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RB Beach Glass: A Hidden Art Odyssey continues with #72 by artist and Beach Glass project manager Susan Will. This shiny red wooden calla lily decorated with sea glass pebbles began its second life after being rescued with three of its friends from a Vancouver, BC, thrift shop. The callas were in pretty rough shape when they were brought south over the border but they are still exotic imports!

Susan is a devoted pastel artist who has sold and shown her work along the west coast for the past 25 years. She also enjoys working in mixed media, experimenting with different surfaces upon which to paint and draw, and creating three dimensional pieces using found, repurposed, off-purpose and recycled materials.

Susan began the RB Beach Glass project four years ago based on inspiration from a UK artist who challenged herself to make and hide one art piece a day for a year for her blog readers to find. In a crazy coincidence, four years ago was also the beginning of the international movement, Free Art Fridays, which operates along the same principles of RB Beach Glass with artists hiding free art (on Friday, of course!) and posting a photo on a local FAF Facebook page.

How RB Beach Glass works

Sponsored by the Richmond Beach Community Association, RB Beach Glass is a community project built around the rewards of sharing art and the adventure of searching for hidden treasure. Local artists donate and hide artwork in the Richmond Beach neighborhood. Two photos serve as clues and are posted here and on the RBCA Facebook page. One photo shows the item and the other shows a clue about where it is hidden. Art is hidden on public property and includes a tag indicating it’s part of the project. The art is free to whoever finds it. Finders are asked to post that they’ve found the item so others know when the hunt is over.

Did you find RB Beach Glass hidden art?

Please share where and what you found on this site or the RBCA Facebook page. Those who are searching like to know when to stop searching. Tell us your story: any details such as if you were looking or just stumbled upon one, who you were with, what neighborhood you live in and what you plan to do with it are always interesting to hear. We also like to see photos of it in it’s new home as you’ll see from previous posts. Whatever you’d like to share is most welcome.

Artists and crafters: Join us!

Artists and crafters of all types are invited to join the fun. The purpose of this project is to add another element of fun to living in Richmond Beach and to celebrate art and the connections it makes between all of us. To learn more, contact Susan Will via a message here or on the RBCA Facebook page, or email her at susan.will17@gmail.com.

 

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After a year hiatus, RB Beach Glass: A Hidden Art Odyssey sponsored by the Richmond Beach Community Association kicks off a new season just as summer begins. The first hidden art piece is #71 Barnacle Light Catcher by beach glass artist, long-time contributor and Richmond Beach native Alex Danford-Rincon.

Alex creates light catchers, lamp shades, glass fish and more by soldering together pieces of beach glass he finds along the shores of Richmond Beach. Learn more about Alex by checking out his contributing artist bio.

How RB Beach Glass works

Artists donate and hide artwork in the Richmond Beach neighborhood. Two photos serve as clues and are posted here and on the RBCA Facebook page. One photo shows the item and the other shows where it is hidden. All hidden art has a tag indicating it’s part of the project and asking that finders post that it is found. The art is free to whoever finds it.

The photo of the orca is your clue about where to hunt for the light catcher. This orca was created by Alex and Susan Will for the RBCA Beach Orca public art project. His name is Art Oddasea. According to Susan and Alex, Art celebrates Richmond Beach, the beauty of beach glass and other found treasure, RB Beach Glass and their luck in becoming friends through this community art project. Art is embellished in a mosiac of beach glass, shell, pearls and other found treasure plus materials such as black glass sand that have a connection to the sea. Those quick-of-eye — or long on patience — can search for elements hidden within the mosaic, a second nod to the RB Beach Glass project. Just a few of the unique items include a large glass diamond, ceramic turtle, silver starfish and a tiny blown-glass orca. (Alex and Susan will develop a longer search list if enough people comment here or on Facebook that they are interested.)

Did you find RB Beach Glass hidden art?

Please share where and what you found on this site or the RBCA Facebook page. Those who are searching like to know when the hunt is over. Tell us your story: any details such as if you were looking or just stumbled upon one, who you were with, what neighborhood you live in and what you plan to do with it are always interesting to hear. We also like to see photos of it in it’s new home as you’ll see from previous posts. Whatever you’d like to share is most welcome.

Artists and crafters: We need you!

Artists and crafters of all types are invited to join the fun. The purpose of this project is to add another element of fun to living in Richmond Beach and to celebrate art and the connections it makes between all of us. To learn more, contact Susan Will via a message here or on the RBCA Facebook page, or email her at susan.will17@gmail.com.

 

#23-RBBeach-GlassMay be a bad photo, but it’s an easy spot. If you find it, please report back!

FINDERS
Please let us know on this blog or the RBCA Facebook page if you’ve found an RB Beach Glass hidden art item. Those who are searching like to know when the hunt is over. Please share your story. Other details such as if you were looking or just stumbled upon one, who you were with, what neighborhood you live in and what you plan to do with it are always interesting to hear.

#22-RBBeach-GlassYou won’t have to hike miles to find #22 RB Beach Glass.  Wonder how long this one will wait to be found?

FINDERS
Please let us know on this blog or the RBCA Facebook page if you’ve found an RB Beach Glass hidden art item. Those who are searching like to know when the hunt is over. Please share your story. Other details such as if you were looking or just stumbled upon one, who you were with, what neighborhood you live in and what you plan to do with it are always interesting to hear.

