We recently added works by our dear Floridian friend, Jane Dagmi, to the shop walls. Each beautiful piece capturing a singular image in a moment of time. We first met Jane when she was living in New York and was an editor at Country Living magazine. She wrote and produced the very first article on WestWard shortly after we bought the property. Our friendship has grown over the years, with her visiting many times to Seattle and Hawthorne a few years back. She would often give us small gifts of her drawings. As we have started adding more & more artwork to the walls at the shops, I am excited and honored to showcase hers.
Some things are just meant to be. This is very much the case with these works of art. It all started with an e-mail from the artist, Theresa Stirling. The moment I clicked on the attached image of one of her works, I knew they were right for the shops. And then she brought them to the store. Oh my. I was transported. Long a fan of encaustic work, the layer after layer of beeswax tells a story. Much like real life, each art block brings up a different emotion. Whether singly or grouped together, they really are quite magical. Theresa is prolific in her work, so we have many to choose from, with the collection ongoing so you can add more pieces later, if inclined. I could not be more honored to be showing her truly beautiful works.
We are in the process of having the plumbing re-done for our 1929 building in Seattle, The Gainsborough. We have called this home for close to 30 years, buying the apartment shortly after we met. We moved away for part of that time, but held onto it, always knowing we would come back. It holds a very special place in our hearts. I snapped these photos early this morning, after we spent the eve putting things back as they were, once the paint had dried. A good portion of the above wall needed to be ripped out/open (not sure of the construction lingo proper term) to get to the plumbing in the kitchen. The same had to be done in a large walk-in closet (which holds more ‘stuff’ than one can imagine) to get to the bathroom plumbing. It was comical how discombobulated things were in the space for the last 6 weeks. The ‘put back together’ was a good time to clean & polish/get rid of/donate many things. It got me thinking of home and what that all means to me/us/others. How important the spaces we call home are to our well-being. How they envelope us and make us feel safe and cared for. Home is incredibly personal. Whether it be a room or many, many rooms–they give back to us in a myriad of ways. Sometimes more than we know…
Just in, original works by artist Jackie Clark Mancuso which are headed to the framer and will be up on the walls and offered soon. Author of Paris-Chien and Hudson in Provence, two books we adore at Watson Kennedy. I have long been a fan of her work, and was tickled awhile back when I saw she posted a fab drawing of Bailey on Instagram. I contacted her in thanks, the conversation continued and I asked her if we could show some of her work. So along with the above pieces, we will also be offering original pet portraits from Jackie, as well. More on that later. Look for another post soon. Over the moon to add her artwork to our walls, if only temporarily, until they find permanent homes.
For all of you who were able to make the Jeanne McKay Hartmann Trunk Show & Rosé Tasting, huge thanks for being part of such a fun eve. Watching an artist create in your presence is such a special thing. She also brought new works which are available to be shipped around the globe for all you readers not in the area. I don’t want anyone feeling left out of the party. Insert large smile. These are 8 new images. They are all original pieces, but if a work sells, Jeanne is able to paint another similar piece. Her work just makes me happy, and brightens up any space it graces. These are all a similar size and sell for $295 each. If one catches your eye, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendar for Thursday evening the 18th of August at our Fine Home shop at First & Spring in downtown Seattle from 5 to 7:30, for a trunk show by artist extraordinaire Jeanne McKay Hartmann. She will be live painting original summer-themed watercolors that eve. We will also be having a rosé tasting so you can enjoy a glass while you shop. It will be such a fun evening, I so hope you can join us.
Just In, a fresh round of Hugo Guinness linoleum cut prints were picked up from our framer on the island the other day. There are some new images as well as some tried & true. A few of these are much larger than we have had in the past, so they can stand alone and make quite a stylish statement. Hugo’s iconic work is collected around the globe–it is always fun to see one here & there when pursuing design magazines, making it an extra special treat when we get a good variety in at one time. Please call or e-mail if one strikes your fancy.