Friday, December 21, 2007

Great State

Great State
Glass blowing in action! What great fun.
Thank you Channel 4, KFOR, and Galen Culver for coming out to Blue Sage Studios.
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

OKCMOA Glass Class

OKCMOA
Now is the time to sign up for the glass classes at the OKCMOA. It is a great oppertunity to learn the art of glassblowing. They do offer a gift certificate which can be applied toward class tuition. Many thanks to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Keep It Centered!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Gots to love Snow Days

Yes, we were out Monday and Today. I hate having to make it up in June but two days in the studio making glass. Drop by this morning if you want to hang out in a warm lit place with WIFI, so bring your coffee cup and your laptop.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Current Work

New things from the studio. Many gifts for the holiday!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Wednesday Class Photos

Some photos of the Wednesday Night Glassblowing Class from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. We were busy making ornaments.

Wednesday Class

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Coupon

Google Maps has the ability for business owners to create coupons associated with their business and location in a search. It is a very cool aspect of this product. Check out the Blue Sage Studios Coupon. Print it out, bring it by the studio this weekend (or any time really) for a 10% discount!
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gift Certificates

We offer glassblowing lessons through the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. This Spring we will offer a six hour intensive class to get started on glassblowing. If you are interested in getting a loved one a wonderful gift for the holiday, consider a gift certificate from OKCMOA.
Keep it centered.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Home Show


Come one, come all!
Our Annual Home Show.
Glassblowers Unite!
Bring some work to put on display for sale for the holidays.

Keep It Centered!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Schedule

Looks like we will be in and out. Much going on. Plan on blowing Friday afternoon. Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon. Time flying by thus far. but it is good. Zack wants to eat at Italian Jim's in Yukon on Saturday evening.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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Friday, November 09, 2007

Art Biz Blog: Art Galleries and Museums

Art Biz Blog: Art Galleries and Museums
This is a good resource for artists I think.
Hope to see you all tonight at the opening.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Istvan Gallery

Istvan Gallery
There is an Open House at the new Urban Art building, home of Blue Sage Studios, this weekend - Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday. There will be food and music, art and friends. Glassblowing demos all weekend too. Drop by if you get a chance. Good time shall be had by all!
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Friday, October 26, 2007

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen & Jasen Johnsen : Glasswork

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen & Jasen Johnsen : Glasswork
Karen is teaching a november class at Eugene Glass. This would be a great session.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ice Cream Social

We are having our almost annual Ice Cream Social at Blue Sage Studios (1218-C N. Western, OKC, OK). October 27th (Saturday) starting around 3:00 pm until around 5:00 pm. It should be a hoot.We will have plenty here but if you want to bring a pint of your favorite ice cream to share with others feel free.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival Home Page

Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival Home Page
Gotta love Bella Vista. The same weekend as the War Eagle Craft Fair, Bella Vista is growing. Showing fantastic art and entertainment this is really the show to see over this Fall Break Weekend. It is a quick drive to the area from the OKC metro, Tulsa or surrounds. The Arkansas craft shows draw a huge number of shoppers looking for Fall Decor (think glass pumpkins and acorns) and Christmas gifts (handblown glass ornaments). Hope to see you there.
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Google Base

I am in the process of setting up an online store (http://base.google.com/base/a/aboatman) for the glassblowing studio. Google Base provides space and processing for an online selling presence. I have a few items posted. Let me know what you think.
I will be adding more items in the near future so keep the site in mind for your purchases.
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Monday, October 08, 2007

Time Tours

Many thanks to Time Tours for including us on the schedule for their sights to see in OKC. What a great day. I hope everyone had a good time on the visit to watch glassblowing at Blue Sage Studios.
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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Andy Boatman Article

Andy Boatman Article
Carrie Coppernoll wrote a great article about Blue Sage Studios. Thanks Carrie.
Keep it centered, folks.

Friday, September 21, 2007

12x12 Art Show & Sale

12x12 Art Show & Sale
September 29, 2007
7:00 pm
900 W. Main

It's almost here! Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 7pm is the much anticipated 12x12 Art Show and Sale. In its 18th year, it will be an evening of art by some of Oklahoma's finest artists, live music and food by 23 of the best area restaurants. The 3rd floor of the Fred Jones Industries building at 900 W. Main in downtown OKC will be the location, providing excellent views of downtown. To preview some of the fantastic artwork, visit
www.ovac-ok.org/upcoming12x12_1.html

Tickets to the event are available now. Tickets are $24 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets are available by phone (405-232-6991), online (www.ovac-ok.org), or at any of our wonderful ticket outlets (listed below)!

