Punching Bag Display at the LA Art Show

Well, what’s art to one isn’t necessarily art to another. That’s definitely the case with a new exhibit at the LA Art Show where “Left” or “Right” is currently on display. This project by Marisa Caichiolo shows 20 punching bags with the faces of different world leaders on them. It is said to help people to release anger, hatred and resentment as they interact with and punch the bags.  The exhibit is there from January 10-14 in Los Angeles.

Here is one feature NPR did on the presentation.

Check it out here and enjoy it for yourself!


Antique Show in Pittsburgh

On October 8th and 9th, an antique show returned to the Calvary United Methodist Church in Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Directed by antiques dealer Martin Fuess, it included twenty dealers from Western Pennsylvania and Ohio selling their antiques and collectibles.

As Fuess said, “I make a concerted effort to up the diversity in terms of available merchandise, including china, artwork, glassware, jewelry, prints and more.” The actual setting is as much a treasure as are the things people found to buy. The church dates from 1893 and has a restored 1895 Farrand & Votey organ in its sanctuary.

This was the second year of the show and included Regis Bush, owner of Kensington Court Antiques in Ross, Sewickley Antiques, Shaw Galleries of Downtown Pittsburgh, Timeless Treasures of West Mifflin, Joan Rudolph of Antique Junction in Canonsburg and Brandon Riggans of Columbus, Ohio.

Setting a Great Table

tableWe aren’t all interior designers and it’s not easy to know how to set a cute table. But with a few tips, you should be able to buy the products you need from EMBraer Paper Goods, or elsewhere, and make that table look great.

First, think about the event that you’re having. Do you want wild, splashy color choices or more subdued tones? If you’re thinking about Father’s Day, for instance, you might want to go with plates in a dark brown hue for the meal and match them with light brown desert plates. The table clothes that you purchase could, similarly, fit into the brown theme. If you’re looking to buy paper goods for a child’s birthday party, you will probably want to go with something more dramatic.

As Beth Sonnenfeld, the VP of Sales with EMBraer Paper Goods explains, “One of the most fun things to do for a child’s party is to mix and match. You might want to buy five blue plates, five yellow plates, five red plates and five green plates. Then mix and match and have a colorful and exciting party.”

One customer of EMBraer Paper Goods, Jack Elio, described his recent party for his parent’s fiftieth anniversary. As he said, “We bought these beautiful gold plates and used the gold theme throughout. The table clothes were a mix of white and gold, the plates were gold, the silverware was white and we bought white and gold balloons. Even though the paper goods were paper and not real china, the room sparkled and everything was beautiful.”

Boat Lover’s Paradise

For boat lovers and antique collectors in Florida, the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival is worth a look. The 28th festival is taking place today. The schedule starts with a free symposium, delivering the talk called “The Cobra and Its History” at 9:30 am in the Tavares City Hall auditorium. Then, at 10:30 there is a lecture called “Cobra Restoration” and “Engines of the Cobra” at 11:30.

The afternoon will be filled with informative lectures as well entitled “Rudder Engineering,” “Trailer Safety,” “Outboard Motors,” and “Today’s Vintage Boat Market.”

They expect about 120 boats in the water, another 44 on land and about 35 for sale. About 10,000 people are expected to attend. All of this will take place at the Wooton Park waterfront.

Savannah Collections Opens Tomorrow

For anyone heading to Savannah, it is highly worthwhile to go to the Savannah Collects exhibit running from October 3, 2014 through January 18th, 2015 at the Jepson Center on 207 W. York Street.

As Telfair Museum’s director and CEO Lisa Grove explains, “One reason we’re doing this show is to really enable us to work on a strategic goal, which is to celebrate the importance of collecting art. Both as a museum working to build a permanent collection, as well as letting people in our community realize the value and joy they get from living with original works of art … We also thought it was another way for us to engage the local community. I think people who live in Savannah will be interested to learn the kinds of art that their neighbors collect.”

The exhibit has been made possible because of cultural philanthropists who are sharing their private collections. Items on display will include works by Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Levitt and others. There are also items from French printmaker Erik Desmazieres and Howard Finster.

Pop Departures Comes to Seattle

If you’ll be anywhere near Seattle this fall, it will be worth it to pop into the Seattle Art Museum. They will be showing the artwork of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and other pioneers in the pop art movement from October 9th 2014 to January 11th, 2015.

The show will also include Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jeff Koons and Barbara Kruger. The show, called “Pop Departures” looks at the influential pop art movement that started in the 1960s.

As the Seattle Art Museum website explains, “The pioneers of American Pop will be represented with key works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, John Chamberlain, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann, and Mel Ramos. The exhibition will further examine a new generation of artists in the 1980s—including Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, and Raymond Pettibon—who began to rethink ideas of commodity culture in a new social and political climate. And finally, Pop Departures will consider contemporary artistic positions in relation to commodity culture and celebrity with recent work by Josephine Meckseper, Elad Lassry, Margarita Cabrera, Mickalene Thomas, and Ryan Trecartin.”

Staten Island Arts Opening Soon

For those in New York who love art, this information is quite exciting. The Staten Island Arts will open on June 7th in the new Culture Lab in the St. George ferry terminal. The multi-use lounge will include offices, exhibit space, performance space and a 400 square foot retail Artist Market, totaling 2500 square feet.

As Melanie Cohn, executive director of Staten Island Arts, said “We’re excited on the national level to put art in a transit hub. We really want to be a national example for what can done.”

The location will be available to visitors from Monday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm and on weekends from noon to 5pm. Tuesdays will be hopping, with the space open until 10pm for evening classes that are geared towards local artists.

As explained on the Silive website, “The Artist Market will be updated frequently, featuring a variety of unique, handmade goods under a New York harbor theme. Items will include everything from paintings, to scarfs and artisanal soaps crafted by local artists. Upon opening, the market will feature about 30 artists’ works. Fifty percent of the price tag will go to Staten Island Arts, the other 50 percent to the artist.

Similar to a museum gift shop, the market will showcase plenty of area-specific works as well as a revolving door of holiday-related goods.”

Learn more about this exciting project here.