So Decked

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I braved the storm – basically, it’s four streets to get to the Beer Belly Deli & Pub from here.  It’s actually fun to drive in blizzard conditions.  Oh…yeah, it is.  Like, we who live in the snowiest city in the nation take it as a badge of honor that we can do it without a single note of fear.  The giant snowflakes silently smacking my car windshield made me feel like I was inside a snow globe.  It was so cool!  I mean, there were not many cars on the road to crash into.  I figured everyone else was homebound.  And so, it was startling to witness a full house at the art reception for Deck the Halls 2016.

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This is due to the strong following this amazing group of artists has and of course, kudos goes to the wonderful  Jamie Santos, tattoo artist and illustrator, for creating another great happening.

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The following artists are represented in this show of skateboards:

Aaron Carmody, Aaron Z. Lee, Abbie Fitzpatrick, Adam Golden, Adam Zombie, Aimee Maroney, Ben Krzykowski, Brian Manos, Cait Mathews, Cayetano Valenzuela, Casey Landerkin, Charlie Sam, Chris Sosa, Collin Buck, Dan Bingham, Dan (Dippel) Styles, Dan Tickner, Eric Althoff, James Coldiron, Jamie Santos, Jemola Addley, Jeremiah Clifford, Jesse Gabriel, Jesse Ryan, Jim Sidelinger, Josh Montgomery, Kimi Rees, Kyle Proia, Matt Tyska, Micheal Giannattasio, Mike Tommyrot, Nik Moore, Pete Ott, Sara Tierney, Shane Trevett, Thad Jackson,Tommy Lincoln, Tom Ward, Tony Thompson, Victoria Storm, Zac Barres, & Zach Wheeler.

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The work will continue to be on display and for sale during the month of January 2017.  The Beer Belly Deli & Pub is located at 510 Westcott Street, Syracuse, New York.

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They will be there until 11:00 pm – there’s still time to see the artwork tonight while listening to talented local musicians and partaking in drink specials and nachos!

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Going Greek

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This was a fun lesson – another one of my inventions:  Greek urns.  They are made of Pariscraft, not clay.  We used the plastic water bowls as molds, so it was a stagger start since I don’t have very many of them.

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Students placed 4 layers of plaster of Paris on the bowl.  In the following class, they were in a déja vu re-run because we needed two bowl molds for the armature.  Next, they added plastic cups (from Subway, Wendy’s, and various cottage cheese varieties).  I cut the hole at the bottom of the top cup and at the top of one of the plaster bowls.  They added plaster to the separate pieces then taped the bowls together with masking tape and went back to the plaster station to complete the step.  (Aluminum foil for the handles.)

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This was followed by painting the urn one solid color and then applying Greek patterns – and more color.

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They are stunning.  I love them!  Really substantial two and three feet sculptures.  I want them to write a note to their future selves and store it inside the vessels.  I am always thinking about my thirteen-year-old self.  Is she proud of who I have become? (I know she is!)  The note would serve as an artifact, the way Ancient Greek urns found in an archeological dig teach us about the culture that once was.  So fun!

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The Perfect Cardigan

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Free People cardigan, Trina Turk dress, Hue tights, Nine West booties

I am all about the cardigan at work.  Kind of a Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood thing, lol. I dress in layers and the sweater comes off pretty quickly. We have been running the kiln, so, it has been toasty in the classroom.  I’m always donning multiple smocks in order to not sustain paint, Mod-Podge, plaster, clay, oil pastel or the-like messes on my clothing.  It is a messy job, but I am doing my best to keep it fashionable.  I love clothes.  Love fashion!!!!!

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Banana Republic cardigan, Free People top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Nine West booties
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BCBGMaxAzria cardigan and top, Trina Turk leather skirt, Hue tights, Nine West booties
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Honora necklace, Banana Republic cashmere cardigan, Bailey 44 top BCBGMaxAzria pants, BCBGeneration booties
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Banana Republic cashmere cardigan, Free People top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Ralph Lauren boots
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JCrew cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top, Banana Republic velvet pants, Nine West booties
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Banana Republic cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top, Trina Turk pants, Nine West booties
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Michelle DaRin Jewelry bracelets, JCrew cardigan, Banana Republic T-shirt and skirt, Hue tights, Nine West booties
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Free People cardigan and top, Bailey 44 skirt, Nine West booties