Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I recently went to Las Vegas for the first time for a brief escape from reality. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I heard from many sources that it's a crazy, over-the-top sort of place. When I arrived, I saw many countries simultaneously in linear fashion. It wasn't fathomable to see Siam, Egypt, and New York all nestled on the famous Strip practically side by side. And yet, in Vegas, I suppose anything is possible. It's a place for bachelorettes, spring-breakers, gawkers, big-spenders, heavy drinkers, those who are down and out, those who are holding onto big hopes, and those who are holding onto wild dreams as well. Sure. But art and culture?
Then I remembered there was a fairly large Dale Chihuly piece in the main lobby at one of them. Oh yes, that would be the Bellagio. It was a must-see for any art lover. And it was fantastic! Colored pools of glass swirl above your head like thousands of jellyfish. It was larger than life; practically the size of a 2 lane regulation-size swimming pool. Impressive.
Later that evening, I enjoyed a glass of wine under the watchful eyes of about fifteen Picassos as I overlooked the choreographed fountain show on the main drag. What a combination. And what a spectacle! I was lured even further into the Wynn art collection by a video ad for a recent acquisition at his other property, the elegantly styled Wynn Hotel. It was a Jeff Koons piece entitled simply, "Tulips". I asked a couple of staff members who were strolling through the aisles and aisles of slot machines about where this piece was located. They chuckled a little, telling me that those tulips cost millions of dollars, I better go see them and make sure I enjoy them! In New York Magazine, I recently read that this work of art cost $33.7M to be exact. Vegas is a crazy place indeed.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Last year after Hurricane Sandy blew through my little island, I spent most of that week in the library at the end of my street. It was the only place I could get in contact with the outside world. At home, I was one of the very lucky ones with power and heat, but no connectivity. There was no mobile service in the whole area either. The library became my refuge. They had free hot coffee and cookies, and they had wi-fi. After several days, one of the employees gave me this gorgeous fairy tale pumpkin she had grown out back. It became the centerpiece of my kitchen for months. With its really tough skin, it lasted well into March when I put it outside for hungry critters to enjoy.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
You might have noticed that I've been on a little bit of a spring hiatus. Here's my excuse - not only have I been working on my taxes, but I recently started a new day job, and have been working on two large art projects. I have to keep mum about those for now.
Making Some Transformations
Please stay tuned while I also make some changes around here. I am working behind-the-scenes on making some improvements to my existing Etsy shop while adding a new shop. I'll be sure to make an announcement when I am up and running. In the coming months, I will also be creating new wearable items and lifestyle pieces for the home....not to mention a few changes to this blog. Everything is very much under construction so I hope you’ll stop back again before too long!
Not gone and not resting, just busy making it all happen…..
Thursday, February 14, 2013
If you've ever spent any time in the New York subway system, you've probably seen these little sculptures by Tom Otterness at the 8th Avenue/14th Street Station where the L train connects to the A, C, E line. These little works of art are not concentrated to one particular area, but spread throughout the station. It's one of my favorite places to wait for a train because I like to look at all of these little guys. On my way home from this part of town one night, I was feeling a little blue. Absently studying the sculptures for the umpteenth time in my commuter haze, my first thought was that someone strategically shoved a wad of garbage into the figure. When I saw the bright red shape, I realized it was a little scroll tucked into this special spot; a clever disguise hidden in plain view. I looked around to see if anyone was watching, and pulled out the scroll.
It was a little secret - like finding a message in a bottle from across the sea, or experiencing that moment of anticipation when you crack open a fortune cookie. The mini scroll was attached to a brilliant red heart made from a simple paperclip. The message felt like it was put there just for me. The arbitrary words were lilting, some lyrics from a song I knew. "I want to hold your hand - the Beatles". The memory of the song and its intent immediately brought a little smile to my face. I walked around the platform, and noticed another bronze figure bearing another note as if it were some clue to a treasure hunt. Another heart, more lyrics. And another smile. In the distance, I heard a train coming. I circled the platform quickly hoping there might be more mysteries to unravel. I found a total of five little "love notes" before my gritty steel chariot arrived. Somewhere in a recessed chamber of my brain, I wondered if the undercover emissary behind the simple goodwill gesture was watching. I hope they saw the big grin on my face for the long ride home.
My favorite one- in some small way, this little reminder is so hard to remember but so true.