Ron Nagle "Peripheral Cognition" Opening Reception at San Diego Museum of Art

Ron Nagle illuminated us with his ideas in person at the opening of his show "Ron Nagle: Peripheral Cognition" at the San Diego Museum of Art! It was interesting to see how he maintained his style using different materials over the decades - from ceramic to plastic, etc. I also really enjoyed his drawings! I loved his titles for his works which tended to be funny rather than the usual obtuse or "untitled" that you often find. The SDMA "Gallery Collective" young members group was there and we enjoyed delicious bubbly and a huge cheese spread - which I have really missed since leaving France!!
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Looking like a glowing statue in front of the museum - photo by Catherine White of Velity
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The exhibition
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Ron Nagle speaks!
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Ron Nagle sculpture and drawings
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Looking at the art - photo by Catherine White of Velity
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The crowd enjoying drinks and cheese in the museum



VIP Opening Reception at ARTSD14 - Art San Diego 2014 Contemporary Art Fair

Art, fun and commerce combined for the VIP opening night reception and art preview at the ARTSD14 contemporary art fair in Balboa Park, San Diego, this past weekend!

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Attended the evening with these lovely ladies! Ansley Pye of Daemon Studio and Sonya Sparks of Sparks Gallery.
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Entrance to ARTSD14
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Standing in front of the the large mural at the show entrance by UCSD MFA candidate Emily Grenader
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Eating pure gold as part of living art!
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Artist Barbara McGivern speaks of her love for gold and has us taste edible gold! We feel like one with her paintings! :)
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Lounge with works by Encinitas artist Greg Holden Regan
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"Contemporary Art Currency" to use toward buying art - how FUN!!
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The VIP crowd visiting galleries


Brunch at the Oceanside Museum of Art!

This weekend was the annual "Volunteer Appreciation Brunch" at the Oceanside Museum of Art! We celebrated with mimosas, quiche and yummy mini pastries. Guests mingled among the large format black and white photographs of the new "My Sister's Voice" exhibition in the upstairs gallery of the museum. Museum Director Daniel Foster gave an inspiring talk, and we heard from some of the other fab museum staff members, as well as several key volunteers, some who have been volunteering with the museum for over a decade!
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Welcome to Brunch at OMA!
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Museum Director Daniel Foster inspires with his talk
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Guests mingle among the works in the show "My Sister's Voice"
Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 435-3720
www.oma-online.org

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"Small Works" Exhibition Opening - Fallbrook Brandon Art Gallery

Artist Charlie Ciali judged the recent "Small Works" exhibition at the Fallbrook Brandon Art Gallery. We attended the opening reception and met the winning artists for each category! Chocolate treats hand-made by Plein Air painter Patricia Sablak were so yummy we wanted to try them all! And we loved seeing textile artist Noreen Ring's colorful pieces.

This is a great show to check out if you are in the North County area and looking for a unique holiday gift - there is also a gallery room in the back comprised of art that is exclusively $100 or less! All original works by local artists in various mediums and styles.
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We ended the night with a private after-hours shopping session at our favorite eclectic ladies fashion store Caravan - thank you to owner Leslie for being so fun and spontaneous!

Fallbrook Brandon Art Gallery
105 N. Main Avenue
Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 723-1330
www.fallbrookbrandongallery.org

Caravan Clothing
109 N. Main Avenue
Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 731-4890

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Brunch on the Beach in La Jolla California

Back in California for the summer! Of course the first stop after landing in San Diego, was the beach at La Jolla! I love the ocean view, the cute (and loud!) Sea Lions, and of course brunch at Brockton Villa (a historic building that was one of the original exclusive beach houses in the area, which has since been converted into a very cute and girly restaurant with healthy and very CA style food!)

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Macbeth at the Armory NYC - with Kenneth Branagh & Alex Kingston

I attended the Macbeth production at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan with several friends and it was amazing!!! You really felt like you were in the play. First you met your clan, then you were led through darkness along a narrow path set in dirt to your seats by people in cloaks, holding torches. The set was massive and felt realistic - Stone Henge, with dirt through the middle, where all of the action took place - seats were on both sides going up. This was a super creative and fun production and I hope more producers will take note to create such an immersive experience for the audience.

