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Collectors’ Paradise at Fall For Art in Millerton

Over 20 local businesses take part in Millerton’s Fall for Art, Village-wide Art Festival on Saturday, October 12, from 1-6 PM. Retail business setting aside one day out of the year for the selling of art makes for some high-profile hobnobbing, as well as a day of endless inspiration for art-loving locals.

Hair Modern, at 63 Main shows select paintings by Alex Sanzo.  Sanzo’s loud colors layer oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas.  Measuring three to six feet across, the paintings would brighten up an ecru interior, injecting any neutral space with life through brilliantly saturated pigments in sanguine color schemes. The painter leaves just enough white of the canvas showing through for the colors to breathe and the pieces to feel uncluttered.

At Meta44, 5916 N. Elm Ave, David Valyou shows capricious sculpture bricolages of Dadaist found objects, sculpted plaster, and paint. New works: brooding enigmatic large-scale wood panel misshapes serve as dark grounds for aggressive mark-making: cutting into an alchemy of marble dust suspended in painted acrylic medium. Layered heavily in acrylic and marble on wood panels, bone-white abstract waterfall paintings of various sizes are fraught with kinetic textures over gradient reliefs.

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“Bed Of Nails” Bricolage Sculpture by David Valyou, Photo By Tara Nugent

At Veteran’s Park, keep an eye out for Mitchell Hoffmaster showing palatable paintings with soft color schemes and whispery sketch lines in acrylic, pastel, and oil stick on canvas. Also at Veteran’s Park, Tilly Strauss’ painterly bucolic landscapes of the nearby region are clever visual captures with Fauvist color harmonies. Her highly collectible miniature acrylic paintings on paper (about 3” x 4”) of farm scenery are as hip as Polaroids, and even more rare.

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Acrylic Paintings on Paper by Tilly Strauss

Patty Mullins exhibits at Oblong Books, 26 Main St. Mullin’s rich etheric paintings show deftness of color and a studied application of oil paint. The landscapes build up organic-shaped patterns in warm tones over mottled and vacuous blue and green receding grounds in oil paint on small boards and canvases. New landscape paintings by Mullins are on view this Saturday.

At Millerton Mercantile on 3 Main St, Shira Toren shows select two-dimensional works.  Repeated minimalist abstractions go over smooth negative space applied in subtle visual textures of muted chromatic greys in pigment, ink and plaster on canvas.

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Swamp Boats  24”x20’ Venetian plaster, ink and pigment on Canvas by Shira Toren

Feast your eyes on the abundant art from eclectic to classic, at Fall For Art Millerton. The harvest mood not only applies to enjoying the great local agriculture, but also to the wellspring of creativity flourishing within the region. Enjoy strolling about the changing colored foliage and you may find an original work of art made by a living artist to take home with you.

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Support Agriculture for Earth Day

In Time for Earth Day: 

Since my design fellowship via The NEST Organization at 1818 Farms, I’ve created a range of jewelry that shows the unique, springy & sculptural quality of the wool obtained with loving care in a small farm in Mooresville, Alabama.

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Wear the jewelry items crafted from the scarce wool of 1818 Farms’ famous babydoll sheep, brought back from the endangered list:

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Chain bracelet in crochet wool with silk covered button: available with pink silk thread or natural ivory & gold colorway.  $75 plus tax & shipping.

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Wool Chain Bracelet, $55 plus tax & shipping

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Tassel charm bracelet, $135 + tax & shipping

Fringe-Earrings

Fringe Earrings, $88 +tax & shipping

Last chance for custom gown fittings:

If you always wanted a custom cocktail dress or gown made just for you, this week is your last chance to get one by me!  Secure your consultation with a $200 deposit now.  The fee, applied towards your order, secures your meeting with the designer to take measurements and provide a quick sketch of your order. Dresses range from $800 – $2400 and all orders will be completed by May 31.

The deadline to put your order in and pay in full is April 24, after which I will no longer be available to design custom gowns for my New York Clientele.

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My Christmas Gift Wish List: There’s Still Time!

Sometimes you just have to ask, in order to get what you want.  Here’s whats on my not-so-subtle holiday wish list.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, when your beauty sleep goes overtime.

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I’ve been looking for light color peachy nude lip opaque enough to go over my rose colored lips. Since I like that there’s a matching pencil and creamy lipstick in one hand, I think it’s time for me to try Tom Ford Lip Duo in color: Fling It On.

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It’s been a crummy year but there’s still time to save Christmas! For the fashionable trendsetter and beauty in your life, check out the full wish list for superstar gift ideas here

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Earth-Friendly Fashion Tips

greenwashing vs. commitment
There are several very small brands who have committed their practices to work towards sustainability.  Being locally made is one way a brand can be eco-friendly, because the carbon emissions from overseas shipping of the materials and garments is greatly reduced. On the other hand, big global brands use sustainability as  a title to stage another PR stunt to distract from their very questionable business practices. If these larger brands were truly interested in creating a sustainable product, they would show a commitment storewide. I am skeptical of the larger brands’ so-called sustainable side projects because they take credit away from the brands who have worked hard to make the commitment. Often undercutting the prices by using slave labor, the greenwashing actually makes it more difficult for the smaller brands to assert their sustainable products in the market at a fair price point.

Artisans- real vs. fake
How do you identify signs of real artisan-made details in clothing? Manufacturers have created machines to successfully mimic the effects of embroidery, appliqué, knitting, sequins and other embellishments originally done by hand.  What cannot be made by machine is crochet, beadwork, and draping. If something is in the former group, it my be mass produced at a lower price.  Generally, the poorer the quality, the shorter the lifespan of the clothing and the sooner it goes into a landfill. If you notice a technique that can only be done by hand, then the clothing is usually better quality, more valuable and the price will be higher.

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Local is Better
Mahatma Ghandi’s Swadeshi movement was devised to create a self-reliant local economy.
“According to the principle of swadeshi, whatever is made or produced in the village must be used first and foremost by the members of the village. Goods and services that cannot be generated within the community can be bought from elsewhere.”
One of the results of the movement in India was manual labor being respected, Swadeshi followers could weave their own cloth from a loom that was thought to be obsolete at the time. They set their own prices for the handmade cloth, and no longer needed to rely on Great Britain. Living the Swadeshi lifestyle also means eating locally sourced foods, and in that way it is a life that is in harmony with the natural world. It’s also very noticable that economics and eco-conscious often go hand in hand with this principle.

The Choice is Yours
On Earth Day and Every Day, you can choose better clothing for the earth by selecting clothes with artisan-made details. Steer clear of the PR circus and go for lesser known local brands that have chosen the high road to sustainability. Always buy something that was made nearby first before going to stores which carry imported clothes.  Last, make it a priority to buy quality items only to keep our clothing out of the landfills.

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