Press Release: Zoë Barracano at August First, Burlington

WHO: Zoë Barracano, photographer

WHAT: Photographs of NYC in the Rain, and selected others – Artists Reception

WHERE: August First, 149 South Champlain (at Main) Burlington, VT

WHEN: Opening from 1-2pm, Saturday, May 7, 2011

Exhibition from May 3rd until May 31st.

WHY: A photographic exploration of rainy days, snow, sun and more.

Zoë Barracano's Photographs will be on display at August First from Tuesday, May 3rd through the end of May, 2011. The reception will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 1pm-2pm. August First is located on 149 South Champlain Street at Main. Stop by for a cookie and photo show.

Zoë's photographs have been described as moody, atmospheric and painterly. A large body of her work can be described as photojournalistic and has now moved in a direction that is more suggestive and impressionistic and less realistic.

Zoë Barracano has had previous solo shows at the Sapphire Lounge and Café Metropol in Los Angeles. She has shown in numerous group shows in New York and Los Angeles and has published photographs in newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Sun.

Her previous works include series on Vietnam, India, Cuba, Tahiti, China, Japan, Self Portraits and also Film Stills among others. Her photos are exhibited privately world-wide.


For more information regarding this exhibition, please contact Zoë Barracano 323-666-2425 or

In Depth With the Artist: Lilymoon

Lilymoon has been working on a new series of illustrations. Illustrations are (as is most of her work) fragments of imaginary stories, stories that follow her around and end up in her moleskine, where she lets them leave her and take a life of their own...

The prints are printed on heavy weight archival matte paper and her pins are hand painted with acrylic on solid wood. See more of her work at our market this month here and on the web below:

The 365 Knitting Clock

The 365 Knitting Clock is an amazing way to tell time.  Instead of the usual numbers or hands ticking by, the knitting clock knits a mesh/stitch every half hour, finishing an entire circle/row in one day, where at the end of the year an entire scarf has been knitted. Created by Siren Elise Wilhelmsen  (Via Ohdeedoh via Kickcan and Conkers).

PRESS RELEASE: Peg Racine at Bryan Memorial Gllery in Jeffersonville

Bryan Memorial Gallery Opens for the 2011 Season on May 6

Work by Peg Racine featured in the Middle Room, May 6 - June 26, 2011

Peg Racine of Brandon, Vermont, began her career as a gemologist and designer of jewelry. Her introduction to studio art in college led her to participate in art groups and shows throughout upper NY state. In 2001, she settled in the active art community of Brandon, VT, centered around the Brandon Artist Guild. For the Guild, Racine has chaired its Display Committee year-round since 2004, has chaired its annual fundraising event, and was a Board member for four years.

Racine states, "I have always had art in my life; it is a peaceful and solitary act that I enjoy. It is as much about the materials, the buttery feel and smell of oil paint, the endless manipulation, as it is about the final product. It is a visual conversation that I have with myself, a mapping out of a plan and editing of the content; it is to express in as few strokes as possible my vision of the moment. It is the most challenging and exasperating endeavor I do."

Racine's exhibition in Bryan Memorial Gallery's Middle Room is the sixth in a series of one person shows over two years, spotlighting gallery members who are also members of the Northern Vermont Artist Association (NVAA).

Image Peg Racine, Vermont River

Discover Artemano...

If you've been following my blog so far, you must have noticed a recurring theme. I often stress the importance of injecting character and personality into your home by adding elements that are a departure from the rest of your decor such as lanterns, barn doors, bold patterns, textural fabrics etc.. Another way of incorporating warmth into your space is by introducing a few unique pieces of distressed furniture that look like they've been handmade by an artisan. True antiques usually come at exorbitant prices and I've been on the hunt for a store that provides beautiful handcrafted furniture that is accessible to people with a more frugal budget. Enter Artemano, a one of a kind boutique filled with unique ancestral furniture that is sure to bring warmth, interest and character into your space. I appreciate their wide array of products and price points.

As a whole, the store feels exotic/zen which is personally not my style however; selecting one or two pieces from Artemano and integrating them into a neutral/linear room that lacks character definitely makes for a winning formula... Try it!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces:

Indulge in Artemano's beautiful collections by checking out their website:   

PRESS RELEASE: Tim Cunningham at The Art House in Middlebury

Winterworks, over 20 new oil on canvas paintings by T. J. Cunningham

Opening Reception May 13th from 5:00- 7:30 (Show Runs through June 30th.)
The Art House, Marble Works, Middlebury
Free and open to the public. Refreshments and Live Music.

Vermont artist, Tim Cunningham is having a show of his new paintings, Winterworks at The Art House in Middlebury.

TIm had his first show after graduating from college last spring. Local art lovers were charmed and surprised that one so young could display such mastery of the discipline. He has been diligently at work over this past year, creating more wonderful paintings. Some may remember that he used the proceeds from his first show to buy an engagement ring for his intended. They will be married this June.

Tim Cunningham grew up in Addison, Vermont. His love of the Vermont landscape is evident in all his plein aire paintings. He works quickly and can finish a painting on site or bring it back to his studio to complete the painting from memory and photographs. This show focuses on the paintings he has completed over this past winter.

