Tuesday, December 11, 2012

REFLECTIONS OF SOUTH FLORIDA TRIP, DEC. 2012

Here I am, surrounded by my wildflowers, at Red Dot 2012.
We've just returned from a wonderful week in sunny South Florida! Our main purpose for the trip was to be at Red Dot Art Fair, which is part of Art Basel Week in Miami every December. This was one of dozens and dozens of similar art exhibits staged in and around Miami. Several of my wildflower paintings were on exhibit in the Artisans Direct booth at Red Dot. In addition to time spent at the art fair, we were able to visit a few of the other exhibits, including Art Expo/SOLO next door. (Art Expo also does the show in NYC in March, to which we'll be returning and exhibiting in 2013.) While Art Basel is held in the convention center on South Beach, many of the other shows, like Red Dot, Art Expo, Art Miami, Context and others, are held in huge tents that fill otherwise vacant lots in the Wynwood Arts district of Miami. Many more exhibits are staged throughout the area in hotels, galleries, vacant stores and outside on buildings, sidewalks, on the water, in parks and even in the air! It truly is a sight to see and an overload for the senses! On top of all of this, is the art that is everyday...from the Art Deco buildings in South Beach and the gardens and landscaped features of the homes and businesses to nature's art...namely the magnificent sunrises and sunsets!

Since Artistans Direct did all of the set up and represented the artists during the event, all I needed to do was to show up for the reception on Tuesday night and then again during the show over the next few days. The reception was well attended. Red Dot opened on Wednesday and each day the attendance increased with thousands walking through over the course of the show.

Of course, David and I still found time to enjoy our week in sunny Florida. With a little luck and David's diligent research, we were able to stay in a wonderful condo in a stylish 1924 South Beach apartment building. It was located in a quiet residential area that was within a few blocks from the edge of the famed Art Deco district AND within a few blocks of Miami Beach! Perfect location to start our mornings with a walk and end the day with a stroll over to the business area for a casual supper. Twice we set our alarm so we could catch the sun rising over the ocean. Just breathtaking!

We found with our last trip to NYC that one of the best ways to enjoy a city is by taking a guided tour on a double-decker bus. The Big Red Bus was just the ticket as we got to see parts of South Beach, downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and Little Havana that we would have otherwise missed out on. We didn't have a lot of time to hop on and off, but we were able to do so in Little Havana, where we soaked up the Cuban culture as much as we could during our brief visit. We got to watch a nice old man make cigars, lunch at a Cuban restaurant where we enjoyed an amazing stuffed plantain appetizer, and topped off the trip with a scoop of ice cream made in house at a cute little shop.

In addition to the bus tour, we took a boat tour that took us out to Biscayne Bay where the bi-lingual tour guide pointed out the homes of the rich-n-famous on Star Island, talked about the history of the various man-made islands, and shared other little facts about the area.

On Saturday, we decided to take off early and see how far down the keys we could make it before feeling that we needed to turn around and head back. Of course, the words and music of "Key Largo" filled my head for most of the trip! "We had it all/Just like Bogie and Bacall/Starring in our own late, late show/Sailing away to Key Largo....."

Sunset at Key West!
Shortly before getting to Key West, which is the last stop, we decided to hunt for a room and just stay the night. Turned out to be the best decision! We were able to get a cottage at a B-n-B that was in a quiet part of town but still within walking distance of Duval Street, the main drag of Key West. Little did we know that we would get to see the sunset on the ocean from Key West and then be treated to an old-fashioned, nighttime Christmas parade! The next morning we headed out early to catch the sunrise but fog had settled in. Instead, we ended up at the Key West Cemetery, which was very reminiscent of cemeteries in old New Orleans. All too soon it was time to head back to Miami for the last day of Red Dot.
Ocean Drive-South Beach

We made it back to Miami, cleaned up and headed over to the art fair for one last appearance, then back to South Beach for a final meal at a tiny little Italian restaurant where they make their own pasta fresh and a mighty fine pesto, too!

