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Friday, 23 November 2018

We began by delivering a bouquet to the Don Nisbett Art Gallery, whose big event is tomorrow’s Shop Small Saturday.

My original plan for the studio tour was just to visit Joe Chasse’s home, which was on the official tour for the first time.  However, we went to most of the locations that were in private home studios, partly because several of the artists had purchased Allan’s boating book and he wanted to exchange the older copies with ones with the spiffing new cover.

 Jim Unwin’s Hobbit Shop

up a woodsy one lane drive

Allan’s photo

wild rose hips

The Hobbit Shop

Jim told us that he had started carving a piece of wood and found a bird inside.

I love this crow piece.

To the north of the shop lies several acres of woods that we helped save from logging by donating to a fund to buy the property for preservation.

Joe Chasse’s Dangerous Toys Studio

Joe’s place

gate into the back yard, but we are not going there today

front porch

front porch

a man after my own heart

Joe is known for his steampunkish “toys” and his caravans built from license plates.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

This was the first year Joe had been officially on the tour.  (Last year, he just put out his own sign.)  By the time we ended our visit, a crowd had gathered, more than we saw at any of the other studios.

interlude

Just a coffee break in Ocean Park while Allan scopes out places that might carry his book.  He had sold one already today to an enthusiastic kayaker at Joe’s place who had seen the book on Joe’s table!…

Adelaide’s in Ocean Park

inside Adelaide’s

A cute cottage in Ocean Park:

just my size

Bette Lu Krause Gallery

in Ocean Park

Bette Lu’s garden view

Bette Lu had bought Allan’s book early on and was pleased to trade for the new colour cover.

Oysterville

We went up a long one lane road to Harmony Soapworks, where we were greeted by Erin.  I threw her ball several times before entering  the soap making studio.

darling Erin

Soapmaker Diane is a woman after my own heart.

The Oysterville Store had featured artists…

…but I got distracted by chatting inside and then by store owner Greg’s house next door.

I love the purple.

That stick was a bit large to throw.

…no matter how strong the plea… (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan took a quick walk out to the shoreline of Willapa Bay.

Carol Couch Studio

I do like visiting Carol’s Ocean Park home, which she had designed for ease of older living.

She always offers the best snacks on the tour.

the large deck

a laser light ceiling effect which I quite liked.

desert rose

darling Ginger!

the deck from outside

I had heard some talk about kayaking while I had my delicious snack of stromboli and tea cakes and learned that Allan had traded a book for one of Carol’s paintings, appropriately featuring a red kayak.

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

We visited Eric’s gallery.  I enjoyed looking at my former garden there, now cared for by Eric’s brother Todd.  It was a treat to see gallery manager Kristl, who said she was happy with the original cover of Allan’s book and did not need to trade.

Eric’s gallery, north side

west side

Todd has achieved the goal for the west side which eluded me, some height, by adding some grasses between the two windows.  I planted all the other ornamental grasses there back in the day, so why did I not think of that?

south side

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

view from inside looking south

one of the rooms of glorious art

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen has chickens now!

beautiful and friendly

Karen was happy to get a new copy of Allan’s book with the colour cover. I was happy to get some Christmas shopping done.

in the studio

pretty new cranberry bowls

vases

and birdbaths

And then we were home again where I hope to stay for several days, days that I hope will be rainy reading time. This could mean that this blog will begin its winter habit of intermittent rather than daily posts. If not now, soon….

 

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Monday, 18 December 2017

At the Ilwaco Post Office, Allan delivered our card:

inside, Allan’s sketch

He saw a cute dog waiting outside:

The postal staff told him that this is the busiest day of the year.  In our small town, we have to get our mail at the post office (no home delivery).  I remember in Seattle that the busy holidays would have lines out the door.

busiest day

We all have to go there for our mail. They should get more than two cards!

When the rain stopped in the early afternoon, I went outside with the intention of raking some of last year’s debris out of the garden and chopping it into the compost bins.

We’d had this much rain.

After deposting a wheelbarrow load of debris into a compost bin, I was inspired to dig up an ornamental grass that was now languishing in the west bed too close to Leycesteria ‘Jealousy’.

