Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Old and The New

Since opening on Montana the latter part of the year, Ten Women on Montana Gallery has made huge strides in establishing ourselves in our new neighborhood.
Due to the holidays there were so many people out and about seeing what was available in the stores for possible gift giving.  We had people who were walking there dogs up the avenue or strolling with baby carriages who stopped and peeked in to see what we were all about.  Our long time customers came by that were happy to find us again and new clients that knew of us but didn't have a chance to get down to Venice to see our art.  It has been delightful to receive so many welcoming words to encourage us and assure us that we made the right move.

Here are just some creations from a few of our talented artists that were on display for sale throughout the holidays.  Some of these items will still be available if they haven't already been purchased and lots of new things coming in for the New Year.

Caroline's beautiful porcelain pottery

Elaine's unique and popular fabric purses

Elaine's small purses to insert in her wonderful larger purses or to use alone
Clay sculpture by Joann
Expressive clay creations by Joann
Who could resist this comical clay creation by Joann to use for decoration or trivet
Beautifully decorated gourds by Karen
Peggys fun and whimsical wire creations
Stunning hand fused glass by Betsy
Bibi's wonderful world of the imagination on wood and canvas
Bring nature inside with Mannig's sculptures and mobiles made from all things natural
A variety of fabulous paintings, prints, cards by Isabelle
Peggy's wonderfully imaginative figures and faces in wire
Summer's unique hand stamped meal jewelry
Trace's hand blown glass drops

Beautifully designed hand blown glass pendents by Trace
Summers one of a kind jewelry that makes a statement
Endless Tomorrows by Renee
Renee's abstract mixed media painting
Renee's expressive mixed media jewelry
Now that 2011 is hours away from being over, all of us at Ten Women on Montana want to wish all of you, our old and new friends, Peace of Mind, Perfect Health, Time to Celebrate exciting and wonderful things, Prosperity and Good Will and lots of Love throughout the New Year.  God Bless us all.  Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gifts for the Holiday

Here's a peek at some wonderful handmade gifts that you will find at Ten Women on Montana for Christmas giving and for any occasion all year round. 

Anthea's wonderful textile art
Betsy's stunning fused glass platters

Kathy's fabulous clay creations
Isabelle's whimsical and lovely characters on canvas and prints
Kara's lovely handmade scarves and sweaters
Elaine's fabulous handmade purses
Caroline's exquisite porcelain dinnerware sets
Phyllis' wonderful variety of jewelry
Just a brief look at what is available at Ten Women on Montana.  A variety of handmade creations by local women artists from clothing, jewelry, original art and more.   We look forward to showing you around.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Featured artist Outi Harma

Outi and Dino

Outi Harma is originally from Lapland, Finland.  About twenty years ago her move to the warm, multimcultural city of Los Angeles was the catalyst that catapulted her creative expression.  Her images create exciting worlds that merge the visible and invisible.  Her years of exploration in movement, dance and performance art, brings a wide variety of characters, fluidity and emotion to her paintings.
This is how she describes her painting process:

"There are two main ways that I start my paintings.  The most common method is improvisational.  I start with mixing and playing with colors.  Images begin to appear spontaneously as I paint.  This requires that I am willing to be with the unknown without any clear direction.  It can be extremely frustrating at times.  But I love being surprised by what will manifest on the canvas and letting it tell me a story, instead of having a preconceived idea how the painting will look.
Then there are times while I am in a meditative state, in movement or just siting in stillness, an image will come to me and keep reappearing over time until I paint it."

Original painting on canvas
Original painting on canvas
Original painting on canvas
Outi's space at Ten Women Montana

Outi has been with Ten Women for about 10 successful years.  She works in many different mediums besides her paintings.  She offers her wonderful images on ceramic tiles, cards and prints ready for framing. Her ceramic work extends to bowls, vases, and cups with delightful saying written on them.  They make wonderful gifts.  

Outi shows and sells at several galleries through out Southern California and online.  We are proud to have her as one of our Ten Women sister artists on Montana.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Our Grand Opening Evening Celebration

We had a fabulous Grand Opening Celebration Friday evening.  With lots of people walking the Avenue for the Montana Avenue Holiday Walk, many stopped by to see what Ten Women was all about.  We received a warm and inviting welcome to the neighborhood.

A view looking in at the start of evening
Our holiday ornaments all handmade by our artists
Ronna and Karen have blended their wonderful art in a successful display.
New to the gallery is our center displays featuring Joann's fantastic clay works
On the second center display is Susan's spectacular hand blown glass
Trace is celebrating our grand opening standing next to her beautiful glass jewelry
Linda is letting us know that her incredible mosaic phone actually works
Early evening visitors exploring all our artists work.
Everyone had a festive time, inspired and encouraged by the sales, enthusiastic comments and new customers who promised to come back.  It was a very successful Grand Opening Event and a great start in our new location.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Grand Opening Party

Montana Avenue is having a holiday event to kick off the holiday season called Montana Avenue Holiday Walk.  All the stores will be staying open late, serving wine, food, music and good cheer.  Visitors come from all over to dine in their favorite restaurants and before or after dinner walk along the avenue shopping, socializing and seeing what's new in the neighborhood.

Ten Women on Montana will be having our Grand Opening Party combing the two events and kicking off the holiday in a big way.  Please come and join us on December 2nd, starting at 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.  We'll be giving away fabulous door prizes created by our own incredible artists', sharing our excitement in finding our wonderful  new location and looking forward to meeting our old and new friends.

Here's a peek at some of the amazing art that adorns our gallery walls. 
Phyllis' glass and bead jewelry
Anthea's textile art
Betsy's fused glass
Fae's artography
Kara's handwoven knits
Outi's paintings and ceramics
Karen's gourds and Ronna's photography
Peggy's wire face and shoe creations
We are over 20 local women artists proudly displaying our work in the gallery.  We know you will enjoy seeing all our wonderful creations and maybe even purchasing a gift or two.... 

So, please stop by if only to say hello, share a glass of wine to toast the holidays and our new home.  We look forward to seeing our old friends and meeting new ones.  Cheers!