Friday, December 28, 2012


Hello, all! I hope your Christmas was filled with good cheer and lovely company, abundant and tasty blessing, and joyful peace to last you throughout the new year.

Tomorrow, Saturday, 29 December 2012, our gallery will participate in the December Sanger Art Hop, 10am-4pm. And you might even find reduced prices on many of our works. If you're hosting an "Old and New" party at the end of the year, or if you've been invited to one and are in need of a nice, artistic hostess gift, or if you've been generously blessed on Christmas day and now have to treat yourself to something you absolutely can not live without ... well, we have a gallery-full good cheer to choose from.

To tell you the truth, we also need to make room for new art works, for instance, our vibrant Valentine's Day pieces, which we will reveal to you during our next Sanger Art Hop, Saturday, 26 January 2013. So tomorrow we must part with many good art works, which will leave nice spots for our newer good works.

Come on over tomorrow and partake of our warm refreshments. Spend the end of the year with us. We would be honored.

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter

Saturday, December 1, 2012


We are looking for local artists to join our gallery. Are you serious about your work? Are you interested in the gallery representing your work? Jurying is coming up. Click on this flyer thumbnail to enlarge for more info, and then email me. We'd love to add you to our community.

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Yesterday's Sanger Art Hop at the gallery was a wonderful event! Hwy 180 was foggy, especially around Temperance Avenue, but the closer I got to the gallery, the clearer the road was. And although the first hour of the event was quiet, around 11:30 guests started trickling in, and early to mid afternoon we were swamped with visitors.

Frank Saxton chose a comfortable corner to set up with his Indian flute, and he stayed at the gallery all day. It was quite a treat to be listening to such a peaceful sound.

Sandy Kowallis, who'd caught pneumonia as soon as she came back from her Fijian vacation, was now healthy enough to attend our event and take care of the general gallery display. She even had energy to help me with sales and purchase wrapping. Deanna came by to drop off some of her new works of the sweet scenes of winter. (Click on the pic to enlarge.)

Elaine's large button-size ceramic magnets, Frank's greeting cards, and Deanna's cards of critters in the snow, plus bowls of candy and a vase of zinnias from my garden (yup, they're still blooming!).

We had nice refreshments all day. I'd brought my lunch, but the lentil dip was so nourishing that I didn't even worry about lunch.

A bowl of Madras lentils that we ate as a dip for the tortilla chips.

Chieko's favorite Wensleydale cheese with cranberries.

 A bowl of Cuties, and a plate of delicious oat-gran bars whose recipe belonged to Frank's great grandmother. Plus a bowl of candy, of course.

At the end of the day, as we were bringing in our Art Hop signs, Chieko noticed the sunset. It was beautiful! So we grabbed our cameras and snapped a few.

As we continued with our closing procedure, I had to turn one last look east at Jesse Morrow Mountain, and admired her serene beauty again as I said a thanksgiving prayer for the day, the people we spent the day with, the new friends we made, the loveliness that surrounds the gallery, and the goodness that is this Valley of ours.

Thank you all for making this such a beautiful day. Until the next Sanger Art Hop, 29 December 2012.

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter

Friday, November 23, 2012


On my way to the gallery this afternoon, I stopped at an orchard along Hwy 180 between Reed and Frankwood, a stone's throw from our gallery. The beautiful orange color of the orchard was quite breathtaking.

See for yourself by taking a drive to our gallery and several others near us, in Sanger. Tomorrow, Saturday the 24th, is the date for the November Sanger Art Hop. Here's a neat info poster that Kathleen Mattox, owner and artist of Mixed Messages Gallery, painted for tomorrow's event.

Come and partake of some refreshments at the Art Stand Gallery while enjoying the artistic offerings of our gallery members and getting ready for Christmas. We'll be waiting!

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Have a marvelously bountiful Thanksgiving to all! May we all experience the joyful thanksgiving of our forefathers. 

