Saturday, November 27, 2010

Calusa Studio is the Featured Artist at Trinity Vineyards for Thanksgiving Weekend Friday-Sunday 11-6

I am so excited that Calusa will be featured at my favorite tasting room in the Willamette Valley for the Thanksgiving Wine Weekend!  If you have never been to Trinity this is a perfect weekend to go out and meet the Parkers, who own and operate this small, family-owned boutique vineyard and produce wonderful, award winning wines.  Visit for more information about this event, the vineyard and their wines.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My submissions for the Black, White & Gray Show

I took these on my cell phone at the artist reception last night, so the images aren't that great. But you get the idea. 
The Seed
Pendant. White Turquoise set in sterling silver.
Pendant.  Black Onyx set in sterling silver.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Calusa Studio is in the Black, White and Gray Show at the Enid Joy Mount Gallery

Calusa Studio will be in the Black, White & Gray Show at the Enid Joy Mount Gallery in Keizer during the month of November. I found out today that the two pendants that I submitted to the gallery were both selected for the show! I'm very excited. The artist reception is Saturday from 5-8pm - it's open to the public ...and I'd love to see you out there. Attire is black, white & gray. The exhibit will be there all month.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ocean Jasper - I love this stone

I created this 'Daisy' for my Wildflower Series from a beautiful Ocean Jasper cab.  I set it in sterling silver using a scalloped bezel and made the little 'petals' from sterling also.  It's dainty but substantial at the same time.  I have another Ocean Jasper cab that I'm going to design a setting for over the next week.  The stone is vastly different in color from this one - I can't wait to get started on it!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Come downtown for First Wednesday this month & support Breast Cancer Awareness

Come downtown for First Wednesday, October 6th & support Breast Cancer Awareness.  The theme this month is 'Go Pink' and many downtown businesses will be serving pink drinks and having 'pink specials'.  The Artists Bras will be auctioned off (I've peeked at a some of them and they are really amazing!), there is a fashion show starting at 6:30 followed by a benefit concert with Ty Curtis and Duffy Bishop.    For more details, check out:

Calusa Studio has donated a piece from the Wildflower Collection that will be auctioned off during the evening events at the fashion show and benefit concert!  It's a beautiful fine silver pendant that I sculpted from precious metal clay and I set two pink tourmaline stones that make the flowers on the pendant.  The chain is a 1.2mm sterling silver snake with a sterling silver lobster clasp.  All the proceeds from this auction go to the Salem YWCA Breast Cancer Screening Program. 
During the month of October you receive 10% off purchases & 10% of your sale is donated to the Salem YWCA Breast Cancer Screening Program!  Just print off the certificate and bring it in.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet Class, September 8th & 10th

 I'm teaching a beginning metalsmithing class in September!  You will learn how to make a sterling silver bracelet cuff (like the ones pictured) in a 1-hour class.  We will be using simple, practical and easy to learn techniques.  You will cut, file, shape, patina, polish and then wear!

Wednesday, September 8th

Friday, September 10th

Cost: $30 which includes all materials and tools necessary

Monday, August 16, 2010

Calusa Studio is Open on First Wednesdays

Calusa Studio is now part of the First Wednesday Art Walk in downtown Salem! The first Wednesday of every month the studio is open from 4-8pm, serving wine and appetizers to the downtown crowd.  It's an open invitation to come downtown, enjoy the evening and visit my studio along with many other local businesses that participate in the First Wednesday Art Walk. 

Save the date!  Wednesday, September 1st is the next First Wednesday Event. 

Calusa Studio is a featured jewelry artist at Bittersweet Boutique

I'm really excited to share that a few of my designs are available for purchase at Bittersweet Boutique.  Located in downtown Salem, Oregon, Bittersweet Boutique is a well known gem among Salem shoppers that are looking for a distinctive shopping experience that is usually only seen in big cities.  Voted Best Women's Clothing Store in the Mid Valley 2010, Bittersweet Boutique can be found at 321 Court Street Ne, Salem, Oregon.  Calusa Studio is proud to be one of their featured local jewelry artists.  Check them out on Facebook or visit their website.

