And Your Chance to Win a Giveaway! Read on—
Recently, I attended the annual Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. It’s the largest indoor show on the west coast, and I should know. I’ve been going to it for nearly 20 years. In fact, some would say (me and Henry, that is), that I’m a Harvest Festival connoisseur. Which is my code for, I know good art when I see it.
So, this year, I went with my handy-around-the-house friend, Gale, because she loves to shop at the festival almost as much as I do, and because—always the practical one—she brought along the discount admission coupons.
Well, my favorite thing about the festival is discovering something new to swoon about. And this year, I found it in plates. I wasn’t even in the market for plates, but when I saw these I immediately fell in love with the brilliant colors, and just had to have a few!
Above is a photo of the booth, taken at the very moment I discovered the best treasure of the festival. The lady in the photo is none other than Marsha Anderson, the artist and owner of Art Meets Glass. My pulse quickened as I entered her booth and once there, nothing could pry me out.
I LOVE her stuff! It has all the ingredients I crave for in the perfect art piece: bright, bold colors, whimsy, charm, and fruit. I’ve always found it hard to resist cherries in art. Now, I feel the same about pomegranates.
I ended up buying several pieces, including a beautiful necklace—which I’m giving to my daughter for the holidays, so mum’s the word! While shopping, I briefly chatted with Marsha and learned that she is new to my neck of the woods. We decided to keep in touch, and because she is as amazing as her art, she’s offering my readers my very first giveaway!
The Giveaway: Just in time for the holidays, one of you (providing you reside in the United States or Canada) will receive a charming pomegranate necklace. All you need do is tweet this post (if you have a Twitter account) and leave a comment by November 25th. Also, if you include your Twitter handle in your comment, I’ll follow you (assuming I’m not already), and I encourage my readers to follow each other!
Marsha will randomly pick a name from among the comments and I will announce the winner in an upcoming post. Make sure you note in your comment whether you tweeted it, and also whether you live in the US or Canada.
I recently sat down for a Q&A with Marsha to learn more about her and her fabulous art:
MTW: Tell me a little about yourself, how long you’ve been doing this, and how you discovered your talent for painting plates and making jewelry.
MA: I have always been an artist. If I couldn’t buy it, I would make it. I remember selling little clay items at a local craft show when I was only 11 years old. I discovered painting glass while admiring a painted wine glass and wondered how I could make something similar. After much experimentation with different paints and brushes, I developed my own style. My plates became the canvas on which I paint. The fact that they are functional is only secondary to me.
MTW: Your art is so vivid, colorful, and whimsical, a style that is uniquely your own. How did you come into this style?
MA: I like color and I am not afraid to use it! I used to find cards and art that I liked to use for the image in the middle of my plates. I realized that if I were going to sell my art, I would have to create original designs. Once I got started, I couldn’t stop. I try to create images that appeal to everyone.
MTW: Where do you draw your inspiration?
MA: I draw (literally!) from what is current. At a show, I pay attention to which designs sell the most or are noticed more than others. Every year I create new designs to keep it fresh. I love the colors of fall and I am drawn to rich, jewel tones. I realized that my Judaica (Jewish art) was highly desired and I created a new line of which I sell wholesale to synagogue gift shops nationwide.
MTW: What do you hope to convey to people through your art?
MA: Joy. I love to see the response of a person when they walk by my craft fair booth and stop, dead in their tracks, to exclaim how beautiful the plates are. I hear from many customers that my plates make them feel happy. I feel happy when I am creating.
MTW: Which, if any of the designs is your personal favorite and why?
MA: I love pomegranates and I love the pomegranate image that I create for my round plates. I am able to change the colors to create totally different looks by using the same pomegranate painting.
MTW: How can people bring a little more color into their own lives?
MA: Buy something that “pops” and place it in a spot that you see everyday. Wear a piece of jewelry that becomes a conversation piece and enjoy that little connection you will have with another human being.
MTW: Where do you find your bliss?
MA: I find my bliss when I am creating, making new friends, laughing, sharing, learning, and being with my amazing family.
MTW: Any other hobbies, interests?
MA: Napping (not kidding), teaching, socializing with friends.
MA: I’ve always loved children. When I graduated from college with my BA in art, I decided to get my teaching credential. I was a substitute before I became a 6th grade teacher. I stopped teaching when I had my first son, but I continue to substitute teach when I can. I also piloted a religious school program, for 3rd and 4th grade, which taught Judaism through art. I was only able to complete the first year of this two-year program because we had to move, but I intend to introduce the idea to some local synagogues next year.
MTW: Tell us little bit about your family and life in Southern California?
MA: I moved here from the Bay Area only four months ago with my wonderful husband, two amazing teenage boys, two annoying pugs and my arts and craft business. We couldn’t have picked a better place! I spend my days painting, walking the dogs at the beach, hanging out with new friends, and parenting my very funny boys. My husband travels so I consider myself a “single, married, mom.” I have already made so many new friends. We all think that San Diego is the perfect place to live.
For more information, or to purchase, please visit Art Meets Glass.
Hi! Has the winner been chosen yet? 🙂
Yes! You’ll find the info in my post, “A Winner, a Baker & BF.”
Está hermoso este trabajo, realmente admirable, además se ve tan brillante y bello!!!!
Me da alegria que te gusta! Ella hace un variedad de platos y collares que son lindos!
