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“Twist and Shout” Crochet Portraits by Jo Hamilton

“Child’s Play” The Stunning Photography of Loretta Lux

“Abundance” Paintings by Chelsea Gibson

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Night Light (Jessica)Jiminy Cricket the grocery store was crowded this afternoon! Easter feasting is clearly in the offing.  The sheer number of products and brands available has become overwhelming to me.  The olive oil section alone takes up half of an aisle!  While abundance is a first class problem from which our country suffers, I am a bit nostalgic for simpler times when selecting a loaf of bread was a choice between wheat or white.  But then again, life is a series of choices…

I’m hard pressed to pick my favorite with regards to the work of Chelsea Gibson.  Her work strikes a perfect balance between vibrant and nonchalant.

Artist’s website:  www.chelseagibson.net

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Filed under: art, Artist, contemporary art, Fine Art, oil, Painting, portrait Tagged: Art, Chelsea Gibson, Contemporary Art, cooking, culinary arts, Easter, entertaining, Kroger, Oil Painting, Painting, portraits

“Blues” Denim Works by Denimu (Ian Berry)

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I’m a pretty upbeat person, fueled mainly by what some might view as an annoying curiosity about just about everything.  The one thing that can get on my last nerve though, is persistant cloud cover.  I realize it is tedious to talk about the weather, but since it is Monday, I’m giving myself license to complain.  Nashville has been one dreary place for the past MONTH and SPRING just needs to go ahead and get here!!!

Young and brilliant artist, Ian Berry, knows how to shake the blues.  His portraits and landscapes are made ENTIRELY of discarded denim.  I’m going to slip into my Hudson’s now and face the day!

Artist’s website: http://denimu.com/page9.htm#bio

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Filed under: art, Artist, Collage, contemporary art, Fiber, Fine Art, portrait, Realism, Recycled Art Tagged: 7's, american denim, Art, Arts, blue jeans, denim, Hudson jeans, Ian Berry, jeans, levis, Nashville, paintings, portraits, recycled art, sevens, weather

“Costume Party” Photographs by Hendrik Kerstens

“Mug Shot” Handwoven Portraits by Joanne Arnett

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As an Intagram participant, and a mother of teenagers, I’m more than familiar with the “selfie”.  For those of you in the social media dark, this is the term for a photo taken of ones “self” and published out to friends and the other 3 billion people on earth with access to the internet.  The tell-tale sign of a “selfie” is a right arm jutting out in the lower left hand side of the frame indicating that the subject is holding their phone to take the picture.  Here is an example:

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Artist Joanne Arnett has focused on another genre.  Her mug shot series is brilliant in both concept and execution.  Her works are meticulously handwoven representations of actual mug shots.  Nothing “insta” about about it.

Artist’s website: www.joannearnett.net
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Filed under: art, Collage, contemporary art, Embroidery, Fiber, figure, Fine Art, Photography, photorealism, portrait, textile Tagged: crime, criminal justice, Instagram, jail, joanne arnett, mug shot, photography, portraits, selfie, Textile, textiles, Weaving

“Culture Clash” Photography by Jim Naughten

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I’m so taken with Jim Naughten’s photography and, if I…
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“Modern Master” Paintings by Seth Haverkamp

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Nashville is white hot.  The number of new restaurants is…