We had special preview tickets, which included a reception afterwards with other young patrons of the arts. After that we mingled with the cast of the show, including one of the main stars, Alex Kingston, who was amazing, and probably my favorite character in the production!
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Member of the Ross clan
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Walking through the dark along a narrow path to seating on either side of the giant Stone Henge
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Looking down on the set
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The actors on the dirt stage - seating on either side
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Leaving walking back past Stone Henge
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A bright light shining from above the entrance/exit
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The after-party!
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Young patrons enjoying drinks upstairs after the show
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Lodge-like decorations in the rooms on the second floor of the Armory
Macbeth at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC - through June 22, 2014 (Tickets)

Reviews:
"'Macbeth,' Scotland Included" - The Wall Street Journal
"Theater Review: Just About Everything Works (Except the Seats) in Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth" - Vulture
"Theater Review: Rushing Headlong Into the Hurly-Burly: A Fast and Furious 'Macbeth' at Park Avenue Armory" - The New York Times

Fashion 2.0: Big Data & Fashion

I attended the Fashion 2.0 event "Smart Data and Market Intelligence" at the Scandanavia House, where a panel examined big data and its role in fashion. A lively discussion was followed by a lovely rooftop reception!
 
One of the themes that emerged was that big data won't help anything unless it is smart! But according to Igor Elbert from Gilt, once you are able to slice into exactly what you need, even a large amount of data turns into a small amount and can become quite specific and useful. The most interesting concept of the evening was WGSN INstock, presented by Loree Lash, which is a trend service that shows retail analytics in real time to help with merchandising and buying decisions.
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Brrr!! - Not summer weather yet!

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The Crowd

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The Panelists
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Rooftop Networking

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Music under the Highline

Cary Nokey @ Stray Kat Gallery, Thursday, May 30th, 2014.

Super engaging and fun performance! Singer/performer Cary Nokey captures the charisma, and mesmerizing stage persona of greats like Elton John or David Bowie. I felt transported back in time to stories of when NYC was "creative", filled with "freaks", and not such a glossy NYU and pop-ified slick landscape....

The Stray Kat Gallery is an awesome space, with giant windows and an industrial feeling, located just under the 14th street entrance to the Highline, next to Milk Studios.

And not to forget, the cupcakes were amazing!! I have been a hater of cupcakes until now! Thank you Konfections by Karrah for changing my mind!
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Getting ready...
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Detour to Milk Studios...
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And... Stray Kat Gallery
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Cary Nokey performs
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Cupcakes! - Konfections by Karrah

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Magnetic North Exhibition at UBS

I had the pleasure to attend the opening reception for "Magnetic North: Artists and the Arctic Circle" currently on view in the UBS lobby, near Rockefeller Center. We met some of the artists, and enjoyed a fun and lively reception! Sometimes it is nice to enjoy art away from the same likely gallery and museum spots - this was a great change of pace!
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The Elegant Reception Scene - UBS Lobby
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Some of the Artists
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Love the pink outline
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A bright light that shines through a small window
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My favorite! These fuzzy creatures move according to motion sensors as you walk by them

-Curated by Pari Steve, works from over 20 artists from the Arctic Circle's 2009-12 residency programs. On view through the end of August.

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Chelsea Art Galleries Thursdays! (May 22, 2014)

I have been having a great time finding new art and galleries recently in the Lower East Side as you may have noticed in my last posting... but Chelsea is not dead yet!! Some art friends and I headed over for a great Thursday multi-gallery opening last week, and were not disappointed!
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Claire & Stephanie
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Beach Feeling - Getting ready for Memorial Day Weekend!
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Lots of People, Out and About..
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VIP Opening Party!
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Artistic View over the Highline..
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This wall mural everyone takes pictures of...
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Commentary on being the "other" in society? Touching images..
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Old, but still vibrant..
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Naked in a war zone?

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Lower East Side = Art Galleries Now!

