2012 Epiphany Christmas Market

Saturday November 17 10am – 3pm
Sunday November 18 8am – 1pm
Participants include Nancy Denmark, Margaret Bailey, Paula Dittrick, Jean West, Marilyn Cameron, Joann Thompson, Patricia Hinojosa, Sara Knowles, Judy Berry, Betty Daniel, Susan & Morgan Bradford, Uchenna Onyelwelu, Kathy Mathison, ECHOS, and Epiphany Youth.

Items at the market will include Baskets, Pottery, Jewelry, Wall Crosses, Knitted Wearables, Quilts, Glass, Wood, Nativities, Holiday Decor, Photography, Note Cards, Soaps, Lotions, Paintings, Mixed Media Collage, and MORE!

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is located in Southwest Houston at the intersection of Bissonnet and Gessner.

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Collaborations Of The Spirit

a gallery show featuring the artwork of Nancy Denmark in collaboration with Margaret Bailey and Celia Clowe

“Collaborations of the Spirit” will take place at Duckie and the Grackle Gallery in Lake Jackson, Texas on July 22, 23, and 24. The gallery is located downtown at 145 Oyster Creek Drive in Suite 9. While featuring the collaborative projects, the three-day show will also include the individual work of each artist. Come to meet the artists and preview their work at an opening reception on Friday, July 22, from 5pm until 8pm. The show will continue on Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

a gallery show of collaborative artwork

Collaborations of the Spirit Opens Friday July 22

Much of Nancy Denmark’s newest work has been collaborative as she finds refreshment of her creative spirit in working with other artists. Nancy Denmark and Margaret Bailey’s first collaborative piece was made years ago at the request of a mutual customer to mount one of Nancy’s sterling symbol jewelry designs on one of Margaret’s cedar wall crosses. This opened the door for a new artistic journey and Nancy now finds herself seeking out and inviting other artists to collaborate with her on new projects. This show will be the first exhibition of work created in collaboration with Celia Clowe. Celia has incorporated some of Nancy’s soulful symbolic designs onto her one-of-a-kind Spirit Blocks using etched and embossed metals, and polymer clay. Both artists concur the presence of the Spirit was evident in the creative sparks when Celia and Nancy met to infuse their unique voices into the new collaborative Spirit Block project.

Nancy Denmark is a jewelry artist by profession & obsession, yet plays in many art forms. This playful approach has led Nancy in many new directions outside the “jewelry box”. Her materials run the gamut from precious metals to polymer clay. Nancy says, “As an artist, I try to remain open, willing, always listening and discerning how I am being called to use the gifts I have been given.” Known by many for her original jewelry designs that incorporate Christian symbology, Nancy has been creating these wearable statements of faith for 25 years.

Margaret Bailey, a wood artist, finds inspiration in the quote “God rides the lame horse, God carves the rotten wood”. She handcrafts wood crosses, nativities and symbols by carefully choosing and studying the unique grains, knots, and features of each piece of wood. Many of her crosses are made from local Quintana Beach driftwood. Margaret allows the journey of the wood, to lead her to what she will make from it. Her pieces are all sanded to a silky smooth finish adding a soothing tactile experience to the visual beauty of her work.

Celia Clowe is a mixed-media collage artist, self-described as an overeducated geologist with a Renaissance collection of skills and talents. Celia’s artistic journey has led her to create original Spirit Blocks, smallish 3D mixed media wooden blocks. Celia invites you to connect with the Spirit Block that speaks to your soul and place it where it can be glimpsed often as a reminder of the fullness and celebration of the Spirit within you.

All three guest artists, along with gallery owners Cherie and Glenn McBride, share a bond of faith as members of a national community of artists who work at the intersections of art and faith. All value the significance of visual imagery in spiritual formation and create in response to their own faith experience. The influence of nature is another significant kindred connection that is obvious in the work of these five artists making for a very cohesive gallery exhibition.

Artful Mother’s Day Gifts Will Abound

This Saturday!!! April 30 10am-5pm Please Come to A SHOW OF FRIENDS

at J. West Studio 2103 Commonwealth @ Indiana in Houston

Nancy Denmark jewelry, wall crosses & more
Jean West art glass & jewelry
Margaret Bailey handcrafted wood
Marilyn Cameron pottery

What a timely shopping opportunity for an artful Mother’s Day gift.

Art Show of Jean West, Nancy Denmark, Margaret Bailey, Marilyn Cameron

A Show Of Friends

I am intentionally transitioning from a heavy show schedule to a stronger web presence and online sales. But I do expect to continue getting out there from time to time to sell my stuff, just less often is the plan. So don’t miss this opportunity to come see some beautiful handmade wares in person. That person to person contact between artist and customer is invaluable and I do still enjoy the face to face opportunities as I know the art lover enjoys the hands on buying experience. I also enjoy the camaraderie of being with other artists at shows, so it seemed apropos that if I was going to do only one spring show it should be A Show Of Friends! We have been showing together for some years now but this is the first time we are trying this Show Of Friends at J. West Studio in the spring. Please help us make it a success and come on out to see the show this Saturday. We’ll also have some refreshments to welcome our guests. The show is in a lovely historic Victorian courtyard at J. West Glass Studio, where the setting complements the art of four talented women friends.

Click any photo below to view a preview album of our art offerings. Directions and map to the show below.

