Old Woodblock Prints in Boston’s MFA pre-cursors of Anime

If you’re a fan of graphic novels and anime, you would likely enjoy an exhibit of woodblock prints from 19th century Japan currently on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

One hundred works of two rivals Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864) are on display and if you just looked at the line work of the faces, the expressions, the energy in the portraits, you would think these are current day manga and anime characters.

Here are a just a few images of the facial expressions. So few lines, yet so expressive.

Great Sunflower Wreath Making Class with Suzanne Balet-Haight

Screen Shot 2017-10-14 at 1.56.40 PM Suzanne Balet-Haight taught a wreath making class in her greenhouse on Nelson Avenue Extension this morning using the sunflowers grown in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

It was great fun and each person’s wreath came out very different.  There were Adirondack style wreaths, country cottage wreaths, and even a very elegant wreath.

What did they all had in common? Sunflowers and lots of them.

Suzanne, an excellent teacher, showed everyone the proper way to attach the sunflowers using 22 gauge wire. She demonstrated making bows with grasses and how to secure different flowers she had on hand to the grapevine wreaths. Participants used marigolds, amaranths, Dallas blue grass, cedar, statice, sedums and more.

Lots of Fun and Beautiful, Too

She began by demonstrating how to make floral sprays to attach to the wreath.  Everyone in the class heard the same instructions, but the results were an individual as the participants.  A truly creative experience.Screen Shot 2017-10-14 at 1.55.30 PM

Suzanne teaches floral decorating and wreath making throughout our area. She has taught classes on creating Christmas and hydrangea wreaths, and boxwood tree centerpieces.  If you’d like to try your hand at one, contact her through her website,  Balet Flowers and Greenhouse. She is a talented artist and knowledgeable teacher.

Also, a generous one.  The proceeds of the class today were donated to the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to put towards the Spring fairy gardens the girl scouts are creating. Thank you, Suzanne for sharing your time and talents.

 

Fairy Fabulous: Fancy Dresses for a Night on the Town

Yesterday’s post was a fairy dress made from flower petals. It was a pretty weekday dress. Something a fairy might wear to go to class or shopping to pick up pixie dust.

But Pitney Meadows Community Gardens gardener, Jess C. took designing fairy frocks to a whole new level.  She made a couple of petal party dresses suitable for solstice gatherings or any event in Tír na nÓg, the land of fairies. The dresses are absolutely enchanting.

Try making one yourself. All you need is glue, a few pretty petals or leaves from the garden and an idea.  If you do make a fairy outfit, send me a photo. I’ll post it here.red fairyfrilly frock.jpg

We Hope You Will Join Us

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You’ve admired them all summer. Now you can bring them into your homes.

We have dried the sunflowers and will be holding a sunflower wreath making class at Suzanne Balet-Haight’s on Oct. 14 at ten a.m.

Let us know if you can make it by Oct. 10th.  See you then.

 

 

Fairy Garden, Photo Exhibit and Art Show Today from 2 to 4 pm

Sun2There is a lot happening today at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, 223 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

Local photographer Tom Stock has an exhibit of Pitney Farm photos exhibited in the barn.  The Girl Scouts have created an extensive fairy village within a colorful border of flowers with little houses, pathways and treasures sure to delight.

And the children who experience the garden through art will have their art work on display in front of the sunflowers. Prizes will be awarded.

We will also have organically grown, dried sunflower heads that can be used to feed the birds or for flower arrangements and fall centerpieces on sale as a fundraiser for future events including a Spring fairy garden with mini-daffodils.  Treat your birds to this protein and mineral rich food and help support the gardens.

Contest

The Mammoth sunflowers grown as part of the Grow the Tallest Sunflower Contest will be measured and prizes award. That happens at 2:15 this afternoon.

Come join the fun today from 2 to 4 in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens and see what has been accomplished the first season.

I hope to see you in the garden.

Natalie Walsh, Garden Director

 

Experiencing the Garden Through Art

Saturday’s art class led by Martel C. and Jess. C. was fabulous. About 20 young artists came together to draw and paint in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

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The day began with Martel C., an artist and gardener, showing young artists how to use watercolor pencils to complete their drawings of flowers, vegetables and insects in the community gardens.

