I was inspired to make these. It’s a new size for me. Collages in 1×2″ rectangles (31 individual images) – to suit necklace pendants and all manner of projects – use in art journals, scrapbooking, ATCs, ACEOs, collages, glass slide jewelry, domino creations, altered arts and more.
Provided as an instant digital download from my ‘DreamyPapers’ shop on Etsy:
The changing light brings hope of cooler days. Its been such a hot dry summer, filled with thunder and lightening storms and the threat of fire has been on all of our minds during this usually green season.
Still its been a good summer. Mornings of kayaking in the river and mountain lakes near our home. Preparing for workshops and traveling to Colorado. You can see photos of Decorated Pages, my workshop at MomoLolo Coffee House here, what a special group of artists, and Sarah and Colin, thank you for hosting! Spending time with new friends and old. Lovely times with my family.
Mostly though, I have been working on my book and my studio has been where I dwell for most of each day.
I met my very first deadline and the first three chapters are finished, this is a momentous achievement for me!! My editor, Tonia, was so kind to lay out the first chapter for me with my photos so I could visualize the book and I am thrilled with it.
And I've loved making all new art and taking brand new photographs just for this book… sadly none of it can be shared on my blog, (or anywhere except for with my editor!). I've also been awestruck, seeing what my contributors have done, and think that you will love this book… one day far in the future… April 2016!
The writing part as well has been an amazing task for me. I keep several notebooks and write my ideas as they come and somehow everything all comes together on my computer.
These photograpahs were taken of a book that Lorri Scott and her sister Jan Brown so beautifully made me after our garden gathering last month, (thank you both so much!). This book was made for me to keep my threads and needles, my nature collections, my stitching projects, notes, found objects, and everything when I travel. This book is one of my favorite gifts ever and it is extrememly fun to photograph. Lorri and Jan even used my stencil designs called Nature's Gatherings.
The autumn will bring more workshops. Next week I'm teaching one for a group of women who have their own craft group and invited me to give them their own special workshop in Shady Cove along the Rogue River a few hours north of here.
And then I have my workshop at Art Is You that I have been waiting and planning for all year! I just found out that there are a couple of openings! You can read about it here, and email Art-Is-You if you are interested here: visuallyspeakingllcgmailcom
If you signed up I know you will create up a storm with me!
And then I will have my the workshop that I am teaching with Leslie Marsh at the beautiful home of Hasty Pearl, (Laura Roberts) where we will be creating books outside above a red oak forest. Registration is open, and it would be wonderful to have you join us for Red Oak Book Arts.
Here are sample pages that I'm working on, all projects that I will be demonstrating and sharing. I love working in this little book and the way Leslie designed it is perfect for creating collages.
One last photograph, my online workshop The Thread That Weaves is still up and running. Maybe this would be the perfect creative outlet for you this fall?
Have you noticed the changing light in your house or in your garden?
What changes will this autumn bring for you?
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 wendygellcharternet. 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.
My last range of grab bags sold out. Hearts are always popular, so I’ve listed some grab bags that are just hearts.
These papers are mostly 100+ years old, and the images I’ve used are vintage, too.
Inspiration for your paper craft and art projects. It takes me a long time to collect the papers,
images, and tools to make all these, so understand that sometimes your
creative project is delayed
Although I’ve sold well over 20 of these, I finally got around to making up some more. They are selling fast. 4 out of the 5 I made have now sold, but I’ll be making and listing more in the next few days. So check my Etsy store.
See my “Dreamy Papers” store on Etsy HERE.
Most of the papers are over 100 years old. The images are old ones, too. All are OOAK, unique. These are wonderfully
A few weeks ago I and some friends
speant some hot summer days
in my garden
lorri scott pages
I brought out all my art supplies,
and Lorri brought out her
hand dyed fabrics from Kauai
and we created.
roxanne evans stout pages
roxanne evans stout pages
lorri scott pages
Lorri's lovely sister Jan joined us,
and then Susan…
susan woodridge word tickets
And we made books,
samplings for our 2015
retreat in Kauai.
lorri scott pages
During this retreat we will gather all your senses,
you colors, your textures, your words
And put it all together
in your own hand made books,
all the while immersing yourself in
susan wooldridge pages
roxanne evans stout pages
jan brown pages
lorri scott pages
jan brown pages
Contact Lorri for more information
or to register early
Mixed media collage/assemblage with found objects by Carol Sharp
Mixed media collage/assemblage with found objects by Carol Sharp
Mixed media collage/assemblage with found objects by Carol Sharp
The work of Carol Sharp, an artist since childhood, will be featured through the month of July at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main, Medford, across from Vogel Park. Over the years she has pursued many different art forms including painting, collage, ceramics, scrimshaw and calligraphy.
For the past ten years, Sharp has been designing jewelry. Her unique specialty is knitted and crocheted wire jewelry into which she weaves a mélange of ingredients such as freshwater pearls, Mother-of-pearl, shells, seed pods, pressed glass, and gemstones. These are on display at the gallery.