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth (1914), by Jenny A. Brownscombe

Sunday, November 18, 2012

In Kings River Life Magazine

In preparation for the upcoming November Sanger Art Hop, which is this Saturday the 24th, journalist/photographer Cheryl Senn wrote up a nice article on last month's Art Hop. Yours truly and Chieko Delgado were interviewed and our pics are part of this article. Read the article here, enjoy the nice photos, and come and hang out with us this Saturday. There's plenty of exciting art to enjoy in different locations.

Things are definitely hap'nin' in Sanger. We're gearing up. Come join the fun!

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter

Saturday, November 17, 2012


 The day began with a drizzle, which turned into rain, on and off. We had some visitors, though. One family was going to have their pictures taken for their Christmas cards, but the plan had to be cancelled because of the wet weather. They saw our gallery and decided to come in and shop! Yay! We wished them good weather for their photo op perhaps later this week when the weather would be sunnier. 

The reception is over. Now we're preparing for the Sanger Art Hop next Saturday, 24 November. But I'd like to share with you the absolutely captivating beauty we saw this afternoon on Jesse Morrow Mountain. After a morning of loud rain --due to our tin roof-- around 1:30 pm the sun came out. I was hoping for a rainbow, but what we saw when we looked at Jesse Morrow was GOLD! See for yourself.

We'll see you Saturday.

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter


Today is our reception, 11am-5pm. Good art, good cheer, good food and company. See you there!

This hawk was circling over Jesse Morrow Mountain yesterday afternoon.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

We Are Looking For New Members

The Art Stand Gallery in Minkler is looking for local artists for new membership. We are located on Hwy 180 at Frankwood Avenue in Minkler, on the way to Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks, below Squaw Valley. The building started its life as a fruit and produce stand, but in the Spring of 2000 a small group of dedicated local artists converted it into an art gallery.

Promoting the San Joaquin Valley's agricultural theme, much of our art reflects scenes familiar to the Valley. The gallery is on the Blossom Trail and the Fruit Trail routes, and is part of the Sanger Art Hop. Other businesses in the area include the School House Restaurant & Tavern across the street, Sequoia View B&B/Cedar View Winery, and Tivy Valley Winery.

Send inquiries to
Subject: ASG Membership. 

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November view through our front window

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Video Preview

Photographer Martin Nunez has been busy! Here is one of his latest projects, a video of our gallery last month.

Since this filming, we have made some changes here and there to get ready for our two parties these upcoming two Saturdays, 17 and 24 November 2012.

Come to our parties and see for yourself. You'll be wowed by our new works.

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter


Sunday, November 11, 2012

TWO PARTIES at The Gallery This Month!

As if one party weren't enough for us, we are throwing TWO this November:
1. Next Saturday, 17 November 2012 is the Art Stand Gallery's Holiday Show reception. We will be there to greet you with our beautiful art and wonderful refreshments. Come spend a delightful time at our place! Gallery hours: 11am-5pm

2. The following Saturday, 24 November 2012, right after Thanksgiving, is the day for the Sanger Art Hop, and we will take part again in this fun event. Great art and warm hospitality await you. Hop on over! Gallery hours: 10am-5pm

In the meantime, check out one of our photographers Martin Nunez's video that he has put together based on his California Missions project. Martin visited all 21 of the historic California Missions within a year, beginning in May 2011, when he visited San Francisco de Solano, a Franciscan and the northernmost California Mission founded in 1823 in Sonoma. His touring of these important and historic places ended with a visit in May 2012 to Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first church in California, founded in 1769. Martin used his Nikon D-300 SLR camera to photograph the missions, and in the month-or-so break between trips, he worked on the photos he'd just taken, using Photoshop and Photomatix software to enhance the awe-inspiring colors of the missions and their surrounding areas.  Last summer Martin put together the video and is currently working on his first e-book based on this year-long journey. At our gallery, he has made available some of his fascinating Missions photos in his  2013 calendar. To visit Martin Nunez, you can also go to his website.

