Don’t forget our Art Walk this weekend!

5th Annual Hot August Art Walk

Saturday and Sunday, August 9th and 10th, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm
at the Antiques & Collectibles Mini-mall, 10910 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77043
Sponsored by Don and Pam at Glass Art & Beads
     Come and have some inside fun, away from our August heat.  You can enjoy complimentary food and drinks, along with the chance to talk with visiting artists.  Our guests can expect to see wonderful sculptures, pottery, paintings, stained glass, clay flower creations, lampwork beads, handmade jewelry and fine crafts.  There will also be New Age art and readings, and way way more!  Shop our entire mini-mall full of contemporary and vintage art, collectibles and gifts.  There is something for everyone!
     Each year Don gives demonstrations on lampwork glass bead making.  This year is no exception.  Bring your kiddies to see how glass melts!  Bring your whole family for the great goodies that Don cooks up, and his yummy margaritas . . . and lots of snacks and drinks for the young ones.  We have really great coin and toy stores in our mini-mall – perfect to keep the family happy while you peruse the hallway and enjoy the unique art we’ve brought to our mall on this special weekend.
     August also marks Glass Art & Beads 4th year as honest-to-goodness store in our mini-mall. I wanted to create something that would commemorate this occasion, so I turned to my family for inspiration.
Jeff1 72 dpi
My brother, Jeff Pickering, was a potter, bead maker, jeweler, and creator of beautiful objects.  He also strummed a mean guitar.  He died a young man, but not before he created a solid body of clay and enamel artwork.  All the art on display at our Art Walk was created by Jeff in the two years before his passing in 2003.  I mounted and framed nine of his creations, from beads to tablets.  Below is his “3 Mayan Tales” (10-1/2″ x 10″), tablets he created because the Mayan culture’s art inspired him.  I used bamboo, copper wire and handmade papers to adorn the mounting.
Jeff - Mayan Tablets (2) 72 dpiJeff - Egyptian (2) 72 dpi
Egyptian Tablet – 10-1/2″ x 10″.  After this tablet cracked and broke into three pieces while it was being fired in the kiln, Jeff wanted to toss it away.  I convinced him to just give it to me.  Over a decade has passed and now it is framed and complete.  I chose the reeds on the sides to give respect to the Egyptians who used reeds and grasses to make paper.  The papers in the background are all handmade, most of them made by Houston artist, Rikki Mitman.  Though the tablet is double-epoxied to the board, I also “wrapped” it with copper wire.  All of the papers where adhered using my sister, Susan Pickering Rothamel’s, PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive), an adhesive she created about 20 years ago.  It became the foundation for (it’s worth a visit!)
Below are some more of Jeff’s wonderful enamel and clay beadsJeff - Enamel on Clay Beads 72 dpi
Jeff - Ra (1) 72 dpi
Jeff - Egyptian Pendant 72 dpi  Jeff's Egyptian Necklace 72 dpi Jeff - Beads (3) 72 dpi Jeff - Poly Clay Necklace (2) 72 dpi

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