Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Barnacles-The Reception!

Barnacles Pre-Reception:

The "barnacles" reception was such a good experience--the artists got a chance to mingle and meet other artists. There were artists previously featured at KAZA, some featured for the first time and some that are scheduled to be featured in the future. Each artist is special to me, in their own way, and to see them together and see how their lives have intertwined with each other and with the customers that came in, was such a wonderful experience. I was very calm at this reception compared to other receptions, for some reason. I barely sat behind the cash desk because I just really wanted to talk to everyone-lol.

Reception underway:

One of the few pictures I got to take that night!
The fabulous Mela Stewart, Artist Liane Frost and Artist Barbara Carr chatting

"Bloom" Artist, Sarah Swan explaining artwork to her adorable baby boy. Speaking of "Bloom" Artist, Sarah Swan--Sarah will be the featured Artist at Apotheca in Goffstown, NH, 10 September! Apotheca is a FABULOUS shop and a must see (indie shop), must taste (great tea!) and must smell (flower shop)--Check it out when you get a chance. I know alot of people were scrambling after Sarah's pieces left the KAZA--now you know where she is! :o)

Artist,Liane Frost and Artist, Judy King mingling sweetly

Oops! I guess there was a bit more competition than I thought!
Don't worry, Ladies--you are all fabulous!....-(lol)

The pieces will be here until 14 September and I wanted to show you what talents we have showcased here (including prices!):

The extremely talented Mosaic Artist, Lizz Van Saun is very special to me and when I mentioned the Barnacles event, she just smiled and said, "I will create something". She could have justifiably said, "are you kidding?!?! Do you know how busy I am?!?". She just finished Market Days in Concord and her pieces have been accepted into The Art of Mosaic Exhibition in Somerville from Sept.10 - Oct.31 and the Hopkinton Historical Society's "Tomorrows Masterpieces" Exhibition, showing from Sept.26, 2009 and closes Dec.5. (check them out--it will be fabulous!)

The fabulous mosaic piece Lizz created for Barnacles (below)

Barnacles Mosaic Sculpture: 90$

Barbara Carr is another person near and dear to my heart. She was featured here last year at this time, showcasing her intricate wood cuts/ block printing. She is such a professional and had set the tone for our expectations from future artists. It is not a surprise that McGowen's Fine Art Gallery in Concord, NH signed her on as one of their own. Barbara created this piece specifically for the Barnacles event and I am honoured and deeply touched by the Artists' thoughtfulness in making this event special. Her paintings and prints will be featured at Red River Theater's "Small Works" exhibition in Concord, NH from 1 September - 29 September.

Barbara Carr's Barnacles Acrylic on Canvas (below):


Barnacles Acrylic on Canvas: 150$

I met, NHTI and Granite State College Math Instructor and now incredibly talented Water Colourist, Judy King a bit over 2 years ago at KAZA. She had recognized the city in Turkey (Salihli) where some of our products come from and after talking a bit, realized she had eaten at my friends family restaurant in Turkey! What are the odds?? One day, Judy came in to show me some watercolours from a class she JUST took at Kimballs and Jenkins Art School in Concord and I was floored! Who can take a few classes and have art so intricate you would swear it was from a life-time Artist?? Judy can. Amazing!

Judy's Water Colours (below):

Home Sweet Home: 150$
Blue Boats: 100$
Tranquil: 100$

Liane Frost is another shockingly talented Artist who will be featured at KAZA in the future (an "M" month--I need to look at the schedule). She is only 31 years old and is self taught. She paints with such detail, you would swear it was a photograph. Did I mention she is self taught?!? How does that happen?? Her prints have sold to many stores throughout New England including Pier 1 Imports.

Liane Frost- Seashells, Acrylic on Water Colour Paper (below):


Original Acrylic On Water Colour Paper: 175$ each

She also has prints available:

Prices Range From 15$- 36$ for prints

T.N Swan was nervous to bring his photographs in as he has never showcased his photography in the past. His talent is raw, yet so deeply pensive. When I explained to him my expectations of Barnacles, I explained how I really didn't want the typical "seaside, crashing waves" pictures. I wanted something deeper than that. I wanted to get so close to the crevices of the seaside that I could almost smell the stinky seaweed. And boy, did he deliver! His photographs show the dimensions of colour in the fibres of the moss, The optimism of life between the massive salty rocks, the abandon of a piece of driftwood thrown from the sea, now half covered in sparkly sand....and fabulous barnacles!

Seven(7) matted and framed 11" x 14" Pieces are available, however I have already chosen my favourite two!(below):


5" x 7" photograph, matted and framed to final 11" x 14" size: 75$ each

Gillian Fournier is currently a Senior at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA--Fabulous school, btw!) with a concentration in Photography. Last semester she found a wonderful how-to book on book-binding and design in the NHIA library and was thus entranced by the precious qualities that lay within the craft. Each is one of a kind and fabulous!

Two (2) examples of the Ego Frills books (below):


Ego Frill Book: 10$ each

Julie Cosgrove was hesitant in bringing in her charcoal piece to be submitted in the Charcoal Artist category at KAZA. It is a very personal piece to her and reflects a deep emotion as well as a sweet innocence. As I have mentioned before, art is such a personal thing and to display it, is like opening your soul for people to judge or find a connection with. If the piece is personal to you, it is even more difficult.


Charcoal: 300$

Mary at Earthway Soaps is incredible! Having worked with for over a year to find the "right" seaside scent, she has been bringing in new products in the same line that are so fabulous! Her soaps and room sprays are extremely popular here and we reorder very often. Now she has added a soft foamy soap to the collection and it is soooo fabulous! Another new thing; she added beach sand to the top of the soap, so it becomes an exfoliant. She is my chemist genius!

Seaside Soap by the slice: 5$
Seaside Spray: 10$
Seaside Foaming Soap: 12.50$

Barnacles will be showing until 14 September 2009! Make sure to stop by and check it out! :o)

Next Project:

Alexander Lee's Project Laundry List

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"Barnacles" Reception Reminder

Don't forget to pop in for tomorrow's "Barnacles" reception for some good wine, yummy cheese and....ummm...crunchy crackers and 25% off shop wide (excluding artwork, of course) from 4pm-7pm!

Do you know that piece you were eying? Yup....tomorrow from 4-7pm it will 25% off and you can grab a glass of wine, check out the artwork, grab some fromage, check out Interior Designer, Cyndi Rogers' fabulous window displays, talk to some artists, see "Tallulah" up close and personal, all while listening to this months soothing tunes:

Available at the checkout desk for purchase!

**Mention the blog and receive a free slice of KAZA's Sand & Sun Soap from Earthway Soaps!**

See you tomorrow! :o)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A whole lotta happening at KAZA!

There is so much to tell you!

Ok, First things first:

The Artist Reception for Bev Norton was a wonderful event--she sold several pieces, which was really not a surprise to me. Bev's pieces have received quite a bit of attention in the local design circles.

This was the first reception that I didn't have time to take any pictures! Thankfully, Bev's husband took some and generously shared them with us.

Bev with Garry Rayno (Reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader)--incredibly sweet man that I had the pleasure of meeting at Bev's last reception at KAZA, back in November 2008.

PS: Bev made that dress. Pictures do not begin to show the detail; layers and layers of embroidered sheer-- it was fabulous!

Bev mingling with Bill Meyers (Owner of Meyer Financial in Concord, NH)

I will say, it is so nice to see the support systems local artists have at their receptions--it is important for the artists to trust their abilities and talents to grow and experiment more confidently. Artwork is so personal and such a private part of our soul, and presenting it for people to see and, honestly, judge is an incredibly intimidating and vulnerable feeling for an artist. I am so proud of each artist that has shown their pieces here, at KAZA.

Bev with her daughter, Julie Sandy (assoc. prop master Manhattan Theatre Club)--I wish I would have been able to talk to her more for some window ideas!

Now...let's talk about some Barnacles!

Acrylic on Canvas by McGowen Artist, Barbara Carr. Sparkling Mosaics by Kast Hill Studio Artist, Lizz Van Saun. Fine detailed Oil on Canvas by Liane Frost. Soothing Watercolours by Judy King. Unique and One Ego Frill Book Art by Gillian Fournier. Stunning photography by T.N. Swan. Seaside Scents by Earthway Soaps. Barnacle Window Displays by NHIA Interior Design Student, Cyndi Rogers.

This is just a few of the artists being presented for “Barnacles” at KAZA this month!

