Tarpon Springs fine art festival on the bayou~ A review

This is my experience and my own opinion of the Tarpon Springs fine art festival from April 8-9, 2017.
This fine art show has a reputation of large crowds; waiting to get in early upon opening the gate, and (mostly) a large buying crowd.
This year, the show did not live up to its reputation.

My booth was situated near one of the entrances to the show, near the arts building, but up on a side walk "ledge" where people would have to step up to get into the booths.
To one side I had a fabulous pottery and glass artist (museum quality); on the other side were wood workers who made handmade children's toys/puzzles, which were all hand cut, carved, painted-very detailed.

Saturday had a slow start (crowd wise). The folks (with the handmade toys) told me that there was such a drop in crowds; that people were usually waiting at the gate to get in and this was not the case this year. The clay/glass artist said that maybe this was "not his type of customer". Sales wer…

Tarpon Springs fine art festival 2017

Welcome! Or should I say, welcome back. I've been away from my blog lately, I know, but I'm going to keep it going! So please follow, subscribe and pass it on.

I'm happy to announce that I will be taking part in this year's Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival/Art on the Bayou. This is a large show in Craig Park, Tarpon Springs with over 200 artists and with lots of food and entertainment. Please come out and join me while I debut my new jewelry, featuring the techniques of fusing and granulation work.

And if you want to follow my progression of new work, please follow me on Instagram here. See ya soon!

Join me this weekend for PAVA's 2Cool Art Show in Gulfport, Florida

Come join me this weekend, Feb. 4-5th in Gulfport at the Gulfport Casino for the 6th annual 2Cool Art Show featuring artists from PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists). This is a great indoor smaller event that features the talents of many fine artists in jewelry design, wood, ceramics, photography, painting and more. The Gulfport Casino is located right on the water with a beautiful view.
Show times are 10 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. You can stop by a local beachy bar and grill for lunch too!

Back to blogging, updates, and links

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's about time that I got back to blogging. So I'm making the effort to keep this blog going with updates on my jewelry business, Devine Designs Jewelry, book reviews, and user friendly content. What would you like to see on my blog this year? Leave me a message in the comments!

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I'm learning some new jewelry making techniques, such as granulation, (see photo) just to name one. I figure I've got to stand out and be a little bit different that other jewelry designers, currently in my area, who I am constantly in the same shows with. This means I'm going to have to update my current metalsmithing set up that I have; but growth is good. New jewelry designs will b…

Courage to Soar~Simone Biles~ A book review

Courage to Soar is the true-life story of four-time Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles. It’s a rag to riches success story written in her own words, that takes the reader on a journey from Simone’s childhood beginnings, her adoption, move to Texas, and her young years in gymnastics through her teen years, up to her previous wins at the Olympics.
Simone shares her winning attitude, courage, and faith in her story. It’s a thorough detailed story of her life at home and in gymnastics. Written in her own words, this book appeals to a youthful audience.
I enjoyed reading this book and learning about Simone Biles. It’s always an inspiration to read how one overcomes setbacks, hurdles and disappointment in life. It’s a feel-good story that any youth would enjoy reading. Quite honestly, this book does not contain too much talk about religion or faith. Faith and prayer are mentioned a few times throughout the story. And since it is written from a teen-agers stand point, I found …

Get ready for Atomic Holiday Bazaar in Sarasota, December 10-11th

Come on out to my favorite show of the year! I'll be in the Bay Front room (back of building) on Saturday, and the main room on Sunday. Time to get to holiday shopping! See you there!