Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Glassometry Studios has unveiled a new sculpture on its grounds in celebration of its one-year anniversary in the Gorge.
The artwork, "Beginning of Wind" stands 18 feet tall and is constructed of powder-coated steel, copper and laminated glass. Laurel Marie Hagner, the artist and owner behind Glassometry Studios, designed the piece back in 2005.
"The sculpture is about our social and personal responsibility and ability to make change in the world," Hagner said.
While referencing the "Butterfly Effect" (that any small action can have a wide and long-lasting global effect) this piece shows a number of small butterflies encircling a large stalk that holds a flower/cocoon with a large 6-foot butterfly resting on it.
Hagner would like the sculpture to serve as a reminder that every little action amounts to many actions that amount to large action in the world.
"Make your choices. Love and respect life."
Hagner has built her dream studio, now located just outside Odell off Highway 35. The 8,700- square-foot facility houses a glassblowing shop, gallery, sculpture garden, kiln-forming and cold-working areas for large-scale architectural art and a metal shop for fabrication.
With a broad range in art and education, Hagner offers classes in many approaches as well as glassblowing workshops for holiday gift making and ornaments. Visitors can also see an array of "one-of-a-kind" blown glass in the gallery or design their own and have Hagner's team make it for them.
The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December, and then by appointment.
The studio is on the web at www.Glassome-try.com.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge