Getting Your Southern Fare Fix

Before vacationing in Ocracoke, North Carolina, we tried out the new Hen Quarter restaurant, in Alexandria. It took over the old Austin Grill but is managed by the same owners with this new Southern cuisine concept. It’s a way to get your Southern fare fix, complete with porkbelly pops, down-home collard greens, fried chicken and some of the best fritter waffles you’ll ever taste and a very smooth-balanced mint julep. Now that’s something coming from a native New Orleanian and still one at heart!

Love their décor and their Southern phrases and charm:

“You’re like the butter to our biscuits…

…and whiskey that warms the heart”

and wouldn’t be the South without the, “Bless your heart” sign hanging.

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Classic Southern Biscuits and Fried Chicken

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How they make their Belly Pops

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Pop ’em in – porkbelly pops melt in your mouth

Here’s the play-by-play video with some good Southern, bluesy music too!

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Egg Basket lighting that I’ll have to make someday. Love this idea!

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Hen Quarter upstairs décor with wood plank walls that kinda remind me of….

Hole in the wall entrance at Captain Gregorys on AIE

You guessed it. It’s a hole in the wall entrance. The flag is the “doorbell”

Now we’re back to thinking of  mint juleps and….

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Bourbon flight but where’s the Pappy?

“Free Range Cocktails” (Hen Quarter’s slogan)

…but looking forward now to some much-needed relaxing days while waiting for the green flash at sunset. We haven’t seen it yet but keep hoping!

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Pre sunset porch time

Sailboat view from dock on AIE

Sailboat view from dock

End of day starting on AIE

Sun Rays – End of day starting

Picture perfect sunset and kayaker in silhouette on AIE

Picture perfect sunset and kayaker in silhouette in Pimlico Sound

Ahhh, summer and cicadas, don’t want it to end…

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Summer Schedule

Hello readers, with the summer schedule and needing to put forth extra energy and effort to my main CasartCoverings.com website and migrating the Slipcovers for your walls blog to an updated version, the posts on this blog will move to a temporary and limited, twice-a-month schedule.

Thank you for your continued interest as art oriented observations will still be posted, just not as frequently, like this little video-ditty about the singer Miquel’s creative process, on NPR’s Noteworthy series.

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I’ve listened to but not all that familiar with Miguel’s music and only like some of it, particularly the rhythm and blues, funk and more psychedelic-soul / lounge oriented pieces, but his thought process regarding creating music and how the artist is affected is surprisingly very thoughtful. I enjoyed learning more about him and his music as he discusses the inspiration for his latest music and video. He states the importance of being in the moment to absorb those bits of creative sparks that are so quickly fleeting. He recalls his time on the beach in letting those moments flow. I’ll be thinking of this as vacation to the beach is quickly coming and I don’t want to bring too much work this time. Click the image below to view.

Personally, I like his custom wallpaper 😉

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Hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and finding art is everywhere.

Summer’s End and Olympics Begin

Just as Summer is ending soon, the Olympics begin.

It makes sense to reap Summer’s bounty before it fades — be it memories of carefree, less stressful days, or travel and being at the beach or even with Nature’s provision.

I thought these Nature murals were a wonderful to show off Ocala, Florida and the bounty of Her regional produce, while at the same time beautifying the city’s water tanks. I really like their colorful, illustrated style.

Ocala Nature water tank Mural_AIE

As the Olympics begin with the Opening Ceremonies this Friday — tomorrow evening — in Rio, here’s an updated mural announcement on my last post regarding Eduardo Kobra.

His longest mural will be unveiled at the start of the Olympics. Click the image to watch the movie.

Kobra Summer Olympics begin mural_AIE

Although not in Rio or associated with the Olympics per se, this Corpus Christi mural is so vibrant with a Latino flair that I thought it made sense to post with the timing of the Olympics. It’s entitled “Endless Sunset” by Sandra Gonzalez of Laredo.

Corpus Christi Mural on AIEHave fun watching the Olympics! I know I will.

Click here for previous posts written about the Olympics.

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A Mural with Timely Connection

There’s a lot going on in the world and it’s often uncanny to me when I find artwork that has a timely connection to separate but jointly pivotal events.

This 5-story, kaleidoscope-style mural of Bob Dylan located on the side of the Hennepin Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota is by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra.

