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Birthday Buttercream Cupcakes

It's Food Friday!

Posted: June 18, 2010 06:09 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Buttercream Cupcake Icing 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 4 cups powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Cream the butter, add the sugar, salt, cream, and vanilla and mix until smooth and creamy. Add a drop or two of food coloring to achieve a delightful pink. Sprinkles are always a good idea. I do not have a homemade cupcake recipe, because I am a hopeless baker. Pillsbury seems to work best for me. I used to worry about this until I listened to a Sporkful podcast. They explained that cupcakes are merely vehicles for conveying the icing to yo...

Viv models hat at Kemb;e's

Fine Art Daily - June 17, 2010

Posted: June 17, 2010 05:22 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

June 17, 2010 Just in time for Ascot! Here's Viv, showing her inimitable style, but protecting her anonymity, at Kemble's Interiors. Beside having chic bobs and bits for the home, they have a fabulous array of colorful straw hats. We just need a legitimate reason to jet over to England this week! Surely the Queen would like to spend an afternoon with us. She would enjoy French "75"s. Gin and champagne - two of her favorite beverages, rolled up into one! Happy Birthday to Kyle!

Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978),Tea Time, 1927.  Oil on canvas.  Bequest of Gertrude Perlberg, 2001.23

Norman Rockwell, Tea Time, 1927, at the Norton Museum of Art

Posted: June 15, 2010 16:31 Last Updated: | Norton Museum of Art

Before a cozy hearth, an elderly couple sits in profile, backlit in warm yellows and oranges by an unseen flame.  The woman, nestled in her patterned easy chair at right, smiles down at her cup and saucer, which she holds daintily in her hands while a black and white cat slumbers comfortably on her lap.  Opposite her, the man wearing a long coat, cravat and plaid trousers appears to speak cheerfully as he examines his cup through his spectacles, perched squarely on the end of his bulbous nose.  He—evidently the owner of the tall silk hat, gloves and umbrella carefully discar...

Cheney with a Spare Heart, 2008

Abe Blashko, 90th Birthday Celebration, 75-Year Retrospective

Posted: June 04, 2010 10:57 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Now up and ready in the gallery:  A 75-Year Retrospective of Works on Paper by Seattle-born Abe Blashko. Included are some of his earliest, most bizarre images including The Puppet, Le Miserable, and The Man Who Laughs, all 1939. Three pastels from the Ratmen Series (including The Golem) are show as well as drawings from his 1995 publication, Saint Mark's Place. Also included are political images; there is an especially biting Cheney With a Spare Heart, 2008. Blashko (born 1920) is largely self-taught. Inspired by the Mexican muralists, he created a body of work reflecting the world ...

"Washing over Gull Rock", Oil on board, 29" x 36"

Jay Hall Connaway Revisited

Posted: May 28, 2010 11:17 Last Updated: | James Puzinas

Our gallery has sold many paintings by the American artist Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970) over the years.  So it is with great pleasure that we greet the current reappraisal of Connaway's lengthy career recently undertaken by two prominent New England museums. Beginning with the Portland (ME)  Museum of Art exhibition last fall of 39 paintings  by Connaway donated by Mrs. Marjorie Osbourne and culiminating with an ambitious show currently on exhibit at the Shelburne (VT) Museum through October 24, 2010, we are able to closely examine and appreciate the paintings...

Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole is part of the John and Jean Wilkinson Collection.

"American Masters from the Collection of John and Jean Wilkinson' opens in Florida

Posted: May 23, 2010 22:25 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

Twenty works by leading American artists such as Thomas Cole, George Inness, Alfred Maurer, Jane Peterson, Thomas B. Pope and Anthony Thieme, are on loan from the private collection of John and Jean Wilkinson to the Appleton Museum of Art. The exhibit, which runs through July 25, illustrates art movements from the Hudson River School of the 19th century to early 20th century modernism. Also, on view through May 30 is "Florida Journeys: African-American Artists From The Sunshine State" with nearly 40 artworks by some of Florida’s finest African-American artists such as Kenneth Fala...

Cover of "Andy Warhol: Making Money," a new book coming in October 2010.