This year, 155 artists have submitted works, each of which measures no more than 12-inches-by-12-inches. Viewers will find photography, painting, glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media and more. For more information on the event, please visit www.ovac-ok.org or call 405-232-6991.

Ticket Outlets:

-dk Salon, 13917 N. May Ave, Edmond
-Dr. Tami Ross, Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson, OKC
-Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place, OKC
-Guestroom Records, 3701 N. Western, OKC & 125 E. Main St., Norman
-New Leaf Floral, 9129 N. Penn, OKC
-The Pilates Body, 7630 N. Western, OKC

Friday, September 07, 2007

CallWave

CallWave: Text is the New Voicemail
Well, as many of you are aware I do not, or on rare occasion, listen to my voice mail or return calls. Working on it, really I am.
I found CallWave. It is a service that gets my voice mail on my mobile phone. It transcribes the gist of the message and sends it to my email, the internet site, and texts my phone. It also records the message to be retrieved through the phone (have not tried that yet) or their website. So this morning I get a call. I can't answer it but I listen to the message online and have a record of the call in three locations. The question remains...will I remember to call them back?
I hope so. Give me a call, leave me a message, let's see what happens.
Keep it centered my friends.
Andy

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Many Thanks

I would like to thank everyone for their support this weekend. It was a great show at the OKCCC Arts Festival and the demos at the studio were wonderful. Thanks to our loyal supporters and customers too.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Labor Day Weekend Open House


Come one, come all.
The Labor Day Open House should be a hoot.
Ray has brought a fresh batch of Blue Bell Homemade Ice Cream too!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Update

The studio is great. Things here are progressing well.
School is starting next week on Tuesday. If you are wanting blow time please drop by or call to get your time slot for the upcoming month. Roy will be in some during the days so check his blue schedule and make some daytime appointments. Evenings and weekends for Andy during the school year.
Larry Pickering is having his annual Light and Furniture show upstairs on August 25th. That should be a great time and everyone is invited to attend.
We will be at the OKCCC Art Festival Labor Day weekend. We are planning on having demos going all weekend too.
I am thinking we will be having demos during the Great State Fair of Oklahoma too. I will need some help in making that happen.
Let me know.
Keep it centered.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Out of Town

I will be out of town for a couple of weeks.
Do not despair. Roy will be in the studio working some. Richard will be in the studio some. Call 601-2583 to leave them or me a message. Try back in August if you do not hear from me. No phones or email at where I am going.
Chris, you are on my call back list. I am ready to work together and create you next $30,000 piece.

Keep it centered my friends.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Charging

Charging the furnace today. We will be ready for a full day blowing on Wednesday. Drop by if you get the chance.
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Thursday, July 05, 2007

South Dakota Schedule

I will be out of town for a couple of weeks at the end of July. Roy will be working some in the studio. If you want a time come by and look at his schedule and sign up now while there are open slots.

Museum classes start in September. If you are interested in taking a beginning glass blowing class we will have a Wednesday night session and a Saturday morning session Starting September 5 and 8.

Upcoming Shows - The Midsummer Nights in Norman the 13th and 14th of July. 6 to 11 on that Friday and Saturday. OKCCC - Labor Day Weekend at the Community College. Bella Vista is October 18, 19, and 20 over in Bella Vista Arkansas. No news on the Home Show yet. Larry Pickering is having the Environs show at 1218 N. Western Ave. this year upstairs. This promises to be the show of the year.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

full tank

We got the glass charged on Sunday. Monday working with a full tank. Wednesday morning was good. Working Thursday at 9:00. Drew is coming in to work. It should be great fun. Thursday night too. Friday morning. Saturday Morning, Sunday afternoon. Drop in and check it out.
Zack and Michelle will be in town from Santa Fe this next week. It should be great fun. If you want to see the master come watch my brother blow some glass.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Calendar

I keep meaning to update my calendar with blow time slots. I just don't seem to have as much time on the computer as I would like while at the studio. Keep in touch.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Bella Forte

