Sunday, March 11, 2012

Best of the Northwest; March 30th – April 1st 2012


I am in awe of the many skilled artists and crafts people that call the Northwest home. From textile designers  to silversmiths and photographers, their work is an inspiration and a joy to see. There are many art shows and events where these artists display and sell their pieces but none to compare with the Best of the Northwest Arts and Fine Crafts Show – currently in its 24th year and held at Magnuson Park in Seattle. The show is presented by the Northwest Arts Alliance and this year will showcase over one hundred artists who work in mediums such as glass, ceramics, wood and silk - something to appeal to everyone’s tastes and budget.

Red  Grass Designs

With generous sponsorship from KOMO television, Best of the Northwest is excited to announce Friday March 30th as KOMO day, with discounted tickets and a special focus on Art in the Garden. Your garden should be a reflection of who you are and offer visitors a glimpse into your unique style, so I shall give you a few ideas on how to incorporate some of these beautiful works of art into your container gardens and landscape in a special demonstration as part of Komo day. My talk 'Art in the Garden - a perfect partnership' will be held at 1.30pm on Friday March 30th . You can read more details of this fun presentation here.




 Let me introduce you to just a few of the garden artists.

Brett Cleveland is the creative force behind Red Grass Designs. Working in a variety of metals he transforms both new and discarded materials into functional, beautiful, contemporary art. From simple garden stakes to custom gates and trellises he has something for every garden no matter how large or small. I especially love the simple spheres made from welded bands of rusted steel which would look perfect nestled among drifts of waving grasses. The contrast of wispy foliage with bands of metal would offer a wonderful focal point in the garden border.

 Seymour Stained Glass


Karen Seymour painstakingly crafts lanterns, birdbaths and tables from stained glass which feature nature inspired designs such as koi, foliage and delicate butterflies. Why not create a statement with one of her delightful patio tables rather than settling for just another  mass produced piece? See her work at Seymour stained glass.



Dakota Craftworks

I often tell friends that my husband loves to make sawdust. In other words he enjoys working with wood to reveal the inner beauty as well as making the various projects I dream up for our garden! I therefore have a special appreciation for the skill it takes to be a wood craftsman. Dakota Craftworks, owned by John Dauora, designs and creates elegant garden furniture using assorted wood species. From a contemporary (and much more comfortable) interpretation of the classic Adirondack chair to side tables which incorporate metal accents, these pieces will add flair to any porch, patio or deck.

Wood, Fire and Paint



If whimsy is more your style be sure to visit the booth of Stephanie Stolzoff, the artist behind Wood, Fire and Paint. Stephanie’s motto says it all; WOOD organic alive + FIRE accentuates it + PAINT lively washes of fun =  Wood, Fire and Paint. Her fun, colorful garden poles and address posts are sure to be great conversation pieces.









Excited? Well here’s a special treat for you – I have TEN TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY! All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what you favorite type of garden art is and you will be entered to win. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you! The lucky recipients will be drawn at random by the computer (they are so clever these days!) on Thursday March 22nd and tickets mailed out to you the very next day. Remember to tell your friends; use the share links below to post on Facebook, send an email or Tweet to your hearts content!

Bring art in the garden into your life.
Photo courtesy Alyson Ross Markley


So come and join me on Friday March 30th (or visit anytime between March 30th – April1st) at the Best of the Northwest. Enjoy live music, free parking, artist demonstrations and great food while you search for those perfect accents for your home and garden.

Directions and more information here.




PS. If you can't make the show in person visit the artists online. Check them out on the show website.



40 comments:

  1. Karen,
    So cool. I love everything here- especially the art by Reed Grass Designs. I can see where this would catch your eye as a focal point,at the same time it blends in beautifully with its setting. Gorgeous!

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    1. Carolyn, do add your email so I can include you in the drawing!

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  2. Hi Karen, What more beautiful setting is there for a work of art than a garden? I wish I could be there to hear you speak. As an artist, Art in the Garden is a subject that is certainly near and dear to my heart. I love the metal allium blooms in this post especially!

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    1. They caught my eye also and so easy to use in the garden.

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  3. Hi Karen, Thanks for all the links to great artists who make art for the garden. I think my favorite at the moment is glass art, but I also like just plain old rusty junk. The hardest part for me is figuring out how to place it.

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    1. Alison be sure to add your email so I can include you in the drawing!!

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  4. Hi Karen, I'm so excited you posted this, I had no idea this wonderful event even took place!! I would have to say my fave garden art is anything Parisian inspired and I am a total sucker for birdhouses! Hope to see you at the show...Cheers Julia

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    1. your garden must be lovely Julia. Do be sure to stop and say hello at the show. Good luck!