Monday morning we got in one last sunrise-on-the-beach walk before packing up and heading out. But we had one last treat in store. As we neared the Ft. Lauderdale airport, we drove in the downtown business district of Dania looking for a place to grab a bite of lunch. A full parking lot at a little restaurant was enough to convince us that it must be a good place to eat. Turns out it was, so good, in fact that it had been featured on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" on the Food Network! We had a delicious last meal in Florida for this trip, then headed to the airport and back to Texas, where a cold front had arrived while we were gone! 
Sunrise on Miami Beach.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

ART CENTER OPEN HOUSE, DEC. 1, 2012

As we approach the holiday season, we want to take the time to thank our friends and meet new ones at the same time! If you are in the New Braunfels area, we hope you will join us for complimentary refreshments and more from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, for our annual Casa de Linda Art Center Holiday Open House. Here's a sneak peek...

ENJOY FREE ARTISTS' DEMONSTRATIONS

Several of the artists who teach classes at the Art Center will be on hand Saturday, sharing what they love. All of the demos will take place between Noon and 2 p.m. and are FREE and open  to the public! Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and watch the artists work!

ANNE McCOY...is our newest addition and will be doing her first demonstration at Casa de Linda Art Center. Starting in February, she will be offering our first-ever, on-going, evening oil painting classes. Open to beginners as well as intermediate level students, these classes will meet weekly from 6-8:30 p.m. starting Feb. 19. The painting to left, titled "My Blue Haven" is one of her works now on display at Casa de Linda Art Center.  Read more about her class at our website.

MAREN PHILLIPS...will be sharing her love of painting outdoors during the open house, weather permitting. And if it isn't then she will be demonstrating inside. Maren will be back in the Spring with both drawing and watercolor classes, as well as a one-day workshop in Plein Air and one in Drawing Animals. For more information on her drawing classes, click here. To learn about her watercolor classes, visit this page.

LYNETTE CLAUSER...will be in the glass studio answering questions about stained glass, mosaics, fused glass jewelry and book making. Check our her Spring class schedule by clicking here. Lynette also has a wonderful selection of jewelry in our gift gallery that you must check out!


BROWSE OUR GIFT GALLERY

Looking for a special, one-of-a-kind gift? Check out our gift gallery. We've added new artists and brought back some our favs. Plus we'll have some displays up just for Saturday's open house! Don't miss the wonderful selection of gloves, socks and scarves crafted by Leila Reynolds. If you like hand-made soaps, you'll want to check out Sonia's Bare Bars. We are pleased to have a new selection of hand-crafted, clay crosses from Cindy Jennings. Also, Gaye Sekula, whom you may know as our as one of our painting instructors, also does wonderful pottery and we are lucky to have several pieces in the gift gallery. Best thing of all are the prices! Looking for gifts that won't break the bank? With most items priced under $50 and many in the $15-$25 range, we've got you covered.

EXHIBIT OF MY WILDFLOWER ART

SECRETS OF THE NIGHT ©2012 Linda Calvert Jacobson. Acrylic on Canvas 20x60
As you may know, I've been working on more wildflower paintings and they are now ready for exhibit and purchase! I'll have several NEW works on display for our open house...works never before seen in public, like the one shown above! If you are a fan of my work, I hope you can drop by to check them out. Learn more about my life as an artist at www.lindacalvertjacobson.com.

SPECIAL SAVINGS JUST FOR YOU!

Who doesn't like to get a deal and save money? Well guess what? You will want to check this out!

Sale on Photography by David
We have a wonderful selection of photographs by David A. Jacobson (yes, the other half of Casa de Linda) and we are offering them at a steal. For each photo you buy, you get a second photo FREE! All are nicely matted and ready to frame! As you may know, David is known for his wonderful scenic photography of the area. This is a chance for you to pick some up... for you and for gifting...at a great price!

Save on classes and workshops for Spring 2013!
Once again, we are offering one of our "early bird" deals for people who register in advance. You can save $10 on any one course priced at $135 or more. Sign up for any one class, set of classes or workshop priced at $50-$125 and we'll take off $5.  Must pay in full at time of registration to get the discount. See us for more details. See our full schedule at www.casadelinda.com or drop by and pick up a schedule.

