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Salvador and Gala Dalí would approve

Who would have thunk that when you look at a Spring egg, you could ponder Salvador and Gala springing from an egg on the Costa Brava in Spain? Early performance art at its best. Check it out here!


Touring the city of Venice

Glass, lace beads and paper. Our Montessori students examined a Murano glass vase made with black glass infused with smaller colorful pieces of glass. We looked at hand woven lace. We created our own marbled paper which was later turned into bookmarks and electric votive candles. All while touring the city of Venice in our imaginations!marbled paper

A Most Romantic Museum in Paris Evokes Passionate Love

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By: Jen

If you’ve seen the recent film Midnight In Paris, you will recognize the rose garden with Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker. His cameo scene includes actor Owen Wilson and friends admiring his beauty. The Musée Rodin is a most romantic museum. It is small and accessible, surrounded by gardens. Within the garden, Le Café Du Musée offers a place to relax and dine. The museum shop sells many fabulous books and I loved their jewelry so much that I purchased two pieces for myself. The perfect gift for my husband was a porcelain espresso cup with a Rodin sketch found inside the cup! I had not one person but myself for this visit. It was a time for quiet contemplation.

You Feel His Heartache
The Musée Rodin is located in the former Hotel Biron which was one of Rodin’s residences. You can see the Eiffel Tower from the rose garden. The museum collection pays homage to Rodin’s form of the human condition. There are moments where you feel his heartache. Rodin was also a voracious illustrator, creating over 7800 drawings in his lifetime. He was a collector of beautiful antiquities. A van Gogh painting hangs in one of the salons.

Camille Claudel Is The Eternal Idol
Much of Camille’s work is shown on the first floor of the museum. Camille and Auguste had a profound influence on each other. To learn more about Camille why not rent the movie Camille Claudel. It is very emotional but just being in the Musée Rodin is emotional in of itself!

Intuitively We Know He Is The Thinker
The Thinker was originally conceived as a doorway element in a much larger schematic that Rodin was creating, for a decorative arts museum. Rodin’s Thinker is Dante, the author of the Divine Comedy. He sits above, contemplating his work over all the characters in the doorway composition.

After my trip, I showed photos of The Thinker in it’s rose garden environment to my Montessori students, along with three hand sculptures that are displayed inside the museum. We discussed what a sculpture can be made of and the differences in texture. I asked our students what the first sculpture was about. They intuitively knew that he was “thinking”. The explanations are indicative to the age group. Maybe he was thinking about basketball, a friend’s party that he was to attend, or about the next piece of art that he was going to create. This is my favorite part of our lessons! The children relate to the art in the context of their own lives and own personal experiences. They have a lot of ideas and make connections with the art. Some remembered seeing this image in other places like on a cd cover or in their dentist’s office! Getting comfortable talking about art will enable our children to feel confident when stepping through the doors of an art museum as they mature into adulthood.

79 rue de Varenne
75007 Paris
tel: +33(0)1 44 18 61 10

Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 am – 5:45 pm
Gardens close at 5:00 pm from October 1 – March 31

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Happy Valentines Day!

Life is a mosaic! 2013 will add more color!

By: Jen

Located in the Macy's State Street store, Chicago, IL, USA

Marshall Field and Company Building
Macy’s Department Store
111 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60602

Thank you to all of our followers and supporters during our first year of blogging! It’s been quite a discovery and we feel a great sense of accomplishment to have started this project in 2012. Just before the holidays, I had a wonderful opportunity to take my youthful nieces on a little trip down memory lane. We visited the historic Marshall Field and Company Building in Chicago. Macy’s now owns this landmark… long gone are the days of stellar customer amenities once known to Marshall Field’s customers.

We enjoyed a day of Ferris Bueller like antics and as we were getting ready to burst forth into the cold night, I asked the kids to look up and to our delight, we were awestruck by the Tiffany Favrile Ceiling which is located in the cosmetics department on the fifth floor. This ceiling is the first and largest built favrile glass mosaic in the world. The hand applied design includes over 1.6 million pieces of glass.

Louis Comfort Tiffany created and patented this type of iridescent glass. The material was first produced in 1896. During production, the pigments were poured into the molten glass thus imbedding the colors into the glass.

Life is like a mosaic! 2013 will surely add more color and more pieces into all of our stories. We wish you a most beautiful design in the 365 days to come. Happy New Year!

Top ten reasons to buy original art

flower ©Tadson Bussey

flower ©Tadson Bussey

1. It peeks dialogue
What a great opportunity to start an engaging conversation at that fabulous party you are throwing. Sure beats discussing that youth soccer game score AGAIN!

2. It adds texture, interest and clarity to your life story
You will never forget the memory of where you were or how you came upon the art you purchased. No one can take that away from you. The experience and connection that you have to the art illustrates your own personal life story.

3. It forces you to slow down
Really think about what you are doing. Do you want to cast your “dollar vote” on a mass produced item coming out of a cargo container from China?

