Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Magical Magic City

Here's a nice photo of my friend Jeanne Jeannie Flint at The Magic City Art Connection this past weekend. Jeanne makes really great, creative, original jewelry that often involves one of my favorite themes, birds (that and doll hands)! She also is quite the original herself and a very warm, funny individual. It's always fun to see my art friends at shows. All in all, I have to say the Magic City Art Connection had beautiful weather, the crowds were decent and the food was excellent. What more could you ask for in an art show? Hopefully, we'll be seeing you next year Birmingham.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Off to Magic City

We're headed to Birmingham this morning for the Magic City Art Festival, https://www.magiccityart.com/index.html. The weather looks good, the art looks good and there's lots of interesting food to be had. All the ingredients for a successful weekend! More on this as things develop...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

It's that time of year again...

And I don't mean Spring, because in Georgia Spring comes way earlier than April. No, it's outdoor art show time of year. Next weekend is my first official outdoor art show of the season. (I'm not counting Peachtree Road farmer's market even though it is outdoors and there is art there and really, really good food which is exactly what there isn't a lot of at actual art festivals unless of course you really like kettle corn, corn dogs or overpriced gyros, but I digress...) I'll be in Alpharetta next weekend for their Alpharetta Arts Streetfest. This will be my third year there since we moved to Georgia and I'm excited not just because it's a very well organized show but also because I get to see some of my art friends that I don't see all winter. One of my favorite art friends is Penny Dobson. Penny's bright, sunny paintings really reflect her happy personality. Penny also teaches high school art and it's always fun to see what new techniques she's using in her latest works. This beautiful painting of irises is done on little pieces of collaged paper. Penny's husband Johnnie is an artist as well and builds her frames from salvaged materials. They make a good team! (More about Johnnie Dobson to come at a later date). Check out some more of Penny's work at her website http://www.pennydobson.com/ or if you really want a visual treat, come on out to Alpharetta this weekend and check it out in person. Seeing Penny's work in person is by far the best way to experience it!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Last Saturday was the kickoff of The Peachtree Road Farmer's market. This is a very nice market with lots of local produce, artisanal cheese, gourmet pastas, coffee, baked goods, artwork, and just all around good stuff. The market is going into its third year and is the brainchild of Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins and is run superbly by Julie Bartholomew and Kimberlee Riccio, pictured here in front of fellow artist Tracy Hartley's paintings. Tracy makes some really cool folk art furniture and paintings. You can find his work here http://www.tracyhartley.net/. Check out Tracy's blog, he writes about one of my favorite subjects food. Our neighbors last Saturday were Dave and Leslie Lennox and their daughter Hope. They are the proprietors of Hope's Garden and they make a most delicious pesto. Here's their website. http://www.hopesgardens.com/. Their daughter Hope is also a very talented artist and makes very cute miniatures in polymer clay. Another one of our favorites, that makes it oh- so- worth- it to get up that early on Saturday morning, is H&F Bakery. Their scones, croissants, breads, cinnamon twists, you name it, are delicious! And the beauty of all of their baked goods is that they're calorie free and totally non-fattening! (I wish...) They go down well with a cup of Dancing Goats coffee that's always hot on those cold market mornings. The market runs Saturday mornings from eight until noon, April through December. It's located in the parking lot of St. Phillip's Cathedral in Buckhead. Check it out, you'll be glad you did, especially if H&F has their date and ginger scones or their almond croissants or the cranberry walnut bread or their...well, you get the picture.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Some real, live fishies

My friend Dolly was down for a visit from Michigan last week. Her one request (besides requesting to eat outside) was to make a return visit to the Georgia Aquarium. It was fun to go back with our cameras this time. Many of the exhibits don't allow the use of flash so we ended up with some interesting available light photos. I really like this one of the shark. Maybe next time Dolly comes down it will be warm enough to fulfill her other request, this time around it was just too cold to eat outside even for a native Michigander!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I just completed a series of twelve 6x6 ceramic tiles for a woman out in Washington. They're all cats doing different silly things like the one pictured here. She's going to use them on her stair risers. I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's finished.