When people think of the seaside, starfish & seashells come to mind--but at KAZA, we are hoping to take a deeper look at what the sea offers us; the palette of colours, the textures, scents and iridescence of nature. Personally, when I think of the seaside, what immediately comes to mind is the familiar scents of tanning lotion combined with the fresh salty air, a piece of driftwood half covered in sparkling sand, the greenish brown moss on a wet rock and....barnacles.

This is the first multi-Artist event at KAZA and it has been an incredible experience (not to mention a bit stressful for someone who is not the most organized person in the world-moi!). I am so thankful to the Artists who have submitted their works--we have such talent in this State, it is unbelievable.

For people who are in awe of the seaside, it is a must see!

Showing is from 14 August - 14 September

The Reception for "barnacles" is 20 August 2009 from 4-7pm

The windows:

The fabulous windows this month were designed by Cyndi Rogers (a soon-to-be-graduate from New Hampshire Institute of Art's Interior Design Program). There is so much to say on this first experience. First of all, she had such a great team of NHIA helpers and fellow students--a huge thanks to: Vicki, Sherry (an extremely talented muralist) and Ellie! I unlocked the door on Friday night and returned the next morning and they were still working and smiling! (I do know that wine and Cheetos were involved!-lol)

Sherry, hard at work, painting her fabulous mural on Friday night

The end result? Fabulous!

Talk about Visual Merchandising!

*Lizz Van Saun's Mosaic Barnacle was chosen for the window display and is absolutely gorgeous (and available for sale!)

This next window is called, "Red Coral":

White washed furniture....red coral ...reflective metals; this window seems like a design you would find in a Hampton's home. Simple, not fussy. (of course we had to add our little touch. The 'barnacles are made of coffee filters and cupcake liners-lol---and make a perfect "barnacle" backdrop).

ummmmm.....these pillows are fabulous and I was literally shaking with excitement when Cyndi brought them in. They are hand painted and stitched by Cyndi and Sherry and are made-to-order for an extremely affordable 50$ each!


White Washed Cabinet: 125$
Vintage Chrome Chair: 65$
Red Coral Pillow (each): 50$

A quick Q & A with Interior Designer, Cyndi Rogers:

Q: Which Interior Design magazines inspire you the most?

Cyndi: Veranda and if I want to be a bit more funky, Elle Decor- I've truthfully never met a design magazine that I didn't like!

Q: Being a "Southern Belle", I can imagine the interior styles, colours and floor plans in Florida differ quite a bit from the style in New Hampshire. What change do you hope to influence in New Hampshire interiors?

Cyndi: From my perspective, the city in Florida where I grew up, was/is made up of such an array of different styles, people, economics, and cultural diversity, that it certainly kept things open and interesting. There could be a small Spanish style home next to an Arts and Crafts house, with a pink McMansion across the street, and it all just worked. (I didn't say attractively!) I think by having that type of background and now living in New Hampshire, surrounded by the more traditional styles, it gives me a very open mind as to how to incorporate elements and details that might not be seen through another's eyes. I enjoy bringing an occasional "question mark" into my designs, and hope to help others appreciate the unexpected.

Q: You just finished KAZA's window displays and they look gorgeous and well detailed. Was designing a window (actually, two!) more difficult than you had originally expected?

Cyndi: Actually, it was a great experience! I was given a title, and basically set free! How can it get any better? I was able to use pieces from KAZA's "treasure chest", some things from my own home, and hand-make many of the key elements in my own vision. In many instances, I will have the completed picture in my head, and then I just have to go to work on how to attain it. This was one of those times, and it was such a positive feeling to watch the first people walking past, stop, smile, point, comment, and enjoy seeing my vision!

Q: How can potential clients contact you for design work?

Cyndi: I can be reached by phone @ (603) 365-7081 or by email cyndrllaat12@comcast.net.

Thanks Cyndi! You did a fabulous job on the windows---Congratulations! :o)

Faithful and extremely patient subscribers, I think that is all for now (is your butt asleep yet?).

Don't forget to check out the 'barnacles' event and come for the reception on, 20 August 2009 4pm-7pm, to enjoy some chesse crackers and wine (sorry no Cheetos) and 25% off shop wide (excluding artwork, of course)

Happy August!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Artist Reception **Tonight** Reminder

Just a reminder for the Artist Reception for Bev Norton, tonight 6 August from 4-7pm!

Enjoy cheese, crackers, wine and 25% off shop-wide for this 3 hour event!

Join us!