Saturday, October 31, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 31, 2009

"What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough." -Eugene Delacroix

Friday, October 30, 2009

FIAC 2009: Collectors, Galleries Exhibiting, Enjoyed Strong Sales

PARIS.- By closing time on Sunday October 25th, FIAC had welcomed 80,750 visitors over 5 days, approximately 16,000 visitors per day, representing a 23% increase compared to 2008 (65,000 visitors). Notably, a large number of French and international professionals attended the inauguration of FIAC. Collectors, professionals, institutions and the media. 20,000 invited guests participated in the two professional days held at the Cour Carrée and the Grand Palais on Tuesday October 20th and Wednesday October 21st. This increase of 18%, compared to 2008, indicates the specialized public’s growing interest in FIAC.

To read the entire article wich appears on the Art Knowledge News website, click here.

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 30, 2009

"Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world."
-Leonardo da Vinci

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 29, 2009

"The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it." -Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), French artist

Arts in Community awards created by Maatwerk Studio

Maatwerk Studio, located in Madison, Wisconsin was recently commissioned to design and create unique works of glass art that will be given by Arts Wisconsin as their 2009 Arts in Community awards. Matt Heindl just completed work on the awards and pictures will be posted shortly, both here and to the Image Gallery on the website.

Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin's statewide arts service, advocacy and development organization, recently handed out their inaugural Arts in the Community Awards. These awards, presented by Arts Wisconsin in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Wisconsin Alliance of Cities and Wisconsin Towns Association, have been created to honor local leaders around the state who have helped the arts grow and thrive in their communities, and to thank them for their exemplary advocacy, support, volunteerism, philanthropy and other assistance on behalf of the arts. Award winners for 2009 were selected by a panel of experts from a statewide pool of nominees.

This year's winners of the Arts in Community awards are:
-Carol Kratchowill, Vice President of the Sauk County Art Association, of Merrimac, nominated by the Sauk County Art Association (SCAA); award to be presented at the conference of the Wisconsin Towns Association, October 13, 2009, at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center in Stevens Point. Ms. Kratchowill was honored for her ongoing advocacy on behalf of SCAA and the arts in Sauk County, and her creative leadership for SCAA's new "Encore Art! Reuse-Recycle-Rethink" art competition. More information about the Towns Association is available at http://www.wisctowns.com.
-Menomonie Mayor Dennis Kropp and former Dunn County Board member B. Jane Hoyt of Menomonie, nominated by the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts; award to be presented at the conference of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, October 14, 2009, at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. Mayor Kropp and Ms. Hoyt were recognized for their leadership to restore and renovate the historic Mabel Tainter Theatre building in downtown Menomonie. More information about the League of Municipalities is available at http://www.lwm-info.org.
-Julia Taylor, President of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, of Milwaukee, nominated by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee and the United Performing Arts Fund; award to be presented by the Wisconsin Alliance of Cities; presentation date and location to be announced. Ms. Taylor has demonstrated outstanding civic leadership through her chairmanship of the United Performing Arts Fund annual campaign and support of the Creative Coalition and cultural development throughout the Milwaukee 7 region. More information about the Alliance of Cities is available at http://www.wiscities.org.

Peter Crawford, President of the Board of Directors of Arts Wisconsin, said that they are "pleased to honor these leaders for their exceptional commitment to the arts in their communities...These awards demonstrate the depth and breadth of support for arts and creative opportunities by elected officials and civic leaders across the state."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 28, 2009

“Art is limitation; the essence of every picture is the frame.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

National Design Week - Oct. 18-24, 2009

Launched in 2006, National Design Week is an education initiative offering free admission for all museum visitors and hosting a series of public programs surrounding the National Design Awards.

The National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor the best in American design. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement. The Awards are truly national in scope–nominations for the 2009 Awards were solicited from a committee of more than 2,500 leading designers, educators, journalists, cultural figures, and corporate leaders from every state in the nation. Cooper-Hewitt chooses a distinguished jury of designers and design thinkers, which selects the winners and finalists in nearly every category.

The National Design Awards is one of the few programs of its kind structured to continue to benefit the nation long after the Awards ceremony and gala. A suite of educational programs will be announced this summer in conjunction with the Awards by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s award-winning Education Department, including a series of public programs, lectures, roundtables, and workshops based on the vision and work of the National Design Award winners.

This year's winners are:
Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, Design Mind Winner
Andrew Blauvelt, Walker Arts Center, Corporate / Institutional Winner
Christopher Sharples, SHoP Architects, Architecture Winner
Laurene Boym, Boym Partners, Product Design Winner
Calvin Tsao, Interior Design Winner
Jeff Han, Perceptive Pixel, Interaction Design Winner
Steve Duenes, New York Times Graphics Department, Communications Design Winner

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 27, 2009

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere."
-Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Monday, October 26, 2009

Decorating with Hand Blown Glass Vases

Whether your home decor is modern or traditional, regional or rustic, hand blown glass vaseshave a part to play. Antique hand blown glass vases or glass vases in dramatic styles such as tulip or tower can stand alone as decorative accessories, sans floral arrangement. Or you can use your hand blown glass vase as the foundation of a tiered centerpiece or home makeover project.

How to Accent with Hand Blown Glass Vases
Here are a few techniques we've discovered that can turn your hand blown glass vase into a useful accent piece:
-Transparent glass vases or hurricane vases are ideally suited to display small ornaments, candles, or curio objects.
-When used as centerpieces, hand blown glass vases should reflect the medley of colors and shapes in a room.
-Add texture and vertical cohesion to a room with a grouping of hand blown glass vases in different sizes.
-Iridescent hand blown glass looks particularly striking in combination with a mirror or on top of a sunlit end table.

Giving New Life to Old Vases
If you've owned a hand blown glass vase for many years and want to replace it, consider giving it a makeover. Treat your vase to a new paint job, or learn the art of decoupage and practice it on some hand blown glass accessories you've left in storage. Another project you might enjoy is giving your vase a little Caribbean style by gluing rows of craft rope or jute twine around its base and neck.

Do It Yourself
Glassblowing is gaining popularity as a hobby, so if you've been searching for a new project, try taking a few glassblowing classes. Glassblowing classes are often available from community colleges, art centers, or even glassblowing studios. If it's something you enjoy, you'll be able to create your own hand blown glass vase.
If you're located in the Madison, Wisconsin area please consider taking a glassblowing class from Maatwerk Studio - for more information about the classes we offer go to http://www.maatwerkstudio.com/.

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 26, 2009

"Art should reveal the unknown, to those who lack the experience of seeing it." -Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith (Native American Painter)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 25, 2009

"I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating, I don't care if it's a book, a film, a painting, a dance, a piece of theater, a pieceof music--anybody who spends part of their day sharing their experience with us--I think this world would be unlivable without art and I thank you." -Steve Soderbergh (winner of the 2001 Academy Award for Directing "Traffic.")

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 24, 2009

"As a suffering creature, I cannot do without something greater than I --something that is my life -- the power to create." -Vincent Van Gogh

Friday, October 23, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 23, 2009

"Architecture is the triumph of Human Imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own Earth. It is at least the geometric pattern of things, of life, of the human and social world. It is at best that magic framework of reality that we sometimes touch upon when we use the word order." -Frank Lloyd Wright

Thursday, October 22, 2009

ArtReview's 2009 Power 100 List


This year’s ArtReview Power 100 has nearly been turned on its head. Apparently, recessions change things in the art world. This list “is not just a who’s who to contemporary art but also a guide to general trends and forces that shape the artworld.” New names comprise nearly one-third of the list; museum curators and independent thinkers outshine collectors, gallerists, and artists at the top of the list; and sharp divisions among the international experts on the judging panel make this edition of the Power 100 “one of the freshest in years.” Here are just the top five:

1. Hans Ulrich Obrist; 2. Glenn D. Lowry; 3. Sir Nicholas Serota; 4. Daniel Birnbaum; 5. Larry Gagosian ...
For the complete list go to http://artreview100.com

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 22, 2009

"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul."
-Wassily Kandinsky

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 21, 2009

"The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint....I'd like to pretend that I've never seen anything, never read anything, never heard anything...and then make something....Every time I make something I think about the people who are going to see it and every time I see something, I think about the person who made it....Nothing is important...so everything is important." -Keith Haring (June 15, 1986 NYC)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 20, 2009

"The source of genius is imagination alone, the refinement of the senses that sees what others do not see, or sees them differently." -Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), French artist

Monday, October 19, 2009

Luring Artists to Lend Life to Empty New York Storefronts - NYTimes.com

This article from the New York Times shows one of the opportunities created for artists by the decline in the economy. I hope it will inspire you to think about how you can take advantage of this current situation.

"At the end of a dark passageway at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, almost 50 artworks have suddenly parked in a bright, spare gallery. On a grim stretch of the Flatbush Avenue Extension in Brooklyn, pastel portraits and interactive sculptures are squeezed between a McDonald’s and an Applebee’s. In the window of a former dentist’s office in downtown Jamaica, Queens, a clutch of faceless mannequins cradle various forms of roadkill.

The art may vary in style and shock value, but the settings are essentially the same — spaces donated or leased for a song by building owners unable to rent or develop them.

As the recession drags on and storefronts across New York remain empty, commercial landlords are turning to an unlikely new class of tenants: artists, who in flusher times tend to get pushed out rather than lured in. And the price of entry is not deep pockets, but vivid imaginations and splashy exhibits — anything to lend the darkened buildings a sense of life.

On terms that are cut-rate and usually temporary — a few weeks or months — the artist gets a gallery or studio, and the landlord gets a vibrant attraction that may deter crime and draw the next wave of paying tenants.

“Any sort of activity is better than no activity,” said Jed Walentas, a Brooklyn developer whose company, Two Trees Management, routinely lends space in Dumbo and Downtown Brooklyn for art projects. “As long as it’s short enough and it’s flexible, then there’s no real cost. So the question is who can you find that’s going to make an investment in a space with that level of uncertainty, and often it’s the artist.”

These “pop-up galleries,” as they are known in Britain, where the phenomenon is well established, are increasingly taking hold in New York as development advocates and landlords struggle to keep up appearances where commerce and construction have stalled.

The demand among landlords is so high that Chashama, a group that has been working for almost 15 years to find vacant real estate for visual and performing artists, no longer has to go looking. Its founder, Anita Durst, said she got calls every day from landlords asking her to find art projects for them. Some even offer to cover basic expenses like electricity.

Chashama was enlisted to find artists for the former dentist’s office and another vacant space by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, one of several business groups working to bring artists and landlords together.

An exhibit that opened on Wednesday and will run for four months in six empty storefronts on the Flatbush Avenue Extension near DeKalb Avenue is a collaboration between the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the New Art Dealers Alliance, a contemporary art association. A few blocks away, the MetroTech Business Improvement District approached Ad Hoc Art, which promotes street, pop and underground artists, to organize a similar installation on Willoughby Street that will run through Nov. 4.

At the Port Authority terminal, where a 2,500-square-foot retail space at West 41st Street and Eighth Avenue has gone unrented while a development deal remains in limbo, executives have relied on the Fashion Center Business Improvement District and the Times Square Alliance to bring in a series of pop-up tenants, including fashion designers and, in a show that opened on Thursday, artists working in a range of media.

The sudden glut of available space has even spawned a new player in the art world.

No Longer Empty, an outfit formed by a group of established curators about five months ago in response to the recession-fueled vacancies, has staged several exhibitions and events. One opened the weekend of Oct. 3 at a former belt factory in Brooklyn that once made “invisible dog” novelty leashes, and another installation is planned for the empty Tower Records store at East Fourth Street and Broadway in Manhattan.

“I really do think it’s something that’s here to stay,” said Manon Slome, a founder of the group. “I obviously hope the economic crisis will be over, but I see it as a great way for the public to interact with art in a different way. And it does provide a great platform for artists because they can do things that are maybe more experimental or larger than they could in a gallery space.”

Lishan Chang, an environmental artist who secured studio space in the former dentist’s office in Jamaica, said the storefront was perfect for his current project, “Accident Realm,” which features the dead raccoons, hawks, opossums, skunks and other creatures he finds along highways.

“I need a large sink when I do my taxidermy, and this office has a large sink,” said Mr. Chang, who learned to preserve the carcasses at the National Taiwan University and on YouTube. “I use chemicals and dentists use chemicals, so it fits.”

For neighborhoods, windows filled with stencils or weavings rather than brown paper and “for rent” signs have been a marked improvement.

“The lights are always on, the artists come and go late at night, and it’s even had more of an impact in activating the street than we anticipated,” said Andrew M. Manshel of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. As the redevelopment of the area continues, he said, he will work to find a way for the artists to have more permanent space.

The shows have played well with the locals. Passers-by and workers say they like having something different to look at and a chance to talk with the artists. On 161st Street in Jamaica one afternoon, two barbers from the block said they appreciated how accessible the artists had been.

“The first time they were there, they welcomed anybody, it was free and on the way out they gave you a little wine, they had food,” said one barber from the Haircutter shop, who gave his name as Junior. “It’s great.”

His co-worker, James Tucker, said it was “different, cultural-wise,” saying that he liked some of the artwork but that he found Mr. Chang’s roadkill project “really creepy.” Junior added, laughing, “He should do a Halloween thing with that.”

Two weekends ago on the Flatbush Avenue Extension near the Fulton Mall, Kenny Scharf, a psychedelic painter and performance artist, spray-painted what he described as “a big red monster mean guy being parasitically sucked on by some yellow guys” for a group show concentrating on large-scale works. As he worked, people stopped by to ask what he was doing and snap pictures with their cellphones.

“I really like that,” said Demetria Hayes, who was waiting for the bus outside the impromptu gallery. “He could do a lot with that.”

Ms. Hayes, who is pregnant, stood outside to escape the spray-paint fumes while her daughter, Danisia Peterson, 12, who likes to draw faces, chatted with Mr. Scharf inside and watched him work.

“A lot of people, especially kids, like to work like that through art,” Ms. Hayes said, “and to show how easy it is to just draw on the wall hopefully shows them they can do it and be creative, too.”

A version of this article appeared in print on October 13, 2009, on page A24 of the New York edition.


Luring Artists to Lend Life to Empty New York Storefronts - NYTimes.com

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Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 19, 2009

"There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books." -Charlie Chaplin

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 18, 2009

"Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations." -Paul Cézanne

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Most Theory Has Little Bearing on Art - Article from The Art Newspaper

This is a copy of the article Robert Storr: Most Theory has little bearing on art; the critic and curator speaks to The Art Newspaper by Helen Stoilas. (From Frieze daily edition, Oct 16, 2009)

Robert Storr, US critic, curator and dean of the Yale School of Art, is visiting Frieze Art Fair for the first time, to take part in “Scenes from a Marriage: Have Art and Theory Drifted Apart?”, a panel discussion today at 12pm with artist Barbara Bloom and philosophy professor Simon Critchley. He spoke to The Art Newspaper about the role of art theory, and what advice he is giving to his students in today’s artistic climate.

The Art Newspaper: The topic of the Frieze panel is “Have Art and Theory Drifted Apart?” What are your thoughts?

Robert Storr: I’m not sure that art and theory were ever that close to begin with. There are some artists who read theory seriously but not all that many. And some of the theoretical writing that was done about artists was very important, but what people now call theory is a vast field and a relatively small amount of it bears directly on art, or at least on art production.

We’re in a very strange situation where some artists have derived a lot from their theoretical reading but never as systematically as people are inclined to think. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, who I know read theory carefully, nonetheless made a point of saying that it was not to be read in a kind of rigorous, academic way, but to help unblock thoughts and open up questions.

A lot of artists don’t want to tip their hands and show how selective and shallow their understanding is; a lot of people who do theory full time don’t really want to acknowledge that the process of making art is fundamentally different from the process of writing theory. And, therefore, even though you may share a vocabulary, you don’t share at all the same kind of generative process or goals.

TAN: What do you think the future of art theory is?
RS: I think the future of all kinds of philosophical discourse depends on their utility, their accuracy and description. Having been partially educated in France I was aware that a lot of French theory is conditioned by specifically French situations. The decline of a unified left in French politics, the death of existentialism as a movement…those terms are not applicable to America in a direct way, so you can read French theory in an American context but you also ought to read American history to counterbalance it. Thirty years ago everyone read Wittgenstein—how many read him today? If you want to talk about Jasper Johns, if you want to talk about Bruce Nauman, you should read Wittgenstein. People who have real theoretical minds read widely, they read selectively and they read for use.

TAN: Are there any new projects you’re working on?
RS: I am finishing a new Gerhard Richter book on a painting he’s giving to MoMA about 9/11, and I’ve finished at long last my big book on Louise Bourgeois. I’m running an art school and I’m trying to give good and reasonable criticism to young artists who are entering into an art world not at all like the one they imagined.

TAN: What kind of advice are you giving art students now?
RS: I’m telling them that this is actually a fine time to be in art school because, when I was in art school, when a lot of people I admire were in art school in the 1960s and 1970s, there was no money. If you go into it knowing that you will probably not be rewarded lavishly, but you can in fact continue to work, you’re on a much better footing than if you go into it trying to make a huge impact when you’re 23 or 24, and then maintain that for the next 60 years. You know John Baldessari is someone whom everyone admires, but people by and large forget that he destroyed all of his “successful work” and started all over again. I’m interested in people who make good art, whenever they make it, and I think a lot of the best artists today are late bloomers. I’m a big fan of both Raoul De Keyser and Tom Nozkowski, who I put in the Venice Biennale [2007]. Tom is 65 and Raoul is 78 and neither one of them really hit it until they were way past the age when most people think it would be the end of your career.

TAN: Maybe there’s less of a focus on the cult of youth.
RS: There isn’t less of a focus yet, but it’s going to dawn on people that it’s not working. It’s always nice to be a coming attraction, but it’s murder to be a has-been. If it hasn’t happened for you yet, you can at least console yourself with the idea that it might. It’s a fashionable world and even good artists go out of fashion. If you’ve never really thought about what you’re going to do when you go out of fashion because you’ve never been out of fashion, it’s much harder to take than if you’ve gradually come into your own, gotten through difficult times and know that you can survive.

TAN: Do you think the recent economic problems will make artists stronger?
RS: I’m not a believer that hardship makes people stronger, but I do think that too much of certain things can make them weaker. Strong people can be distracted by things that come too easy. Maintaining a career nowadays is extraordinarily complicated, even if you’re just doing your work and showing up for required occasions. You can waste an amazing amount of energy, time and goodwill by chasing after stuff that’s not worth chasing after. Really wise artists know how to make dramatic appearances and how to make dramatic disappearances.

To read the original article on The Art Newspaper website, click here.

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 17, 2009

"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art." -Paul Cézanne

Friday, October 16, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 16, 2009

"What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things . . . it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface." -Brancusi

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 15, 2009

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." -Henry Ward Beecher

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 14, 2009

"Revolution in art is to paint a new vase of flowers!" -Oscar Araripe

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 13, 2009

“Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven’t time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” - Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986), Painter

Monday, October 12, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 12, 2009

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way - things I had no words for.” - Georgia O'Keefe (1887-1986), Painter

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 11, 2009

“I love the gallery, the arena of representation. It’s a commercial world, and morality is based generally around economics, and that’s taking place in the art gallery.” - Jeff Koons

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 10, 2009

“Art to me is a humanitarian act and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to effect mankind, to make the word a better place.” - Jeff Koons

Friday, October 9, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 9, 2009

“The relationship between the public and the artist is complex anddifficult to explain. There is a fine line between using this critical energy creatively and pandering to it.” -Andy Goldsworthy

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 8, 2009

“Ideas must be put to the test. That’s why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas. There is often a huge difference between an idea and its realization. I’ve had what I thought were great ideas that just didn’t work.” - Andy Goldsworthy

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 7, 2009

“As with all my work, whether it’s a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I’m trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone.” - Andy Goldsworthy

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Where to use Pendant Lights

Light fixtures are seen as pieces of art. They are accessories in home décor instead of just necessary functional pieces.

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of home décor. Layers of light can enhance the space, highlight certain elements, or illuminate specific task areas. It can also create separation between rooms that have an open floor plan, or create zones within a particular room, such as conversation areas, eating areas, a reading nook, or a workspace.

The kitchen is often regarded as mainly a functional space which means it is not always first on the list when it comes to decorating. If you want to give your kitchen a quick update without a major remodeling project, add a pendant fixture or a row of pendants for a more modern look. If your kitchen has an island, pendant fixtures will add task lighting and draw attention to this popular feature. Pendants also work great over a bar or breakfast bar and they help make that space more distinct, featuring it as an eating or gathering area.

Pendant lights are also a great addition to dining areas. Update that old chandelier with a modern pendant, or two or three, depending on the size of your dining table. Be sure to use a dimmer switch so you can set the mood when it’s time for a romantic dinner for two. You might also want to use pendants over a sideboard to highlight the piece itself, or to illuminate fine pieces of crystal or china displayed on top of it. Even when you’re not using the dining room, the pendants can be turned on to show off your collection. When using the sideboard as a buffet, the extra lighting will make your food will look more appealing.

If you have an open floor plan, you can use a row of pendant lights to separate two rooms. For example: if your dining room and living room adjoin, you can arrange your sofa so the back of it faces the dining room. Place a sofa table or console table behind it and display some of your favorite accessories on it. Install pendant lighting above the table to create the effect of two separate spaces. If your kitchen and dining area adjoin, but you just want the look of separation without completely closing the rooms off from each other, consider installing a bar or a half wall, with a row of pendants above it, between the two rooms.

You can also create zones within one room. If you have a large living room, consider dividing it into smaller seating areas. Create a conversation area with a focal point, such as a TV or fireplace. This is where you would place your sofa, coffee table, a chair or two and some end tables. At the other end of the room, or in a corner if your conversation area is in the center of the room, add a comfortable chair or two and a table. Add a pendant fixture above the table to add more light for reading and to distinguish the reading nook as a separate zone.

Perhaps you don’t have room for an office, so your desk also occupies your living room or family room. If you want the office area to be set aside from the rest of the room, angle the desk in a corner, or place it off to one side. Add a pendant fixture, or a couple of them, above the desk. Since pendant fixtures provide overhead lighting, they can illuminate the desk far better than a lamp can in most cases. They also help distinguish the area from the rest of the room and create a work zone.

Pendant lights can also add ambience. To make a master bedroom more romantic, consider adding a pendant fixture with a dimmer above the bed. If you have an incredible headboard, a row of pendants above it to highlight it would be a nice touch. If you have a seating area or a chaise lounge, add pendant lighting in that area to help distinguish it as another zone. Pendants can also be used above a vanity or in a dressing area to add another layer of light, or just to give that area a fresher look. Pendants have become very popular elements in home lighting and they are a great way to give any area of your home a more updated look without investing a lot of time or money.

-Maatwerk Studio has pendant lights available in their signature color line in three sizes. They can also create custom hand blown pendants, sconces and table lamps. For more information, please go to http://www.maatwerkstudio.com/Lights.

This is an excerpt of an article from the website Essortment.com, to read the original article click here.

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 6, 2009

“Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats.” - Diane Arbus

Monday, October 5, 2009

Let Glass Decorations Adorn Your Household

Placing shining glass decorations in different places around the house will bring liveliness and a fashionable appearance to our household life.


These glass decorations include vases, vessels, cups or beautiful bottles... Featuring both practicality and aesthetics, they are more charming than a glass door or window. Sometimes glass decorations also need something to decorate them. A glass fruit dish, if there is nothing on it, it may seem dull and plain. If you put some colourful fruit on it, then it will seem more pleasing and harmonious. The practicality of glass decorations is mostly embodied in glass vessels. In some homes belonging to younger people, they are more likely to use glass tableware when they entertain their guests. When they have dinner, the beautiful goblets and elegant glass dishes may give them a good appetite. Glass vases are the most fetching of artwork ? painted in different flower patterns or moulded in different shapes with various colours. Put in some beautiful flowers ? they will make your life colourful!

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 5, 2009

"Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything." ~ Eugene Delacroix

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pictures from The 1st Gallery Get-Together















































































We would like to give a special thank you to Josh Bryan for his help and expertise with lighting the gallery.

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 4, 2009

"We work not only to produce but to give value to time." ~ Eugene Delacroix

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 3, 2009

"What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough." ~ Eugene Delacroix

Friday, October 2, 2009

Glass Artists Can Benefit from Taking Interior Design Courses

Whether you're a glass artists who makes functional art pieces such as, sinks, tiles and lights or make blown or cast vases and sculptures, interior design courses could be of benefit to you. Now, there are a wide variety of interior design courses that are available online.

For more information on how interior design courses could benefit your career and about the differet classes available, go to http://designexclusive.org/2009/10/01/interior-design-courses-distance-learning/.

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 2, 2009

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." ~ Edgar Degas

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Preparing for the 1st Gallery Get-Together on Oct. 2nd

We've been hard a work transforming the Maatwerk Gallery in preparation for the first Gallery Get-Together which is taking place on Friday October 2nd from 8pm-Midnight. Tickets are$25 in advance and can be purchased on the website or $35 at the door. There will be free food and Micro-brew, live flameworking, door prizes and art work by Matt Heindl and Peter Smith. For more info, go to http://www.maatwerkstudio.com/events.






Check back on Saturday to see pictures of the party and the completed preparations for the event. We'll also be Twittering live from the Event tomorrow night, go to http://www.twitter.com/maatwerkstudio for live updates.

Art Quote of the Day for Oct. 1, 2009

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." ~ Aristotle