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The Bytesmiths Editions Newsletter June 2001

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Where Have We Been?

During the winter months, Carol and I have been busy producing artwork and jewelry, applying to events and shows throughout the Pacific Northwest, teaching classes, working on infrastructure, and providing services to other artists.

Carol has crafted a wonderful collection of beaded amulet bags, using net, brick, and peyote stitches and the finest glass beads and Nymo thread, in addition to her usual earring, bracelet, and necklace works. Carol now has her own website.

I've been concentrating on our schedule, which appears below. We've been accepted into some very fine, prestigious festivals in the Puget Sound area of Washington this year, and will also show our work and several Oregon events.

I taught four 35mm film photography classes and six digital imaging classes through local community education over the winter, but our summer schedule is too grueling to keep that up. Watch this newsletter for announcements about classes next fall.

I've added an Optronics ColorGetter Falcon drum scanner, and also a Titanium PowerBook so I can get some work done on the road, for a change! We finally got our DSL connection, and now self-host our own web and email. I'm working on a searchable imagebase with some e-commerce features, but for now, you'll have to download my Works In Print to see the range of what I have available.

I've also kept busy doing services for other artists, such as web design and hosting, brochures, gallery announcement cards, photographing artwork, scanning, and of course, producing fine-art quality giclée reproductions.

(If you know a working artist who might be interested in such services, please let them know about me!)

The end result is that I haven't had too much of interest to put in a newsletter. But now, we're back on the road, and I hope to see some of you at the events we do!


And The Winner Is...

(drum roll, please) Ira Frankel and Linda Huddle have won the free print drawing this month!

Ira and Linda visited us during Portland Open Studios, and we spent a lot of time discussing computer technology.

Each newsletter, I give away a signed, open-edition print in an acid-free mat, ready for framing, to a random email newsletter subscriber. (Winners are ineligible to win again for a year.)


Featured in the Portland Oregonian!

Thanks to reporter Nelle Nix, I was interviewed and featured in the Portland Oregonian's "Meet Your Neighbor" column.

Nelle's editor, Amy Wong, had visited my web site after getting one of my cards in the mail. She called and asked if she could send Nelle over for an interview. Nelle talked to Carol and I for nearly two hours, then scheduled staff photographer Kathryn Osler over for some photos of me and my photos. The story is now on my website.


Recent Exhibits

The art festival season crept up on us, and we've been busy touring the area since the end of April, when we participated in the Warrenton Crab Festival. This event, housed in two huge tents, was disrupted by high winds on Sunday, and the smaller tent was closed over safety concerns. The crowd seemed more intent on drinking than art, but I'd like to extend a special, heartfelt thanks to my 35mm student, Connie McCready, for coming to the show and purchasing a number of prints.

Then it was off to Sequim, for their Irrigation Festival. (Where else this side of the Cascades would they have an irrigation festival? :-) We arrived late, and had planned to at least set up out tent that night. In the middle of unloading, a powerfull squall blew in off the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We had just put the legs in, and the wind was buffetting the canopy relentlessly, threatening our downwind neighbor's ceramic work, which she had already arranged for the morning. We were each holding an upwind corner of the tent, hanging on for dear life.

"I think we should abort," I shouted above the melee, "Let's take these legs out first." Just then, a sudden gust lifted the whole canopy up, and the two opposite legs fell out with a clatter.

"On second thought, those legs will do," I shouted. We put the tent top on the ground, piled it with heavy objects, and went to bed, praying it would still be there in the morning.

The next weekend brought our first show east of the Cascades, as well as our first exhibit in a shopping mall, at the Beaux Arts exhibit in Kennewick, Washington. The publicity was non-existant, as were the sales until 5 PM on the second day. It took the mall management until Sunday noon to even note the sale on the large mall marquee sign near the road. All the other vendors were complaining, and I fear this show doesn't have long to survive.

We then did the Seattle University District Street Fair. The nicest thing about this event was the loading/unloading organization -- they tightly controlled the situation, which is sometimes dominated by rude folk who believe they should be first, or that it's okay to block traffic. Cheap imports dominated this show, making it difficult for actual artists and crafters to do very well.

Last weekend was the most successful of the season so far, at the Pike Place Market Street Festival. The sun was out one day, and my translucent prints shined in the sunlight, often stopping people in their tracks as they walked by. We had a great position, just opposite the original Starbucks, which was a favorite hang-out for talented buskers who serenaded us throughout the festival. Two days like Sunday would have been welcome, but Monday was stormy, and at least one potential patron said he'd "already spent all my money." I hope the Market Association will consider making this a three-day event, so folks won't run out of money!


This Month

(Our complete events schedule, with links to events and maps to their locations, can be seen on the Events page.

  • June 1-3 (Friday-Sunday) We're off to the Edmonds Waterfront Festival, about 15 minutes north of Seattle. This is the 14th annual event, and it features family activities as well as quality, juried arts and crafts.
  • June 8-10 (Friday-Sunday) Maple Valley Days is a local festival in a small town southeast of Seattle, held in Lake Wilderness Park.
  • June 23-24 (Saturday-Sunday) The Shoreline Arts Festival features music, dance, drama, literary, visual, and media arts. Entertainment is diverse, colorful, educational, and fun, and there are participatory activities in all the arts for all ages.
  • June 29 - July 1 (Friday-Sunday) ART a la carte is a fine art festival held in association with the Taste of Tacoma

Upcoming Events

(Our complete events schedule, with links to events and maps to their locations, can be seen on the Events page.

Carol and I have gone a bit overboard with special events this year, with over 20 planned or completed. If you happen to be in one of these locations at the right time, please stop by to see our art and jewelry, and to say "hello!"

  • July 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) Heritage Festival, Redmond, Washington.
  • July 14-15 (Saturday-Sunday) Sandy Mountain Festival, Sandy, Oregon.
  • August 3-5 (Friday-Sunday) Anacortes Art Festival, Anacortes, Washington.
  • August 11-12 (Saturday-Sunday) Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival, Coupeville, Washington.
  • August 17-19 (Friday-Sunday) Silverton Fine Arts Festival, Silverton, Oregon.
  • August 31 - September 3 (Friday-Monday, Labor Day Weekend) Bumbershoot, The Seattle Arts Festival. We're especially proud to be one of 60 participants selected from among hundreds to participate in the largest art festival on the West Coast!
  • September 8-30, Portland Open Studios group exhibit at the Littman and White Galleries, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
  • September 22-24 (Friday-Sunday) Village of Willamette Art Festival, West Linn, Oregon.
  • October 13, 14, 20, 21 (two weekends) Portland Open Studios, exhibit and demonstrations at our West Linn, Oregon, studio.

Top Ten Titles

Here is a list of my most popular images, based on sales of all media combined, from 25 cent postcards to huge, custom-sized framed prints of over $500.

and the most popular image this month is actually a tie:

Both of these are Carol’s images, and both enjoy strong note card and postcard sales.

However, patrons seem to favor other images in larger sizes. Sunset Tree and Sunrise Tree are the top selling limited-edition images, with Phantom Ship being the most popular open-edition image.

Also, these numbers are skewed by my selling out of the more popular images, which I'm planning to re-print before upcoming fine-art-only shows.

Do you have a favorite image from my Top Ten Titles? Let me know what you like!


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