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Feathering the Nest

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You know, it’s pretty simple.  Good food and drink, lively people, and thought-provoking art.  All at my house this Saturday night, and all for the benefit of Rockport festivals.

For those who like a bit more meat on the bones:

There is a lot of art going on in our area, and seagulls aren’t de rigeur in all of it.  Not that there’s anything wrong with seagulls, it’s just high time we celebrated other motifs artists employ in our midst.

Which is why Sarah Kelly of The Roving Home put together a rollicking night of local contemporary art, nosh, a touch of moonshine, and dubbed the whole thing Art Now Rockport.  I’ll have the shortest commute, but the truth is I’d travel far for the lineup Sarah put together.

She’s gathered five contemporary artists and a bona fide New York art wrangler, Lydia Kutko, to shed some light on local contemporary art.  Lydia lives, breathes and sleeps art.  She has deep ties to this area, and even deeper ties to the wider art world.  I predict her take on what’s going on locally will be fiery, fun and impassioned.  Check out Good Morning Gloucester’s video interview with Lydia for a sneak peak of what she’s all about.

It all boils down to new art and good times.

I hope you can make it.

P.S. Keep an eye on Art Now Rockport’s blog for artist profiles throughout the week.

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A Red & Pink New England Babyshower

July 14, 2011 Feathering the Nest
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{The table, in Amy’s good friend Sara’s back yard.  Sara was my cohost extraordinaire and provided three crucial party elements: space, flowers, and wine.} When you’re throwing one of your best friends a baby shower, and her favorite color is blue, and she’s having a girl, and she’s a super talented interior designer for whom […]

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Brimfield Antique Show: Instant Collections

May 26, 2011 Feathering the Nest
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{Some Brimfield finds sort easily into collectible categories.  And then there’s the metal dollhouse and the elephantine ceramic eggs.} If you’ve never been to the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, MA, hold onto your hats. It’s the largest outdoor antique show in the world.  Three times a year, over 6,000 dealers gather in 23 fields […]

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Discovery: Wells Maritime Art

May 23, 2011 Feathering the Nest

{Kurt Ankeny’s “Cloudy Sunset” at Wells Maritime Art} Where we live, our natural blessings are many. A rough coastline. An ever-changing sea, serving as the backdrop against which fishing vessels push their bows and sailboats glide. A specific afternoon light, like so much champagne poured over the boats and buildings. Over the years, artists have […]

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Closet Tip: Use Corkboard

April 1, 2011 Fashion
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Magazines are rife with pictures of luxurious closets: jewel-box rooms with reams of gilt-edged drawers, and enough crystal dripping from the ceiling to blind a Baccarat salesperson.  Everything’s put away and sparkly. Where’s the utilitarianism?  I’d rather (oh yes, we’re talking dream closet here, a fantasy rivaled only by lottery-wining reveries) have spacious hanging racks […]

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Irish Find: Stephen Pearce Pottery

March 30, 2011 Feathering the Nest
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{Pottery by Stephen Pearce} We stayed at a remarkable guest house in Dingle – something between a B&B and a small hotel, but more on that later – where one of the highlights was tucking into porridge (rhubard syrup? but of course!) served in this fine pottery by Stephen Pearce. Heartier serving pieces seem right […]

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In Profile: Sana of Pip & Estella Boutique

March 8, 2011 Feathering the Nest
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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Sana, the proprietor of Pip & Estella, and blogger of So Does Estella. You might remember reading a thing or two about her shop before.  What can I say, I’m a sucker for well-priced vintage home goods.  Plus, there’s new news to tell: Sana’s recently […]

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Matchbook Issue 2: Spring On

March 2, 2011 Fashion

The second issue of Matchbook Magazine dropped into our digital laps yesterday, promising to put a spring in our steps and delivering quite handily.  The classics with a twist keep on coming. I’m dying for the Old Navy striped tee, and Chance’s wide-striped nautical tank, pages 80 and 22 respectively.  My mother will be pleased […]

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Selling Out to the Repro Man: Record Player Edition

February 18, 2011 Feathering the Nest
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Crosley Portable USB Turn Table, $160 After much research and musings on music players vintage and new, we finally pulled the trigger on a new record player that looks vintage.  I know, I know: super lame.  But hear me out. 99% of the time I advocate buying the Real Thing, but in this instance I”ll […]

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2011 Comeback: Unpainted Wood Trim

February 18, 2011 Feathering the Nest
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Rue Issue 3 Here’s a thing that seems to be happening: people are leaving their wood trim stained rather than painted. The au naturel approach cropped up in recent issues of Lonny and Rue (plus one additional editorial of a CA interior designer or decorator’s chic, laid back, vintage-filled home which for the life of […]

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