Glass Lover’s Art Tour – June 6 & 7 and June 13 & 14, 2015 Art at the Source

Stacey Alysa

glass art by Stacey Alysa DennickHere’s my revised glass art lover’s recommended itinerary for 2015 Art at the Source open studios.  This one is all glass – fused, blown, painted, and cast, with an emphasis on variety. Studios are open, free to the public, from 10am-5PM, June 6 & 7, and again on June 13 & 14, 2015.  All the studios are numbered, and everyone has big yellow signs pointing to their place, so they aren’t difficult to find. Download a map here.

Start your tour at Studio # 72, 4815 Thomas Rd., Sebastopol, CA 95472, just off Green Valley Road, where Branka Harris will exhibit her unique fused glass painted nudes.

Next, go back to Green Valley Road but turn west.  Turn left onto scenic Harrison Grade, make a right on Morelli, and a left onto Heather Lane to studio to the Dennicks #98, 4200 Heather Lane.Leland and Stacey Dennick glass art

My husband Leland Dennick  and I have fused glass, cast glass…

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10th Annual Joy Art Walk features 10 local artists at two locations November 22 & 23

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Santa at Joy Art WalkKick off the holiday season this weekend with ten local artists/crafters showing at two locations on Joy Road. Join me, Stacey Alysa, and six of the artists at the Joy Ridge Ranch Barn for all of the magic and bling of the season, without the hype, the plastic or the crowds.

At the Barn – 2502 Joy Road

Stacey Alysa Fused Glass & Gemstone Jewelry: fused glass art, boxes, earrings, Stacey Alysa at Joy Art Walkmezuzahs, and dishes, pearl, amethyst, iolite & pearl necklaces and earrings. Theresa Joyce of Twig Art and Garden delights with her whimsical cards, prints, ornaments, terrariums, and journals. Linda Sauter & Maralee Wisewomyn present a diverse assortment of whimsical and practical handmade treasures including kelp baskets, up-cycled chicken feed tote bags, ornaments, felt animals, and kelp rattles. Don’t miss T.J. Austria‘s knit hats, gloves, socks & eclectic animals (surely someone on your list needs a knit praying mantis?). Check out Aaron Poovey‘s sculptures and stone pendants; Joe Mercieca‘s rustic furniture; and the kid’s zone. See the slideshow below for a preview. Free face painting by Cindy Conway, story time and a Creation Station for fun beading.

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We’re expecting a very special guest from the North pole on Saturday. Ho, ho, ho! Join the elves to wish in the Dream room, gawk at the vintage decorations and enjoy tea and cookies.

In honor of the 10th anniversary we’ve giving away ten door prizes.

At the Red Schoolhouse Gallery – 2400 Joy Road

Susan St. Thomas transforms her historic 100+ year old home into an art gallery featuring her mixed media paintings and prints; quilted bags and crocheted rugs by Michele Holland; and silk clothing by Anne Howson. Walk the labyrinth on the property while you’re there.

Directions

From Sebastopol, take Bodega Hwy 8 miles west to Joy Road, turn right. Continue up 2.3 miles. For more information email. See you there! –  Stacey

Joy Art Walk

November 22 & 23
11:00 AM-5 PM
2502 Joy Rd
Occidental, CA 95465

Art at the Source Open Studios – The Best of West Sonoma County Art & Eats

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With over so many artists to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide where to go during the Art at the Source open studios tour. Over 100 studios are open, free to the public from 10am-5PM, May 31st & June 1, and again on June 7 & 8. You can download a catalogue here. This is the first of my recommended routes.

Best of West County – artistic variety, scenery, and sumptuous dining

sculpture by Takayuki ZoshiFrom Sebastopol, get onto Bodega Highway heading west.  About a mile out of town, keep your eyes peeled for Studio #50, 9400 Spring Hill School Road. All the studios are numbered, and everyone has big yellow signs pointing to their place, so they aren’t difficult to find. This is Takayuki Zoshis wood carving studio. He carves beautiful, whimsical and spiritual statues using traditional Japanese hand tools.

It’s only about 14 minutes to the next stop, our place.  Continue on Bodega Highway.  Make a right on Grandview Road (it is a grand view!) A left on Cherry Ridge Road, a sharp right on Occidental Road, left on Green Hill Road, left on Graton Road.  Go 1.75 mi. Turn right on Tanuda Road, a small, short street going up hill.  You’ll see signs for studio # 39.  You are so almost there! Take the next Boxes with fused glass tops by Stacey & Leland Dennickright onto Harrison Grade Road. Turn left at Morelli Lane. Go about a third of a mile, past the purple mailbox on the right. At the next cluster of mailboxes on the right hand side you will turn left onto Heather Lane for Leland and Stacey Dennick‘s fused glass, with guest artist Jane Kelly of J.K.Mosaics. 4200 Heather Lane, Sebastopol. Refreshments, garden tours, relaxation on the deck and art! Demos at noon, 1 and 2PM daily.

