“PEOPLE PLACES AND THINGS” is the title of the current exhibition at Edgewood Gallery (216 Tecumseh Road, Syracuse, NY 13224). I attended the art reception tonight.

The featured artists are David Gandino (people and places) and Joyce Backus (things).

Joyce Backus is an artist, children’s book illustrator, jewelry designer and art teacher. She is a friend and former colleague. Here she is selling papier-mache glassware, mixed-media sculptures and handmade jewelry.

David Gandino is a photographer, writer and actor, having worked in several of the recent movies filmed here in Syracuse. His photographs reflect a life well-traveled with a few portraits sprinkled in.

It was such a joy getting back into the spirit of gallery hopping – so fun supporting my friend, having art and fashion related conversations with friends, and chatting with, and getting to know other artists and patrons in this inviting space.

Cheryl Chappell (above left) is the owner. She is the person to know if you need anything framed. She also books these exhibitions months and sometimes years in advance.

This show will be on display through August 11, 2023. If you noticed any red stickers on the art labels, it means those items have sold. Some of the art and merchandise is still available. For inquiries including hours operation, go to their website –

BCBGMaxAzria dress, Stuart Weitzman boots, Tashkovski bracelet, Soflea bag

Apricot is the New Pink

If you want to look like Barbie, head over to Apricot Lane.

This boutique is a franchise, so there may be one near you. This one is located at 6811 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville, New York 13066, otherwise known as Wegmans DeWitt Plaza.

Pink is going to be huge this summer, which coincides nicely with the “Barbie” movie (currently in theaters) starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

This merchandise is lightweight and fun. The price points are very reasonable. It is a blend of juniors and misses sizes with items you won’t find anywhere else. They have accessories as well. These rose-colored sunglasses (above) are fabulous!

Follow them on Instagram – @apricotlanefayetteville. Call (315) 870-9181 for more information including store hours.

Dreamweaver for Free People top, Zadig & Voltaire skirt, Stuart Weitzman boots, Michele DaRin jewelry

“I VOTED” Sticker Contest

Please use the above link to vote for your favorite potential sticker. Students from schools in Madison County were encouraged to enter this sticker contest. There were over eighty entries and I want to say that at least half of them came from my students because I gave it as an assignment in eight of my classes.

The assignment was to create a patriotic image with “I VOTED” as text. The winner’s artwork will be made into a sticker and handed out to Madison County voters in the upcoming November elections.

They’ve narrowed it down to seven finalists and those will be judged by the public via the above survey monkey link.

Two of the finalists are my students and they are two of the best fourteen-year-olds I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. One created the eagle design and the other the one with the two flags that looks like confetti or fireworks.

Please vote. Notice I didn’t say vote for one of mine – you have free will, after all. I don’t think the students receive any monetary prize – only the pride of recognition, I guess. And maybe a roll of stickers? I don’t know. Maybe one of them will grow up to be the POTUS.

Voting ends on July 21, 2023. The winner will be announced on August 1, 2023.

It’s Eclectic!

Janine and I had such a blast at The Eclectic Chic (2044 Glenwood Plaza, Oneida, NY 13421). I follow them on Facebook – another amazing antique store housing several vendors under one former grocery store roof. Upon entering, you get to enjoy this wonderful retro diner vignette. We were both giddy about it. The photo ops were over the top. So fun!

I loved the way the entire store was merchandised. Several groupings of flag motif items united the booths with patriotic flair.

This crocheted apron (above) was only $5!

These presidents (above) were in needlepoint. Not sure if you can see the incredible detail in the picture. They are fabulous!

Next weekend (June 30-July 1) they are planning a trunk show with a turquoise vendor who will also be appraising jewelry.

I really wanted that tin rooster (above). I may have to go back and get it. Tomorrow and Wednesday they are planning a 10% off sale for teachers! The Eclectic Chic is open seven days a week. Call them at (315) 363-1031 for more information or email them at the

Gala for the Arts

On Wednesday, June 21, 2023, I attended Gala for the Arts at the Everson. I blondified for the occasion. Thank you, Amanda LoSecco!

The event was organized by CITI Arts in Education and was intended as a celebration of art education honoring students, teachers, administrators and friends of the arts.

We dressed in formal attire as we viewed student artwork, listened to student musical medleys and noshed on light hors d’oeuvres from The Red Sun Fire Roasting Company.

LeMoyne College has started a Visual & Performing Arts program. They were both sponsors and honorees.

I believe this was a first-timey event. Not sure if it will become an annual thingy. Would be nice!

So fun! <3

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