Come see us this month!

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter

A gorgeous shot of one of the missions taken by Martin Nunez.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

TENT EVENT at Sanger Art Hop

Mark your calendar and visit our Tent Event next Saturday, 29 September 2012, between 10 and 5 for an art-filled day. Our gallery event is part of the Sanger Art Hop, where you will be able to hop from one gallery to another. See all the locations on the map.

Our gallery will feature art demos --yours truly will be at the potter's wheel all day-- and flute music. There will be refreshments as well as a drawing of great art prizes, donated by members of our gallery.

We hope that you visit us. Have a wonderful week leading up to this exciting event!

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Hello, Friends of the Art Stand Gallery!

After our summer/workshop season, the gallery is going to be open again beginning this Saturday, 18 August 2012. Our Autumn Harvest season this year will run through Saturday, 20 October 2012. We are open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm.

Mark your calendar for our fun "En Plein Aire" Tent Event on Saturday, 29 September 2012. If you are an artist yourself and would like to participate by having your own booth on this reception day at our gallery, feel free to contact us: email, or phone Chieko Delgado at 559-281-9268.

We welcome four new members to our gallery:

Betty Berk, oil
Lynn Golden, fused glass
Sandi Osborne, watercolor
Frank Saxton, photography

Come and see our exciting new works this season!

Always "mud"-dled,
T.S.Wood, potter

Friday, July 6, 2012

First Workshop: Deanna Sue Bristow's Watercolor!

The gallery is now open only on some weekends for our Summer Workshops. We look forward to an exciting Autumn Harvest season beginning in mid-August, but in the meanwhile, we have tempting classes for you to take.

Our first workshop is on Sunday, 8 July 2012 (NOT Saturday as stated on the flyer), 9am-1pm. Blossom Trail poster contest winner Deanna Sue Bristow, who is also one of our founding members, will be at the gallery to teach watercolor painting. This is open to various levels of artistic skills. And if you know a child who might be interested in learning to paint, Deanna is a wonderful teacher and the class welcomes children as well.

 Barn In The Woods (watercolor), Deanna Sue Bristow

If you're interested in our workshops, please scroll down to two posts below for the flyer (the only change we have is to Deanna's schedule, please excuse us for any inconvenience).

I lift up my tall glass of summer mint iced tea in appreciation of your patronage during the first half of this year, and hope you can join us this summer.

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Winding Down At The End Of Our Season

Happy Cool Summer to you! Isn't this just a rather pleasant summer we've been experiencing? I'd just like to remind you that our gallery is getting ready to close for the season. Our last day of business this time is Sunday, 1 July 2012. Take advantage of the nice weather, and visit us this week between Wednesday and Sunday, 27 June and 1 July, 11 am to 5 pm. See you there. Always "mud"-dled, T.S.Wood, potter

Monday, June 18, 2012


Dear Friends of the Art Stand Gallery,

summer is approaching fast --feel that Valley heat yet? Our last gallery business day before we take our summer break is Sunday, 1 July 2012, and our first summer workshop begins soon after. We're inviting you to share with us these wonderful artistic adventures. Questions regarding a class, contact the teacher for that class. If you have general workshop questions, contact Elaine 787-3921. Hope to see you at our gallery!

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter

Friday, June 15, 2012


Our gallery is seeking new members. Would you be interested? Check out this photo collage of our gallery in different seasons during different events, put together by members Martin Nunez and Chieko Delgado.
Contact with "ASG membership" in the Subject box.
We're looking forward to new art partnership.

Always "mud"-dled,
T.S.Wood, potter

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sanger Art Hop: Saturday, 21 April 2012

Have you marked your calendar yet? A week from tomorrow, our gallery will participate in Sanger's first Art Hop. Our guest artists will help us make the day more festive at our own gallery, but check out these six participating locations as well:

* Sanger High School
Mixed media display, food booths, and performances.

