Friday, September 5, 2008

The Painted Turtle Gallery-Feature Artist

Beatrix von Allmen - Raku Artist

1961 Born in Switzerland
1983 First interest in clay work
1985 Established my own clay business, called Rainbow. Created and designed jewellery made from stoneware and porcelain clay, which I sold for years at markets, fairs and private shows.

1991 Needing a change from the fine work of jewellery, took art classes in sculpting at the College of Art in Bern. At the same time, got interested in raku. This was a major change in my career. Raku was the perfect technique for my sculpted birds, cats and chickens. Raku brings them alive, gives them character and and uniqueness.2001 Emigrated to Creston Valley, BC Canada.

2006 Returned to Switzerland to attend workshop with raku teacher. Creativity is essential in my life. If I spend too muchtime away from the act of creation,a part of me dies. To work with clay and textiles is my passion; over 20 years of creating in these mediums is in each piece.

I love living here in the Kootenays, continuing my journey as a free artist, creating my vision of Clay and Cloth Art.

Bea's Birds can be purchased through the Gallery, 9:30am-5:30pm - Tuesdaythrough Saturday
Phone: 1-250-428-5141 Owner: Win Dinn

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Peppers and Lace-Painting Update

3 Peppers and Lace
(not yet titled)

-this one is coming along....middle pepper needs more depth, as well as the center of the green pepper, and perhaps more depth on the upper part of the red pepper.

-will add a bit more color and detail to the lace over the edge of the table and I think this one's close to being done. Ive said it before....I love the background on this one!

Yours in Art, Laura Leeder

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hummingbird Sculpter - Thank You Rose!

Recently, my sister Rose, along with her husband Perry,and children Bennie and Katie came for their first visit , (all the way from small town, Wetaskiwin, Alberta), to my new home, here in Creston, BC. They brought "mom" with them, making the visit extra special! Ivor & I so enjoyed seeing all of you and showing off just a small bit of our beautiful Creston Valley! (This is our 4th summer here, having moved from Edmonton, Alberta)

As a parting gift, Rose gave me this pretty metal sculpture of a "hummingbird with hibiscus flower". I have several hummingbird feeders on the decks and they are a great source of entertainment and wonder all summer long.

(Rose...Here is where I hung it!)

Here is a close-up of this piece:

This metal sculpter along with many other fun pieces was crafted by local artisans and can be purchased at the "Painted Turtle Gallery" in Creston, BC! The gallery is located at 1132 Canyon Street. Phone: 250-428-5141. Stop in to say hi to owner Winn. This place is loaded with many fine pieces made by artisans and crafts people of the Kootenay Region.

Thanks again Rose! Oh, and please say a "special" hello to Maryke!
(don't work too hard ladies!) Hugs, Laura
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