Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Thunderbird Artists Show - Surprise, AZ.

Pina and I were enthusiastic attendees at last week's annual Thunderbird Artists Show in Surprise. We had spare cash in our jeans, and were ready to buy something special -- for us and/or special friends.

We counted nearly 40 exhibitors at Thunderbird -- jewelry designers, oil and water color painters, furniture makers, stone craftspeople, sculptors, antique repurposers ("re imagined works of antiquity"). Not to mention craft brewers and reps from local wineries.

We really enjoyed meeting Susan Elliot and her husband Steve, seen in the foto above. Sue is a "Heartwood Artist" creating limited edition giclees from original mixed media work. We bought one of her prints -- "Sweet Goodbye to Winter," a forest of maple trees, with attendant sap collection buckets, ready for harvest. A special "syrup-er" friend of ours will get Sue's winter wonderland print.

Check out, or catch her at

We also met Mick Whitcomb, a Missouri-based designer who specializes in one-of-a-kind furniture and lighting made from architectural and industrial salvage.

Mick and wife Paige travel the world sourcing  unique materials -- for isntance, 19th century brass telescopes, 1920's Kodak folding roll film cameras, portable typewriters bearing the Corona name, microscopes, table fans -- and wire them as table lamps.  Very cool stuff.

We watched as the artist changed an incandescent bulb in the brass socket of one of the typewriter lamps available from Mick at 

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