by Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Princess Diana and more. Wendy was once featured on Oprah’s show as her favorite jewelry designer, and she held a Walt Disney Jewelry license for 5 years. She has years of teaching experience, including appearing as a guest lecturer at NYU and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, as well as teaching classes locally at the Ashland Art Center and OLLI at SOU.
Wendy’s enthusiasm will bring out the creativity in your guests and perhaps inspire a new hobby. Her basic charge is $100 for 2 1/2 hours, plus materials fee. Participants are encouraged to bring treasures from their own collections. For further party details, call Wendy at 541-535-1954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See Wendy’s work at www.wendygell.com.
Wendy says “Have Glue Gun, Will Travel!”
Wendy Gell and Hannah West
Wendy is so excited to be creating a new website with Hannah West! We’ve put up a temporary page with a sneak preview of several pieces I have available now. Check it out here. When the new website is up and running I will announce it in a newsletter, so if you want to know when it’s ready, please confirm your subscription so you won’t miss the announcement.
Twenty seven readings in the US, Europe and the Middle East are scheduled in March to mark the seventh anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street, the ancient bookseller street in Baghdad.
Please join me as I participate in these two readings in SF:
1. The Great Overland Book Company (Bookstore) San Francisco, California –
Coordinator – Beau Beausoleil and Andrea Hassiba
March 5, 7:30 – 9:pm – at The Great Overland Book Company, 345 Judah
Street (at ninth avenue)
2. San Francisco.San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California – Coordinator – Ozlem Ayse
Ozgur – March 6th, 7-9pm, San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut
San Francisco, CA.
If you are in Oregon, consider coming to these readings:
1. Portland, Oregon – Coordinators – Bill Denham and Laura Russell – March 5, 7-9pm,
Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon
2. Atelier 6000 in Bend, Oregon – Coordinators – Julie Winter and Patricia Clark
March 6, 4:30 – 7 pm – Atelier 6000 389 SW Scalehouse Ct. #120 – Bend, Oregon
For readings in London, Boston, Newfoundland and beyond, check out: http://www.al-mutanabbistreetstartshere-boston.com/readings–events.html
I will be reading from my book Ink and Blood, created for the al-Mutanabbi Street Project. For more info, check out: www.gallerydeforest.com
For poetry lovers everywhere:
A beautiful new book of poetry from Kim Stafford, Legacy of Beginning: Poems in Bhutan, has been published by Larkspur Press. The hand-sewn book contains wood engravings by the artist Wesley Bates. Stafford writes in the book’s preface:
“In the winter of 2011 … I gathered a band of ten writers from America and one from Poland for a creative pilgrimage to the kingdom of Bhutan. These poems were written as we sat together around the bukhari, the iron stove where pine crackled and winter kept us close. The poems are informed by the Buddist notion of four dimensions for each encounter, from the visible to the increasingly mysterious and important.”
If you love William Stafford’s poetry, check out the artists’ books Derek and I letterpress printed in honor of his Centennial: www.gallerydeforest.com.
The Fall Season is about to begin, and I am excited to share my new line of silk scarves and wall hangings, as well as my new cotton printed Happi Coats and Kimonos! It was fun participating in the recent Art Presence showing and sale in Jacksonville, and I have many events planned to follow. My next and upcoming event is the Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts, which will be held right on Labor Day Weekend. This will be the second time that I’ve participated in this event, with the added interest of the silk scarves and wall hangings. I am also going to participate for the first time in Kerby, at the Artoberfest showing and sale in October. I am going to have a demonstration of my silk painting as well. These events are listed on my website, with a maps, times and dates. Hope to see you there!
New York City features 250 artists’ books from the Al-Mutanabbi Project!
I am pleased to announce the opening of the Al-Mutanabbi Project in NYC in 5 venues. Big thanks to The Center for Book Arts’ for organizing this! I will be coming to NYC Sept 14-18 and speaking at the Center for the Book Arts on Sept 18, along with other book artists. Come join in this dialog!
