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Kreuger Creek, Stuart, Florida

Fine Art Daily - August 2, 2010

Posted: August 02, 2010 05:15 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 2, 2010We are back home - temporarily - here is a Stuart sight. I love this super secret pocket park at the east end of Osceola Street. I never see a soul here except for some fat, chattering squirrels and moody, introspective waterbirds. This is Kreuger Creek. You can sit on the bench and watch the tree rats scamper about, or you can walk down to the water's edge and peer through the mangroves at this little flotilla of sail boats. Bring your lunch.

Champagne Cocktail á la Bob

Fine Art Daily - July 30, 2010

Posted: July 30, 2010 06:24 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

It's All Request Cocktail time!Neighbor Bob was the first Gentle Reader to send me a recipe for All Request Cocktails, and for this he will be receiving the original watercolor used in today's Fine Art Daily. If you want an original Fine Art Daily, send me a deelish cocktail recipe, perhaps with a little story so all the Gentle Readers will want to try it. This is the Annual Summer All Request Month. Get cracking!Champagne Cocktail á la BobIn a Champagne glass add a teaspoon of sugar and enough Angostura bitters to melt the sugar. Add a tablespoon of Grand Marnier or cognac and mix...

Queen Street Grocery, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 29, 2010

Posted: July 29, 2010 05:27 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 29, 2010Here was a missed opportunity, the Queen Street Grocery. Apparently it is the be all and end all - good local and organic foods, excellent crepes and wine! Who could ask for anything more? This should be a fixture in any downtown, a nice corner market where you can stock up on a few groceries from the CSA, buy a newspaper, have a coffee, catch up on the gossip and oh, maybe buy that nice bottle of wine for dinner. Their slogan is "Local Fresh + Organic Deliciousness." I just liked it for the beauteous "Q" on their window. People who get the typography right might be suc...

Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 28, 2010

Posted: July 28, 2010 05:41 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

When you go to Charleston you must tear yourself away from the glories of the gardens and window boxes and your new friends, the gardeners. You simply have to visit Blue Bicycle Books at 420 King Street. The facade is narrow, but the shop itself telecopes and extends magically back from the street for miles! The Tall One and I had to make two visits because we were overcome with Stendahl's Syndrome after the first go round: the sheer number and array of books was too much for us.We had a restorative lunch at The Pita Pit (351 King Street) another little, narrow, crooked-fence sort o...

Secret Garden on Meeting Street, Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 27, 2010

Posted: July 27, 2010 04:57 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 27, 2010Double secret probation bird's eye view of a garden on Meeting Street.I imagine this is the what the Tall One might have seen (had he stirred himself from bed, early one morning during our Charleston trip) strolling up Meeting Street. Once again it was just me and the gardeners and a few people scurrying off to their jobs. It was too early for the horse drawn carriages and rubber-neckers, so I found lots of almost-legal places to park as I wandered. Two Meeting Street has architecture that challenges my liberal arts college art history training. The Calhoun House has a ...

Charles Drake House, 50 South Battery, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 26, 2010

Posted: July 26, 2010 06:09 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 26, 2010 This is the Charles Drake house at 50 South Battery. The garden echos the strange melange of architecture: Sweet potato vines! Colonial Revival! Shocking pink crape myrtle! Queen Anne! Asparagus fern! Arts and Crafts style!Heavens to Betsy, this house has it all. Circa 1890, it is a veritable newcomer to the neighborhood. The Drakes eclectic tastes called for a stone foundation with a paneled, shingled and clapboarded second-story. There is a porte-cochere, an arched arcade and curved windows, interior and exterior shutters, gingerbread, columns, capitals, balustrades...

39 Rue de Jean

Fine Art Daily - July 23, 2010

Posted: July 23, 2010 06:15 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 23, 2010It's Food Friday!I am always eager to conduct serious field research in pursuit of the best bar burgers to be had and Charleston offered up one of the best at 39 Rue de Jean. The menu at this French bistro offered many more tantalizing and sophisticated food stuffs (read: seafood) with excellent service and ambiance. And no, not one of those fussy places with brass and potted plants. The wait staff was swift and efficient - and I loved the carafes of water on the table, and the big gleaming silvery mirrors which increased the size of the room and let us obsserve (and co...

40 Tradd Street, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 22, 2010

Posted: July 22, 2010 06:21 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 22, 201040 Tradd Street, circa 1718In case my Gentle Readers were under the impression that all of Charleston is ablaze with vulgar or un-neighborly pigments, I wanted to show you the tasteful restraint of the current residents of 40 Tradd Street. The deep purple of the petunias is echoed in the shadows behind the periwinkle blue shutters. Cool, calm colors on this side of Tradd."John Bullock or his widow Mary built this two and one-half story house c. 1718. Col. Robert Brewton sold this property with the house on it in 1752 to Daniel Badger."Charleston County Public Library

32 Tradd Street, Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 21, 2010

Posted: July 21, 2010 05:36 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 21, 201032 Tradd Street, circa 1790 (eight years younger than Washington College)An interested reader wrote to tell me yesterday that after Hurricane Hugo ripped through Charleston in 1989 workers from Ireland were brought in because only they had the expertise to repair the roofs. “Historically, many roofs on Charleston houses were wood shingle. Because of the many fires that plagued the city, this roofing material was outlawed by city ordinance. After Hurricane Hugo in 1989, many metal roofs peeled back to reveal the early wood shingles underneath.”http://www.historiccharlest...

17 Tradd Street, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 20, 2010

Posted: July 20, 2010 04:34 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 20, 201017 Tradd St. c.1750. On the corner of Bedon's Alley.One of the houses on Tradd Street as recommended by Mr. H. Number 17 is austere, dignified and restrained. The flowers in the window boxes and the planter are white, mirroring the white crape myrtle trees in the street. One imagines the residents of Number 17 wear crisp, pressed garments and never speak in anything but full sentences, with few contractions or meaningless pauses. Fountain pens, never ball points. IMs? How vulgar!"Tradition says Tradd Street was named for Robert Tradd who supposedly was the first child o...

8-10 Tradd Street, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 19, 2010

Posted: July 19, 2010 05:06 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

uly 19, 20108-10 Tradd StreetThe Lamboll Double TenementI was strolling up the East Battery one morning, before all the tourists mobbed the place, smug because I had snagged a legal parking place. I was enjoying the relative quiet - the only other people around were gardeners who were tending their tidy gardens, some with hoses and clippers and one perfectionist with a weed whacker and a patch of grass that refused to conform itself to his pictured ideal.I wandered off the main road and was tiptoeing along Tradd Street when I had an encounter that usually only happens in gauzy movie...

Hank's, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 16, 2010

Posted: July 16, 2010 05:14 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 16, 2010It’s Food Friday!No recipes this week – as we were not concerned with cooking last week – just consuming all the best foods we could find in Charleston. We had a splendid time at Hank’s. Yumsters. I had the fried chicken and it was quite simply the best I have ever eaten. The chicken was boneless, crisp and crunchy and sweet with the tang of buttermilk and fresh pepper. Had my grandmother come from Charleston I imagine she would have fried up batches of this chicken. It came with garlic mashed potatoes (also divine) and collards (which I moved around the plate, fooling ...

Major Peter Bocquet's House, Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 15, 2010

Posted: July 15, 2010 05:17 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 15, 2010The Preservation Society of Charleston has made life so easy and convenient for people like me who mill around the streets without maps or guidebooks. (Yes, I did have the Google Machine in my pocket, but generally used it for terse texts to keep track of Tall Boy and his World Cup issues.) Here is another stunning window box display, set off by the boldly orange paint of Major Peter Bocquet’s Georgian architecture. The symmetry of the planting is nicely bracketed by the dual gas lights. Charming and clearly labeled. This is what the Historic Marker says:Major Peter Boc...

Jack Patla Antiques - Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 14, 2010

Posted: July 14, 2010 05:45 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 14, 2010This was just the beginning of my pilgrimage through Charleston’s wonderful world of window boxes.I managed to tear away from Best Beloved and Tall Boy on the first afternoon in Charleston. They set me down on King Street, where the first store I stumbled into was this divine antique shop, Jack Patla Antiques. I love garden ornaments. I have three wrought iron garden chairs I liberated from the side of the road a few years ago, and a concrete cherub astride a dolphin which once poured water in a Sewall’s Point fountain and now stands on a plinth on our back porch. And t...

