Hey mama….

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I really believe that all mom’s try their very best but it is such a tough, all-consuming, unselfish and demanding job that it can occasionally – or permanently – overwhelm even the strongest amongst us.  Some would argue Mother’s Day is a ‘Hallmark holiday’ but who really cares?  If it reminds us to take a few minutes out of our increasingly self-absorbed lives to reach out to a woman (or man)  who gave you unlimited love, unstinting encouragement and ever-constant support to make you the person you are today then it can’t be all bad.  To all the mom’s I know – whether biological, adoptive, step, or foster – thank you and here’s wishing you a day full of laughter and love this Mother’s Day!

*Hey Mama – Kanye West

Who are you? Who, who…

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Ashley Mintz ‘Express Yourself’  (Acrylic on Wood)

It was my pleasure to help Nashville artist Ashley Mintz hold a series of workshops this past winter and early spring, which culminated in the April 20th opening reception for her ‘Who Am I?’ project… Continue reading “Who are you? Who, who…”

Lavender blue dilly dilly…

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Lavender Love

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. You could wait until May 12th to get your mom a gift, or you could take inspiration from 2018’s ‘color of the year’ and get your mom something  uniquely lavender before her big day.   You and I both know what your mom really wants is a few minutes of your time, hearing about your life and maybe sneaking in a hug or three if she’s lucky! That said, it never hurts to ensure you remain her favorite by gifting her a little something something that say’s ‘thanks’.

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*Lavender Blue – Sammy Turner

4-17 Ephemera

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“Oooooops” – part of the “Who Am I?” Installation

I’ve been working without a day off for a few weeks now, preparing for “Who Am I,” a community writing and art show featuring the works of 42 participants ranging in age from 6 to 90.  Between packing up the old show, matting and framing the new, and preparing the show materials I haven’t had time for much of anything except a few stolen moments wasted on the web, looking for my next adventure.  Here are a few items that held my attention long enough for me to want to experience each in person…

How about you?  Do you have the itch to get away somewhere?  Where would like you to escape to for a few days…or weeks?  I’d love to know…

 

3-10 Ephemera

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Orangutan by Sean E. Avery (2013)  Image courtesy of Sean E. Avery

It’s the day before we spring forward and walk around like zombies for a day or two before our rhythms circle back into place.  It’s also the first Saturday in a while that I can ease into the weekend with a few cups of coffee and some serious web surfing.  Here are some of the things I stumbled upon that held my interest for longer than a passing glance…

Hope you have a good weekend doing your thing….and don’t forget to turn back your clock (or have Alexa do it for you!)

If you can’t be with the one you love…

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It’s no coincidence that we celebrate Valentine’s Day and National Condom Day on February 14th. If you are looking for love use a condom when you love so you can continue to love for a very long time. If you plan on staying home to spend time with those you already love have a wonderful day celebrating why you love each other. And remember…no matter how you love, or whom you love, or if anyone else understands your love…today of all days, love the one you’re with.

*Love The One You’re With – Stephen Stills

She promised all the sweetest gifts…

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Little things mean a lot
Heart Necklace  |  Crystal Heart Puzzle Lego Love Doggie Godiva Heart Tower
It Happened One Night  |  Moonstruck  |  Shrek The Big Sick  |  The Princess Bride | Shalimar  |  Hearts Apron  |  Rose Arrangement  |  AHA Donation  |  Earrings  |  Love T  |  Champagne  |  Heart Umbrella  

It is almost Valentine’s Day and I am being inundated with overpriced roses, candy-colored plush animals, and a multitude of heart-shaped sugars. I’ve never been a ‘show me you love me with a present’ kind of person but I absolutely unashamedly LOVE to give tokens of my affection all year long.  How about you?  Not sure what to give that certain someone in your life?  Here are a few ideas if you are looking for a way to say ‘I love you’ on February 14th (or any other day of the year).

*The Sweetest Gift (Lovers Live) – Sade

Fly Eagles fly….

