Warhol-Iday May Be Worth a Look

If you love Andy Warhol, or you’re really into Christmas, you’ll want to know about the current online sale by Christie’s auction house named “Warhol-iday.” The work that will be available for sale includes festive polaroids and seasonal illustrations. As Amelia Manderscheid, head of eCommerce for Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s said, “the work is very personal…[It was] pretty much all made for his own desire.”

The auction collection includes many holiday cards which were most likely from Warhol’s days illustrating for Tiffany & Co. Other notable items include Lot 91, a cookie tin that is decorated with poinsettias and a black and white photo of Keith Haring posing in a Santa suit.

Miami – The Place for Art in December

Photo by DomenicBlair

Photo by DomenicBlair

If you love art fairs, now is the time to come to Miami. As part of the Art Basel Miami Beach event, there will be more art events than you can imagine during the first week of December. Here is a taste of what’s coming:

From December 4-7 at the Miami Beach Convention Center you can enjoy the Art Basel in Miami Beach. The Aqua Art Miami is taking place at the Aqua Hotel from December 3-7 and the Design Miami will be at the Convention Center over the same days.

For something off the beaten path, check out the Ink Miami Art Fair also from December 3-7. This one will take place at 1850 Collins Avenue. The NADA Art Fair Miami Beach will be from the 4th to the 7th at the Deauville Beach Resort.

These are but a few of the many events happening in Miami at the beginning of the month.

Love Quilting?


As the winter approaches and we all look for comfort, people are drawn to quilting. For more information about quilting there is a wonderful resource at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Visitors to the museum can see the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. A local couple donated their 1000 piece quilt collection. The museum is a great opportunity for kids to see hand and machine made quilting techniques and to see objects that are used for folk art.

In total, the museum has 3500 quilts from 30 countries made over four centuries. These include doll, French, African-American and Amish quilts.

Art of the Brick Comes to Boston


Run, don’t walk, to enjoy ‘The Art of the Brick.’ This exhibit is touring the world and has now arrived at the Faneuil Hall Museum in Quincy Market.

Created by NYC-based artist Nathan Sawaya, the exhibit features art that is made…as you might have predicted….out of Lego. Sawaya’s sculptures use Lego bricks to bring all sorts of designs to life. You can’t play with his exhibits, but you can marvel at the time, creativity and energy that each sculpture has taken him.

The exhibit officially opens today and the tour is expected to remain in Boston until January 11, 2015 when it will then move to Alaska. Assuming you don’t want to trek to Alaska to look at Lego, you just might want to catch it now.

As the Lego website says, the exhibit is a place “Where kids are welcome, but not required.”

The Art of Food


Art comes in many forms, and while many people don’t consider food an art form – it certainly is. And if you’re in the Asheville area, you can enjoy the fall food festivals and dinners that are coming our way.

Asheville GreenWorks is having their second annual Root Ball at the “Boathouse” today. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and all sales will benefit Greenwork’s efforts to keep Asheville clean and green. Participants can expect gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, watermelon gazpacho, make-your-own sundae bars and more. Learn more at (www.ashevillegreenworks.org).

On September 21, people can enjoy oysters galore at Asheville’s Curve Studios and garden. It will benefit Arts for Life, which provides art lessons to patients of Mission Children’s Hospital. The event will include live music, an art display, a silent auction, oysters, barbecue and more. Tickets are $40 through September 21 at artsforlifenc.org/shuck.

The 27th Greek Festival will begin on September 26th and will include all the spanakopita you can eat, Greek folk dancing, cooking classes, jewelry making and more. It will take place at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and admission is free.

Affordable Art Fair Coming to NYC

The Affordable Art Fair started in 1999 when Will Ramsay wanted to bring art to the people without a huge price tag. At Will’s Art Warehouse in southwest London, he started bringing in unknown artists so that he could offer works from $100 to $5000.

The first fair launched in Battersea Park in October of 1999 and 10,000 people too advantage of buying affordable art. Now, the Affordable Art Fair takes place in cities around the world and over 1.4 million people have visited a Fair of this sort and purchased a whopping $339 million worth of art.

For those in New York, the Affordable Art Fair will be coming to The Tunnel from September 25-29, 2014. The fair will include 50 local and international galleries with amazing programs and buying opportunities.

Here is a video where the Fair is described in more detail:

Enjoy the Upcoming Kings Mountain Art Fair

dress by artist Anna Broenink

dress by artist Anna Broenink

Nestled in one of the most beautiful locations in California, the Kings Mountain Art Fair is definitely one that you shouldn’t miss. This annual event is held on Labor Day weekend and it benefits the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and other community activities. It is staffed by local volunteers. It is set among the redwoods and is celebrating 50 years of art and enjoyment.