Hominy Grill - Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 13, 2010

Posted: July 13, 2010 04:34 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 13, 2010Best Beloved and Tall Boy and I spent last week in Charleston, SC. Ostensibly I was doing my usual serious and productive field research with the Tall One as my companion and cohort in crime, and Best Beloved was attending a fishing tournament. The reality was that we wandered around in the Charleston heat, looking at the many beautiful buildings and flowers and historic sights –while constantly thinking about our next meal. We had many, many meals which were so deelish – Tall Boy kept pronouncing each one the best he had ever eaten! How is that possible? Anything is possible i...

Strawberry Daiquiri for the Fourth of July

Fine Art Daily - July 2, 2010

Posted: July 02, 2010 05:13 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Strawberry Daiquiri5 large, fresh or frozen whole strawberries 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 teaspoon sugar 2 ounces of rum ½ ounce triple sec1 cup crushed ice Blend 10-20 seconds and serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Charles and Camilla are not sure about the Fourth of July. Sometimes Charles gets a little sniffy about those upstart Colonials. Silly Charles. Usually he is mollified after a daiquiri or two, and he does hull the strawberries nicely, and without being told. Camilla is rooting around the laundry room looking for the chairs we are going to take to Downtown Stuart to watc...

Gumbo Limbo's new location - 3 Osceola Street in Historic Downtown Stuart

Fine Art Daily - July 1, 2010

Posted: July 01, 2010 05:11 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 1, 2010Rabbit, Rabbit!It's official - Patty has moved Gumbo Limbo into its new digs on Osceola Street. Tall Boy and I stopped by yesterday to inspect the bright and airy space, which should be packed with eager shoppers during tonight's Stuart Stroll. Another option for tonight is a new venue the Arts Council is sponsoring - an extension of First Thursday, called "Hot Summer Arts" held at Harbour Bay Plaza from 5:30 until 8:00. We don't have to wait for season to enjoy art, music, photography, food and wine. Visit for more info!

Hoover's Pool

Fine Art Daily - June 30, 2010

Posted: June 30, 2010 05:14 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

June 30, 2010Hoover was not the least bit happy with yesterday's Fine Art Daily. My interpretation of his vision of the sacred watering hole was limited and pedestrian. I did not apprehend the full scope of his appreciation of the dynamic that exists between him and his surroundings. Here, with a little prodding, and some swipes at my pen, is what Hoover's pool of water really looks like. A temple-like setting much more befitting a cat of noble birth, with cool, dark areas where he can assess the neighborhood. (I think he has pool-envy - the cat next door's pool has been under const...

Pool (From Hoover's POV)

Fine Art Daily - June 29, 2010

Posted: June 29, 2010 04:53 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

June 29, 2010This is the swimming pool - but from Hoover's point of view. No dragonflies this morning. Roxanne is still in the house. I think I'll lie on the chaise for a while. It's quiet. It's good.

Swimming Pool Relief!

Fine Art Daily - June 28, 2010

Posted: June 28, 2010 06:11 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 28, 2010It is going to be another scorcher, but that's OK because there is relief in the back yard. We bobbed around the pool several times this weekend, far away from the computers, the TVs and the iPhones. The mosquitoes did find us after a while, but we splashed them away languidly, and pushed off the wall for another lazy lap through the broth-warm water. Have you visited the Spy Osprey Cam lately? Those young birds have gotten big and adventurous. Mama O looks beside herself some days, keeping the two from falling out of the nest. She needs a nice swim in the river, and ma...

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 John ...

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, the week s...

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 a st...

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.               Reneson’s impeccable sporting art credentials attest...

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin's portraits of famous New Yorkers are on display at the Museum of the City of New York's exhibition "Dutch Seen."

Dutch Treat: New York exhibits the best in Netherlandish art

Posted: September 10, 2009 12:54 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

This fall marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's historic journey from Holland to New York. In commemoration of this early settler's voyage, a number of spectacular New York exhibitions are celebrating Dutch art. From Sept. 10 to Nov. 29, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is showing one of the most popular and well-known works by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (1632—1675): "The Milkmaid." This special loan from the Rijksmuseum marks the first time that the painting has traveled to the United States since it was exhibited at the 1939 World's Fair. Five other Vermeers and other Dutch works...