Sunday, September 27, 2009

So Proud of Paula!

My sister-in-law, Paula Mandel, is getting ready for her big show opening next Friday:

Snyderman/Works Gallery: Found Objects 2 Invitational
Olde City, Phila
Oct 2 (“First Friday” opening5-9pm) - Nov 15, 2009
Paula started as a painter, creating stunning portraits of family members, as well as herself.

oil on linen

She then moved onto a fascination with pears and other fruit - but mostly pears.

"Crossing To Safety"
Kiln-cast glass, granite, gold leaf, prismacolor

A few years ago she started taking classes in glass and found herself. Now she makes fanciful and thought-provoking sculptures combining her glass work and found objects:

"Wishing Well"
flameworked, fused and coldworked glass, mirror, soup pot, meat grinder handle, door knob, grass, weeds, zippers, eggshells, feathers, bones, tatting, flowers, leaves, copper, leather, rubber grommets

"Baby Steps"
kiln-cast glass, flameworked glass, mirror, clock, artist-wrought chain, clock, grass, roller skate, safety pins, cobbler lasts, rubber grommets

"Mom To The Rescue"
Flameworked and fused glass, vintage toaster, roller skate, hand drill, brass pins, copper, lead

To see more of her remarkable pieces, visit her website.

If any of you are in the Philadelphia area during this showing, you should stop by and check it out.


Gabriela said...

Hello Kate,

Wow! Paula is so talented!
These pieces are so unique, love them! All the best for the event.

~ Gabriela ~

lori vliegen said...

oh how i wish i were going to be in philly....i would love to go to paula's show!! to say her work is magnificent would be an understatement! her sculptures are true genius! :))

Karen Cole said...

What a beautiful tribute, Kate. It would make a terrific brochure. Yes, her work is inspiring. She is lucky to have a sister in law such as you. Wish you could come visit us. It should be a great evening.

I was just at an event in New Hampshire and met a lovely woman who does beautiful shibori. Her name is Sara Goodman. You should google her.

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

ooooo, love "Mom to the Rescue" - how VERY fun! I hope she does well at her show.

Rhonda Roo said...

Very Cool-family reunions should be spectacular with so much artistic energy in one room!

LOVE the last 2, especially.

(even if i cant eat em)

(you know)

(thats whats cooking)


Gypsy Moon Designs said...

Her work is so creative and unique.
Congrats on the show!

paula l. mandel said...

Kate: Thanks for your beautiful words. It is remarkable to have someone like you to share artistic dreams with. You are MY inspiration! Wish you could be with me to in person but I'll have to settle for blogland for now. Love you.

Isabel said...

Oh how I wish I could be in Philly on Friday! My friend Karen Cole's work will be there and now I know about your sister-in-law's! Her work is just great, Kate!

Hopefully I'll make it to the show before the end of October. I HAVE too.

Karen is right, you should check out Sara's shibori and work. We met her at Squam and she showed us her portfolio. Wow!

We told her about our talented Shibori girl :)