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The Bytesmiths Editions Newsletter June 2000

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And The Winner Is...

Renie Waltuck have won the free print drawing this month!

A Marylhurst graduate, Renie participated in Marylhurst's student/alum art sale with us last year. She favors bright colors and bold shapes in her abstract oil and acrylic paintings.

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.)


New Work

Our busy show schedule has made it difficult to actually do art, but the rainy June weather has inspired me to publish more images.

Frozen Fungus was taken during an Alpine Ecology class I took at Portland State University. I've never been content to merely record nature; I always seek to understand the complex relationships that result in a particular scene, so I like to take classes on such topics.

Unfortunately, the instructor was a botany chauvanist. He gave passing mention to a few animals, but spent most the class drilling us on the latin names of plants. Fungus was apparently beneath contempt, and I have still not identified these curious, colorful mushrooms.

Weathered Wood is an old snag (probably an old-growth hemlock or cedar) on the canyon trail at Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. I try to shoot it a different way each time I'm there.

This time was on a field trip for my nature photography class offered through West Linn/Wilsonville Community Education. It was overcast, and the resulting lovely, low-contrast light gave it just the right amount of shadow to show off its texture.

Untitled Waterfall is a seasonal fall in Silver Falls State Park that doesn't even appear on USGS topographical maps, but during the winter months, it dramatically empties a side stream directly into the rain-swollen torrent of the north fork of Silver Creek. I was just back there this past month, and it was still flowing, but with our current drought conditions, it will probably be a mere trickle by mid-July.

Like many of my images, this is a composite, formed from four separate images, yielding over 19 million pixels, so it produces a superb large image, which I currently have framed at 12" by 26".

Also, driven by the falling economy, I've produced a series of economical translucent minatures of all my current works in print. I hand-make these 4" by 5" images with the same care with which I make the larger prints. Like the popular 7"x11" prints, these are matted front and back with a wide black mat (8"x10") to set them off in a window, and a nylon hangar and suction-cup hook for simple, frameless display. (Or you can put them in a frame of your choice.)

(All of these new issues, as well as my other Works In Print -- link at the end of this newsletter -- are available via mail/email/phone order, hint, hint! :-)


Recent Exhibits

What's good for the drought isn't necessarily good for art. Continuing May's theme, the weather has conspired with the weakening economy to keep people from attending art events.

It's been demoralizing, especially setting up or tearing down in bad weather. I've lost a dozen prints to water damage this year, not in a single disaster, but in a steady war of attrition, one or two or three prints per show.

So the next time you're considering attending a festival and the weather is bad, consider also that you'll avoid the crowds and get more personal attention if you just grab your umbrella or raincoat and go anyway! (And artists can be SO appreciative when they're wet and shivering!)

  • June 1-3: They should have called it the "Edmonds Water Festival" instead of Edmonds Waterfront Festival. It rained all day Friday and Saturday, sometimes coming down in buckets, and it was cold. We were lucky to have electricity, and plugged in a heater to keep our toes from freezing.

    True to its name, Sunday brought better weather, but the promised throngs of people ("look, there's a throng," we'd say whenever there were three people together) never arrived, giving us plenty of time to get acquainted with our neighboring booth vendors.

  • June 8-10 Although the weather was threatening, it wasn't until Sunday afternoon that the rain fell, so it was a mystery where the promoters of Maple Valley Days hid the 20,000 people they had promised -- there couldn't have been more than a fifth of that number, and most of them were high-school age or younger.

    I knew we were in trouble when I walked around and talked to other vendors; I could not find a single one who had done this festival before! By Saturday afternoon, a third of the vendors were packing up and leaving. I'm sure that next year, all the vendors will once again be "first timers."

  • June 23-24 (Saturday-Sunday) The Shoreline Arts Festival hand some nice sunny breaks on Saturday, but Sunday brought cold rain, and people stayed away.

    This event is a bit unwieldy, held in a sprawling civic center. There are interesting exhibits tucked away in far corners, and a great $4 breakfast put on by an elder group, but you have to wander around hallways and seek out the gems.

    We were especially impressed with the children's art exhibits adorning many of the hallways. Many of these were gallery-quality works -- there are some amazingly talented youngsters out there!


This Month

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

Okay, the early-season "shakedown cruise" is over, and we leave the carnivals and street fairs behind, and attend four shows that only allow art and craft that is actually made by the person in the booth. (Imagine that...)

  • June 29 - July 1 (Friday-Sunday) ART a la carte is a fine art festival held in association with the Taste of Tacoma, the largest festival in the Tacoma area. Come sample food from over 50 participating restaurants and enjoy fine art and craft in scenic Point Defiance Park. There is limited parking at the park, so be sure to make use of the free shuttle from Tacoma Community College or Emerald Queen Casino.
  • July 7 (Saturday) Sisters Village Green, Sisters, Oregon. This one-day event features vendor-made handcrafts and locally grown produce, and is held in Village Green Park, at Washington and Fir streets, three blocks from US 20 (Santiam Pass road).
  • July 14-15 (Saturday-Sunday) Sandy Mountain Festival, Sandy, Oregon. Featuring only vendor-made arts and crafts, the 29th annual event is held in Meinig Memorial Park, on Meinig Avenue just a block south of US 26. Since this is just 30 minutes from Portland, we're hoping all our local friends will come and enjoy the festival!
  • July 27-29 (Friday-Sunday) Leavenworth Craft Fair, Leavenworth, Washington. This show, like almost everything else in Leavenworth, features a Bavarian theme. There will be Bavarian craft demonstrations, plus the usual beer, brats, and oom-pah music, all in Leavenworth's unique alpine setting.

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!"

  • 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) Albany Art & Air Show, Albany, 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.

Interns Wanted!

I'm looking for one or more folks who are interested in photography, art as a business, and arts and crafts shows, to help out with a variety of tasks in exchange for training and possible college credit.

SKILLS: My primary need is for someone who is willing to help us out when we exhibit "on the road." This involves a certain amount of physical strength and agility (for set up and tear down), good people skills, and of course, an interest in art. Other desirable skills include computer graphics or photography.

BENEFITS: You will learn a lot about the roving arts and crafts business, including display and curating, sales techniques, scheduling and budgeting, and more. In addition, training in photography, scanning, and computer graphics are available.

PAY: I guarantee you will be paid no less than I am paid, unless you request and receive a promotion to the position of "Investor." :-) But necessary travel expenses are covered, including meals, transportation, and camping.

COMMITMENT: In order for both of us to benefit, I'm seeking a minimum commitment of six days (two weekends) a month for July and August, with further extension possible. An ideal candidate will be able to commit to nearly every summer weekend, but I don't expect to find someone willing to work as hard as I do!

Reply with a brief, informal resume, along with some idea as to why you'd want to do such a foolish thing, and soon you'll be shivering in the rain, asking other vendors where the customers are, and wondering why you volunteered... :-)


Top Ten Titles

We've been so busy, I've not had time to compile new statistics this month. Next month, I'll let you know how well my new issues are being received, as well as the usual run-down on "what's hot."


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