Calusa Studio at Summer in the City, August 14-15th

This past weekend I was at Summer in the City 2010, downtown Salem, Oregon.  My first official festival.  In spite of the incredibly hot weather, nearly 100 degrees in my tent on Saturday, festival goers were fun and supportive - I had a blast.  Other local artists were there from Artists in Action, along with great musical talents like Cherry Poppin Daddies and Country Joe McDonald!  People were keeping cool with refreshing Sangria plied by Hip Chics Do Wine and margharitas from La Margharita.  A few Oregon wineries like Hip Chics, Pheasant Valley, Noble among other were there pouring.  Thanks to everyone for the wonderful weekend, it was a great experience and a perfect way to spend my 40th birthday!  Also, congratulations to Wendy!  She was the winner of the $50 gift certificate from Calusa Studio.  If you didn't make it out this year, be sure to put Summer in the City on your calendars for next year - it's a great Salem experience.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Jessica Ramey of Charmed will be showing a new series of collages at Calusa Studio's Open House

Local Salem artisan, Jessica Ramey of Charmed, will be showing her beautiful Tuscany inspired landscapes and a new series of collage art entitled 'Neighborhood' at Calusa Studio's Open House event.   I can't wait to walk through the 'neighborhood' that Jessica has created!  Read more about this talented woman at

Jessica was also the major talent behind Calusa Studio's brand identity. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Calusa Studio Open House & Studio Tour

Calusa Studio
Open House & Studio Tour

Wednesday, June 2nd, 4:00-8:00pm
155 Liberty Street NE Ste B8, Salem 97301

Drop by my new studio for hors d'ouvres & wine and get a peek at the studio & some of my latest projects.

Tucked away in a cozy nook in the basement of the Salem Arts Building I've been designing my artisan jewelry.  We've painted, plumbed, planked & poured our energy into creating a space to enjoy friends, experience art & light a torch.  We're ready to share it with you!

  • Bittersweet Baking will be catering the delicious cakes, cookies, tarts & other wonderful treats that are as beautiful as they are delicious.
  • Trinity Vineyards is a wonderful, family-owned boutique vineyard in Salem with award winning wines.  Haven't tried them, yet?  We will be serving Trinity wines at the open house!

Honeybee Boutique Event - Thank you for supporting local artists!

We had a fantastic turnout at the Honeybee Boutique sale.  Thanks to everyone for coming out to support Salem's local artists.  I had planned on doing a drawing for a $50 gift certificate for Calusa Studio, but I was so excited with the turnout to the event and meeting so many fun people that I decided to do three drawings; the original $50 certificate, a $25 certificate and a $10 certificate.  Congratulations to Cesie, Deb & Heidi!!!  I hope to see everyone at the open house & studio tour in June.

Check out these links to see photos from the event.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Honeybee Boutique Spring Sale Event

Calusa Studio is going to be participating at the Honeybee Boutique Spring Sale Event!  This is the first event that I've been to, so I'm very excited and a little nervous.  There will be several local artisans and crafters showing their wares.  It will be a lot of fun!
Spring Sale Event
Saturday, May 1, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 2, Noon - 4:00 pm
2055 Summer St SE, Salem 97302

•Decadent cupcakes and sweet things by Jen Haas of Bittersweet Baking
•Cottage style home decor, antiques, vintage & more by Jody Alaniz of Shabby N Chic
•Exquisite artisan jewelry design by Helen Nute Wiens of Calusa Studio
•Totebags handmade from upcycled fabrics by Emily Senter
•Movable art jewelry, artbots, and paintings by Charmed
•Vintage beaded jewelry from Northwest Nest
•Upcycled furniture and treasures by Sarah White and Jessica Ramey of Honeybee Boutique

You can check out more details of the event at

Relay For Life - Spring Tea Event

Our Relay for Life Team, Casadays' and Friends, held the Third Annual Spring Tea on Sunday, April 18th to raise money for the American Cancer Society.   There were several local businesses that donated items for the silent auction - between ticket sales for the tea and silent auction bids we raised over $2,300!  Salem has a great community - thanks for your support!

I was very happy for the opportunity to donate one of my pieces to the auction.  I chose an earring & necklace set that had delicious baubbles of pink, green & black tourmaline dancing on the ends of silver twigs.  It's a very happy and springy piece - perfect for Relay For Life!