Merry Monarch Christmas


Here’s our charitable organization to which we contribute each year, The Blue Monarch in Tennessee. They do incredible work of breaking the cycle of family or drug abuse in providing rehabilitation and  giving the children of affected mothers a chance at a new beginning.

As you can see from this postcard — Art Is Everywhere and the children are flourishing.

Blue Monarch 1 on Art Is Everywhere

Blue Monarch children create a mural

Blue Monarch 2 on Art Is Everywhere

Plus, they put the mothers to work making the most scrumptious granola, which becomes our Christmas presents to family each year.

They exemplify the true spirit of Christmas all year round.

Blue Monarch 3 on Art Is EverywhereWe also like that they connect us to our Sewanee roots.

Gala at Gallier

We had a great time in New Orleans for Thanksgiving but we’re sorry we missed this spectacular gala-festival at Gallier Hall.

Gallier Hall Lights on AIEHere’s a more complete story leading up to the event and be sure to watch the video below with La Maison’s production this past September in Bucharest.

Read here all about La Maison Production.

Hope this helps to light up your holiday spirit.

Developers Add Dramatic Design to DC

There are big changes coming to the l’Enfant Plaza and around the DC area with new 3 murals by international street artists, James Reka, (Australia)  Rafael Gerlach (German) known as SatOne and Nawer (Poland), as well as others. There are 19 murals planned via the JBG Companies, sponsor of the JBG Mural Project.

SaOne mural_JBG on Art Is Everywhere

Reka mural_JBG on Art Is Everywhere

Nawer mural_JBG on Art Is Everywhere

JBG has been a long-time proponent of adding artistic renovations to l’Enfant Plaza and in the DC metropolitan area as seen in the above photos via Hill Now, where you can read more about the description of the N Street NoMa murals. This public art project is curated in collaboration with the Art Whino gallery. Photos below via Complex.

LEnfant Plaza_Reka Mural 1_via Complex on Art Is Everywhere

LEnfant Plaza_Reka Mural 2_via Complex on Art Is Everywhere

JBG is also known for their beautiful, upscale and modern interiors inside their various developments.

HDG_JBG 1 on Art Is Everywhere

HDG_JBG 2 on Art Is Everywhere

HDG_JBG 3 on Art Is Everywhere

This is made possible by one of the top, award-winning, interior and architectural designers, Phyllis Hartman of the HDG — Hartman Design Group.

HDG Paradigm 1 on Art Is Everywhere

HDG Paradigm 3 on Art Is Everywhere

HDG Paradigm 2 on Art Is Everywhere

HDG contributes their talent to many real estate and commercial developers, like Paradigm as well.

Veterans Day Reflection 2

As we sit down to our Thanksgiving meal, I’m still reflecting on Veterans Day and how thankful we are for all their courage and sacrifice, fighting to continuously preserve and protect our freedom and enabling us to celebrate family holidays such as this uniquely American one.

Peter and I visited the relatively new Disabled Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day. It’s official name is the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which accurately describes what the memorial is about but it’s a bit of a mouthful to say.

We found it stately, streamlined and moving.

Disabled Verterans Memorial_ on Art Is Everywhere

Disabled Veterans Memorial a tribute to visit on Veterans Day

Out of the image view above is the star at the end of the infinity pool with an endless flame coming out of the water. Unfortunately, it was surprisingly extinguished on this visit.

VIsiting the Disabled Verterans Memorial on Art Is Everywhere

Silhouettes are also embedded in the semi-transparent glass

Along with silhouettes embedded in the semi-transparent glass panels, are very touching quotes by military vets, like Bob Dole and others, who describe the ongoing battle to live with disabilities long after wars are fought.

This reality of war’s scars describe both physical as well as mental trauma, as every day struggles among our Vets.

It was a beautiful day to visit just at dusk and before the Concert of Valor, which we viewed later on TV in the comfort of our home.

We’ll be having Thanksgiving this year in New Orleans with our extended family, including Piers and his wife, Libby, who we welcome as a new addition to our family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall Exhibit Lineup

There are so many good art exhibits coming to the DC area that I thought I’d create a short checklist for

this fall lineup:

I’m excited about this one because I’ve been to this Christina Olson house and have seen this view. I’m fascinated with Wyeth’s windows. He was onto the mystery they hold.

