November 30, 2009

Dwellings :: the exhibition closes soon

But there is still time -- today is the last day of our 10% off + free shipping sale, so pop by and scoop up some pretty amazing work for you or yours from Mike Lewis, Melanie Ford Wilson and Amanda Woodward! Oh yes, bonus - still available: 50$ prints from Alexandra Morrow! Just use the phrase "poppytalk" in the checkout.

Abigail and Ryan :: housewares!

from the Abigail*Ryan housewares - helicopter in ink abigail*ryan photo
Over at Facebook I have been watching and waiting for Abigail and Ryan to release their new housewares lineup! Well, today is the day... These two have cooked up some real beauty in the housewares department! Their new pillows and really gorgeous tea towels caught my attention this morning - check the whole line up here at their big cartel shop. I wouldn't mind in the least finding a few of these delightful towels in my stocking this year!

Our 50th Show!

Our 50th Show!, originally uploaded by artstreamstudios.

Back from a wonderful long weekend celebrating my favorite holiday of them all - Thanksgiving! I hope you weekends were special in someway to you too. It's Monday and the last day of the month (where did it go?) and we are winding up for a new show our 50th!
Linda Plaisted and Megan Bogonovich -- along with the IPS 2! Loads of great art work to enrich your life and to gift the same wonderful feeling to others!
Previews coming today at our flickr!

November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is official get ready day for Thanksgiving in our house. I cook all the possible side dishes that I can today and bake bread so the turkey can have full reign in the oven tomorrow. It works and I was so pleased to find that some of the NY Times recipes I scooped from Jenn Judd Mcgee's twitter are simple and divine. Old stand-by dishes will be sitting next to our new found friends on the table of plenty and a sprinkling of snow will add to our ambiance it seems too tomorrow! Family and friends will be joining us and I for one am so very thankful for so very much this year.
artstream will be open as ususal on Friday and Saturday with some special new items both online in the shop and live in the gallery - all at 10% off until the month's end! Drop by and until then, happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2009

Megan Bogonovich : new work

Here is a peek at one of Megan's new sculptures for our next exhibit! It's entitled Picnic. Very excited to show the other new works including a Yellow Brick Road... The work is based around little worlds. Places to go, people to see, thoughts to think.

Poppytalk : Holiday Gift Market

Happy Monday all! Hope that your weekend was a brilliant as mine. So much to do at this time of year, with family, friends and cooking. I hope to share a little bit of all of it with you this week leading up to my favorite holiday of them all, Thanksgiving. This morning I already have prepared the cranberries - I really love the way they look in the pot, the hand and the bog, their alizarin red just sparkles! Tomorrow will pick up the Turkey for brining, and daughter Grace from college, so baking will have to wait until Wednesday. We are having 12 guests for the holiday so it should be a lot of fun this year - and the weather calls for snow! It doesn't get better than this in New Hampshire. Of course I will have to come back and read this post mid March when I am tearing my hair out with the copious amounts of snow we will have then.

A new show is coming up next week in our gallery so stay tuned to see some peeks of it. It's going to be an amazing double header! IPS 2 and Wandering the Treeline. OoooOOoooh.

November 20, 2009

The Light of November

This morning the color of the sky was so unique. It felt everything like a November morning. Now? It is sunny and springlike with rain and rainbows (missed that beautiful shot) and April like. Who knew global warming would be like this?

November 18, 2009

Lesa Morrisey :: Fishbelly Rugs

Here is Lesa in action, working on a new rug of her own design. Lesa is an artist who has formally trained in painting and printmaking, has created sculptures with her wool hooking and now chooses wool rug hooking as her medium. Pop over to the shop to view some of her latest works!

November 17, 2009

The Perfect Leaf

Last night's frost gave me a chance to take a closer look at the few remaining leaves mulching around the garden beds. One (of a few...) stray ones landed on the recycled boards on the foot paths between our beds. The frost has a nice way of outlining all the patterns on the leaves and this one caught my eye. Working hard on the new shows soon to appear at artstream. Beautiful breathtaking work from Megan Bogonovich and Linda Plaisted plus the bonus of IPS 2. Stay tuned!