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This young artist is working diligently on her garden image.  The artists walked through the garden and decided what they would draw and paint. Some chose sunflowers, others did detailed images of tomato plants and still others focused on the border of cosmos or the insects they found.

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These two young artists are comparing notes . They were very interested in identifying the plants they were drawing.

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Jess C. showing girl scouts participants various techniques and materials that they can use to create art including sponges, string and even celery stalks.

The art they created will be shown on Sept. 16 in an art show at the community gardens.

We hope you will come and see them.  The show will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

In addition, the winner of the Who Can Grow the Tallest Sunflower will be announced and prizes for the art show and contest will be awarded.

Thank you to all the “helpers” on hand. I couldn’t have done this without you.

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This image gives a new meaning to the saying that someone has a “green thumb.”   🙂

Hope to see you in the garden. Natalie

Sunflower Art at Pitney Meadows

Screen Shot 2017-08-19 at 8.34.27 PM.pngNineteen people participated in the sunflower making art class Saturday morning at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

Working under the direction of Miss Judy and Miss Rose, the group sat at the picnic tables in the garden and made large paper sunflowers.

They also had the opportunity to play in the sunflower house, play with the miniature farm and enjoy being creative outdoors on a beautiful summer day.

Next week on Saturday, August 26th, there will be another free art class for children.  This time, the participants will paint and draw sunflowers and other elements of the garden under the guidance of artists Martel Catalano, Nancy Hicks and Jess Clauser.  Children 6 to 14 years old are welcome. If you are interested, registration is required. Contact Garden Director Natalie Walsh at natalie.walsh@pitneymeadows.org.

 

Great Adirondack Auction Today

Lots and lots of unusual Great Camp and Adirondack style treasures were at the annual Blanchard’s auction at Mt. Pisgah Lodge in Saranac Lake today.

Most of it was very pricey but also very unique. For example, A mosaic twig wall shelf attributed to George Wilson, caretaker to Alfred Vanderbilt at the Sagamore Lodge (circa 1910) went for $21,000.  A desk attributed to him sold for $14,000.

Prices were pretty steep but the event, which is held by the Potsdam auction house in Saranac Lake every August, is worth the trip with so many beautiful items to view such as Tiffany lamps, Stickley furnishings, Thomas Molesworth furniture from the 1930s, Black Forest pieces, original wood carvings, paintings, unusual andirons, wicker and so much more.

Here are some photos from the auction to enjoy.

Check out the hood ornament on the 1931 Model A Ford Roadster Coupe!

 

Art Classes for Children

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Art classes for children age 6 to 14 will be held on August 12, 19 and 26th at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens starting at 9 a.m.

On August 12 and 26, children will be able to draw and paint flowers and bugs in the garden under the guidance of two local artists Martel Catalano and Nancy Hicks who are also gardeners in the community gardens.

On August 19th, Saratoga Springs artist and retired teacher Judy Brunner will lead a class on creating huge sunflowers out of paper. They are gorgeous. Children will be able to enter the sunflower house and see how the walls are growing.

Parents are expected to stay during the art classes which will run an hour, and everyone is welcome to remain in the garden after the class to complete their art work or just enjoy the surrounding beauty. Supplies will be provided, but if you would like to bring your own, that’s fine too.

The art created can be entered in the Sept. 16th art show in the Community Gardens.
Screen Shot 2017-07-29 at 12.23.49 PM.pngThe show will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Paintings, drawings and photographs are all eligible. To register for the classes or enter the art show contact Natalie Walsh at natalie.walsh@pitneymeadows.org

Class size is limited so early registration is advised.

Adults and children are welcome to come draw, paint or take photographs in the garden anytime from dawn to dusk.

The garden is lovely and the farmland is breathtaking. Sunflowers just started blooming this week and will continue to bloom until fall.

Come see.

Want to Grow These?

If only we could!

Happy April Fool’s Day!donutseedThe inspiration for these seed packets came to me at the breakfast table.

Always the gardener, I looked down into the bowl of cereal and thought, “These little rings look like donut seeds.”

So I made a bunch of different donut seed packets for the fun of it and have used them for garden party favors.