Out my Windo I've seen the most amazing creatures; I one day spied a crazy-eyed rabbit, on four wheels, moving fast, cape and ribbons flying. She had no time to talk, but placed in my mind, at no charge, a river of images and stories. A gift she said, but in order to keep the river flowing these visions must be shared.
Artwork pictured here (not marked sold) was lost in the Paradise Camp Fire. I plan to regroup within the next few months and emerge with a new body of work. Classes, of course, are cancelled for now. Some pieces may still be available at the Fallbrook Art Center.
I'm OK… Are You OK
I was reading that book you gave me, the one about the great wind that blew flames across the land. I cried for the lost ones whose hopes and dreams had been nestled around stone fireplaces, snuggled deep into overstuffed chairs, anticipating that first sip of hot chocolate.
I cried mostly for the entwined fingertips of friendship, pulled apart like fodder shot from big cannons. A lost seed, each one, falling hard onto unfamiliar soil and taking root as required. I can hear their voices now calling to each other on the wind, I’m OK… Are you OK? … as if the thread never broke and the sky never faltered,
7" x 12" wall hanging
This one started with a cardboard box, scrap fabric and lace edging and a candle holder that survived the fire. The planter is made from a metal survivor piece. The rest is polymer clay. The book's title is Paradise Lost.
What We Keep
It's not a pretty sight, sifting through the rubble of her old life. The sharp edges and rusty metal, making a harsh statement to life's fragility and impermanence. She finally stands upright, reluctantly, as if something magical might bring it all back. Taking stock of the small dirty ruins held like found treasure in her hands, a simple thought occurs through the knot of unshed tears… Make a new picture.
This is the first piece I made after the fire. It is composed of pieces retrieved from the ashes; layers of slumped and shattered glass fused by extreme heat. MetaL pieces, brittle and rusted, blackened coins from the change jar. The face flowers and leaves are new material. The ladder came from a metal sculpture, The Fishing Pier, my dad had made back in the day.
13" x 16" wall hanging
A Seeker's Boutique & Art Studio
6424 Skyway, Paradise, CA
Santa / Elf 2018 Gourd Ornament Workshop
Wednesday, December 5, 12-4PM, $35
In this 4 hour workshop we will make a face using a mold and professional grade polymer clay. The face will be applied to a winged, bumpy or other shaped gourd, ornament size. Premo colored clay, Opalescent pastes and Christmas embellishments will finish your treasured piece.
All materials provided. If you have a special gourd you are welcome to bring it. You will also receive an instruction sheet and resource list.
As always… Snacks, Sips & Fun Space reserved on a prepaid basis only. Limited to 9 students. Space reserved on a prepaid basis only. Sign up in-store or online at
Of Earth & Water
There is story in the piece of wood lying twisted and forgotten along the shore. It holds within its layer-upon-layer an ancient collective memory that lives true in all of us. It might speak of mother-wisdom, or the old healer, or it might tell a story from a time-out-of-mind place where creatures crawled out of the sea and took their first breath of air.
I never know what will come to life when first I touch that piece of wood, but in time it speaks to me of the earth and water from whence it came. I try to honor that call from the depths, allowing it –as deftly as I'm able– into expression.
If you have any questions or would like to make a purchase please contact Sheri by clicking on this link.
Metamorphosis of Women
She is called now to return to the Source; to sand and sea from whence she came.
She begins to understand herself, not as singular, but as a part of a purposeful whole. Accelerated by forces beyond her understanding the metamorphosis of women begins.
The parts: Driftwood from Oregon Coast, a gift from my sister, Connie. Legacy shells from San Nicolas Island, gathered by my mother. Sand from Lanikai Beach where I roamed for a year and discovered another part of me.
19" h wall hanging $250
Dance of the Soul - Hard won freedom undulates from earth and wood
Old skin falls away like the golden leaves of seasons turned.
Skin and sinew push through societal constraints
Reflection reveals the colorful expanse of her soul.
23" wall hanging. $95 Available at A Seeker's Boutique 6424 Skyway, Paradise CA
Essence of Wood
Knock on wood they say, as if wood is imbued with some magical power. I take it far beyond that when I think about how a piece of old wood, once severed or whittled down from it's mother tree, holds within it the very essence of nature. It vibrates, it magnetizes, it touches a chord. For the wild-eyed artist who resonates with wood, it is a collision of forces. a new song forms, one of inspiration and expanding possibilities.
