Artistic Tradition Woven in Time and Odyssey

A quick post this week featuring the famed Venetian house of Bevilacqua textiles and their artistic tradition woven in time along with some pictures from New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA’s) 50th Odyssey Ball.

A magical setting from the 50th Odyssey Ball at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Some artwork featured Venetian Masters.

odyssey-ball-highlights on Art Is Everywhere

Odyssey Ball photos by Lorre Lei Jackson

desserts-at-odyssey-ball on Art Is Everywhere

A range of delectable desserts

Timothee Lovelock, the DJviolinist on Art Is Everywhere

Timothee Lovelock, the DJviolinist was one of the featured musicians. I like his violin!


The Human Rosebud

What a perfect topic for April showers bringing May flowers on this 1st of May.

I never knew the details about St. Mark’s Day. It’s a tradition in Venice for celebrants to form a human rosebud in St. Mark’s Square.

Over a thousand people participated to celebrate the Festa del Bocolo, translated as the Feast of the Rosebud.

There’s a romantic history behind this celebration.

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

The tradition calls for Venetian men to give a red rose to their beloved on this April 25th  holiday to honor St. Mark, Venice’s patron saint, on the day he died.

Here’s an interesting site, Venezia Rivelata where I found colored photos of the above + a time lapse video.

In typical Italian style, it takes a little longer to create the flower and in fact, the video never shows the completion.

This made me smile, because that carefree lifestyle just made me long to be back in Venice.

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

Other events like the famous Regata di Traghetti boat race takes place during this Venetian holiday.

Regata di Traghetti on Art Is Everywhere

In addition…

…to Monday’s post about Snow, Snow and more Snow, here are a few pictures that my Venetian cousins sent of Venice sadly under water but beautiful with a dusting of snow. There’s lots of snow going around.

Venetian Church Doors with Snow. Photo © by Pietro deScarpis

Venice under Snow. Photo © by Pietro deScarpis

Venice with Snow. Photo © by Piertro deScarpis

A music link to Patricia Snyder’s Snowbound to Kick Start Your Weekend, as we’ll be digging out:

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be skiing during this blizzard:

Here’s an art opportunity that I wanted to mention before it’s too late. The City of Seattle is looking for artists to paint murals on 46th Street. Click on this Fremont Universe link for details. Applications are due by February 19th.

Cherry Blossoms, Tribute & Anniversary

Sorry not to post yesterday. I needed a mental health day of recuperation after the NOHGS. When I returned the first thing I noticed was the Cherry Blossoms have popped and are in full bloom. Gorgeous! Then I entered my house, and no pets to greet me. That was a strange feeling and one to get used to.

flowers-for-dad. Photo by C. Ashley Spencer

Today is the day for many remembrances. Today is the 2nd year anniversary of my father’s passing. I remember how beautiful the cherry blossoms looked when he died. Yesterday, my 91 year old Aunt Katherine, my father’s sister, passed away. This is more than a bit uncanny in the timing. She was my eccentric, artistic namesake. My first name is Cathryn and although, I do not go by it, I keep it in my name as C. Ashley as a tribute to her. She taught me a lot about art at an early age and about connections. She introduced me to my Venetian cousins, who have since become dear friends and she discovered when I was working at the National Gallery that my boss’ wife was related to a family friend. Coincidentally it’s that family friend who owns the funeral home that is taking care of her now. She was full of surprises. I always enjoyed listening to her many stories. Sometimes, she’d just show up, having driven all the way from Danville, Kentucky with her trunk full of shoe boxes (I never quite figured that one out), and we’d go painting.

I know I have more recent pictures but here is one of my Aunt when she came to visit in 1997 (one of those, Hi, I’m here times). Piers was 8 and Jackson was @ 4 years old and my sister Lindsey, who was living in the area at the time is the photo.

Aunt Katherine Jackson. Photo by C. Ashley Spencer

Here’s a photo of my illustration studio with some of Aunt Katherine’s artwork. She knew I loved Venice and when I asked her to please paint something for me, she copied some well known pieces and wouldn’t sign her name to them; even though, they were her stylistic take on the originals, so she signed for the original artists, giving them the rightful credit. She never felt comfortable about her artwork, however, and was always resigned to be humble about her talent. She was quite prolific and would paint au plein air when and wherever the mood struck — even if it meant climbing over a convent wall just to capture the moment in the nuns’ private garden. I think she got caught that time but they let her go when they saw her work.

My Studio with Aunt Katherine\'s artwork. Photo by C. Ashley Spencer

Timing is more than a mysterious thing sometimes. My sister Hilary is having her first baby today and his name will be John, named after my father. I just got the call and mother, baby and father are doing fine.  As all three of the older generation of Jackson siblings are now gone, my Aunt makes way for another to enter the world….Beyond mortal explanation, I think.

Just a side note that I also find timely and something I just learned. VanGogh’s birthday was on March 30th:

I’ll post again on Monday with more news from the trade show that we attended. Have a great weekend!

Mardi Gras, Masks and Typography

In advance of Fat Tuesday! Here’s a combination of Venice and New Orleans. This is Gabriela Coutinho’s Venice Carnavale 2008. The costumes are wonderful:

And from Irishaikidoka on YouTube: Hermes Wrestling for Pollens Float 18, just this past Friday night:

I’ll have to ask my brother it this was his float.

Here’s an interesting story behind a commissioned  Sri Lankan Mask.

And something we use everyday — not a cover up but maybe a hidden art —  of creating typography. There is an interesting lecture tonight at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, called “The Designing Type: The Work of Matthew Carter. He is a founder of the fonts: Verdana, Georgia, Tahoma and Postoni — ones we may use everyday. Personally, I’m a fan of Verdana.

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