A weekend in the hills

shannon workshopOn Saturday and Sunday, I attended a workshop taught by artist Shannon Weber in the hills just south of Eugene. I met Shannon during a recent gallery opening and subsequent artist talk at The Arts Center in Corvallis. She happened to be teaching a workshop that peaked my interest so I signed up. Little did I know I would be the only student in the class! I didn’t take this class with specific needs or requests, I wanted to  play and learn how her approach could influence my own work. So that’s what we did. She set up specific exercises to see where my “light bulb” turned on. We played with roots, stems, branches, leaves, string, cordage, bark, wax, and so much more. I came away with new ideas of how to approach lighted forms and possible wall assemblages. Loads of things to mentally digest, plus a few items I need to purchase. The above image is a close-up of a panel I worked on (equisetum, cord, sea grass, bark). Please click on Shannon’s name above to see her work. It’s well worth it!

mini donkey

There were 2 miniature donkeys on site. Such soft noses! I fell in love, but realize they are not a pet for me. I can bet my husband is thrilled to hear that!



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I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

12 thoughts on “A weekend in the hills

  1. Thanks for introducing me to another fabulous artist! I love Shannon’s work.

    Sent from Katheryn Byram


    1. Not a problem. I hope you had the opportunity to see her show at the Arts Center. She is one amazing woman!

    1. I was so shocked to be the only one there. I couldn’t have envisioned a better opportunity. She has certainly sent my brain off in new directions!

    1. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of utilizing natural materials directly around yourself for art and that’s what she is about. I’m looking forward to some fun creation time (once I track down a couple of supplies). 🙂

    1. I bet he would approve of a donkey if the hell hounds would leave. At least donkeys don’t try to eat cats!

      1. We just passed over the 1/2 way mark. Only 9 more months to go!
        I will never ever do this again!

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