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Susan Frank at the GoodBean in September

GoodBean Coffee Company is proud to present artworks by Susan Frank, artist & illustrator, for our featured exhibit in September 2014. For this show, Susan will offer a diverse collection of pastel paintings & drawings, casein paintings, and photo collage drawings. Her originals and prints on display range from large 22″x30″ originals priced at $400, prints starting at $250, and smaller originals from $175 to 5″x7″ miniatures for $75.
Susan is a member of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists and teaches Fashion Illustration for the Beginner at Central Art Supply in Medford, Oregon. Her formal training began at the University of Houston, and the Glassell School of Art in Texas, and she also studied at the Art Students League of Denver with Master Pastelist, Doug Dawson, and Plein Air Painter Jay Moore.
Her works are represented by:
Susan now resides in Southern Oregon with her dog and two cats, creating paintings for galleries and illustrations for Advocate Art in the United Kingdom.  Recently her work was licensed through agent in UK for use by New York Graphic Society in New York, and a greeting card image published in Australia. Contact info for UK Agent if you wish to license my art is listed on my website.
I practice every day to improve my skills.  Words I try to live by …’try to see the humor, as well as the beauty, in all things.’
~Susan Frank

 

Car Talk, watercolor by Susan Frank

Car Talk, pastel by Susan Frank

Fall Day, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Fall Day, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Multnomah Falls, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Multnomah Falls, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Spring Garden, by Susan Frank

Spring Garden, pastel by Susan Frank

SOAR Welcomes Wendy Gell!

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 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

Fan Gifts for Judy Collins by Wendy Gell

Wendy meets Judy Collins backstage at an Oregon concert

Wendy meets Judy Collins backstage at an Oregon concert

Pearl and crystal barrettes for Judy Collins by Wendy Gell

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

American Visions, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Love Me Tender, 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 Gell

Wendy Gell

Classes

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!”
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Ornate Museum Cuff by Wendy Gell

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

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

Blue Buddha, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Byzantine Prophet, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Byzantine Prophet, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Class at Ashland temple with Wendy GellKids 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 [email protected] See Wendy’s work at www.wendygell.com.

Wendy says “Have Glue Gun, Will Travel!”

 

Wendy Gell and Hannah West

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.

 

Felting Workshop

I recently taught a 3 day workshop with Marilou Moschetti, in Aptos, California.  The workshop; Dye, Felt, Sew; focused on creating yardage that would be custom fit to each students individual silhouette for a vest or a jacket.  The patterns used were Diane Ericson’s Fault lines Vest and the Plaza Jacket.

The first day students created a color study using Colorhue dyes.  They had fun experimenting with different color combinations.  They learned how to create warm and cool colors and how to tone.  They then dyed their silk for the next day’s felting.  Students also spent time sketching design ideas for their felt yardage.

The second day was spent creating the yardage for their jacket or vest.  Some students created designs using flat felt surface while others played with 3-D techniques.  Pattern pieces were fitted for each individual’s body type.

The last day was spent cutting, fitting and sewing the vest or jacket.  At the end of the day we had a mini fashion show.   The workshop was a great success.

Colorhue dyes color study

Colorhue dyes color study

designing nuno felt yardage

designing nuno felt yardage

Plaza Jacket Fitting

Plaza Jacket Fitting

Fault Lines Vest, cutting out the pattern

Fault Lines Vest, cutting out the pattern

Nuno Felt Fault Lines Vest

Nuno Felt Fault Lines Vest

Plaza Jacket

Plaza Jacket

Finished felted garments

Finished felted garments

 

 

Exciting New “Nuno” Felt Workshop

This is an exciting opportunity to spend 3 days creating nuno felt and visiting beautiful Ashland, Oregon

Design Custom Tailored “Nuno” Felt Yardage

May 7, 8, 9th, 2014

Plaza Jacket

Plaza Jacket

Ashland, Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructors: Jo Ann Manzone & Marilou Moschetti
To Register:  contact Jo Ann Manzone at [email protected] or
Call: 541. 951. 2526 for further information

During this three-day workshop, students will design and create “Nuno” felt yardage to be used to construct their own tailored vest or jacket. Flat felled seams will be used to close the front, back and sleeves into a functional unit, allowing the vest or jacket to have a lovely drape. accentuating each student’s individual silhouette.

Designs for the base fabric can be simple, elegant traditional fused silk with wool, 3-dimensional “Nuno”, or collage elements for each garment. The concept is to make a vest or jacket with a self-lining layer, of silk. The design possibilities are endless!!!!! There will also be an option to make two-in-one reversible yardage for the vest or jacket.

Fault Lines Jacket

Fault Lines Jacket

Two patterns will be available for purchase: Diane Ericson’s Fault Lines Vest and the Sewing Workshop’s Plaza Jacket. The Fault Lines Vest will be hand-stitched in the workshop. The Plaza Jacket will be machine stitched. Advanced felt experience is helpful, with intermediate sewing skills necessary. The patterns we will be using are NOT an all in one felt piece.

Workshop Fee: $395
Marilou Moschetti has taught for the Surface Design Association’s

Plaza Jacket Back view

Plaza Jacket Back view

“Reinventions” Conference, San Francisco State University’s textile department, coordinated The Felt Study Group in California, and taught workshops for The Tin Thimble, Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild, and The Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild. She has had garments exhibited at the San Jose Quilt & Textile Museum, FashionArt 2012 in Santa Cruz, California, and the Kent State Fashion Museum in Ohio.

Fault Lines Jacket Back View

Fault Lines Jacket Back View

Jo Ann Manzone has taught at Create Mixed Media Retreat for Artists, Costa Mesa, California, coordinated a 2-day workshop, Nuno Felt Basics with Polly Stirling at Ashland Art Center, Ashland, Oregon, taught workshops at the American Sewing Guild’s Southern Oregon Chapter, and has exhibited her work through the Lithia Artisan’s Guild. She has a studio at Ashland Art Center where she teaches and creates.