"Andy Warhol: Making Money" debuts

Posted: May 23, 2010 13:29 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

A book hand-made by Pop artist Andy Warhol as a gift for a young girl will be published for the first time this fall. Rizzoli is releasing a fascimile edition of the one-of-the-kind "Making Money." Originally created by Warhol in 1981, the book features a series of his exuberant freehand drawings. An appealing "flipbook" quality emerges as the images slowly build from abstract renditions to the artist's familiar dollar sign. The backstory is another draw. The gift-book was for Berkeley Reinhold, then a pre-teen and daughter of Warhol's close friend, diamond dealer and art collector ...

St. Louis Mercantile Library Fair

Posted: May 20, 2010 11:06 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

    Back in the Gallery from Missouri.  The St. Louis Mercantile Library fair was wonderful. In spite of the rain the event was amazingly well attended. In particular there was interest in work by Michael J. Gallagher, Joe Jones, and Fred Shane. At the Gallery the Hugh Mesibov Wartime Shipyard is extended through Thursday, May 27.

Debra Force Fine Art, Inc., presents Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) The Twist, 1964, signed Benton and dated 64, lower right, polymer tempera on canvas mounted on panel, 20 x 28 inches.

Collector's Guide: American Art in New York City

Posted: May 12, 2010 19:21 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

American paintings, works on paper, and sculpture take center stage in Manhattan from May 17 to 26 in a series of major auctions and special events at leading art galleries. The dizzying array of art-centric festivities involves cocktail receptions, special exhibitions, three auctions, two dozen gallery open houses, and a pair of important fundraisers.  Thousands of works of art will be available for sale. View our Itinerary below to help plan logistics. Plus, a Slideshow offers a sneak peek of what's ahead. Even though these sales are focused on 18th- to mid-20th century art...

Mesibov, Dialogue in Armor, 1944, 30 x 24 inches

Hugh Mesibov Memories of the Wartime Shipyard

Posted: May 12, 2010 12:35 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

HUGH MESIBOV, The Wartime Shipyard, Surrealist Works of 1942/45. EXTENDED THROUGH MAY, 27, 2010. During World War II Hugh Mesibov (born 1916) was a First Class Ship Fitter --- one of more than 18,000 workers employed at the historic William Cramp & Son Shipbuilding Company in Philadelphia. Cramp’s, founded in 1830, had been closed since 1927, but was re-opened in 1941; the USS Miami, a Navy cruiser, was built there. On the last day, when the job ended in 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to the site. Mesibov remembers him waving to the crowd. Roosevelt died later that y...

Hugh Mesibov, The Siege (Leningrad), 1943, 54 x 61 inches

Hugh Mesibov show at Susan Teller Gallery extended through May 27

Posted: May 12, 2010 12:26 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

The Hugh Mesibov Wartime Shipyard show at the Susan Teller Gallery is now EXTENDED through May 27, 2010 Hugh Mesibov: The Wartime Shipyard Surrealist Works of 1942/45, Paintings and Drawings Link to site: The entire show may be viewed under Exhibitions or Current. During World War II Hugh Mesibov was a First Class Ship Fitter at the historic William Cramp & Son Shipbuilding Company in Philadelphia. That day-to-day experience, combined with horrific wartime news, resulted in a body surrealist paintings and drawings. A highlight of the show is his monumental...

The view from Thomas Cole's porch in the Catskills.

The Father of American landscape painting gets Webby award

Posted: April 19, 2010 22:33 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

A 19th-century Hudson River School painter showcased in a high-tech platform has been named as one of the Honorees in the Arts category in the 14th Annual Webby Awards.  Official Honoree Explore Thomas Cole ( was among 8,000 entries competing for the distinction. Fewer than 15% of entered websites are recognized with a Webby, the award given for an outstanding caliber of work in website design. Part of the site's appeal is certainly the beauty and functionality present in the comprehensive Virtual Gallery of Cole's work. Filter the gallery by su...

Stephen B.  O'Brien, Jr.

Decoy Episode Airs SUNDAY APRIL 18th on TLC's Accidental Fortune

Posted: April 16, 2010 14:22 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

I am happy to announce my cable TV debut this weekend! In February, I travelled to Texas to recreate my gallery for the filming of a TV show called ‘Accidental Fortune.’ We shipped out five boxes of decoys and artwork from Boston and I spent three days on location in San Antonio. The episode of Accidental Fortune will air at 8 PM and 11 PM on Sunday, April 18th on TLC. Tune in to watch the thrilling tale of discovery that surrounds several A.E. Crowell decoys!