The fair includes a Kiddie Hollow where children can make their own art at supervised booths.

There is also a firefighter booth where you can meet the firefighters and get a free blood pressure check.

Judged artists who are going to be part of the 2014 fair include: Joseph Battiato, Sumati Colpitts, Linda Fahey, Fox Garney and many others.

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

mtmitchellcraftsfair6If you happen to be around Burnsville on August 1 and 2, it is definitely worth the time to enjoy the Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair. More than 150 juried crafters display their wares in this angelic town square. Burnsville is 35 miles northeast of Asheville near Mt. Mitchell. The annual show includes work by artisans throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains and selections include jewelry, handmade quilts, wooden bowls, pottery, rustic furniture and more.

There is also fun live music along with the crafts. Scheduled acts this year include Road Tripp, Revolution Unseen, Doc Hill Bluegrass Band, Cloggers and many others.

As the Chamber of Commerce explains, “The nostalgic town square of Burnsville will once again be transformed into the best event east of the Mississippi, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. As you stroll up and down the “Norman Rockwell” streets lined with artist booths, you will find chairs and tables, hand hewn from rhododendron bushes and maple logs, seasoned blacksmiths producing everything from whimsical fairies to intricate candelabras. So, grab yourself a warm bag of fresh popped kettle corn and continue around the square and onto the side streets. You will see sparkling glass, gold, silver, and beaded jewelry, from the contemporary to the very traditional. Birdhouses, candles, soaps, and lotions available in every size and shape and we guarantee that you will find something that you like and must have. Our over 200 artists are as varied as the crafts that they produce and many will be working on their craft as you browse.”

Northern Kentucky: A Great Summer Get-Away

Few things are as fun as the summer art festival scene. And if you haven’t been to out-of-the-way Northern Kentucky in the summer, you may actually want to give this a try. Yes, this sounds a bit out of the way, but it’s truly a delight. Here is a list of some of the amazing festivals brewing in Northern Kentucky this summer.

23rd annual Italianfest: Come wine and dine like an Italian. The events kick off at the Bocce Ball Tournament at Pompilios Restaurant on June 11th. They continue from Thursday to Sunday. Get more information here: www.newportky.gov.

motorcycle rallyNewport Motorcycle Rally: This takes place from July 3-6 where you can participate in the contest for the best bike and enjoy live music, fireworks, prizes and more. This is at the Newport Festival Park and Newport on the Levee. See more here: www.newportmotorcyclerally.com.



Boone County Heritage Day and Chalkfest: You won’t want to miss this feast for the eyes on July 12th. Enjoy the sidewalk chalk art by local artists and see the vintage auto show sponsored by the Boone County Historical Museum. For more information, call859-371-5882.

Kentucky Art Outpost: July 25-27 you’ll be able to see some of the greatest art in Kentucky. Dozens of regional artists will come together to present their glass, photos, ceramics, jewelry and crafts. The event is at the World Peace Bell Park in Newport. Learn more here.www.southbankpartners.com. Phone: 859-655-7700.

These are just a few of the many great events Northern Kentucky has to offer this summer. This just might be the family get-away worth doing this year!

Shapell Manuscript Foundation Note Expresses Reagan’s Sadness at Kennedy Assassination

Hand-written note from Reagan to Mrs. Kennedy

Hand-written note from Reagan to Mrs. Kennedy

June 5, 1968 was a sad day in American history. After giving his victory speech upon winning the Democratic primary in California, Robert F Kennedy took a short cut through the kitchen of the famed Ambassador Hotel. Waiting for him was Arab assassin Sirhan Sirhan, present to express his hatred of the United States in general, and Kennedy in particular. Shots rang out, Kennedy was mortally wounded, and the country mourned a man who was not only considered a politician with integrity, but a man who at the time had 10 young children and a pregnant wife.

Among the country’s mourner’s was the Governor of California, Ronald Reagan. When he heard the terrible news, he quickly penned a short note to Ethel, Kennedy’s widow, expressing is sorrow and offering whatever help she might need. The note, part of the collection of the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, was obviously written quickly and in a state of severe concern for the welfare of Mrs. Kennedy. Though brief, the few words express a deep-felt sadness.

Mrs. Robt. Kennedy
I know there is little anyone can say at such a time but if there is anything we can do to be of help in any way please let us know.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nancy & Ronald Reagan
Good Samaritan Hospital
Los Angeles, Calif.

The note is an interesting and moving memento from a sad time in US history.