52 Fridays: #7 – Connecticut

The fifth state in our union, Connecticut is home to many “firsts” (and probably “fifths” as well).  A few noteworthy facts:  Connecticut is home to the United States’ oldest public library, is the birthplace of Noah Webster (of dictionary fame), and home to the first polaroid, hamburger, helicopter and color television.

As you’ll see, it’s also home to intriguing artists of all stripes…  enjoy the beauty!

Connecticut painters

"Dusk" by Lisa Hess Hesselgrave - New Haven

Connecticut artists

"Bursts and Stripes", hand dyed and printed quilt by The Cotton Press - Bridgeport

connecticut jewelers

"Forest Floor" by Jana Nigles-Berg - Norwalk

"Slipstream" by Susan Spaniol - West Hartford

Connecticut Nature Installment Art

"Nature Nourishes" by Karen Talbot (R.I.) and Lori Robeau - Vernon

Connecticut artists

"I am She" by Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong - Bridgeport

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"B Movie Heroine" by Lisa Corson - Hartford

connecticut furniture maker

Mid Century Rocker with Ottoman by Michael C. Trebbe - Hampden

Connecticut Bakery

Van Gogh Cake by Hope Wright-Martell, A Little Imagination Cakes - Middletown

Beaded Embroidered Bracelet by Jill Paris Robbin - Simsbury

A disclaimer:  this is 52 Fridays… but it’s Sunday.  I know.  I actually totally forgot about 52 Fridays until my daughter asked if she could see the new post.  Whoops!  I guess it’s a week before Christmas, and my head is elsewhere.  I tried to make it up by including some extra amazing art. 🙂  Hope you will forgive me!

52 Fridays: #6 – Colorado

Snow.  It’s on my mind.  This week in 52 Fridays I found ten snowy Colorado paintings, photos, snuggly hats and icy jewelry.  If you get cold while reading this, I recommend a peppermint mocha.  Enjoy!

winter photography

Ornament in the Snow III by Amelia Kay Photography - Denver

colorado artists

Pike's Peak Newborn Hat by Raspberry and Lime - Colorado Springs

colorado artists

"Quiet" by Betony Coons - Greely

colorado potters

Woodland Trees Serving Bowl by Deb Babcock - Steamboat Springs

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"Winter House" by Brandy Cattoor - Denver

colorado artists handmade jewelry

Moss Capsule Necklace by Kelly Baldwin - Delores

colorado crafters

White Polymer Birds by Amy Giacomelli - Monument

colorado handmade jewelry

Vintage Cotton Pearl Earrings by Karen Gilbert - Littleton

colorado painters

"Winter Travellers" by Martin Welch - Canon City

colorado handmade jewelry

Snow Dove Enamel and Sterling Necklace by Lynsey Morgan - Denver

Next Friday, we’re off to Connecticut.  I’ve loved visiting Connecticut, and have appreciated the natural and historical beauty, but I don’t know much about the art scene there.  We’ll find her treasures together.

52 Fridays: #5 – California

Oh, California – how I love you.  How I long for you when I’m not with you.  Since I can’t be there today, I guess I’ll take this opportunity to look at some of your Cali-licious art!

I enjoyed this post so much – it does seem like rich natural beauty has to inspire abundant creativity, doesn’t it?  There’s so much to love here, but I think if I were to dig a little deeper, I’d spend time checking out California’s prolific street art and the interesting work done with plants.  Take a look, and then tell me what you like best!

california photography

Surfing by Graphylife - Huntington Beach

california jewelry artists

Silver Spinner Ring by Form and Funktion - Santa Rosa

California artists

Anderson Valley by Linda Donohue - Petaluma

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Sea Anemones (polymer clay) by Angela Schwer - Windsor

california pottery

Handcarved Oil Bottle by Rachel of Sierra Clay Art - South Lake Tahoe

California flower art

Succulent Wreath Rose Garden by Pamela Newman - Los Osos

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Hana Teapot by Kazem Arshi - Orange County

California painters

Lion on Tightrope by Kim West - Los Angelos

big wall art mural

Mural in Barcelona by El Mac - Los Angelos

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Air Plant Installation by Petit Beast - Long Beach

52 Fridays: #4 – Arkansas

I’ve been to Arkansas a couple times – we went into Eureka Springs after dropping off a group of kids from Urban Concern at a big Missouri summer camp.  My main focus was ice cream because Arkansas is HOT in the summer!