Catz cards by Susan St. ThomasHead down Harrison Grade and turn right on Graton Road, turn right onto Bohemian Hwy to adorable downtown Occidental. Grab a sandwich at the Bohemian Market, or lunch at Howard’s Station Cafe (best breakfast in five counties). Continue through town on Bo ho Hwy. Just past the big hotel on the right, turn onto Bittner Road. Two miles up, make a left onto Joy Road.  Stop at studio #42, AKA the Enchanted Barn, for paintings and cards by Theresa Joyce and clay sculpture by Rebecca Love Four properties up the road, visit the historic red schoolhouse, studio # 43, where Susan St. Thomas will exhibit her mixed media paintings and watercolors.

Take a stroll through old growth redwoods

Stretch your legs among the most fragrant trees on the planet. To get there from studio 43, backtrack on Joy Road, past Buettner Road, and make a left onto Fitzpatrick Lane Road. Look for 17400. See the link above for detailed directions.

A Few more Favorites

Head back through the charming town of Graton. Stop at studio #20 for landscapes in pastels by Bert Kaplan #20, and the Graton Gallery (open all year). Eat at Willowwood or Underwood.

A few of the best nearby wineries (in the Russian River Valley)

What’s a wine country tour without wine? These are highly recommended.
Iron Horse Vineyards – sparkling wines
Merry Edwards Winery – pinot noir and sauvignon blanc
Lynmar Estate WineryTaft Street Winery‎ – chadonnay and pinot noir

Whew, what a great day!

– Stacey

Fused Glass Classes Starting Now

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https://staceyalysa.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/fused-glass-classes-starting-now/You asked for it, and my husband Leland and I are finally offering private lessons in glass fusing at our studio in Sebastopol.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Here’s how it works.  For $50 an hour with a two hour minimum we’ll provide instruction and tools – cutters, grinder, tile saw, kilns, polishers, etc.  You only need to bring your own eye protection (glasses or safety glasses) and wear appropriate clothing (including closed toe shoes).  The fee includes some glass.  Additional glass and materials are available for purchase.  Buy just enough to complete your project. In addition to Bullseye brand’s vibrant color palette of 90 COE  glass, students can also use one of a kind components that we’re made, incuding raked, painted and layered glass.

Learn a new technique, make gifts, have fun!  Adults, and children age 8 and up with parental supervision.

BAKE AND TAKE PROJECTS

Fused glass coasters by Stacey & Leland DennickHere are a few project ideas to pique your imagination:

• Coasters – suitable for beginner to advanced
• Self portrait – great for kids
• Sushi plate- suitable for beginner to advanced
• Sun catchers and ornaments
• Pendants, cabuchons, and earrings
• Heart dish or wavy bowl
• Box with fused glass inset

 LEARN NEW TECHNIQUES

• Basic fusing & slumpingSeahorse box with gold leaf, fused glass by Stacey Alysa Dennick
• Frit imagery (using powdered glass)
• Painting with 22 kt gold lustre paints – add great detail and bling!  (additional supply fees apply)
• Using color reactions for texture and depth
• Create and fuse your own decals (additional supply fees apply)
• 22 Kt gold leaf inclusions (additional supply fees apply)
• Paint with Sunshine vitreous water based, non-toxic enamels
• The art of cold working with diamond polishers
• The Bubble up technique for creating organic patterns in glass
Bead dish

Sound like fun?  It is.  Call or email for more information.  Check back here soon for more examples of finished projects.

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Coasters for Christmas

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Kiln full of fused glass coasters by Stacey & Leland DennickMy husband Leland and I have a kiln full of fused glass coasters.  They’re all cut and shaped, ready be “fire polished” in the kiln at 1325 degrees to shine the edges.

