I went to Whole Foods Market today, in search of veggies, because they have a banner that says Local Farmer's Market Sunday and Wednesday. I was looking forward to lots and lots of locally grown vegetables, since I'm actually pretty disappointed in what this particular store sells...sorry WFM, but I miss having really fresh organic produce.
So, Mike and I pulled up in the parking lot and saw a few stands over on one side of the lot, and very little green...mostly plants from what I could tell. I didn't really look too closely, because as I was walking past I saw BEADS!! I had to stop for that!
In fact, I had to get Michael some food, go home, get my camera, and hurry back before 7pm and closing time for the Farmer's Market.
I met the most sunshiney, lovely woman, Tari Zarka, who runs an artists' collective and travels all over the country selling beads and art and other good stuff.
I had to slowly take in every single bead before I could find the one that called to me... I just can't take things in quickly, since I realize that it has a lot more to do with energy than visuals, and so I need to wait for that pull that tells me what I want. I saw some really great beads, and then noticed this one that I hadn't seen before, picked it up a couple of times and then found that it wasn't leaving my hand, so I knew it wanted to come home with me.
It was made by Jon Keeling of Southern New Jersey. I couldn't find his work on the website, but here is the site for Aspiring Artists of the Earth
and Harmonyworks Glass
and Tari's own personal site with her wonderful photography, art and poetry. Most amazing to me were these hand-carved wooden beads by Tari. I found them on the AAotE website, not at the stand, though I might have missed them if they were there. I love carved wood and these beads are just what I would love to make if I were to make wooden beads. Tari said something about opening a studio store in her back yard in Dublin, PA, maybe she'll do classes, too, someday, if she ever slows down on her traveling schedule...
Tari also makes glass beads, and if you click on her photo for a close-up you can see her own bead that she's wearing around her neck.
I'm so glad I went there today! I guess I'll still be in search of good veggies, but this was an even better find for me.
The two photos above are of the same bead, taken outside, the colors change in different light. Inside is a swirl of silver, which becomes something entirely different when heated with the glass.
While I was outside photographing this, my cat Tippy came over to join me. I knew he was there without seeing him, because the catbird and wren were having a fit right over my head!...
...and Tippy was sticking quite close to my leg, and waited for an escort back to the safety of my neighbor's covered patio...
and, a little higher up, I managed to get a non-doubled photo of the crescent moon...
AND....I am dedicating this post to Andrew, who has been driving me crazy with his posts of all the wonderful beads and crafts and great events that he's been finding, mostly in Brooklyn where I was born and raised and yet never got to see all the wonderful things that he shows on his blog ;-).