Bob Dylan Mural Hennepin Theatre by Eduardo Kobra_AIE

via Hennepin Theatre. Photo credit Bill Hickey

The “times, they are a-changing” quote is not only attributed to and made famous by Bob Dylan but it signifies to me the current upheaval in the word and the political climate we are currently in, but also the possibility for hope that things will change. We cannot continue on this present course.This especially comes to light during recent and shocking terrorists attacks in France again and elsewhere along with racial division here among the very law enforcement who are supposed to protect us and also against them. This is all taking place during the Republican and Democratic conventions, while knowing how much is at stake for the US during this election.

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Abraham Lincoln mural credit Eduardo Kobra

At the same time, the Olympics are about to start in Brazil. The world is supposed to come together here but there is much unease, unrest, uncertainty and even unethical gaming-the-system with Russian athletes doping in the past to win. At this writing, the Olympic committee may ban them from attending.

What and who do we trust?

Coincidentally, Kobra has also painted one of the largest murals for the Olympics and it’s entitled We Are All One, how timely…

We Are All One Mural by Kobra for the Rio Olympics_AIE

We Are All One Mural by Kobra for the Rio Olympics via Paste

Trust is the foundation for most every relationship, be it business, personal, political or for pleasure. There’s a lot at stake here at home and globally with no real, clear certainty.

As the days lead up to the Games and the Presidential Election gets closer, I hope it will become clearer that the best measures and actions will be taken for safety, security, and trust that our nation and the world can move forward while making sure the “the times are changing” — because they have to. There is no other choice but for peace and prosperity.

For further reading: previous posts on Eduardo Kobra and the Olympic Games and Brazil.

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Hold Your Breath with Reisha Perlmutter’s Underwater Paintings

Reisha Perlmutter’s Beautiful Underwater Paintings

These hyper-realistic portrait-paintings of women underwater by Reisha Perlmutter make you consciously hold your breath They are so stunning!

Reisha Perlmutter painting on Art Is Everywhere

I’m not sure how I came across her work but I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

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Beautiful portrait painting in progress. Love the contrasting sharpness and softness.

She’s able to capture water and its movement with dappled lighting as well as the human form so realistically.

Reisha Perlmutter_woman underwater painting full on Art Is Everywhere

Love the light!

Reisha Perlmutter_woman underwater painting full on Art Is Everywhere

Full version with paint palette. Cerulean is one of my favorite blues.

I’m not sure of her process but I imagine a lot of photos serve as visual reference for her paintings, some of which may be self portraits, and adds to the beauty of the paintings.

Reisha Permutter_underwater on Art Is Everywhere

Self Portrait? How she is able to achieve such likeness with the hair is incredible.

Reisha Perlmutter artist on Art Is Everywhere

Reisha Perlmutter

Capturing the Water, Light, Reflection and Form

Her Instagram shows a slow motion video of water rippling when disturbed and all the reflections it casts. This would provide an abundance of visual reference from which to paint. I’ve always been captivated with water and trying to get the essence of its characteristics captured but it’s a challenge that I have not yet mastered. She has done it exquisitely well.

Reisha Permutter_Rippled Reflections on Art Is Everywhere

Divorcing your mind’s eye from what it’s telling you should be seeing from the actual abstract forms that create the reality and are represented in the painting is the key — and of course, having the talent to paint them.

Reisha Perlmutter_Abstract forms on Art Is Everywhere

Water Bodies Exhibit

I thought it appropriate to post about her Aqua series just when the summer weather has become unbearably hot. These paintings are a refreshing dose of “coolness.”

Town & Country features Water Bodies exhibit on Art is Everywhere

The Water|Bodies exhibit featured by Town & Country also cools you off.

Water Bodies exhibit catalog on Art Is Everywhere

It was organized by the Southampton Arts Center with the New York Academy and on view until July 31st.

Now, get out of the heat, go see the exhibit and then jump in the pool or ocean, if you’re lucky enough to be there. 😉

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Captain Gregory’s is a Sweet Hole in the Wall

It was sometime back when I mentioned Captain Gregory’s and my intension to visit this sweet hole in the wall speakeasy sometime soon. Well, we finally had the chance over July 4th weekend. We decided to drop by the Saturday the week before but it was booked and we got on the waiting list. After an hour @ 10pm and rain pending, we cancelled when they texted us. Instead, we made reservations for the following Saturday.

