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.
blue as the sea
that’s our booth!
Neptune watches over us
Such a pretty show
If we don’t see you there, we will see you here when we get back!
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!
Off to the Southernmost Point this weekend- we will be participating in the Old Island Days Art Festival in Key West once again. The Key West Art Center and Gallery hosts us on the streets of Old Town for this one of a kind event. We have lots of new work to share, and we will be sure to bring back lots of pictures of our favorite place!
Maine sea urchin with freshwater and mother of pearl
green limpet with boulder opal, moonstone and blue topaz
Four shows (in a row) down, six to go- our Florida schedule is not for the faint of heart! This weekend we will be in Estero, FL (on the SW side) for the Coconut Point Art Festival. Lots of new work to show since our last visit there! Here’s the event information: Coconut Point Art Festival
1st Place in Jewelry at ArtsFest in Stuart, FL
green urchin discus slide
rings and more rings
local Atlantic moon snails
aqua limpet slide
black and white is always a hit
Sarasota, FL is this weekend’s destination- we will be showing at the St. Armand’s Circle Art Festival. The circle is a really happening shopping and dining destination on the road to Lido Key- it’s a great place to spend the afternoon, and the art festival is a perfect addition to the scene. Come out and join the fun!