Get 10% off art supplies and used books!

Save on art supplies for your next class and grab a few books from Linda's Book Nook and save 10% off your total!

COME SEE US!

Casa de Linda Art Center is located at 850 S. Business IH-35. Visit our CONTACT US page for more information on reaching us. Hope to see you soon!





Tuesday, October 09, 2012

REFLECTIONS ON OUR FIRST VISIT TO VERMONT, FALL 2012

 We are back from spending a glorious week and a few days in Vermont. While it's still fresh, I wanted to share some highlights about our travels, including why were there, what we discovered and some photos.

WILDFLOWERS BLOOMING IN STOWE?

Even as the fall colors emerge, we spotted wildflowers blooming in Vermont!
Yes, there are wildflowers blooming on the roadsides in New England, even this time of year! And I'm thrilled that my paintings are adding to the beauty there! To explain how my work ended up in Vermont, I have to backtrack just a bit.

Last March while exhibiting at Art Expo in NYC, a couple of really exciting things happened. First, four of my paintings found new homes with people who came to the show. Two went home immediately and two more were shipped later.

The second really wonderful result of being at Art Expo was that I was approached by two galleries who now represent me and handle my art. The first gallery to invite me to display my work was The Paint Box in Manhattan. My paintings are on exhibit there and there is already one of my paintings now in a private collection after being purchased from The Paint Box.

The other gallery that contacted me was Robert Paul Galleries in Stowe, Vermont. Within a month of exhibiting in New York City, my wildflowers were hanging in this gallery and, so far, three paintings have been purchased by collectors.

This fall, I was invited to be a part of two artists' events at Robert Paul Galleries. On Sunday, Sept. 30, I was one of two artists at a meet-n-greet. Then on Saturday, Oct. 6, my work was featured with that of 3 other artists and we were all on hand for an opening reception.

So that's how my work found its way to Stowe, Vermont, and how David and I found ourselves enjoying a New England Fall!

A CABIN IN THE WOODS...YES, REALLY!

After landing at the airport in Burlington, VT, we arrived in Stowe late Saturday evening and found our way to our cabin. David found this little hide away on a vacation rental website. (This is our second time to use the site and both times have worked out well!).

The cabin was rustic and picturesque at the same time. Located off the main roads and up a narrow little path, it looked like it was meant to be there. We enjoyed coffee on the front porch as a way to greet the morning and watch the leaves turn. By the end of the week, they were beginning to fall from the trees almost like snowflakes tumbling from the tree tops to the ground below. Most mornings we were able to get in a walk up the country road and back, always sure to take our cameras just in case we found a great shot to snap here or there.

EXPLORING VERMONT WITH OUR DAY TRIPS

Each day we picked a direction and took off to see what we would find. And we were never disappointed! Many of the locals would apologize for the weather since it stayed rainy and cloudy for most of the week. But David and I enjoyed every moment of it!

We covered a lot of miles in a week in little red VW bug rental and there's too much to mention every highlight. I am posting a few photos to give you a sense of our adventures!

The first photo here is probably one of the most photographed views in Stowe. It's of the Community Church, which is located on the main drag in Stowe. This church has the tallest steeple in all of Vermont. While it is pretty in a picture, it is a living church with an active congregation. They were having a quilt raffle and a chicken pie supper the week we were there. Gotta love that sense of community!

The next photo is a close up of a tree full of fall color. Ahh...that's why people come here this time of year... to see the color!! We knew going in that we were hitting the "best week" of the season. And that we did! By the time we left, fall was starting to turn into what they call "stick season," that time between the glory of fall and white blankets of snow. We enjoyed getting to be there long enough to almost see the transition. And, I have to mention here, Vermont did get snow the day we were leaving...but we were already flying out and heading home by then!

For one of our day trips, we headed east, up and over the White Mountains and into New Hampshire. This photo of the river was taken just off the Kancamagus Highway on our way back over the White Mountains. A good number of people were there, many with big cameras and tripods...but we could still get a few nature shots. It's an area that both David and I look forward to visiting again! 

