Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Stephanie Strange - Black Well Mobile

The Architect and I discovered Stephanie Strange's art a couple of years ago at Art City Austin. One of the first pieces of art we bought was a beautiful graphite pencil drawing. We stood for about an hour in her stall trying to figure out which drawing we wanted to buy because there were so many we wanted to take home. That first time we also picked up one of her "typewriter" pieces. Stephanie uses vintage typewriters to create these simple and graphic works on paper. We have the honor of owning about 4 of those typewriter works and two of her graphite pencil drawings.

It was pretty awesome to get the email this week about Stephanie's piece for the City of Austin Arts in Public Spaces program. She created a huge mobile made out of typewriter parts, which you see above, for the Twin Oaks Branch library in Austin. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it down for the unveiling this weekend, but I will definitely make a point to stop by the library the next time I am in Austin.

As a side note, her husband Michael O'Brien, is a sculptor and makes some gorgeous, yet simple bronze sculptures that we also have the pleasure of displaying in our quaint home.

See more of Stephanie's work here. Stephanie's blog is here.

Unfortunately, I can't find a website for Michael O'Brien's work. If anyone knows of his website, shoot me an email and I will update.

Photo by Karol Rice.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Creative Arts Center of Dallas

I recently discovered the Creative Arts Center of Dallas where I made the ring you see here. The CAC has been around since 1965. You can take classes in all sorts of media - welding, stone sculpture, painting, mosaics, fused glass, and jewelry making. The classes are geared towards those seeking to do it as a hobby but are taught by professionals in the respective disciplines. The classes are small so you are not fighting for attention and instruction.

New sessions start at the end of August. You can find out about the classes here.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dallas and Bottle Service

Finally someone has come out and asked the question: What the heck is up with bottle service in Dallas. I've never really understood its fascination in Dallas. But then I think "ultra lounges" in Dallas are just a joke too. I love the city I live in but we will never be a NYC, LA, or Vegas. Our lounges are just cheap imitations.

Snarky rant over.