I had a mini "stay-cation" in the Lower East Side last week, and was struck by all of the art galleries and openings I saw just in that time!
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At ROX earlier in the week...
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Lingerie Flower situation @ Con Artist
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War Stories @ William Holman Gallery, and other places...
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Artist deep in thought...
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Frank Webster with his paintings (seems so LA???)
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Frank Webster @ Lodge Gallery
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Secret Bar - at Lodge Gallery
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Crowd outside ROX for "Polish"
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Don't get too close - these are all razor blades!!
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The artist matched her sculptures...
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All fortunes pasted onto canvas!
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Saran Wrap Banana... (for safe-keeping!)
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Need A Miracle.. - at Wallplay
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Castle Fitzjohns Gallery - I WANT these crystal gnomes! They are like giant Gummie Bears! ;)

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Recipe: Fabulous Short Ribs Pot Pie With Cheesy Biscuit Topping



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RECIPE: BRAISED SHORT RIBS POT PIE

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS
-3 lbs beef short ribs
-3 tbs packed brown sugar
-5 cloves garlic, smashed
-1 tsp dried thyme
- ¼ c flour
-1 can condensed French Onion soup
-1 bottle dark beer

PIE FILLING
-braised beef and juices
-1 sweet onion, chopped
-6 celery ribs, chopped
-2 yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
-2c carrots, chopped
-1 can peas or 2c frozen peas
-2 tbs flour
-1c whole milk
- ½ c cream
-1 can chicken broth
- ¼ c chopped parsley
-2 tbs dried thyme
-olive oil
-salt & pepper

CHEESY BISCUIT TOPPING
-2c flour
-2 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
-1 stick unsalted butter
-1c shredded cheese (cheddar or romano work well)
-1c whole milk

1) Cook beef short ribs the night before in the slow cooker. Place all ingredients for short ribs in slow cooker and set for 9 hours. (Note: You can double the recipe and use ½ by itself over noodles – yum!)

2) In large pot, sautee onion in olive oil for a few minutes, then add celery, carrot and potato, and cook until soft. Add in salt, pepper and thyme. Stir in beef with juices and parsley, cook for 10 minutes until all combined. Add milk and cream, stir together. Add in flour and stir until thick. Add peas and chicken broth.

Pour into large baking dish. Consistency should be like gravy – a bit thick, but also liquidy.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

3) Make the biscuit topping. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, stir together. Cut in cold butter until distributed (Note: You can first cut into cubes with a knife, then mix into flour using a fork). Add cheese. Stir in milk. Dough will be a bit wet and sticky. Add more milk if needed.

Scoop in mounds over beef and vegetable mixture.

4) Cook 40 minutes. (Note: You can place a cookie sheet on the rack below just in case any juices bubble over.) Let rest about 10 minutes before serving, and scoop portions into bowls, each with some cheesy biscuit on top!

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Happy Fabulous Easter!!

I hope everyone has a great day for Easter! I am spending the day with my favorite Portuguese friends, and baking traditional Folar Easter bread! My friend's husband is a baker and updated the traditional heavier bread with a lighter brioche recipe, still including cinnamon, sugar and lemon zest, and finished with boiled eggs. We each baked a version and had a creative "competition" resulting in different looking loaves, that were all delicious!
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My giant Folar!
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The Baking Competition
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In the NYU Alumni Newsletter!

Fields of Vision -News & Views from the Department of Art History and Program for Urban Design and Architecture Studies at New York University

Stephanie Swinton (B.A. Art History/Urban Design & Architecture Studies, French Minor, ‘02; M.A. Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Visual Culture: Costume Studies, ’06) sends this news:

“I recently returned to New York City following a month-long trip to Europe, where I was in Switzerland, France and Spain.  As a former Urban Design and Architecture Studies major, one of the highlights was visiting all of the Gaudi sites in Barcelona!  And, as a former Art History major, another place I find interesting each time I visit is Montreux, Switzerland — the “Swiss Riviera” — where there are always new public art installations along Lake Geneva.  I continue to work in Consulting for Luxury and Fashion brands, along with companies in the Arts, and have most recently been working in Strategy for Digital Marketing and Social Media.  Previously I was in LA, where two of my Europe photographs were part of the recent exhibition, Snap to Grid, held at the Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (LACDA). See recent photographs and follow my adventures on my blog! – How to be Fabulous. I also manage a fun tumblr called The Hipster Bakester – check it out!”


Progression of a Tulip

Sometimes it is nice to arrange flowers as a single bloom in an interesting or pretty antique vase. Here was a lone pink tulip placed in the windowsill for a party. The rest of its bouquet was scattered in other equally pretty vases throughout the room. This way you have more to look at as you look around! This tulip served its purpose artfully...

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The First Day - The pink Tulip brings life and color to the room in contrast to the grey day outside.
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That Evening - The Tulip provides a bright note to a white shade.
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A Few Days Later - The Tulip still brings a colorful charm, although upside down by now...

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