We’ve been home for a month- it’s been luxurious! Got organized, spent some time on the beach, worked on new projects at a slower pace. I’ve really enjoyed having the time to work on some major pieces after our hectic winter and spring schedule- it left me slap worn out. In a few days we head to Madison, WI for the Art Fair on the Square– a huge, dynamic art show surrounding the state capitol building. It’s an impressive show and setting, sponsored by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
the square and Capitol
almost done in the studio
we’re on Mifflin- #838
But the real kicker is the CHEESE! There is a shop called Fromagination on the square, with some seriously aged cheddar at their counter. I can’t wait to savor some again- it’s hard to find in Florida. I’ll let you know my favorites- they ship, you know.
We have been enjoying home since we got back from our last crazy road trip. Settled in at our beach house, we have been spending some time in the ocean- the water is phenomenal! Lots of shells and manatees on our last visit. Soon I’m getting back into the studio, but I plan on making more time for us to spend afternoons like this.
sunset in the neighborhood
my plumeria are blooming!
We can’t spend all of our time in the water- so I spent a while updating our website with our current inventory while enjoying the air conditioning (it’s HOT down here!). Check out our latest at barbaraumbel.com.
We’re almost ready to leave Florida to head for the Windy City- Chicago is on our minds. The Old Town Art Fair is this coming weekend, June 9-10. It is staged in a lovely neighborhood in Lincoln Park, a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. The Old Town Triangle Association sponsors the fair and a Garden Walk in their district of historic homes. The show is a Chicago tradition, drawing a knowledgable and engaged audience. It’s a pleasure to participate in this event, a great kick off to our summer season.
lovely Old Town
Hey, it’s us!
From Chicago we cruise to Virginia Beach, VA to show our jewelry at the Boardwalk Art Show sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). This was one of the first shows of my career as a jewelry artist, and it holds a special place in my heart. We look forward to spending 4 days with the Atlantic Ocean as our backdrop, greeting old friends and meeting new collectors.
Such a pretty show
that’s our booth!
blue as the sea
Neptune watches over us
If we don’t see you there, we will see you here when we get back!
We almost lost our favorite show this year! After 38 years, the organizers of the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show retired from running their event. Fortunately the Office of Cultural Affairs stepped in and the show will go on. The Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Exhibition will be held in Wragg Square Park once again, for four days over Memorial Day Weekend. Spread the word! We are looking forward to seeing you Friday May 25- Monday May 28 downtown in the churchyard. For more info visit piccolospoleto.com.
same place, new dates!
our booth in front of the church
come see our latest work
It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. We just got back from the Main Street Fort Worth Art Festival, which was a great success! MSFW is a prestigious and highly competitive art festival to be invited to, and we can see why after our experience last week. The show was managed beautifully, and well attended by the people of Fort Worth who were very friendly and appreciated our work. We had an outstanding response to our jewelry and met many new collectors over the four day affair. Thanks, Fort Worth, we hope to get to come back and see you again soon! Love your fun town, fine restaurants, and great folks.
Sundance Square is a hoppin’
Brought this new necklace to the show- she was a hit!
View from our boooth- loved having the Little Red Wasp and Capital Grille as our neighbors- yum!
Met Julie, a collector who has been following us online. What a treat!
Our skyline view
Had to stop a Buc-ee’s on the way- a TX truck stop/ institution!
I have so many new ideas on my table- necklaces and earrings waiting to come to life. We have two more shows to do in our winter run before I get some dedicated studio time where I can work on new ideas thoughtfully. I can’t wait! In the meanwhile, I’ll keep drawing. This weekend we are off to Sanibel Island for Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club Art and Craft Fair. Looking forward to seeing all of my shell collecting collectors there!
We have passed the center point of our run of 10 shows in a row- and I’m tired! Planning on getting a good night’s sleep before we open up in Venice, FL for the 17th Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic. Venice Avenue is lined with great restaurants, which makes for a really great afternoon at the art show. We’re going to have beautiful weather, so come out to see us if you’re in the area!
latest green limpet design
still smiling in the studio- do I look tired?
bold rose quartz ring
delphinula circle slide with white topaz