One of the most scenic drives (but aren't they all?) is the road that heads west out of Stowe over Mount Mansfield. At the top you reach Smugglers Notch, a famous area for skiing and for sight seeing! Only cars are allowed since there are these huge rocks that you have to work around, carefully watching for cars on the other side. We enjoyed our drive so much when we took it early in the week that we did it again on our way to Burlington where we stayed our last night before flying out early Monday morning.
A fitting end to our amazing trip was this sunset over Lake Champlain, just a few blocks from downtown Burlington. Earlier in the week we had taken a drive down the lake, island hopping from the far north edge just a few miles from the Canadian border to just north of Burlington. We enjoyed this view from the Vermont side and if we would have had time, we would have taken the ferry over to New York. We'll have to save it for our next trip!



OUR TIME AT ROBERT PAUL GALLERIES

Visiting with Bob O'Toole, owner.
Before I sign off for this blog entry, I wanted to say a little more about the gallery. First, the owners, Bob and Gail, are amazing. As I met many of their customers at the receptions, I heard time and again how well liked and respected they are in the community. After spending a little time with them, I see why! The gallery itself is top notch. I am honored to be in the company of so many fine artists and having the pleasure of meeting several during the receptions. If you haven't check out the Robert Paul Galleries website, please do!
My painting at the Stowe Visitor's Center

Not only are my paintings on exhibit at the gallery, but also at the Stowe Visitor's Center, thanks to a special arrangement between them and Robert Paul Galleries! The second photo here shows my work hanging behind the counter at the Visitor's Center!

If you are interested in seeing more photos of my wildflowers exhibit at Robert Paul Galleries, please visit my Facebook Artist Page where I've created an album. And be sure to "like" the page while you are there!



A side note: While I often post little news items and photos to one or more of my facebook pages, I like to make use of this blog when I want to say a little more and create more of story. I hope you enjoyed this entry. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CURRENT EXHIBIT AT UTHSC INCLUDES MY WILDFLOWERS!

I delivered "Rejuvenation" to the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for the Fall/Winter 2012 exhibit there. The last painting I had on display sold to a wonderful doctor. It's always nice when my Wildflowers find a loving home! In the meantime, I hope that the clients, visitors, doctors and staff enjoy this new painting.

You can see more of wildflower art at www.lindacalvertjacobson.com



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FALL 2012 SCHEDULE IS READY!

 I've been working on the class schedule for Casa de Linda Art Center for Fall 2012 and, ta-da, it's done! The files are at the printer as I post this entry and we'll be mailing and distributing the brochures by early next week. Plus, I'm working on updating the website, not only adding the information for the fall but also giving it a whole new look. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I'm posting jpegs of the schedule for anyone interested. Just click on each one to view it larger and download the file for zooming in. I can also email the pdfs to you if you'd like. Just let me know! If you are on my e-news list, you'll be getting an e-mail later today with links to download the pdf files.


If you are not on my e-news list and would like to be, please CLICK HERE now to join. Be sure to add your name to both the general list and the list for classes. 




Sunday, August 12, 2012

LEARN BOOK MAKING AT CASA DE LINDA

We are going into our last week of art camps as we finish out a very busy summer at Casa de Linda Art Center. But we do have one more class for adults on the books:
Book Making with Lynette Clauser.

In this 2-day workshop that meets from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday Aug. 18 and 25, you'll learn all about this lost art, from choosing, cutting and stitching the papers to decorating the covers. Fee is only $110 ($85 for the class plus $25 for supplies). You bring nothing but your imagination! Call us at 830-624-5302 or email linda@ casadelinda.com to reserve a seat.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

SUMMER ART CAMPS CONTINUE IN NEW BRAUNFELS


The Summer Art Camp program for ages 5-13 held at my studio in downtown New Braunfels continues through mid August. Click here to see the latest e-newsletter with all the details!

You can also download the schedule from our website, www.casadelinda.com.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

GREAT PASTEL WORKSHOP AT CASA DE LINDA

We hosted our first Rita Kirkman workshop, "Pastel in Miniature," Saturday, June 30, at Casa de Linda Art Center in New Braunfels.

