Happy Valentines Day

February 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here are some hand painted cards I made for friends and family…hope you like the

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Some shots of my studio workspace and area around the house where I work…

February 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here are some photos of the studio and area around the house where I work just for fun….

ART FEST Alpine Texas November 18-19th

November 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

I headed out to Art Fest as I had a book signing and demonstration at Front Street books-here are some knock around photos I took while there…Wish you would’ve been there too…..

Get your signed copy of Inspiritu Jewelry and a charm at mariefrench.etsy.com

November 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

Get your copy of Inspiritu jewelry at mariefrench.etsy.com in time for the holidays.  Quick only a limited number available to get to you for the holidays.  I have had many requests for books via email so I thought I could make it easy for those who wanted signed copies, with a special note and a charm to add to your piece of

Inspiritu Jewelry

hand-made healing jewelry.  Again they are available at mariefrench.etsy.com

Coffee break

November 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Creative Sparks Fly with Crystal Allbright! Art Walk Featured Artist Extrodinaire!!!

November 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Questionaire

Which five words best describe you? determined, curious, observant, caring, crazy.

Where do you find your inspiration? relationships with nature and people.

How did you get your career start and whatpath have you taken since? I started showing artwork at Kiowa Gallery in Alpine, Texas in the early 90’s and have slowly built up a body of work and a following.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Don’t push too hard, and be open to different paths of expression.

What’s your proudest career achievement? I’m most pleased when an idea comes to fruition, as when an idea meets the canvas. Being the honored Artwalk Artist for 2011 will let me share those moments as well as support other artists.

What’s been your best decision? The decision to not give up on my art.

Who inspires you? Friends and artists who share their work with me.

What are you passionate about? Quality over Quantity

Which person, living or dead, would you mostlike to meet? I’ve met David Byrne, but I’d really like to talk with him or just follow him around for a day.

What dream do you still want to fulfill? To teach art classes

What are you reading? Jumping betwwen Dennis Lehane’s Coronado and Graeme Gibson’s The Bedside Book of Birds: An Avian Miscellany

What is your favorite recipe- would you like to share it? My fave thing to cook is a simple Salmon dish – canola oil in a skillet or dutch oven. 1st layer – salmon filets, butter slices, fresh chopped garlic, and then layer the top with vegetables: onion, squash, etc. Put the lid on and cook on gas stove, in an oven or with coals (2:1 coal ration top of dutch oven:below dutch oven – How long? 30-40 minutes? let it sizzle til the vegs are cooked and the salmon is still tender. Serve with rice. mmmmm.

What sustainable mission are you on? Would you like to share it? Keep it simple and take less showers. Support your local farmer’s market.

Do you have asustainable project or a project you would like to share? Our home is self-built with rocks from the land and we use rainwater catchment and solar power.

Is there a word of advise you would like to share? Take a deep breath and relax before you tackle a bear or any overwhelming endeavor.

Did you have a mentor and how did your mentor help you? I have mentors who share their expertise and I listen.

Do you have any mentoring words you would like to share? Take frustrations and obstacles and turn them into learning curves. Ask for help when you need it. Don’t pull out your hair when the image on your computer screen does not come close to what you just printed out on your new printer.

If you are coming to ART WALK come visit Kiowa Gallery and see some of Crystals work there as well as her beautiful paintings and photographs that will be the main attraction at ART WALK this year in Alpine Texas. Schedule below:

A NOTE FROM CRYSTAL:

Artwalk 2011 is approaching, and I’m letting folks know about the festivities.
This week, I’ll be interviewed on Marfa Public Radio KRTS 93.5 for their Talk at Ten show. So listen at 10 am or 6:30 pm on Wed, Nov. 9th. You can also listen to the podcast posted on their website. Whoohoo…the airwaves!

My paintings, drawings and photographs will be shown at TransPecos Bank
102 West Avenue E . corner of 5th and the westbound one-way

Artwalk Reception hours: Nov. 18 & 19 from noon to 8 pm
Music provided by the Mariache Ensemble from Sul Ross State University

If you’re unable to make Artwalk, the exhibit will be up for two weeks.
Exhibit dates: Nov. 15 – 30th
Bank hours: 9 am – 4 pm on M-Th and 9 am – 5 pm on Fri
Closed on Thanksgiving Day

A few pastels will also be on display at Kiowa Gallery 105 E. Holland Ave
Raffle tickets for the original Artwalk drawing are still available. Contact me or Kiowa Gallery. Proceeds go the the area art school programs thanks to Savor the Arts.

Other Terlingua Artists at Kiowa Gallery include:
Paul Wiggins with his bold, striking silver jewelry
Collie Ryan with her individualistic hubcap paintings
Marie French with her lovely jewelry
Marie will also have a book signing and demonstration at Front Street Books from 4:00 – 8:00 pm on Saturday the 19th.

Bonnie Wonderlich’s paintings are at Catchlight Art Gallery on 117 W. Holland Ave. She is one of 14 artists in their fine art co-op and will be available Saturday evening of Artwalk so please come by.

Artwalk 2011! Don’t miss the music! or the Art Car Parade! or cycling on a giant butterfly brought to you by Austin Bike Zoo!

 

 

 

Window Shopping….

November 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

Have you seen any great shop windows lately? Go take some pictures today and I will post them if you like..I love shop windows as they transport me oftentimes, and some are just plain fun….Inspiration is everywhere….

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