We were inspired by all the unique glass we had in the studio, that wasn’t quite the right size for a bowl or wall art. Fused glass coasters by Stacey & Leland Dennick

Great Hostess Gifts

Grab some at the Mill Valley Holiday crafts show, Coffee Catz in Sebastopol on Dec. 14th, the Pleasant Hill Christian School in Sebastopol Dec. 14 & 15, or from my Etsy shop.  We’ll also be showing other unique home decor including redwood boxes with glass inset into the lids, glass earrrings, mosaic art and more.  Fused glass coasters by Stacey & Leland Dennick

Q & A with Stacey Alysa Dennick, glass artist

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Kelly & Steve, the creative team behind the new magazine, The Artist’s Culture, choose moi to be one of their featured artists next month. Look for it August 1st, 2013.  Yippie, my 15 seconds of fame has begun!  Here’s what we spoke about during my interview.

Stacey Alysa in Venice as a child,

Venice, Italy, circa 1967. Stacey’s on the right.

Q: When did you first become interested in art?
I grew up loving art, it was always my best subject in school.  My mother used to put butcher paper up on the walls of our Greenwich Village, NYC apartment so my sister and I could color on the walls when we were little scribblers.  Later, she took us to all sorts of art galleries, including the Ferus modern art gallery where she worked.  When I was nine she remarried to a diplomat, and we traveled internationally which opened my eyes to ancient and classical art.

Q: What type of art do you do?
I make fused and painted glass art, including wall art, sculpture, bowls/dishes and other home décor.  Also delicate gemstone jewelry.

Q: When did you start?Fused glass box with gold inclusions
I made stained glass windows in the 1980’s, made a detour through 15 years of corporate video editing, and found glass fusing in 2002. That’s when I started making jewelry too.  My first instructor was Marty Meade, who taught at the College of Marin.    Since then I’ve taken classes from many incredible glass artist pioneers including Peter McGrain, Richard LaLonde, and Avery Anderson.

Q: Where do you share your art?
I participate in Art at the Source yearly open studios tour and in various fairs.  My Etsy store, Stacey Alysa, is open 24/7 for shopping sprees.  And I have glass and jewelry for sale at a few fabulous Sonoma county venues including Hand Goods in Occidental, Made Local Marketplace in Santa Rosa, and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts gift shop in Sebastopol.  Sign up on my website contact page for infrequent mailings about upcoming shows/events.  I’ve pledged to send no more than 12 mailings a year.  Check out my facebook page for more information about my process and for special offers.

Purple and pink raked bowl  by Stacey Alysa, www.staceyalysa.comQ: What’s the favorite piece you created?
How can I pick just one of my children to love the most?  I really enjoy my new bowls made from raked glass, (see my video on vimeo) I love the redwood boxes with fused glass inset into the lids.  Anything with mermaids…the new mosaic series, and the stud earrings with 23 Kt gold leaf sandwiched between glass. As far as artsy art, I love “Our Lady of Healing.”  It began as a painting I made when my friend underwent treatment for acute leukemia.   I wanted to transform my horror of chemotherapy into a vision of comfort and healing.  I had the painting made into a fuseable decal, added layers of glass in powder, dichroic and sheet form, fused those in my kiln, and finally painted on gold accents.

Q: What do you hope people get from your art?
Permission to play!  I hope my art is uplifting and fun, and maybe even beautiful.

Q: What keeps you inspired?
My husband, Leland Dennick is also a glass artist.  He inspires me and keeps me on my toes.  Our home and environs in West Sonoma county are endlessly inspiring, with so much beauty and so many talented artists in the area.  The medium of glass itself is endlessly fascinating.  Full of dichotomies – solid, yet liquid, strong and fragile.  So reflective, with such saturated colors.  Which is why I love gemstones too, for the color and the light they hold and reflect.

Many artists inspire me, including Gustav Klimt, Marc Chagall, Alphonse Mucha (I love art nouveau). And glass artists such as Cappy Thompson, and Costa Rican Maricel Alvarado.  The fused glass art online community found on www.warmglass.com is a wonderful source of inspiration and practical advice.  I also recommend the video lessons made by Bullseye Glass.

Q: What are your future plans for your art?Custom mezuzah with wedding glass shards by Stacey Alysa Dennick
More mosaics incorporating fused and painted glass, as well as gemstones and found objects.  Custom work.  I make custom mezuzahs, which are holders for prayers that are placed on the door jam of traditional Jewish homes.  I’d like to start a line of Goddess mezuzahs, and maybe Pagan mezuzahs, even atheist blessings.  A pick your own kind of thing.  The more blessings the better!  I’m also experimenting with recycled glass.  Maybe a line of small plates.  Something fun you’d use for snacks at a cocktail party.

