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BY Will Stahl As a five – seven year-old child in a very small town in northern Illinois, my mother sent me, when shaggy, to a barber shop no more than a hundred yards from our home. It was the real old-fashioned kind with big windows, seats around the walls for waiting (appointments were unknown), the smell of hair tonic mingling with the odor of the bar on the other side of a door, and always piles of tattered magazines. The ones I remember were the Saturday Evening Posts because their covers were colorful paintings that generally told a story about people much like those in my world. The people might be either sex and any age, and the story might be funny or sad or heartwarming, but I could look at the picture and keep seeing that story happen. They gave me something to do while sitting warily among the town’s characters who often passed back and forth through the door to the seedy tavern. Many of those covers were probably by Norman Rockwell––when I later saw named examples of his style, they looked so familiar, and the place I saw them belonged in one of those pictures. The Trout Museum of Art’s current show: “Norman Rockwell: A Portrait of America” displays collections from two different periods in his career, both on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge Massachusetts until October 25. I arranged... She passed me off to Rebecca Zornow, Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator who gave me a tour of the exhibit, pointing out context and high points. The first collection, on the lower level, is from the Post covers he did during World War II. Titled “Norman Rockwell in the 1940’s: A View of the American Homefront,” it is mostly covers he painted depicting the lives of ordinary citizens during... One series features a GI character called “Willie Gillis,” militarily inept but otherwise charming, based on the amount of attention he receives from women. In one picture, a young woman sleeps peacefully with his picture on her nightstand, in another the same woman is in a confrontation with a taller blond woman, as they each brandish the same photograph of Willie with the same autograph on it. In a... One shows him neglecting his apple-pealing duties to read his hometown paper. In one he’s home on leave, sleeping contentedly in his own bed. A more serious one shows a. Source: new.scenenewspaper.com
The soft glow of candle-light twinkling through a glass lantern is quaint and romantic. It harks back to an earlier time, before electricity. Lanterns are about as ubiquitous today as they were back then, especially where home retailers are concerned. Pottery Barn, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Arhaus — they all carry variations of them. So do discount retailers and hardware stores like Target, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Lowe’s and Home Depot. Unlike yesteryear’s lanterns, which often burned oil and came in a handful of styles (most notably those round, enamel-coated ones), today’s come in all shapes and sizes, are made of wood, metal and glass, and range in price from a few dollars... They’re coated in colorful enamels (Ikea’s Gottgora is a lacy pink concoction), polished shiny as a mirror (Pottery Barn’s Malta Lanterns) and created with rustic materials (West Elm’s Wood + Rope Lanterns). Some are frilly and Victorian in style, others clean-lined and modern. They can be displayed inside and out and can be used to light up a path, stairway, porch, backyard deck, dining table, coffee table or mantel. You can hang them from trees branches, pergolas and ceilings in your home. But lanterns can do a lot more than serve as candle vessels. Louise Meyers, owner of Pryde’s of Westport, lent us a trunk-load of beautiful lanterns — and one lantern-esque bird cage — to play around with. They’re great for building vignettes around, particularly with items displayed inside. It’s an easy way to add interest, year-round, to dining room and coffee tables, fireplace hearths and mantels, porches and decks. When the season changes, just change the fillers. Source: www.heraldextra.com
Tucked behind several high-rise apartment and office buildings in downtown Bethesda, Md. , sits an expansive red-brick plaza with inviting benches, planters of bright pink flowers and a colorful mosaic sculpture. It looks like a peaceful place to grab an outdoor lunch or read a book. In fact, such “public amenities” are considered so important to making urban areas attractive that the developer that provided them years ago was allowed, in return, to build taller, more profitable buildings. The problem: These public amenities are so hidden that the public doesn’t seem to know they’re there. Beyond a smattering of lunchtime office workers and diners heading to The Original Pancake House, the plaza is often empty. As Robert Kronenberg, a chief Montgomery County planner, put it: “It’s everything you don’t want public space to be. ”. The shortcomings of not-so-public public space and art are gaining attention as Montgomery planners update downtown Bethesda’s... The new plan will lay out how 450 acres surrounding the Bethesda Metro station should continue to develop — and what this space will look and feel like — over the next 20 years. The focus on public art and gathering spots is aimed at “place making,” or ensuring that downtown Bethesda feels distinct from, say, Arlington’s Ballston or Fairfax County’s Tysons Corner. Although art and public-use space are only part of the plan, local art enthusiasts and county planners say they’re an important element as the downtown continues to morph from an office hub and entertainment destination into a community where more... Beyond the fountain outside the Barnes & Noble on Bethesda Row and the relatively small Veterans Park in Woodmont Triangle, the downtown has few visible artistic landmarks or public gathering spots. Planners say the downtown needs more of both if it wants to appeal to the millennials, considered key to the county’s workforce, and the empty-nest baby boomers who want to grow old in the suburbs but to drive less. Both outsize demographic groups are opting for more urban lifestyles within a short walk or bike ride to jobs, stores, gyms and restaurants. About 40 percent of downtown Bethesda residents are between 20 and 34 years old, and 26 percent of the downtown workers fall into that age group, planners say. [ Montgomery County looks to get hip with Millennials ]. Source: www.washingtonpost.com
The hanging hook allows you to hang them from the porch, an arbor, or a tree. Exclusively at Pier 1 Imports, their Mosaic Bulb Lantern adds rainbow rays of color in the daylight and releases a colorful kaleidoscope glow from candlelight. At The Sicilian ...