We had a studio FULL of artists with 13 students plus Rita and myself! More photos are posted in an album on the Casa de Linda Facebook page (click here).

When you get there, be sure to "Like" us if you haven't already.

If you are would like learn about pastels or improve your techniques, join us for Mary Johnson's next "Basic Pastels" class. Meets for 6 weeks on Saturdays 1-3:30 p.m. starting July 14.  Fee is $135 plus a modest $25 supply fee for use of pastels and papers provided by Mary (or you can bring your own supplies). Seating is limited!

E-mail or call 830-624-5302 to sign up! To learn more about Mary and see samples of her work, click here.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Mid June 2012 update

It has been a crazy month and, while I'm not complaining one little bit, it has not left much time for posting to my blog. But I wanted to take just a minute to post a few updates.

STUDIO OPEN HOUSE UPDATE

First, my studio open house the first of June was wonderful! Thanks to everyone who dropped in! Traffic was steady all 3 days and dozens (and dozens) of my smaller paintings, wildflower mugs and keepsake boxes now have new homes!

Visitors included local friends and fans as well as out-of-town tourists who just happened to choose a good weekend to visit downtown New Braunfels!

Also a special thank you to our New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung for the great coverage, as you can see by the photo of the front page from May 31, 2012! That article brought in several people who had never been to my studio before.


MY "ART TAKES TIMES SQUARE"!
In other news, my wildflower art will be flashed on one of the billboards in Times Square tonight (Monday, June 18, 2012) as part of the "Art Takes Times Square" event. How cool is that? It is set to appear "displayed on a 9 x 12 ft digital screen located on Broadway and 43rd Street between 9:45pm - 10:15pm." 

SUMMER ART CAMPS ON A ROLL
In addition to being an artist, I still teach! Art Camps are in full swing. So far we've done clay, paper mache and painting. The camps continue through mid-August so if you are in the area and have a child in your life who is interested, please check out the schedule on my website. Go to www.casadelinda.com and click on the "classes for children" link.

ART-2-GOGH PAINTING PARTY SUMMER 2012 "FRIDAY NIGHT SPECIAL"

We are continuing our ART-2-Gogh Painting Parties this summer with open seating on Friday nights and private parties on Saturday nights. You can see the current schedule posted here or by visiting www.art-2-gogh.com.

Plus we are offering a special... sign up with a friend and you both save $10 each. Reg price is $39 per person. Our Summer 2012 Friday night special: 2 for $58! What a deal!

Also note that I've added several NEW paintings: Texas Windmill Sunset, Colorful Creek and Desert Blooms. But some of our most popular paintings are back too, like Cactus in Bloom, Texas Meadow, Gruene Water Tower and Coastal Breezes.

Of course for private parties, you can choose from any of the ART-2-Gogh paintings for your group! Let us know if you'd like to join us!

HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL SUMMER!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

STUDIO OPEN HOUSE JUNE 1-3


Postcard invitations are in the mail for this weekend's open house at my art studio. I'm posting it today just in case you aren't on my mailing list and didn't get one. If you are in the area, I hope you can drop by to see the exhibit of my new wildflowers.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SUMMER 2012 ART-2-GOGH SCHEDULE

Looking for a fun Friday night outing this summer that's cool and creative? Come paint with us!

Monday, May 21, 2012

SAVE THE DATE AND COME TO MY STUDIO OPEN HOUSE!

Plans are in the works for a Studio Open House the first weekend of June. Save the date of June 1-3 and plan to drop by if you are in the area. I'll be exhibiting over 20 NEW wildflower paintings! This will be at my working studio located in downtown New Braunfels, above the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 230 W. San Antonio St.
There will also be complimentary refreshments, special in-studio sales and more! Hours for Friday and Saturday, June 1 & 2, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, the Open House will run Noon to 5 p.m. I'm also available for before or after hours appointments. Just let me know! I can be reached at 830-624-5302 or by e-mail, linda (@) casadelinda.com. Hope to see you June!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

REFLECTIONS OF HIGH POINT MARKET SPRING 2012

Our first High Point Market is behind us now so I thought I'd share a few thoughts about the experience.