November 16, 2009

In the yard

Keeping with the nonart posts today -- hope you don't mind! I had to steal a little photo of the castoff watering can with the dried on the plant silverfloss. It just got me in the mood for November. And that is saying a whole lot. I am not a fan of November. But this year I am. The warm days and very little grey has pushed all my outdoor buttons into high gear. It's so pretty. It's so warm. It's so September just in time for Thanksgiving. Which really really really is my favorite holiday of them all. What did you find outside today?


Happy Monday! What a wonderful weekend we had this past three days. We slipped off on Friday afternoon to visit daughter Grace at college to attend a parent meeting about her next semester abroad in Rennes, France! She is very excited as this has been a dream of hers since high school. As she is majoring in both French and English, this semester will be dedicated just to her French major - something which she has dreamed of doing since she was 14. So despite our rainy Saturday we enjoyed the other corner of our pretty state! Upon coming home, I started thinking about using up our last bushel of apples. As a family we tend to consume a lot of applesauce or "apfelmus" (as Rainer calls it)- so I got right to work. I have decided to add a little photo recipe part to this blog and my flickr account, so you can explore some of our culinary adventures with us. Later tonight I will be canning or freezing the sauce and will supply directions on the flickr set for that. I hope you will enjoy the applesauce and try making it as it's so very easy!

November 13, 2009

People and Places :: Theme week

stone house uganda Alexandra Morrow

evening falls rita vindedzis

london cafe angela gwinner
People and places are our Friday picks of the Theme week. There are so many beautiful places and people to choose from it's the hardest choice of the week. Alexandra Morrow's Ugandan Stone house is so beautiful. Rita's evening skyline is soft yet urban and Angela Gwinner has a way with the black and white photograph which can melt your heart. They are full of the take you away feelings which good art can do.

November 12, 2009

enhabiten :: bird of paradise pillow

oh my! this lovely vintage bird of paradise pillow from enhabiten is over the top for me with flower goodness. in a good way. subtle and lovely, made in nh (extra bonus points!) and has some tassels which give the edges a perfect yummy finish. I just love it! Go ahead and stroll through some more of her vintage beauty at the etsy shop right here and see her home at design sponge! tomorrow's theme? surprise! wait and see....

Amy Rice and omondieu:flowers!

omondieu! red daisy ring
zinnia on envelope by Amy Rice

I couldn't miss out in showing you the omondieu fall flowers ... to wear on your finger, or jacket to love! And Amy Rice's beautiful zinnias!

Theme week:: Flowers Day!

Today's theme is flowers. Will let the photos and links do the talkin' today. Have a beautiful one- we are having one right here in happytown ... just love that name.

November 11, 2009

Katie Runnels :: beautiful birds

Katie Runnels photo Winter bird's nest assemblage
I love Katie Runnels work with or without birds. But this bird nest has me swooning! psst:Christmas is coming... See more of her lovely works at her etsy and website. Sigh!

Theme week :: more birds

new series, originally uploaded by artstreamstudios.

A new bird from my ink collection...

Theme week:: Birds!

Birds today are the theme and I had to start with Lisa Congdon's lovely Indigo Bunting. More birds below in three dimensional work too! Stay tuned, I am a bird watcher today and have more pretties up my sleeve!

looped raptor :: abby glassenberg

Tomorrow? Flowers! More birds to follow these today ...

November 10, 2009

Theme week:: found objects in art

First Heather Smith Jones with "Listening Rock" a beautiful mixed media print you can see more about right here,

Helle Jorgensen - Plastic Detritus IV lino cut This idea for Helle's work came from the objects which wash up on her beach. Makes you take pause, doesn't it? More found object art to come ...

Oh the art of the found object. So vast, so interesting, so appealing on so many levels.

November 09, 2009

Nick Bazzani :: dogs!

