Monday, April 13, 2009

King Tut, Part Two

The King Tut was very crowded. Very, very crowded. And they didn't let anyone photograph, even without flash, so I don't have any pictures from the actual exhibit.

The exhibit included many items from King Tut's tomb, some of which were very impressive. I think I was most impressed with the jewelry, and with the blue and gold coffinette. Click the link to see a picture of it. The coffinette was small, maybe 15 inches, and very ornate with fine workmanship. The Dallas Museum of Art has quite a few pictures and other info on their site here.

Here's a few photos I took before we went in.



Here's a beautiful example of Chihuly Glass (Dale Chihuly) in one of the restaurants.

chihuly glass at the museum

I didn't see any sign or other info on this interactive art installation.

interactive art

This is a tunnel of glorious color leading to a room where there is no color, only shades of white and gray. Going in was kind of the reverse of being born.

I did take quite a few pictures in the Ancient Americas Art exhibit of various jewelry and metal work. Stay tuned for part three...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

King Tut, Part One

Recently we went to Dallas to see the King Tut exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. We enjoyed the exhibit (more on that later). It's going on until sometime in early May, so check it out if you can.

Here are a few photos I took during the trip. I'm going to break the trip into several posts because of the number of photos. My pictures all link to my Flickr account, where you can see them in better detail. Also Blogger cuts off the right hand side of some of them so you can click to see the entire picture.

This is the Trammel Crow Center which houses the Trammel Collection of Asian Art. It's a dramatic looking building. When you see it you immediately think, "They don't build them like that anymore." This building is right next door to the museum.

Trammell Crow Center

This is looking up the building. This is a famous building in Dallas and one of the tallest.

Trammell Crow Center

Ralph and Stefan outside the building.

Ralph and Stefan

The door "guardians":

There is some pretty awesome art around the grounds and I snapped a few shots.

Rodin, Cybele, 1889

This is a Rodin, Cybele, 1889.


I think this was a Rodin too.

This sculpture was at least ten feet tall, maybe more.

Bourdelle, Ponelupe 1917

Bourdelle, Ponelupe, 1917

detail of sculpture

We didn't have time to look at all the art outside the building. I could spend days looking at interesting things and taking photos in downtown Dallas, particularly the Arts District. I've already put my husband on notice that he's to accompany me someday while I take photos.

Part of the Trammell Crow Center:

Trammell Crow Center


Trammell Crow Center

Part Two coming soon...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Canton Marketplace

I have a store on Etsy, Essential Adornment. I don't spend a lot of time on it, so I haven't had a lot of sales. Recently we started an Etsy team made up of people in the northeast region of Texas. This is morphing into Netsy art/craft guild. I'm really excited because we've opened a booth at the Canton Marketplace in Canton Texas.

Martha, of Menagerie Studio, and I will be anchoring the booth and every month during First Monday we will share the booth with two other members. Last weekend (April First Monday) was our first weekend.

Here's the booth just after we put a fresh coat of paint, with some displays that will be living at the booth.

Canton booth before

Here's a couple of shots of the booth in action. The right side of the photos was cut off in blogger so click on them to see the full shot. We still have some decorating to do and things to tweak. We need to get a sign. The layout may well change from month to month as our stock changes with different members coming in.

Canton booth #1

Canton booth #2

We also are taking items on consignment, three or four or so from various members. April had items from Billye of Silvermoon Studio and Katie of KatherineKouture. Here's some detail shots showing how things were displayed.

Canton booth detail #2

Front of the booth. l to r: wire mannequin with pink resin necklace by Billye, rose necklace by Menagerie Studio; large mannequin: yellow necklace by KatherineKouture, cross necklace by Menagerie Studio; tall wire mannequin: necklace by me; front: large cross by Menagerie Studio.

Canton booth detail #5

l to r: necklace by me (No Stone Unstrung), Treasure Box earrings by me, necklace by Silvermoon Studio, charms (in tray) by Martha of Menagerie Studio.

Canton booth detail #4

Charms by Menagerie Studio and earrings and necklace by KatherineKouture.

Canton booth detail #1

l to r: pink necklace by Silvermoon Studio with pendant by Menagerie Studio, bracelets by KatherineKouture, earrings and large coral necklace by me, necklace by KatherineKouture.

We didn't have a lot of sales in April, but we made money. Things should pick up, especially since the Canton Marketplace is improving their signage and a winery is moving into the building in June.

For those who don't know, Canton Texas is like one big market every first Monday weekend of the month. It started with antiques, and now you can get pretty much anything you want. The Canton Market Place is just one of the many, many buildings in operation, and there are also people who set up in outdoor tents and canopies. Unlike the rest of Canton, our building is air conditioned and open until 8 pm. This should be a real advantage come summer and in rainy weather.