NYC Diary : Arty Goodness

The last day of my NYC adventure was the most daring day of them all, since I was mainly traveling solo. By this point, I had had enough experiences with public transportation to feel fairly confident about maneuvering around the city. After Mood, I meet up with Mark Laurence LaRiviere, a nice guy from my Klein Artist Works class. We had a lovely chat about art and life, then parted ways. There were only two galleries that I REALLY wanted to visit while in NYC and the first is located around the corner from Mood, Last Rites Gallery. This venue focuses on artwork with a dark twist and the current show was William Basso, who creates sculptures that he photographs and turns into haunting collages, and the amazing painter, Leslie Ditto. The space was lovely and the folks running it were very welcoming, which is more than I can say for the tattoo business downstairs.

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My friend, Kat, insisted that getting to Brooklyn was a simple process, even though it seemed to be located on another planet according to the map. I took her advice and boarded a south-bound bus, then the "L" train over. She was right, it was quick and easy, so my hopes of seeing my second gallery, The Cotton Candy Machine, would be realized. The show I had expected to see was another favorite, Joe Sorren, but as it turns out my brain buggered up those pesky "M" months and it was long gone. In fact, they were between shows, so the gallery was only half full. It was still worth the trip, since they brought out one of the remaining Sorren's from the back room for me to see, and I was able to check out the craftsmanship and line work of David M. Cook.

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And, as an added bonus, I walked by a Tristan Eaton mural on my way there, so it was a very good art day for me!

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NYC Diary : In The Mood

Ever since the show began, I have been a total Project Runway fan girl. Today, it was me saying "Thank You, Mood!" I spent just under two hours roaming the isles of Mood Designer Fabrics, tugging bolts of stunning fabrics from the shelves like they do on the show, and petting Swatch. Since I was alone, I started playing silly games with myself, conjuring Project Runway style assignments and trouble shooting how I would resolve them. Then I realized I could do some real world problem solving and look for gifts. 

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I will keep those a secret for the time being, but I will share that I found some stunning silks and one splurge brocade. Dennis, the gentleman who assisted me, was a delight. We chatted about the city and our loved one's battle with Alzheimer's. He helped sign me up for a rewards card that features Swatch's sweet mug. It's fun, free souvenir that will reward me with $25 off once I spent an additional $420. That could take a few!

NYC Diary : Auction Action

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If I am in a museum, it is almost a guarantee that I will either get repremended by a guard or set off an alarm. I am not a bad person looking for trouble, I just want a closer look. My hands remain behind my back and my feet planted behind designated lines, but apparently my forward lean is a bit extreme. I just want to examine how the materials are applied and how the colors are layered. During the Christie's and Sotheby's auction house previews, I was able to lean as close as I wanted and take pictures of any section, even if it meant putting my iPad inches from the surface of the most impressive collections of artwork I have ever seen. Oh, did I mention it is also free?

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As this CNN Money article explains, there are no requirements to viewing the art previews other than to enjoy yourself.  How did I figure this all out? My friend, Kevin (aka The Auction Master), has been attending these previews and auctions for years and he let me tag along to see the artwork and how the staff dote on him! He was also so gracious as to not only introduce me to them, but inform them that I was an artist he collected. With this promt I would hand them a business card. My inner critic laughed at my boldness, as if they would have any interest in my paintings when they were surround by the masters of the ages, but you just never know what one of your business cards could do in the pocket of an art professional! My advice is carry them with you and share them with the world, even the cashier at the Bronx Botanical Gardens who compliments you on Nuvango Fumage shirt. 

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I could talk about the state of the art world and the prices that are paid for artwork. Sums of money that could be used for improving schools, feeding starving children and generally improving the lives of millions of people, but then I would get depressed and soil this amazing experience. Instead, I will savor this inspirational high, knowing that should this artwork go to a private collector, it is very likely to be hidden away for generations. These opportunities are not year round, so do your research and start planning your trip!

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Oh, and one more collage of naughty bits! 

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