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This will be my last show of 2012.  Once again my friend Nancy Bonig is opening her home for a unique holiday shopping experience.  I am grateful to be one of the six Front Range Open Studio Artists participating.  This e-Invite has been sent to those who are signed up for our respective newsletters.  I thought it would be nice to include all of you who subscribe to my blog posts too.  Any of you that may live in Monument CO and/or the surrounding areas are welcome, as this isn’t an event that will be publicized to the general community.

One of the great things about this weekend event is that Nancy has created a very festive and relax atmosphere for people to shop, talk with us and enjoy art.  Her home is beautifully decorated for the holidays and filled with lovely yuletide music.  We will be providing plenty of munchies, mulled wine, eggnog, cider….well you get the idea….good food and drink!  Oh yes, and last but certainly not least, we are offering some of the most unique, one of a kind, handcrafted art works you will ever find for this season’s gift giving.

My thanks to everyone who came and purchased Treescape pendants and earrings at my trunk show yesterday at Santa Fe Trail Jewelry.  It was so good to see everyone, discuss my process and talk about all the beautiful artwork Marylee has in her shop.  I had a wonderful day and you have my gratitude for liking my work enough to give it as gifts this year.

For those who didn’t have a chance to come to the trunk show, next weekend is another opportunity to see if my Treescapes works will find their way into a stocking hung with care or a present under the tree!  The earrings shown above are just a few hot off my bench.  I’ve been adding rough cut sapphires and more facetted stones.  The pair at the top left of this photo collage has 2mm facetted citrine tube sets; I wear the best magnifiers I have so I can see what I’m doing….those stones may be small, but they add that sparkle that flashes in the light when you wear them.  From start to finish, each pair has at least 10 and as many as 15 steps in the process to complete the work.

Whether you survived the frenzy of Black Friday and the upcoming Cyber Monday, I can assure you that coming to Nancy’s to shop will be a true slice of heaven.  I hope to see you there.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


Photos by Daniel Krucoff

I am happy to introduce my Treescape Earring Collection.  This is just a small sampling of the assortment I have available.  They debuted in my studio during the Front Range Open Studio Tour.  Since then, I have expanded on the styles, adding pearls, jaspers, and faceted stones such as amethyst, citrine and sapphires.

This coming Saturday, Novermber 24th, is Small Business Saturday.  I will be doing a Trunk Show at Santa Fe Trail Jewelry in Monument CO from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  If you live in the area, I invite you to come to Santa Fe Trail Jewelry, visit with me, see my new Treescape Earring Collection along with some of the other wonderful items Marylee Reisig has at her gallery.  It’s a quaint and warm setting nestled in downtown Monument (see map below) located at 215 Chapala Plaza.  As an added bonus you can enjoy Monument’s small town Christmas event with other merchants in the town.  In addition to my new Treescape earrings, I will have more new works and hopefully you will find the perfect handcrafted gift for a loved one or friend.  Enjoy the start of the Holiday festivities in the Art District of Monument, CO.

My heartfelt gratitude to Marylee for giving me the opportunity to present my  new works at this Trunk Show.  I look forward to seeing you.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Reaching For The Sky
Photo by Daniel Krucoff

I am happy to announce that three pieces from my Treescape Series have been accepted into the Arvada Center’s  2013 exhibit entitled Art of the State, a juried exhibition of Colorado artists.  Last month, Sean Brown shared with our group, Colorado Creative Connections on Facebook, the call for entries for this exhibit.  Reading the prospectus, I thought this would be a great venue for my work to be seen, so I applied.  It is such an honor for me to have my work selected from all of the entries.   There were 588 artist applications with 1,635 works submitted.  The jurors selected 195 artworks by 162 artists.  I know there are times in our lives, as artists, that this kind of affirmation is truly humbling and this certainly is for me.

Reaching for the Sky, pictured at the top of this post, is the one of the three pendants that will be shown in this upcoming exhibit.  The stone is one of my favorites, Dendritic Opal.  Those little dendrites formed another beautiful tree, that I see reaching for the sky.  In the upper left hand corner of this stone I see a subdued sun.  The setting is sterling silver with a light oxidation.

The Journey
Photo by Daniel Krucoff

Next in the group is a beautifully pale Porcelain Jasper.  I see a bluff in the background, pale pink & lavender sky with a few clouds.  The white plains leading up to the bluff have some scattered rocks and there is the trail leading one to the bluff.  In my mind, I envision a great journey to get there.  A small evolution in Treescapes here, no trees!  I did texture the back plate of this setting and added the wire frame that gives it some of the characteristics found in Treescapes.

Still Standing
Photo by Daniel Krucoff

You may remember Still Standing from an earlier post this past July….my tribute to the fire fighters who battled the Waldo Canyon Fire.  Amethyst sage set in sterling silver with a faceted amethyst tube set.

It certainly seems that 2013 will be a remarkable year.  All three of these Treescape pendants will be on display and available for sale at the Arvada Exhibit that will run from January to March 2013.  I will provide more details as the dates draw near.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Kathleen Krucoff

Artist and Metalsmith

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