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2011 Submission Deadlines

Announcing submission deadlines for designs, artwork, ads, articles and images …

February 11 (Spring Issue) August 6 (Halloween Issue)
May 13 (Summer Issue) October 28 (Christmas Issue)
Please email your submissions to: C365.images@gmail.com
Along with this information about each piece:
• Your name/business name

• Preferred email contact address

• Web address(es) where people can purchase your work

• Name of your ornament/design (if applicable)

• Size

• Price

• Material/brief description

Please submit a high resolution image photographed against a light colored background. High resolution images are usually the “Fine” setting on your digital cameral. Be careful when you email your images to me. Some email or web programs will automatically downsize images as they send them. Check your settings and don’t let the program do this!

Any design selected for publication must be available for purchase at the time of publication.

I will email to confirm that I have received your submission.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions!

Reporting from Atlanta … America’s Mart, Day Two

AmericasMart, Atlanta – Day 2

We completed work in the Radko showroom today. That’s one down! I’m still working on those photos so you’ll have to be patient. As I mentioned previously, this year’s line is much more focused and shows a restrained hand with fewer colors, less glitter and  less “doo-dads”. I was impressed! Good job, Heather and Radko staffers!

Hey, Atlanta has SNOW! I have never experienced it here. Being from Ohio, I’d call this a very light dusting … but it seems there is the dreaded black ice beneath. Plus, these Georgians just aren’t equipped for the white winter stuff. So, schools are closing already for tomorrow.

Here are some photos of new introductions from several showrooms. Let’s play the “Whose is it” game again. Please use the comment form beneath this post to make your guesses. But, if you can’t find the “comment” link, feel free to send me your guesses using the CONTACT tab at the top of this page.

Connie

America’s Mart, January 7: Day 2
Meet Vergie Lightfoot
Folk artist Vergie Lightfoot was on hand this afternoon at the Bethany Lowe Designs showroom on 20. It is always a Halloween wonderland!
New Designs from Bethany Lowe Folk Artists
These folk artists have very recognizable styles! Who are they?
Photo 8 Photo 9
Finial Debut
Fabulous European glass finials mix 21st century contemporary with Old World tradition. All will retail for under $100.

Which designer debuted these beauties?

Mexico’s Day of the Dead Celebration

La Ofrenda Ornament from Artistry of Poland
La Ofrenda Ornament from Artistry of Poland

With its headquarters in the Southwest, it’s no surprise to discover this new addition to Artistry of Poland’s collection. La Ofrenda (The Offering) celebrates Mexico’s unique Day of the Dead customs. Contemporary ornament designs often reflect popular culture and this new piece is an exceptional example.

Adding detail to an ornament

Co-owner Sue Myal of Tucson explains how this ornament came about.

I did spend some time in the Arizona Historical Museum photo archives looking for just the right photo to place on the altar. I decided upon Poncho Villa. To me, his image depicted the perfect Mexican grandpa. We reproduced the photo image here in Tucson, sent it to Poland and the workshop added it to the ornament in Krakow.

On the altar, we depict traditional papel picado (tissue paper cutouts), fruit, tequila, a sugar skull, pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and a metate used to grind corn for tortillas. We also added lots of colorful marigolds. They are always an important part of Dead of the Dead observances.

The back features a beautiful Monarch butterfly. Monarchs fly south to Mexico at the same time each year, arriving at the time of Day of the Dead celebrations. Legends say that the Monarchs are the spirits of the children who have died.

Visit the Artistry of Poland web site.

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