Happy Day After Mother's Day!

Happy (Belated) Mothers Day!

4 Generations

4 Generations

In honor of Mothers Day having been this past weekend, I decided to share one of my favorite family pictures depicting my maternal lineage.  That fuzzy potato on my grandma Pauline's lap is me and on either side are my great grandma Pearl and my Mama.  I thank them for their lessons, patience, grace under challenging circumstances and funky style.

For the last couple of weeks, I've been visiting Mom and Dad on Long Island.  So, between the impossible array of events and get togethers that come up when one goes back home for any amount of time, I've managed to squeeze in a mini visit here and there of some of my old stomping grounds and discover new spots, as well.  Of course, several of these outings involved catching some great art exhibitions.

Here are some shots from my recent adventures. They include photos of downtown Huntington, the local tulip festival, an opening reception for Stanko's Happy Trails at the Ripe Gallery, an exhibition of Long Island's most talented high school artists at the Heckscher Museum, and both the Kenny Scharf exhibition and the Glamorous Graffiti exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Heckscher Pond , Huntington, New York

Heckscher Pond, Huntington, New York

Downtown Huntington

Downtown Huntington

Downtown Huntington   

Downtown Huntington  

Downtown Huntington

Downtown Huntington

16th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival

16th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival

Huntington Tulip Festival, Heckscher Park

Huntington Tulip Festival, Heckscher Park

Opening Reception, Stanko's  Happy Trails , Ripe Art Gallery

Opening Reception, Stanko's Happy Trails, Ripe Art Gallery

Heckscher Museum

Heckscher Museum

Long Island's Best Young Artists  at Heckscher Museum

Long Island's Best Young Artists at Heckscher Museum

Meagan McClinchey,  Inner Demons,  Digital Photograph

Meagan McClinchey, Inner Demons, Digital Photograph

Natalia Bermeo,  Pachamama,  Pastel

Natalia Bermeo, Pachamama, Pastel

Shaina Tabak,  Rock Paper Scissors,  Acrylic on canvas

Shaina Tabak, Rock Paper Scissors, Acrylic on canvas

Blair Rohan,  Family Dinner,  Digital photograph

Blair Rohan, Family Dinner, Digital photograph

Long Island's Best Alumni Exhibition,  Heckscher Museum

Long Island's Best Alumni Exhibition, Heckscher Museum

Grounds of Nassau County Museum of Art

Grounds of Nassau County Museum of Art

Grounds of Nassau County Museum of Art

Grounds of Nassau County Museum of Art

work by Kenny Scharf, Nassau County Museum of Art

work by Kenny Scharf, Nassau County Museum of Art

works by Kenny Scharf, Nassau County Museum of Art

works by Kenny Scharf, Nassau County Museum of Art

work by Kenny Scharf, Nassau County Museum of Art

work by Kenny Scharf, Nassau County Museum of Art

work by Kenny Scharf, Nassau County Museum of Art

work by Kenny Scharf, Nassau County Museum of Art

Kenny Scharf,  Pop Renaissance , Nassau County Museum of Art

Kenny Scharf, Pop Renaissance, Nassau County Museum of Art

Kenny Scharf, close up of  Pop Renaissance , Nassau County Museum of Art

Kenny Scharf, close up of Pop Renaissance, Nassau County Museum of Art

Jean-Michel Basquiat,  Third Street,  1984

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Third Street, 1984

work by Lee Quiñones

work by Lee Quiñones

CRASH,  Graffiti Painting

CRASH, Graffiti Painting

Keith Haring,  Red and Black Painting,  1983

Keith Haring, Red and Black Painting, 1983

Futura, Untitled, 1986

Futura, Untitled, 1986

Futura,  Spiral Finish,  1984

Futura, Spiral Finish, 1984

Already Decem-brrrr?

Hello, My Goose-Bumped Readers.

The most stressful month is upon us. Time to be merry while fending off grumpy shoppers with their screaming toddlers in crowded malls. Or, if you're like me, sit in front of a computer screen with the mood altering beverage of your choice and click on the perfect gifts without the mind numbing addition of Christmas carols (I'm convinced that it's the Christmas carols that elicit the emotional response in otherwise reasonable people to go to blows over a Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa doll or gaming console.). Exercise caution while caroling!

Anyhoo, in the spirit of the season, I've decided to put together the first annual thefoxcraft 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Enjoy and jingle all the way!

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Make good use of all that time frittered away on Instagram by giving framed pics to your loved ones.

Here's something for the crafty DIYer in your life.

And, this is another DIY kit that allows you to print your own images on fabric, or wood!

How great would it be to offer an inexpensive home theater option for the movie lover in your life?

Wouldn't a family tintype be such a lovely step up from the holiday photos we did in the back of department stores?

What photographer doesn't need smart back-up solutions?

This would make a nice hostess gift for the poor sap whose turn it is to open their home to this year's family chaos.

If you'd like to give a gift that makes a real difference and touches upon the charitable spirit of this time of year, the Kiva card could be a good option.

If you or anyone you know has ever been in need of a charge and let down by the less than ample Apple cord, than this stocking stuffer is gonna be appreciated! (For bonus points, try saying "less than ample apple" five times fast.)

Even if they are glued to monitors all day, you can get your loved ones off their butts.

This nifty device can be customized to monitor your commute traffic, weather, email, calendar, social media networks, and more.

An instant camera is always a hit at holiday parties! And, this one is a looker.

This activity tracker doesn't only keep you informed of your steps and sleep quality. If you and your bed partner have different alarms, it wakes you up by vibrating on your wrist instead of an infernal buzzer.

Use this tote bag to hold all the great holiday swag you receive.

If you know an art collector or are one yourself, than getting an original work from the Yellow House Gallery December Art Salon & Show would be a fantastic idea! The opening reception is tonight and the work will be up all month. Hope to see you there!

And, if a hefty dose of "Bah Humbug" is more your bag, than perhaps you'd be more interested in the 2 holidays that you can celebrate today without shopping. I may end up combining my celebration of Repeal Day and Bathtub Party Day into one happy multitasking event. Cheers.

 

Upcoming Art Salon Show & Sale

Hello, Dear Readers and Art Appreciators.

I just wanted to send out a quick little announcement about the upcoming December Art Salon and Sale at the Yellow House Gallery.

This exhibition will feature the works of over 20 artists - local, international, and me!

So, come on down to the opening reception if you can on Friday December 5th to support the artists, mingle, and enjoy art with a glass of wine. 

I look forward to seeing you there!

You can find all the details below.

December Art Salon and Holiday Sale

runs from December 5th until the 20th, 2014


OPENING RECEPTION
Friday December 5th, 6:30-9:30

Artists will be in attendance.

participating artists: Jacques Albert, Andre Kan, Melissa Espina, Brenda Clews, Judy McKenna, Donna Gordon, Musa Musa, Choi Ka-Eun Jane Hur, David Cumming, Earl Elowsky, Gail Gregory, Nola McConnan, Nazli Nahidi, Vashty Hawkins, Kathy Vatcher, Carol Steinberg, David Brandy, Felicity Somerset, Anthony Smerek, Reuben Looyenga, Ann Somers, Shyla Tibando, Jennifer Hosein, Amy Siegel, Lisa Fox, Michaela Nessim, Colin Asuncion, Reuben Looyenga, Norman Allan

The Yellow House Gallery, 921 Kingston Road, Toronto Ontario, M4E 1S6.  Phone 416-792-8460.

The opening reception will coincide with Tis the Season on Kingston Road. So, there will be all sorts of Christmas time events and businesses will be open late.