|Darlene Goins and her fabulous jewelry|
at Art Under the Umbrellas.
My husband dropped me off Saturday at Art Under the Umbrellas in Old Town La Quinta, CA. It was another sunny day in the desert and I was feeling in my element -- my beloved desert air, sunshine, art ... what could be better? THEN I got to the first booth and IT GOT A LOT BETTER!!!
I had stepped into "Darlene's Divine Madness"There was this explosion of bold, wild, my-kind-of-color jewelry, and an even bolder, wilder, colorful woman named Darlene Goins and her helper, Randall Weidner. Randall was wearing a lime green shirt and a spectacular necklace that screamed FUN.
Darlene was like a hundred bottles of champagne all being uncorked at once, an explosion of bubbles and sparkling light. And she was really nice -- when my cell phone died she let me use hers so I could relocate my husband and get home.
|"Too Much Fun" by Sherrie Spangler.|
I made this art quilt years ago, but it could've been based on Darlene.
At first I thought Randall was there to add some business-like decorum because he seemed a little more grounded with the customers, then this happened:
|Palm Springs artist Randall Weidner.|
Decorum flew out the window. Take a look at his web site: www.randallweidner.com. Like me, he's all about the color. I especially like his gallery where he does realistic subject matter but shifts the color wheel so nothing is the expected hue. And he has a quirky play on words with his collages of old Life magazine pictures. (Being a writer, I love fun with words.)
He and Darlene both exhibit at the Desert Art Center at 550 N. Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, www.desertartcenter.com. I don't think I'll have time to get there before I have to go home, but I hope to be back next year.
|Cool blues and greens balance hot desert sun|
in some of Darlene's necklaces.
|A desert jewel to rival any blown glass art.|
|Darlene makes her own clay face pendants.|
|Randall shows some of Darlene's necklaces.|
Randall's shirt is the exact color of this California fan palm that I shot at one of the palm oases that I hiked through. (I'll do a separate post on the oases later.)
|A glowing fan palm at a desert palm oasis.|
The beads and shirt remind me of desert greens;
the desert plant below could be a necklace
... around and 'round, life inspires art.
|The desert's natural necklace.|
|I bought these necklaces and earrings from Darlene.|
As I made my fourth and final pass through their booth, we lined up for a corny suck-your-tummy-in-and-try-to-look-skinny pose. Too bad I couldn't suck my arm in. I sure hope they'll be here if I come back next year!
|Me and my colorful, artistic fun new desert friends.|
Have a colorful day!