Fueling The Passion

April Newsletter

It’s April and spring has sprung… I can’t believe it’s already APRIL!!!  Unlike everyone else, I wait until the last minute to gather all my paperwork to submit to my accountant.  In doing so I was faced with a harsh reality… I have acquired lots of tools and glass!  That being said, I’d like to think…I don’t NEED more glass or tools, therefore I won’t buy any at the upcoming Gathering. Right?  We shall see.  Speaking of the ISGB Gathering, early registration for those who renewed their membership or joined by January 31, 2012, will open April 4th at Noon; regular registration will begin April 16th at 8:00 AM.  This year’s Gathering will be held in Bellevue, Washington, July 25 – 29, 2012 (classes start prior to the 25th).

The ISGB Venture Exhibit results are in and congratulations are in order for our own Shelley McLaughlin and Kathy Spignese great job ladies!  Please visit the Emerging Artists Exhibit at www.isgb.org

Our first 2012 meeting, at The Mandrel, was a hit!  We had over twenty-seven attendees of which three were new! Donna’s curved bead demo was so cool.  This technique using ceramic tubing (available at The Mandrel), was different, and much easier than the other methods I’ve seen.  Show and tell was not only inspiring, but educational.  I received nothing but positive feedback and interest that we make show and tell part of every meeting!  Thank you to all who participated.

SoCal Flame Surfers will participate in the ISGB postcard project!
Details as follows:
• Submit your bead with a cheque in the amount of $40 payable to SoCal Flame Surfers.
• Your bead will be professionally photographed by David Orr.
• You will receive one professional photograph of your bead sent to you via e-mail for your own advertising purposes.
• You will receive approximately 100-150 of the postcards.
• I will return your items at the June 9th meeting.
• If you would like to take this opportunity to have additional items photographed the prices per item are as follows… Beads and jewelry under 10” is $35, jewelry/sculptures over 10” in diameter is $55.
• All items need to be securely packaged with payment and received by April 30, 2012.
Please send to:         Toni Tracy Studio
3485 University Ave., Studio 27/28
Riverside, CA  92501

Next meeting will be at Pacific Art Glass June 9th at 10:00, Bead exchange will be Hollow Beads.  Hope to see you there.
Toni Tracy

Dates to Remember
• April 4th ISGB Gathering early registration.
• April 16th ISGB Gathering all membership registration.
• May 19th Board Meeting.
• June 9th General Meeting.
• July 25 – 29 The Gathering.

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