Frog Island Tikis
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Thanks to Jim Heath from the Reverend Horton Heat for the great solo effort at the Doug Fir last night. He is a Gretsch guitar playing singer and song writing extraordinaire, who also happens to be a nice, successful, and encouraging person rarely encountered in the very tough life that is the music industry. I also enjoyed his Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard country influenced cohort Dale Watson, very funny and personable indeed.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Once again my confidence has been rattled as I received my second rejection notice today and won't be a part of this years Art in the Pearl. I was trying to broaden my horizons and do shows that were not related to tiki, but that plan just went out the window. Time to re-evaluate, but I am looking forward to Tiki Caliente, just a month away.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
The March 31st deadline passed for the notification I was expecting for acceptance into the June in Vancouver, WA Ester Short recycling show, so I guess I must deal with the fact that I was not on the list. Like everyone, I do not deal with rejection well, and as I was venting my frustration with a friend he calmly said "Did it ever occur to you that you might not be as good as you think you are?" which naturally I never even considered, so it's on to the non-tiki event that I REALLY want to do, the Portland Art in the Pearl. 130 vendors from over 1000 applicants is not good odds, but I am sure I will be there. I find out the middle of this month. You would hope that friends would be more empathetic, but I did get a chuckle out of it.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
All right, I'm relieved, I was judged and accepted to the local July Gresham Artwalk event! I always expect to be part of any show I try out for, but this was the first vending gig where I showed my carvings, so it holds a special place. Fairly certain this is my seventh year!
Monday, January 23, 2017
Keeping to my resolution to vend at events that are not tiki related, I sent in my application for the Ester Short recycled art festival in Vancouver Washington this June. It is a juried exhibit, so there are no guarantees, but I figure they would be out of their minds not to have me, right? Also sent in for the Gresham Artwalk in July, which I have done the last six years so I should be in on that one, but is also juried. The biggest one I want to do is Art in the Pearl, in Portland, and which I also sent photos to be judged.
Friday, January 20, 2017
I received a call about a month ago from the Portland Renovation and Landscaping show offering a great deal on a booth for this year's show. They wanted to add some local artists to the mix so I said yes, and although I am now regretting it (three long days) I will be there if anyone in the area wants to attend. It runs Friday the 27th through Sunday the 29th at the Memorial Coliseum.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Sent my money in to Rory at Tiki Cliente/Palm Springs yesterday so I am in. This is my sixth year vending, and for atmosphere and a laid back vibe this one is the best. Middle of May is the date, happy to have a few pieces sold already so my entry fee is paid for. Also have my same spot, which is in a cool 12x6 foot cabana.
- Frog Island Tikis
- I started carving tikis in 2000 after a trip to Maui. I love and appreciate Polynesian culture, but rather than follow traditional ways, I put my own rather twisted view on the matter. I build each tiki with a protective edge to watch over the owner's well being. Most of them are of redwood or cedar, but my brother-in-law Jimbo brings me excellent palm from California. I start with a chainsaw and then really get into them with chisels, files, and knives. I have read that the ONLY way to breath life into an idol is through use of hand tools, but if primitive man had access to a chainsaw I know he would have used it. Tikis are for fun. Mahalo- CY
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