I spoke with Chris last night. He is in Pittsburg taking a class with Dante. He says he is learning a lot and having a great time.
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Friday, June 01, 2007

Call to Schedule

We are scheduling blow times for the month of June. Call if you would like to pick a time and day and what not for blowing. 405-473-0754
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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Open House

The Open House went well. We had a great turn out. Everyone really seemed to enjoy and show. Many thanks to everyone who came together to make it happen. We still have plenty of ice cream bars in the freezer. Feel free to drop by any time to hang out and watch us work. Thank you all for the gifts and good cheer too.
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Cia Friedrich art glass

Cia Friedrich art glass
My brother got me one of her skulls for Christmas. Very nice work.
Thank you everyone who came out for the Open House this past weekend. The support is greatly appreciated.
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Monday, May 21, 2007

That's Clever

Whew, HGTV's "That's Clever" filmed me working in the studio on Saturday. It was great fun. A lot of work goes into the production of a six minute television spot. About six hours of filming and talking, and setting up, and moving, and redoing. With glass it is a one take process. It is hot and moving and one can not stop. The folks doing the shooting were most kind. Even when I messed things up they stayed positive and helpful and very tolerant. Pretty amazing really. The projected air date for the show is the Spring of 2008. It seems a long way off but really is just around the corner.
Well. Keep checking the schedule. We will be having an open house soon. Memorial Weekend should be great fun. Everything should be up and running and fully operational by that time. This week I will be working on a membership kit too. I should have something definitive by the weekend.
Thanks again to everyone for the inquires and help.
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Thursday, May 17, 2007

HGTV

Well, on Saturday we will have a closed set for the HGTV "That's Clever" segment. If you would like to visit us that day come by in the morning. Yes, Gnat I owe you a beer. That is if they show me on TV once the segment is created.
I was planning on going to GAS in Pittsburgh. At this point it does not look like I will make it there. Things may change but the cost at this time is prohibitive. There is always next year in Portland where everyone is going to be camping out in Steve's backyard!
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Going and Blowing

We started charging the furnace last night. We got about 150 lbs of glass in. Roy is going to finish it up today for a full cook. So good. He is finishing up the glory hole today. My mom finished painting out the marigold wall yesterday as the rest of us sat around and chatted and watched.
We will be blowing on Thursday. Did I say that already? Thursday, can you believe it? It seems a long time coming. I am thrilled. Come by the studio if you can. We will start preparing for this summer.
We have some lights left to hang. Some wiring to do. Mopping of the floor. Organizing. Dusting. Little bits.
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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Tension

I've got tension, tension, tension is all I know...
We are putting the elements into the furnace this evening. High stress activity. They break. Once they are in usually things are good but getting them in is high stress.
Ready for relaxation.
If all goes well it will start to get hot tonight.
Peace good people.
Keep it centered.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Progress

Roy has been rebuilding the glory hole with great success. It is really looking good. Hopefully it will fire up well too. Everything is in place and the gas is being run today. Electric in the next couple of days. Hopefully everything on order will arrive in good shape and installation will be a success.
I need to order color and some needed items.
Thank you to everyone for all the help. Start planning now for our grand reopening on Memorial Day weekend.
Keep it centered.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Catch Up

Whew, time is flying. Since the break-in things seem to be moving more faster. It could be the approaching summer. It could be all the work left to do. It could be all the work that has been done.
If you have not had the opportunity to come by the studio as of late things are really coming along.
We were accepted to be on the HGTV program "That's Clever". It looks like I owe the Gnat a beer. It should be great fun. May 19th is the projected filming date. Everything has to be up and running full force before then. I hope I can get my chops back by then.
Hang on tight.
Keep it centered.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Studio Progress

We have been cleaning and working and getting things in good order. Everyone is really coming together to make the dream a reality. Roy is working on getting the hot wall built. We should have gas the middle of this week. New glory hole is in the process of thinking about being built.
I have posted up new photos of the place. We will soon be blowing glass and making art once again.
Check out...
studioprogress

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

WiFi

If you build it they will come...if you build it they will come.
Now it is if you wire it wirelessly they will come. Come on down and surf the net with us.
WiFi all around.

Many thanks to all involved if I have not told you that lately.

