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The Gail Project – An Okinawa-American Dialogue

Having heard that my husband Art was born and raised in Okinawa Japan, Shelby Graham, director/curator of the Sesnon Art Gallery at U.C.S.C. contacted him. The opening of  The Gail Project: An Okinawan-American Dialogue would be the following week. ‘The … Continue reading

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Picturing Prince: Photographs by Steve Parke

Intimate portraits of Prince by photographer Steve Parke will be on display at the Proud Central Gallery, the Strand, London. November 9th – December 3rd, 2017. “Proud will be commemorating the genius of a man whose creative expression continues to … Continue reading

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Fun and Games at the Maryland Renaissance Festival

Just last week, my husband Art and I traveled back east to attend the Maryland Renaissance Festival. I have had a shop there for over 33 years and attend one weekend each 9 week season. It’s great fun and I love … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes with Thomas Eakins

Just last week, my husband Art and I traveled back east to attend the Maryland Renaissance Festival. I have had a shop there for over 33 years and attend one weekend each 9 week season. It’s great fun and I love … Continue reading

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A Toast to My Collectors

Although I have been making jewelry since I was a young girl, I consider the official beginning of  my business to be 1978 when I first sold my jewelry at the Union Street Art Fair in San Francisco. At that … Continue reading

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Time Travel Back to 1967 – The Summer of Love

The Summer of Love officially took place 50 years ago in San Francisco in 1967. 100,000, mostly young people opposed to the Vietnam War and wanting to make social and environmental change, converged in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, wearing ‘flowers in … Continue reading

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The Stressful Process in Creating a One of a Kind Design

Considerable time goes into creating every new design  but designing a one of a kind piece is especially time consuming and stressful. There are reasons that my one of a kind designs are priced the way they are. There are … Continue reading

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The Race to the Gargoyles – 2013

Recently, a collector of mine purchased a vintage Marty Magic Gargoyle Pendant on eBay. She e-mailed me, asking the story behind the piece. Plique-a-Jour is an enameling technique similar to cloisonné but where there is no backing so that the … Continue reading

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Pirates at Work and Play

The Magic Crew had a great time at the 2017 NorCal Pirate Festival! It’s one of our favorite shows and we love getting dressed up and walking the plank at the Vallejo waterfront. Each day there is a ship to … Continue reading

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Prince Celebration – 2017

I just returned from the 4-day commemorative Prince Celebration 2017 event, held at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince died on April 21st, 2016 and Paisley Park, to honor his legacy, hosted this event on the one year anniversary of … Continue reading

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