Thursday, May 26, 2011

Got Plans?

What are y'all doing this long weekend?

This week is FLYING by! What are your plans for your long weekend, Bella's?
There is so much to see and so much to do, it's wacky!

But we had to pick something as our top picks of fun & funky things to do this weekend, eh?

KAZA's Top Picks:

Local Pick: Portsmouth Museum Of Art: a.k.a. Museum Exhibit : rolls out into the streets of Portsmouth as a living museum with an exhibition showcasing the new direction of street art!!

Traveling Pick: Hester Street Fair, Lower East Side, NY--located in a beautiful park setting, was once home to New York City’s largest and oldest pushcart markets.

Their mission is to sell quality goods and food, but to also create a space that reflects the dynamic energy of the Lower East Side. AND!!! The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck will be there on Saturday!!

Check out to make your favourite picks of things to do this weekend!

Happy Memorial Day, Bella's!


Friday, May 20, 2011

"Here's Lookin' At You Kid"

Don't miss "Casablanca" at the Red River Theatre!
Sponsored by KAZA & Donovan's Party and Novelty

One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's cafe has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America.

Come at 7 pm and be part of the fun at "Rick's." We'll have a piano player, dancing, gambling (NOT!), and maybe even a raid! Costumes encouraged, trivia and more. A great night out and a memorable way to see Casablanca.

Tickets: $12/$10 members.



Sat, May 21 7:00 pm Movie doors open; 8:00 pm film screening

"Of all the gin joints in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine..."

Don't Miss This Event!

Ciao Bella's!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Q & A With Artist, Cathy Steele

"It's All About The Dress"

The very talented Artist, Cathy Steele was generous enough to answer a few questions that was on our pumpkins--read below and see what is behind the dress!

Q: "It's All About The Dress" is such a unique series. What gave you the inspiration to start a series of dresses?

Growing up, I dreamed of someday opening a small dress shop with one of a kind fashions. As an artist, I decided I could paint those dresses, and they could be anything that I wanted. I began by sketching out dress designs, and then I created “Cally Marie”, my "muse & model". My art teacher had once suggested painting with acrylics on watercolor paper as opposed to canvas, and I thought that would be perfect for this project.

Q. Who inspires you, artistically?

I have always loved Monet and Cheri Blum, but I also love Jackson Pollock, and I can name at least a dozen local artists in New Hampshire who inspire me to push myself to the next level on a daily basis. But I think my biggest influence was my mother. She was never able to go to art school as she had wanted, raising nine children instead. She was an artist, painting in acrylics, in pastels, and sketching. I was always mesmerized at how naturally it came to her. She inspired me to not only become an artist, but to create pieces that mean something both to me as an artist, and to whomever may see or buy them.

Q. There is an innocence to your pieces as well as a strong confidence. Was finding the subject a process of trial & errors or was it something that just happened naturally?

I did quite a few rough sketches of faces, and dresses, and shoes. But, I found designing the dresses to be so much fun, that it did seem effortless. As soon as I drew “Cally Marie” the way that you see her in the series, I knew that was exactly how she should look. From there, everything just seemed to fall into place. I began painting the dress fronts, and drawing the backs of the dresses in ink. I decided to tear the edges of the paper and place both pieces on a simple black background. And, since the front of each dress is painted very simply, I let the back of the dress have a stronger presence with more detail.

Q. The series of 8 you have displayed at KAZA right now, are that of the first series. What plans do you have for the second series; will it remain a framed art or will you take it in another direction?

I am currently working on the first four dresses of my next series. I plan to have” Series Two” completed sometime early this summer, and although it will be similar, each series and every dress will always be unique. I also have a small series of shoe designs drawn in ink that I put in small purse frames. The “Cally Marie Designs” line is something that I plan to continue to focus on, and I think the possibilities for original artistic pieces are limitless.

I hope that others will enjoy “It’s All About the Dress” as much as I enjoyed creating it. My thanks to local artist and teacher Kim Roth who encouraged me to pursue my concept for this series.

-This series is dedicated to my mother “Rene”, who inspired me every day of her life-

Thanks so much Cathy--we are so happy to be able to display your pieces at KAZA!

Cathy Steele Art – Cally Marie Designs

Friday, May 6, 2011

Bonjour Mes Belles!

I just returned from Florida and was busy, busy, busy! But I did get a chance to bring home some fun things!

Sponges from Tarpon Springs! This place is like "Little Greece"--Baklava everywhere! They had Baklava Cheesecake too, but I was a good girl(ish) and only had plain Baklava(as much as Baklava can be plain, right?-lol).

I brought some Greek soaps from there too! Now these smell like Turkish soaps in my opinion. I have been hunting for this smell for so long. A few years ago, I had taken a Turkish felted rug making class and the teacher, Mehmet, was selling these blocks of soap. I could never find them again. I L-O-V-E the smell! Earthy & dimensional--it draws me in. Just something about it. And now I can smell it ALL day! :o)

What else? Ah yes...I went to Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach and they were selling these pieces of rock with oil inside to light as a candle. There is something so sexy about rocks and fire, don't you think?

Ohhhh....from sexy to completely girly-girl, I hunted like a wild woman for Audrey Hepburn/ Jackie O style vintage purses!! Well...y'all were asking to buy my vintage purse, every time I had it on my desk. So, I knew I had to find some equally as fabulous! And you know what? I did! I seriously heard angels singing on several of these purse (15 total!)! Ahhhhhh (Angels singing)

I also bought some fabulous lamps....ummmm...fabulous lamps, but they will have to wait a bit before they arrive to KAZA. Insanely mod and oh-so fabulous! Can't wait until they get here!

FYI: Another thing I brought was the sunshine (you're welcome, Bella's! xox). If the weather gets a little grey, come and give me a hug--I am chock full of sunshine right now(VERY red & sunburned!)-lol- don't squeeze too hard though...I might cry xox

While in Florida, I ate at a place called Yanny's and wrote about it on my other blog. Hhhmmmmm....what other blog?! Well...y'all know I cannot cook to save anyone's life right? So...I started working on a food blog. I have been cooking with natural ingredients, as much as possible...and writing about it a bit. At this point there are no recipes, just my experiences and the name of the cookbooks. Sometimes, it is an experience at a restaurant that I really liked. Trying to figure out the direction I want to go with it, at this point (it is VERY new).... Awww...heck, quit tugging at my apron, if you are really curious, it is here. The concept is a bit am kinda naughty too, aren't I?

I am also working on project tutorials on the KAZA LOVES DESIGN blog and will let you know when things are up and running on that one, as well. Kind of changing things around a bit, adding a little salt & pepper here and there...just keeping things interesting, Bella's! xox

As you know KAZA was asked to do a couple of businesses in downtown Manchester. I finished one before I left for Florida and if you drive by, you will know exactly which windows they are--VERY KAZA! The one that is finished is "Good Times" and I am working on the other one, "Karma".

KAZA was also asked to design the Casablanca Room For Red River Theatres upcoming event on 21 May 2011! I am looking forward to visiting the space and getting to work (not much time, but I think it will be super fun!).

Thanks so much for all your support, Bella's & Bello's--you make it fun! :o) xox

***One more important thing: I just heard today that the Friendly Kitchen in Concord, NH burned down. This is devastating to the people that relied that as their source for food in their tummies. Next week, KAZA will be donating 20% of all sales to the Friendly Kitchen. Spade also said that they will donate 25% of all their sales at KAZA to the Friendly Kitchen, as well (so get those Mother's Day Flowers tomorrow and help a good cause, as well!). I know Butters, Little River Rugs & Stoneyfield Farm are also contributing to this very important cause***

Head's up for tomorrow! I will be posting a special Q & A on Artist, Cathy Steele and her "It's About The Dress" line!

Ciao Bella's!