As the featured artist during July, Sharp will be showing her collages with subjects ranging from themes of romance and nature to more contemporary work moving toward the abstract. She will also show collages representing events such as Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year. Sharp uses several techniques including painting, pen and ink, stamping and decoupage. Every piece has many layers and each time you view them, you see new depths to the work.
In the Salon, Automobile Art from the eye of Photo Artist, Rita Ashley will be on exhibit through July. Ashley portrays automobiles as works of art through the use of unique angles, reflections and portrayals that suggest the mood the cars inspire as well as their images. From classics and sports cars to hot rods and vintage beauties, view Ashley’s interpretations of your favorite ride.
As an added attraction, we are proud to have potter Joe Martin now showing his pieces of raku pottery. Come in to see the unique handled pots and other beautifully decorated items.
Meet the artists on Third Friday, July 18, at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford, across from Vogel Park. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and refreshments will be served. For more information call (541) 770—3190 or go to www.artdujourgallery.com. Everyone is welcome.
Quail, by Pam Haunschild
The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome Pam Haunschild, who specializes in abstract nature art, to the Visual Artist and Art Education directories! We have thoroughly enjoyed looking at her charming paintings, collages and monotype prints, inspired by natural subjects and sometimes incorporating them. If you don’t know Pam and her work already, we are happy to introduce you to her and hope you will visit her website so you can enjoy becoming a bit more familiar with her wonderful artistic style.
“After a career as a social science Professor, I moved to a wooded property near Ashland and now have time to pursue my lifelong interest in art. I am inspired by the natural beauty of our region and include flora and/or fauna in all my paintings. My work is abstract, but the natural elements, e.g., flowers, birds, fish, can be identified. I try to convey emotion and an appreciation of nature through bright colors and strong design elements. Much of my work is mixed-media, and I often use fibers, wood, and other natural materials.
“A self-professed ‘workshop junkie,’ I am also taking college art courses and teaching workshops at Ashland Art Center and for OLLI at SOU. You can see my work at the Ashland Art Center‘s Main Gallery.”
Pam has a number of gallery exhibits and events planned for the remainder of 2014 where you can also see her work in person:
July Rogue Valley Manor Medford
September Belle Fiore Winery Ashland
September Ashland Open Studios Tour
October ArtOberfest Cave Junction
November Bloomsbury Books Ashland
Please help us give Pam a warm welcome to the Southern Oregon Artists Resource–see her new listing for a complete set of web links and contact information, visit her Facebook page and show her some love with a “like”! Even better, register for one of her workshops or purchase a piece of her fabulous art!
Goodbean Coffee Company of Jacksonville is pleased to present an exhibit of 2D collage and assemblage art created with found objects for the month of July. Our exhibit curator Hannah West brings together works by respected local artists Anna Hinkle, Wendy Gell, Roxanne Evans Stout and Brooke Nuckles Gentekos; resident artist Wynn Pedersen returns with collage works of her own, in keeping with this month’s theme.
“Untitled” Collage with handmade papers, found objects, graphite and ink by Anna Hinkle
Please join us for a special reception!
Meet our illustrious artists and view their works while enjoying wine tasting from NewNapaWine.com, Jacksonville’s newest wine club, as well as award-winning GoodBean coffee and hors d’oeuvres on Friday, July 11 from 5–7:30pm.
This collection of art displays a wide range of style, technique, and medium that highlights each artist’s individual approach to mixed media work which isn’t limited to the surface of their canvases. Here’s more about our July artists:
The original inspiration for this show, Anna is a self-taught Rogue Valley artist who loves to play with color and texture using her favorite “toys”: fibers, textiles, paper, polymer clay and found objects. Using color, texture and form to create a visually stimulating image, she strives to develop art that evokes feeling and a sense of connection to the piece. She refrains from titling her canvases to encourage the observer’s own interpretation of her work. Learn more about Anna and her art at www.annahinkleartistry.com.
“Circle Dance” encaustic, 6 x 6 mixed media on cradle board by Roxanne Stout
Roxanne Evans Stout
of Keno, Oregon began painting as a child and studied biological illustration in college. Her work has been shown nationally. Her art explores our connection with nature, how one moment can be forever remembered in our memory, and how putting together remembered moments can call forth a complete memory. She loves layering, textures, and deep, muted colors. Roxanne’s art relies heavily upon found objects, textiles, botanicals and encaustic—a painting medium based on natural beeswax—and the results evoke a dreamy, contemplative state of mind in the viewer.
Roxanne is passionate about teaching and creating art, especially collage, book arts and encaustic painting; she teaches workshops here, throughout the United States and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her art has been featured in a variety of publications, and she is currently working on a book to be published by North Light Books in 2015. Find links to Roxanne’s beautiful River Garden Studio blog, social networks and online shops in her listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource in the Visual Artists directory: www.soartists.com.