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  5. My favorite garden art is rusty metal of any sort/recycled materials come back to life as art in the garden. I am also a HUGE fan of water features in the garden as they incorporate all of our senses. This sounds like a fun place to be! mldibb@gmail.com

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    1. You'll love it! You might also enjoy my Pinterest boards on 'Metal art in the garden' and 'Glass art in the garden'. Fun ideas from artists I know and those I'd love to meet.

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  6. I love to see art in the garden and have quite a few pieces of rusty metal. I think my favorite, though are the stained glass garden art items.
    squiggiatearthlink.net

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    1. You'll love the pieces by Seymour Glass then. Hope to see you at the show.

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  7. Hi Karen! I love the way John Dauora makes beautiful woodwork. The furniture he makes looks cozy! troth29@hotmail.com

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    1. I totally agree and the wood species he has selected are really stunning.

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  8. Hi Karen, I love little stone creatures and I think I'm going to try and make glass mosaic garden steps on stones with my guys this year. I am a big fan of Wood, Fire and Paint art.

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    1. Terumi - if you can go to the show and would like to enter to win tickets do let me have your email address!

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  9. I like the "miniature garden" fad that's going on now. Susan (shinyx2@yahoo.com)

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    1. I'm sure there'll be something which catches your eye at the show. Good luck!

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  10. Karen -

    I, also, was not aware of this great event! My favorite garden art is rustic whimsy . . . repurposed items that blend into the scenery that blends into the garden but causes surprise when found. Betsy . . . ltcgumby@yahoo.com

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    1. A girl after my own heart.You'll love Brett's pieces at the show. Also enjoy the post here on my blog featuring Ray Hammar, another outstanding Seattle metal artist. he has made some phenomenal pieces. Just type his name into the search box.

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  11. Kathy Juracek Mar 12, 2012 11:33 AM
    Art In The Garden sounds wonderful, I would love to go!
    (transcribed from the wrong post!)

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  12. I would love to go and see all the wonderful art. My favorite garden art is anything with glass, also I love rusty metal

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    1. Shannon - leave your email!! Good luck :)

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    2. Whoops email - irishtea@gmail.com

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  13. Hi Karin, This is one of my favorite events! If you're looking for unusual or one-of-a-kind pieces of art this is the place to find it. I have a large garden so I like large pieces of art. I'm most fond of glass pieces, I like the way light reflects back into the garden through the pieces. knowsbetter1@comcast.net

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    1. Hi Kathy - your garden is nice and big so large pieces would work especially well. You're so right to consider the angle of the sun too when placing glass art. Good luck - be sure to come and say hello.

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  14. Hoping my work schedule allows me to see your seminar and the art show, sweet friend.

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  15. I look forward to this event-- always a treat watching you work your magic... Plus, all this wonderful Art! I better leave my credit cards and checkbook at home-- see you on the 30th! Maybe even some spring by then!

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    1. Just don't ask me where to fit anything else into your garden!

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  16. I love your website and enjoy all the creative ideas you share. The garden art that I love is the leaf that I made at your shop and the bird houses are my favorite. Keep publishing all the helpful hints to share with your readers.

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    1. Thank you Linda - you've made my day! Please leave your email though so I can contact you if you're one of the lucky winners!

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  17. Thanks for featuring so many of my artist friends Karen!

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    1. Absolutely! Hope we finally get to meet soon Barbara - we have a lot of friends in common.

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  18. I have a small patio table that needs a new top. I would love to have something like that stained glass wonder!

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  19. Glass art in the garden is a given! Would love to go to the Best of the Northwest show to find tons of new stuff.

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    1. Lisa - leave me your email address it you'd like to enter the drawing!

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  20. Karen, I look forward to experience the Best of the Northwest and hope to catch your demonstration. Glass art sounds great.
    sgitte.coleman@comcast.net

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  21. AND THE WINNERS ARE (in order);

    Carolyn
    Alison
    Julia
    Terumi
    Susan
    Betsy
    Kathy J
    Kathy N
    Suzanne K
    Barbara S

    CONGRATULATIONS! I shall be contacting you all today and you have until this Saturday to claim your tickets. After that they will be donated to the next people on the list or they won't be mailed out in time. So sorry:)

    Have a great time at the show and be sure to say hello if you're there fr my talk on Friday at 1.30pm

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  22. Hi Karen, I heard you on Ciscoe and am looking forward to seeing you on Friday. My favorite garden art is the beautiful glass pieces, especially the feathers on tthe copper pole. My email is tca.klett@frontier.com.
    Cindy K.

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