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Living Art: The Remarkable Little Paradise Art Lodge. New Zealand

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Highway to Paradise

There are magic places in the world, created under intensity so focused that nature absorbs and reflects the power of the creator. The Little Paradise Art Lodge is one of those places.

Put together over 26 years by a Swiss artist who is both intense and incredibly human at the same time, the grounds are nothing short of remarkable.

We were not able to stay during this trip due to a birthday (paradox) conflict. But we will be back for sure. Even a short visit is highly recommended. We stayed for about an hour, enchanted the entire time.

You’ll be caught in the web little tourist

Enter the property

The lodge itself is hand built in such a quirky and delightful and natural way, it is hard to describe. Primitive, and yet so very planet earth.

Bedroom

Bathroom full of skipping rocks

Hand carved headboard

Living table

A couch fashioned from one piece of poplar

Though the lodge is a sight to see, the six acres of curated gardens are astonishing in their willy-nilly natural order.

We have always talked about a tree house like this

Lawnmower

The artist, touched

Fin

Argentina Art

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Bellas Artes museum, Buenos Aires

MALBA, Buenos Aires

Small Domestic Miracles: Emily Shepardson’s Art

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Yes please. We have been collecting Emily’s art for many years, and we love it. Emily’s eye and her artistic sensibility are incredibly well developed. Watching certain threads across time develop, bloom, evolve, and rebloom has been particularly rewarding: gloves, house, lace, birds, and crow. So we were psyched to see the latest curated show. The show is not so much a culmination as it is a snapshot of the creative petri dish (or, the “endless collage cycle” as Emily herself puts it).

Go see for yourself.

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The show is professionally hung and well lit. Properly curated and composed.

Emily’s statement

the artist (according to the name tag dutifully working its way into her hair)

This piece now belongs in our collection

palpable buzz during the opening

This one will live at the Stick

collusion

where this one will end up is anybody’s guess (amy’s favorite)

Disclaimer: Emily Shepherdson is one of our dearest friends, and we love her. We don’t love her art because we love her. No wait, we do love her art because we love her, that’s not what we mean. But we would love her art even if she were a stranger. Oh hell, just go see it for yourself. Show up through March 4.

A landed boat becomes a “Hell-Raising” challenge!

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Lovely fishing boat nestled against a tree on a cold winter day…

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But wait! There’s a car on that boat.

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That matchbox dude challenges the leaf to a demolition derby!

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The leaf ponders…

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-Next episode – the leaf decides.

Where’s Aubrey Art

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The show Friday 12.29 at the Barns of Rose Hill raised $1181 for Habitat for Humanity and featured the art of Eli McGraw. Here are the videos of Eli’s art displayed before the show and during intermission.

 

Eli’s art is in/on the new Where’s Aubrey CD diversion.

Have a listen.

Opening of Art with Music and Friends

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Shot of  a Shot

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V. Silly Oslo Art.

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V silly art in Oslo. See the fox in the background of the third image? “Run away giant rabbit head!” I giggled. IMG_20170926_123636.jpgIMG_20170926_123706.jpgIMG_20170926_123626.jpg

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