Springing Forward into Big Adventures.

I traveled to the Bay Area last weekend to participate in the well-known monthly flea market, Treasure Island Flea. It was my first time ever on Treasure Island, and it was a unique experience. Driving down the sloping highway early Saturday morning, the sun not yet risen, the San Francisco skyline against the water and sky was a breathtaking combination of blue hues that I would have captured on camera had I not been driving (so no pic, sorry -- use your imagination!). 

It was the first outdoor TI Flea of the year, and the weather was a little naughty, with winds whipping across the little island. I held my own (with a lot of tape and putty adhesive) and greeted the folks that came in for great shopping and yummy food truck delights.

Treasure Island Flea, 4/25-4/27/14
New display drawing/mixed media piece

Treasure Island Flea, 4/25-4/27/14
Treasure Island Flea, 4/25-4/27/14

Treasure Island Flea, 4/25-4/27/14
Created this awesome bracelet rack with vintage towel fixtures found at a flea market! Love it!

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Saturday evening was the opening reception of Expressions Gallery’s Spring Forward show, in which I am fortunate enough to be included. Seeing {tula in bloom} jewelry prominently displayed and my first mixed media submission hung was exciting and I was happy to share the moment with family and friends, and meet other artists as well. Spring Forward runs April 26 through July 11, so make a date to check it out. :-)
Straight Curve Necklace, $176 | Expressions Gallery, Berkeley

Brass Bracket Necklace, $150 | Expressions Gallery, Berkeley

Adorned, $180 | Expressions Gallery, Berkeley

That busy weekend was just the tip of the iceberg. May is going to be an exciting month -- appropriate as it’s also my birthday month! -- with back-to-back shows, awesome events and new opportunities. May 6 is Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving, a regional fundraising challenge for nonprofits when all donations made that day will be matched. The Arts & Business Council of Sacramento and 916 Ink, a local youth literacy organization, will be raising funds with an event at Low Brau called Haiku and Brew, where attendees can make awesome haikus and enjoy extended Happy Hour specials to support literacy and the arts.  There will be some {tula in bloom} pieces for sale, and I will be there spinning off as many haikus as I can think of. Here’s one I just made to get in the spirit (and shake off the rust): 

What if we all gave 
for love of community
how rich we would be.
                           {O. Okhade}

The Arts & Business Council created the Flywheel Incubator, a program which supports sustainable artists and, in turn, contributes to the continued growth and prosperity of the Sacramento region on a national stage. My participation in the Incubator along with 916 Ink and the other amazing creative ventures has been of huge benefit in the form of education, development and community support. You can help ABC in its commitment to helping Sacramento’s artists achieve and maintain sustainable operations by donating $25 or more on May 6.

{tula in bloom} will be participating in several shows this month, including a brand new curated show called Menagerie on May 21, celebrating the (very) deep pool of creative talent in the area. Sacramento Indie Craft Fair is back May 10, and I will be in Oakland the next day for my very first Patchwork show, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to adorn yourself and the ones you love (hey there, Mom!) this month. Keep updated with all the goings on through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and join our mailing list for awesome deals and insights. 

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” {Hunter S. Thomson}