There is a $25 / person minimum on Friday and Saturday nights. We had no problem meeting this and then some, with just 2 drinks, it’s easy to do.

Captain Gregorys Front Room Seating on Art Is Everywhere

Front room seating

We went early for the first seating at 6 pm, when our cocktail hour usually starts. This was a good idea, as we could also get some appetizers and start the evening early. We had a chance to view the Sugar Shack — the doughnut shop — where Captain Gregory’s exists, located behind a secret wall.

Disco doughnuts at Captain Gregorys on AIE

Love these doughnuts and crafty decor. One is even a disco doughnut.

Hole in the wall entrance at Captain Gregorys on AIE

It’s a hole in the wall entrance. The flag is the “doorbell”

We sat right at the bar, far left side, as seen in their website homepage photo. This was the perfect placement to watch the bartenders command their craft. This is about as big as the place is. Seats 24 with two rooms and around the bar. The ambience is just right with low lighting and the great range of music sets the vibe. Thursdays happens to be bring your own vinyl night, which we’ll have to try.

Captain Gregorys Speakeasy on Art Is Everywhere

Sam Brooks was our bartender extraordinaire. However, if you forget anyone’s name their chalkboard sign says just call them “Captain.” Sam, our cocktail captain, really knows what he’s doing. I started with his Sudden Downpour in Manila an unusual pairing with Banana and red miso infused bourbon and burnt sugar with Angostura bitters. Peter started with (13th Street Cocktail) with Rittenhouse Rye, homemade sweet vermouth, Yellow Chartreuse, Frenet Branca, Angostura, and Applewood Smoked — served room temperature. This takes a special palette to enjoy but reminds me somewhat of a Last Word.  Both were wonderful with flavors that I would have never thought to use together.

Sudden Downpour in Manila cocktail on Art Is Everywhere

Sudden Downpour in Manila cocktail

Unfortunately, the menu on their website is not current, and after another 3 drinks, I don’t remember all the details for the remaining ones.

Captain Gregorys Cocktails sample menu on Art is Everywhere

There were too many tempting cocktails to try but I decided to put Sam to the test with a custom Vieux Carré and a Cardamaro Sour, because afterall, we were there because of Tyler’s suggestion from when we experienced Magnolia’s, with his same custom cocktail creation. Sam’s was good but Tyler’s seemed better, however the Captain’s had more, so toss up…

Specially concocted Cardamarro Sour at Magnolia's_Art Is Everywhere

Specially concocted Cardamaro Sour at Magnolia’s

Peter like his 13th Street Cocktail so much that he had another; whereas, I wanted to try different drinks.  My final concoction was the homemade daiquiri with singed anise. This important detail added taste through smell every time you took a sip and exemplified the true art to making a cocktail terrific.

We enjoyed a wonderful cheese board and because there is a 2 hour limit, which is a good cutoff time, we had a couple of doughnuts to enjoy on our walk home, which fortunately, is nearby. Luckily for us.

Homemade Daiquiri with singed anise on Art Is Everywhere

Homemade Daiquiri with singed anise

We’ll be back of course but may have to make reservations way in advance as the place may have lost its secret status with this recent bit of great press they’ve experienced. Otherwise, you’d never guess such a sweet spot exits in this unassuming doughnut shop.

Sugar Shack in Alexandria on Art Is Everywhere

Unassuming Sugar Shack entrance right on Route 1 highway in Old Town Alexandria, VA

Dallas Daily News – Seven Places to Toast the Art of Drinking in Alexandria, VA

Southern Living – The Sweet Life of Alexandria, VA

In A DC Minute – 5 Places to Get Cocktails in Alexandria

DC Refined – 8 Cocktail Bars that Command More Attention

Washingtonian – Captain Gregory’s Speakeasy is Serving Doughnut Sliders and Sundaes

 

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A Thermodynamic Mural View

This post is just in time for some summer July heat, especially just after celebrating a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

As featured on Creativity, Lennox, the air conditioning/ cooling and heating company, has partnered with 5 street artists for them to paint L.A. murals using thermodynamic / thermochromic paint. The paint changes with the temperature while the murals morph into new images. There are basically 2 murals in one. Pretty spectacular!