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Super Bowl LII Food – Philly Style

I have been a fan of football, and the Philadelphia Eagles, for a very long time.  Growing up, I never wanted to be a cheerleader but to this day I dream of being out on that field, protecting my quarterback as he throws one deep into the end zone for the winning touchdown.  I did play vicariously through my sons, both of whom started in pee-wee leagues and finished at college as O-line hogs.  And yes, for them I was definitely a cheerleader (often to their embarrassment).

As for the Eagles, the team has had a true Cinderella year.  When the pundits wrote them off after Carson Wentz’s season-ending injury the team kept playing like the first-class athletes they are and never missed a beat.  They truly are the personification of ‘there is no I in team’.  As I write, they are 6 days away from suiting up against the Patriots to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. and while they prepare in Minneapolis I am busy preparing too.  Normally, I am all about the traditional wings/nachos/chips & dips/beer refreshments but this year I am all about the Philly Spread (and I don’t mean offense).

I plan on serving Frank’s Soda (a classic Philly soda from my youth), Yuengling Beer (for those who can’t handle the Wishniak), authentic Philadelphia soft pretzels (left over from my holiday visit to Philly), Italian hoagies, steaks wit’ wiz, pork and broccoli rabe sandwiches, crab fries (a la’ Chickie and Pete’s), assorted Tastycakes and Luigi’s water ices.  I won’t be able to replicate Formosa’s rolls for my sandwiches but can authentically replicate just about everything else I will serve.

What about you?  Will you attend a Super Bowl party or watch from your couch?  Are you pulling for another Tom Brady miracle win or, like me, rooting for the underdogs and a game for the ages?  Here’s hoping I’ll be singing Fly Eagles Fly next Sunday night. E. A. G. L. E. S. Eagles!

*Fly Eagles Fly

Andy Warhol looks a scream…

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Polaroids by Andy – Collage by Me

I was excited to attend last Thursday’s reception for ‘Famous (and not-so-famous): Polaroids by Andy Warhol’ at Vanderbilt’s Fine Arts Gallery.  Ever since I learned of the show’s opening I’ve been doing a deep dive into all things Andy.  I had forgotten how much Warhol’s work influenced my own art or my fascination with him as the penultimate commercial artist. From his days as an illustrator in the 1950’s to The Factory in the 60’s through to the late 80’s when he was arguably the King of Pop (Art) Warhol was always there before everyone else knew there was a ‘there’ to be.

My earliest memories of Warhol stem from his odd physical appearance; that thatch of white blonde hair and the paler-than-white skin demanded my attention. He looked weird and shy and just a little unhinged, and yet he exuded an intelligence and sly wit that drew me (and countless others) in and left me eager for more.  His use of repetition in his silkscreens and Polaroids shaped my own fascination and use of nine’s in my own work.   I also share his obsession with all things Hollywood and celebrity. I’d even go so far as to argue there would be no Kardashian Kulture without Andy and his Superstars paving the way first.

Warhol was a gifted artist and brilliant visionary who even in death remains way ahead of his time.  Did you know:

  • He coined the term (in conversation with ) ’15 minutes of fame’
  • He produced The Velvet Underground
  • He founded Interview magazine
  • He designed the infamous Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album cover
  • He used a stable of other artists to mass-produce his work
  • He barely survived being shot by a disgruntled hanger-on (and radical feminist)
  • He used ‘ghost-pissers’ to help create his Oxidation paintings
  • He created 610 time capsules of ephemera, which are housed at his Pittsburgh museum
  • His last art, from 1985-1987, was 5 episodes of MTV’s  Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes

The ‘Famous (not Famous)…’ show left me wanting more.  More Polaroids, more silkscreens, more stories…more Andy.  I’ve got a trip to Pittsburgh planned for the spring to deliver some upholstered furniture to Stephanie Tripier Design for revamping, and will make time to visit The Warhol Museum to see more of Andy’s works.  Maybe I’ll even have Stephanie cover a chair in Campbell’s Soup Cans or multiple Marilyn’s as my own sly homage to Andy: a wink to his art I hope he would approve of.

*Andy Warhol – David Bowie