* WAMS Gallery, founded by the Sanger Arts Council.
Artwork by local artists.

* Sanger Academy Charter, 2207 Ninth Street
1st-8th grade students' artwork.
7th-8th grade Guitar Ensemble between 11-11:30 am.

* Hallmark Charter (Sanger Academy Campus)
7th-12th grade students' artwork.

* M & E Flowers/Gallery, 1719 Seventh Street
Flowers, plants, and art by local artists.

* Mixed Messages Studio/Gallery, 1310 Eighth Street
Works by Kathleen Mattox.

At our own gallery, we will have art demos all day, plus refreshments. But don't forget, there are also two wineries (Cedar View, and Tivy Mountain) and two restaurants (The School House and The Blossom Trail) nearby.

(Kay Owens creating another wonderful pastel at our gallery)

Come and visit us and these other locations! Make Saturday the 21st a day of artistic adventures. Happy trails!

Always "mud"-dled,
T.S.Wood, potter

Sunday, April 1, 2012

TENT EVENT & Sanger Art Hop

Mark your calendar for our annual Tent Event during the Fruit Trail season.

Saturday, 21 April 2012
10am - 5pm

In the past, we usually held a Studio Tour this time of year in three or four different locations, in some members' private home studios near the gallery. However, some things have changed.

1. Sally Delap-John has moved to the Sangre de Cristo village in Truchas, New Mexico, and is doing very well there. We are very happy for her, although we miss her greatly! Visit her website.

2. Kathleen Mattox has left the coop and spread her vibrant wings in her own lovely little gallery in Sanger, called "Mixed Messages" Art/Studio Gallery. Visit her there and check out her blog.

3. Joan Lotspeich moved to a smaller and more manageable abode for her and her husband, and so doesn't quite have the space for hosting too many visitors.

Then we learned that the city of Sanger was planning to host its first Sanger Art Hop around the time we usually held our Studio Tour event, so we decided to change our format. This year, we all will congregate at the gallery, but we sent out invitations to other local artists to show with us to make our celebration more festive. There will be art demos all day. Yours truly will be there with the potter's wheel, as usual. Refreshments will also be available. I am already anticipating Elaine's wonderful punch! We hope you can join us that day and have great fun visiting our gallery and others.

But should you feel hungry and/or thirsty for more --after all, art hopping all day is bound to get a few taste buds craving for serious sustenance-- remember that The School House Restaurant and Tavern is across the street from us, The Blossom Trail Cafe is not too far, and the wineries Cedar View and Tivy Mountain are within close driving distance as well.

Take a pleasant drive on Hwy 180 this time of year, and enjoy the beauty of the orchards and the foothills.

(The old chimney at the foot of Jesse Morrow Mountain on the north side of Hwy. 180, below Squaw Valley)

Meanwhile, the studio beckons. There are pots to throw and fire and glaze and fire again. See all y'all soon.

Always "mud"-dled,
T.S.Wood, potter

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Today is our Blossom Trail reception. On your way to our gallery, enjoy the beauty of the wildflowers along Highway 180, and enjoy the loveliness of the orchards swathed in pinks and whites. Come and visit us, 11 to 5. We have beautiful art and refreshments waiting for you.

Gallery member Chieko Delgado took this lovely image of our wildflowers along Hwy 180 a few weeks ago.

Thanks, Chieko, for snapping this pic up and sharing it with us.

Always "mud"dled,
T.S.Wood, potter

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Yesterday, 5 February 2012, we re-opened our gallery door again for the 2012 Blossom Trail season. We gathered at the gallery at 9 a.m. and got to work right away, dusting, sweeping, scrubbing, vacuuming, spraying, readjusting some shelves (mine!) for a fresher look... until the place looked good enough to host our art work again and welcome our guests. It was then time for our first meeting of the year. We had a good winter workshop season, thanks to all who taught and learned! The results were nice, and everyone learned some new things to add to their bags of artistic tricks.

