From Open Studios

“Holding the Fish Bird,” CE plaque by Bea Garth; application to CC Open Studios 2018

This piece below with the couple holding the Fish-bird is representative of one’s Inner Spirit which can heal one of almost all things… In this case my husband encouraged me to apply for 2018 Clark County Open Studios!  The OS event will be the first weekend in November. Am crossing my fingers I will get in.

I wasn’t sure I would do it, but now am glad I have made the commitment. I am finally psychologically ready to do a lot more art this summer although I still need to pace myself due to my healing wrist and the Lyme Disease.

Fortunately I don’t have to set up my studio like I did last year so it should be a snap comparatively speaking. Am very much looking  forward to doing a lot more painting this summer, plus  more with my ceramic plaques and sculpture.  Both media are incredibly healing!

Colored terra sigillata on red clay body, low fire
“Holding the Fish-bird,” ceramic plaque by Bea Garth, copyright 2018

“Ready for Clark County Open Studios!” photo by Bea Garth

Finally ready (well almost!) for Open Studios which begins Saturday morning Nov. 11, and runs til 5 PM, and then again the same hours on Sunday Nov. 12th, 2017.

"Bea Garth's Paintings and CE Sculpture at Open Studios," photo by Bea Garth nov. 2017
“Bea Garth’s Paintings and CE Sculpture at Open Studios,” photo by Bea Garth copyright 2017

I am loving how my studio looks especially with so much of my artwork up on the walls and on a couple of my tables.

I even got out my sculpture of ” Eos Re-emerging”. Eos is the Greek  Goddess of the Dawn.  I see her as presaging the work the feminine principle needs to do to save the planet from humanity’s greed and unbalanced throw away culture.  I have her sitting on the slab roller table in front of several of my paintings up on the wall.

I am prepared to do work with both clay and painting, depending upon the moment. It should be fun meeting so many people interested in supporting their local artists here in Vancouver, WA.


“Shelving Project for my Paintings,” photo by Bea Garth

At long last my shelving for my paintings is nearly ready! My hands are sore from cutting and putting things together, but my heart is happy! I plan to make a simple structure for really large paintings too that will sit right next to it between the painting shelving and the shelving for my ceramic sculpture and wall plaques.

"new painting shelves nov 2017," photo by Bea Garth
“new painting shelves nov 2017,” photo by Bea Garth

With my husband’s help, I am in the process of finally getting my studio in the garage habitable and functional in time for Open Studios this following weekend (Nov. 11 and 12th).

There just was too much going on this last summer for us to focus on making the garage habitable.  In fact a friend was using a good part of the space to repair his truck! I just  couldn’t work in it during all that.

Instead I  painted in the basement–which quickly became a huge mess since I didn’t want to set up shelving down there.

As soon as I finish with this shelving project and arrange the space, I’ll be moving my paintings etc. up into my part of it,  just in time for Open Studios.  As you might imagine, although I am very busy, I am in a very celebratory mood!!