Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Two of My Favorite PISMO Bead Invitational Artists

I've been regularly perusing the website at PISMO Fine Art Glass, waiting for the work of some of my favorite artists to be posted.

Today, to my delight, there are images available of the work submitted by Wayne Robbins. It's a bit confused, with pieces mixed throughout the jewelry, individual bead and sculpture categories. One of my major glass collecting goals is to possess one of his monkey beads, like this one with gold earrings. Last year at Bead and Button, I hovered over his booth, unable to commit to the top-of-the-line pieces I really coveted. This year I'm really looking forward to considering again.

Wayne and his wife, Judie Mountain, work collectively as Mountain and Robbins, making mixed media jewelry. For his more elaborate sculptural glass work, see Wayne Robbins. Don't miss the completely amazing chameleons, dogs, and angler fish.

Another artist, whose work I have admired since I first saw it in person at Goldesberry Gallery in Houston during an escape from International Quilt Festival one year, is Karen Woodward. Her glass is sculptural and tiny, but not technically beads. I just love the humor of this piece, titled "Woman (Deconstructed Portrait with Baby)"

Perusing her online portfolio at Karen Woodward Studios will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face. Don't miss the Effigy series, which is what I'm most familiar with. Also check the installations and shadow boxes filled with the tiny treasures.