All posts tagged: art

The On Ice Perspective

I have to give my sister credit for sending me this video of figure skater Adam Rippon performing to Beyoncé’s Otherside. What sets it apart from the other figure skating I’ve seen is the “on ice perspective,” filming close to the skater in order to create a more intimate way to experience the routine. Adam Rippon is so captivating here, I didn’t notice until viewing a second time that there are no jumps, only footwork and spins. View this post on Instagram Everything going on in the world right now can feel scary/weird but @beyonce always makes things better. Stay safe everyone 🌎❤️ This was filmed by @oniceperspectives – who always kills it Choreography is from the literally amazing @corderozuckerman 🙆🏼‍♂️🙆🏼‍♂️🙆🏼‍♂️ A post shared by Adam Rippon (@adaripp) on Mar 19, 2020 at 1:08pm PDT

Artisan Works

A few years ago my husband and I helped our friend Devin move to Rochester, NY. Our plan was to drive Friday, spend the day Saturday with our friend, and return Sunday. Although I was interested in seeing a different part of the state other than New York City, I didn’t know anything about Rochester, and didn’t expect it to be a particularly memorable trip.  On Saturday Devin suggested we visit Artisan Works, a self funded non-profit art space housed in a renovated 40,000 square foot factory. All of the artwork displayed is available to buy, rent, or stage offsite. The space  itself is crammed inside and out with all kinds of sculptures, installations, paintings, collages, and photography created by local artists. Live music is featured on the weekends, and the space has an amazing eclectic energy with all of the different works of art layered on top of each other.  The pictures themselves aren’t the greatest, but I still wanted to share since it is one of the experiences that inspired me to look …

Carnivorous Plants at Gamrath Glass

Earlier this summer I braved thunderstorms to visit the Gamrath Glass exhibit at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. I love visiting all of their nighttime exhibits, and was particularly excited about this one. The event promised not only delicate glass flowers embedded amoung the garden, but carvious plants as well. And although all of the glass blooms were beautiful, it was extra fun to see delicate pitcher plants, Venus fly traps, and a monstrous corpse flower among all the usual greenery, Corpse flower Venus flytrap Lady slipper Pitcher plant Pitcher plant Phalaenopsis Pitcher plant Phalaenopsis

Bechtler Mueseum of Modern Art

Located in Uptown Charlotte, NC, the Bechtler Museum is housed in a stunning terra-cotta building designed by Mario Botta, a renowned Swiss architect. The impressive architecture serves as an additional exibit to the works held inside. A vaulted skylight and glass atrium in the center of the museum spread natural light throughout the exhibits. Once visitors are greeted by the Firebird sculpture, designed by Niki de Saint Phalle outside and pass through the museum’s courtyard, they are able to to peruse the personal art collection of the Bechtler family, which was formerly housed in their home in Switzerland. Amassed over a 70 year span by Hans and Bessie Bechtler, the collection was brought to Charlotte by their son Andreas, giving the collection the security of a permanent home. The collection contains mid 20th century modern art pieces, and mixed among these are personal letters, photographs and cards that show the personal relationship that the family has with many of the artists who’s works are on display.  The art is stunning, but it’s the cards, letters, …

The Sketchbook Project

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to begin submitting my poetry for publication again.  In addition to the traditional outlets, I’ve found some more offbeat ways to get my poetry out into the world. One of those is The Sketchbook Project, a massive community art project housed by the Brooklyn Art Library. The idea is, artists order a sketchbook, fill it with any form of art or writing they desire, register it online, and mail it back to the library. The curators will then keep the book on display, and scan a bar code anytime someone views it. This allows the artist to keep track of how many times their book is viewed. There is also the option to have a sketchbook scanned and posted in their digital library as well. So far I am still working out how I will fill mine, but it is a great way for me to utilize a lot of my horror poetry, as the amount of publications that accept speculative poetry appear to be very limited. I …

Muse of the Day

If I could prescribe a single rule for looking at a work of art it would be to enjoy it. If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit we enjoy our tears just as much as we enjoy our laughter. The only moments of life that are a bore are when we don’t care one way or another. Vincent Price