DECEMBER LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

The beloved celebration of Christmas is at hand and gift giving is the name of the game.  Consumerism consumes us!  Time for change.

Countries around the world have various traditions.  In Iceland, books are given on Christmas Eve and the night is spent reading, in Palestine, where 20% are Christian and the home of Bethlehem, there are parades and sweets are given, in France the act of giving gifts is relatively new but growing in popularity and, of course, in the U.S. there is a fervor for purchasing gifts and receiving gifts.

There is a wonderful book about the traditions of gift giving titled "The Gift" by Lewis Hyde, should you wish to research traditions the world over.

Personally, the gift or the card that is created by a friend or loved one is by far the most special. For years I have cherished and saved cards that were created by a friend or family member.   Whether one gives a culinary delight, an offer of time, or a piece of art, etc...these are the most meaningful gifts and consumerism is avoided.

The first art piece I present was a gift to a special friend .  For several years I have asked friends  to choose a piece from my website and this has been met with delight.

Let's consider changing our usual purchasing frenzy for the gift of creativity.

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"She Sells Seas Shells" - Gift for a special friend

"She Sells Seas Shells" - Gift for a special friend

"Watching You"  

"Watching You"

 

"A Traveler's Guide" *** MUST NOT MISS - Did you know that Miami has an ice cream museum? - "Letters to a Young Painter", a recently published book, shares the advice that Rainer Maria Rilke dispensed to a young Balthus. - Book artist, Jeremy May, transforms dense layers of books to create jewelry.  Unfortunately, he does not have a website, but you may Google him to see many images. - Kate Kato creates nature inspired sculptures using recycled materials which may be viewed at:  www.kasasagidesign.com - Are you a National Geographic photography fan?  Taschen has released "Around the World in 125 Years" of National Geographic's very best. *** LOCAL - "Dali & Picasso:  Drawings and Prints" is featured at the Fort Collins Museum of Art in Fort Collins, Colorado through January 7th, 2018. - Gaucho Blue Fine Art Gallery in Penasco, New Mexico presents Lise Poulsen Contemporary Felt Exhibition through December 31st. - The Santa Fe Books Arts Group Show continues at the Round House in Santa Fe, New Mexico through December 15th.  (I have seen this exhibit twice and it is wonderful.) - "Untitled" continues at Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico through January 16th, 2018. - "Future Shock" continues at Site Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico through May 1st, 2018. - Dori Dillistone's "Literal Landscape" is on view at the Encore Gallery in the Taos Community Auditorium, Taos, New Mexico through December 10th.  If you have never seen her work, it is a must as her technique and the results are unique. - "Divergent Works" continues at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico through January 14th, 2018. *** NATIONAL - Yayoi Kusama's "Festival of Life" continues at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City through December 16th. - The Broad Museum in Los Angeles continues Yayoi Kusama's unique exhibit through December 16th. - The Seattle Art Museum continues "Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect" through January 15th, 2018. *** INTERNATIONAL - "Gerhard Richter's "About Paint" continues at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium through February 18th, 2018. - The work of 150 female graphic artists continues at the London Transport Museum, London, England through January 20th, 2018. - The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada celebrates the 70th anniversary of Christian Dior through March 18th, 2018. *** Wishing all a wonderful holiday season.  Whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, it is all reason to celebrate! *** You may contact me with any questions at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com. or view my website at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com ***    

"A Traveler's Guide"

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MUST NOT MISS

- Did you know that Miami has an ice cream museum?

- "Letters to a Young Painter", a recently published book, shares the advice that Rainer Maria Rilke dispensed to a young Balthus.

- Book artist, Jeremy May, transforms dense layers of books to create jewelry.  Unfortunately, he does not have a website, but you may Google him to see many images.

- Kate Kato creates nature inspired sculptures using recycled materials which may be viewed at:  www.kasasagidesign.com

- Are you a National Geographic photography fan?  Taschen has released "Around the World in 125 Years" of National Geographic's very best.

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LOCAL

- "Dali & Picasso:  Drawings and Prints" is featured at the Fort Collins Museum of Art in Fort Collins, Colorado through January 7th, 2018.

- Gaucho Blue Fine Art Gallery in Penasco, New Mexico presents Lise Poulsen Contemporary Felt Exhibition through December 31st.

- The Santa Fe Books Arts Group Show continues at the Round House in Santa Fe, New Mexico through December 15th.  (I have seen this exhibit twice and it is wonderful.)

- "Untitled" continues at Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico through January 16th, 2018.

- "Future Shock" continues at Site Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico through May 1st, 2018.

- Dori Dillistone's "Literal Landscape" is on view at the Encore Gallery in the Taos Community Auditorium, Taos, New Mexico through December 10th.  If you have never seen her work, it is a must as her technique and the results are unique.

- "Divergent Works" continues at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico through January 14th, 2018.

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NATIONAL

- Yayoi Kusama's "Festival of Life" continues at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City through December 16th.

- The Broad Museum in Los Angeles continues Yayoi Kusama's unique exhibit through December 16th.

- The Seattle Art Museum continues "Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect" through January 15th, 2018.

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INTERNATIONAL

- "Gerhard Richter's "About Paint" continues at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium through February 18th, 2018.

- The work of 150 female graphic artists continues at the London Transport Museum, London, England through January 20th, 2018.

- The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada celebrates the 70th anniversary of Christian Dior through March 18th, 2018.

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Wishing all a wonderful holiday season.  Whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, it is all reason to celebrate!

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You may contact me with any questions at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com. or view my website at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com

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