Wednesday, July 31, 2013

FLUTE WORKSHOP this Saturday, 3 August 2013

From 9am to 1pm

This is a beginning workshop for first-time players or those having difficulties learning the basics. No previous experience is necessary and you don’t have to be able to read music or know anything about music notation. It begins with breathing and blowing techniques and goes through basic fingering techniques and includes interesting information about Native American flutes. Flutes will be available at the workshop both for use and for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own, if you already have one. Participants will learn at least one heart-song and will have the opportunity to develop a heart song of their own.

There's still room. Register now. Contact, 559-577-2256. Or Elaine 559-787-3921.
Click on the following link for the PDF of our workshop flyer:

Frank Saxton's enchanting music at our event last November.

We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to make music. As the Bard once said through Duke Orsino, "If music be the food of love, play on," ... play on! Play on! 

Always "mud"-dled, 

T.S.Wood, potter

Friday, July 26, 2013

Update On Art Hop Tomorrow, Sat. 27 July 2013

Our apologies: due to the sizzling weather forecast for Art Hop day (tomorrow, 27 July), our uninsulated and tin roofed gallery will not be open. The good news is that member Chieko Delgado will have some of our gallery display at Kathleen Mattox's Mixed Messages Gallery in downtown Sanger (first listed on the poster). Click it to enlarge.

We thank Kathleen Mattox for her generosity and hospitality. Hope y'all have a glorious Art Hopping day. Don't forget to say hello to Chieko and Kathleen.

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

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Hello, Friends!

This Saturday, 27 July 2013, is a special day! Reason #1: Sandy Kowallis Hervatine's Oil Painting workshop is between 9am and 1pm. It is not too late to register. Info of the workshop:

Students should bring a canvas pre-stretched or canvas board, at least 11” x 14”, basic oil colors, including raw sienna, odorless mineral spirits and a glass container 1 pint in size, assorted oil brushes, including a 1” brush, a 1/2” brush, and others of their choice. Paper or cloth towels, plus a mixing palette or a heavy cardboard about 8” x 10”. They may bring a photo to work from, or we paint local scenery outdoors.
Sandy's website:
Questions? Call Sandy directly 559-324-9879, or Elaine 559-787-3921.

PDF for the flyer: click here

Sandy's fabulous oils of our neighbor the School House Restaurant and her friend's vineyard.

Reason #2: It is also the last Saturday of the month; hence it is Sanger Art Hop day. The theme for this month's Art Hop is "Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Beauty." Check out this poster, courtesy of Kathleen Mattox, for the galleries that are participating in this month's Art Hop.

We hope to see you at the gallery this Saturday. In the meantime, may you see and take the opportunities to be kind to one another, may you be blessed to bring beauty into others' lives.

Always "mud"-dled,

T. S.Wood, potter

Thursday, July 18, 2013


TRAVEL JOURNAL, with painter Deanna Sue Bristow.
No matter if you are taking a major trip or just a ride in the country, travel journals give you the opportunity to record what you experience, a step beyond a photo. We will be working with watercolor pencils or regular watercolor (your choice) and Sharpie pens.
Bring: watercolors or watercolor pencils, black fine point Sharpie pen, small brush, painting support (a clipboard works well). If you have painting supplies that you would like to try, bring them along. Bring some photos of some favorite places in case the weather is inclement and we can’t sit outside. I will supply the paper and have a limited amount of painting supplies so you can experiment.
Question? Call Deanna (559) 855-3722

It's not too late to register. Call Deanna directly, or Elaine 559-787-3921.

Click here for the PDF of our workshop flyer. 

Deanna painting en plen air this past spring.

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter

Friday, July 12, 2013


Hello, ASG Friends!

This is a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, 13 July 2013 (from 9am to 1pm) is the first workshop in our Summer Workshop Series. It's Melanie Schow's intriguing Wire Bending Workshop. Below you will find the description and what you will need. If you haven't pre-registered but would very much like to join the class, there might still be room for you. Contact Melanie directly

Wear comfortable, hot weather clothes. We will provide cold water. Hope to see you tomorrow. 

Wire Linking
Adults & Children 12+
This class teaches the basic technique for permanently linking beads, chain and design elements together. Used extensively in jewelry making, this skill is the basis of many designs from simple to elegant. You will learn about jeweler’s tools and how to use them to make consistent, round links that give your work a professional look. Teacher provides 22 gauge copper wire. Choose some inexpensive beads that coordinate with copper wire. You will use the copper for your first project and move up to “the good stuff” once you have mastered the technique.
Please bring the tools listed if you have them. Teacher has some tools to loan; if you don’t have the tools, bring what you can and we will do our best to provide the rest. 
Materials List (students): Strand of inexpensive beads (avoid pearls or semi-precious beads) .
Optional Materials: Copper jump rings 3-5mm, Copper clasp (spring ring, lobster claw, or toggle). 
Optional for design alternatives or additional projects: A Length of chain (to accommodate your wrist or 1’), headpins, ear wires, spacers and bead caps. 
Tools: Round nose pliers, Chain nose pliers, Flush cutter, Polishing cloth, Ruler. / Optional Tools: Flat nose pliers, Crimping pliers, Gauge Plate.
Questions? Email Melanie:

Always "mud"-dled,

T.S.Wood, potter