IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
Eve Margo Withrow
RECEIVES SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
Artist EVE MARGO WITHROW of MEDFORD, OREGON has received FIVE Special Recognition Awards in
the “2015 Exposition of Awarded Artwork WWW International”
hosted byUpstream People Gallery of Omaha, Nebraska, U. S. A.. This international exhibition received
approximately 225 art entries from around the world and 24 artists were selected by the juror
Laurence Bradshaw, Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U. S. A.
Professor Bradshaw states the following about this specially recognized work:
“‘EVE MARGO WITHROW of Medford, OR uses mixed water media on paper and succeeds with “Alaska Sunset” which gives a sense of the extreme cold and bright sunset. And “Birth” gives a sense of excited expectation with the general overall radiance. Her “Dreams of Men” with the array of organic texture and radiating structure is quite compelling. “Personal Practice” with the wonderful characters and textural qualities is nicely presented in the desaturated color. Also in the same palette, “The Guardian” is amazing with her textural treatment.”‘
Alaska Sunset, painting by Eve Margo Withrow
Birth, painting by Eve Margo Withrow
Dreams of Men, painting by Eve Margo Withrow
The exhibition will be featured online during November, 2015 at
www.upstreampeoplegallery.com and continue indefinitely in the archives section of the website.
Wendy Gell’s art exhibit The Gravity Free Zone at Pangea in Ashland, Oregon started on November 3rd and continues through the end of the month. These oil paintings on canvas, board and wood were painted between 2013 and 2015.
Wendy Gell is an artist and celebrated jewelry designer, with The Wizard of OZ, Dick Tracy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Broadway Show, and the Phantom of the Opera, among her licenses. Wendy made runway jewelry for Oscar De La Renta and Bill Blass, and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as Oprah’s favorite jewelry designer!
The artist just returned from teaching her second annual jewelry making workshop at the Costume Jewelry Collector’s International Convention in Providence, RI.
Shown below are some of the works available for your consideration in The Gravity Free Zone at Pangea in Ashland, Oregon. Come see them in person, or better yet, join Wendy for lunch at Pangea and hear the stories behind each painting!
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Wendy with two CJCI jewelry making workshop participants and the jewelry they made!
The Costume Jewelry Collectors International invited Wendy to teach her second jewelry making workshop at their annual convention in Providence, Rhode Island this year! Show here are two of the participants in the 2015 CJCI workshop with the wonderful jewelry pieces they made with Wendy’s instruction.
Here are more images from the convention workshop, click to view larger versions:
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A Wendy Gell wristy was brought to the Antiques Roadshow by an 93 year old woman to be appraised. Rhinestone Rosie, the jewelry expert from Seattle, valued the cuff at $1000! The segment was taped in Tucson, Arizona, and will be featured on the show. It should air in early to mid-January 2016 – it promises to be a fantastic segment, so don’t miss the show!
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The Enchanting Jewelry of Wendy Gell
by Melinda Lewis, Costume Jewelry Collectors International. Reposted from the CJCI website
Wendy Gell, whose jewelry designs were seen on the wrists of the “who’s who,” during the wild-style of the ’80s, has had an extraordinary career that most in the fashion industry can only imagine. Her pieces graced the covers of Vogue, famous movie stars, and her technique was copied by many who wished to emulate her creative style.
In 1976, as a taxi driver while trying to think of a birthday gift for a friend, Wendy came up with the concept of her now famous “Wristie.” It was at that moment that her future career as a respected jewelry designer was born. The need to come up with a glitzy gift would later turn into a multi-million dollar contemporary jewelry business.
Her jewelry has a very distinctive style. It is bold, whimsical, and glamorous. As a jewelry designer, Wendy leaves no surface unadorned; each piece is a complete encrustation of jewels and other materials. The covering of all surfaces is analogous to creating a painting with jewels that she successfully achieves through her medium. The materials she uses form not only textural depth, but a visual delight. As a contemporary designer, Wendy not only uses present-day materials such as rhinestones, pearls, and beads, she incorporates old findings into the work. It is not unlikely to find Indian carvings, netsukes and Eisenberg pins from the ’30s and ’40s as a center focal point in the designs.
Her designs are greatly sought after in the collector’s market and her past clients include Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Isabella Rossellini, Judy Collins, and Cher. Wendy Gell’s jewelry can also be found in the private collections of Elton John (she designed sunglasses for him), Hillary Clinton, the late Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana.
Wendy’s first true exposure came after Vogue magazine wrote of her artistry in 1982. The magazine featured a multi page spread of the up and coming designer’s creations which showcased Isabella Rossellini wearing two highly-adorned cuffs, which were favorably received by the public and fashion press. In 1986, Wendy appeared as a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show as Oprah’s favorite jewelry designer. The appearance came just one week before Oprah’s show went national.
