Saturday, June 14, 2014

Vintages is Los Gatos' #1 Antique Shop ... again

For the fourth straight year, Vintages has been voted as the Best Antique Shop in Los Gatos. Thanks to all of you who voted for us, shopped with us and recommended us to your friends.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Museum of Arts and Design in NYC

Another stop we made in NYC was at the Museum of Arts and Design. This museum is dedicated to design in the arts with a distinctly modern contemporary bent. The latest exhibit on view at the Museum was about photography and jewelry. This pulled us in. Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography is on view until September 14, 2014. The museum bills this as "the first museum exhibition to examine how contemporary jewelry artists are using photography to explore issues central to contemporary experience, including changing views of beauty and the human body; social, political, and cultural issues; memory and desire; and the relationship of jewelry to society and personal identity." It works.

With our focus on vintage prints, photographs and jewelry in the shop, we found this fascinating. Jewelry pieces are little works of art. When combined with photographs it is like a double exposure ... thus the title of the exhibition. We have some photo jewelry, but we also have images and jewelry making findings so you can reach into your own creative self and be a jewelry artist.

Here are some of the pieces were loved.

Artist Unknown, Anchor-Shaped Vinaigrette Pendant, c1855. Ambrotype, silver plate, glass. Collection of Daile Kaplan. Photo credit: Matthew Starr.

Jiro Kamata, Brooch, from the Arboresque series, 2010. Camera lenses, acrylic paint, blackened silver. Collection of the artist. Photo credit: Jiro Kamata

Bettina Speckner, Brooch, 2004. Artist’s photograph enameled on silver, cowrie shells, amethysts. Courtesy of a private collection. Photo credit: Bettina Speckner.

Sandy Johanson, Flash Bulb Neckpiece, 2011. Unfired Sylvania FP 26 Blue Dot flashbulbs c1960, patinated sterling silver wire. Collection of the artist.

Kiff Slemmons; Hindsight Pin, 1997. Found photographs, silver, clock hand, mica. Collection of Helen Kornblum.

Artist Unknown, Mourning Badge with Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, 1865. Tintype, gingham, black ribbons. Collection of Daile Kaplan. Photo credit: Matthew Starr.

Iris Nieuwenburg; Love Story Brooch, 2009. Photo credit: J. Gold & Co.

Hyun-Seok Sim, Panoramic Camera (pendant), 2000. 20k gold, sterling silver, steel, plastic. Collection of the artist. Photo credit: Gwang-chun Park.

Martin Papcun, Ring, 1999. Artist photograph, silver, brass. Secondary School of Applied Arts (SUPS) Turnov, Czech Republic. Photo credit: Martin Papcun.

Photo Ring. Tintype, lucite.
Pictogram Brooches and Pendants. Image courtesy David Mandel.
Pictogram Bracelet. Image courtesy David Mandel.

Excerpt from MAD-NYC press release:

The connection between photography and jewelry extends back more than 150 years to the invention of the photographic process.  The exhibition provides historical context for this evolving relationship by presenting outstanding nineteenth-century pieces, many of which have never before been exhibited. In recent years, both photography and art jewelry have changed dramatically, and the exhibition presents both cutting-edge videos and installations that will provide viewers a broader perspective of contemporary jewelry now.

The Museum of Arts and Design is located at 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019. 212-299-7777. The exhibit Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography is on view until September 14, 2014.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Bryant Park NYC

On our recent trip to the National Stationery Show in NYC we stayed at a hotel close to Bryant Park. This is a great place to stop, cool off in the shade or sit on the sunny lawn, have an afternoon drink and people watch! We did that a couple of times and our feet were very happy, as we walked a whole bunch!

The park is really nice, with lawns, trees, walkways, a carrousel and a few places to eat and imbibe. It is very well used. With all the people there it reminded us so much of the famous Georges Seurat painting Sunday in the Park (aka: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte).

Georges Seurat painting Sunday in the Park

Bryant Park

Bryant Park Lawn
Bryant Park covers two city blocks near the New York City Library bordered by Fifth and Sixth Avenues and 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. Worth a stop to rest tired feet or people watch next time you are in the Big Apple.
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