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Project assembles artists’ responses to the tragic loss of a cultural and intellectual hub in Baghdad that occurred on March 5, 2007, by a bomb explosion. Al-Mutanabbi Street had been the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, and the heart of the Baghdad literary community.
The exhibition features approximately 250 artists’ books and 50 prints by artists from around the world, and was co-organized by Beau Beausoleil, Founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, and Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Fine Print Research in Bristol, UK.
A comprehensive catalog accompanies the show.
Center for Books Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 481-0295
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Telephone: (646) 732-3261
International Print Center New York
508 West 26th Street, Room 5A
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 989-5090
Columbia University Libraries
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
Telephone: (212) 854-7309
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
Telephone: (212) 431-7920
March 28, 2013
It is officially almost April, National Poetry Month, and Poets On The Loose are ready to hit the streets again. We are a band of folks who offer poems to willing strangers on the streets of America. Join us if you can!
Let the merriment begin!
Here are ideas for this year based on our adventures last year. It was so much fun.
1. In order for our Poets on the Loose ideas to spread, we have set up a Facebook Fan page for Jubilation Press featuring Poets on the Loose. This is where we hope to post poems, photos and narrative of our Poet on the Loose adventures. Please consider doing these things:
Please sign up as a fan of Jubilation Press at http://www.facebook.com/jubilationpress and do one or all of the following:
* suggest poems for poets on the loose
* post your adventures on our facebook page
* post photographs of your readings on the street
2. Thanks to Kim Rosen, we have a Poets On the Loose website. It is: www.poetsontheloose.com. Please visit it and check out the poems Kim and others have posted there. If you click on the Acts Of Poetry tab, you can read posts people have made. If you wish to tell your tale or offer a poem, scroll to the end to the “Leave a reply” list. Instructions and other suggestions are listed on the home page. Thank you Kim Rosen and Nancy Bardos.
3. Here are guidelines for anyone who wants to be a poet on the loose:
Keep poems short. Read a 5-8-line excerpt from a longer poem if you wish.
Be welcoming. We want to avoid offensive language, etc. Shower the person with goodness and joy.
Bring a fun kid’s poem with you to read to children. This is a revolution after all and we need the next generation to join in. Consider making copies of your poems to give away. Consider putting this on the bottom of your poem:
Thanks for helping us bring poetry to its feet!
Poets on the Loose- bringing poetry to the streets.
DO IT YOUR WAY! IN YOUR OWN STYLE! HAVE FUN!
4. Here is a script for you to use if you wish to do so:
“Hi. April is National Poetry Month.
We are Poets on the Loose, reading poems to people all over town.
We would love to read you a short poem….would you like that?”
If no, walk on.
If yes, give them five or so cards of poems to choose from. (I personally put the blank sides up so they do not see the text of the poem when choosing).
Read the poem they choose.
Say: “Thanks! Would you like a copy of that poem?”
Give them a copy of your poem and include on this card the words:
Thanks for helping us bring poetry to its feet!
Poets on the Loose—bringing poetry to the streets
5. Possible places suggested by last year’s organizers:
Senior Centers, grocery stores, hospitals, bookstores, banks, galleries, libraries, folks on the street, Farmer’s Markets, parks, etc.
6. Please feel free to recruit more people….the more poets popping up everywhere, the merrier! Have them email me at: email@example.com or call me at 541-690-6976 to officially sign up or ask questions, etc.
7. Please write up a short email summary of where you went and what happened. Post it on the Jubilation Press facebook page: www.facebook.com/jubilationpress and /or www.poetsontheloose.com
8. I have poetry pockets for sale designed and made by Cantrell Maryott and myself if any of you wish to purchase one. They are made from beautiful repurposed fabric and come with two pockets—one pocket is for a poem and one pocket is for keys, glasses, phone, etc. Call me at 541-690-6976 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
THANKS FOR BEING A POET ON THE LOOSE!
