My First Show of the Spring.

There will be a selection of my jewelry this Thursday through Sunday at "The Celebration of Creativity".   A juried fine arts exhibit & sale set in a distinctive gallery style. It was started over 35 years ago by a small group at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, Oregon. The goal was to meet the need of local artists for a recurring professional venue and to make fine art available and affordable to the community.
Over the years, this showcase of local and regional talent has grown to become one of the premier art shows in the Portland area, famous for its beautiful presentation, a wide variety of media, and an ever-changing array of artists.
Proceeds used for local arts awards, art education scholarships, art literacy programs, and to support art in the community.

And My Next Show Is...

Da Vinci Arts Fair - Saturday December 5th 10 am - 6 pm, 2508 NE Everett, Portland      

 A fundraiser for the Da Vinci Arts Middle school.

I will only be selling my jewelry at this show.

The Making of a Cuff.

Ever wonder just how I make my unique anodized aluminum jewelry? Well here are a basic steps involved in making one of my cuffs. 


New, New, New!

This August I took an incredible 5 day workshop were I learned how to hammer metal into cool curving shapes. I came away with so many ideas I hardly know what to do with myself.

At the workshop taught by  Andrea Harvin-Kennington and Betty Helen Longhi.

At the workshop taught by  Andrea Harvin-Kennington and Betty Helen Longhi.

Now I'm hammer crazy and I can see that my work is going to develop in an exciting direction. The shapes are great but when I anodized them, the colors have such depth and beauty!

With the first group of jewelry pieces I've made, I tried to evoke the feeling of fabric billowing in the wind.  They will be making their debut at the Local 14 Art Show the first weekend of October. 



I'm Going to Central Oregon!

I'll be selling my jewelry and sculptures August 7,8,&9th at the Sunriver Art Faire, just south of Bend. What a fantastic  excuse for me to visit Oregon's beautiful high desert. 

                                                                www.sunriverartfaire.com

                                                                www.sunriverartfaire.com

Have A Heart For Mom Bazaar 2015!

I'll be selling my anodized aluminum jewelry at this show Wednesday, May 6th from 10 am to 5:30 pm.  It's a good place to get that last minuet Mother's Day gift and 10% of all the artists sales go to the OHSU Heart Research Center. 

Romance is in the Air.

Like Valentine's Day, the wedding anniversary gift has its origins in the Roman Empire when husbands would crown their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary and a gold one on their 50th. Over the years other gifts became associated with specific anniversaries all over Europe. The current list of "traditional" gifts in the USA was established in 1937 by the American National Retail Jeweler Association. OK, so it's a blatant marketing ploy but it does help us come up with ideas for gifts and the 10th anniversary is aluminum or tin. There aren't a lot of romantic things made out of aluminum but my jewelry or sculptures really fit the bill. 

                                                             Image found theweddingtiara.com 

                                                             Image found theweddingtiara.com 

Let the Holiday shopping Begin!

Help Support the Science Program for Grout Elementary School

My first craft show of the Holiday Season will be at Grout Elementary. Proceeds go to the 5th Graders' Science Enrichment Camp. So come and support our future scientists and current artists. Come early and enjoy the pancake breakfast!

I will have my largest selection of jewelry for the rest of the year at this show, including some special holiday themed pieces

Open Studio Tour October 19th and 20th 2013

This weekend is the Washington County Artist Open Studio Tour. Now, I don't live in Washington Co. but for many years I have been selling my jewelry at a real gem of a store in Forest Grove called "A Framers Touch". http://www.aframerstouch.com/ I will be setting up a mini studio in the store and demonstrating the techniques I use from 11am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday. Pluse I'll have a bunch of extra work on sale and I'll even be able to do some customization while you wait.  

For more information check out the Washington Co. Open Studio website. 

http://www.washcoart.org/ 

 

Gallery Exhibit Featuring Sculptures by Mandy Allen

"Flower in Rotation"  32" x 24" x 24"  anodized aluminum and copper mobile  

"Flower in Rotation"  32" x 24" x 24" 

anodized aluminum and copper mobile  

As an artist, I have studied and experimented with many different mediums. But I found my calling in 1994 when I began to study jewelry and metalsmithing at Humboldt State University in Northern California. After a few years of dedicating myself to jewelry I had a craving to go bigger and make some sculptures. The larger scale presents different design challenges but also releases me from the constraints of what is wearable. It also inspires new jewelry designs which in turn inspire new sculptures. The results are beautiful pieces that are perfect for any small space in your home or office that needs a little something special.  


"Receding into the Backdrop"  7"x 7" x 7"  anodized aluminum and copper wall sculpture

"Receding into the Backdrop"  7"x 7" x 7" 

anodized aluminum and copper wall sculpture

I am excited to be exhibiting 29 of my sculptures as part of a three person show at S.L.O.T. studio Art Gallery, a new gallery in Oregon City. The opening reception is Friday July 12 from 5pm to 8pm and the show runs through August 31. 

There will also be a selection of my anodized aluminum and silver jewelry, beautiful hand blown glass by Ana Willow Obermayr and Conar Piermarini and abstract expressionist paintings by V-O-N-D-A

S.L.O.T. studio Art Gallery 900 Main Street, Suite 106, Oregon City, OR 97045

Summer hours: Usually Thurs. - Sat. 12-6pm & evenings Wed. 4-8pm, or by appointment

503-576-1927   www.slotartgallery.com

one-of-a-kind necklace with matching earrings  

one-of-a-kind necklace with matching earrings