Monday, July 25, 2016

Events ~ The Newport Antiques Show ~ Middletown

Newport Antiques Show
St. George's School
Middletown, Rhode Island

Megan and I popped down to the 10th Newport Antiques Show on Saturday, and spent a couple of hours wandering the stalls. There were vendors and experts from all around the Northeast, as near as Newport and as far away as England. The array of state license plates in the parking lot was just as eclectic.

More than 40 exhibitors showcased wares ranging from books, large and small:
This bookcase spanned a full wall
This photo album is also a locket
To items practical and decorative, beautiful and dangerous.
Handbags (also admired by PattyJ)
l'art moderne
sampler/family record
Guns 'n Poses

 We loved seeing it all, and imagining what we'd take home with us. I don't think there was anything less than 100 years old. Megan and I loved seeing the vignettes set up in some of the furniture stalls, ranging from the 1700s to 1915.

One thing that caught my eye was a type of frame that we saw on prints in several stalls. It might Verre Eglomisé (gilded glass), but I'm not sure.

We were also charmed by a display from the Newport Historical Society.

I think it's fair to say that much of the offerings would be out of reach for the average consumer, but it's a wonderful opportunity to explore antiques of all types from the region, and to dream big dreams. Or maybe find that perfect investment piece.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Artists ~ Catherine Van Lancker ~ Newport

Artist’s name: Catherine Van Lancker
Shop name: CatherineVanLancker
Twitter: cvanlancker
Facebook: cvanlancker
Pinterest: cvanlancker
Instagram: cvanlancker

1. Tell us about your work
I am an artist and a teacher living and working in Rhode Island. I create original etchings, add hand painted watercolor to the originals, and then have beautiful archival prints made. I also have the original etchings available for sale upon request.

My other love is plein aire painting - painting directly outdoors using oil paint on canvas. My subjects spring from the beautiful coastal landscape where I live. I have many large, original paintings for sale upon request.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Nope, it's just my name.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have been an artist for my entire life. My undergraduate study was in illustration at RISD and painting at Massachusetts College of Art, followed by graduate work in painting at Pratt Institute and art education at RI College. For several years, I ran a successful small business manufacturing and marketing fine art products. I have worked as an ad agency art director.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I am an avid fisherman and love to be on the water and outdoors. (Especially in the summer!)

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
I love painting!

6. What’s your best seller?
Probably my prints...striped bass, oysters, blue crabs, quahogs....

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I have lived in RI since I was 9 years old. I moved around for awhile but returned for good 16 years ago.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I love how RI is just like a big town. I love that you can see the water from nearly everywhere in the state.

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners?
I love Newport!

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
Just do it!

11. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
Every person is an artist...everyone has art inside of them.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sights ~ RI Holocaust Memorial ~ Providence

RI Holocaust Memorial
Providence Greenway/Memorial Park
Providence, Rhode Island

I was moved when I read about the dedication of the RI Holocaust Memorial last summer. The description made it sound like a quiet, meditative place, so I put off going for awhile, to avoid the initial crowds.

When I finally did go, it was quiet. Just a couple of people on that late afternoon, taking a silent stroll.

Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial
Most paused at the entrance to read the inscription, a quote from Roman Kent, a Holocaust survivor.

The path through the Entrance Gate resembles train tracks, an eerie symbol for anyone even remotely familiar with the transportation of the Nazi's "undesirables." 
Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial
The path narrows, and six spires surround the end point, symbolizing the sharp decrease in numbers of the victims, and giving a ghostly sense of the claustrophobia of the camps. To look beyond the Memorial is to see the rest of the world through black bars. There are six spires to represent the six million Jewish people who died.

Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial
At the end of the path sits the gray granite Life Stone, which represents the survivors. It stands for the solidity of faith. To me it also seems lonely; the isolation of how few remain. It resembles the stones often seen on Jewish graves. Clearly others see it as a marker, because they've put their own remembrance stones on it.

You may notice that the link to the site contains the phrase "Yad Vashem." 
The name "Yad Vashem" is taken from a verse in the Book of Isaiah: "Even unto them will I give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off" (Isaiah 56:5 ). The World Holocaust Memorial is called "yad vashem" (Biblical Hebrew יָ֣ד וָשֵׁ֔ם yād wā-šêm), which conveys the idea of establishing a national depository for the names of Jewish victims who have no one to carry their name after death.