Tim has been able to support himself over the winter through commissioned portraits. He is learning the business of how to be a professional artist. The show that he had last summer continues to bring interested people who want him to paint portraits of family, of their homes, properties or favorite landscapes.

Tim says his inspiration as an artist comes from "painting people from life". His sensitive and masterful portrayal of his subjects reveals the truth of that statement.

His work will be featured in the 82nd Annual Members' Exhibition at the Souther Vermont Art Center.

Please stop by the Art House for the opening reception or any time over the next two months to give yourself a treat and witness Tim's art for yourself! The Art House Gallery is open Tuesday - Friday from 2:00 to 6pm and on Saturdays from Noon to 3:00

29th April 2011 - The Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton - Just Married

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare

Weekend Reading: T Design and Living

The summer issue of T Design and Living is out.  Loving the dream house in Majorca. Click here to view.  Photo's by Jason Schmidt.

In Depth With the Artist: A Quick Study

We love this new collection.  Longhand, a new line of paper goods from A Quick Study, is about making everyday things special through good design and interesting techniques. It's about making life a little more gracious and aesthetically pleasing, and making time to connect with each other and with ourselves.  Each card is hand-embroidered and inspired by a variety of stitch designs from around the world.  See more at Poppytalk Handmade this month or at the links below:

Show your love for Alabama and support the efforts of the American Red Cross to provide relief to those hit by the recent storms. $5 from your purchase will go directly to Alabama regional Red Cross chapters with the purchse of these cards.

Link Love

Top image: Forestbound via Free People
PIG Mag - check out page 95 (Sky to Sea) - the shoot by local photographer, Jennilee Marigomen took place in the mountains just north of Vancouver (via Old Faithful)
I want this book
A pretty desktop calendar for May.
Love this wooden bow!
East coast girls are hip
DIY Cinco de Mayo Piñata Favors
Some lovely sketches
Two kisses!
Have a lovely weekend!

More new collector cards

More Cards

Eggs Benedict & Vintage Love

vintage milk glass egg goblets, Mignonne

When Catherine of the bay area blog, Local-Social stopped by Mignonne the other week, it was great to meet another hands on driven gal! She was looking to put together an Easter Eggs Benedict Brunch and wanted to see if we at Mignonne, would like to help by providing items from our rental line. I love that Catherine and Gretchen of Local-Social have a mission to merge design & craft by collaborating with other Bay Area artists. There are so many components that go into planning a successful event, and every part in the planning takes time and hard work... all in the hopes that the day of will be a blast!

vintage Chairs, Mignonne

vintage french patina garden table, Mignonne

What a success it was, as seen in the lovely shots taken by local photographer Emily Gutman. Check out more of the great work at &

And remember to contact Mignonne for your Vintage Rental needs at! xxoxoooxox

antique metal frame & milk glass, Mignonne

Royal Wedding Fever @ Artifacts

PRESS RELEASE: Nancy Schade Talk and Exhibit at Art House Gallery in Craftsbury

Nancy E. Schade
First Friday Art Talk
Friday, May 6

Nancy E. Schade expresses the world she encounters through bronze sculpture, watercolor, and oil painting. Her eight week exhibit of oil paintings and bronze sculpture opens with her First Friday Art Talk. Schade will show additional examples of her work and speak about the arc of her career.

The Art House Gallery, Studio & School, 1146 North Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827

Schumacher's Wallpaper Makes a Difference!

Make a difference in your home using wallpaper! You don't have to do a whole room only a feature wall. A dramatic entrance in your foyer will set the tone for more to come and will bring excitement to your decor. See some great traditional choices from Schumacher below. Traditional does not have to be boring anymore!

Get this look! Traditional wallpapers mixed with transitional and traditional furniture shows you ideas for your own home. All wallpapers and photos courtesy of Schumacher. Check out the website for great fabrics, wallpapers, trim and furniture. To the trade.

Celebrity Homes: Jennifer Lopez ...


I've always been a fan of Jennifer Lopez. I think that she is one of very few celebrities who remain relatable despite their A-list status. One of my favorite things about Jennifer has to be her impeccable sense of style. I can't remember seeing one performance, award show or TV appearance where she looked anything short of spectacular. Recently, her 18 000 sq. foot Californian estate was featured in Veranda magazine and I was glad to find out that Jennifer not only has an eye for fashion but also for interior design. She worked alongside interior designer Michelle Workman to create a romantic French-inspired abode for her and her family to live in. The color palette is heavily based on tones of gray. Slight variations of this color were carried throughout various rooms of the house, some having a little more taupe, others a little more blue. While most of the rooms have a feminine feel, the living room has a penchant for the masculine. In order to make the gray-toned rooms feel more welcoming, rich fabrics such as silk, velvet and leather were used.  Michelle Workman also used chandeliers, which emit soft indirect light as well as brass and bronze accessories to help give the house a more inviting feel. I absolutely love her house and can't help myself from saying (please forgive the cheesy pun) Jenny has come a long way from the block!

Check out her place:

Photo/Credit: Laura Resen/Veranda Magazine  Interior design by: Michelle Workman

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