I built this place for you.
Andy

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Internet

Things are coming along at the studio. We are moving things around and getting arranged. A few things to do to dictate the future and we will be up and running soon.
The Cable guy comes this afternoon and we will have internet. WiFi access. So come over and spend some time. Have a cup of coffee and surf the net.
All is well.
Keep it centered.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

High Hopes

The HGTV show That's Clever is heading across country and coming to Oklahoma City. We put in an application to be featured on the show. Never knowing what to say or how to be prepared or jinxing or anything like that but how cool would it be to be featured on That's Clever. I will keep you all up to date.
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Monday, April 09, 2007

Coming Along

We are working today in the studio around 5:00 or so. Shelving to hang and things to move and trying to figure out some way to shim up everything since we have such a level floor.
Sweeping and mopping are going to have to happen one of these days. Drop on by if you get the chance.
Keep it centered.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

new logo


I have sort of updated our website at http://www.bluesagestudios.com
Drop by if you get the chance. We are working on a new logo. I think it will have a lot of potential. I can see the head cut out of metal and powder coated. We can use a real blowpipe to make it look like it is blowing glass and the O in studios is the piece. I think an embossed business card would look really cool too.
The studio is coming along. Getting things cleaned and arranged and moved out and around. Slower then I anticipated but coming along nevertheless. Many thanks to all those who have come by to visit and who have lent a hand.
Keep it centered my friends, keep it centered.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Gas and Electric

I got the gas turned on today. Electric is being switched. New phone and internet is in progress. I think the new number will be 405-601-2583 (blue).
All is well.
We are working tonight cleaning and moving and sorting and getting ready. I expect to be there around 5:00.
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Monday, April 02, 2007

Moving the Equipment

Making the move to the new place.

studio move


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Many Thanks

I would like to thank each and everyone who came out this weekend to help with the move. What a great bunch of friends and family I have. Thank you for the muscles, and thoughts, and organization, and flesh (Chris), and prayers, and contributions, and food, and everything.
Three Cheers
Hip Hip Hooray
Hip Hip Hooray
Hip Hip Hooray

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Hang on Tight

Moving this weekend. It should be an eventful weekend to be sure.
Thanks in advance for all the help.
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Monday, March 26, 2007

Saturday Moving at 10:00

Hello Everyone,
If I don't get you called or emailed please do not be offended things are crazy busy.
We are planning the move on Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 am. We are meeting at the barn to load up and then head out to the new studio on 12th and Western to off load. It should be a great day. If you can make it out to help that would be great and many thanks. If not, no worries. Feel free to drop by anytime to see how things are progressing.
I was in seattle all week. It was great. I have a few pictures up at the Mr. Boatman's Room blog.
Keep it centered.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Studio Layout



I got a decent program with a free trial to layout the studio. Pretty neat stuff.
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Mudding

I got a good photo up at Mr. Boatman's Room of Ray doing some mudding on the wall. Looking good. Here is a heads up. If you go to Lowe's and are looking for mudding supplies and head to the paint section you are in the wrong area. Go to the drywall place. They have tape and mud in the painting area but it is a whole way lot more expensive. You would figure the mud would be there. All the other supplies needed for good mudding are in the paint area except the cheap mud. It is a trick. Sneak thieves are they.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Painting

I started painting one of the walls yesterday. The old paint on there is horrible. I am going to have to mud a bit to get the wall ready for good paint. So tonight I plan on mudding after yoga so the wall will be ready for fresh paint.
Good progress is being made.
Keep it Centered.

Monday, March 12, 2007

New Logo?


Just playing around with this. What do you think?
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Clean up

It is pretty overwhelming. There is a bunch of little stuff. Just things everywhere. Trying to get organized and move around and do and go. It is difficult to know that to do next. Not having a specific place for things in the new location makes it tricky too. There is the want to move things somewhere but no where to move them too yet.

I am looking for someone who can unhook all the electrical wires in the barn. We need all the lights and plugs and switches taken down and packed away. It could be a big job and needs to be done well. I just do not have that kind of time. So if you know anyone looking for something to do for a couple of days it would be work. It is not a trash job either as it needs to be done carefully and thoughtfully.

If you have not checked out the calendar I think it will be a good way to keep up with things. It does require a signup for a free Google Account. I have the calendar set on my personalize homepage via google. Pretty neat setup.