#21-RBBeach-GlassRB Beach Glass #21 comes with a few more helpful hints than normal. This piece is hanging. Though it’s not knotted in place, seekers may want to have scissors with them just in case of tangles. It’s also not tied especially low, though not excessively high either. I’m about 5’7″ and it was easy for me to tie. Those with a little less reach may want to plan appropriately.

This location is not quite as visible as recent placements but it is in plain view once you reach it. If, that is, you know to look.

Thank you to all of you who have signed up to receive notifications about RB Beach Glass and to those who’ve followed the Facebook and website links. Please help promote this project by sharing it with friends. There are still at least two months of hidden art ahead of us. The more people who are interested the more items we’ll likely hide.

FINDERS
Please let us know on this blog or the RBCA Facebook page if you’ve found an RB Beach Glass hidden art item. Those who are searching like to know when the hunt is over. Please share your story. Other details such as if you were looking or just stumbled upon one, who you were with, what neighborhood you live in and what you plan to do with it are always interesting to hear.

#20-RBBeach-GlassThe hidden art odyssey continues with another item not in deep hiding. RB Beach Glass #20 wandered out today.  This photo is the location clue. Since the item is so clear a second photo wasn’t needed. Future hiding places may have to be trickier, however, so our blog followers have a better chance of finding them before the casual passerby picks them up. Either way is good, but it’s great when they’re reported found. Still haven’t heard anything about the last two, but they are no longer in their hiding spots.

FINDERS
Please let us know on this blog or the RBCA Facebook page if you’ve found an RB Beach Glass hidden art item. Those who are searching like to know when the hunt is over. Please share your story. Other details such as if you were looking or just stumbled upon one, who you were with, what neighborhood you live in and what you plan to do with it are always interesting to hear.

#19-RBBeach-GlassThe latest RB Beach Glass is finally out in the community waiting to be found. (It’s apparently been in such deep hiding we couldn’t even capture a pic of it until now!) Yes, yes, not exactly on schedule but the pace will surely pick up now that school is out.

We never heard from whomever found #18. Lucky for us a devoted blog follower reported she spied someone finding it the day after it was hidden in the shrubbery along 15th Avenue NW outside Spin Alley. Good work, Anaquita!

FINDERS
Please let us know on this blog or the RBCA Facebook page if you’ve found an RB Beach Glass hidden art item because those who are searching like to know when the hunt is over. Please share your story. Other details such as if you were looking or just stumbled upon one, who you were with, what neighborhood you live in and what you plan to do with it are always interesting to hear.

#18-RBBeach-GlassAfter the dozen RB Beach Glass items hidden for the Strawberry Festival earlier this month, development of the latest item was slow. But it’s out and waiting to be found. The night photo of the location is a tricky clue. Stealthy placement plus amateur photography equals a poorly lit image. Sorry, but just consider it another part of the challenge. Especially since it is not in deep hiding by any means.

Only a fraction of the Strawberry Festival terrariums were reported found though none remain in their hiding places. At least one was broken before it made it to its finder’s car. Here’s hoping the rest are alive and well!

FINDERS
Please let us know on this blog or the RBCA Facebook page if you’ve found an RB Beach Glass hidden art item. Those who are searching like to know when the hunt is over. Please share your story. Other details such as if you were looking or just stumbled upon one, who you were with, what neighborhood you live in and what you plan to do with it are always interesting to hear.

StrawFest-Beach-Glass-post-2Of the dozen RB Beach Glass terrariums hidden last weekend, as many as five may still be waiting to be found — most at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. The Garden,  20312 15th Ave NW‎ , is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As of this morning (5/14/13), we have two officially claimed by the finders, three others reported found by bystanders and two no longer in their hiding places. That leaves five unknown. The only other clue I can offer is that there are none left at the RB Community Park. Don’t know about the one at Richmond Beach Rehab but I may check on it later today.

FINDERS
Please let us know on this blog or the RBCA Facebook page which number you’ve found and where you found it because we need to track how many remain hidden. We love hearing other details like if you were looking or just stumbled upon one, who you were with, what neighborhood you live in and what you plan to do with it. See the last post for more information about the plants in the terrariums.

Beach-Glass-TerrariumsThere are 12 RB Beach Glass terrariums hidden today at various places participating in the Richmond Beach Celebration. Since there have been four hidden art items previously, these are numbered 5-17. Unlike previous items, there are no photo clues for these, only general locations. Check out the Richmond Beach Community Association website for all the details on what’s happening this weekend including locations, times and shuttle service parking.

FINDERS
Please let us know on this blog or the RBCA Facebook page which number you’ve found and where you found it because we need to track how many remain hidden. We love hearing other details like if you were looking or just stumbled upon one, who you were with, what neighborhood you live in and what you plan to do with it.

THE PLANTS
Special thanks to the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden for donating the native beach strawberry plants (Fragaria chiloensis). Each jar also contains one of two native succulents also originally purchased at KBG: Oregon stonecrop (Sedum oreganum) or broadleaf stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium).

KBG horticulturists recommend replanting the strawberry and sedum or only misting them if you leave them in the jar. If too much water gets in the jar – and I’m swallowing my (microscopic though it is) gardening pride to share my painful personal experience here – this nearly-impossible-to-kill, drought-tolerant strawberry plant will, in fact, die a quick and rather pathetic death.

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