Sierra Art Guild brings handcrafted beauty to Carriage Inn May 3-5

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Sierra Art Guild brings handcrafted beauty to Carriage Inn May 3-5Unique handcrafted works of art — both wearable and displayable — will be offered during the Sierra Art Guild’s Spring Show and Sale, at the Carriage Inn Friday through Sunday, May 3, 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. each day to 5 p.m. May 3 and 4, and 4 p.m. May 5.

Admission is free, and everyone is invited.

This will be the Sierra Art Guild’s 36th year of presenting crafts and fine art to Ridgecrest.

All of the participating artists are local.

Marcela Lomeli, artist and proprietress of My Enchanted Cottage and Tea Room, will display original artwork, as well as hosting a tea and scone tasting each day at the show.

Jeanne Greene, a stained-glass artist with 26 years of experience, will show a wide range of colorful stained-glass art, some of which includes beads, bevels and Brazilian agates.

Carol Wilcher, a participant from the beginning, will show distinctive linoleum block-printed clothing, wall art, pillows, tote bags, quilted table runners and note cards with Southwest themes.

Nancy Hoyem will show watercolors, acrylics and wall hangings featuring missions, tropical birds, flowers and botanicals. An interior designer, she may have just the thing for a wall that needs something special.

Lois Hinman will display her distinctive, functional pottery, made with care, to be used and enjoyed. She creates using a variety of techniques, to return joy to the user and observer.

Howard and Wanda Laire, jewelry designers, will display their beautiful rings, earrings, necklaces, rosaries and bolo ties of gold, silver, precious stones and Dichroic glass. The glass may be perfected through up to 15 firings.

Jesse R. Baker, who paints in oil and acrylic, will also show his digital designs. “Variety is my subject matter,” he said. Visit him at the show to find out more about this new adventure.

Brad Bruna, fine-art photographer, will offer great photos of our local canyons plus stunning views of the Searles, Panamint and Death valleys, as well as the Fossil Falls, Lone Pine and Bishop areas.

Connie Wittenbrink and Keith Wheeler will show their Flaming Ice Designs, Keith uses a torch to create glass art, and Connie uses Keith’s glass beads to create beautiful one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, and earring sets.

Olaf “Bill” Doud will have his fine petroglyph rock art on display, with Native American designs incised by hand on desert varnished basalt rock and hardened local clay, to create bookends, pictures, magnets and rock sculptures.

Floyd Castillo will have unique lathed wood pens and pencils, letter openers and toothpick holders crafted from beautiful woods, antler and Corian. Some woods come from far-off lands, some from the desert.

Michael Mumford will show amazing works of hand-forged steel. He has worked as an artist-blacksmith creating artistic items in steel since 2006.

Martha Willey will show her jewelry using natural stones such as jasper, lapis, malachite and agate, along with Swarovski pearls and natural pearls. Check out her unique boxes of polymer clay.

Katherine Gonzales will display her unique wire-wrapped jewelry. She uses beautiful gemstones to create special necklace, earring and bracelet sets.

Story First Published: 2013-05-01