Sunday, June 30, 2013

By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea ...

Bathing Beauties from Long Ago. These little porcelain figures come from Germany and Japan in the 1920s and 1930s. Great collectibles.
It's summer and time for the beach. America has some of the finest beaches and here in the Bay Area we have more than our share ... and Vintages has just the right things to decorate your beach house, play in the sand, bring as beach-hostess gifts or leave as tokens for guests. Add a bit of whimsey or creativity to brighten up your guest rooms and patios. Stop in and see what we have. Here is a sampling:

Birdhouses for Beach Birds! Hand decorated with shells we found on the beach. ($39.95 each)
Pillar candles are great, but these little shell candles are a unique touch for any beach side abode. (Pillars from $6.95 each; Seashells $5.95 each)
Handcrafted painted metal folk art fish ($19.95 each); Hand painted seashell table with removable trays ($199.95 each)
Shell and sea grass wreath - perfect for any door ($49.95 each)
Here's a corner of our shop with sampling of beachy items.
Leave a note on this shell decorated metal blackboard - great to hold magnets as well ($9.95 each)
Scented shell potpourri in glass jars - great gift, perfect for any room ($26.95 each)
Susan makes these little hanging shells, each with a message ($3.95 each, ribbon included)
Shells with messages and decorations, also hand made by Susan ($2.95 or $4.95 each)
Do you remember these tin litho sand sifters? This one is from days gone by. This one is by Ohio Art. ($65 one only)
What is a sea side bungalow without a few buoys? These hand made decorator buoys are fun decorator items or you can paint these with a house name or number (from $24,95 each)
So whether you live at the beach, visit beach dwelling friends or just got there to soak in the sun and salty air, we have you covered.

Enjoy Summer

Friday, June 28, 2013

Mixed Media Art at the Hirshhorn Museum

Alexander Calder Fish - Wire and glass pieces
Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC has a splendid exhibit: Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-present. It is on exhibit until September 8, 2013. The museum describes the exhibit:

Butterfly wings, glass shards, doll parts, crumpled automotive metal, jigsaw puzzle pieces, clothing, straight pins, furniture, and colored sand – these are just some of the materials in Over, Under, Next, an exhibition of approximately 100 examples of collage and assemblage, primarily drawn from the Hirshhorn’s collection. Before 1913, when Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque first incorporated commonplace, mass-produced images and found objects into their art, everyday materials were regarded as bric-a-brac. Since then, artists internationally have embraced the idea that art could scavenged from fragments and detritus in the world around us. 
A Wonderful Treasure Drawer
This exhibit is loaded with inspiration for all of us mixed media artists. Take a look at some of the art works and then get into your studio and create!

Another Calder Piece - Wire and wood

David Hammons Bottle Sculpture - Old whiskey bottles

David Smith Big Rooster - Patinated machine parts

Paper Covered Coat Hangers

Isamu Noguchi Okame - Patinated iron casting

Paper Collage


Mixed Media

Josef Albers Window Picture - Found Objects, lass, metal, wire, paint, nails, mesh, imitation pearls and ink in wood frame

Tribute to Jackson Pollock - Collage and Found Objects

Joseph Cornell Shadow Box - Wood, gesso, paint, glass, photomechanical reproductions, metal rings, cork balls, metal rods, paper box, postage stamps, driftwood, stamped tin and colored sand in glass-fronted wood box

Nick Cave Mixed Media "Soundsuit" - Safety pin baskets, beads, mannequin legs, bunny head.
Ann Hamilton palimpset - This piece is an entire room with pencil on newsprint; map tacks; beeswax tablets; wood shelf; electric fan; steel and glass vitrine; cabbages; snails.

Just in! Vintage Belleek Serving Pieces

We just acquired some lovely vintage Belleek items to add to those we already had in stock. These are all limited stock -- one each!
Hand Painted Belleek Butter Cottage ($165)
Several Neptune items: Cup & Saucer ($69), Sugar & Creamer ($69), Salad Plates ($195 set of 4); Tridacna Coffee Pot with lid ($195); Mug with Dogwood Flowers ($39); Small Creamer ($39)

In addition to these newly acquired pieces we have a couple of Shamrock vases ($85 & $95) and a set of 4 Shamrock Salad Plates ($95 for the set).

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Weather Vanes and Whirligigs

The American Art Museum in Washington, DC, has a fantastic folk art collection. On exhibit right now is a great selection of hand crafted, folk art weather vanes and whirligigs. Thought I would pass along some photos ... enjoy.

The whole folk art collection is great inspiration for those of us who love mixed media art. Here are a few examples.

Great art piece made from wooden letter press blocks.
Memory jugs loaded with bits and pieces of souvenirs and memorabilia.

Close up of this marvelous memory jug boot.

Drift wood, old paint brushes, glass eyes, ...

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Back from Virginia and DC

We are back fom our short vacation and family trip to Fredericksburg VA and Washington DC. The weather was lovely, visiting family was fun (as always) and we enjoyed DC.

Fredericksburg is a lovely old Virginia town at the site of one of the Civil War's notorious battles fought December 11–15, 1862. Burnside's Army of the Potomac was unable to displace the Confederate Army of Virginia led by Robert E. Lee. The union forces withdrew on December 15th. Today along with the Historic Battlefield, Fredericksburg is home to the University of Mary Washington and a beautiful downtown right on the river. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Barvarian Chef one evening.
Old Print of the Battle of Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Battlefield National Monument
Old Mansions abound in Fredericksburg
We were then off to our nation's capital, Washington DC, for a couple of days of museum strolling and shopping. Georgetown is always a great walk, even if the shops are a bit upscale and lunch at the Peacock Cafe on Prospect was superb.

This visit we visited the American Art Museum for a Contemporary Folk Art exhibit and the Hirshhorn Museum for a splendid exhibit: Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-present. (More on these two exhibits in a future post.)

Both the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Gallery of Art have sculpture gardens that are definitely worth strolling through.
WOW! This is a large typewriter eraser!
A Tall Chair Ladder
Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art House
Roly-Polys in the Hirshhorn Garden
Giant Spider in the National Art Gallery Garden
Washington also has a lot of small parks and gardens where flowers are putting on a colorful display right now. Our hotel also had a spectacular flower arrangement in the lobby.
The lobby in our hotel.

Garden near the Mall

On our last day we headed down to Old Town Alexandria, an old waterfront town on the Potomac River. We took a long stroll on King Street, had lunch at an outdoor cafe and spent a while at the Torpedo Art Factory, which is an interesting community concept combining artist studios with sales outlets for the artists. It is right on the waterfront as well.
Old Town Alexandria
Shopping along King Street
Torpedo Art Factory on the Alexandria Waterfront
Our nation's capital and surrounding areas are a great place to visit. It is filled with art and culture, antiques and boutiques, great food and countless events.
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