Home to Bill Clinton, Johnny Cash and Wal Mart, Arkansas is a place of great natural beauty, as well as creative energy.

arkansas artists

Lampwork Bead by James Tinker - Pocahontas

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by Ben Strawn - Fayettevillle

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Southwest Wool Rug by Debra DuBois - Fayetteville

arkansas potters

Tall Vase by Fletcher Larkin - Little Rock

arkansas artists

Tree of Life Pendant by Twining Vines Designs - Tumbling Shoals

arkansas artists

Framed Metal Beetle by Von Chandler - Fayetteville

arkansas artists

Handbuilt Stoneware Box by Kelley Wilks - Fayetteville

arkansas painters

Miss March by Cari Humphry - Fayetteville

arkansas sculpture

Breaking Loose by Primal Painter - Eureka Springs

fender telecaster art

Telecaster Tribute by Steve Spencer - Little Rock

Next week we’ll be visiting sunny California…  It will be a challenge to choose just 10 pieces, I’m sure!

52 Fridays – #2. Alaska

Art tour of american states

Today we are travelling northward to our largest state, the 49th in the Union – Alaska. I had to do some digging for today’s gallery, but I think it was worth it!  I found some great traditional art at Alaska House, plus more traditional pieces and modern work from studio sites around the web.  Which is your favorite?  I’ll tell you mine at the end. 🙂

traditional alaskan art

Ulu, made by Maynard Lindor, Dancing Man Knives - Homer (photo British Blades.com)

alaskan jewelry

Lampwork Bead by Basement Studios - Juneau

alaskan artists and jewelry

Necklace by Rowan Law - Juneau (photo Capital City Weekly)

Alaskan pottery and art

Fluke Sea Salt Jars by Colette Oliver - Juneau

art from alaska

Very Hungry Caterpillar Hat and Cocoon by Lina Poulson - Wasilla

Modern Alaskan Art

Custom Stuffed Animal Dress by Rachel Sigmon - Anchorage

native alaskan traditional art and clothing

Walrus Intestine Raincoat by Christina Alowa - St. Lawrence Island Yupik

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Brothers on the Water by Alvin Amason - Fairbanks (photo by superk8nyc)

Sara Tabbert Alaskan printmaker

Surface, woodcut print by Sara Tabbert - Fairbanks

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Winter Boating by Dustin Boller - Bethel

Frankly, I feel a little chilly after working on this gallery.  It’s time for a cup of Chai!  Have you chosen a favorite yet?  I think it’s hard to choose – there really is a wonderful range of work here.

I think I’m going to pick the Ulu.  Functional beauty is my thing – and I love the contrast of ruggedness and razor sharpness in these pieces.  They’re supposed to be beast in the kitchen, too!

Next week we’ll warm up, I promise…  We’re heading to Arizona!

52 Fridays – #1. Alabama

an art tour of the 50 states

In the spirit of love and support of artists everywhere, Mish Mash Make is launching a new (year long!) series – “52 Fridays“.  Each Friday, I’ll curate a 10 piece show from one state in the good ol’ US of A. And they’re in alphabetical order, y’all!   Which states will be the most artsy?  Which will have the most unusual art?  We’ll find out…

Oh, and if you’re wondering where the extra 2 Fridays are coming from, I’m scooping up DC, Puerto Rico and Guam. 🙂  With no further ado…  Alabama!!

Old Linen Postcard, available on Ebay from The Postcard Dude


A Purple Daydream by Michelle Summers- Birmingham


Floral Vintage Style Picture Frame by MetroSouth - Birmingham


Sweet Primitive Skep Candle by Horton's Honey Farm - Newville


Natalie Chanin's "Alabama Studio Style" photo by Kitty of Fritzi Marie


Puppet Man by Butch Anthony - Seale


Quiet Night on the Corner by Hootenanny 2011 - Auburn


Chun Red Stoneware Bowl by Knighton Pottery - Mobile


Peridot Forest by Darci Alexander - Birmingham


Distressed Wood Abstract by Paintsquare - Peckerwood


Turquoise Mixed Media Sculpture by Rachel Hunnicutt - Tuscaloosa


Obviously, I really like all ten of these pieces (I picked them!), but I have to hallmark Butch Anthony and his Doo Nanny folk art experience.  Has anyone ever been this?  I’d love to hear about it!  Go Alabama!

Next up, Alaska.