Seymour Pumpkin Festival

What a great show. Thousands of people, we had a terrific location, and extremely well run! The food was yummy, and even though the day was a little gray, the crowds showed up.

Here are the Spooky Bowls, and some photos of me, and best of all, we WON First Prize for Unusual Craft.

We will be back for next year! Same place, same space #39 in Scarecrow Alley.

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Artists & Artisans In Paradise 2014

As I’ve already explained, I was chosen to be one of the four artisans that this show is highlighting. They are doing a great job of staying in touch and doing publicity. The weather report looks to be fabulous for the day. I am bringing the biggest bowl, the one that is in this article. I have a feeling there’s someone very special out there who will bring this beauty home. Hope to see you there.  http://patch.com/connecticut/stratford/meet-artisan-patricia-st-john-enchanted-environments#.U_SmmmMzLx9

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Sent Out To The Press By Artists & Artisans In Paradise 2014

Meet the Artisan:

Patricia St. John of Enchanted Environments

“In 1990, book, The Secret Language Of Dolphins was published by Summit Books … It was then I discovered how much I loved writing, and I believe this was the beginning of the freeing of the artist in my soul.”

Patricia St. John won the Delta Kappa Gamma International Educator’s Award for her book The Secret Language of Dolphins. A passionate gardener, after an injury in 2009 limited her mobility, she started creating her Enchanted Environments, which she calls “painting with plants, making use of their different forms, sizes, colors, and blooming times to create living art.”

SAG: Injuries seemed to have played a significant part in your progress and success.

PSJ: Because of a childhood illness, I lost depth perception and three-dimensional vision when I was 18 months old. It wasn’t until I was in my 40s that I began to truly understand what this meant in almost every aspect of my life.

While I’d taken a few classes in fine art, I had certain frustrating limitations. I turned my attention to … intensive gardening as my hobby. At the same time, I was engaged in pioneering research with dolphins in communication, and then using my discoveries to help children with autism to communicate.

SAG: How did you come up with the idea for these bowls?

PSJ: When walking in a deep woods, or a wide meadow, I’ve always felt as if I were to come around a tree, I’d come across fey life from other levels, usually unseen, but surely felt by humans. As I created the little gardens, I also used my past experiences to make tiny doors, paving stones, gazing balls, mushrooms, butterflies, birds, birdhouses, birdbaths, and many other items that just felt as if they belonged in the bowls, bringing their energy into reality.

SAG: You work in organic materials. Does that limit you how or when you work?

PSJ: I’m continually adding new items that I’ve made by hand, and discontinuing others that take too much time and energy to make. This means that every year becomes a new adventure for me, and the bowls.

I’ve added gorgeous little crowns, each different from another, which are works of visionary organic style art. I can only make the bowls during the growing season, but the crowns can be for every time of the year, and they are equally enchanting.

SAG: Thanks Patricia! See you at the show!

You can meet Patricia St. John at Artists & Artisans in Paradise, August 24, 2014 at Paradise Green, Stratford, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit her online at https://enchantedenvironments.wordpress.com

The event is brought to you by the Stratford Arts Guild, with special thanks to our Diamond Sponsors Two Roads Brewing Company and Bridgeport Landing Development (Steelepoint Harbor).

The Stratford Arts Guild was founded in 2010 to meet the demands of the growing arts community in Stratford. It is a collaboration of Artists and Friends of the Arts, who are dedicated to furthering artistic expression and appreciation of the arts in Stratford, CT.

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Artists & Artisans in Paradise 2014

I have been selected to be one of the featured artists at this year’s Stratford, CT,

Artists & Artisans in Paradise 2014

This is an honor, and I’m thrilled to be a part of their show, much less a featured artist. You can find more information here:

http://www.paradiseartshow.com/portfolio/enchanted-environments/

and also here:

http://www.paradiseartshow.com/

This is my first year doing their show, and it looks like it will be great fun! I hope to see you there.

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The Hostas Have Arrived

Oh my. I am under the gun now! The weather has been terrible – VERY cold, with more than 3″ of rain yesterday and last night.

My first show of the season is on May 10, and I don’t have a single bowl made yet.

I have my stock of flowers, hens and chicks, sedums, mosses, and more.

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And my new varieties of miniature hostas arrived today.

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I will take two of each variety and will plant them so they will grow in the window boxes and elsewhere.

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They will also multiply for next year, as my others have done in the past. I’m not going to use miniature trees this year, other than the ones that I still have growing in Argent Bleu.

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I’ve been thinking about what new items I want to create for the bowls, but I still have enough left mushrooms, gazing balls, doors, etc., from last year to make enough bowls to sell at the two shows. Still, late nights making Sculpy clay items and baking them are ahead fo me for the next five months. I look forward to that.

My own bowls have hard a very hard winter, but they are slowly coming back to life again.

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The pink and white magnolia tree is in almost full bloom and barring more rain, snow, and wind, will burst open fully this weekend. It took a real beating when Super Storm Sandy hit, but it’s alive and ready to be stunningly beautiful again.

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2004, before Sandy.

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2014. Spring is late and the magnolia is not yet in full bloom, but the tree is also not as large after Super Storm Sandy.

The white Dogwood is getting ready to hatch some flowers, and both variegated Kousa dogwoods have buds on them.

The peonies are beginning to come up, the daffodils are open, there are buds on the lilac bushes, and the lily leaves are about a foot high. I believe Spring is here, but it still feels like winter. We had to run the furnace this morning.

I can’t wait to make the bowls, and I wish the weather would cooperate. But my tiny hostas, some with little bud tipped spikes on them, are waiting on the deck for me to give them new homes. It’s getting exciting now.

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