Q: What is it you would like the world to know about your art?
I’d like more people to be educated about fused glass, the process of making it from choosing compatible glass to cutting, heating, annealing, and slumping.  Dale Chihuly has put blown glass onto center stage of the art world, which is wonderful.  I love his intense colors and playful, organic shapes.  Slowly, fused glass (AKA warm glass, because it’s only heated to 1480, as opposed to 2400 degrees for blown glass) is slowly gaining traction in the art world and in collector’s hearts.  It requires more care for display, to keep the light going through it.  More and more people appreciate the time, experimentation and expense that goes into each piece and that makes me smile.

Last Weekend of Art Glass Open Studio – June 8 & 9

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Mermaids sighted in Sebastopol - studio #77, AATS open studios tourFused, painted & cast glass

By Stacey Alysa & Leland Dennick

This is the final weekend for the AATS self guided art tour.  Follow the signs to #77 or email for detailed directions.  We’re 17 minutes from downtown Sebastopol, near the town of Occidental.  Pick up a catalogue at our studio, or download a map to plan your art treasure hunt. There are over a hundred participating artists!  Check out my recommended itineraries, for variety, and for glass lovers.

Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9, 2013 – 10AM -5PM

Demos each day at 1Pm & 2PM 
We’ll cover fusing techniques including raking, glass casting and gold leaf inclusions; cold working processes including cutting, carving and polishing.

Cast glass Buddha by Leland DennickLeland has five new large wall pieces, and one that’s displayed in a soapstone base.  I have an array of natural and mythical creatures, including mermaids, Goddesses, quail and cats, along with jewelry and dishes – all at artist to you prices.

We hope you can come by and enjoy a cool drink on the shady deck, surrounded by art and nature .

www.staceyalysa.com
www.lelandglass.com
If you can’t make it to Sebastopol this weekend, there’s always my Etsy shop, open 24/7. Like my facebook page for special offers.

Cheers!
Stacey and Leland

Fused Glass Art & demos – Studio #77 Stacey Alysa & Leland Dennick, Art at the Source Open Studios Tour

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More demos at Studio #77 this weekend

We’ll be demonstrating basic & advanced fused glass techniques and cold working twice daily, at 1PM & 2PM.Pink raked glass dish by Stacey Alysa Dennick, studio #77 Art at the Source open studios tour June 8 & 9

In addition to basic glass fusing, we’ll cover how to rake (or comb) glass and gold leaf inclusions, along with cold working techniques such as cutting, carving and polishing.

That’s at studio #77, on the Art at the Source self-guided tour.  99 studios in West Sonoma county are open, free to the public, from 10am-5PM, June 8 & 9, 2013.

Follow the yellow signs for AATS open studios tour

Follow the yellow signs for AATS open studios tour

All the studios are numbered, and everyone has big yellow signs pointing to their place, so they aren’t difficult to find. Download a map here, or pick up a catalogue with a map at our place.  Email me for precise directions.

Come see Leland’s new wall art, including unique cast glass sculptures.  We’ve filled our home, and the entire deck, with art.  I have raked bowls, shimmering mermaid items, boxes with fused glass lids, dichroic glass earrings, glass jewelry with 23 Kt gold leaf, and more, all at artist-to-you prices.

Leland Dennick demonstrates glass casting techniques at studio #77Check out my recommended itineraries, for variety, and for glass lovers.

Come for the art, stay for cool breezes on the shady deck.
Thanks for stopping by.  We hope you have a fantastic treasure hunt!

If you can’t make it to Sebastopol this weekend, there’s always my Etsy shop, open 24/7.  Like my facebook page for special offers.
– Stacey & Leland

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Glass Lover’s Art Tour – June 6 & 7 and June 13 & 14, 2015 Art at the Source

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glass art by Stacey Alysa DennickHere’s my revised glass art lover’s recommended itinerary for 2015 Art at the Source open studios.  This one is all glass – fused, blown, painted, and cast, with an emphasis on variety. Studios are open, free to the public, from 10am-5PM, June 6 & 7, and again on June 13 & 14, 2015.  All the studios are numbered, and everyone has big yellow signs pointing to their place, so they aren’t difficult to find. Download a map here.

Start your tour at Studio # 72, 4815 Thomas Rd., Sebastopol, CA 95472, just off Green Valley Road, where Branka Harris will exhibit her unique fused glass painted nudes.

Next, go back to Green Valley Road but turn west.  Turn left onto scenic Harrison Grade, make a right on Morelli, and a left onto Heather Lane to studio to the Dennicks #98, 4200 Heather Lane.Leland and Stacey Dennick glass art

My husband Leland Dennick  and I have fused glass, cast glass, painted glass, raked glass, glass with inclusions, glass jewelry, and more. We’ll have demos each day at
1PM – fusing techniques including cutting, raking and gold leaf inclusions, cold working techniques including cutting, carving and polishing.

