Category Archives: Art & Culture

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July! This has always been a profound weekend for me where I declared “independence” in some way shape or form. From too much loyalty to a job to bad food habits to waiting for someone to travel with to go places. Red White and Blue are my fatherland colors too so I […]

summering

There’s a lot going on in my brain but not much to share yet. My big task is coming up with my USP-the unique selling proposition of my business. While I know I am unique and I will have something to sell (hopefully locally by the end of July; there’s a trunk show coming up […]

Fountain Square Art Fair

It is the season of art fairs, and fresh off the Custer fair we have Fountain Square’s Art Festival. This fair fell victim to really high winds two years ago that spooked artisans away in 2010, but this year the fair was well-populated again. I chatted with artists I had purchased jewelry from in prior […]

Electricity Appreciation Week

Summer has officially begun, and quickly turned into electricity appreciation week. Last weekend the Evanston Art Depot held the 40th Annual Custer Street Fair. All the street performers, the variety of merchandise and its convenient location around the corner of my home make it my favorite fair of the summer. I’ve collected numerous adornments for […]

Pop-up Botany

Hello dear readers. I’ve gathered more books about the Greek life and will post more travel tales soon. Today, it’s about pop-ups though. On Friday I took a Pop-Up Flower Garden Card Workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I always love an excuse to visit the Botanic Garden, which is such a Chicago gem. I […]

DVDs about/featuring Greece

While I’m island hopping, I figured I’d entertain you with a list of documentaries I rented via Netflix. Most of them were by mail but some are available digitally. I have arranged them in the order in which I recommend watching them. Visions of Greece 2 hours and 47 minutes total, copyright 2002 This DVD […]

Some Greek reading

While I am exploring the isles, here is my roundup of readings thus far. There will be more to add over time I’m sure. Greek Islands-Insight Guides, First Edition 1990, Fourth Edition 2010 This book begins with a spread of the main attractions and another spread of Editor’s Choice. The guide has an introduction of […]

Revisiting the Art Institute-Part II

Are your eyes and scrolling fingers ready for part II? I was taking a breather in the grand staircase of the Art Institute. Seeing the Corinthian styled columns (and Cristoforo Statiâ’s Samson and the Lion, 1604/07) I decided on a ‘scavenger hunt’ for myself: Locate Greek mythology in the other paintings of the Art Institute. […]

Revisiting the Art Institute-Part I

Oops, I got a bit photo-happy on this entry so prepare to scroll! 🙂 Sometimes you can pass a place without realizing how wonderful it truly is. Maybe it was walking through a long stuffy hallway of old armor upon entering the museum, or the lack of an actual strategy when I visited it before, […]

Drawing out

My last formal art class was in 1989. I got a stingy B+ on a sculpting project, which I knew I was actually really good at, but drawing and painting grades went downhill from there. In those classes we were assigned topics such as ‘draw a house with a certain painting technique’ or ‘work on […]