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Eye On Design: Portuguese Man O’ War Brooch

portuguese manowar brooch photo by gail worley
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Wonderful and mysterious creatures of the sea have been commemorated in all kinds of imaginative jewelry designs. Many were made as fond memories of beach holidays or an emblem of appreciation for ocean wildlife.

portuguese manowar brooch photo by gail worley

When American designer Paula Crevoshay saw a 33-carat Mexican Water Opal at a gem show in Tucson, Arizona, she immediately felt the characteristics of the fiery gem resembled the center section of a Portuguese Man o’ War.  That Opal is now set in this brooch (2014), which also includes carnelian, chrysocolla, pink sapphires, coral, and enamel on a base of white gold and enamel.

Photographed in the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan as part of the Exhibit, Beautiful Creatures, Which Has Now Closed.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Norman Lewis, American Totem

norman lewis american totem photo by gail worley
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American Totem (1960) is one of a series of black-and-white paintings that Norman Lewis made which explore the emotional and psychic impact of the civil rights movement. Lewis, one of the few Black artists associated with Abstract Expressionism, created a form  that evokes the infamous hooded Klansman, but the monolith is composed of a multitude of smaller forms resembling apparitions, skulls and masks.

Lewis’s work suggest that terror is both representable and abstract, conscious an unconscious, visible and hidden. The painting was made more than decade after Lewis’s first solo show at the Willard Gallery in New York in 1949, which had earned him considerable renown but neither the financial rewards nor exhibition opportunities if his peers.

Photographed in The Whitney Museum in NYC.

Instagram Photo of The Week: Gail and Jamie Attend an SNL Taping!

My awesome friend Jamie won tickets for the taping of last night’s Saturday Night Live with host Rami Malek, and she was kind enough to bring along for the ride. Here we are in NBC’s Peacock Lounge where they hold everyone captive and feed them sodas for two hours before the show. It was a fun time!

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Steps You Can Take To Enhance Mental Health & Wellness

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Mental health and wellness serve as the foundation for every other component of our well-being, including the body, soul, and mind. It has a substantial effect on our emotions, thought processes, and daily behavior patterns. You can read about eight-steps to improve your mental health at This Link, and we’ll be discussing more tips in this article, so please read on.

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