Melissa McCann‘s studio, # 796,  is just a mile away. Take Morelli to Occidental Camp Meeker Road to 4065 Acreage Lane.  It seems like it’s in Occidental, but use Sebastopol, 95472 for GPS.

Go another mile to downtown Occidental, where  Laurence, # 94, shows glass art in her shop at 74 Main St. Occidental, CA 95465.

Return to Sebastopol, just outside Graton, for Susanna Kaplan, #70, 8899 Green Valley Rd. Sebastopol, CA 95472.  Check out Brian and Nancy Roberts, #61, and Valerie Adams at studio # 73, 6975 Hutchins Ave. Sebastopol, CA 95472.

Salatino-Gandolfo blown and carved glass

Salatino-Gandolfo blown and carved glass

At the south end of town and a bit into the countryside, don’t miss studio #34, Salatino – Gandolfo Glass, 2820 Bloomfield Rd. Sebastopol, CA 95472, for handblown, diamond wheel cut glass.

Hungry?  Mediterranean cuisine rocks the East/West Cafe in Sebastopol.  Or try the lamb saag at the Himalayan Tandoori & Curry House.  Want a beer?  Check out the Hopmonk Tavern.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a fantastic treasure hunt!
– Stacey

Recommended itinerary for Art at the Source open studios tour

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With 160 artists to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide where to go during the Art at the Source open studios tour.  Studios are open, free to the public from 10am-5PM, June 1 & 2, and again on June 8 & 9. Here is the first of my recommended routes.

Best of West County – artistic variety, scenery, and sumptuous dining

sculpture by Takayuki ZoshiFrom Sebastopol, get onto Bodega Highway heading west.  About a mile out of town, keep your eyes peeled for Studio #46, 9400 Spring Hill School Road. All the studios are numbered, and everyone has big yellow signs pointing to their place, so they aren’t difficult to find. This is Takayuki Zoshi’s wood carving studio.

Fused glass bowl by Stacey and Leland DennickIt’s only about 14 minutes to the next stop.  Continue on Bodega Highway.  Make a right on Grandview Road (it is a grand view!) A left on Cherry Ridge Road, a sharp right on Occidental Road, left on Green Hill Road, left on Graton Road.  Go 1.75 mi. Turn right on Tanuda Road, a small, short street going up hill.  You’ll see signs for studio # 77.  You are so almost there! Take the next right onto Harrison Grade Road. Turn left at Morelli Lane. Go about a third of a mile, past the purple mailbox on the right. At the next cluster of mailboxes on the right hand side you will turn left onto Heather Lane for Leland and Stacey Dennick‘s fused glass.  4200 Heather Lane, Sebastopol.  Refreshments, door prizes, relaxation on the deck and art! Demos at 1 and 2PM daily.

Catz cards by Susan St. ThomasHead down Harrison Grade and turn right on Graton Road, turn right onto Bohemian Hwy to adorable downtown Occidental.  Grab a sandwich at the Bohemian Market, or lunch at Howard’s Station Cafe (best breakfast in five counties). Continue through town on Bo ho Hwy. Just past the big hotel on the right, turn onto Bittner Road. Two miles up, make a left onto Joy Road.  Stop at studio #81, AKA the Enchanted Barn, for paintings and cards by Theresa Joyce and clay sculpture by Rebecca Love.  Four properties up the road, visit the historic red schoolhouse, studio # 82, where Susan St. Thomas will exhibit her mixed media paintings and watercolors.

Take a stroll through old growth redwoods

Backtrack on Joy Road, past Buettner Road, and make a left onto Fitzpatrick Lane Road.  Look for 17400.  See the link above for detailed directions.

More of my favorite artists & restaurants in the area

West Sebastopol: #69- Nancy Winn – papier mache, #68- Aaron Poovey – sculpture, #72- Caren Catterall – prints, #73- Rik Olson – linocuts.
Have dinner at Bistro des Compains in Occidental.  Reservations recommended.

In the town of Graton: #60b- Jane Marie Gardner – ceramics, #61a- Bert Kaplan – pastels, Graton Gallery (open all year).  Eat at Willowwood or Underwood.

A few of the best nearby wineries (in the Russian River Valley)

Iron Horse Vineyards – sparkling wines
Merry Edwards Winery – pinot noir and sauvignon blanc
Lynmar Estate WineryTaft Street Winery‎ – chadonnay and pinot noir

Whew, what a great day!  Next post – the glass collector’s tour.