Early in her career, Wendy began designing for fashion notables such as Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass. Following the runway success of her designs, she began to design for numerous fashion houses. Later in 1987, she designed shoe clips for the couture designer Charles Jourdan, as well as create a seven foot Christmas tree for the store’s famous window design.
By 1990, Wendy Gell had 45 employees, and her business was tripling each year. Her off of Fifth Avenue workroom, staffed by skilled jewelry makers and young people just out of art school, produced Wendy’s jewelry collection of one-of-a-kind Wristies, and more than 1,000 different earring designs.
Disney and The Gell Success Story
Approached in 1986 at a trade show by a Disney representative to become a licensee, Wendy soon signed a million dollar agreement with Disney. Her cartoon-based line debuted in 1987 at Saks Fifth Avenue in a Wendy Gell Disney Boutique and also sold at Nordstrom, Disney stores, and the Disney theme park.
The items she designed included the 1989 Wizard of Oz characters, created in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary. Among the many designs she produced, the line included hand-painted and pavé-set Swarovski crystal pieces, and sterling silver tin man. Along with the jewelry, Wendy designed scarves with Disney characters in sophisticated floral motifs.
In addition to the first Disney contract for her famous Mickey Mouse and other characters, Disney Enterprises Inc. later contracted with Wendy to design the accessories for the movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Steven Spielberg himself ordered a 12-piece set of champagne glasses decorated with the characters for a special dinner party. The line sold out. Ironically, in 1999, Wendy herself was searching for the collectible Jessica Rabbit brooch for her personal collection. Today, the Jessica Rabbit pin is a rare collectible.
Later, in 1995, when The Napier Co. obtained licensee privileges to manufacture jewelry product, Wendy was hired by the company as a consultant to design Disney themed jewelry, including Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and other Disney characters.
In the early 2000s, Wendy enjoyed the stimulating life of an artist, and made a name for herself through paintings that capture the spirit of the beloved canine. Her Chagall and Matisse-style paintings whimsically and magically project the inner soul of the animal that seems to speak a message of deep connection between the artist and subject. This work is a far cry from the fast pace glitz of the 1980s, yet so Wendy.
Today, Wendy teaches her jewelry techniques at OLLI at Southern Oregon University and the Ashland Art Center. Her students range from teenagers to women in their 70s and 80s. Always, there is a waiting list for her classes.
Wendy is also painting and making jeweled mosaics of late. She has two sections of her online shop, one featuring the Mezuzahs and Hamsas in her Judaica line and another showcasing her artwork and jeweled mosaics and mirrors. Wendy has also been writing a book about her life in New York working in fashion and rock music in the 1970s and 1980s with a working title A Portrait in Rhinestones.
Wendy continues to sell her jewelry and other creations on eBay, Etsy and her website www.wendygell.com. She will also be conducting a jewelry class at CJCI Convention 2014. For more details about Wendy’s class “Have Glue Gun Will Travel!” click here.
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Dear Artists and Friends…
the time is finally here for me to announce
the early registration
of my new online workshop…
Pathways and Wanderings
January 3rd- February 6th
Now that my work is finished for my book, Storytelling with Collage, I am very excited to offer you this workshop and fill you with inspiration and creativity that will affect your whole life as an artist and lover of art.
During this five weeks you will create your very own Book of Wanderings… bound together with a very easy technique I created for one of my workshops earlier this year in Mendocino, California and have loved ever since.
We will have five weeks of
Wandering through… a new day and a new year.
Wandering through the seasons.. a Winter landscape,
Wandering through… the renewal of Spring,
Wandering through… the warm glow of Summer and
Wandering through… the winds of change in the Autumn.
During this five weeks,
There will be four components or sections to each week's theme. The main projects will be in our Book of Wanderings, but there will also be a "Pathways" component, "Letters to Myself" and "Studio Moments." Each of these will sections will have videos as I gently guide and inspire you through our projects.
You can work with me or go at your own pace. The videos and blog will be yours to access forever!
Our projects will begin with constructing our books using a very easy and fun technique. Next I will share and guide you through my processes from the backgrounds, to collaging, and lastly to embellishing and adding the final details.
Here are some of the things we will be doing:
– Working with pan pastels, inks and watercolor paints.
– Collaging with texture papers and fabrics.
– Adding different elements to our collages including metal and wood, wire, threads and found and collected objects.
– Stitching by hand, wiring, attaching, constructing and assembling, painting, collaging, designing and most of all creating.
– Arranging, photographing, (any camera or your cellphone will work), and writing.
As many of you know, I love arranging everyday objects into still-lifes and vignettes. And to find beauty in the natural world and even the smallest details… I would like to share my processes with you during this workshop. Photographing your art space and easy and using creative art and writing prompts will also be included in this workshop.
