She also has to create an entire thematic environment in which to show them off at her Open Studio every year. The theme might be an African safari, or an underwater adventure a la 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
One year, it was my personal favorite, Paris in the 1920s. She even served absinthe!
This year, her extravagant set-up is an archeological dig in the desert. The front door is transformed into a recently opened Egyptian tomb, guarded by a pair of carved 'stone" big-cat sentinels.
The foyer inside is littered with pots — some strewn about, some reduced to shards, but others vibrantly painted and gloriously intact!
A trio of Bedouin women, in elaborate costumes and headdresses keep watch in the dining room display.
Thematic designs this year include dragonflies and scarab beetles, reflecting the artist's background in botanical illustration. These are grouped alongside her ever-popular floral, fish, and animal designs.
For refreshment, there are camel-shaped cookies! (As you can see, below, I ate most of mine before I remembered to photograph it!) For the more adventurous, munch on freeze-dried insects, washed down with a Camel's Milk cocktail.
Every Open Studio is an event at Beth's place! Santa Cruz is lucky to have her.
|Souvenirs from the site: security pass, camel shard, and half a cookie!|