4. It gets you out of your comfort zone
Do you want to lump yourself with every other weekend shopping-drone-consumer choosing slight variations of the same thing? Haven’t we had enough of “Live, Laugh, Love” and “Keep Calm And Carry On”?

5. It supports the individual
You’re paying it forward to the society gods. You’re putting food on the table of the artist. The more energy they have, the more quality art they will produce and spread across the world.

6. It’s provenance speaks volumes
We met Leigh and Leslie Keno at the Merchandise Mart on a sunny autumn morning. Their back story is interesting and engaging. For goodness sake, as children they started selling antiques which included old iron work from barns and stoneware. There is value in original work. These brothers now race vintage Ferrari’s. Need we say more?

7. It affords you to “lead by example” for your children
Children love art and want to create art. When you buy original art, it gives you an opportunity to discuss the process that led you to love a piece so much, that you had to buy it and display it in your home.

8. It looks great on your resume
Being an art collector sets you apart from the pack.

9. It extinguishes the “I could do that” mentality
The more you discover about the artistic process, the more you realize that the artist is someone who has a great ability to harness “the moment” and expose their vision. THAT is a very gutsy way to put yourself out in the world.

10. It helps you avoid the trap
I recently pinned a photo of a street sign stating “Don’t grow up, it’s a trap”. Surrounding yourself with creativity brings a sense of joy to the everyday. Art keeps childlike wonder in your soul.

There are so many more reasons to buy original art in every genre within the creative community. Care to expand on this list? We would love to hear from you!

Walking from his studio home to the Louvre… a day with Eugène Delacroix.

Tackling the Louvre can be an immense challenge. On my last trip to Paris, I decided to start my day at the espresso bar followed by a metro ride to The Place de Furstenberg where Eugene resided from 1857 through his death in 1863. Musée National Eugène Delacroix is located right off of this square within the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. Commuting from the Opera District to the leafy and quiet neighborhood where this small museum resides, becomes soothing for the soul. The decibel level dwindles upon your arrival. It is here where you can quietly study the life of this great artist.

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Paintings, drawings and engravings are displayed throughout the museum along with collected items from Eugene’s trip to Northern Africa in 1832. Although Eugene was not an avid traveler, Morocco proved to be life changing. He produced thousands of watercolors during his stay. This body of work served him well as he referred back to these compositions for future paintings. New explorations led to radical changes in his artistry. Four of these seven journals are archived at the Louvre and at Chantilly.

The rest of the day was spent walking through the Rive Gauche to and over the River Seine to discover Eugene’s work in the Louvre. Rather than running like a crazy person to see the Mona Lisa, I visited Room 77 on the first floor of the Denon Wing where Delacroix’s massive works can be found.

Liberty Leading the People, Eugène Delacroix

Liberty Leading the People, Eugène Delacroix

Exploring the home and studio, soaking in the street life of the left bank and then entering the gallery where Delacroix’s pieces are exhibited, makes for an impactful experience that is all about Romanticism. More Delacroix works can be found in the Sully Wing as well as a ceiling mural in the Apollo Gallery within the Denon Wing.

Admission to the Musée National Eugène Delacroix is included on the same day you’ve purchased a ticket for admission to the Louvre. If you have purchased a Paris Museum Pass, it is my recommendation to enter the museum at the Passage Richelieu on the north side of the museum to avoid long queues. You will see a small entrance with guards. Enter here with your pass and after check-in, proceed down the escalators and you are in the museum. It’s that easy.

Geeks, bullies, artists and guitars

By: Jen

In light of recent publicity for the movie “Bully”, I thought this was a perfect time to share some gems of wisdom.

“The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth” is a recent title I stumbled upon and boy am I glad I did. The author Alexandra Robbins reveals how students are ostracized or punished for their individuality while navigating the school halls and cafeteria of life. The shocking piece to the book is the school faculty who perpetuate some of the bad behavior.

As a young person I knew I was different from those on the playground, which later translated to resisting the drama which played out between the walls of the cafeteria in high school. Many times I just chose to eliminate myself from the scene, instead pouring myself into reading, working on my art or getting to know another interesting soul. Developing the ability to change your direction or take the time to view the subtle nuances of human interaction has greatly helped me in adulthood. Maintaining this mindset helps me identify subject matter and find interesting ways to create my art.

Miss Robbins follows the lives of seven students– from the popular bitch to the band geek. These children are painfully aware, yet unaware of the challenges of these difficult school years. I love how she inspires the students to practice changing their social situations in order to honor their individuality. The students come away more confident and ready to face the world at large.

DJ Ashba, the lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses has just become the national spokesperson for He was bullied as a child. Thank you to DJ for sharing his unbelievable talent as an artist. Creative minds make the world go around!

Check out the trailer for Bully: 

Just imagine how many less adult bullies would be in the world today if we chose to be tolerant and actually celebrate the uniqueness of every individual from birth.

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