Andrew Wyeth exhibit

  • Degas / Cassatt — NGA, 70 pieces exploring the artistic connection between Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt

Degas / Cassatt art exhibit on Art Is Everywhere

hubcap art on Art Is Everywhere

I’m not sure I can make it to this one, but maybe when I’m in the Shenandoah while wine tasting next weekend if nearby. There are some wonderful pieces like this one by Discovery by New Jersey artist Robert Beck.

The museum website link has the full artist roster and descriptions. Well worth the download.

Discovery hubcap art by Robert Beck



Science-Fair Calls Home

In my other life, when working at my favorite museum in DC, I had plans to be an exhibition designer.

Well, these plans changed but if I only had time and focus to participate,  this would be a very ‘out of this world’ competition.

The Museum of Science Fiction, which I never knew even existed (but not a physical place yet), and in the DC area, wants to know,

Do you have a personal vision of the future?” (Washington Post credit Nancy Szokan)

MSOF website visual on AIE, Art iI Everywhere

MOSF’s website looks like a very cool scene out of Star Wars

MOSF is holding exhibition design competition for participants to enter their ideas for a preview space upon which the museum wants their facility to be built by 2017.

Their current postal address is:

Alexandria, VA 22313-0088
USA: Earth: Sol: Milky Way

Wacky and fun — this could be nearly in my backyard!!

The objective is for entrants to design this museum’s future space (no pun intended).

This blows your typical science fair out of the water and gives a chance for budding, as well as established designers, to call this MSOF’s new home a part of their vision.

The registration deadline is October 31. Submission deadline is November 30 and the winner will be announced December 15 along with a $1,000 price and a chance to be a MOsci-fi pioneer.

MSOF_Exhibit Design Poster on AIE

They don’t say much in their promo video, but you’ll have fun watching and counting how many sci-fi movies and references you’ll recognize.

Getting Back into the Groove

All things considered, I’m happy to be able to write this post, for September 11th,  after an intense few weeks, before a much-needed vacation and a very tough first week back from the beach.

I’m getting back in the work groove, slowly.

But I just cannot think of this day without reflection on family & friends, as they hold so much significance in our lives and how this anniversary affects all those who were lost.

Just now seeing my son’s pictures from his honeymoon, which were lovely, made me think this process of getting back into the groove is like jellyfish moving in the water; even with water (and so many things) swirling around, they eventually get to where they need to be and do so beautifully.

Jellyfish at Aquarium in Monterey, CA_on Art is Everywhere, AIE blog

Jellyfish at Aquarium in Monterey, CA

It certainly is a satisfying feeling to complete nearly 50+ hours of work with very little sleep or nourishment in order to get my new decorative painting website done. This was a scramble to complete before my current and old one just disappears. I’ll no longer be using my current hosting and moving to a WordPress site, which will be
like writing blog posts.

I’ve essentially written 162 blog posts and reviewed 260 in the last 72 hours with about 600 images to still address!! That’s somewhat insurmountable feat.

I’m glad it’s done — until fully complete with domain name transfer I’m trying to schedule this week.

In the meantime, enjoy these few pics from Monterey, California and a place I hope to someday visit.

This picture is a slow build-up of work that eventually become a collective, artistic phenomena.

man-made cairns on Art is Everywhere, AIE blog

Man-made cairns on Monterey beach in CA – a stone mine-field worth walking through

Monterey beach with seals in a cluster on Art is Everywhere, AIE blog

Monterey beach with seals in a cluster

Seawalls Artists – Art for the Shark

This is a followup to my last post, Art for the Shark.

What good timing. I just saw this video below that profiles the artists involved in the Seawalls – Murals for Oceans project.

I’m getting ready to go on a much-needed, sanity-break vacation next week, after my oldest son’s wedding this past Saturday, which was beautiful but I’m still processing.  I’m also trying to get all the back-log of work done before taking my youngest son back to college. Visiting with family, friends and meeting guests and new extended family over the last 5 day weekend was both fun and exhausting. There will be a later post regarding, when I can reflect.

Just viewing this video gives me a sense of calm in the chaos. Seeing how much fun they had reminds me of my upcoming vacation, where I will be doing much of the same — except maybe not swimming with sharks (I hope). I just wish I also had time to draw, paint and absorb myself fully with art in the process. I will have to bring some work with me but I will, as I always, be thinking about art and will try to meet a goal of doing a sketch a day.

PangeaSeed Presents – Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition: Isla Mujeres 2014 from PangeaSeed on Vimeo.

Source: Huffington Post article.

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