Monday, October 28, 2013


  A couple of weeks have past us by since this year's Greybird Barn Artist Open Studio event took place. Many visitors came through the doors to see all the new work by the 6 artists who participated this year.... Shane Miller, Lynn Anju,Diana Cronin, me, Linda Jarvis, Paula Gill and Sue Skelly. Take a look at some of the memories we created over the weekend. If you weren't able to stop by for a visit with the artists and view their wares, sip on a cup of hot apple cider, partake of one of *Rick's dark chocolate brownies or a delectable homemade cookie baked up by our master-cookie-maker, Carrie and her cookie-making-assistant, Ari, then let's hope you can come by next year. 
*Though we did not capture a photo of Rick, Lynn's husband and assistant, he was our event prepping co-worker, our welcoming greeter and parking director. 

Paula in the midst of last minute set-up of her playful Tiles from her Red Step Studio just before we opened the doors

 Diana Cronin's gallery space display with Shane and customers beyond

 Diana with a customer next to her wonderfully colorful pottery. Cynthia, friend and GreyBird Barn enthusiast & helper looking on...

Me, Linda, in disguise in front of my gallery space

Friend and first time visitor, Barbara Berger and me in front of my gallery space...with friend, Cynthia, intensely observing to my left and customer looking at cards and prints to my right 

Lynn's beautiful display with her etched silver jewelry pieces, some of which are enameled and her copper etched lamp shades

 Bright and cheerful Lynn in her gallery space

 Lynn and Shane preparing cider, brownies and cookies

 Paula in front of her gallery space with admiring customer looking on

 Paula's painterly tiles of NW scenes

Paula's gallery space set up

Eslbeth exclaiming to Paula Gill about her varied tile selections 

Shane Miller's gallery space with etched metal narrative boxes, artist books, sculptures and etched silver jewelry 

 Shane's jewelry on display stands

 Shane's table with metal etched books,and sculpture not to mention her vintage toy truck holding her biz cards 

 Jean-Marie studying one of Shane's photo etched narrative boxes, Looking For Open Water.

A glimpse of Sue Skelly during the pre-show set up of her vintage button wearables...

 Kathleen, Zo, Les and Sue in Sue's gallery space explaining her process of harvesting cedar from her property and how she weaves the cedar

Sue's exquisite cedar work

Sue at right with Barbara Berger and customer.
With her vintage button wearables in the background

 I dub this Sue and baby Gourdy

Friends...Sue, Cynthia and me, Linda

 The 2013 GreyBird Barn accomplices and fellow comrades 
at the end of the event.
Paula, Linda, Sue, Diana [front] Shane and Lynn

REMEMBER to click on the photos for a larger image.

Thursday, October 17, 2013


It was another wonderful event in the belly of GreyBird Barn. If you missed the great article that Shane wrote for our group that appeared in the Jefferson County/Port Townsend Leader Oct. 9th, here it is in below. Stay tuned for some photo highlights of the weekend.

Annual studio sale features six local artists

Greybird Barn, a rustic studio, is transformed into a charming gallery setting for the fifth annual artist studio sale, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13. 

With a cup of hot cider and a homemade cookie in hand, there is no better way to visit with the six participating artists, learn about their techniques, celebrate the arrival of fall and watch the barn come alive with energy.

Greybird Barn is the working studio of Shane Miller; it is in this space that she creates photo-etched sterling silver jewelry and narrative wall-hung boxes. Longtime Greybird friends Lynn Anju, Diana Cronin and Linda Jarvis are joined this year by first-time participants Paula Gill and Sue Skelly.

Five years ago, Miller and artist Jarvis dreamed, schemed and gave birth to the idea of having a studio sale with friends. The rustic barn, the Farmall Cub tractor named Bliss and the old ’52 Dodge pickup called Baladeuce all lend their charm to the autumnal setting. 
“Beyond our wildest dreams this event has turned into such a celebration and community gathering of like-minded people,” Miller says. 

Greybird Barn is located at 11 Carroll Ave., off Highway 20 about three miles outside of Port Townsend. Visitors should watch for signs posted beside the road. A friendly crocodile sculpture welcomes guests with open arms to the property.  
Paula Gill of Red Step Studio in Bremerton creates handmade ceramic art tiles, with each one being an original that is carved by hand. These tiles depict scenes of birds, flowers and bugs in the garden, chickens and orca whales, and images that elicit fond memories of a favorite road trip. With a wire embedded in the back of each tile, they can be hung alone or in groups on an interior wall, or add a bright note of color to your garden fence and patio wall. 
Sue Skelly of Poulsbo has been a collector of all things unique, eclectic and wonderful since an early age. One thing she simply can’t pass by are vintage buttons of all kinds. Skelly fashions these buttons into unique and charming necklaces and can often pass along some history about the buttons in each creation. 
She is also an artist born of the land. Skelly uses cedar in all its forms to create pillows, larger-than-life carved sewing needles, spheres, ornaments for the garden and more. Unique would be an understatement in describing her work. 

Using techniques such as photo etching and enameling, Lynn Anju creates beautifully crafted jewelry and etched metal items for the home. All of her designs originate as drawings, which are then transferred to the various metals and etched using an electrolytic process that involves saltwater and a charger. Anju’s inspiration comes from the natural world, medieval European tapestries and armor.

Diana Cronin of Egg and I Pottery is known for her bright colors and energetic designs. 
From her studio, located on historic Egg and I Road in Chimacum, Cronin hand-throws functional porcelain pots on a potter’s wheel and then carefully decorates each piece with food-safe glazes. Her love of color comes from having grown up in Miami, Fla., where she spent most of her free time snorkeling around coral reefs and studying marine specimens. 
Her style is one of a kind, and her bright palette has become her signature.

Each year, Linda Jarvis looks forward to this gathering of artists and community. “It has been wonderful to see how it has evolved over the years since its inception,” Jarvis says. “The environment that is created within this setting is fun and energizing.” 

Her background in commercial art and her studies in the fine arts have provided her with a broad mix of disciplines and media. Painting animals and working with a collection of reusable found objects, Jarvis juxtaposes them into assemblages and sculpture, often with a hint of humor and a bit of mystery. 

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