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One of the positive things that came out of me being one of the artists at the Castle Rock Fine Art Festival this September was two members of Commonwheel Artists Co-op stopped at our booth. They liked my mixed metal Ginkgo leaf earrings, bought a pair, and invited me to participate in their Holiday Market that starts today, November 18th and runs through December 31st!

Commonwheel Artists Co-op is located in Manitou Springs, CO and is a group of wonderful, talented artists….some of whom I actually know!  I am very happy to be part of their Holiday Market this year.

I thought it would be fun to share some of my latest Ginkgo leaf earring variations that will be available at Commonwheel for Holiday gifts.  They are part of my Arts & Crafts Impressions series, which originally debuted at the Boettcher Mansion’s Gathering of the Guilds this past May.

As I started to work on these, each one sort of evolved or morphed into another variation….all of which started with one simple little three leaf design.  I am finding it fascinating how an idea will take root and grow during the creative process.

I’ll let Dan’s photos do the rest of the talking in this post.

The Original Ginkgo Earrings ~ My Starting Point

The evolutions begin…..

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

Saturday Morning In Castle Rock

It was right before the show opened and Lexi took this picture of me with her iPhone.  Not bad!  Thanks Lex.

The weather was perfect.  This was my first BIG fine art show, outside, where the elements could be anything from freezing cold to furnace hot.  This weekend, the Colorado weather was on its best behavior.

The first day, the crowds were relatively light.  There was an Air Force Academy game that may have played a factor in the attendance.  Sunday, the crowds were better and the people were more engaged in looking at the artists work, talking with us, and enjoying the Art Festival.  Ribbons were awarded to artists in various categories.  Two of our friends won best in their divisions, Julie Jerman-Melka for Jewelry and an oil painter, Stephen Koury.  Lexi and I could not be happier for them….well deserved.  I hope you will take a moment to visit their respective websites to see their works….you will see why they won in their categories.

This was not the best selling show I have had, yet regardless of that, I came away from the show with so much more than monetary rewards.  I was invited to participate in the Holiday Market run by Commonwheel Artists Co-op in Manitou Springs!  It is a 6 week event that runs from November 18 – December 31, 2011.  I was flattered and accepted the invitation.  My Arts & Crafts Impressions series caught their eye so there will be more of those wonderful gingko inspired jewelry pieces in the works.

The experience of doing this type of show was invaluable for me.  More importantly was the sisterhood that I shared with three very special artists during the show.  My sister, Lexi Erickson, of course!  Lexi will forever be my mentor; when I need someone to lean on (besides my soul mate Dan) Lexi is there.  I am so blessed to have her in my life.  Then there is Mary Sharp-Davis, a woman that has so much wisdom and gentleness….everyone should meet and learn from a gentle soul like Mary.  And then Julie Jerman-Melka….another woman who mentors, guides and nurtures.   Through Lex, I have met and gotten to know Mary & Julie.  A wonderful circle of creatives.  One cannot ask for anything more, nor feel more blest.

I am thankful and grateful for the experience and the wisdom imparted by this gifted women of the sisterhood.

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

Etched Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Photo Credit ~ Daniel Krucoff

Well, it’s almost here. Castle Rock Artfest. This Saturday and Sunday. Our weather is supposed to be nice and I’m ready. The car is packed with my displays. We set up today and bring our works on Saturday morning to complete our booth.

I worked on several new series for this show.  Over the past few months as I’ve been preparing for my fall schedule of events, I have had lots of thoughts on art.  I’ve had a chance to interact with many of my metalsmithing friends and colleagues.  I have this feeling that I’ve just started to scratch the surface of what I want to do and who I want to be as an artist.  It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to the roller coaster ride that is coming.

Why do we create?  What drives us?  I have loved working with my hands all my life.  I’ve mentioned that I was never one to color inside the lines and to a certain degree, I’m still that way.  I’ve read many blog posts about why artist make their art.  I’m left with the impression that those who truly love to create, love to make art in their medium, well….it is a passion.  A zest for life, creating something that is an expression of who they are, what they feel, and an extension of themselves.  I feel that passion in creating.  I get that passion as I work.  I need that passion in my life because it makes me feel alive, complete, whole.

I thought I would share a few of those new pieces that will debut at Castle Rock this weekend.  I hope they speak to their new collectors and will find their homes.  I hope they convey the passion that I feel about metalworking.

The Storm
Photo Credit ~ Daniel Krucoff

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

Can you believe it’s September?  Next weekend is the Castle Rock Art Festival in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado. This will be my first big fine art festival. Lexi generously offered to share her booth with me if we both got juried into the show. Well, Lexi has done the show for the past two years and I had no doubt she would be juried back into the show this year.  She was. Lexi’s first year in the show she won Best Fine Crafts. I was less than confident about being accepted into the Artfest, but I submitted photos of my latest works, the Mouontainesque Series, and ponied up…holding my breath….  To my delight and surprise, I received the acceptance notice back in May. There was that feeling of euphoria knowing that my work made it into this show and to be able to do this show with Lexi will be a real joy.

There are lots of wonderful artists doing this show.  To see the complete list, check the Artfest site here.  Lexi & I will be in booth number 152.  I will finally meet one of Lexi’s dear friends, Mary Sharp-Davis, whose booth will be next to ours.  I have seen Mary’s work and it is just stunning.  Her work encompasses ceramics and jewelry.  I can’t wait.

Then there’s our friend Julie Jerman-Melka, another gifted and talented metalsmith, with her beautiful river stone and raw diamond pieces.  You can find Julie at booth #98.

Lexi will have more of her delightful Shamans inspired by her work as an archeologist.  I gotta tell you, these guys truly define art jewelry in my mind.

I have two more new series that I will be debuting at this show.  Veracity and another that I have called Elements.  The show runs from 9 AM – 6 PM on Saturday the 10th, and on Sunday the 11th, the hours are from 9 AM – 5 PM.

One of the many things I enjoy about this show, having been an attendee in previous years, is how well-organized it is.  There’s plenty of parking at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and the city runs complimentary bus shuttles to the event location on a fairly regular basis.  Admission is only $5.  There’s something for everyone.

One of the biggest ‘hazards‘ that I find at a show of this caliber is I’m going to be so tempted to buy from a number of the talented artists that will be there.  🙂

Let’s hope that our Colorado weather will be wonderful rather than filled with surprises.  If you live in the area, I hope you will stop by.

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

Kathleen Krucoff

Artist and Metalsmith

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