Looking Down To Shady Courtyard

Come By For A Shady Visit In The Courtyard

Stunning Spiral Staircase

Visit Nancy & Jean's Displays Upstairs

Margaret Bailey's beautiful wood display

Margaret Bailey's Beautiful Wood Display

directions to find J. West Studio

Directions and a Map To A Show Of Friends

Art Of Grace

May 1-2 “Art of Grace” Epiphany Art Show & Sale, Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Houston, 9600 S. Gessner @ Bissonnet. Join us Saturday, May 1st, 2pm – 8pm, reception begins at 4, Sunday 8am – 1pm. A celebration of artists & their creative gifts, professional & amateur alike, sharing their art of grace with the community. The spectrum of art includes paintings, photographs, icons, glass, jewelry, wood, textiles, pottery, art quilts, greeting cards, & mixed media. Proceeds to benefit ECHOS, Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services.

Epiphany Art Show & Sale

"Art of Grace", Epiphany Art Show & Sale

guest artists include
YellowBird Studio/Glenn & Cherie McBride, Morgan Bradford, Laura White, Blakeley Smith, Patricia Hinojosa, Linda Hardy, Luis Olivas, Grace Tice, Kay Sevick, Sherry Byrd, Fran Wallis, Jean West Evans, Ada Terrell, & Marilyn Cameron

member artists include
Nancy Denmark, Margaret Bailey, David & Roberta Avery, Herb Agan, Lisa Bonner, Nancy Robbins, Carol Andrews Jensen, Kathy Mathison, Sharon Klander, Paula Dittrick, Charlotte Gifford-Weaver, Win Center, David Waddell, & Courtney Kilgard

“Going Home” for last 2009 show…

I look forward to ending this week with a show in my hometown of Orange, Texas. It is a nice juxtaposition to show my creations in the context of the home where it all began. I grew up in an unusually contemporary home for the time and place and my early exposure to clean simple design definitely shaped, influenced, and developed my own sense of design. I think growing up in a “not so normal” house in a small town also gave me the courage to step out on my own and “march to the beat of a different drummer”. My “going home” to show has brought me to much reflection on early influences in my life and how they worked together to shape and form me as an artist. The years of our childhood are such a short window of time in the big scheme of our lives but yet those early years are ever so important in our adult formation. I am very grateful for the people and things that shaped my life. I hope to share more along this theme as the week goes on and I continue to reflect upon the many variations and concepts that “going home” conjures up in my mind. And if you live in the Orange/ Golden Triangle area, do stop in for our Open House & Art.

Here are a few quotes I have been reflecting on as I start this new week.

“Home is where one starts from.” T.S. Elliot

“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Maya Angelou

“If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away. ” Henry David Thoreau

Open House & Art

Flying by the seat of my pants, trusting the Spirit has hold of a belt loop…

I am finding myself a bit overwhelmed with chairperson duties for a fundraiser at my church this weekend. Of course it is an event that my friend Margaret and I created for the church so I have no one to blame but myself! My big ideas often lead to lots of work. I also have a speaking engagement on Thursday morning. When I committed to both in the same week, I knew it could be a bit much, but trusted in advance that I would find a way to pull it off. So I started this week, lying in bed early Monday morning, thinking I should just accept that I would most likely “fly by the seat of my pants” this week. Then I lay there wondering where that saying comes from anyway. First thing Monday morning, with my morning espresso routine, I googled it. The meaning I found: “Decide a course of action as you go along, using your own initiative and perceptions rather than a pre-determined plan or mechanical aids.”

That is pretty much how my week is unfolding and I’m really going to hope for the best that this style works as I give my talk at St. Dunstan’s on Thursday morning. There will be some kind of advance prep and I guess it may appear here as my next blog post. I realize that this blog was probably made manifest the first week of November because I woke up on November 1, realizing it was time I gather my thoughts for this presentation.

Spirit Wind Beneath My Wings

I would like to think that the trust, hope, and using my own initiative is guided by the Holy Spirit. Trusting that the Spirit is the wind beneath my wings, I take these things on, knowing I will be given what I need, as I need it. As this week continues to unfold I will greet the opportunities with gratitude. I trust my chaos will turn to order as I go along. I am grateful I have these opportunities to serve. These occasions always seem to present opportunities to encourage others which gives me joy. I am grateful that my church trusts me with these events I dream up, and gives me a big green light to run with them. I am grateful that the Daughters of the King at St. Dunstan’s believe I have a story worth sharing. As I fly by the seat of my pants this week I will trust that the Spirit has a hold of one of my belt loops and will see that I don’t fall as I fly.

Working on my attitude of gratitude this morning, I found this quote which so eloquently sums it up: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melodie Beattie

And of course I have a responsibility as a co-chair of this event, to not miss an opportunity to make my plea for folks to come on out and support it! We have a nice variety of show offerings and this will be my last local show before Christmas. More preview photos may be viewed online here.

click the image to link to map

It’s Showtime!

A SHOW OF FRIENDS
We started this show last year. Four artist friends showing in a unique setting of J. West Glass Studio and the courtyard of her historic home near Montrose in Houston. All four of us are members of ECVA/ Episcopal Church & Visual Art. Come if you are in the area. Open to all. Share the information with friends and family.
A Show Of Friends

A Show Of Friends

Saturday, November 7th
10am to 5pm
2103 Commonwealth Ave. @ Indiana in Houston
J. West glass studio near Montrose

look for “J.West” & “Open Studio” signs with balloons
from West Gray travel one way on Commonwealth
from Westheimer travel one way on Waugh & turn left on Indiana
(some display only accessible by spiral staircase)
Jean’s phone number: 713.529.4217

Nancy Denmark jewelry, scarves, crosses, & clay
Jean West glass & jewelry
Margaret Bailey handcrafted wood
Judy Adams pottery

sterling, beaded, & glass jewelry, wall crosses, wood symbols, nativities, pottery, glass, knitted scarves