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Blessing of The Animals – Artistic Vision of Lani Kennefick

October 11, 2013

by Marina Rybak
leap-of-faith-—-Lani-Kennef

Rubin Museum Auspicious Stitches embroidery studio is not only a venue to learn about needlework and fiber arts, influenced by the treasures in the Museum collections, but an enlightened hub for the creative types to join, mingle and reboot their inner spirit.

While being welcomed to the workshop by my friend Sharon Slowik, who teaches and coordinates this urban retreat, I was introduced to another fellow artist – Lani Kennefick, whose solo exhibit in Williamsburg we visited afterwards.

Wiser One and Initiate by Lani Kennefick

Upon arrival the observer immediately immerses into a velvety-smooth, pool of color. Silk-screened Color-aid paper is chosen as a painting’s backdrop and it lures you into an invigorating pause, animating storybook animals on view. A subject matter, applied masterfully with Flashe Paints, is … Read more

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Fiery, Fierce And Fearless – Fashion Illustrations by Tony Viramontes

September 19, 2013

by Marina Rybak
The trail-blazing star of Tony Viramontes brightens the skies once again, spotlighting hand-drawn fashion illustration during the Instagram-obsessed fashion month of September. Fashion illustration on the center stage is quite timely.

Tony Viramontes fashion illustrationViramontes was hailed as a creative visionary during his meteoric life. His prolific artistic talent unfolded in the late 70’s and 80’s, seizing intense vibrancy and the glamorous pulse of the era. He collaborated with renowned fashion, music and pop culture icons of the time and his illustrations appeared in the editorials and ad campaigns worldwide.

Tony Viramontes fashion illustrationsInspired by Egon Schiele, Viramontes charcoal angular line smoldered, accentuated with a lush splash of color. It was direct, graphic and decisive. It seems his models were portrayed a breath away from erotic meltdown – … Read more

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Ethereal Lens of Adolf de Meyer

August 23, 2013

by Marina Rybak
Adolf De Meyer photographyThe Morgan Library is an inspirational oasis, located only a step away from the lingerie companies, clustered nearby on Madison Avenue. An afternoon escape into the mansion’s otherworldly beauty is well worth it. The Museum exhibits always guarantee a quick “pick-me-up” and infuse a bit of creative oxygen into a tedious daily routine. “The Treasures From The Vault” showcase, presently on view, is no exception. The ongoing popular series continue to highlight the literary jewels from the Museum’s collections in its spectacular marble rotunda.

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Belle-da-Costa-GreenI was pulled to a hundred-year-old photo-portrait of Belle da Costa Green, Pierpont Morgan eccentric librarian. The dreamy luminosity of the photograph, taken by Baron Adolf de Meyer was created in the Pictorialist style, which I love and … Read more

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The Golden Kiss ~ Happy Birthday Gustav Klimt!

July 17, 2013

By Marina Rybak

If you are born in the sign of Cancer, precisely on the fourteenth of July, you may be thrilled to find out that you share your special day with Gustav Klimt. An Austrian Symbolist artist and co-founder of the Viennese Secession art movement at the turn of the 20th century sealed his world fame with The Kiss – a painting, considered as popular as Mona Lisa.

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A recognizable evocative image has transcended time and continues to fascinate modern viewers. The Kiss is the crown jewel of the artist’s “Golden Phase”, inspired by his trips to Italy, especially the Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna.

On a  perfectly square canvas,  rendered in oil, gold and silver leaf depict the lover’s embrace in a field of … Read more

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Paris, Je T’Aime ~ Midsummer Dream

July 11, 2013

By Marina Rybak

I have been in love with Paris as long as I can remember. Being here is a wish come true, and in July the city, minus a few locals, is as spellbinding as ever.

place-saint-sulpiceThe trade fairs are over, but while stepping away from the trend forums, why leave the city? The month is bookmarked by two quintessentially French events, steeped in pride and pageantry. What is left in between is an abundant cultural overload for personal picking and choosing.

La Fête Nationale or Le Quatorze Juillet ((the fourteenth of July) celebrates the storming of the Bastille. The festivities of Bastille Day, as known to an English speaker, commence with plenty of pomp and circumstance around the Champs-Elysées, culminating with fireworks … Read more

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An Artist’s Haven Where Every Stitch Counts – Madeira

July 4, 2013

By Marina Rybak

Madeira-embroidery

There are very few places left in this brave new virtual world of ours where the values set for the entire community is built around the support of artistic expression, channeled through the hands of an artisan.  The enchanting island of Madeira is such a haven, renowned for its distinct style of hand embroidery.

“The Pearl of the Atlantic” was discovered and settled during the Age of Exploration in the 15th century. Situated in the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean on the major sea routes between Europe, the Americas and Africa, this lush, natural wonder with the best temperate climate in the world, is a picture-perfect template for Fantasy or Treasure Island.

Madeira

Its tradition of hand embroidery goes back to the … Read more

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