Going Local and Lost Art forms

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for the inconsistent posts lately. I have been enjoying the flexibility that summer allows me therefore my schedule has not been very regulated. I plan to continue in this free spirited mindset until September 😉 I hope you are doing the same.

And with that, I would like to provide you with a random assortment of artistic topics that I have been pondering.

First, let’s go local! Right now, I am planning an event in which I have been able to hire a local vendor. I love being able to help local business. The vendor is an ice-cream sandwich distributor called, MilkCultDC. The owners deliver ice cream sandwiches in delectable flavors (like Salter Butter Caramel and Buttermilk Lemon Zest) from the sidecar of their motorcycle. So cool right!

ice cream

While reading about Milkcult, I found a new website that I will surely use over and over, Scoutmob. On Scoutmob, you can read articles on independent makers in your city, learn about their upcoming events and take advantage of special deals. Bookmark the page now! How can you afford not to?

Billy Collings

And moving on to my second order of business…the evolution of art. This morning, my uncle sent me a TED talk, Everyday moments, caught in time. During the talk, poet, Billy Collins, shows clips of his poetry accompanied by animated films. What a fantastic way to bring poetry into the next century. This got me thinking, how will other art forms evolve? Will they evolve or die out. For example, I have posted before about my love of handmade cards. I love cards and handwritten letters and beautiful pens…the list goes on. Will handmade cards and handwritten letters become a novelty, an artistic form of expression, or will the practice become obsolete? Check out the video and let me know what art form you fear will be lost? (I know that my friend Erik’s answer would be screen printing.)

Lastly, I would like to add some updates on the artist I met recently and mobile we are considering for my building but I have run out of time. More to come soon! Have a great week everyone. Keep it creative.


Qatari Riches are Buying Art World Influence

Good morning Art Xplorers,

I am writing a quick post to share a great article in the New York Times this morning titled, “Qatari Riches are Buying Art World Influence.” The article details Qatar’s efforts to expand its art collection and profiles Sheika al Mayassa bint Hamad bun Khalide al-Thani, chairwoman of the Qatar Museums Authority.

“We are revising ourselves through our cultural institutions and cultural development,” she said in a 2012 TED talk. “Art becomes a very important part of our national identity.”

Check out the article! I am interested to know how everyone feels about the departure of these masterpieces to Qatar.


Sacré Bleu!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you enjoyed the 4th of July holiday. My long weekend consisted of friends, pool-side lounging, cornhole, barbecue, and lots of sun. Although I did not go on any artistic adventures…unless exploring instagram apps counts as an artistic adventure. Have you ever used oldify or swap faces? Download these apps before your next party. They are hilarious…

ok, where was I? Yes, while I did not go on any artistic adventures, I was reading the novel, Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art, by the pool.

Sacré Bleu is a a novel by Christopher Moore, the bestselling author of Lamb, A Dirty Job, and You Suck. In Sacré, Moore tells the story of a young artist and his “side-kick” Henri-Toulouse Lautrec, and their efforts to unravel the mystery of Vincent Van Gogh’s “suicide.” I have read about 200 pages so far and I am enjoying every minute of it. Moore has a fantastic sense of humor and I cannot help but fall in love with each of his quirky characters.

Most of the characters are well-known impressionist painters. Moore’s pages are graced by Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro. During my middle school days, I was enchanted by the impressionist painters (Let’s be real. I still love the impressionists. If you are in DC, you must visit The Phillips Collection to view Renoir’s work, Luncheon of the Boating Party. You must!) so it was clear to me that this novel would be a new favorite of mine.

And a random side note. Whenever one of the artists paints a nude portrait of a woman, the men all ask, “Why is she so skinny?” I love it. I wish men would ask that question today.

“I like a girl with a substantial bottom,’ said Renoir, drawing in the air the size bottom he preferred.”

Another aspect of the book that I appreciate is that Moore sprinkled the pages with masterpieces that accompany the storyline. For visual people like myself, this detail is essential.

All in all, this is a fun read with an absurd storyline and strangely lovable characters. I cannot wait to read more. If you happen to pick it up, please send me a note so we can compare thoughts. (But, don’t spoil the ending!)