School looks a bit different this year. Masks are a mainstay. I am in love with these masks from KES (www.kesnyc.com). I bought them in every color. LOVE!!!
Terry Askey-Cole was in charge today at Gallery 54 (54 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, New York 13152). She is one of the artists represented by the gallery. Fifteen years ago, Askey-Cole took courses in ceramics. Now she has her own home studio complete with kiln where she creates decorative pieces, like these whimsical floral garden sculptures (below), as well as slab and wheel thrown pottery and mosaics.
According to the gallery’s website:
Askey-Cole said there are eight artist owners. Other artists may submit their work for jury – they can sell it on commission or sometimes items are purchased wholesale, so working the cash register is optional. It is an interesting model for business – and quite successful. Askey-Cole has played a part here for the past eleven years (since its inception)!
Traffic consists mainly of day trippers, like me. People from outside the Skaneateles area who venture in exploration and leave with a wooden bowl, jewelry, painted glass, knitwear and/or artwork. Gallery 54 makes use of every available space and when there are several people inside, it’s tight. There were a bunch of excuse-mes and sorrys today as I guided my way around every nook and cranny.
My friend Nella Joseph does well here. She hand-paints glassware. I am in love with the cardinal pieces (below).
Richell Castellon is the featured artist. His original paintings are cityscapes with one of the groupings done in black and white on burlap. Castellon is also currently exhibiting (until March 30, 2020) in a solo show (From Cuba to Syracuse) at the Wilson Art Gallery in the library at LeMoyne College.
Eventually I will purchase one of these amazing ceramic slab wall hangings by Peter Valenti. His work is so incredibly well-crafted. I love the Arts & Crafts feel with the ginkgo leaf and dragonfly motifs and the copper finishes. They are so distinctive in style! They are raku-fired, which is the method where the ceramics are removed from the hot kiln and placed in sawdust, salt or another smothering effect to starve the artworks of oxygen thereby affecting the glazing process. Valenti’s pieces offer rich texture and color.
Other artists represented by Gallery 54 include Lisa Maffiore, Liz and Rich Micho, Donna Smith, Sallie Thompson, Fred Weisskopf, and Judi Witkin. The gallery is open 10 AM – 5 PM daily.
Welcome to my world. Here are my 2020 #ootd school pictures thus far. My Studio in Art students have been painting with acrylics – these paintings are going to blow your mind. They are sooooo good!!!!! I think they only need a couple more weeks to complete them. I have been wearing stuff that wouldn’t freak me out if it got paint on it. I guess I am saying that fashion is taking a backseat at the moment. I’m a control freak about the brushes – I tell them to use however many they want and need, and I will wash them, so, I spend about twenty minutes washing brushes on my lunch period every day.
Today was the first day of the 2nd semester, believe it or not, which means we are already half-way through the year. I am giving pre-tests and prepping lessons – lots of cool things to come: oil pastels, collage, more paintings and clay!!! I’ll be switching up the artwork on the cabinets soon, as well as eventually organizing the excessive amount of white paint on that back counter, lol, for those of you who scoff at the mess. (It is an art room, after all – that’s what makes it fun and funny). Special thanks to Katy C., my colleague and photographer, who laughs with me every day. <3
Syracuse artists Jacqueline Adamo, Lauren Bristol, Dana Stenson and Tom Huff have joined forces to produce a contemporary spin on texture for the new art exhibit at Edgewood Art Gallery and Custom Frame Shop (216 Tecumseh Road, Syracuse, New York 13224).
These four talented people – I am always running into them in town – I saw Jackie at the Yoko Ono exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art; I see Lauren every now and then while hiking at Green Lakes; ran into Dana last week at Target and Tom at the Regional Flea Market. But, weirdly enough, I missed the opportunity to see them all in one place at the same time at the art reception for their show, which was Friday night.
The exhibit is called Creative Thread. I popped in on Saturday to check it out. Edgewood is a small gallery, about the size of my living room, but owner Cheryl Chappell has a great eye and a way with space. Each show brings a fresh perspective and Cheryl does a magnificent job curating – pairing larger pieces with smaller ones and allowing all to shine. She is also a preeminent framer.
Jackie Adamo has created all new pieces incorporating fabric and sewing techniques into her oil paintings. Lauren designs her own patterns in these wonderful crochet wall hangings in addition to displaying several diminutive fiber art narratives. Dana is a metalsmith and has produced some mixed-media art pieces, as well as jewelry for this show. And Tom has chipped in with his reductive soapstone sculptures.
David MacDonald’s ceramics are still for sale too!
This exhibit continues through November 15, 2019.
The shop is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30-6:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. For more information call (3150 445-8111).
More bracelets. My dining room table is the bracelet factory. These are from the ethnic series, meme series and horses! All are leather with fur (rabbit and sherpa). Rebecca from Tandy Leather taught me how to add snaps. Bracelets fit 5 1/2″ to about 6 1/2″ wrists. The ones that tie have eighteen inches of suede string attached, so they can fit a larger wrist.
Mine is 5 1/2″. I took a poll of wrist sizes via texting a bunch of friends to get a sense for what was standard. Bracelets really need to be tried on. They are infused with positive energy – you kind of need to feel the vibe. It will be so cool when they find permanent homes. They are like foster kittens. Kind of hard to let go…but I think I am ready to be ready (to be ready) to sell them. <3
These Tashkovski collection bracelets are part of the War & Peace series. They are made with vintage US Army patches and pins. There is a Girl Scout patch in the mix (it is from the ’50s!) and a peace pin that was originally designed to protest war. The idea with these pieces is to respect everyone’s position. I truly admire those who serve our country.
Ultimately, peace is the goal. Find peace within yourself first and your world will change. I promise you that. <3
I have been working on photographing, pricing, labeling and cataloging the Tashkovski collection bracelets. Here is the group I just finished – a combination of cameos, vintage pieces and St. Christopher medals. Each is one-of-a-kind. Handmade bracelets created with pins in leather, rabbit fur and sherpa.
I have a bit more organization to do this weekend before the launch. Once I get it all sorted, I will free up time to make more (and start the process all over again). <3
Dominoes have become my bread and butter – I have been collecting them for many years, using them in my oil and collage paintings since the ’90s. I think they look amazing in these bracelets.
The idea is to create a domino effect. You pick numbers that have meaning for you. You run into others wearing domino bracelets. You find you have a number/numbers in common. You strike up a conversation. Friendships are born.
It is an idea, a dream, a deep wish, a desire that people can find an element of common ground through fashion and accessories, if that is the way. There are no coincidences.
They are priced at $20 or $25 depending on style. I love the vintage flavor to these pieces. That they have survived for so many years and have such delicious patina. And the smell of leather is intoxicating. <3