Anyone remotely connected to or familiar with the furniture industry probably knows about High Point. But for most folks, it's not something that they are aware even exists. The 6-day market, held every April and October, takes place in downtown High Point, which is located in central North Carolina, between Winston/Salem and Raleigh/Durham. In addition to being known for tobacco, this region is also home to a huge furniture and textiles industry.

The IHFC building at High Point Market.
When you generally think of "a" market or trade show, you envision a building, like a convention center, or perhaps cluster of buildings. One thing that makes High Point Market stand out is the fact that it takes place in dozens of buildings and involves hundreds of showrooms and exhibits, ranging from 10x10 booths to entire floors of high rise buildings (like the high-rise IHFC building shown here) encompassing tens of thousands square-foot displays. Most exhibitors have permanent showrooms, but some move in only for Market Week like we did.

We were on the top floor of the Suites at Market Square in a "temporary" exhibit space called the "Made in America" pavilion. Most of the exhibitors were furniture manufacturers, rug companies and businesses that market accessories, such as lighting and drapery. There were a few other artists on our floor, including a sculptor, who welded together ordinary objects like wrenches and gears to create whimsical creatures, and a fellow Texas artist who created huge pressed leaf and flower works.

Our showroom at High Point Market, Spring 2012
Our space was just over 500 square feet, which allowed us to actually create a gallery onsite. The intent was not to sell at the market as much as it was to connect with designers and buyers to create connections for long-term relationships. I'm pleased to report that we met that goal. I am now in talks with two show rooms, one an upholstery company and the other a furniture design firm, and hope to be exhibiting my Wildflowers with both at the October High Point Market! I'll also be following up on at least two potential licensing deals, one with a tapestry manufacturer and another with a children's furniture company.

I've posted a few photos here but if you'd like to see more, including several street shots around downtown High Point that gives you a better feel for the market, please visit my artist Facebook page album page by clicking here.

By exhibiting at the High Point Market, we also met many interior designers, who often buy art for clients. After getting to meet a representative of Interior Design Society, I applied to join the national  organization as an "industry partner."  My application was accepted, which includes membership in the local IDS chapter in Austin. I'm looking forward to networking with designers in the region, as well as across the US, through this professional membership.

While we worked hard setting up, researching, making connections and (even harder) breaking down and loading out, David and I still found time to explore the area and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the region.

We were able to catch up with some old friends from my Texas Lutheran College days, Ted and Oralia, who moved to NC some time back. At my request for some authentic North Carolina barbecue, we met at Carter Brothers BBQ in High Point after the Market on Wednesday. We enjoyed both the food, learning that NC BBQ is almost always pork and the sauces are vinegar based, and getting to catch up with our friends. When asked what we should try to see before leaving, Ted suggested Pilot Mountain and Mount Airy, which turned out to be one of two brief road trips we took toward the end of our visit that made for wonderful memories.

David with Pilot Mountain in the background.
The first roadtrip was a drive up to Pilot Mountain, north of Winston/Salem, on Thursday afternoon. Pilot Mountain is part of an ancient mountain range known as Sauratown, named for the Saura Indian tribe. The natives and then early settlers used the top “knob” of the mountain as directional tool to "pilot" their trips, hence the name. Soaring over 1400 feet into the air, this natural landmark was first mapped by Thomas Jefferson's father in the 1700s. The views from the top of the ridge were breathtaking: farm land and green forest as far as the eye could see, the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance (and, yes, they are blue), ravens soaring overhead and, of course, the top of Pilot Mountain.

After coming back down the mountain, a short drive north took us to Mount Airy, perhaps best known as the setting and, inspiration of the 1960s TV town of Mayberry. Unfortunately, we got into downtown after the stores and businesses were closed. However, we did get to eat at Aunt Bea's, which had nothing to do with the Andy Griffith show other than borrowing the character's name. But they did serve great North Carolina barbecue, some very interesting sauce and a very friendly lady behind the counter who welcomed us with a smile and genuine Southern hospitality.