Jean Wells, Cupcake.  Timothy Yarger Fine Art.

Los Angeles Art Show 2010: More than eye-candy

Posted: January 28, 2010 12:21 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

Candy may be the art world's answer to the recession blues. Sweet and palatable images abounded at last week's Los Angeles Art Show: Wayne Theibaud's ice cream cones, Jean Wells' giant chocolate Kiss and pink cupcake sculptures, and gummi bears expertly captured in oil by Jeanne Vadeboncouer. Beyond the theme of edible delights, a wide range of art styles, from California impressionists to New York abstract expressionists, Arts and Crafts-era prints to cutting-edge video installations, gave the Fine Art Dealers Association's (FADA) 15th annual show breadth. This year, heavy rains and...

Palazzo Strozzi's exhibition 'Art and Illusion' featured Pere Borrell Del Caso's (1835-1910) Escaping Criticism, 1874.  Oil on canvas, 76 x 63 cm.  Collection of the Bank of Spain.

Most popular Fall 2009 press releases on ARTFIXdaily

Posted: December 31, 2009 12:19 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

The three most-read press releases on ARTFIXdaily, published in the ArtWire section between September 1 and December 31, 2009, highlighted museum exhibitions: 1. Art and Illusions, Masterpieces of Trompe-l'loeil from Antiquity to the Present. On view through January 24, 2010, this major exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, explores the art of optical illusion with 140 artworks. From Roman antiquity to Old Masters to present-day painters, artists whose work masterfully "fools the eye" seems to perenially delight viewers. 2. Paintings by Jay Connaway on view at Portland Muse...

The Art of Aiden Lassell Ripley by Stephen O'Brien Jr.  and Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

"The Art of Aiden Lassell Ripley" is Now Available

Posted: November 10, 2009 17:01 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Written by sporting art dealer Stephen O'Brien Jr. and ARTFIXdaily publisher Julie Carlson Wildfeuer, The Art of Aiden Lassell Ripley documents the artist's progression and growth, from his initial rise as an Impressionist to Realist depictions of his outdoor passions that continue to shape sporting art today. Over three years in the making, this is the most comprehensive book to date on the Massachusetts artist, chronicling paintings from his early life and work, illustrations and murals, landscapes and cityscapes, scenes of the South and his well-known sporti...

Chet Reneson - Winter Marsh

A Painter's Passions: Watercolors by Chet Reneson

Posted: October 19, 2009 12:39 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

I am pleased to announce a new exhibition of paintings by renowned sporting artist Chet Reneson that will run from October 15 – December 15, 2009. The exhibition features a variety of subjects near and dear to Reneson, including five sporting scenes and four Bahamian paintings. I am particularly thrilled to present a snowy-blowy duck hunting scene that perfectly captures the bluster of a winter hunt, as well as a grouse shooting work and an intense image of two Bahamian fishermen hauling a great white shark into their boat.           &nbsp...

Galen Mercer - Tide Water Ducks

Galen Mercer Exhibition

Posted: September 24, 2009 08:20 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

Through October 15, my gallery Stephen O’Brien Jr. Fine Arts will feature a solo exhibition of six major works by the artist, writer, and sportsman Galen Mercer.  The grandson of two painters and the son of another, Mercer excelled in formal technique at Thornton Hall Academy, a school specializing in the fine arts.  This exhibition demonstrates his impressive ability to apply that classic tradition to a bold, expressive palette.                 Any nature lover like myself will appreciate Mercer’s work...

George Inness, The Villa Borghese, Rome, 1871, at the James Julia auction.

Today in Maine: Stanford White's Inness, re-discovered Heade under the hammer

Posted: August 25, 2009 23:43 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

A horde of top-notch American and European paintings and decorative arts goes to the auction block in the middle of Maine from August 25 to 28. Auctioneer James D. Julia, Inc., has returned this popular end-of-summer sale to their new state-of-the-art facilities in Fairfield, Maine, after conducting the sale off-site for twenty-one years. Among the Session II stand-outs, within this 2,200-lot sale, is an extraordinary, mid-career work by George Inness (1825-1894), famed as an American tonalist painter. Titled “The Villa Borghese, Rome, 1871,” the Italian landscape depicts over forty fig...

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Dine under Jacobsen paintings at "The Gris."

