Sonoma Glass Art and Bead Festival - 2008

10:28 PM

Well, it have finally come and passed - and boy was it a fun weekend! Here are some photos that I want to share. First and foremost, there is nothing like wine country in the summer. It is green and lush.

The show is held at a community center (Veterans Memorial Building) about one or two blocks from the downtown Sonoma plaza. There are 2 main halls, 2 large side rooms and a front lawn area full of exhibitors! I took a few pictures of the show before it got too busy and I was booth bound.

Mike Sherman (owner Soft Flex Company) and Lewis Wilson both are all around good guys and anyone that crosses paths with them should count themselves fortunate. Gregarious and kind, these two are both fun to know!

Stuart Abelman - NICE glass!

Boise Art Glass offered free demos in their booth!

Make-it-Take-its were (of course) a huge hit! Jamie Hogsett had plenty of her new book Stones on sale and was on hand offering her expertise. Our very own Lisa Vernon offered a quick class on how to make earrings using our Metallics Wire. A big thank you to all exhibitors that contributed product and time to make the MITI's special this year!

Jamie Hogsett teaching and spreading her knowledge.

We are staying in a rental house in Napa. It is gorgeous and affordable, considering there are 9 of us staying here! :) If you'd like to come to the Sonoma show next year, I highly suggest renting a house. It is nice to come home to an actual home. Most homes offer all the conveniences that you are used to in your own home - internet, cable, dvd, washer, dryer, etc. This one even has a hot tub in a beautiful back yard! The dates for next year will be August 8-9, 2009.

In a few days, we will head to Oakland for the Gathering. I LOVE the Gathering. If you love glass, the Gathering is the place to be!

It has been a long day - so I suppose I should get some shut eye. I'm excited to sleep in tomorrow and spend a restful day in wine country.

Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook or her blog. She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at

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