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by Molly Oleson. “You’re tall—watch your head,” warns Jennifer Carden, as she leads me into the tiny Aristocrat camper that’s parked on her front lawn in Novato, and which has been gutted, renovated, painted a sparkly bluish-green with a tangerine-colored door and... Inside, small works of art—all food-themed—line the clean white walls. “We’re calling it a mini gallery,” Carden says proudly of the space, which is the new home of Super Fresh Food Art Gallery—known as the world’s first contemporary art gallery dedicated to art about food. Carden, director of the gallery, co-owns the successful business with her husband, Matthew Carden—well-known for his photographs that combine food with popular culture to create images of small figurines floating on seas made of cake frosting,... On top of running the gallery, Jennifer, a chef, cookbook author and food stylist, styles the food for her husband’s photos. “He’ll say, ‘I need a cake that looks like an ocean,’” she says with a laugh. “Or, ‘I need a popsicle that looks like a 6. ’”. The two artists, who have collaborated on numerous books together and have “always been interested in the food world,” merged their interests to create the gallery, which was located on Grant Avenue... A love of campers, and an idea to move the artwork more into the virtual world, led to the small version of Super Fresh—which gets its name from something that’s “really cool. ” “The art is super, and it’s all fresh and it’s food, and it’s something totally different and new,” Jennifer says. In addition to Matthew’s work, the art of around 10 artists, all with different styles and perspectives on food, is represented. There are pastel-colored paintings of desserts by Pat Doherty, detailed drawings by Beverly. Shipko of half-eaten Oreos and vibrant mosaics of Twinkies by Jim Bachor. “We want stuff that’s really pop-y,” Jennifer says, noting that she’s in the process of adding more artists and expanding the business to include “satellite galleries” at places like winery tasting rooms in Sonoma. Art about food prompts conversations about food culture. “It depends on what age you are, but like my generation—we grew up with a lot of junk food, and a lot of fast food,” Jennifer says. “It wasn’t a big. Source: www.pacificsun.com
Some people are downsizing their gardens big time. They're moving from whopping perennial borders to terrariums, tiny Zen gardens and fairy-gardens-in-a-pot. In these little landscapes, a watering can is typically the size of a quarter and a layer of moss serves as ground cover. They require little maintenance and can be enjoyed on a deck, patio or balcony. The world of itsy-bitsy settings attracted Katie Elzer-Peters as a child. "My grandma and I used to make shadowboxes and mouse houses, and I had an American Girl doll that I loved," she said. "I couldn't buy a whole lot of stuff for my dolls, so I made my own things — dishes, furniture, clothes, quilts — you name it. ". Elzer-Peters is the author of "Miniature Gardens: Design and Create Miniature Fairy Gardens, Dish Gardens, Terrariums... "Size is the main thing to keep in mind when selecting plants and accessories for fairy gardens," she said. "You're creating tiny worlds. Make sure everything looks like it belongs. "The fairy garden craze has really taken off," says Nancy Kuhajda, extension program coordinator at the University of Illinois Extension in Joliet, Ill. "There are people who aren't that into gardening as a whole, but find the curiosity and whimsy of fairy gardens something they want to try. Pick a theme. In Nancy Eleder's garden in Homer Glen, Ill. , she has created several imaginative vignettes where some fairies relax in a cozy woodland setting, while others attend a picnic. Some of her fairies are working with cows and chickens on a teeny farm, training their tiny dogs at an obedience school, and tending their flowers at the fairy garden shed. "It's a lot of fun to pick a theme and then build a small garden around the theme," Eleder said. "Experiences from the past can be re-created in a small garden to add some nice whimsy. It's fun to create a miniature fantasy land in the garden. "Our fairy gardens are reminiscent of two of our favorite places: the giant redwood forests of the California Sierra Nevada mountain range and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park in Maine," said Chris Blecker of New Lenox, Ill. An old wooden cart houses a fairy garden modeled after the Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Arnold, Calif. "While we couldn't exactly plant a giant redwood, we tried to replicate it as. Source: www.freep.com
"I wanted Mom to be near me," said Annapolis resident Gina Fitzsimmons, looking over at her mother, Charlotte Matusewicz. Her mom is a "golden girl" who paints as if she has a golden brush. Matusewicz, 82, lived in Bridgeville, Delaware, for years. She'd settled there with her late husband, Bob Matusewicz. Her husband died three years ago. their son died 18 months later. Matusewicz, who has never driven a car, was living alone. Because Matusewicz was nearly 70 miles from Fitzsimmons' Annapolis home, if she needed a ride to the grocery store or doctor, it would be a 90-minute to two-hour trip each way for her daughter. "I would have been in a pickle," said Matusewicz. A native of Germany, she grew up in Fulda, in the western part of the country. Her future husband had enlisted for a two-year term in the U. S. Army and was stationed at the Stuttgart Army Airfield, part of the Army's Garrison Stuttgart. The two met, magically clicked and married. Bob found a job for Charlotte as a nanny for an American family. She took care of the household and the family's newest baby while Bob and his unit members worked on airport machinery. Fitzsimmons, their first child, was born in Germany. When Bob Matusewicz was transferred stateside, his wife and child followed. The family settled first in Beltsville, then, for a few years, in Annapolis' Hillside community. Matusewicz worked as a librarian at the Eastport Library. When the family moved to a 5-acre property on Kent Island, she operated a laundry. Later, the couple moved, again, to a 31/2-acre property in Bridgeville. Fitzsimmons and her husband made Annapolis their home. Fitzsimmons, a graduate of Maryland Institute of Art, founded a home interior design firm, Fitzsimmons Design Associates Inc. , on Bay Ridge Road in 1991. "We looked at retirement communities all over the area," said Fitzsimmons, "But Mom didn't want to be with people her age. She wanted to be with people of all ages. The mother-and-daughter pair finally discovered the Mariners Point community, a short distance from Fitzsimmons' office. Together, they found a one-story duplex, an end unit built in 1985. The one-bedroom house has a den and two full baths. Very little had to be done to ready the small unit for Matusewicz's arrival. The kitchen's scarlet red walls were painted a soft blue. Fitzsimmons installed a backsplash in the kitchen. Source: www.capitalgazette.com
It also has more than 100 bases (wooden letters, boxes, picture frames , wooden stools, large papier mâché figurines from piggy banks to dinosaurs and more) for customers to paint, decoupage or mosaic. And it offers classes in jewelry making, glass
Carden, director of the gallery, co-owns the successful business with her husband, Matthew Carden—well-known for his photographs that combine food with popular culture to create images of small figurines floating on seas made of cake frosting, hiking
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Other metal wire figurines such as “Huggers” and “Yoga” are placed throughout the shop’s shelves. Handmade jewelry glitters in the light. Mosaic Bottle Lights cast vibrant colors across counters. Handmade mugs, honeypots and bowls in eye-catching ...