Note: these photographs are samples of some of the things we will be doing, not the exact book we will be making!
This workshop will include:
- Five weeks of inspirational projects, ideas and prompts.
- New posts with links to the week's videos will be posted every week for five weeks.
- Over 20 high definition videos to inspire and guide you, filmed in my River Garden Studio and my home.
- A private blog that will help you organize your projects from start to finish and where I will share more ideas and art that goes hand-in-hand with our themes.
- A private Facebook group where you can share your projects and get to know other like-minded souls.
- An Instagram page that you can link to: #pathwaysandwanderings
- Extended access to the blog and videos to last indefinitely (forever!)
- Beautiful photographs and quotes throughout the blog and videos.
* High speed internet is recommended as well as a google account.
* A list of course materials will be provided later, after you join the workshop.
* The private Facebook group will be opened in December.
* Sorry, no refunds after the class begins.
* All levels of skills are welcome
No matter where you are on your artistic journey,
this workshop will
something just for you!
Early Registration is just
* When you pay through Paypal
you will be automatically signed up for Pathways and Wanderings!
(for now through November 22nd)
then the price will be
(registration may be limited)
Here in my River Garden Studio Autumn has arrived and outside
a storm is brewing and wind is scattering leaves everywhere…
but not in my studio.
Window light is ever present, always warming, always clear.
This week I have been glowing in the excitement that Storytelling with Collage, Techniques for Layering Color and Texture, the book I have been working and dreaming about for the last few years has a cover design and has it's own spot on Amazon Books!!
This book has been on my mind and in my heart for so long.
Now it is real, now I can visualize it and now I am even more anxious for it to come out and share it with the world!
Here is a new glimpse of my studio. I have made some changes. Now my studio is just for collaging.
Not to work on my computer, (I do that on the dining room table now) and I am moving my encaustic station out to the garage.
Drawers have been organized. My collections all have homes…
Here is a close up of one of the photos that you might see in Storytelling with Collage.
I am very thrilled that I got to do all the photography myself!!
Dozens of new collages and never before seen photographs fill the pages.
Here are also some some glimpses of some of the projects I will share in this book…
I will guide you through at least nine brand new projects,
so you can create your own version of them yourself.
Each chapter, the themes, the colors, the words and the images have been
carefully thought out.
You will see how I begin and how I get inspired.
And how I work.
If you pre-order this book now, (or have already), please leave me a comment letting me know by October 31th! (This date was extended)
And I will put your name in a drawing for one of my new pieces of art featured in this book.
It will be a surprise collage just for you!
Where do you find magic?
Or… does magic find you?
When you open your arms wide to greet the day?
(these two photographs are from Dayna Davidson Collins home, Alley Art Studio)
When you sit on the ocean cliffs and watch the sunset?
When you find a new collection…
there is always sunlight somewhere.
We found magic at this beach
introduced to us by Holly (thank you)
… the sea glass must have been a foot deep.
(the beach is called Glass Beach and is in Fort Bragg)
And my students found magic this weekend at
Mendocino Art Center.
You can see more photographs here
(if we are friends on Facebook!)
Magic in colors, in subtleties, in textures.
Even in the smallest details, bundles and layers.
Wrapping twigs and creating windows and doors.
Dwelling in the possibilities.
And for me, there is magic in every garden.
And in returning to my home…
(This inspiration board is filled with my own art, photos, images from magazines, one of my very favorite quotes and a receipt of when I sold some of my first paintings and a small sketchbook painting done by my mom…)
I know there is magic in your world too.
Can you feel it?
This post is devoted to my
student's artwork from this year.
It is just a small sample but I wanted to show you
some finished products of
what we do in my
Dayna's Art Bundle
It is just a small sample but I wanted to show you
some finished products
of what we do in my workshops!
I have a
Mixed Media Nature Journaling Workshop
coming up at the end of August
and these projects are a sampling
of what we will be creating.
This workshop is in beautiful
at the Mendocino Art Center
that sits on the cliffside
over the Pacific Ocean.
You can read all about the workshop here!
They even have lovely cabins
on site where you can stay
and fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean waves…
Student Stitched Leaves
Mary Jo's Artwork
Sydney's Nature Journal Page
Michelle's Nature Journal Page
Tracy's Book Bundle
Heather's Windows to the Sea Book
Susan's Windows to the Sea Book
Wouldn't you love to created pages like these?
I would Love to be your guide!
Some very exciting things have been happening
in my world…
Did you know that you can now see
the first promotion of my book
on Amazon here now?!
You can even put it on your wish list !!
It is called…
Storytelling with Collage:
Techniques for Layering Color and Texture