We couldn’t be more pleased to add another innovative artistic endeavor to our directory, and discovering what’s going on in southern Oregon’s creative community is often as much of a surprise to us as it is to anyone else! This time we introduce Mark & Sarah Hannah of Ink & Oil, a design store and gallery based in Grants Pass, OR that offers hard to find design classes and workshops.
Hannah still operates “Thief(it)” in Pasadena, CA. Why Thief it?” he writes on his Web site, thiefit.com. “It is an answer to a question. Next time somebody asks you what to do with an object that would otherwise be thrown away, tell them to Thief It. Create a unique object or product that is your own and save it from the future, which would probably have been a big hole in the ground and, depending on its composition, a very, very long time decaying.” Read the rest of the article from which Mark is quoted at the PasadenaWeekly website to learn more about where he’s come from.
Fortunately for southern Oregon, where Hannahs have come to is here!
Creative Director MARK HANNAH has a degree in Transportation Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and teaches Visual Communication at Art Center as well as Product Design and Visual Communication at Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, California. In his words, “We design and build unique things.” Ink & Oil will also host Mark’s Oregon workshops in Industrial, Entertainment and Sustainable Design, and offers a small Gallery space for local and emerging artists in Southern Oregon. Classes and workshops are offered in the evenings and weekends and are a great resource for students of all ages interested in product or transportation design as well as entertainment design. Future workshops and classes will include a wide range of art and design as well as sustainable processes and design. Visit Ink & Oil’s listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource for links and contact information, then take a look at their online store for a peek at some unique products and artwork.
Currently Mark is announcing three workshops to take place at Ink & Oil on March 1 & 2:
Friday, March 1, 6pm-10pm $35
This four hour workshop will introduce students to the basics of Visual Communication.
Perspective, lineweights, value and shadows will be covered.
Saturday, March 2, 9am-2 pm $50
This 5 hour workshop in Automotive Design will focus on the basics of how to set up a proper perspective drawing for vehicles as well as sketching and ideation basics.
Saturday, March 2, 3pm-8pm $50
This 5 hour crash course will introduce the student to the field of Entertainment design and focus on techniques to develop unique and interesting characters and props for the film and gaming industry or just for fun!
For more information and to register, visit http://www.inkandoil.net/#!workshops–classes/c241f
or call 541.632.9104
The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to introduce our newest member, Roxanne Evans Stout. After reading her lovely piece and an announcement of her upcoming workshops, please visit her listing HERE for links to her website and contact information. Roxanne has also given us permission to syndicate her blog, and you are now able to read a few previously published posts as well as new ones in her column under the “Artist Posts” menu.
As I write this it is the evening of Winter Solstice and outside the snow is pouring down. The Christmas tree lights are on, the candles are lit and although winter is really just beginning, it has been here for weeks now. I can honestly say that I have been loving it.
It was just last June that I left my job as an elementary school teacher to pursue my life as a full time artist. I knew this was a huge move, but never that it would mean so much to me. How this season of winter, that I had always dreaded, would now be so beautiful. For now I have time, time to watch the skies change, time to watch the snow drape and cover the land, and all the extra hours that I never had when I had to drive through the snow and ice to get to my job.
I have been an artist all of my life. But since those first days in June I have changed, I am finally on the pathway that I was meant to be on, to create, to mentor, to design and teach art workshops, to dream, and to make my dreams come true.
The art I make is textured, scratched and scraped. It can be on a canvas, a piece of wood, a torn piece of watercolor paper, or in the form of a book. Always in my art is a connection to nature and wildlife. And always there is a connectedness to times past and the natural history of the world. Friends have said that there is also a sense of longing and mystery in my art, and I hope that is true.
I have two workshops coming up in the next month, one is an online workshop called “The Thread That Weaves.” So far, I have people signed up from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand as well as the United States. I will be teaching a live version of this at The Rogue Gallery
My workshop, Land, Water and Sky will be at The Rogue Gallery on January 19th, 2013. Join me as I guide you in creating unique paintings and collages of the landscapes that you love.
Thank you Hannah, for welcoming me into Art Matters and SOAR!
Click the images below for more information about the workshops!