Arts festival in full swing

art shows, Jewelry, Jewelry making

I’m now mid-way through the second arts festival of the summer – this one is Festival des arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay, here in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. My booth is in the Mairie (town hall) in Fitch Bay, a lovely former church, then dance hall, with gorgeous honey-toned aged wooden walls. The wooden backdrop for the paintings being shown there is incredible and really makes the art pop! My co-artists are wonderful and we’re having lots of laughs as we get to know each other. 

If you find yourself in the neighbourhood, do drop by! There’s another site in Fitch Bay and three more in Georgeville, so it makes for a great drive.

Here are some of the pieces I have there:

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Market time

Rings

I see it’s been longer than I thought since my last post. That’s what happens when you get super-busy I guess. In my case, it’s been preparing for the arts festival/markets I’m part of this summer. The first was last weekend on a beautiful lavender farm here in Quebec, just north of the Vermont border. There were about 40 artists and artisans – all of them native francophones except me. It was great for my French! Met some wonderful people and, in spite of the rain and grey weather, it turned out really well. 

I was busy creating what I could in anticipation. The next show runs from July 18 to 27 and is also here in the Eastern Townships. It’s called the Festival des arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay. The website, which should be up and running soon, is http://www.festivaldesarts.net. It takes place in five different venues and is lots of fun. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by – there’s a huge variety of art!

Here are some of my recent creations:

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In Creative Mode

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After a very long silence, I’m back! I was away from my studio for over a month this winter for work, and now am very glad to be back on the farm and hunkering down in my studio to create new pieces. I’ll be taking part in two arts festivals this summer: Le Festival des Arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay here in Quebec from July 18 to 27, then the Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Festival in Toronto Sept. 5-7. Thousands of people visit the Cabbagetown Festival, so I’m trying to be very productive! Here are a few recent additions:

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Snow day!

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Being from Quebec, I’ve always loved snowy weather, so it was a treat to wake up this morning to lots of the stuff! About 8″ overnight and it’s showing no signs of stopping…

Just took the dog for a fun walk along the snowy road and she was digging in the huge snowbanks, running back and forth and generally having a great time. Now that we’re back indoors and warm, I’m heading into my studio to keep working on several rings I’ve got going. Some really lovely agates I’ve amassed! There are such wonderful patterns and colors! Here’s a sampling:

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Boy, is my face red….

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It’s with great shame that I must admit it’s been over six months since my last post. But I really do have excuses! I’ve been ultra busy with my move a year ago back to my home village in Quebec and renovating the farmhouse where I now live. I’m happy to say, though, that I have been busy at my jewelry throughout it all and have set up a really lovely studio in an upstairs bedroom for now. Also went to NYC in June to take a fantastic course at the Jewelry Arts Institute in granulation. You know, like the ancient Etruscans were big on. It was incredible and I learnt a lot.

Here, meanwhile, is a sampling of some of my recent pieces, which continue to end up in my Etsy shop (lechiennoirjewelry.etsy.com), as well as at Studio Georgeville, here in the village.

A natural Ethiopian welo opal in sterling

Flashy Ethiopian Welo opal ring

Fan earrings in sterling

Sterling fan post earrings

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White blue opal post earrings

Sterling silver leaf ring, alternative wedding band

Leaf imprint band

Resurfacing….

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Sonoran sunset ring

Sonoran sunset ring

OK, this time, I really am back, after many upheavals and life changes. I’m thrilled to have relocated back to the beautiful countryside of the Eastern Townships in Quebec. It took me a while to pack/unpack, get sorted out, and set up my studio, which now lives in my beautiful, peaceful farmhouse, surrounded by very green fields, blooming lilacs and cows.

I’ve been mostly creating and selling lots of sterling rings with interesting stones, with a few types of earrings thrown in. Here’s an assortment of recent pieces…

Ocean jasper ring

Ocean jasper ring

Crazy lace agate ring

Crazy lace agate ring

 

Quartz in the rough

Gemstones, Jewelry, Rings

I’ve just spent the past few days in Georgeville, Quebec, visiting with family, eating, knitting, reading and walking in the woods. It’s the last of the fall leaves and still relatively balmy weather. So nice!!! I came across some nice quartz rocks and thought it would be interesting to show these shimmery stones along with a piece of one I made into a ring with sterling this summer. I love the roughness of the stone along with its subtle shimmer. Here they are: