All posts by Karen Tashkovski

Karen Tashkovski is an artist and teacher from Syracuse, NY. She is a graduate of Syracuse University (BFA-Fashion Design & Studio Arts, MS-Art Education)

Eye Candy

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Hercules Candies has a new location at 720 W. Manlius Street, East Syracuse, New York 13057. (315) 463-4339 www.herculescandy.com.  It is next door to Eye Studio and together, along with Guest House, they are offering a weekend holiday sale.

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Hercules Candies will have door prizes, tours of the candy factory and free samples.  They will be making candy canes by hand!

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You can view the kitchen from a large glass window.  It is such a wonderful place, expanded tenfold from the little house on a back street in the village.  It is truly an experience to shop here – locally made mom and pop shop, like something out of yesteryear.

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Their open house will be Saturday, November 17th and Saturday, November 24th, 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Eye Studio and Guest House will be open Saturday, November 17th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 18th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  It is a Pre-Holiday arts and crafts sale with David McDonald as the featured artist.

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Educational Center at Green Lakes!

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The Educational Center at Green Lakes is now up and running!  Wow – it has taken something like a year to rebuild the boat house and transform it into this amazing space.  It is really beautiful.  And it has Stickley furniture!

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There is a lot of history here.  Information on the meromictic lakes, the story behind the purchase of the land – and its stunning World War II connection.  Yes – there was a POW camp on-site.  It was near the golf course by the east entrance to the park.  German soldiers created many of the trails and farmed the land!

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This education center is chock-full of information.   There is a large map of the park on the center island.  A bunch of interactive displays can be found in pull-out drawers. There’s an outdoor classroom too.  They offer classes that are aligned with New York State standards and they welcome all age groups (and not just science students).

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To set up a school field trip, contact Katie Mulvihill at katie.mulvihill@parks.ny.gov or call (315) 492-1756.  Green Lakes State Park is located at 7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville, New York 13066-3385.

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Halloween Dreams

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costume via Amazon.com, Sorel boots
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costume via Amazon.com, Sorel boots

This year I made a lot of dreams come true Halloween-wise.  I have wanted this Wonder Woman outfit since I saw the movie last year.  I scoured the Internet, specifically Amazon.com and found every piece of this costume except the boots.  And they were on a ridiculous sale at saksoff5th.com – an additional 30% off the sale price.  I love them!

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BCBGMaxAzria jacket and pants, Cinq a Sept top, Michelle DaRin jewelry, Calvin Klein booties

My Calvin Klein patent leather booties made three appearances this Halloween, the BCBGMaxAzria cropped pants, two!  And that split sleeve jacket worked its way into two costumes as well!

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Free People jacket, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, Calvin Klein booties

I chaperoned the Halloween dance at school, went to a party at Wildflowers Art Gallery, danced to the disco band Fondu at the Rocky Horror event at The Palace theater and sang karaoke at my friend Jimmy’s annual Halloween bash at his home.

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BCBGMaxAzria jacket, top and shorts, Calvin Klein booties, Fossil bracelets

But my favorite dream, even more amazing than being Wonder Woman for a day, was dressing as a Mousekateer at school.  I used to watch re-runs of the original black and white TV show when I was a kid and I have always wanted my own Mickey Mouse hat complete with red satin bow on top.  The leather skirt was the very last they had at Freepeople.com.  It was a size 0 and miraculously fit perfectly.  Thank you, Maria at SewMaria Boutique for giving me pointers on how to attach the letters to my sweater (dry iron – no steam).  It was scary because the spare top I had is cashmere and that turtleneck is far too itchy!  I was praying to not mess up, lol, and yes, it all worked out.

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Panreddy sweater, Free People skirt, Mia shoes

Lately, I’ve been living by the mantra “everything is always working out for me.”  My mom even had three Mickey Mouse dolls to choose from, which would seem so random, but then again, she has everything.  Like you could ask her to produce a yo-yo circa 1972 and it just magically appears inside the kitchen junk drawer.  Nothing is really a coincidence.  Life is truly a dream.  Living a lucid dream.

In Class

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Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, Marc Jacobs booties
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BCBGMaxAzria jacket and pants, Cinq a Sept top, Calvin Klein booties

My Marc Jacobs boots have gotten a lot of air play so far this year.  I am crazy about them, especially the rust colored booties that at first I didn’t think would actually go with anything.  Love them!  Patent leather rocks.

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Michelle DaRin jewelry bracelets, Talitha top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Marc Jacobs boots
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Akemi + Kim for Anthropologie dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Kobi Halperin top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties

The past two months really flew by at work.  The annual peace poster contest is in full swing.  The Lions Club will send three judges to select a winner from the eighteen entries on November 1, 2018 and my Studio in Art students have really nailed the theme.  It is “Kindness Matters”.  They are an amazing group of people.  Kind, without a doubt and so, so talented.  Cannot wait to share what they are doing.  I gave them each a brand new tin of 72 colored pencils to use and they are taking such good care of them.  So responsible!  I just love them all.

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Cinq a Sept dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Max Mara top, Banana Republic pants, Marc Jacobs sandals

All of the Art-8 students have finished their clay projects.  We are glazing them as well as working on finishing up some paintings.  I double up on smocks during that activity but I still manage to keep DeWitt Cleaners in business.  Most of my clothes are dry clean only because they are all pretty much silk and cashmere.

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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Calvin Klein booties
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Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria wrap top, shell and pants, Calvin Klein booties

I don’t always take my #ootd pic.  Sometimes I am in a re-run.  I try to style myself so that I am not wearing the same shoes with a dress or the same pants with a top but sometimes I just feel like repeating a great outfit.  I admit I have a lot of clothes.  I just love fashion.  There is always a new designer to discover or something new from the ones I already know.  New – new – new.  I love new.  Getting dressed to go to work is just fun.  It is easy – effortless.  And anything that makes you feel this good is a good thing. ❤

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Rachel Zoe dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, BCBGeneration booties
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Free People cardigan, Rachel Zoe dress, Marc Jacobs sandals
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BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, Calvin Klein booties
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Talitha top, Hudson jeans, BCBGeneration booties
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Free People dress, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties
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Cinq a Sept dress, Marc Jacobs boots
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Rachel Zoe top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Marc Jacobs boots

Heart Help

I was asked to donate paintings for a silent auction to help recovering addicts.

https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/helping-recovering-addicts-afford-treatment/1529876150

Kind of exciting to see my painting, Cobalt Tears, on TV!  Hope it and Ink Heart find their way to good people who will enjoy them in the spirit of compassion and love.

 

Buy Local

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The Gallery at Wildflowers Armory is the place to be – for great parties and events, YES! and as your new fabulous place to shop for arts and crafts by local artisans at amazing prices.  It is also a great place to showcase new and emerging local talented artists.  The gallery is a co-op.  It offers rentable gallery space at daily, weekly and monthly rates.

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It is located behind the armory (225 W. Jefferson Street, 13202) in Syracuse, New York.  There is limited free parking in front.  For gallery hours, check them out on social media. @wildflowers_syr on Instagram.  There is also a Facebook page that will keep you updated on the latest events.  Email them at gallerywildflowers@gmail.com for more information.

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I was there last Friday night for their “Black Masquerade” bash, my first Halloween party of the season.  So fun!

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In-Your-Face

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The year was 2006 – I started working at the middle school after another teacher retired ten years into my career.  I would be teaching 8th grade Art and an 8th grade accelerated Studio in Art class, for which I had to plan a field trip to New York City.

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I followed the guide left by the previous teacher using the same bus company.  In addition, I planned every detail including the itinerary of visiting two museums and the cost calculations to include fees for the museums and meals from the school cafeteria.  It was a lot of work, a huge responsibility on top of preparing new curriculum and all that teaching stuff.  I was excited though, because I focused on all the cool things the kids would learn about art, all the amazing art and art history to see and experience, and of course the thrill of being in Manhattan.  My students all kept saying they just wanted to see a real live hobo.

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Finally, the day of the trip arrived.  It was November 10th, the day before Veteran’s Day. Everything was going at a good clip until about five hours in when the bus started having wonky problems.  It took us an extra hour to get from Macy’s in Manhattan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art because the bus kept, like, shutting down-starting up again-shutting down, etc. at every stop light.  We arrived, spent five wonderful hours enjoying the Met and the American Museum of Natural History.  Instead of the company dispatching another bus, the driver returned with that faulty one.  Start-stop-start-stop-infinity until we made it to a Mobil station where we evacuated.  The bus driver put transmission fluid in then said he would drive around the block and come back for us.  He left us stranded for six hours, maybe seven.  We, kind of, became hobos.

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Luckily, it was a warm November night.  The children took it all in stride.  An adventure for them – they never felt in danger or scared.  Lol, I am pretty sure some of the chaperones are still traumatized to this day.  A one-day trip turned into an overnight ordeal.  Somehow the principal paid for us to take taxis to rendezvous with the dead bus now parked in a grocery store parking lot somewhere in the Bronx.  We made it home the next day via a bus dispatched from Quebec that had smashed both headlights in a collision with two deer on its way to save us.

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Those students are about twenty-five years old now!  Wow, that is just so crazy.  I suspect they are all doing amazing things these days and are not among the homeless faces exhibited in this art show.

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San Diego artist Neil Shigley has been working on this series of prints for about as long as I have had this memory in my head.  He interviews the subjects, photographs them then begins sketching their faces and transforms them into these larger than life prints.

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Each one looks to use two large pieces of linoleum; they are printed on two sheets of paper and mounted with large tacks directly into the wall.  The result is an in-your-face type of statement.  Making the invisible visible in terms of the scope of homelessness in our society.  Apparently, it is a vast and growing population in the San Diego area with people of all ages living on the streets and in parks, and just barely existing in this nomadic way.

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The exhibition is titled Invisible People:  Portraits of the Homeless.  The art reception was tonight.  It continues at Art Rage Gallery (505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, New York) through October 27, 2018.  Shigley will talk about his work on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the gallery.  Call (315) 218-5711 for more information.  Gallery hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday noon – 4:00 pm.

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