“Byzantine Prophet” Assemblage by Wendy Gell
of Talent, Oregon lives a quiet life far removed from the spotlight where her art has taken her in the past. A taxi driver in the 70s, the seed of her style was planted when she invented her now famous “Wristie” as a birthday gift for a friend. Her bold “Arm Candy” jewelry, encrusted with crystals, beads, found objects and more, has been collected by such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Princess Diana, published in Vogue, Glamour, Bazaar, Harpers and more, and earned her an extended feature on the Oprah Winfrey show. Now she applies her innovative technique to entire canvases she calls “Gelastic Art.” Gelastic means “capable of producing laughter; risible; healing by laughter.” (a gelasin is the dimple on the cheek produced by smiling.) Creating “jewelry” for walls with painted canvases heavily embellished with sparkling abandon until they are completely encrusted, Gell often makes interesting statements written in crystal cabochons in the process. A recent visit to Wendy’s home and studio was an adventure we will not soon forget! Together we chose four previously created works which have recently been updated. Learn more about Wendy and her art at www.wendygell.com
“Found Object Collage, Detail” by Brooke Nuckles Gentekos
Brooke Nuckles Gentekos
moved from Vermont to the Jacksonville/Applegate area in the summer of 2011 and has established an enviable Rogue Valley reputation as an artist, art educator and advocate in the relatively short time since she and her husband settled in near the Applegate River. Her experience in teaching art, coordinating collaborating art organizations, fundraising and grant writing backed up by a BFA in Sculpture immediately landed her the position of Education Director at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, where she proceeded to quadruple the gallery’s annual sales while overseeing an education program offering over 50 visual art classes, camps and learning opportunities annually for all ages and skill levels.
In 2013 Brooke became the driving force behind the formation of the nascent Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon and completed studies in sacred beekeeping. Patrons of the GoodBean were the first to enjoy her Honey in the Heart exhibition of collage/mixed media art on the subject of bees in March 2013.
After the birth of her first child last December, Brooke decided to leave the gallery to build a grant writing and consultation business and concentrate on her own art. She is creating new works for our Lost and Found show and we are beside ourselves with excitement to see what she will bring!
Collage with Jasper stone, Chinese coin, tree barks and handmade papers by Wynn Pedersen
began our tradition of exhibiting art over 20 years ago. A woman who has traveled the world and sampled many ethnic cultures, including 10 years in Dubai, her work has undergone many evolutions in her long and respected career as an artist, culminating with elegant collaged works incorporating textiles, specialty papers and objects collected from her travels. GoodBean owner Mary Kell and curator Hannah West chose 3 pieces from Wynn’s studio for this exhibit.
Our Lost and Found exhibit shows that fine art can extend beyond traditional mediums and above the canvas’s surface by incorporating found and collected materials to evoke a memorable emotional response and create an unforgettable impression. We’re certain you will get “lost” in our exhibition of art made with “found” objects!
The GoodBean Coffee Company is located at 165 South Oregon Street in Jacksonville, Oregon. GoodBean employees do not handle art transactions but we are happy to assist artists with selling their work. If you are interested in purchasing a piece of art from any of the artists in this show, please contact curator Hannah West at 541.899.2012 or soarsoartistscom for more information and she will be happy to help you.
The time has flown by and I have finally had a chance to catch my breath and reflect on the last month.
I finished three new workshops, one at Sage Place in Bandon By The Sea, Oregon, and two at Whidbey Island at the Pacific NorthWest Art School in Coupeville, Washington.
You can see photos of these wonderful workshops
here and here)!
I am filled with gratitude for the opportunities to work with these incredible women who nuture themselves by taking art workshops and let be their guide in the process.
I also finished my first term teaching Mixed Media Art Journaling at the college, and was invited back to teach in the fall. My students were so incredible!
You can see new photos of their journal pages and projects on this Flickr Site.
Due to unforseen circumstances my next workshop down in Southern California has been cancelled. This might be for the best afterall because I now have a chance to dedicate myself to my book and my pursuits here at home.
Collaging, painting, writing, photographing and kayaking on the river.
The little book shown above is called
It is a book made up of my stencil designs, (even the bug!), and has been a project that I have loved,
You can read about my designs
and purchase them at the
StencilGirl Website here.
I have three new workshops later in the summer and the fall.
The first is called Decorated Pages and will be held at Fort Collins, Colorado in August, at a lovely coffee shop owned by my sweet friend,Sarah Fishburn and her husband. You can read all about it here!
The next is in Petaluma at Art Is YOU (!!!) This will be my second year there and I am super excited. You can read about this workshop here.
And the third will be in San Antonio, Texas where I am co-teaching a workshop with Leslie Marsh in the beautiful home of Laura Roberts,(also known as Hasty Pearl).
You will be hearing more about these workshops
so stay tuned!
Thank you so much for stopping by, I treasure every comment that you make and will be stopping by your blogs soon.