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I Love Art, Adore the Handmade and Treasure the Vintage. I am the Fun Mom, the Silly Friend and the Writer who wants to make more room for beauty in the everyday.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Laurie at her best...


I really do adore Laurie Meseroll’s work. Her talent is sure and her style inimitable. Yet sometimes, when a new collection of her "Mud-Cakes" arrives, I learn to fall in love with what she does, with what she creates, all over again.



Her oldest son, Adam, just drove to New York to drop off these paintings in Warwick. As we unloaded them from his car, I remembered once again, the magic that is singularly hers to share…her portraits pulled from mixed media, her faces careening across canvas with an indomitable love of life, of family and of enduring friendship.



Laurie, thanks to you for all you do -- it is a joy to work with you -- and remember...I love you and your family even more than your work!

xxoo Jen O'Connor
Earth Angels

You can see more of Laurie's work -- mixed media paintings she calls "Mud-Cakes" on this web-page...

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kitty B's Boxed Magic



Well, well I finally visited the wonderfully layered lair of talented artist Kitty Babendreier. We've know each other and I have collected her work since 2002, and we've done business together since 2005, but timing and distance have never allowed me to stray towards Valatie, NY and her home and studio. It was well worth the wait.

Her home is like her art, it is a three dimensional shadowbox within which she dwells and creates. All surfaces and walls are encrusted with an expansive array of textures, oddities and well curated collections of her loves...which to say the very least are many and varied.

It is as juxtaposed as some of the objects she celebrates in her work. A rectory in the very early years of the 19th Century, it sits astride a sunny plot adjacent to an old cemetery.










This is perhaps my favorite pic of the day as it shows Kitty in all her splendor. To me, this is her raw grasp of the unfettered every day -- bespoken by the clothes on the line -- the plants that beg water -- and her nod to the ever preserved...the headstones rising behind her in homage to lives long forgotten by most.


Here's a small peek into her happy studio, but you need to stay tuned for more; Kitty's studio will be featured in the November issue of "Where Women Create" magazine...thanks to Jo Packham for allowing me the chance to do the piece on Kitty...






In all Kitty curates -- her abode, its contents and its surrounds, there is a rare style that is utterly genuine and sincere in its appreciation for the full range of beauty, oddities, kitch and history. Here are some images of her collections...






Here's Kathy, the best adventure pal a gal could ask for on a long drive. Somehow she magically whisks away the hours with her charm and chatter...


Thanks to Kitty for a fab day, a wonderful adventure and to those of you that know me well...Kitty's house simply made me take off my shoes (a rare occurrence). Those cool, wooden, wide planks and the slap of feet on painted floors -- ohhh I cannot wait to go back and visit again soon now that I know my way.

Stay tuned to see more of Kitty's work...she just released a new collection of utterly cool, funky and oh so wonderful shadowboxes showcasing her inimitable style...if you are on her email list those images will arrive soon...

xxoo Jen O'Connor
Earth Angels

Saturday, June 19, 2010

This is it: THE ARTGIRLS' ROADSHOW



...we've been working on a little something and it's time to share it with you...AND it's time to ask the question, "Are you an Art Girl?"

You'll be hearing more about the "Art Girls' RoadShow"...
yes, this is the Earth Angels and our artful accomplices taking ourselves, out art and our style...on the road!
We'll be touring the highways and byways -- a moveable feast of art -- making our way to somewhere near you...
(THINK BAND TOUR T-SHIRT WITH A LIST OF TOUR DATES ON THE BACK OF IT...)

So are you willing to make the journey?








Thanks to Jo Packham of Where Women Create for loving my 1971 Ford Pick-up and asking us to do this photo shoot...Jo, you really amaze me!



You'll be seeing more of us and hearing more about our whereabouts via Jo's fab mag "Where Women Create"...issue #8 -- her next issue is due out on 8/1/10-- it will feature a column on the Art Girls' RoadShow and I'll be sharing news and notes on artful activities and happenings across the country -- including Earth Angels' appearances as well as other events, gatherings and places to be...

As for the Earth Angels' Art Girls...
here's where we'll be
SEPTEMBER - MINNEAPOLIS, MN & COLUMBUS, OH
OCTOBER - ATLANTA, GA
NOVEMBER - HUDSON, NY
DECEMBER - LOS ANGELS, CA
JANUARY - TBA!
FEBRUARY - SANFORD, FLORIDA

Would love you to join us -- stay tuned for details...



It's time to join the show...
xxoo Jen O'Connor
Earth Angels

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hudson Ho!!!



Earth Angels & its "Art Girls' RoadShow" stopped in Hudson, NY on Saturday and we really did have a wonderful time. It was a day we'll long remember steeped in art and friendship...

Here are some fun images of the space and the artful gathering...







Thanks to all of you who made the trip...Here are my fave shots of the folks there that day...the friends and the festive souls who came to browse, shop and share the time...THANKS to all especially Denny & Robin, Melissa, Joe, Brendan & Gillian and Jean & Kathleen for making the trip to share in the fun!







The artists' showcase featured the talents of Kitty Babendreier, Jennifer Lanne, Laurie MEseroll, Valerie Weberpal, Cheryl Kuhn and Dara DiMagno...we also brought along treasures from Melody Elizabeth, Nicol Sayre, Stacey Bear, Julie Arkell, Debbee Thibualt and Nicol Bowen...Here are some fun images of the art on display...




















And did we mention there was a parade?! Woo Hoo...what a way to spend the day...art and friendship at its best...



And Chris...
...your are the best of chefs! Thanks for the great meals...

A SPECIAL THANKS to Stephanie and Ken and Able too....for all you did to make this fun day a possibility -- let's do it again soon!!!

xxoo Jen
Earth Angels

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