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10 Etsy Treasures For Your Kitchen

In case you enjoyed a fabulous holiday weekend and are finding the Monday grind somewhat anticlimactic, I thought we’d have a little fun today.

Distressed Paint Vintage Oak Cabinet by PickersDesignCompany
Distressed Paint Vintage Oak Cabinet by PickersDesignCompany

Recently I wrote about the value of “the handmade” and the Arts and Crafts Movement of the turn of the last century.  (If you missed it, it’s right here.)  It must be a part of our American cultural DNA, we like to make stuff and we like to have stuff people made.  Read more

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Women, Art and Kitchen Anxiety

 

Artist, Jackie Tufford
Artist, Jackie Tufford

 

 

 

Jackie Tufford is a  beautiful young woman with her own style.  She also has a distinctly vintage air about her, a Mid-Century yet very modern woman adorned with strands of pearls replete with stockings and high heeled, patent leather pumps.  I had the pleasure of hearing her speak recently at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.  She was the guest speaker at the monthly Art, Women & Culture Art Salon. Read more

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Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Palm Beach County Convention Center, venue for the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show
Palm Beach County Convention Center, venue for the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the last big show of our season at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, along with Art Palm Beach are my favorites. The Fine Craft show has nothing to do with crayons and paste (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)  but is a juried show featuring the work of fine artisans from all corners of the United States. Their art is beautiful and functional.  Read more

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Mad For Mid Century

A small mid century collage by yours truly. I call it "Embracing Routine".  6"by 6" by 2" canvas
A small mid century collage by yours truly. I call it “Embracing Routine”. 6″by 6″ by 2″ canvas

If you’re a Mid Century product of Florida, like me, you probably grew up in what’s fondly known as a “ranch style house”.  Our friends over at Wikipedia define the ranch abode as a domestic architectural style  originating in the United States. The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration. The houses fuse modernist ideas and styles with notions of the American Western period working ranches to create a very informal and casual living style.”  

In addition to the above, the Florida ranch house  usually came in pastel colors with what we call a “Florida room”.  Read more

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Art Palm Beach

One of my favorite exhibits was the work of Abstract Artist Painter Marcos Irusta.  His studio is in Miami and fire is actually a part of his painting process.
One of my favorite exhibits was the work of Abstract Artist Painter Marcos Irusta. His studio is in Miami and fire is actually a part of his painting process.

The highlight of the “season” for me in South Florida is not all the crowds, traffic and long lines, although I am grateful for the prosperity it brings to our parts.  The high point is Art Palm Beach.  My pal Vicki and I make a practice of attending the opening reception every year.  This year was double the fun as I went back a second time with my sis and bro-in-law visiting from NY and my son.  The event is always held in January and the venue is the beautiful Palm Beach Convention Center.  This year it was held January 25-28th with a preview evening on the 24th. Read more

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