More animals today from Nick Bazzani. I love his photographs, his dogs especially make me giggle. They show the personality of the animal. His work is shot mostly in Italy which of course make the scenes much more lush and the light just a little more special. Check them all out here. You won't be sorry! These prints make a great gift as they are already matted and mounted... just ask for the gift wrap option on the notes to us when ordering!

Theme week:: Animal Art!

Hello Monday! How was your weekend? We had a fun time with the NH Open Doors event all weekend. See our flickr account for some photos - I was busy so I took some early on and didn't get as many as I would have liked. But on to our theme week 1!
For this week and next, I thought that we might mix it up a bit here. We are going to feature work each day on a theme. Today is animal day! Starting with the seafaring creatures.
First up: Mati Rose's beautiful whale and Melanie Wilson's mermaid - not exactly an animal, but beautifully aquatic!
Stay tuned for more animals throughout the day. Tomorrow? Found objects. Send me your work about found objects!
Enjoy these last days of pretty autumn with no snow on the ground -- yet!

November 05, 2009

my paintings on Poppytalk !

Thanks to Jan for posting about my new work. It's always a thrill to be seen on her beautiful blog.
The skies are turning a typical New England November grey today so I will have to make my own sunshine in the studio. We are preparing for the big Handmade Art Fair, which I am pretty excited about! I do hope you will get to pop by on Saturday or Sunday to see us!

November 04, 2009

The Handmade Art Fair :: this Saturday!

Yes! It's back - our Holiday Handmade Art Fair is arriving this weekend on Saturday and Sunday! As part of our participation in New Hampshire Open Doors, we invited our artists and a few guest artists to join us for a weekend of fine art, fine crafts, poetry and music! We have live music from a violinist, poetry readings from the Poet Society of NH, delicious local goodies and a huge selection of gifts for yourself and your loved ones from very affordable to the very very special. Free gift wrapping, with your purchases and a very festive atmosphere at artstream will be felt throughout the weekend! For directions to the studio click here and call us for more info at 603-330-0333.

November 03, 2009

Ginger Pear Cake!

Good morning! It's a lovely fall day out there and we are going to take a trip over to Keene to visit Grace at college. Before going off though, I thought I would share a new recipe I made up yesterday. It started off with a very ripe pear. They had to be eaten so I thought I would try and make a small coffee style cake from them.
Here is the recipe as much as I can remember - I threw it together, so it might be a little more of this or that, but you will get the idea as you go.

Cut up one or two very large anjou pears into bite size pieces.
1 cup plus a little more of White Wheat King Arthur Flour
1 6ox cup of vanilla yogurt
1tsp of powdered ginger or grated fresh ginger
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
a little milk to make a batter out of it!
1 and 1/2 tap baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
a little milk to make a batter out of it if it is too stiff.
Stir it up and pour it into a 6x9 inch pan. Cook at hot temp 375 until browned on top and toothpick comes out clean. It will be moist, but not sticky, sweet but not overly. We loved it. Let me know how it works out if you make it... enjoy today. It's a beautiful one!

November 02, 2009

Concord Arts Market :: Making the Mural

Oh my what fun we had this weekend. I think it was the best Halloween ever! It all started with a fun night of trick or treat and handing out 300 pieces of candy to the little ones in our neighborhood and the ones which bused in for the Hallow's Eve event. Mary Jo and Cilla came over as they have no doorbell ringers in their neighborhoods - and they brought wine. A good time was had by all! Saturday Chloe and I headed out to Concord to the fabulous Concord Arts Market to It's not perfect, but you can get the idea. Saturday night we took three little Greek Goddesses to the Portsmouth Halloween Parade. Mob scene, but fun. Note to six and a half foot dude in fake lederhose: you didn't need to stand on a chair in front of everyone...
Great time was had by all and the 70F weather didn't hurt one little bit! Sunday was spent picking up a new bed and general homey maintenance which was sorely needed after the busy week. What did you do for Halloween?