Sunday, October 4, 2009

Art Girl Heads For the Country.

IT TURNED out to be a nice day on Saturday for a drive in the countryside of Yamhill County. Last year was such a perfect trip on the Art Harvest Tour that I duplicated it almost exactly this year.
First off I went to visit Linda and Jim Hayes in Pike. (Check the Art Harvest link above to see them, under "artists.") The jewelry this couple makes is just breathtaking, and of course I was wearing my Jim Hayes earrings and my Linda Hayes bracelet while I viewed their new work. This year I had to settle on taking pictures of Jim's flowers - abutilon - which were delightful and I had some of Linda's special bread she served her Art Harvest Tour visitors. Yum! Visiting their little studio/house/shed with the warm wood stove is always a treat.
Next I headed for Sheridan, where Kim Hamblin and Landry Deese share a studio. Kim is up to wonderful new works of paper. Check her out on the Art Harvest Web site also. She is a hard worker, that girl, and is so beautiful.
A walking tour out the back door of the studio led me down a trail to Landry where he had a wood-fired anagama kiln heating up his latest work at 2,030 degrees, I believe. If I get back next weekend I should be able to see what he did. (Someone has to be awake at all times to put wood in the door to keep things hot. He had friends helping out - some sleep and some work, then vice versa.)
Lunch was at Nick's in McMinnville where minestrone with a heaping spoonful of pesto fueled my engine. I wanted a glass of wine, but I was driving. And me and wine just like a nice soft couch together.
Visited Marilyn Worrix's studio and marveled again at her magnificent house. She's on the Web site too. Doesn't she have nice neat shelves of supplies? A book artist must know where everything is, I suppose, and keep it all nice and clean and tidy. Can't have smudges on the books. And I believe she must have done every stitch ever known to a bookmaker. Marvelous.
Here is a Yamhill County hillside in Sheridan. What a wonderful day. I can't wait to do this again next year - femminismo


Maureen said...

What a great trip you had. Meeting all those artists and seeing where they work sounds like a really fun time. I enjoyed your post, thanks.

Candace said...

Jeanne, this is great. How I love road trips esp combined with meeting creative spirits and being in the surroundings Nature provides.

Thanks for sharing this! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Good!
Your Pal in Athens.

donna said...

I wish I had gone, too! ;)