I gave that up for a moment and decided to move a pink and white old rose that had become lost and invisible in the middle of the bed.

This particular old rose, maybe Rosa ‘Mundi’ used to live at the Wiegardt Gallery, a former job of ours (that is now handled by Todd, brother of artist Eric Wiegardt).  I removed the rose from the gallery for two reasons.  First, the deer discovered that garden so every year the rose got eaten to a nub.  Second, I planted it when the building was pink, and the rose color did not go with the latest gallery color, a pale sort of pea green.

Back when the gallery was pink and blue:

In 2007 or so, the gallery became a sort of faint purplish colour (not lavender) that still worked with the pink theme.

In 2009, it became a pale green and most of the pink theme did not look right anymore.

So the sad deer-chomped rose came home to live with me.

Now it has been moved to a spot where some gold Helenium and gold foliage shrubs are no doubt going to clash with the pink and white flowers.  I can pick the roses for bouquets if the combination is too painful.  This placement will enable me to watch the rose for rampant blackspot and to decide if it is worth keeping.

new home for a rose (where the soil is most ruched up)

Allan walked out the back door just when I was heading into the garage for the heavy pick to get out the big grass.  Lucky me, unlucky Allan.  He agreed to help me by hoiking out the grass and digging out two clumps of boring orange daylily and one big clump of grass infested shasta daisies.

An extra tall Boltonia asteroides went into the middle of the bed. The grass went toward the north edge of the garden, in the hole the boltonia came out of,  to balance another white and green variegated grass. A bit of shasta daisy went where the daylily came out, and Allan helped me do a better job of standing up the columnar apple I had transplanted into the west garden bed not long ago.

before

after

It was a tremendously satisfying work session and solved several problems that had been bothering me all summer.

After dark, which comes at 4:30 now, I read the shortest book of my reading year:

At 31 pages, this darling book is to be a gift for Dave and Melissa (who I am sure don’t read this blog, so don’t spill the beans).  They have a nice flock of chickens.  I read Lovgreen’s book in the 1970s and have always remembered its charm.

I have requested her memoir, As Far As I Can Remember, via interlibrary loan.

In 1982, I visited a friend who was renting a small house on Bainbridge Island.  Imagine my amazement and thrill when it turned out to be Minnie’s old house.  How I wish I had taken pictures of the house and landscape… Those were the days when film was precious and blogging was a thing of the far future.

All I have to show of that day is this photo of me and my significant other, Bryan, sitting in Minnie’s house.

1982

Today, in the evening, Allan wrapped all the presents.  He does a good, neat job.  My wrapped presents come out like bundles.  Some friends found this endearing, or so they said; this year, only Montana Mary got the bundled style of wrapping.

I can now show you how perfectly the little truck I got at NIVA green goes with a Christmas card from The Card Lady.

Tomorrow, much excitement awaits because we will go to see the new Star Wars movie with Dave and Melissa.

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Friday, 27 November 2015

tour

We got to eight of the studios on the tour.  Our day included a nursery and a garden visit, as well as a visit to a friend’s art studio, and those will be in our next post(s).

The Picture Attic

our friend Jean Nitzel's Picture Attic

our friend Jean Nitzel’s Picture Attic

The Picture Attic was an excellent place for photo processing during my pre-digital years on the Peninsula and now focuses on picture framing, craft supplies, and art classes.

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card making kits and framing supplies at The Picture Attic

card making kits and framing supplies at The Picture Attic

 

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The Hobbit Shop (Jim Unwin)

down a woodsy road to a magical place

down a woodsy road to a magical place

The Hobbit Shop

The Hobbit Shop

chairs made of pallets

chairs made of pallets sitting by the Unwin residence

an observer

an observer who watched all the comings and goings

I do love just using old branches for decoration.

