I’ve got an exhibit of about 25 pieces of art up at the Lexus Service Center in Santa Clara. If you’re a Lexus owner and in need of an oil change, you’ll get to enjoy a little art while you wait. Even if you’re not, you can still take a peek at the art as well as the cars on display…and make yourself a cappuccino while you’re at it! The center is located at 300 Martin Ave in Santa Clara (facing the airport) and the show will be up until Feb 27th, 2011.
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We artists spend a lot of time in solitude, but no artist is an island, and there are a few great people I rely on to help bring my art to you. I’d like to introduce you to one of them, Miss Terri Lyman of TML Custom Gifts. Terri does all the printing and heat pressing required to make my all-weather aluminum Garden Charms®.
Terri uses digital images of my work that she prints with pigmented inks on a special UV-coated paper. Then, she heat-presses the image onto the aluminum, and the heat melts the inks into the coating, rendering the final product weatherproof! Both my sister in Phoenix, Arizona (whose sunny front door temp can reach 130 degrees in the July heat!) and my mother in rainy Portland, Oregon can attest to the “weatherproof-ness” of Garden Charms in their respective climates.
TML Custom Gifts is a woman-owned small business in Campbell, CA. Terri works from her home to help support her family by printing and pressing all kind of images onto all kinds of stuff for artists, schools, and gifts for personal or business needs. She does great work, and no matter what, Terri always has a welcoming smile on her face and a tale to tell. She is a delight to work with!
Both the coated copper wire and the aluminum used in Garden Charms are manufactured in the U.S, and the decorative beading is added by the nimble fingers of my daughter and friends who are paid per unit. As you can see, each Garden Charm purchase helps quite a few people!
Check out my Etsy store …I’m always adding more items, and if you don’t see what you want, please contact me and I can add it to the store for you. Inquire about wholesale orders. Support your local artisans!
My painting “Cherry Tomatoes: $1” was juried into the 3rd Annual Int’l Society of Acrylic Painters online show. View the show here.
Juror John Salminen.