Linda at Upper Cascade Falls at Hanging Rock State Park.
Our second excursion came Friday afternoon. Once our crate was packed and ready for shipment, David and I decided to go exploring one last time. After a quick Google of “scenic drives” for the area, we headed northwestward again, but this time for Hanging Rock State Park. Not far from Pilot Mountain, Hanging Rock is also part of Sauratown Mountains. The drive to and around the mountain was almost as interesting as the park itself. Rolling hills that are lush and green, wildflowers, native blooming trees, pretty homes and old barns all come to mind when I recall the drive up NC 66 enroute to Hanging Rock.

We entered the park and again drove up the mountain in search of look out points. Near the park office we parked and took a walking trail that led us to the Upper Cascades Falls. While the park was busy with campers in designated areas, we had a private viewing of the water fall and were able to enjoy the sounds and glory of nature.

We had a early afternoon flight on Saturday, so we were able to take our time, pack up, check out and head to airport, which was about an hour away from our hotel. We wanted to grab breakfast at a “local” restaurant and ended up at Biscuitville, which is a regional chain. They have their act together and it was one of the best “fast-food” breakfast experiences we ever had!

We enjoyed our first visit to High Point Market and to North Carolina and agreed that we will return in October for the Fall Market.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

REFLECTIONS OF NYC AND ARTEXPO 2012

We are home from a whirlwind week in the Big Apple and a very successful showing at the International Artexpo 2012. While David and I have been to NYC three times before for licensing shows, this was our first Artexpo and the first time that my wildflower art has been offered for sale outside of Texas.

I am thrilled to report that two paintings, "Wildflowers at Play" and "Delightful," are now in private collections.  In addition to the sales of these paintings, we made tons of great contacts and met many wonderful people who were captivated by my art. And just as exciting is that I signed with my first NYC gallery as a result of being at Artexpo! My work is now represented by Hashmat  Farooqi at his gallery, Paint Box Art and Framing, located in trendy West Village, which is bordered by Greenwich Village, Chelsea, SoHo and the Meat Packing District.

Photo of display at Artexpo 2012 at the opening of show. Two paintings shown here, the one with the blue sky at the top left ("Wildflowers at Play" 24x48) and the upright on the back wall ("Delightful" 12x36), sold during the show and are now in private collections. 

Linda and Hashmat Farooqi at Paint Box Art & Frame, NYC.
Paint Box is a small boutique gallery with a great storefront presence. We were able to visit twice, once at night and again during the day before leaving NYC. The neighborhood is vibrant and lively, overflowing with retail businesses and eateries galore. As with most of the city, people live and work there, creating a strong community. We could not be happier about having my wildflower art represented in Manhattan at Paint Box and to be working with Mr. Farooqi.

Three of my wildflower paintings are currently on exhibit at Paint Box. The one shown with us in the photo is "Sunset Serenade." We also left "Dress Blues"(which you can see in the background) and "Passion Blooms."

We arrived in New York on Tuesday, March 20, and headed straight for our hotel, Yotel, to check in. Hip, modern, cool, contemporary, clean. Yes, it was all that and more. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at, Yotel, and highly recommend it! I'm posting a few pics here but you really need to check them out online and watch the videos on YouTube.

Located at 10th and 42nd, the hotel was not only convenient to Pier 92 where Artexpo was being held, but also to Times Square! A walk of about 4 or 5 "long" blocks and we were in the heart of the Manhattan. We were also just a block off of 9th, filled with every type of cuisine you can imagine!

Callery Pear tree blooming in NYC.
I also have to pause here to mention the flowering trees. They lined many of the streets and gave a blast of spring to the cityscape and I asked at least a half dozen people what they were and no one seemed to know. Once back home, I did a little research and found out they are Callery Pear trees, which is the same family of the Bradford Pears we see blooming here about this time of year.

