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Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts - Labor Day Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you love spending a fun day at a wonderful arts show, the FRANCISCAN FESTIVAL OF FINE ARTS is being held this coming Labor Day weekend, September 3 and 4, at Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park, NM.  A wide variety of juried art (paintings, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photographs, crosses, clothing / handbags, metal work, quilts, woodwork, glasswork, community information and much more) will be available to browse and to buy (make an artist's day!).  Everything for sale has to be made by the artist selling it - no mass produced items allowed!  Music, food, drinks, a silent auction and a raffle will also be available.  As you can see from the photos below (all courtesy of Father Tom), there is a wide range of art and activities.  I'll be there with my SHADOW DOG DESIGNS handmade jewelry booth.  Stop by and say "Hi!"

 

When:

Saturday, September 3:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 4:  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Where:

Holy Cross Retreat Center

600 Holy Cross Road

Mesilla Park, NM  88047

 

 

Here are some photos of festivals past:

 

 

 

Heavenly Hollyhocks in the Desert Southwest

 

 

Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) have always been a flower dear to my heart.  Can't explain why besides they have such a beautifully majestic look to them (at least to me) as they sway in the wind.  According to information I've read, they are biennials, taking two years to bloom (although you can't always believe what's written since these seeded last summer and are blooming now).  Hollyhocks are originally from Asia, grown in ancient China by wealthy people.  They spread to the Middle East through trade routes and then were carried to western Europe by returning Crusaders from the Holy Land.  The Latin name of the hollyhock plant, Alcea, is derived from altho the Greek word for healerIn Greek Mythology, Althea is a beautiful goddess of healing and compassion, family, marriage and protection.  The flowers were used as a diuretic, a laxative, an emollient and in anti-inflammatory treatments. Rosea is Latin for for rose, rosy or pink.  The common name, hollyhock, is a combination of two words — holy and hock. Holy refers to the healing powers of the plant and that it was brought to Europe from the Holy Land.  Hock is an Old English word which means mallow.  Hollyhocks made their way to the United States in colonial times in seed packets carried by immigrants.  They symbolize the circle of life and abundance and were traditionally planted near the front door to welcome prosperity.

 

 

 

Nina Eaton Photography and Shadow Dog Designs - Christmas Open House

 

 

This coming Saturday and Sunday (December 4 and 5), SHOP LOCAL by joining Nina Eaton of Nina Eaton Photography and me, Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, at the annual Christmas Open House at Nina's house, 506 Shadow Willow Drive, El Paso (in the Upper Valley)  If you are finishing your holiday shopping (or haven't even started yet!), need a stocking stuffer or want to pick up something for yourself, stop by for a wide assortment of unique gifts.  Nina will have a wonderful selection of her El Paso photography:  matted and gallery wrap prints, note cards, stone coasters, trivets, calendars, mouse pads, and other photographic beauties.  I'll have a whole host of my mostly one of a kind handmade jewelry:  necklaces, earrings and bracelets - many more designs than are listed in my online shop.  Additionally, the wide selection of Christmas earrings will be 20% off

Christmas Open House - Nina Eaton Photography and Shadow Dog Designs

 

 

Nina Eaton of Nina Eaton Photography, is hosting a Christmas Open House, and she invited me to participate in it.  THANK YOU so much, Nina!  If you are finishing up your holiday shopping (or haven't even started yet!), stop by for a wide assortment of unique gifts.  Nina will have a wonderful selection of her El Paso photography:  matted and gallery wrap prints, note cards, stone coasters, trivets, calendars, mouse pads, and other photographic beauties.  I'll have a whole host of my mostly one of a kind handmade jewelry:  necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  You'll find many more designs than are listed in my Shadow Dog Designs shop.  Additionally, the wide selection of Christmas earrings will be 20% off. 

Fall Art Market - El Paso Art Show

 

 

Be sure to mark your calendars:  the FALL ART MARKET is being held next weekend, October 30, 10:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m. and October 31, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The Fall Art Market features over 20 local handmade artists with a a wide variety of items:  painters, glass artists, jewelers, repujado, textiles, mixed media and more.  It's hosted by Pam Schuster at her Design Studio, a wonderful new venue, located at 5536 Westwind Drive, El Paso, TX.  I hope to see you there!

 

 

Sidewalk Sale and Fall Art Market - El Paso Art Shows

 

 

 

The show season is beginning to pick up for this fall.   Two new ones have been added and I'm participating in each, along with other artist freinds.

 

The first is the SIDEWALK SALE on October 16 at Placita Santa Fe, in El Paso, TX.  It is a combination of artisan handmade artists and shop owners.  The "official" time is fom 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., but there will be some ready to go at 10:00, including Nina Eaton with her photography, Candy Mayer with her art and me with my handmade jewelry in our "pop up" tents with out handmade art.  Here's the information:

Roses in the Desert - Julia's Beauties!

 

 

 

My good friend, Julia, has spent many years creating the most amazing rose garden in her backyard.  Before she bought her house, someone had planted a rose garden along the back rock wall.  But when she bought the house, only a few sad bushes had survived.  Over the course of the next several years, Julia replanted the roses . . . . and what beauties they are when they bloom!  The roses are her “babies” and she spends many enjoyable hours working in the garden, talking to the roses and inhaling their heady scents when they are blooming.  She also communes with the wondrous animals that come to visit, especially with the Gambel's Quail and the Greater Roadrunner, her favorites

Magic Morning Market, February 1, 2020

 

The Magic Morning Market is this Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan, Street, El Paso, TX  

The hours are from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

I'll be one of the outdoor vendors - find me in space #1!

 

Shadow Dog Designs

Holiday Art Crawl - El Paso

 

 

On December 14 and 15 is the first annual Holiday Art Crawl right here in El Paso.  Four west side artists are opening their homes/studios for two days of shopping for unique handmade Christmas gifts for a friend, a relative, a loved one . . . or yourself.  Guest artists will also be found at most of the homes.  Food and beverages will be available (including my almost-world famous sangria at Nina Eaton's house).  You can also register for a chance to win a door prizes at each location.  So, mark your calendar and come join us at the Holiday Art Crawl!!

 

I'm thrilled that Nina Eaton has asked me to be the guest artist at her house.  I'll have a wide variety of handmade jewelry from my Shadow Dog Designs shop, mostly earrings and necklaces, but a few bracelets as well.  Everything is one of a kind with the exception of a few Christmas earrings.  Nina will have a wonderful selection of El Paso photography and gift items.  I have purchased several beautiful items from her over the course of a couple years, including, most recently, custom photo coasters of our sweet dog, Seamus (:  Here's a link to her online shop:  Nina Eaton Photography

 

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