Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Art - Lisa Segal

White Shift, 2013
mixed media
30"h x 34"w x 9"d

Artist - Poet - Writer - communicating her truth through material, be it letters making words, paint on canvas, sculpture, or a red ball in the depth of her heart. Let's just say Frank Stella and Jackson Pollack had a girl and it's Lisa.

A member of the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective, Lisa Segal lives and breathes in Los Angeles and shows her art in #dtla Gallery StudioEleven, in the LA Mart building on Broadway and Washington.

Here is the link to THIS Sunday, December 14th opening reception:

Who Is the Maker? An Artist's Statement

A full-color foray into the artistic process 
of Los Angeles assemblage sculptor/poet Lisa Segal, 
wherein sculpture, poetry, and prose intermingle.

Available at Bombshelter Press:  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cashmere Socks - The Best from Scotland Johnstons of Elgin

Want to keep your feet cozy this winter? Want to give an utterly girl gift?

These classic and luxurious anklets from the best cashmere factory in Scotland are hard to find in California.

Johnstons of Elgin has been manufacturing since 1797 and knows all about cashmere. They can be worn turned down as anklets, or rolled up under trousers to conceal any gap when sitting.

Five colours available: (the grey is the softest)

One size.

Launder in mild detergent in cold water, then dry flat on a towel. NEVER put in a dryer.

And remember, cashmere is a luxury fiber that is soft, and if you get addicted, and wear them often, you will see the ankles wear. I've gone through dozens of pairs.

Order today.

$56. a pair plus California sales tax. Email me.

Books Worth Reading - A Passion for Flowers by Carolyne Roehm

Carolyne Roehm created this wonderful book a while ago, but because it is organized by the seasons, I find myself getting lost right now in autumn. Go ahead, take a look, just click on the Amazon link below.

And to quote the great artist Claude Monet through Ms. Roehm:
                           "More than anything I must have flowers, always, always."

Friday, September 26, 2014

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - The Arts District - Part 2


 Between 1st Street and 4th Place to the East of South Alameda Street is the other side of the #artsdistrict in #dtla.

Take a walk and you will find pies and coffee, galleries and the Thursday afternoon farmer's market, sushi and sheets, bars and sculpture, retail stores and the general atmosphere of something un-Los Angeles….a little grittier.

This side of the arts district leaves you feeling as if there is a new discovery in our fair city, although I have to say, I draw the line at rattlesnake and rabbit sausage.

Go figure. It's the best seller.

the pie hole

 Be a pinball wizard at Arcade Eighty Two. Easy to pass by in the day, stand on line at night.

Apolis: Common Gallery

Great shop with original clothing and the best heavy linen bag I've seen.
Any kind of sausage, belgian fries and dessert you want PLUS American, Belgian and German beer. 

& Pens Press -  the BEST store and gallery with plenty of places to sit down and linger.

Matteo for excellent bedding. We LOVE it.

Hammer and Spear. Great design store.

Keep walking and you will find the Southern California Institute of Architecture, 
better known as Sci-Arc., fabulous views back to the financial district, and the bridge over to East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue. But don't walk. 
This is Los Angeles, you simply have to drive. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - The Arts District - Part 1

It started with Bestia.

and the lofts kept popping and the arts district  kept changing with beautiful old buildings transforming into cool-gritty-interesting film shooting-residential-coffee drinking places.

Now there is Urban Radish

where you can park an electric car, buy delicious prepared food, or cook for yourself. They have a great wine selection, and places to sit outdoors and stare at the Biscuit building all lit up at night.

Zinc Cafe the Orange County group is now open on Matteo with a lovely outdoor patio that feels like the south of France. Food, full bar, shop and events to help the locals.

Next door, San Francisco's Blue Bottle Coffee recently opened grinding the beans and serving up an extra special Joe. I wonder what can they do to make it better, but they do.

The Lucky Brand building lights up this side of the Arts District for some drive by eye candy, along with film locations, the flea market, graffiti everywhere, Urth Cafe a few left over clothing manufacturers and Church and State in the Biscuit Building.

Part 1.

This part of the #artsdistrict on the south side of 4th Street has upscale eating and a gritty liveliness that has bloomed and is growing.

All the neighborhoods that make up Los Angeles are growing. Thankfully that means restoration in downtown, although it is worrisome to long time residents. See the Los Angeles Times recent article below.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Art - Storm King Art Center

In New York?

Just an hour and a half drive from Manhattan, set in 500 acres of the Hudson Valley is the lovely Storm King Art Center.

More than 100 sculptures and installations are sited across fields, hills and woodlands including, among dozens of others, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Claes Oldenburg, David Smith, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Goldsworthy's STORM KING WALL, built 1997-98, the reason for my trip.

Walk meadows, climb museum hill, picnic on Johnny Swing's NICKEL COUCH, marvel though Maya Lin's STORM KING WAVEFIELD, as you breathe sky, sing green, wave a piece of sleep where you watched your grandmother cook, and taste the colour of the remembrance of your own dream.  I've been waiting years to get there.

Yes, there are lots of photos, more than usual, but it's a HUGE place.

British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy's stone wall rings the trees as they stand. Andy Goldsworthy, OBE.

The wall submerges and comes up the other side.