Veterans & Flags

In a belated tribute to US Veterans, here are some murals that pay tribute — to thank them for their service and to welcome them back home.

Art Is Everywhere_NYC Flag Mural

via Jazz

Artist Scott LaBaido paints flags as a tribute to the military. He often paints murals in conjunction with actor Gary Sinise’s concerts, which also honor and offer support to the US military personnel through his foundation.

Scott LaBaido flag mural on Art Is Everywhere

via Fayetteville Observer

This is a great iconic image  with a colorful update.

Art Is Everywhere_NYC Veterans Mural

via Jazz

A Gumbo of Goodies

Upon just getting back from vacation, I’ve assembled a quick and easy yet delightful mix of links — a gumbo of goodies to try.

We discussed revisiting berry picking as a possible family trip to the Rappahannock, which is where we used to take the boys when they were younger and where Piers and his girlfriend visited recently. They also went on a Virginia Vineyard tour, which can be another trip for this fall to consider. This newly discovered app will be interesting to use: “Uncovering George Washington’s Youth,” which I always thought was Pope’s Creek Plantation, where we have been. It is just down the road from Westmoreland Berry Farm, our favorite place to go berry picking.

While there, I don’t imagine we’ll see fall color like this but wouldn’t it be nice!! This was Stumbled Upon via Delightful’s post 10 Most Unbelievable Places in the World, which you’ll have to visit to see more — truly spectacular!

Amazing places in world on AIE

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Amazing places in world on AIE

Tunnel of Love in Ukraine

Amazing places in world on AIE

Street in Bonn, Germany

Finally, try this fun thing to do — another Stumble upon find. A little addictive. No matter where you point your cursor, a picture with someone pointing to it can be found via Pointer Pointer. Freaky and how do they do that?!!

Pointer-pointer1_AIE Pointer-pointer2_AIE



Nola’s Top Chef

While I’m on vacation this week, I wanted to leave you with something delicious to think about and something entertaining to look forward to. I just learned that Bravo’s Top Chef show is preparing for their new season this October by visiting local restaurants and culinary talent in New Orleans to acquire their competitors. The competitors have already been selected by Padma Lakshmi. These shows may be more interesting like a documentary than the actual competition. All the episodes can be viewed in sequence on The contestants will come together to get judged on their culinary ability like making a dish strictly “from what they find in garbage dumpster” in New Orleans! Really?! A bit contrived, but what do you expect? This is “reality” TV afterall.

Here’s a prequel:

I don’t watch this show and may not even watch this one but it made me think of the GREAT and I mean nowhere-can-compare food in New Orleans! I’m spoiled in that I grew up on jambalaya, shrimp and grits and crawfish and so many other delectibles (don’t even mention the desserts) that cannot be found anywhere else and are hard to replicate with authenticity as many a restaurant may try.

I found one, however, Acadiana in DC. I love the name because it reminds me of “Acadia” what Andrew Lytle used to refer to when speaking of untouched Agrarian Southern Culture and territory as “Heaven”. Acadiana is the actual Cajun French region of Louisiana. I have been wanting to go to this restaurant since Katrina took everything I remembered (at that time) away from my beloved New Orleans. Acadiana opened about a month after “The Storm” — fantastic marketing!! It has been a popular place ever since and many other restaurants have joined its network.

Acadiana Restaurant_Art is Everywhere

We tried it for Piers’ 25th birthday. This was our same view into the restaurant from out table closer to the front entrance. It was a fabulous dinner! We started with Sazeracs, the official cocktail of New Orleans. I had a Big Easy since it had rum and evidently Friday, August 16 was National Rum Day. It was OK but I like a Vieux Carré better — our new drink of the season.

Acadiana Restaurant_Art is Everywhere

After cocktails, we moved to an assortment of fried green tomatoes (the only thing that was just OK), boudin balls (superb) and roasted oysters. The latter are not my favorite because I won’t eat oysters unless they are cooked and I admit, I like mussels better but these were excellent. My father’s favorite thing was oysters on the half shell. I just never acquired that tasting gene I guess.

For the menu, we had a trio of classic New Orleans soups to try: crab & corn, turtle and a chicken andouille sausage gumbo. We all had fish: Crispy Catfish and Blackened Redfish with a rich yellow bean and rice (take on red beans and rice) sauce. We finished with a flight of amaros. Fantastic!! I will go back and recommend. They did an excellent job on their own take on the classics like grillards and grits instead of grits and grillards, etc. They even printed out Happy 25th Birthday menus for us all and wrapped one for Piers to take home upon leaving.


Bring it on Top Chefs! The art may be in the preparation of the food, but I’ll be thinking of more authentic, classic and just plain good — without all the needed hype or fuss — New Orleans cuisine, while they may be trying just too hard to impress.

Something to “See” in NOLA?

Notices of exhibits show up in my alerts but my mother also forwards from New Orleans, since she’s there and sees it first.

This one “caught my eye” and would be one I’d like to see, Self Portrait of and by 73 year old artist Pat Steir at the Newcomb Art Gallery. Unfortunately, I was late in posting and the exhibit has already gone but worth taking a look at and reading more via this Times Picayune link.

self portrait_Pat Steir on Art Is Everywhere

I’m not too sure about this second one being my cup of tea but I find the Rashaad Newsome’s premise regarding heraldry and his visual perspective on 21st century pop culture in his artwork interesting. King of Arms is at the New Orleans Museum of Art (one of my favorite places), June 21 – September 21. So you’ve got time to explore and listen to the Baroque choral music combined with rap that accompanies his pieces.

Rashaad Newsome_Doug MacCash photo on Art Is Everyhwere

When I first saw this photo, I immediately thought of the Mardi Gras Indians and the bling they use for their most bedazzling costumes. I also thought of the type of gilding that takes place in iconic portraiture for halos and artwork mainly for churches.


The Four Freedoms

In light of this past Monday’s Memorial Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post murals of  Norman Rockwell’s famous iconic paintings, The Four Freedoms. These images represent the American values that he felt embodied enduring freedoms of:  Freedom of Worship, Freedom of Speech, Freedom From Want, and Freedom From Fear.

Norman Rockwell four freedom murals on Art Is Everywhere

The town of Silverton, OR commissioned local artist David McDonald to reproduce the famous paintings as murals in 1993, to mark the fiftieth anniversary in which they were originally painted. We can still look at them today to say although times have changed the importance of the freedoms that they represent have not. We can thank those who have served in our military to fight for America and to ensure and protect our freedoms. Although Memorial Day in only one day to give thanks we can give tribute daily in the lives we live by safeguarding and not taking for granted these freedoms we hold so dear.

Silverton Freedom Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Silverton Freedom Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Silverton Freedom Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Silverton Freedom Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Silverton Freedom Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Fly your flag!

American Flag on Art Is Everywhere

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