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Open Studio and Food Drive for Manna: Art for the Soul and Food for the Hungry

Rainbow Spiral Mandala for Nutmeg Designs Open Studio
Rainbow Spiral Mandala for Nutmeg Designs Open Studio

Saturday May 18th 11-5
Sunday May 19th 12-5

Nutmeg Designs is celebrating the Fourth Annual Spring Open Studio: Open Heart with mosaics and stained glass for purchase, and a food drive for Manna on Main Street to feed the hungry. Here is a list of items needed at Manna.

Earn a chance to win a 3D Stained Glass Suncatcher for every five items of food. All food will be taken to Manna on Main Street Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in Lansdale, PA. Last year we collected over 400 pounds of food from our amazing visitors!

45 E. 4th St., Lansdale, PA 19446

Parking is often available on Broad or Chestnut.

Children are welcome but due to the nature of our glass art need to be under direct supervision.

Accessibility: There are 5 steps into the house. All art is on the first floor. The studios are on the 2nd floor as is the bathroom.

Jazz Doodle by Wayne Stratz

21 Days of Christmas: 21 Gifts

Log Cabin Quilt Trivet in Coral and Cream by Margaret Almon.
Log Cabin Quilt Trivet in Coral and Cream by Margaret Almon, glass on wood, 6×6 inches, $57. SOLD.

Stratoz created a festive 21 Days of Free Shipping on 21 of our creations.  Fortunately, some of them are orange, including one of my quilt inspired trivets, a jazz inspired suncatcher and a blue spiral through the orange desert in mandala form.  Click on any of these photos to go to the listing and order.  December 15th is the last day to participate in the free shipping.

Jazz Doodle by Wayne Stratz
Jazz Doodle Inspired by Marian McPartland, by Wayne Stratz, SOLD.

 

Blue Path Spiral by Margaret Almon
Blue Path Spiral by Margaret Almon. Glass on slate, 9 inches, $162.
New Day Mandala by Nutmeg Designs

New Day Mandala and the Grace of the Sunrise

New Day Mandala (Early Bird and the Night Owl) by Nutmeg Designs
New Day Mandala(Early Bird and the Night Owl) by Nutmeg Designs. Glass on wood, 10 inches, $258.

 

I love how Stratoz describes our collaboration on this New Day Mandala(Early Bird and the Night Owl):

Orange and Blue are opposites that complement each other in this mandala to greet a new day. As refreshing as a night of rest this glass mosaic is a circle of hope for being renewed with the rising sun. Designed and started by a blue early bird and detailed by an orange night owl. . . “I like the sunrise ’cause it brings a new day, I like a new day, it brings new hope …”(Duke Ellington/Mitchell Parish)  A sign that announces to the world that gravity will not weigh you down, hope is perched on your soul.

I am not a morning person, but the sunrise brings this Kurt Elling version of the jazz standard into my head and heart. Elling interweaves a Rumi poem in Mitchell Parish’s lyrics.  Take a moment to read the poem and listen to this beautiful tune.

“Where Everything Is Music” (trans. Coleman Barks)

“Don’t worry about saving this music / or be scared
if the singing ends
or the piano breaks a string / for we have fallen to a place
where everything is music and singing /
everything is recovered and new / ever new and musical
and even if the whole world’s harp should burn up /
there would still be hidden there
the spirit of song there to linger on /
and even if a candle’s blown out by wind
the fire smolders on in an ember and then sparks again /
the singing is a drop / just a drop in oceans of seas /
grace keeps it moving through bodies like these

and the sound of a life sends an echoing out /
the poem sings willingly in each newborn’s crying shout /
but it’s growing slowly / and keeps many secrets /
stop the words and listen / feel the echo of it starting /
open a space in the center of your beating heart
and let spirits fly in and out . . .”

 

Sophia Spiral in a Blaze of Orange by Wayne Stratz.

Sophia in Her Wisdom: An Orange Spiral of Light

Sophia Spiral in a Blaze of Orange by Wayne Stratz.
Sophia Spiral in a Blaze of Orange by Wayne Stratz. Stained glass, 7 inches. ©2015

Sheets of stained glass migrate back and forth between my studio and Stratoz’s studio.  He had a commission for a larger version of his Sophia Spiral, and needed something special for the center.  I had some Oceana glass that I used in an Orange Sunflower mandala, with beautiful mottles of yellow and orange.  Holding the glass up to the light revealed the yellow like portholes of light.

Orange Sunflower Mandala by Margaret Almon.
Orange Sunflower Mandala by Margaret Almon. Glass and gold smalti mosaic on slate, 7 inches, ©2015.

Margaret Almon Mosaics on Etsy

Stratozpheres on Etsy