I do love just using old branches for decoration.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Jim Unwin's art of carving

Jim Unwin’s art of carving

in the workshop

in the workshop

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Jim at work

Jim at work

ingredients for future projects

ingredients for future projects

Naquaiya’s Studio

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the sweet little residence

the sweet little residence

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the entryway

by the entryway

inside the studio

inside the studio

Bette Lu Krause

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leading the way....Allan's photo

leading the way….Allan’s photo

Betty Lu herself

Betty Lu herself

inside

inside

view from the window

view from the window

refreshments

refreshments

We especially like Bette Lu's art

We especially like Bette Lu’s art

And look who crossed paths with us just as we left the Krause studio:

chatting outside with Our Kathleen

chatting outside with Our Kathleen

Don Perry Metal Art

Don's studio; I brought my walking stick for his steep driveway.

Don’s studio; I brought my walking stick for his steep driveway.

Allan's photo, summery weather

Allan’s photo, summery weather

quail and driftwood

quail and driftwood

crab and mermaid

crab and mermaid

inside

inside

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All the metal “sayings” had to do with wine.  However, Don said he could make me one of a garden quotation, so I am pondering that.  Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts?  No…I think Village Green Preservation Society!  That’s it!

Before the next studio, we drove through Oysterville and had a walk through our favourite garden there.  That will be tomorrow’s post!  Then on to…

Carol Couch Watercolors

Carol's dream house that she designed for beauty and comfort

Carol’s dream house that she designed for beauty and comfort

so excited to revisit this house that I love that I had a shaky hand

so excited to revisit this pretty little house that I love that I had a shaky hand

inside the studio, where we found Our Kathleen again

inside the studio, where we found Our Kathleen again

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the living room

the living room

a house full of light

a house full of light

The stromboli was so delicious...

The stromboli was so delicious…

and here is the recipe.

and here is the recipe.

in the kitchen

in the kitchen

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dream deck on north side of the house

dream deck on north side of the house

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Marshmallows for toasting were provided for tour guests.

view from the deck

view from the deck

a hummingbird by the deck (Allan's photo)

a hummingbird by the deck (Allan’s photo)

Wiegardt Studio Gallery

We visited the gallery of Todd’s brother, Eric, and of course had a good look at the garden that we used to do.

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Todd has the garden looking tidy, mulched, with weed free gravel.

Allan's photo of our favourite tiny bun: a dianthus

Allan’s photo of our favourite tiny bun: a dianthus

I think I see deer prints.

I think I see deer prints.

tidy, with a handsome fence repair by our good friend Bill Clearman

tidy, with a handsome fence repair by our good friend Bill Clearman

Bill recently repaired the fence and front door.

Bill Clearman recently repaired the fence and front door.

Todd is winning the battle against montbretia, a battle I never had time to wage here.

Todd is winning the battle against montbretia, a battle I never had time to wage here.

Allan touring the garden.

Allan touring the garden.

Indoors, we found the bouquet that I had provided some of the ingredients for two days ago.

Todd's autumnal bouquet

Todd’s autumnal bouquet

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It was a pleasure to visit Eric’s glorious art again.

the gallery

the gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Our good friend Christl was working on framing in the workshop area.  She said she knew we would show up for the tour day because she had read our intentions in this blog.  That made me happy.

Our Kathleen, Christl hard at work

Our Kathleen, Christl hard at work (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Christl: Allan’s photo

Karen Brownlee Pottery

After a side visit and cup of tea at our friend Joe’s gallery (not on the official tour and needs it own journal entry), we ended at about one second before closing time at Karen Brownlee’s pottery studio.  She graciously told us she had been about to post that she would stay open late.

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen in her studio

Karen in her studio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; Karen tells us what she is up to.

She was making a piece of this kind...

She was making a piece of this kind…

...by doing this.

…by doing this.

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

I especially like the cranberry pattern.

I especially like the cranberry pattern.

photo borrowed from Karen. I love these pumpkins.

photo borrowed from Karen. I love these pumpkins and apples.

Karen wrapping our purchases.

Karen wrapping our purchases.

I can’t show you what we bought this year; our main mission was Christmas cards, and a few presents just may have been purchased, as well.

Tomorrow, and maybe the next day, too: the rest of our long and eventful day including a garden visit and tea at our friend Joe’s studio.  Regular readers have already read yesterday’s post which included our evening at the Sou’wester listening to the Skinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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