Perennial Favorite: Getaway to 'The Gris'

Posted: August 20, 2009 00:11 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

As much a museum as it is an authentic Colonial tavern, Connecticut's Griswold Inn famously houses the largest privately-owned collection of paintings by Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921), America's most prolific marine artist.   Since 1776, travelers have clamored here to dine, sleep, and sing sea shanties. The current owners, the Paul family, have extended the art collection and lately, added a wine bar which has kindled its own audience. New York magazine toasted the inn's cozy Tap Room, clad in maritime antiques: "It just may be the best drinking room anywhere in America." ...

Franz Bischoff, Roses, 1912, brought a record-breaking $798,000 at Bonhams & Butterfields' Aug.  3 sale.

Record-breaking Roses: Bischoff's best bouquet sold

Posted: August 18, 2009 23:08 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

Even while the state of California is in an economic tailspin, prices for art by California impressionists (dead ones) are soaring to new heights. A masterwork titled "Roses" by early 20th-century impressionist Franz Bischoff inspired heated bidding in Los Angeles on August 3. The 1912 oil on canvas was the top lot in Bonhams & Butterfields' sale of California and American Paintings and Sculpture which featured many fresh-to-the-market works, with several paintings reaching six-figures. "Roses" (est. $600,000-$800,000) garnered $798,000, the highest price ever paid for a Bischoff w...

Art Basel Miami Beach, the sister show to Art Basel in Switzerland, is a major annual contemporary art fair enjoyed by some members of the fund.

Investors eschew Wall St. for Wall Art

Posted: August 12, 2009 18:55 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Inflation may be lurking around the what are stock market-skittish Americans considering as investments? Oil, gold, and great art---assets which some experts consider positioned to perform well in the next market upswing. For aesthetically-inclined investors, The Collectors Fund is a novel approach to both enjoying art in the home and diversifying a financial portfolio. With a minimum $120,000 investment, members buy-in to the two-year-old art fund. It's a long-term play with a bit of instant gratification. Members bid (using votes derived from the level of their investme...

A Gustav Stickely Tall-back rocker, estimate $12,000-$15,000, from the Barbra Streisand auction Oct.  17-18.

Barbra Streisand's Collection Heads to Auction (again)

Posted: August 10, 2009 12:24 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

Following the media-frenzy associated with the Michael Jackson auction that never happenend, Los Angeles-based Julien's Auctions once again offers up a dazzling celebrity cache. Fine and decorative arts from award-winning star Barbra Streisand’s New York, Beverly Hills, and Malibu residences will be auctioned on October 17 and 18 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Proceeds will benefit Streisand's humanitarian foundation. The 400-lot selection features 19th-century American furnishings, Art Deco fixtures, Oriental rugs, Native American baskets, and Barbra's personal Yamaha Baby ...

Canvasback Pair by John “Daddy” Holly (1819-1892) or James T.  Holly (1855-1935), Havre de Grace, MD, c.  1885 ($155,250)

Records tumble at Copley’s 2009 $4.16 million Sporting Sale

Posted: August 07, 2009 09:41 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

On July 15 and 16, Copley Fine Art Auctions held its annual sporting sale in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The 2009 auction shot over its $3.5 million low estimate settling in at $4.16 million, making it the most successful in the company’s history. In this landmark sale, 23 of the 25 highest estimated lots sold. Commenting on the auction, Copley Chairman Stephen B. O’Brien Jr. said, “To be up thirty percent from last year’s totals in this economy is a testament to the hard work of our entire staff, and the trust that our clients place in us. We make every effort to deliver a pleasurable experi...

Edmund Tarbell's "An Opal" sizzled up to six-figures at Copley auction

Tarbell's "An Opal" Shimmers at Auction

Posted: August 05, 2009 12:36 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Within the wide selection of Frank Benson bird etchings and Ogden Pleissner sporting scenes in Copley Fine Art Auctions' two-day Annual Sporting Sale, July 15-16, was a softly-rendered, warmly-lit portrait by Boston School artist Edmund Tarbell (1862-1938). Tarbell's "An Opal: Study of Yellow and White Light" pictured a confident Victorian lady. At the Plymouth, Massachusetts, sale Copley hammered down this alluring image for a strong $120,750 (estimate: $100,000-$200,000), part of the auction house's $4.15 million total take, a 30% increase over last year's sales results. The sitter's...

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