September 2008


Main Street Art Gallery (Next door to Bead It)

237/239 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
618/655/9999

Main Street Art Gallery is pleased to announce a new art exhibit:
GROUP SHOW in conjunction with ARTEAST
October 3 - November 1, 2008
Gallery Hours
Tuesday through Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday and Monday closed (Sunday, October 19, open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
ARTEAST)

Please join us for an artist's reception on Friday, October 3, 2008
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to meet the artists. Wine Tasting by Mary
Michelle Winery.

Participating Artists:
Participating Artists:
Jessica Erickson - Metal
Scott Evers - Photography
Melvin Harris - Wood
Larry Hesterberg - Lampwork Beads
Kathryn Stullken Hopkins - Paper Assemblage
Judith McLaughlin - Jewelry- metal & beads
Meg Solon - Photography
Michelle Strader - Fused Glass
Kate Tegtmeier - Jewelry - Chain Maille
C. Alana Tibbets - Fiber Mixed Media
Tanya Varble - Fiber Mixed Media

ARTEAST Demonstrations
Sat., Oct. 18 – Sun., Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Larry Hesterberg - Lampwork Beads
Kate Tegtmeier - Chain Maille
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Before During After

A glimpse into the enamel world.
This is a glass panel, semi Jackson Pollack If I do say so my self LOL As you can see the piece stays pretty true to when I start to the finish. I put in some really good music and go to town. I love enamels, the colors are so wonderful, they get kinda smeary as the heat takes hold. This process takes about an hour Mixing dry enamels to painting then the kiln time is over an hour. Slow and steady wins the pace.

Now Should I cut it? I really want to cut it up for jewelry LOL

If I leave it as panel art I should mention it is kinda skewed not quite squared. So help me decide friends.

It became art! Sold in the gallery! Wooohooo!

So what is frit? Crushed glass used by lampworkers and fusers to add color and design to their glass creations.

My EGA friend Rhonda Willis from www.rwillisglassartist.etsy.com shares with us a great way to make frit:

A friend of mine works at a local glass store, and she is always coming up with wonderful ideas. Well, her dad (an engineer) came up with this idea for a home-made frit maker. After seeing it, I made a quick dash to the Home Depot (Lowe’s or Ace should have them too) so that I could make one for myself.

Materials from hardware store:

One 1-1/2″ x 8″ heavy lead pipe
One 1-1/2″ cap
One 3/4″ x 10″ heavy lead pipe
Two 3/4″ caps

From a glass supply company:
Glass Frit Sifter set (I love this set!!)

The coffee grinder just doesn’t do it for me, and like many glass artists, I’ve been hammering the glass in plastic bags to make my frit. Now I just put my glass in the 1-1/2″ pipe and use the capped 3/4″ pipe to crush the glass. Then I poor the contents into the glass sifter set which separates the sizes of the frit. I then poor the frit into my 2-oz. storage containers (a gold-mine find at a local thrift store).

The caps aren’t flat, so I have to store the frit maker on its side. I’m sure you could flatten the cap. But, I’m not particular. I’m just thrilled to have this! The weight of the capped 3/4″ lead pipe makes it quick and easy for me to make my own frit. And, to make the “crusher 3/4″ pipe” even heavier I threw in some heavy fishing weights (a garage sale find). Rocks, lead balls, or anything else you can find to add some weight to it will work just as well. Smile

Happy crushing!


Being a mom comes with great moments. And some just have to be shared. This is not a post about creativity but it is inspiring for parents and for moms especially moms of triplets. My very special boys came into the world 10 weeks early. Their prognosis was less than stellar. I was told they would have mental slowness and physical disabilities. I never once thought anything but perfection, maybe that was naive of me but it got me though each mini crisis.

Yesterday I had a very proud moment one of great triumph for one of my boys -Chip. Knowing what the start of his life entailed to being a great athlete now brings me astounding joy. For anyone that doesn’t know what school sports are like, let me tell you he practices 5 days a week 3 -4 hours a day, then he comes home to home work. Have I mentioned he is brilliant? Um I am not saying that because he is mine, I am saying that because every day he amazes me with his knowledge. I have never known a 12/13 follow politics and be able to speak with knowledge about the issues, kinda freaky!

Okay on to my proud moment-
He is in 7th grade and has played football for 4 years but this year he is a shinning star. The coaches have shown a great deal of interest and care for him. Yesterday was his first game of the season. I have never seen a little boy captain and command a field like this. As I stood on the side lines and watched I could hear the three coaches talking about him. Things like “I think Strader is the only one out there” and “my god that boy has got heart” and “we are moving him into 8th grade football, cause he is too good to be with this level”. With each comment I began to realize what I always knew in my heart. He is bound for greatness! When we went to the coaches after the game they suggested moving him to 8th grade level football, I asked if he would be able to compete at that level? The coach looked at me and said ‘I don’t think you know what you have here, I have never seen HEART like this”.

He came home and let me tell you what makes me ever more proud. He said he didn’t want to leave his team and his coach. His loyalty out weighed his need to feel important or to be praised. I am proud because I feel like these are qualities we instilled. I felt like a good parent last night.

I am proud of all my boys but yesterday it was Chip’s turn to be bragged on.

Thanks for letting me gush.