Felted Fault Lines Vest Workshop Approaches

Fault Lines Vest Black and White118-Fault-Lines-Front-Web PatternThe Felted Fault Lines Vest Workshop is about a month away and there is still room for you to sign up for this exciting 3 day experience.  You will learn how to make nuno felt yardage and transform your yardage into a beautiful one-of-a-kind vest.  We will be using Diane Ericson’s Fault Lines Vest Pattern.  Diane’s pattern has lots of playful design elements, including pockets, closures and collars.  You can see some of the different designs in the vests and jackets I have made.  The black and white vest is a combination of felt and a beautiful wool fabric as is the charcoal/black jacket.  If you are looking to take your felting skills to a new level, this workshop is for you.  The cost for the 3 day work shop is $350.  Please contact me to reserve your space today or you can click here to pay for the class.

Creatively Yours,

 

Jo Ann Manzone

black fault lines jacket front view nov shoot

autumn orange vest front view

brown fault lines jacket full view nov shoot

Dec 1-31: “Angels” Group Show at GoodBean Coffee, Jacksonville

Dec 1 – 31, 7am – 6pm M-F
My large “Angel” hand-painted silk wall hanging will be part of a group show of angel art at the GoodBean Coffee Company for the month of December. This 45″ x 45″ piece will be available for purchase – Contact Hannah West at
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GoodBean Coffee
155 S Oregon Street
Jacksonville, OR
 

Nov 29-30: “Wine Dine & Shop” Benefit for HOPE Equestrian Center

Nov 29 from 11-4, Nov 30 from 10-4
Wine, Dine and Shop for holiday gift items! I will be there to display and sell my hand-sewn, cotton happi coats and kimonos, hand-painted silk wall hangings and scarves at Voorhies Mansion / Edenvale Vinery, to benefit HOPE Equestrian Center, a Medford therapeutic horsebackriding program for the disabled.
 
Voorhies Mansion / Edenvale Vinery
2310 Voorhies Road
Medford, OR
 

Nov 19-Feb 21: Southern Oregon Guild Gallery

Nov 19, 2013 – Feb 21, 2014, M-F 11-3, Sat 10-2
Exhibit and sale of hand-painted silk scarves & wall hangings. The gallery is located at 24353 Redwood Highway, Kerby, Oregon
 
The Southern Oregon Guild is also having a Holiday Gift Show on Sunday, December 1st, from 2pm – 5pm.  Start your Holiday Season with the Southern Oregon Guilds’ Artists and the Oregon Little Big Band!  We’re having a fabulous party to introduce our 2013 Holiday Gift Show and give you the “Art Alternative” for your Holiday season!  We’ll be serving tastings of festive holiday wines and a wonderful buffet.  Free drawing for a hand-painted garden chair!
 

Felted Fault Lines Vest Class

I am so very excited to offer a 3 day felted Fault Lines Vest class January 17th through the 19th, 2014 at Ashland Art Center, Ashland, Oregon.  I have been playing with Diane Ericson’s Fault Lines Vest pattern and coming up with some amazing vests, undershirts and jackets.  In this 3 day class you will learn how to make felted yardage that you will use to make a vest, undershirt or jacket.  We will be mostly hand stitching the garments and encouraging you to think outside the box by combining felt and fabric to make your garments.  I love this pattern because there are lots of opportunities for design play.  Think about making a fabric undershirt and felted vest.  You can add a collar or leave the lines simple.  Create a collage look using prefelts and scraps of silk.  The possiblilities are endless.  I am attaching some pictures of the vests, undershirts and jackets that I have already made and will be posting new items as they are completed.  Visit www.dianeericson.com to see more Fault Lines Vest ideas. The cost for this workshop is $350.  Space is limited to 6, so you will receive lots of individual attention.  Please contact me to reserve your space today or click here to purchase.

faultlines jacket brn front

Autumn

Autumn

Nuno Felt Faultlines VestFault Lines Autumn Vest Pin detail

Fault Lines Autumn Vest Back

Call to Artists from the Talent Public Arts Committee

The Talent Public Arts Committee (TPAC) is creating a display to showcase the work of textile and fashion artists for the dates of Nov.12th-Jan.10th. At this time, this is an invitational show-however we are open to your suggestions of artists to contact and/or include. The deadline for jpeg submissions of work is Oct. 15th. We really hope to make this a great show and hope you’ll join us in the effort.

We are focusing on fashion design, textile art, and related practices such as art quilts, felting, rug making, silk dyeing, jewelry textiles, fashion illustration, photography of fashion/textiles, etc. We have a very large space to fill with artwork!

We have a wire and hook hanging system installed in the City Hall Gallery, so no work can be directly attached to the walls. Work that is not framed and wired needs to have a solid hanging apparatus that will work with this system. We would be happy to answer any questions to that end. We also have available a lighted glass display cabinet with movable glass shelves. The total size is about 8 feet long x 6 feet 6 inches tall x 14 inches deep. There are 9-12 shelves per case. Feel free to stop by City Hall anytime between 8:30am and 5pm Monday-Friday to look at the space and see what we have to offer. All sales have a nominal 10% commission fee, which goes directly back into the Public Arts coffers for putting on more events and shows.

To apply for this show click on “Call to All Artists” on the city home page at www.cityoftalent.org please read the “Guidelines for submission”, then follow the “instructions for application”. Again, the deadline for submissions is Oct. 15th.
To speak with us about possible artists, questions regarding the show, applications, etc. please call Karen at 541-621-6239 or email us at [email protected].