Show~n~Tell from Paris


JUNE 15 – 16
10am to 5pm
Discounts on all tiles
10AM to 5PM
Bellevue Washington
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May 20th UPDATE from Paris

Hello.  One more week and we will be back. I am coming home with a lot of pictures to bore friends and family.  We have been to the Louvre about 15 times.  We don’t stay a long time because it is always sensory overload.
The pictures are from the famous Sevres tiles and pottery.  It is located on Boulevard Saint- Germain and is dated 1900.
We are beginning to miss our family and friends but look forward to this week.  We will have spent nearly 3 months in Paris and have never been bored, but time to travel next in the US.       See you soon.



We have a member traveling in Paris… and of course how could they not take pictures of tiles….

“Hello.  It seems even nicer this time.  It just feels like home to us as we are so familiar with the streets.  I took these pictures of tiles at the Louvre.”  

Iris and Bob Jewett


Member in the news…

One of four  tiles from  artist Paula Gill which were dedicated Wednesday for Arbor Day at Blueberry Park in Bremerton. Each tile which are on the  shelter represents a different season at the park. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

One of four tiles from artist Paula Gill which were dedicated Wednesday for Arbor Day at Blueberry Park in Bremerton. Each tile which are on the shelter represents a different season at the park. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Read more:

Elementary schoolers get their hands dirty on Arbor Day

By Kaitlyn Jakola 360-792-9239

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

EAST BREMERTON — About 40 first- and second-graders from Armin Jahr Elementary School helped plant three western red cedar trees at Blueberry Park on Sylvan Way on Wednesday morning as part of Bremerton’s Arbor Day celebration.

Mayor Patty Lent spoke to the students about the importance of Arbor Day before Parks and Recreation workers led them to the trees and handed out miniature shovels. Arbor Day is April 27, but in Washington it is observed on the second Wednesday of April.

“This teaches the children about gardening, teaches them about what trees provide, from oxygen to shade to soil erosion,” Lent said. “It’s an exciting out-of-the-classroom lesson.”

The event also was a chance to recognize Bremerton’s 16th year as a Tree City USA. Managed by the Arbor Day Foundation, the national Tree City USA program recognizes more than 3,400 communities, including Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo and 77 others in Washington, for their dedication to forestry and tree planting programs.

Parks and Recreation Director Wyn Birkenthal said the designation qualifies Bremerton for several grants, which his department has used to overhaul many of the city’s parks. Blueberry Park was redesigned using these grants in 2008, taking it from an overgrown meadow to a 7-acre park with a green-roof picnic area, playground and more than 60 community garden plots.

“It shows that you care about the urban forests and that you plant trees and replenish your tree stock, and you take care of what you have,” Birkenthal said. “We make sure every year that we meet the requirements.”


Adelman gets artsy in her first ceramics exhibition

By Chelsee Yee

The Spectator – Seattle University


In a small corner of the Tashiro Kaplan Gallery, people stop to gaze at the colorful tile pieces that cling to the walls.

What they see are hand-drawn, painted images of people fromCalistoga Hot Springs and various spas in Budapest taking time away from the rush of their everyday lives, soaking in the silence

around them.

A little girl reads quietly in the library; a wrinkled woman sits patiently in her chair; an old couple sits calmly at the side of the pool, letting the waters flow between their toes. Time seems to wait on us during these still moments.

“Moments-in-Time” is the first tile show for Mara Adelman, professor of communication at Seattle University.

Adelman’s tile show captures her fascination with people watching, especially those who are indifferent to the gaze

of others.

“We walk through life so self-conscious about the gaze, and I find that children and older people are kind of indifferent to the gaze, so their postures are more natural,” said Adelman.

One of her tile pieces shows a little girl reading quietly at the library in San Pancho, Mexico. According to Adelman, she sat there reading for about four hours, completely oblivious toAdelman taking photos of her, which she would

later sketch.

Adelman says it’s easier to work off of photographs, especially ones that she takes of people who sit by the pool for hours, ignorant of the world

around them.

“I call them the pool people because they just sit for hours. They’re your perfect models. They’re not self-conscious. They just sit there and read or wait or float – I love that.”

According to Adelman, she draws most of her inspiration from impressionists, including female artists like Marie Cassatt, Alice Neel and Helen Frankenthaler.

“I’m in love with the impressionists, especially the women,” she said. “They too work on everyday life. It’s a big thing for many impressionists to capture people in everyday posture.”

“Moments-in-Time” captures the focus on facial expressions, gestures and postures as many of her favorite artists. Though the impressionist influence is evident in her work, she hopes to experiment more with her artistic vision and try new styles.

“I’m experimenting. I’m an artist in progress. I’m a lifelong student and I’m a lifelong artist. I think it’s evolving. I’m always pushing things — adding more color, working with perspective, providing more depth and playing around with positive and negative space.”

Adelman is thrilled to be in the company of the Artisan Tile Northwest & the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) to have this opportunity to share her work with others and to evolve as an experimenting artist.

Her new series will be part of the upcoming NCECA show, which will have its 46th Annual Conference from March 28 to March 31 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

For Adelman, it is an honor to be part of such a huge organization and would like to have more shows to come as a result. As she retires next year, she also hopes to have more time for her art.

“This is what I want to be doing in my retirement years,” she said. “As a communications professor, that’s what you do. You watch people. You observe human behavior. You look for the nonverbal gesture – the moment that is just so expressive. It’s my training in a new direction.”

Chelsee may be reached at

NCECA Gallery Show

Angle Gallery Opening Reception

First Thursday Seattle Art Walk – March 1st




 Allison Moore


Marguerite Goff              Allison Moore


Barbara Clark                         Clare Dohna


Jaki Reed                                  Carol Rose Dean


Maria Root                             Maggie Roberts

 Claudia Riedener and Jennifer Weddermann