Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Colony of Coastside Artists Open Studios

It's here! After 6 months of planning and work The Annual Colony of Coastside Artists Open Studios is happening this weekend!  
Today and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm, 43 Coastal artists in 24 locations will invite guests into their homes and studios to present their best artworks.
I am participating again this year and will be at Patt Sheldon's studio with 3 other artists at 238 Palma street in El Granada.  The artist include : Patt Sheldon with her colorful fiberarts and sophisticated jewelry, Deanna Adams with her coast inspired sunlight catchers and Lisa Warns with her beautiful Acrylic painting, Mixed media and photography.   I will be offering my usual mix of the unusual with a dash of strange on the side.  New for me this year are miniature apothecary domes,
Steampunk , visionary and Memento Mori jewelry, small Calacas figures and shrines and Memory shrines like the piece at the top of my page. 

This year again we are offering a raffle to win a free piece of art.  All you do is pick up a passport at any participating studio (that's most of them) get it stamped at 8 studio locations-turn in your passport at your last studio location and your name will be automatically entered into the drawing!

CoCa Open Studios continues to grow every year and features the work of the best artists the coast has to offer.  It also gives you the opportunity to talk directly to the artists about their work -their vision and process.  Each studio will be furnished with food and drink as well.  Why not venture out this weekend and be surrounded by the warmth and glow of art?

If you want to find out more about Open Studios or print up a map of all the studio locations please go to our website at

See you soon!

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Gathering of Woman Artists

Hello Everyone,

After a year of no posts I am back online and am announcing" The Gathering of Woman Artists"  this Saturday at 565 Fifth street , Montara. If you get lost there will be yellow signs on the highway and smaller yellow signs leading you to the location. So just look for the yellow signs that say "Open Studio". The Gathering takes place from 10am to 4pm tomorrow and will feature nine local woman artists including myself.  We will be offering art ranging from Photograpy cards to jewelry, delicious Jams, functional  pottery, beautiful sunlight catchers, fiber arts, painting and of course my usual wild and wicked mixed media.

Here is a little preview of some of my new items:

Cakacas a la De Meng.

Minature Apothecary Domes

Wearable Assemblage in Steampunk Style

"Visionary" Jewelry

Puzzle Piece Ornaments and much much more,

The Gathering of Woman Artists:  tomorrow-Saturday the 12th at 565 Fifth Street in Montara from 10am to 4pm.  Start your holiday shopping with our unique creations, have a cup of tea and a bite to eat as well. 
See you at the Gatheriing!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Colony of Coastside Artists Open Studios this weekend!!!

I am pleased to invite you to the Colony of Coastside Artists annual Open Studios!

 CoCa Open Studios is being held this Weekend –November 21- 22 from 10am to 5pm. This year there are over 40 local artists participating in 23 different locations from Half Moon Bay to Montara.  For a complete list of all the studio locations and their creative offerings please go to the CoCa website at You can print up a map to all the locations from the website or pick up a brochure at any studio.

The best thing about Open Studios is the chance to talk directly to the artists about their work.  You have the opportunity to find out what goes into creating any particular work of art, the meaning of the piece or a little about the creative process.

Open Studios if free to anyone and everyone that wants to come.  There is no entry fee.

Open Studios is a great way to shop for the Holidays!  Coca open studios offers a huge variety of unique items and original art not to be found elsewhere.

Each studio will also be offering a variety of refreshments so you can nibble while you shop and talk to the artists.

New this year at the Coca Open Studios is the chance to win one of more than $1,800 in original art! All you need to do is to pick up a passport at any studio location. Get your passport stamped at 8 different studios and your name will be entered into our prize drawing.

On a personal note I will be offering my work with 4 other wonderful artists at 238 Palma street in El Granada.  Here are the artists and their offerings:
Patt Sheldon: fiber art and jewelry
Deanna Adams: sunlight catchers and jewelry
Karina Marwan: stained glass creations
Kathleen Smith: hand painted silk pillows
Connie Andrews: Textural collage and found object assemblage

Open Studios is like a mini vacation.  Come to the beautiful California coast, shop, eat, visit the sights and forget the daily grind. You don’t even need a map-just follow the yellow signs!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Time for A Gathering of Women Artists!

Its time once again for A Gathering of Woman Artists!  I am delighted to be back at the Gathering this fall.  This is a great local show that brings together woman artists across all artistic mediums. Its been a huge personal honor for me to be included in the Gathering and I can't wait to reconnect with these wonderful women.
Care to do a little early Christmas Shopping?  Then this is the place! Why not stop by have a little food, a little drink and peruse this year's artistic offerings.  The great thing about this venue is that you have the ability to chat one on one with each artist. 

