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Jennifer Davis + Gallery 360 (Minneapolis)

Jennifer Davis wrote in about a solo show she’s having at Gallery 360 in Minneapolis, Out On a Limb, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 2nd from 7-10pm.


Her work is so beautiful (oh, the colors!), I couldn’t resist using this as an excuse to share her talent with you. I think Mississippi (below) is my favorite, as I’ve always loved steamboats and paddle wheelers (the southerner in me)  and you don’t usually see these boats in a fresh, modern color palette like this one. Beautiful job, Jennifer!

Her show runs from June 2 – July 22, so if you live in the Minneapolis area, hop on over to Gallery 360, located at 3011 W 50th Street and tell me how gorgeous her work is in person and make me jealous because I can’t be there myself. ;)

Thank you Jennifer for writing in!

(images from jennifer davis)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets on May 21, 2007

Locals: SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market

This weekend officially kicks off Spring here in Boston with the SoWa Art Walk on Saturday and Sunday May 19-20, 2007 from 11-6. Yeah!


And while you’re in the South End checking out all that fabulous art in the mill buildings, head over to Chris’ gem, The South End Open Market, to mingle and shop all the artists, craftsmen, farmstands and other cool vendors as they open for the season, kicking things off on Saturday and Sunday from 10-4. Free parking and admission is yours at this open air feast for the eyes (and tummy!).


A few places on my list for the SoWa Art Walk:

Boxx Furniture: Custom designed furniture by Pablo and John, check out their furniture and let them help you create something you’ll love. You can find them all weekend long in their SoWa showroom located at 46 Waltham St., Studio #210.

Garage Sale: Gorgeous high-end furniture, art and jewelry that may not be marked at garage sale prices, but you can expect to score some things that you love for at least half of their original cost. This store is located at 55 Waltham Street.

Polly Becker’s illustration studio. Because a Holly Becker must meet a Polly Becker, right? Located at 258 Shawmut ave #5.

Design Salon Group Show “Five Females”, featuring Jennifer Hill from JHill Design, Ann Karash of mittenmitten, Kelly Smith of etcetera media, Jill Rosenwald of Rosenwald Ceramics, and Erica Von Sc of Vonica Designs. Total girl power at 46 Waltham St, Studio 305-A.


Simplemente Blanco – A must stop on my list. I can’t wait to visit with Fernanda and see what she’s been up to. I love her home accessories and soaps. Beautiful things. Don’t miss this studio. 46 Waltham St., Studio #203

Julie Shaw Lutts – Fantastic artist, can’t wait to visit her studio at 450 Harrison Ave, Studio 412-A.

Jennifer Hughes – Another amazing artist that I want to visit. I love the idea of walking around the South End all day from studio to studio, checking out all this beautiful work on display. We did it last year and had such a great time. 460 Harrison Ave.

Linda Cordner – Her encaustic work is beautiful, you have to check it out in person. 450 Harrison Ave., Studio 316-B.

And Yuko Adachi. I don’t know much about her work, but her website is so intriguing, I have to visit. Plus, anyone born in Tokyo and raised in Japan, Paris, London and the USA has to have a lot of cool energy. 450 Harrison Ave., Studio #228.

(images from jhill design (thanks jen!), south end open market, and sowa art walk)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets, shopping, travel on May 17, 2007

Wary Meyers: Tossed + Found

We all know and admire Wary Meyers for their paintings, gorgeous stencil work, and creative interior design and styling portfolio, but have you been keeping up with their Tossed + Found series in Time Out: New York? I recently stumbled upon it and it’s great, I mean, the potential these people find in items that were tossed on the streets of New York as trash…


Wary Meyers shows us all that a little TLC (and lots of imagination) goes a long way. In their column, they transform a discarded plastic urn into overhead lighting, a worn table into a bright white and orange gaming table, and many more cool transformation tricks found here in their Tossed + Found series. Best part, the articles tell you where the item was found, what they used to restore it and how, along with before and after pictures. Love this!


They recently tried something I thought was unique because it’s not about transforming trash — It’s something everyone can find and try themselves. The article, In Stores Special, was cool because they took something brand new and gave it a mini face lift. Like these stools found at Target for $60. With a little sandpaper and minwax, they gave them classroom charm that aged them and infused a lot of personality. It’s a nice mini project to try before you head out to the streets to dumpster dive and hit the fleas.

(images from time out new york)

Posted in events + markets on May 08, 2007

Local Outdoor Markets: May

This is YOUR space. Comment below with the local markets in your hood that you plan to attend during the month of May. Mine are listed for the Boston area. When you comment, list city, date, and event URL. This will benefit readers that live nearest to you. And who knows, you may meet a new friend to hang out with at the event! Oh, and if you are participating in a craft fair, shamelessly plug away!


Oh, a hunting we will go! Whether your space needs a quick pickup, or you’re looking to add quite a few new finds to your home, vintage and antiques from open air markets are a satisfying option. Here in New England, we shop according to the weather, which means most of us don’t get out much during the winter since we don’t have open air markets then. (It’s not Europe, cities can’t seem to get their act together and treat winter like a festive season with fun outdoor activities. Annoying!) So when temps warm up, New England slips into this flea market mentality. Everyone is either attending one, planning to set up a booth themselves, or making their own sale in their front yard, aka “yard” or “tag” sale.

For me, it’s fun to shop at flea markets and other open air events for several reasons. Health benefits for one. I can work on my tan and get some exercise. :) Then there’s the chance to mingle with the locals, learn from vendors, swap business cards, and eat all the calories I’m burning with a giant cone of drippy, gooey, ice cream. And of course, score a treasure or two.

Where am I headed this month? Brimfield (May 8-13), coastal Maine (weekends), and the South End Open Market (opening May 19 + 20, then every Sunday thereafter until the end of October). Next week, right before I hit Brimfield (May 8-13), I’ll post a “How To” guide here on decor8 showing you how I prepare for a big outdoor market, and of course, I’ll share with you photos from Brimfield, my finds, and I’ll be sure to list favorite vendors in case you plan on attending the next Brimfield event, scheduled for July 10-15 and again in September 4-9 (it’s held 3x per year). I already have plans for this event, but if you’d like to meet up when I’m there again in September, please let me know!

What about you? Where are you heading this month? Any outdoor events that you’d like to tell us about in your part of the world? Please do!

(image from the south end open market)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on May 03, 2007

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