This octopus mural named Adaptive by Bacon changes just like in real life.

It makes me think of one of my favorite books, The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.

Adaptive Octopus thermochromic mural by Bacon_Art Is Everywhere

Click this link to read more and see the full video, which is really creative and well done.

Thermochomic paint video_via Creativity on Art Is Everywhere

via Creativity

Here are the other Degrees of Perfect video teasers for reference.

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Wall of Birds

I had posted before about Jane Kim and her InkDwell team painting a wall of birds for Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Now you have the best, most interactive way to view them up close and personal. There are more than 700 images and the detail is incredible.

Cornell Wall of Birds_Art Is EverywhereHere’s another bird wall worth checking out in this time-lapse video of the Tautoko mural, honoring the endangered Kuaka bird painted by Charles and Janine Williams at Napier Port for the annual Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans street art festival. The event took place in New Zealand this year. Click to read previous posts regarding this event.

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SeaWalls Mural Tautoko, at Napier Port by Charles and Janine Williams

 

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The Perfect Pink

The Paul Smith store in LA has received the most notoriety for its vivid, perfect pink exterior color. It certainly attracts attention but has increasingly attracted attention of photographers with a constant flow of selfie uploads daily. So much so, that the attention the wall brings, creates its own security guard.

Paul Smith perfect pink wall_Instagram 2_Art Is EverywhereAtlas Obscura explains the draw of the perfect pink color:

“The Paul Smith wall makes the list of almost every available “most photographed locations in Los Angeles” list…Everyone looks freaking great standing in front of it…The fact that the wall is a simple swath of color, unbroken and very, very tall, makes it curiously like a professional backdrop itself…creates a huge amount of contrast between the subject …makes it a particularly eye-catching image, especially on a small screen.

Paul Smith perfect pink wall 1_Art Is EverywhereThe size of the wall, negative space and shadows all play into the perfect pink effect. Also of interest is the fact that the color pink has been trending the last couple of years. Pantone ranked it [Rose Quartz] and Serenity Blue as its top 2 colors for 2016. You can read other posts about Pantone’s Color Forecasting here.

Paul Smith perfect pink wall_Instagram_Art Is EverywhereAtlas describes it well, “That big pink wall is something else: arty, but not exactly art; unbranded but instantly recognizable; off-the-beaten-path but hugely popular.

Paul Smith perfect pink wall 1_Art Is EverywhereJust search #pinkwall on Twitter and Paul Smith Pink Wall on Instagram to see for yourself.

I like the color and have also been dabbling with pink recently in the latest Chinoiserie collection of Casart removable and reusable wallpaper.

Casart Coverings Chinoiserie Mural Panel 4 in Dusty Pink self-adhesive wallpaper_Art Is Everywhere

Casart Chinoiserie Mural Panel 4 in Dusty Pink self-adhesive wallpaper

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In Praise of Some Women in Brazil

With the Summer Olympics coming and the warning alert to women traveling to the area due to the Zika virus, it is worth praising some women in Brazil who are already there.

I recently discovered these murals in my list of saves and coincidentally they happen to be by Fin DAC, the artist featured in my previous post, and Christina Angelina, who also paints beautiful street portraits of women.

Christina Angelina_street portrait muralist_AIEThese female portraits were painted in San Paolo, Brazil — only about 5 hours away from Rio de Janeiro.

South America Map_ Brazil_AIEThe images below were first published in the Huffington Post in February 2014.

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The finished “Splash” mural painted by FinDAC & Christina Angelina with women in Brazil Portraits

Here are some images of the murals in progress.

FinDAC_Christina Angelina_women in Brazil 2_AIEFinDAC_Christina Angelina_women in Brazil 3_AIEFinDAC_Christina Angelina_women in Brazil 7_AIEFinDAC_Christina Angelina_women in Brazil 5_AIEFinDAC_Christina Angelina women in Brazil 4_AIEFinDAC_Christina Angelina_women in Brazil 6_AIEFinDAC_Christina Angelina_women in Brazil 8_AIEThis is not the first time Fin DAC and Christina Angelina have collaborated.

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The Bandeirantes is Another mural collaboration in Brazil

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Other joint mural projects in the US. Images via Christina Angelina

Christina Angelina_FinDAC 5_AIEThey have a thing for snakes too, serpents and angels…

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