Why not stop by?  we'd love to see you!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pumpkin Festival Here I come!

Yes I know I have not posted for awhile.  So much has happened since I posted last.  Let me sum up!
Did well at SVOS open studios and I hope to participate again next year.  After Open Studios I became inconsolably depressed at the loss of my 17 year old dog Grendel.  So of course the solution was Bella.
I adopted a 6 year old Mcnab mix from Copper's dream.  The last 3 months have been wonderful getting to know this sweet and very smart dog.  Bella has a couple of issues like many rescue dogs. But Bella and I are working on those and together we are both moving forward with our lives. But more on Bella later.

Right now I'm on the final countdown to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival.( this Saturday and Sunday the 17th and 18th.)   Once again Maureen Barton has asked me to join her in front of her Children's Pediatric Clinic at the north end of town.(Before the bridge)  Maureen and I always have a great time at the festival and I feel honored that she has asked me to participate with her again this year. So without further ado I thought that I would do a little preview of my offering for this year.

Two "See Saws.

 Antique Door Hardware Pieces

My new "Watching Time" series.

A "Measuring Glance" made with an antique measuring scoop.

Two New "Eye Openers" made from antique bottle openers.

Some new Christmas "Eye"naments.

And last but not least this lovely creature:

There will also be the usual Glass Glitter Skulls, "see shells, collage and shrink art jewelry with a new Zombie design. Maureen will be offering her incredible textural Collage designs this year.
If any of this year's offerings look intriguing come on by and take a closer look. Again Maureen and I will be at the north end of town before the bridge out in front of her Children"s Pediatric clinic.  Why not come by and say hello?
See you this weekend!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Silicon Valley Open Studios is coming to the coast!

Silicon Valley Open Studios was a roaring Success the first weekend and oh so much fun!  Above you can see part of my display in the fireplace where else?  Here is another view: 

And another-Patt just couldn't resist photo bombing Deb's booth!

I myself successfully resisted the temptation to start a booth photo bombing trend for the weekend.  

The bad part of course is that SVOS in Redwood City is over but the good part is the Silicon Valley Open Studios is coming to the coast!!!!!!
Yes this weekend-May 16 and 17 - 21 Coastal Artists will participate in SVOS here on the coast for the very first time. 

Here is the address I will be at: 

Patt Sheldon's Studio
238 Palma Street
El Granada,  94018

Artists participating at this Location include: 

Patt Sheldon: Beautiful jewelry and amazing fiber arts!
Marcelle Walliser: Incredible Pottery
Connie Andrews: My usual wild and weird Assemblage and Textural and found object collage. 

Here's a little preview of some of the items I will be selling: 

My insightful "See-Shells" 

Textural Collage with local and Historical scenes.

Visual Assemblages like this "Eye Opener" above using a vintage bottle opener as a base and below "A Separate Vision" which utilizes an Egg Separator.  Yes Kitchen Implements can be fun!

My own "In the Wall" style collage below: " The Thing with Feathers"

Grunge Collage: 

And a strange mix of In The Wall/found object and Memento Mori Art Like this piece below called "The Dying of the Light". 

But This is just a small sampling of what I've been up to-there is much more!

If you want to find out more about SVOS or the artists please go to

With 21 artists participating this weekend our Art crawl will be a blast! Each studio will have food and drink available and you can nosh to your hearts content as you peruse art and talk to the artists directly. 

See you this weekend!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

5 artists for the Silicon Valley Open Studios

Welcome everyone!

I haven't blogged for awhile because I have been massively busy preparing for the Silicon Valley Open Studios this Saturday and Sunday.  And Yes that is my art on the cover!  Sorry I had to blow my own horn just for a minute because having my work on the cover of anything is a great big first for me.
I am especially proud that three Coastal Artists(myself, Ellen Silva and Carl Mehler) were chosen for the cover of their massive brochure.
I love the Open Studios format- It give clients a chance to talk directly to the artists about their work. And you know that I love to talk Art!
I have the honor to be showing the  first weekend in a wonderful studio in Redwood City. I couldn't be more excited about this because this marks the first time that I've shown my art off of the Coast. Here are the pertinent details.


May 2nd & 3rd  11:00am-5:00pm

Follow the yellow signs to:
Emerald Hills
2559 Woodland Place
Redwood City

Assemblage/Collage by Connie Andrews

Oil Paintings, Prints and Greeting Cards by
Barbara Greensweig

Jewelry and weaving wraps, tunics, and scarves by Deborah Jernigan

Fabric & Wearable Art by Andrea Niehuis

Wearable Art, and Jewelry by
Patt Sheldon

For more info: