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Eye On Design: Favorite Products from the International Home + Housewares Show Press Preview!

About Flowers Display
All Photos and Story By Gail

Every March, the international Housewares Association (IHA) hosts its massive International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. This year’s show runs from March 2nd through 5th, but in January, there was a press preview in NYC, where I was able see all kinds of new gadgets and come back home with a huge bag of products to try for myself. It’s great to meet so many cool people and learn about their innovative  designs, and everyone has a lot of fun! Here’s a peek at ten of my favorite new products and services from the show!

About Flowers Display Photo
It’s Me, Getting a Souvenir Photo from Aboutflowers.com!

It’s probably not a total surprise to you that looking at, and being around beautiful Flowers can reduce stress levels. In fact, it is scientifically proven. This year, the Society of American Florists (SAF) was at the show to promote their website, About Flowers Dot Com, where you will find all kinds of inforamtion about flowers, including how they are known to have a calming affect on people. Very cool!

About Flowers Vase Display

Attendees were gifted with their choice of two beautiful wildflower arrangements in a vase to take home. Here they are, enhancing the décor in my home office and making me feel all calm and relaxed. Thanks SAF!

Crane Humidifiers Display
Crane Drop, Personal and Adorable Humidifier Models

If you live in an arid climate, or even in a NYC apartment that has steam heat, you might find yourself in need of a humidifier. Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifiers come in a variety of models to match any room in your home. Their Adorable line, which includes animal shapes like Wyatt, the Fox-shaped model you see above, is perfect for a child’s room, while the Drop model — which comes in a selection of bold designer colors –accents any modern décor. The compact size of the Personal model (front, left) make it ideally suited for easy portability. These humidifiers feature whisper-quiet running, automatic shut off when the tank is empty, and do not require a filter. Most importantly, the “Clean Control” antimicrobial material in the base is proven to help reduce mold and bacteria growth up to 99.96%.

Portable Humidifier
Personal Travel Humidifier

Crane also makes a Personal Travel Humidifier that’s perfect for the business traveler who needs his or her hotel room to be as comfortable as possible. Even better, use of a humidifier can also help to alleviate respiratory symptoms of colds, flue, and allergies — which feel so much worse when you are on the road. This compact, personal model has all of the features of Crane’s full-size models and includes a carrying bag, portable tank, and power adaptor that works with AC power outlets or any USB port. The Personal Travel Humidifier would make a great gift for any frequent traveler!

Hook and Hang Display

Here’s a simple but brilliant design that absolutely every kitchen needs: the Ritz Hook and Hang Towel (from the John Ritzenthaler Company). Ritz’s patent-pending design features a high quality hand towel with a permanently-attached, flexible rubber ring that will securely lock onto virtually any type of door or drawer handle, so you always have a towel handy for drying hands or dishes, or wiping up small spills. Seriously, what a great idea!

Hook and Hang Display Installed

Here’s the bright red Hook and Hang towel that I got at the show hanging on my fridge door — which does not even have an external handle! These towels come in six solid colors and are fully machine washable. Get one in every color!

Fresh Paper Packaging

Are you a busy person who puts off buying fresh fruit because you’re afraid it will spoil before you have a chance to eat it? I know how you feel. This is where an easy to use new product called FRESHPAPER comes in to save the day!

Fresh Paper In Fruit Bowl

FRESHPAPER is a natural produce-saver sheet that’s infused with organic, active botanicals (inspired by creator Kavita Shukla’s grandmother’s spice tea home remedy) that keeps produce fresh for up to two to four times longer, so that you can keep your kitchen stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables. Just drop FRESHPAPER sheets into any crisper drawer, fruit bowl, or container filled with produce. It’s a simple, intuitive and money saving design that helps you eat healthy and fresh.

Fresh Paper With Fruit and Cheese

There is also FRESHPAPER for Cheese, and to keep Bread and other Baked Goods fresh as well!

Fresh Paper With Bread

FRESHPAPER is made by Fresh Glow Co. Read more about their full line of products at This Link.

Fresh Paper With Blueberries

Aladdin Reusable Tumbler Ad 2

With the food service industry becoming hyper-aware of the need to eliminate single-use plastics, packaging designers are also proactively creating attractive and practical reusable containers: because sustainability is on everyone’s mind. Since timing is everything, the Aladdin Sustain Reusable Travel Tumbler is poised to claim a ubiquitous place in your daily life, affordably taking the place of all of your single-use water bottles and disposable to-go cold cups.

Aladdin Reusable Tumblers 1

Look at these cute designs!

Aladdin Reusable Tumbler Ad

Check Out These Features:

  • Press-fit, Drink-through Lid For Easy Sipping On-The-Go.
  • Reusable and Recyclable, to Reduce Waste.
  • Microwave and Dishwasher Safe to be Hassel-Free from Hot to Clean.
  • BPA-free So They’re Safe to Use.
  • Sold in Sets of Three!

Aladdin Reusable Tumblers 2

Be the envy of everyone at McDonalds when you show up rocking your own bitchen designer cups!

Halo Vino Slogan

And while we’re on the subject of drinking on-the-go, check out HaloVino! With this super nifty stackable plastic wine glass, you can take your wine anywhere that glass can’t go. Best of all, HaloVino is designed specifically to optimize the taste of wine in a way that a regular wine glass cannot.

Halo Vino Challenge

At the IHA show I was invited to take the HaloVino Challenge! This taste test lets you compare a glass of wine served in the traditional-design plastic cup, versus the HaloVino. Just one sip will inform your senses that the taller glass with a narrow rim intensifies aromatics and taste by funneling aromas to the nose!

Kung Fu Girl Wine

As an aside, Kung Fu Girl Wine is pretty tasty!

Halo Vino Signage

The two-piece HaloVino cup is easy to assemble with a snap, and sturdy enough to hold by the “Halo” rim! There’s also an easy way to measure how much wine you wish to imbibe — although in my book, more is more!

Halo Vino At The Game

Take your HaloVino to the game!

Halo Vino By The Pool

Enjoy HaloVino by the pool, where glass is a big no-no!

Halo Vino Floats

And then take it right into the pool, because HaloVino floats, bitches! Find out more at HaloVino Dot Com!

Hot Sips Straws Display

Reusable straws are another on-trend item that you can expect to start seeing everywhere, as single-use plastics continue to be phased out of use. It should not surprise anyone then that a company called Brilli Baby has found a way to make the reusable straw not only fashion-forward, but even a little sexy! Check out HotSips Reusable Straws! Available in vibrant, popular shades like pink and aqua, HotSips straws say that not all of your taste is in your mouth (or maybe it is)! But good looks aside, HotSips are eco-friendly, dishwasher safe and can be used in both hot and cold beverages.

Hot Sips Cups Display

HotSips come in three size lengths, and they can also be easily trimmed to accommodate any beverage container. If you are a person who prefers to use a straw when sipping coffee to avoid staining your pearly whites, HotSips are for you! And because of their unique shape, there is a reduced effort to sip, preventing pucker lines around the mouth!

Hot Sips Straws

These fun and practical straws come packaged in a handy travel tube of four straws, for easy on-the-go use. HotSips Reusable Straws can be purchased on Amazon!

Life Straw Table Display

If you are a fan of outdoor survival television shows then you may have already heard of LifeStraw, a portable filtration system that makes any water that might be contaminated safe to drink. Any water. I first heard about LifeStraw when my friend Lauren saw it used on some TV show by a guy who was able to (her words) “Drink Poo Water” and live to tell the tale! I have no desire to drink poo water, but as a demonstration, the lovely brand representative whom I met at the show had brought with her a container of actual “mulch water” (see above) that she had collected from her yard. I then watched her drink the mulch water, which had visible chunks of soil and twigs floating in it, through the Lifestraw, and she did not barf or even make a face. So, color me convinced!

Life Straw Packaging

LifeStraw products are ideal for outdoor expeditions, adventure travel, and for use in emergencies.

Life Straw Side By Side Comparison

I’m not sure if the above cup holds poo water, but you can see that the LifeStraw has made the water clear and potable.

Life Straw With Bottle

The Lifestraw Go advanced water filter bottle has a price point of $44.95, so you can see it is a good investment. LifeStraw is also a company with a conscience. For every product purchased, a school child in a developing nation receives safe water for an entire school year. Unlike many other companies, LifeStraw implements this program directly. Fantastic!

So Young Lunch Bag Ad

If there’s one thing that many of us will agree on, it’s that Change is Hard. Personally, I hate change, but you just can’t fight it. If you find yourself feeling so overwhelmed with the degree of needed change  in your life that you become inert,  just starting with a tiny step can kick start a personal transformation. If you’re wondering what that has to do with an insulated lunch bag, let me introduce you to SoYoung, founded by Catherine Choi.

So Young Fashion Lunch Bag

Catherine founded SoYoung after she recovered from a drug addiction, and started on a journey of personal healing. When I spoke to Catherine at the show, she expressed the importance of eating healthy as a basic foundation to wellness, which sparked her idea to design a cool lunch bag, or poche (which is French for pocket) to elevate the simple act of taking a homemade lunch to  the office.

Here are three ways SoYoung’s Lunch Poche supports systems that empower long-term transformation:

KICKSTART WELLNESS: Planning choices in advance is a proven tactic for long term change. Whether you’re are looking to lose weight, feel more energized or manage a food sensitivity, packing nourishing food that you love is a great way to kick- start incremental change in all areas of your life.

LEAVE NO TRACE: North America produces over 285 million tons of waste every year – much of it single-use food wrapping. We can reverse this trend with reusable containers filled with fresh, unprocessed food.

SPEND INTENTIONALLY: The average cost of eating lunch out in North America is nearly $12, while packing lunch costs only $4. That means you can save over $2,000 a year simply by bringing your food from home.

So Young Fashion Lunch Bag Inside

The SoYoung Lunch Poche is roomy enough to hold your lunch and snacks without crushing anything, and each one has a removable insulated lining for easy cleaning. Plus, the craftsmanship and minimalist design aesthetic make you feel like you are carrying your food in a gorgeous designer shoulder bag!

So Young Fashion Lunch Bag Close Up

We’re talking Kate Spade-quality hardware! Find out more about the SoYoung line of Lunch Poches, Cooler Bags and Backpacks at This Link!

Marathon Watch Company Hotel Room Alarm Clocks

Alarm Clocks will never be replaced by the Smart Phone as long as there are cool new modern designs from companies like Marathon Watch Company. It was fun to meet the super-friendly guys from Marathon at the IHA show and find out more about how they integrate timeless design with modern technology. One of their newest designs is Marathon’s LED Alarm Clock and USB Charging Station seen above. This eye-catching clock — with its bright and easy-to-read display– also stands out for its two, easily accessible USB Ports located directly on the front of the clock. What a great idea! These ports are fast-charging and are perfect for your phone or tablet. This charging function is something that everyone needs, but Marathon made it happen. Available colors include: White, Black, Cocoa and Graphite.

Pink and Green Alarm Clocks

Here’s Marathon’s design-forward Compact Alarm Clock with Temperature and Date that I’m happy to say I have in my home right now.
With its easy-to-use styling, alarm, lighting options and compact size, this alarm clock is great for all ages and locations in your home. All control buttons, for the time (12 or 24-hour display options), month, date, day, temperature (Celsius or Fahrenheit), are located at the back of the clock to eliminate clutter. Color choices black, white, blue, graphite grey, green or pink. Two AAA batteries are included, so it’s ready to go out of the box!

Marathon Watch Company Alarm Clocks

Marathon also makes a traditional Analog Desk Alarm Clock with Auto-Night Light (above left) that is the perfect marriage of form and function. This clean-look clock features an elegant, classic design with modern touches to create the perfect bedside accessory. The ambient light sensor ensures the face of the clock is illuminated in the dark and easy to read, and a sweeping second hand eliminates any audible tick (which can be so annoying for light sleepers). All control buttons are conveniently located on the top of the clock and are easily accessible even in the dark. Available in a variety of colors: Black, White, Blue, Gold, and Silver.

Pink Alarm Clock

Check out my Pink Marathon Alarm Clock which fits perfectly in my bedroom! I love this little clock!

See All of these Products and More at The International Home + Housewares Show, which runs from March 2nd through 5th, 2019 at the McCormick Place Exposition Center in Downtown Chicago.

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In Memorium: Ten Photos of Daisy Berkowitz Wearing a Kilt

Scott and Skeleton Ts
Scott Putesky (aka Daisy Berkowitz): April 28, 1968 – October 22, 2017 (All Photos By Gail)

I believe that it is possible to live an entire lifetime in one day. I met Scott Putesky (sometimes better known as Daisy Berkowitz, founding member and original guitarist for the band called Marilyn Manson) in 2015 at mutual friend Mark Kostabi’s semi-annual Jazz Art Brunch. Mark, an accomplished musician himself, knows a ton of other musicians, and people always get up and jam with the band. At one point Scott played keyboards and sang a couple of cover songs. After he finished his set, I introduced myself, since I had written extensively about his band back in the day and I knew we had a few other mutual friends. Scott turned out to be very down-to-earth guy, and a terrific conversationalist, so we drank and laughed, talked about art and exchanged cards for a possible future meet up.

Mark Scott Gail Frieze 2015
Mark Kostabi with Scott and Me at Frieze 2015

I already new from hearing it in the media that Scott had been diagnosed stage 4 colon cancer, and in one of our first conversations he told me how he was undergoing chemotherapy sessions every other week to keep it in check. He wasn’t shy about discussing his treatment because he wanted people to understand that he was fighting as hard as he could, and that he was also determined to live his life to the fullest. At this point, his prognosis did not include the probability of a cure and recovery. He was just trying to buy as much time as possible.

Scott FB Profile Pic
Scott did not want to pose with this relief sculpture of two sunflowers, but I made him do it. He loved the resulting photo so much he used it as his FaceBook Profile Photo for nearly a year.

Scott was not only a musician, he was also a fine artist who had a voracious curiosity about art history. The annual Frieze Art Fair (which takes place on New York’s Randall’s Island) was coming up and Scott had never been, so we made plans to attend together. I thought it was hilarious when he asked me what he should wear. “You’re a Rock Star,” I reminded him. “You don’t  need me to tell you how to dress.” Scott showed up to the dock wearing a bespoke kilt made from Clan Scott Tartan along with the complete traditional accessories. It should not surprise anyone that once we arrived at Frieze, everyone asked “the guy wearing the kilt” to pose for photos. I took a few myself and will now share them with you, because I think they show a fun-loving side of Scott, and he would appreciate being remembered in this way.

Scott and Red McCracken

One of the works that Scott most wanted to see at Frieze is this Red Plank by minimalist pioneer John McCracken.

Scott With John McCracken
Scott With John McCracken Sculpture Vibes

Scott and Mood Machine
Scott Considers a Sculpture Called the Mood Machine

Mirror Selfie
No Art Fair Experience is Complete Without at Least One Commemorative Mirror Selfie

Scott and Gail Dots Background
Photo By Mark Kostabi

Scott Vampire

Sadly, I have neither any knowledge of the title of this work, nor the artist’s name.

Scott and Linder

This work is entitled It’s the Buzz, Cock by artist Linder Sterling. The image was famously used as the sleeve artwork for the Buzzcocks1977 45 RPM single release, Orgasm Addict.

Scott Serious

This piece is by an artist whose work I know, and whose name I should remember, but I just can’t recall it right now. Scott’s expression is hilarious to me.

Scott and I wore ourselves out at Frieze and took the ferry back into Manhattan around 5:00 pm to attend another hyped-up-the-ass exhibit opening, which turned out to be a bust. Not to be deterred from continuing our Art Safari into the night, we moved on to another exhibit just up the block, and then took the party to a place that was once the home of Manhattan’s longest bar for snacks and drinks, and more conversation. Later, we walked in a light rain from Houston to Union Square, stopping in at the occasional curiosity shop like this place (where Scott purchased a large bag of assorted Gummy Candies) before I finally dropped him off at the subway on 14th Street and then continued on to my home.

We had an entire lifetime in one day.

Even above all of the times I saw him onstage with Marilyn Manson, my favorite memories of Scott are of the day we spent at Frieze and then prowling downtown Manhattan like two friends who just loved art and NYC. Now, you have those memories as well. RIP Scott. You are very much missed.

Favorite Pink Artworks From the Affordable Art Fair, Spring 2017!

AAFNY Spring 2017
All Photos By Gail

You say you want Pink Things? I got yer Pink Things right here. The Spring edition of the Affordable Art Fair has come and gone from NYC, until it returns in the fall, and we had a ton of fun this year seeing many old friend and lots of exciting new artworks all priced to own! Affordable Art!

Collect Art Yourself

With so very many galleries exhibiting at the fair from all over the globe, we like to distill it down by choosing our favorite Pink Artworks and bringing them to your face, which will give you a good idea of the scope of painting, photography, sculpture and multi-media that finds its way into the two levels of the Metropolitan Pavilion when the AAF rolls into town. Though the fair is over for now, you can still purchase many of these pieces, or others by the same artist, from the galleries via their brick and mortar locations, or websites. By the way, in case there’s a need for a better Web Design in your online business, look for salterrasite.com. They offer affordable services with the best quality output. For more information, reach their team at 480-273-2273. No worries; I am going to tell you everything you need to know.

Pink Level

Let’s head on up to the Pink Level, shall we?

Crown By Camomile Hixon at Soraya Cartategui Art Gallery

The Soraya Cartategui Art Gallery (Spain) showcased many canvas works made with glitter, like this Crown by Camomile Hixon, who also did the Neon Pink Hot Lips, seen below.

Neon Pink Hot Lips

They look quite like the Rocky Horror Picture Show lips, don’t cha think? Probably an influence.

Glitter Sandwich
Glitter Sandwich By Kimberly Genevieve at Artstar Dot Com

Mmm. . . delicious glitter.

Blue and Pink By Isabel Soto
Blue and Pink Hands By Isabel Soto

I am including the Blue Hand here, along with the Pink, because I appreciate its message!

Drip By Mara Minuzzo
Drip By Mara Minuzzo at Lustre Contemporary Dot Com of Canada

Because it’s almost Ice Cream Weather!

Strawberry Shortcake Pop By Daniel Jacob

Or how about cooling off with this Swarovski Crystal-encrusted cast of a Strawberry Shortcake Pop By Daniel Jacob at Axiom Contemporary, Santa Monica.

Serigraph Screen Printed Perspex Layers

OK, here is some amazing stuff: Serigraph Screen Printed Perspex Layers by Kate Banazi, who is represented by Gas Gallery (London). The  visible layers of vibrant color combinations really made us go a little crazy with desire for this art.

Serigraph Screen Printed Perspex Layers

Soooo beautiful!

18 Perspectives By Jose Margulis

The Neon Pink wall sculpture above, made of PVC and aluminum, is called 18 Perspectives by Jose Margulis, and it is available from  Ai Bo Gallery located in Purchase, New York.

Untitled Pink Pizza By Stefan Gross
Untitled (Pink Pizza) By Stefan Gross, at Chiefs and Spirits, Located in the The Hague, Netherlands

This is what happens to a pepperoni pizza when your college roommate abandons it on the rug for three weeks.

No 13 Fleur Dans La Vie

This old-school looking oil painting is just a detail from a piece called No 13 Fleur Dans La Vie which I saw in the booth for Genuine Global Company of Seoul, Korea. Sadly, I seem to have missed the artists name.

Rose is Back By Dganit Blechner

An iconic portrait of Audrey Hepburn from her role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is appropriated and updated as Rose is Back by Israeli artist Dganit Blechner, found at Linda Blackstone Gallery, which is based in London.

Cornucopia By Jack Frame
Cornucopia By Jack Frame Cube Gallery, London

Do you like Trees? The Affordable Art Fair has Trees for you.

\Pink Sloe
Pink Sloe By Henrik Simonsen at Eyestorm Gallery, London

Hot Oak II By Emma Levine
Hot Oak II By Emma Levine at LCA (London Contemporary Art)

Martina By Olivier Duhamel

Do you like Nudes? Who doesn’t, right? Check out this unique piece: Martina by Olivier Duhamel, which we found at the booth for La Lanta Gallery in Bangkok. Despite appearances, this fine lady is not an example of 3D Printing, but rather it is hand-assembled Acrylic Slices. Any printing that needs to be done is handled by the Managed Print Services. Here’s another view:

Martina By Olivier Duhamel

To say that Martina created a substantial buzz in the booth is an understatement!

151 Proof By Pasha Setrova

 151 Proof By Pasha Setrova at Arteria Gallery, Bromont, Canada.

Pink Torso By SangSik Hong

Pink Torso by SangSik Hong at Krause Gallery, NYC is made up of pale pink drinking straws cut to different length and hand assembled.

First Lady By Michael Wallner

First Lady By Michael Wallner at Will’s Art Warehouse, London.

Morning Smile Fuschia by Marie Noelle Royanette

Morning Smile Fushia by Marie Noelle Royanette at Paris-based Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart.

The Illest Biggie Bust By Ryan Callanan

We’d like to give a special shout out to the friendly folks at Tag Fine Arts in London, who represent pop art sculptor Ryan Callanan, an artist whose work you will have seen on The ‘Gig previous to this post. Callanan’s  sculpture, The Illest  / Biggie Bust was available in an array of solid colors to suit your décor and taste.

The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

This wall of Pink-hued light boxes were ‘lighting up’ the booth of Arteria Gallery, of Bromont, Canada. Specifically, we are interested in the very long boxon the far left. Let’s take a closer look.

Beatles Film Strips

As you can see, the box is made up of film negative strips from The Beatles’  Magical Mystery Tour, specifically from the clip for I Am The WalrusHugo Cantin is the artist.

Dream In Color Pool Installation By Richard Heeps

This is a photograph from the Dream In Color Pool Installation (2002) by Richard Heeps and we saw it at Bleach Box Photography GalleryLondon.

And that’s wrap! Thanks Affordable Art Fair — see you again in the fall!

Top Ten Favorite Photos from the Manus x Machina Fashion Exhibit at The Met

Manus Machina Signage
All Photos By Gail

There’s only one drawback when The Met allows photography at one of their fashion exhibits, and that is that I have way too many great photos to choose from, and simply cannot distill the show down to a single blog post. So, it’s extremely fortunate — for me, for you —  that Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which has been up since May, was extended to September 5th, 2016, or I’d once again be scrambling to throw something together a day before the show ends.

Just to get you up to speed, the Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. With more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition addresses the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. Manus x Machina explores this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and questions the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

I managed to cull ten favorite images — plus one bonus image — for this post. Enjoy!

Shimmering Dresses
Various Designs in Sequined and Metallic Finishes

Alexander McQueen
(Left) Boué Soeurs, Court Presentation Ensemble, 1928. (Right) Designs by Alexander McQueen

Hussein Chalayan Floating DressHussein Chalayan Floating Dress
Hussein Chalayan, Floating Dress

Alexander McQueen
Feathered Cape and Dress By Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen and Iris Van Herpin
Designs by Alexander McQueen and Iris van Herpen

House of Dior
Pleated Skirts by House of Dior

Miyake Design Studio
Miyake Design Studio

Mariano Fortuny
Designs by Mariano Fortuny

Madame Gres and Iris Van Herpin
Designs by Madame Gres (Alix Barton, Rear) and Iris van Herpen (Front)

Commes De Garcons
Designs by Commes De Garçons

And here’s your bonus image:
Three Dresses

Don’t you want to go right now? Better hurry, you’ve got about three more weeks!

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, will be on Exhibit at The Met Fifth Avenue in Galleries 955, 961–962 and 964–965 Through September 5th, 2016!

Top Ten Photos: Leaf Peeping and Fall Colors in the Berkshires!

Trees In Distance
All Photos By Gail

It is true that New York State is one of the best places to live if you really want to see the fall change of colors in nature. But here in Manhattan, the reality is that the leaves change from green to brown to dead without much color spectrum in between. Fortunately, I had the chance to spend a few days in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts over the Columbus Day weekend and snapped many fantastic photos just as all of the leaves were approaching full fiery glory. Please enjoy!

Trees and Lake

This one was taken near a big lake.

Row of Red Bushes

This row of bright red bushes was near the main road walking up from the lake.

Handicapped Parking

From a distance, these looked like huge pot leaves to me. But they were not.

Flower Bed

I realize that these are blooming flowers and not leaves, but aren’t they gorgeous?

Assorted Bushes

I took this one on the grounds near the house where I was staying. With all of those pine needles on the ground, the air smelled just amazing.

Lone Red Tree

I love this one, lone red tree among all the green.

Clock Tower

This Clock Tower, officially called the Dudley Field Memorial Tower, is right across the road from the Stockbridge Cemetery.

Naumkeag

This one was taken at place called Naumkeag, the family estate of Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney, and a co-founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stop and Shop

And last, but not least, this one was taken in the parking lot of a Stop and Shop. Happy Fall Everyone!

Top Ten Photos of Pumpkin Things That I Took in The Berkshires

Fat Pumpkin
All Photos By Gail

Over the Columbus Day weekend, I went up to the Berkshire Mountains area of Massachusetts and spent a few glorious days enjoying the gorgeous natural surroundings and taking assloads of photos of the just-starting-to-turn fall leaves. Gorgeous! And since we are just getting into fall, and also close to Halloween, I not only saw a lot of Pumpkins but also stuff decorated like Jack O Lanterns. For the purpose of this post, a Pumpkin and Jack O Lantern will be considered the same thing. Please enjoy my photos!

Back of Fat Pumpkin

This is the backside of the really humongous pumpkin you see in the first photo. I saw this amazing colossal pumpkin at the Harvest Festival in the town where we were staying. I think you were supposed to guess its weight, but seriously, I think it weighed a ton. That’s about as specific as I could get.

Jack O Lantern Planters

These cheerful Jack O Lantern Planters were spotted out front of the Big Y Supermarket.

Jack O Lantern Balloons

Jack O Lantern Balloons, how cheerful!

Pumpkin Candle Holder

This is a candle holder that would look amazing in the dark with a burning tea light inside! Spooky!

Two Pumpkins

Two Witch Pumpkins!

Pumpkins on Sticks

These are sort of Jack O Lantern/Pumpkin/Witches on Sticks! Because, Halloween!

Bunch Of Painted Pumkins

Painted Pumpkins and their unpainted companions! Also, gourds!

Jack O Lantern Lamp

This Jack O Lantern Lamp is just fantastic. Want!

Happy Fall and Happy Halloween Everybody!

Pink Thing of the Day: Pink Artworks from the Affordable Art Fair!

Pink Teddy Bear
Pink Teddy Bear By Valay Shende, $4,000 (All Photos By Gail)

The late summer edition of the Affordable Art Fair is back at the Metropolitan Pavilion through Sunday, September 13th! We hit the Preview Night on Wednesday and were thrilled with the variety of artworks for sale and the friendliness of the gallery representatives on hand to help move each piece along to an art-loving home.

We took a ton of photos, as usual, but managed to edit this post down to 10 (or 11, actually) of our favorite Pink Things we saw at the show. Enjoy!

Adam KouKoudakis Tiger Requiem (Pink)
Adam KouKoudakis, Tiger Requiem (Pink) at Jealous Gallery London

Twiggy By Elisabetta Fantone
Twiggy By Elisabetta Fantone at Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN

Brooklyn Bridge by Thierry Hoyau
Brooklyn Bridge by Thierry Hoyau at Arteria Gallery, Canada

Art By Maurizio Savini
Bubblegum Sculptures By Maurizio Savini at Emanuel Fremin, NYC

Pink Panther By JuanRamon Garcia
Pink Panther in a Pink Suit, By JuanRamon Garcia at standARTe, Madrid Spain

Emma Levine Flouro Tree II
Emma Levine, Flouro Tree II at LCA, London Contemporary Art

Emigre Collection, Tokyo japan
Emigre Collection, Tokyo Japan

Art By Lumir Hladik Reference Contemporary Toronto CA
Art By Lumir Hladik at Reference Contemporary, Toronto CA

Done Hee Lee Pink Cell Division
Dong Hee Lee, Pink Cell Division at H.O.V Art (High on Visual Art), Brooklyn, NY

That was fun right? And there is so much more to see, so make sure to go this weekend!

The Metropolitan Pavilion is located at 125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) and the Affordable Art Fair hours are as follows:

Friday, Sept. 11, 11am – 8pm (Free admission Friday: 6-8pm)
Saturday, Sept. 12, 11am – 8pm
Sunday, Sept. 13, 11am – 5pm

Tickets are available at the door, or for a slightly discounted price at This Link!