I am working this afternoon in the barn and Tuesday too. I am planning on meeting Ray and Roy at the 1220 (or 1218 not sure which via the post office or the city) studio on Wednesday after yoga around 7:00.

Wondering about a new logo. Wondering what the Bewley's are thinking for a name of the building.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Progress

It is raining. I went by 12th and Western and there are a couple or three leaks in the ceiling. Nothing bad. Rick said he would be patching the roof too.
Getting things at the barn cleaned up and ready to move. clearning shelves and throwing away. Looks more and more bigger all the time. Thinking now I could really use a truck with a lift gate all the time. It would be worth it for the move.
Coming along nevertheless.
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Thursday, March 08, 2007

12th and Western

12th and western
Photos posted of the new studio.
Thanks Chris.
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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Music

Come to the Blue Moon on the Paseo this weekend. The Amber Wind Society is playing on Friday at 9:00. Great music. Good friends. It is well worth the trip.
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Monday, March 05, 2007

Calendar


I am trying to create a Google Calendar with studio events. I hope to have blow times and schedules posted to this calendar and published online too. It could be an easy way to keep track of goings on at the studio.
Let me know what you think.
We are going over to 1218 N. Western today around 5:30 to begin laying out the floor plan. I have paper and tape and hope to make footprint templates of all the equipment. We can move these around as necessary to get a setup in mind.
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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Memberships

You get now get a membership to Blue Sage Studios. Members will be entitled to blow time at a discount and a set schedule in the studio.
More details to follow soon.
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Budget

I have posted up a budget. Take a look if you can. Let me know what you think and if any changes need to be made. I am trying to think of costs to create a budget for the new studio.
Coming along...
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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Measuring

Amanda Joy and I went Sunday to the new building to measure. It is 38 feet by 46 feet. Nice space. AJ made a map of the place. I need to measure the equipment to start possible layouts. Everything is coming along.
I am looking at a couple of different dates for a possible move. I am heading to Seattle for Spring Break and could move March 17 and 18 or could do March 31 April1. Things depend now on the progress in the building, gas, electric, other people's schedules to help move.
I would like to get everyone together and move everything all at once.
I will keep everyone up to date.
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Thursday, February 22, 2007

1218 N. Western

Here is a link to the Google Map for the new location.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

12th and Western

I have made a decision. Blue Sage Studios is moving to 12th and Western in Oklahoma City. There is a lovely building there owned by Rick and Tracy Bewley and Fusion Art Glass. They have 2000 sq. feet in the back end for rent. It is a great location. The setup is fantastic. The opportunity is wonderful. This is the best next right thing to do. We are looking at being moved in four to six weeks. Yippee!
Check back often as I hope to detail all the events of the move here.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Progress or Lack Thereof

Well,
We have not made any progress on a new location. Something will happen to be sure. In the meantime a lot of people are interested in glass blowing and learning the process. Please stay in touch and come visit when we get up and running again.
Keep it centered.

Friday, January 26, 2007

City Arts

Tonight is the City Arts Center Speak Easy. It should be a hoot.
They have decided not to implement a glass studio into the city arts center at the fairgrounds. I am looking now at renting a place down on 12th and western. We shall see how that comes along.
My buddy Chris is making heart paperweights for valentines. Drop him a line to get your sweetie something special today.
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Friday, January 19, 2007

no news

Well, we have no news on the moving front. I was hoping to hear from the City Arts Center yesterday but I think the weather effected their meetings.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Shows Upcoming

Good morning,
I will have items at the City Arts Center - Speak Easy
and the OKCMOA - Omlete party.
I will post links soon.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

The Barn

Well,
This is it. I turned off the furnace. Things are getting cleaned up out at the studio. Still looking for a new location and know something will show up. The right place, the right time.
I will keep updating this site with information so check back to see what is going on with us at Blue Sage Studios. In the mean time we will probably blow at Bella Forte at Chris's, Ring of fire in norman, The Tulsa Gathering Place, stillwater multigraphics, and Jackalope in Santa Fe...
Stay in touch. Don't be strangers. Call sometime for coffee and dinner.
Keep it centered.
Andy

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Saturday

I am thinking of working on Saturday around 10 am. Sunday to clean up too.
I need to make some eggs.
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