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Everyday Heroes NYC By Alexander Millar

High and Mighty
High and Mighty, 2018  (All Photos By Gail)

Following a five-day preview run, ideally located at the New York City Fire Museum on Spring Street, artist Alexander Millar’s firefighter portrait series, Everyday Heroes NYC moves on to a two-week run in a popular pop up space in SoHo. Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, but now living in the north of England, Millar is a self-taught contemporary impressionist with a particular interest in late 19th and early 20th century blue collar workers.

Black FF
Portrait of Wesley A. Williams

Millar now brings his critically acclaimed artwork to Manhattan with his series of original oil paintings and pencil sketches of New York Firefighters, some of whom have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The series is, not surprisingly, very moving, includes a portrait of Wesley A. Williams. Born in Manhattan in 1897, Williams became only the third African-American to join the New York City Fire Department, at a time of segregation and discrimination. He became the first African-American to be promoted to the rank of officer, when he became a lieutenant in 1927. Williams (now deceased) retired in 1952 with the rank of Battalion Chief.

A New Dawn
A Group of Firefighters Raise the Flag at Ground Zero in A New Dawn (2018)

Everyday Heroes NYC is a collection of original oil paintings and limited edition prints which pay tribute  to firefighters both past and present; fathers, brothers, songs, daughter, mothers and sisters. Everyday heroes. These portraits were inspired by and honors the men and women of the New York Fire Department; some of whom perished in the tragedy of  the 9/11 attacks.

Forever in Your Arms

The subject of Forever in Your Arms (2018) is modeled after Keithroy Maynard,  who was one of twelve African American firefighters to die at the WTC on 9/11. Maynard was just 30 years old.

We Could Be Heroes

Painted in a similar style is We Can Be Heroes, seen here as the original oil painting from which a limited print series will be available. The final version of the print will not feature any reference to the FDNY, but will reference New York only, and it can be customized by Millar with any name of your choosing added to the jacket.

Fuerza Y Honor Strength and Honour
Fuerza Y Honor (Strength and Honour), 2018

I like this one a lot.

Power and Glory
Power and Glory (2018)

This one is great, too. This lady was at the opening reception.

No One Left Behind
No One Left Behind (2018)

Alexander Millar’s Everyday Heroes NYC will be on Exhibit Through Saturday, April 20th,  2018 at Millar Fine Art Gallery, a Pop Up Space Located at 138 Wooster Street, NYC 10012. 20% of the profits from sales of these artworks will be donated to the city’s Fire Museum and the Vulcan Society. Visit the Exhibit’s Website at This Link!

Installation View
Installation View

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The Egg House Pop Up Attraction on Chrystie Street!

Egg House Post Card
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Eggs? I sure do. If you like Eggs and also enjoy visiting the weird little artsy pop-up events that happen in NYC every so often, such as the Museum of Ice Cream and The Musuem of Feelings, then you will want to check out The Egg House. Celebrating its grand opening this past weekend, The Egg House is an egg-themed pop up featuring immersive installations and offering a multi-sensory, interactive experience, not to mention — but you can see I am about to — the thing that the kids seem to love most these days: endless Instagram /selfie opportunities!

Egg House Greeter

I attended the Press Preview of The Egg House the day before it opened to the public, and it was a pretty sweet time! First of all, there were all kinds of free treats, such as delicious real Egg Nog spiked with your choice Brandy or Rum!

Egg Nog

The Eggnog was supplied by subscription breakfast delivery service, Break & Co. Find out more about them at Break Co Dot NYC!

Egg Macarons

Free Egg-Shaped Macarons? I’m there!

Egg Nog and Macaron

Check out the gooey sweet center of these babies!

Egg Macaron Detail

Samples of treats like these will be available at varying times and are included in the price of your ticket, while vendors Egg Shop, along with Egg Waffle Ice Cream Shop Eggloo will have egg-themed food available for purchase.

Egg Shop Booth

At the press event, the Egg Shop kiosk also served as a DJ booth and provided the rockin’ tunes along with these Fried Egg-shaped White Chocolate Pops!

White Chocolate Fried Egg Pops

Egloo Kiosk

Everybody got one of these Waffle Sundaes from Egloo!

Igloo Waffle Sunday

In addition being a place where you can eat lots of sweet snacks, The Egg House was created to share the universal love of eggs and provide a momentary escape from the city. It is home to a character named Ellis, an egg who made his  way to New York City (note: while the official story refers to Ellis as “he,” I heard Egg House guides referring to Ellis as “she” on my visit,  so I guess there is no fixed answer on that). Like some of us, Ellis struggles, yet remains very hopeful. One afternoon, Ellis falls asleep and guests are invited to explore his house. Egg-citing! Seamlessly connected by a storyline, The Egg House features real life-sized rooms, including The Kitchen, The Foyer, The Pool, Ellis’s Bedroom and The Garden — a in a 3,300 square feet space! Please enjoy a preview of The Egg House, and what you’ll find in the various rooms, via a selection of photos from my visit!

Egg House Kitchen

The first room you come to is an interactive selfie-heaven: the Kitchen.

Egg House Kitchen

You can sit in this Egg Shell Rocking Chair!

Egg House Kitchen

You can also sit in this Giant Egg Carton and pose with the eggs! Ridiculous!

Egg House Kitchen

Op Art Floor Covering

Next, you move on to the Hallway, with its Bridget Riley-esque Op Art floor covering!

Foyer

Ask for a token which you can use to buy an Egg Shop souvenir pin from one of these old-school vending machines!

Egg House Pin

Egg House Swimming Pool

Next up is The Egg House’s most popular feature: the Swimming Pool, where you can frolic in a pool filed with egg-colored plastic balls! Be sure to remove your shoes first!

Egg House Swimming Pool

Ellis Sleeping

Next, you can visit Ellis’s Bedroom, but be very quiet, as he/she may be sleeping!

Ellis Awake
Or Maybe not!

Ellis Family Portrait
Ellis’s Family Portrait

Ellis In Union Square Park

If you peek through the curtain you can watch a video of Ellis’s Adventure in Union Square Park!

This Way

Head down the stairs to the Garden, which is in the basement.

Egg Swing

Wait your turn for the swing and make sure your phone is charged!

Garden Cactus

Egg Swing

After your Egg-cellent Adventure, you’re going to want some stuff to take home.

Egg House Gift Shop

There’s also a gift shop offering Egg House souvenirs and other egg-related merchandise! Check it out!

Egg House Gift Shop Tote Bags
Egg Tote Bags!

Egg House Gift Shop Socks
Egg Socks!

Egg House Gift Shop Phone Cases
Egg Phone Cases

The Egg House is lots of fun for kids of all ages. Grab your tickets now before they’re all gone!

The Egg House is Located at 195 Chrystie Street, NYC, and is scheduled to run through June 27th, 2018. Tickets are $18, which includes admission to the Egg House and Occasional Sampling. Tickets are for a pre-specified, reserved time slot and must be purchased online in advance at This Link. Everything you need to how about your visit to The Egg House is also at that link! Enjoy!

Egg House Swimming Pool

Egg House Signage

The Beatles Pop Up Greeting Cards!

Sgt Pepper
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It’s been 50 years since The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album widely considered to be among the best rock albums of all time, and aside from a very cool documentary about the making of Sgt Pepper (which was released on Septembers 8th) some cool collectible memorabilia is also making its way to the market. In honor of this exciting anniversary, 3D design company Lovepop have released The Beatles Sgt. Pepper 3D Card! This gorgeous design was created in partnership with The Beatles and is one of three officially licensed designs that include a fabulous 3D rendering of the Yellow Submarine, and the iconic scene of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road.

Yellow Submarine

I suspect you may feel the need to own these. The Beatles‘ cards sell for $15 each or $40 for a pack of all three designs, and can be purchased at This Link!

Abbey Road

Pearl River Mart Reopens in TriBeCa!

Pearl River Mart Exterior Shot
All Photos By Gail

Finally, there’s bright spot on this dismal end of year season. Pearl River Mart, everyone’s favorite Asian Imports Store, has reopened as a Pop-Up at 395 Broadway. Oh, Happy Day. This space will become the store’s permanent location after a brief shuttering in February 2017 to allow for further construction on the interior.

Store Interior Far Right

I made an excited initial visit to the new store and can report that, while it is now much smaller than its previous 30,000 SF, multi-level home, this new space has many of the items you love to peruse, shop for, and give as gifts including ceramics and tableware, tea set, slippers, brocade satin purses and novelty tote bags, trinkets, cosmetics and of course incense and tiny statuary.

Buddha Garden

Pig Mug

Chinese Dolls

Store Center Left

This photo was taken from an upstairs loft, looking from the back of the store toward the front, and will give you an idea of the layout.

Candies

Store Center

Dishes

Silk Purses

Gong

It is so exciting and comforting to have Pearl River back in business. Welcome Back!

Lao Tsu Saying

Pearl River Mart is Located at 395 Broadway, Two Blocks Below Canal Street in Tribeca/Chinatown, NYC.

Thomas Mann Saying

Bead Curtain

Store View

Chinese Clothing

Paper Lanterns

I'm a Pearl River Fan

Ron English and High Times Magazine Present: Popaganja Pop Up Cannabis Bodega!

Popaganja Brand
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If you dig the art of Ron English, and you also like to smoke weed, put down the bong for a minute and read on. English is taking his signature Popaganda brand and teaming up with High Times Magazines’ newly established Lifestyle & Apparel division to create a line of merchandise you can buy both online and at a pop up retail boutique and art gallery, opening in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, October 25th.

Popaganja Unisex Hoodie

For the pop up Cannabis Bodega, Ron English takes his signature brand-parody style and gives it a cannabis twist. Think: a KFC container that says THC, or the words Shredded Weed emblazoned on a Shredded Wheat cereal box. Oh, the cleverness.

Popganja Hoodie With Characters

And, I think I know where all of these photos were taken: Right Here!
Popaganja Clothing Fatigue Jacket
I am guessing that they will also have Ron’s art, and hilarious art toys, on sale in the store as well. Find out more about Popaganja, and (if you’re not in Manhattan and can’t make it into the shop), buy stuff online at This Link.

The Ron English x High Times Popaganja Pop Up Cannabis Bodega Will be Open From October 25th until November 8th, 2016 at The Wood Shoppe, Located at 147 Orchard Street, LES, NYC.

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