Ms Joanie Goes Shopping~
A crazy rabbit flying by on wheels formed in my mind when I spotted that piece of driftwood. I have come to know her as a busy eccentric and she is on a mission. If you see her coming your way, for your own safety, please give her a wide berth. I understand her eyesight is poor. Dedicated to my dear friend, Joan Gast, who flew from this earth many years ago… Oh the stories!
From wheels to ear-tips she stands 15". Her first and favorite shopping stop is A Seeker's Boutique in Paradise, CA $95
The protocal for summoning your wizard for a touch of magic can prove a bit tricky: 1) State clearly your desire. 2) Make the call only when you are absolutely sure. 3) Wait for him to arrive on the wind in his own given time. 4) Serve a spread of fresh bread, seasonal fruit, cheese and good red wine–no cheap stuff. 5) After his long pipe comes out and the first smoke ring encircles the room try hard to remember what is was you wanted. 13" nfs
Wizard & Dragon
You drew me in, a magnet to metal, and your quest became my quest. Through our shared energy the divine power of the Third came into being. 18" tall wall hanging $75 at Fallbrook Art Center (Find Magnified Show) http://www.fallbrookartcenter.org sold
Oliward - Power Wizard. The time is now to call in the forces. Clarity of purpose and laser focus of intent opens the portal and moves the seeker forward. 14"h $40. at A Seeker's Boutique in Paradise sold
Season of my Discontent
Do I dare peak out from under heavy blankets of winter, only to be assaulted by your flaming globe in the relentless sky. Green sprouts and white skin burn under the intensity of your flare. Once again you remind me, Get up get going time is short and you have a big life to live. 20" wall hanging $65
Wind across my Boneyard
A scent, earthy and pungeant as a new mushroom blows across the land… Turn to face the gust, so familiar, so repelling, and yet, like a cool stream running over cracked soil. Oh beautiful life, given by breath and taken away by a sudden gust. 11" wall hanging $40 at Fallbrook Art Center (Find Magnified Show) http://www.fallbrookartcenter.org sold
Royal Road - Know thyself and you will know your journey is without flaw. The road you are called to now is beyond your mental manipulations. It is the path you were chosen to serve and the gift you were meant to share. 13" tall $40 at Fallbrook Art Center (Find Magnified Show) http://www.fallbrookartcenter.org sold
Aztec Elder - Across the winds of time Old Aztec appears now to ask for reparation and healing of ancient wounds. 11" wall hanging $50 at Fallbrook Art Center (Find Magnified Show)
And when she awoke she felt the spark ignite in her core, sending a rhythmic hum coursing up her spine. A great thirst arose and she reached deep to drink from the well of new beginnings. 14" tall $65 at Fallbrook Art Center (Find Magnified Show)
They said you were gentle and wanted only peace. They told me you were compassionate and would give your last morsel to one in need. These things I know to be true, but I know more now. I've looked deep into your old soul. 13" wall hanging $40 at Fallbrook Art Center (Find Magnified Show)
Spirits of Wood & Water - Gathering at the Crossroads
Decisions must be made as we find ourselves at the crossroad; what baggage to leave behind and what to embrace as we pack our small suitcase. We travel light now, with a bouyancy remembered from childhood.
In this series feminine faces appear in the wood. Each has a message to impart. each embodies a quality necessary for the new world order. The chosen path shines clear now, full of light sparks and purpose of step.
The sizes run from 8" to 15" h. The price is $40 each (unless otherwise indicated) plus shipping. If you have any questions or would like to make a purchase please contact Sheri by clicking on this link.
Effrin - You were never lost dear one, you simply forgot the way. You became so caught up in the web of worry you took the alternate path. You will cross your true path at the next fork in the road. Close your eyes and see yourself in the calm of wood and water.
Sold at Fallbrook Art Center Find Magnified Show
The Hermit Into the dark forest I follow, into places of my unspoken terrors. I take comfort in my grip on your cool, bony hand, your footfall, silent and sure on our chosen path.
Sold at Fallbrook Art Center Find Magnified Show $95