Archive for July, 2008

Gallery ok

Posted in Famiiy, Friends, Life, Personal, thoughts on July 29, 2008 by anuvuestudio

For those of you wondering or concerned, Anuvue survived it’s roller coaster ride in the just under 6 earthquake today. The termites all held hands and kept things nicely together.

As far as my home… the pottery collection is safe and intact and the cats are all still fat and asleep.

Sadly, the monstrocity they call a “house” next door did not sink into the ground….you can’t have everything…

😉 H


Posted in Art, Images, Life, photography on July 29, 2008 by anuvuestudio

Conversation Coming

Posted in Images, Life, photography on July 28, 2008 by anuvuestudio

Higher Learning

Posted in Images, Life, photography on July 21, 2008 by anuvuestudio

Tangled Limbs

Posted in Art, Images, Life, photography on July 21, 2008 by anuvuestudio

Party Time

Posted in Art, artists, back in business, Clowns, create, creative, design, Dreamer, Dreams, eating, eclectic, Entering New Territory, entertainment, excitement, fabulous, Famiiy, Friends, future, gallery, Goofballs, Grand Central, Hanging out, harmony, Hiding place, Hope, Images, it's only money, jewelry designers, keeping positive, Life, Love, Memories, Music, music makers, Musicians, neighbors, new beginnings, Night, Party, People, Personal, progress, Remember, Somewhere Over the rainbow, Stupendous, the story unfolds, Uncategorized, view, wish, wow on July 19, 2008 by anuvuestudio

I took a few shots early on as people started arriving for our opening…and then had to put my camera down to eliminate bodily harm in the mayhem. A few people picked it up towards the end and took some of me and my fat cheeks. I wish I had more to show you just how many beautiful people came to see and enjoy the Studio. We had such a great time. Everyone…

Anuvue Studio

Posted in Art, Entering New Territory, future, gallery, Hiding place, Images, Life, Personal on July 19, 2008 by anuvuestudio

I thought I would show you some photos of the Studio before our grand opening gala. I took some quick shots to give you an idea of the basic layout.

This is the entrance where you are greeted by a modern stainless fountain and some cool patterned carpets. I had banners signs made so that each artist would get recognition for their work and so that families could see…and be as proud of them as I am.

Then you step inside…this is looking back out

When you walk in, you can see 4 movable walls which accommodate 8 pieces of work. The ends, where the wood is, actually open to become a storage unit as well. I have clear acrylic sleeves on each end to supply the viewer information on both the work they see and the Artist themselves. The silver sides have been painted with liquid stainless steel and then clear coated for protection. Each and every wall is edged with metal and all the tops have hooks so that all the art can be suspended from wire…rather than having holes put in walls. After suspension, I use museum wax and a level to make sure each piece stays in place.

Upon entering the Studio gallery, you turn right and are faced with you first view of artwork on the movable walls and a quick view of the gallery.The reception desk, on the left, has been accented with a special patterned aluminum…one I fell in love with long ago an had to incorporate. All the furniture in the Studio is made from Baltic birch plywood. Above the reception desk…in a place of prominence…are my Father’s beautiful 1940’s hand carved bamboo fishing poles. I took great delight in people pondering them at the opening…Here you see Lori’s work prominent.

When you turn around you are faced with lovely floating glass cubes. They are really attached to wall…but the illusion of hanging from the stainless tubing is kinda fun. On the right side, the flat screen holds my portfolio. Below, in the 2 glass jewelry cases and also the one to the left of them, Kweli’s one-of-a-king jewelry sits glittering.

In the glass cubes: On right and left double boxes: Cathy’s beautiful fused glass in a myriad of colors. In the center cube and below in the jewelry case that’s center, Audrey’s amazing Native American pine needle basketry…and Audrey is 87 years young folks. The left jewelry case of the 3 holds Gina’s hand etched and hand dyed velvet shawls…and they are to die for. Next to the shawls…in the same case, are Darcy’s hand made, one of-a-kind Rosaries..and they are very clever and unusual.

Then, on the left side, Jim has his documentary Tibetan photos of the Amdo Tribe and their handicrafts are displayed below. These items are my pride, my joy and they give me the greatest sense of well being.

Standing back to look at it all…

Then as you turn, you see the very back free standing wall built over the existing windows. You can see Yumiko’s light green canvases…and then Laura’s work

Then looking back from the corner of the room back from Laura’s work toward Yumiko’s

Then if you were to look into the movable wall isles…you would see MaryBeth’s work

And Jim’s work on the right (in addition to what’s playing on the flat screen)

Then my own work on the back movable walls…hey, note that red sold dot on “Laundry Day”!

Behind mine, on the back sliding door wall is Shiela’s work…

and past Shiela’s are Kweli’s paintings…

I took this photo a little later so you could see the closet we built to hold out custom Studio T-Shirts…”Damn Blind Monkey” shirts are flying off the hangers… also the silver aluminum chairs hold guests who would like to review portfolios of work on the flat screen behind the reception desk. On that desk you see 2 water colors by Cynthia. On the wall shelf… I sell devil Ducks (after collecting them for years myself). On the easels, from left to right are works by MaryBeth, Shiela and Laura.

From the back wall where the flat screen is, you can see the reception desk…grand central. My lobster chair is the only color I allowed myself, to not take away from the art itself…

Lastly, my little kitchen area. The stainless table was my desk in my former Printing Scheduler life! Ha!

4 Musketeers Minus 1

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2008 by anuvuestudio

Grand Opening Night


Posted in Uncategorized on July 15, 2008 by anuvuestudio

Correction…Cathy let me know today that I had the total of folks who showed up off by quite a bit. She was able to view people alot better than I was. I had succumbed to a hoarse voice while giving the 10 cent tour. She estimates the number of attendees to be closer to 150 – 200. I had no idea. I was really busy.

Wow, now that’s a gallery opening people!

And I’ll tell you something else…the “Damn Blind Monkey” T-shirts are flying out! people with Good taste!

Eventually I’ll get my shots uploaded…but for now…I’m still dead tired and goind to bed. We open officially to the public Tuesday…well… to whoever knows we’re up there…and I don’t want to scare them…yet!

The day after…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2008 by anuvuestudio

Wow. There are really no words for the feelings…

We had about 100 people…beautiful…well mannered people to support the Artists and their work. I got a text from my lifelong friend who now lives in New York and could not be there… just as we began. I had to walk off to dry my eyes.

I met so many people…good people…and I was humbled at the site of not even being able to move about in my own gallery for all the traffic. So many good wishes. So many positive, kind, beautiful people…to share a dream.

Susan, the studio’s intern, was fabulously poised, detailed, polite, professional and handled that crowd at the reception desk with an outer calm that was amazing! God only knows what she was feeling on the inside! I was so grateful to have her help.

Thank goodness Kweli was there to help Susan with her jewelry because she did really well. I barely saw Kweli all night and not because she’s tiny…but because she was so busy selling. I had a friend walk over, sporting one of Kweli’s fabulous rings, proudly stating it was the very first ring she had made.

Jamie drew caricatures of the crowd which they all greatly enjoyed and Jeremy not only brought his guitar but a friend with a mandolin and another with an instrument that looked like a keyboard with a hose to blow into…heck…I can’t remember the name…I can’t even feel my own feet right now…but they were wonderful!

At the end of the night, when everyone was gone…I walked the gallery to see 2 red dots next to 2 photographs…Jim had sold his fabulous shot of Roy’s off Route 66…and the other, well it was mine.

I had no idea…