After a good night's rest, we arrived at Pier 92 by 9:30 a.m., ready to set up for the expo. However, they were not ready for us. Due to a glitch with the company providing the walls for the booths, set up was postponed for several hours and we were told to return after 3 p.m. Since it was out of our control, David and decided to seize the moment and explore NYC. We had always talked about doing a double-decker bus tour and the timing was perfect. We scooted back to Times Square, bought our tickets and boarded the bus. The tour took us through mid town, the Garment District, Chelsea, So-Ho, Greenwich Village and Wall Street. Out of respect for the lives lost on 9-11, they do not drive by Ground Zero, but pointed out its location and the Freedom Tower under construction. The tour looped back around and all too quickly we were back in Times Square. But just as well since we were due back at Pier 92 for set up. By the time we got back, the booth walls were up and after a wait, our crate of art that I had shipped  ahead was delivered to our booth. The rest of evening was spent unpacking and setting up, finishing around 10 p.m.

Evening of Jazz at Birdland!
The opening day of the show was reserved for trade only so it gave us a chance to talk with galleries, art reps and buyers. We met Hashmat Farooqi who invited us to come visit his gallery in West Village after the show closed that evening. Our taxi made its way to the corner of Hudson and Christopher. After a positive visit with Mr. Farooqi and his sister, we strolled the neighborhood and found a wonderful Cuban restaurant, Havana Alma de Cuba for supper. After a delicious meal, we continued to explore a few more blocks along Bleeker Street and found it to be colorful in every way!

We headed back to our home base and decided that we could get in one more activity for the evening: a live jazz performance at Charlie Parker's famous Birdland club. What a perfect way to cap off a great day!

Friday morning Artexpo opened to the public. Next door to Pier 92, the Architectural Digest show was being held on Pier 94. This gave us a chance to talk with interior designers and other members of the trade who were taking in both shows.

View from top of bus for night tour.
That evening, we had one last chance to use our 72-hour Greyline tour so we headed straight to Times Square to board the red double-decker bus one more time. The sun was setting and the neon signs glowing as we made our way down Manhattan island. An entertaining tour guide made the trip as fun as it was informative. A highlight was crossing over the Manhattan Bridge and getting to see the lower Manhattan skyline from across the Hudson River, millions of lights twinkling against the night sky. Just breathtaking!

Saturday was the busiest day at the Artexpo, just as expected. Thousands of art lovers made their way through the show, looking for that special piece of art that would speak to them. With thousands of paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures to look at, it became sensory overload for many! While not every one would stop to look at every booth, we were pleased with how many people did take the time to seriously look at my wildflowers and express their pleasure. By Saturday afternoon, a couple from New Jersey and a young woman from South Carolina had chosen my work for their homes.

Hundreds more people visited the expo on Sunday and many took an interest in the artwork, taking business cards so they could visit online. We look forward to hearing from some collectors in the weeks and months to come.

Artexpo provided an excellent opportunity for exposing my art to thousands of people over the four-day show. We've already had two follow up calls and will have more exciting news to announce soon.

David and I can't wait to return to NYC for another visit!
View of lower Manhattan at night.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

UMBRELLA SPECIAL OFFER!

My "Romantic Rendezvous" umbrella was a big hit in the Designer Showcase at the CHA show in Anaheim, Calif, last month. 

In fact, I've had so many requests that I am having a limited production made for anyone interested in having one of their own. 

I'm now taking PRE-ORDERS for the umbrellas. As a special offer to my friends and fans, the umbrellas also have an extra special price IF place your order by MARCH 3... Only $29 each! That's a savings of $20 (would other sell for $49 each).


Here's the manufacture's description....

  • Made from 100% polyester pongee waterproof fabric
  • Image imprinted using heat sublimation technique to prevent discoloring
  • Opens up to 41" span
  • Can be reduced to a collapsed height of 9"
  • 8 ribs made from strong fiber for extra support
  • Each rib consists of 3-section aluminium for flexibility and strength
  • Main holder made from reinforced plastic


The umbrella features one of my popular red-background wildflowers, ROMANTIC RENDEZVOUS. The original painting can be seen on my art website, www.lindacalvertjacobson.com.

Let me know if you would like to get in on this pre-order special. I need to know by Saturday, March 3 to get you on this list so you can take advantage of the $29 offer. Call me at 830-624-5302 or email linda@casadelinda.com today! You can also check out a sample in person at Casa de Linda Art Center. We are open Tues-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.