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 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

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!