After cleaning, we weren't quite ready yet with our art work display because we had to have our first meeting of the year, but guests were dropping by already! They saw our cars in the parking lot and decided to come in. That's how popular our little place is. We greeted everyone and apologized for our unreadiness, but they were welcomed to peruse what was stacked in this and that corner waiting for hanging. We also told them to come back in the afternoon for a spectacular Blossom Trail display. In the meantime, why not visit the School House Restaurant and Tavern across the street (YES! It is now finally open!) and enjoy some nosh before coming back to our place in the afternoon? Here's the website, where you can check out the menus.

After the meeting, we brought all of our new pieces in and set up our beloved little gallery. Painter Sandy Kowallis was in charge of finalizing the display so that everything would look good, from the largest space to the tiniest corner addressed, all of the pieces complementing each other, and cohesion achieved in every spot. Thanks, Sandy, for lending the gallery your good, artist/designer eye!

After the meeting, as Sandy was beginning to organize our art work in the different display walls, baskets, and racks, four of our hard working members decided to reward themselves and go across the street to the restaurant. They were impressed with the restaurant! But because I wasn't done with my own display by lunch time, I placed my order to-go, which was the Steak Cobb Salad (see the salad menu). I was not disappointed! The salad was really fresh and a protein packed meal in itself! The generous amount of grilled steak was cooked to perfection --tender, juicy, pink slices of tasty beef-- and among the greens and tomatoes were sliced egg, crumbled bacon, and blue cheese. The vinaigrette dressing was oh-so delightfully refreshing. I was very happy with my salad, which gave me quite a boost to continue my work in the afternoon. Needless to say, I highly recommend this restaurant. Look at that menu, and enjoy your meal there when you come to our gallery this Blossom Trail season.

The weather has been gorgeous, although the orchards aren't quite ready yet with their pink and white vestments. But the drive in this sunny and cool weather was quite invigorating. Mark your calendar for our Blossom Trail Reception on 3 March. In the meanwhile, to tease your appetite for the upcoming orchard extravaganzas, here are some pink beauties from the canvas of Chieko Delgado, one of our own members.

Happy Blossom Trailing, everyone. May our orchards bloom profusely!

Always "mud"dled,
T.S. Wood, potter

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Dear Friends:
We are happy to announce that we had a wonderful winter hiatus during which time we held six different art workshops. Now that Spring is around the corner we will be opening the Gallery on Saturday, February 4th, 2012 for our Blossom Trail Season. We will be open 7 days a week from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. through mid-April. We will also be hosting an Open House Reception on Saturday, March 3rd when most of the artists will be present to meet and greet you.
Across the road from us, the School House Restaurant and Tavern is now officially open and will be serving food Wednesday through Sunday between 11:00 A.M. and 11:00 P.M. Why not combine your trip and do a little shopping at the Gallery before stopping for a delicious meal at the restaurant. You can find out more about them on their website or call for a reservation at 559-787-3271.
Hope we'll see you soon.
Kay Gaston
for the artists of the Art Stand Gallery

Monday, January 2, 2012


2012 is here at last! Let's start the year with a couple of neat art projects. This coming Saturday, 7 January 2012, between 10 am and 2 pm, yours truly will be teaching at the gallery. The main project is a rainstick. I have taught this in the past, but many people liked the rainstick so much and were curious about how to make one that I decided to teach it again.

But that's not all. There will be a secondary project so that by the end of the workshop, you will also have made a handbuilt bowl the same way I made the three shown in the picture below.

If you haven't registered yet, do so soon because class space is limited. The information and registration form can be found here. Hot beverages will be provided during all workshops, along with some nice munchies. But dress warmly and/or bring a lap blanket. I hope to see you there.

Always "mud"dled,

T.S. Wood