Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sculpture in The Garden Show

Well, it's that time of year again. Artists show up with truly amazing sculptures made from recycled materials and turn my garden into a wonderland. Especially in this time of thrift, I'm so proud to welcome these talented folks who have made something out of nothing. Old car, truck and tractor parts and forsaken out of date machinery morph into robots, life sized horses, moose, sunflowers, dancers, musicians and birds and animals of all descriptions. It is so much fun, for me, for the artists, and for the hundreds of loyal followers who show up to my amazement each and every year. The biggest crowd I ever experienced was during a weekend of torrential rain. If you are in my area, please do come by......and children are most welcome. Merritt Parkway, exit 58 is only one and a half miles away. Or Whalley Ave. to Fountain St. to Ansonia Rd. to Lorraine Drive. Looking forward to spreading the joy!
Beverly Kaye Gallery
15 Lorraine Drive
Woodbridge, CT

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Afghani Tribal clothing

The Brimfield Antique and Collectable Show is so vast, that even thought I've been walking through the fields there for decades, there are some that I've yet to visit. This year the new field to explore, after trudging through the opening of Central Field, and Faxton's Midway, was New England Motel. Although I had to pay to enter, (the other fields I visited that day were free) and it didn't feel too promising at first, further in there were some real treasures on display. Many of the booths were set up in quite a formal fashion, much like an upscale indoor show. At the back of one of these spaces was an Afghani Tribal dress or shirt, I'm not sure which. The hem was made of many many layers of added material so the result was a delightful ruffled effect.
The Yoke and shoulders were festooned with all types of decoration. Handmade metal and silver jewelry, buttons and old coins embellished the lively tribal fabric. I asked, he offered, I recounted, he made a phone call to his wife, and it was mine! I may offer it at the Sculpture Show coming up in a few weeks, or it might visit with me for a while. It's a real beauty!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

On the road to Brimfield......

Cher Shaffer from Appalachia, not only paints wonderful portraits, she also creates dolls which are sophisticated and charming. Here are three which might show up at the Brimfield Show next week in Massachusetts. If you've never attended, this is a show for the entire family. Over 6,000 dealers in farmer's fields stretching over 1 1/2 miles along Route 20 in Brimfield, MA. show up from Tuesday through Saturday, three times a year for a week of antiques, folk art, pottery, jewelry, furniture from all periods, collectibles, and stuffed chickens, I kid you not! Everything under the sun is displayed here, and many collections have been built from discoveries in these fields. One of my cousins, whose home has been featured in county living books, filled her rooms over the years with Brimfield finds. You and your kids will love this adventure. Bring water, hats, cell phones, a bag to put treasures in, and wear comfortable shoes. Sturbridge Village is 5 miles away....another must stop for the family. Let the collecting begin!

Waves of flowing green....

In case anyone missed it, here's Maya Lin's interpretation of waves at Storm King, which is an amazing New York estate filled with world class sculpture. She is widely known for her Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC and her Civil Rights sculpture in Montgomery, Alabama. She's a Yale graduate and her aunt was the first female architect in China. Breathtaking and serene.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Outsider from across the Pond.........

Self-taught and Outsider artist, Ian Pyper from the UK makes doodles that go to another level. His whimsical art has a great lighthearted appeal and is held in many international collections. Here are a few new pieces, which I'm sure you will agree, are delightful.  

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Just couldn't resist......

Taken from the site of this trained artist......but I couldn't resist! "Steve Bartlett grew up in Louisville, KY and graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Art. Prior to painting, Steve sculpted small interior to large-scale outdoor stainless steel works. His art is in the public collections of Neiman Marcus, Continental Airlines, The Port of San Diego, The City of Los Altos, and Adobe Systems, as well as in numerous private collections. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lora and their three furry friends." What fun!