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Thank you so much, that is SO SWEET of you! 🙂 And thank you for following my blog!
Of course I tweeted, posted on FB and live in PDX OR
And of course, I’m delighted you tweeted this post, but the giveaway ended last Friday. 😦 Maybe next time you’ll win! In the meantime, thanks for reading and have a great day! 😉
Each of the featured pieces are enchanting and the colors vibrate with absolute JOY!
I love to discover new treasures and am so grateful when someone shares their finds, so thank you. Her pieces look amazing, which just goes to show that the joy she gets from doing what she loves shows in her work. Yes, I’m tweeting about it!!
Fantastic! Thanks, Susan, for tweeting it, too.
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I missed the deadline, but just wanted to post that I love Marsh’s stuff 🙂
Sorry, that would be Marsha’s stuff, of course !
You’re not too late at all. Were you able to tweet it?
Okay, I just tweeted, so I’m doing a rain dance to win that necklace. 🙂
Yes, she does produce beautiful work too.
I’m gonna tweet again.
You’re lovely, Totsy, and the colors of Marsha’s work reminds me of your paintings.
Thank you so much for tweeting!
Monica, what lovely pieces! I can see why you swooned when you saw them! The clock is calling me by my name, sister! Given I dress like a Goth, I welcome color in every other facet in my life. I’m following Marsha’s advice and the next time I have a little cash, I’m buying something that has bright colors and placing it in a prominent spot. And I have to say that I think these pieces would make me smile every time I went past one! They’re just beautiful! 🙂
Bella, I like Marsha’s advice too and I think I’m already doing it. Come to my house and you’ll see I have splashes of color here and there. It really adds pizzazz–and joy to any room! And I love to wear bold colors, too. Goes great with olive skin, don’t you think?
Marsha’s work is gorgeous! I’ve never seen it before or been to the Harvest Festival Arts and Crafts Show. Maybe I should pull myself out from under that rock! I’m going to her website next and then to tweet. Thanks Monica for instigating this fun giveaway!
The Harvest Festival tours through California, Nevada and thereabouts. You should go at least once. It’s how I discovered Marsha’s craft, so who knows what you’ll find when you go. And yes, Marsha’s work is gorgeous!
I love Marsha’s work. I’m having a hard time deciding what to get.
I know what you mean. Can I have one of everything? That’s what I keep asking myself.
Aw this is pretty 🙂 I’d love to be entered in the giveaway wooooo!
Caps, glad you entered. I saw your tweet, too. Thanks so much!
—I would Definitely go to her booth and stay an hour or two.
Lovely Art work & Superb colours.
Have a good weekend, Monica.
Kim, did you tweet? Hope so. The pendant would look beautiful on you. 🙂
Love the bright colors!! I tweeted!
Great! Thanks so much! Keep your fingers crossed!
By the way — I want that clock! Absolutely Beautiful!
The clock is stunning. You should see it in person! You’ll love it even more!
I’m a SUCKER for beautiful art — especially anything glass! Thanks for sharing Monica 🙂
Consuela PS I’m @Swayze… though I’m not the best at tweeting yet
Me, too! I’m following you, too, now, so you best start tweeting and tweeting a lot! 😉
Very interesting how she taught Judaism through art! What a great way to learn religion!
BTW, I tweeted this : ) @AshleyR125
I think using art is a great way to teach, and from what I can tell, Marsha excels at it. 🙂
Reading this post was a delight . . . I know only too well that feeling of discovering artists. Tweeting was a pleasure. I have cleaned up that one (unfortunate) incident of spam, so perhaps you’ll start following me again. 😉 @DEBatterman
I’m following you again! Glad you worked it all out! 😉
I’m in total pomegranate lust here. Though I did tweet, like a good girl (@writerbeverly).
Marsha, do you do any shows in LA county? Would love to shop your booth.
Beverly, Don’t you just love the pomegranate art? And Marsha uses the pomegranate in much of her work. You should see it all! Amazing!
Gorgeous! I’ll be tweeting about your post now and will cross my fingers that I’m the lucky one! I’m in the US.
Good luck, Becky. Thanks for tweeting, and for those of us who don’t know your twitter handle, stop by soon and include it here!
My Twitter handle is @wordmuse
Beautiful art. Great post Monica. The tall person has a friend who is a potter and makes some very beautiful things. Tall person bought several pieces for his mother 🙂
The Twitter winner of the pomegranate necklace will be very pleased 🙂
I think the tall person, like me, has a knack for recognizing artistic talent! I always love your input, Bassas.
Seeing as how my blog is called “The Wild Pomegranate”, I would LOVE to be the receiver of that beautiful necklace!! 🙂 Off to Tweet this!
Could it be serendipity? Let’s hope so! 😉
Me, too! I’m in the US btw 🙂
Thank you, Monica, for including me in your wonderful blog! I look forward to reading the comments and picking the winner!
You’re welcome! I’m just glad to be able to share such beauty with my readers. 🙂
How did I miss this art show? I love the brilliant colors. Went to visit Marsha’s web site and found so much more. Thanks for sharing your find!
It’s an annual event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. I’ll give you a heads up about it next year! Did you tweet this? Just want to make sure you’re entering the drawing.
Just tweeted… I think. You know I’m Twitter-challenged. 🙂