Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Here are the cards that carried the stamps below. The top one is a photo from a Brazilian postcrosser named Jessica, a student who likes photography. The shot is of her town square, a popular place, she writes, to walk and talk. The bottom one, from Mrpotani, advertises an ice cream shop in San Francisco that offers offbeat flavors, such as olive oil, chai chili lime, white miso, blood orange, candied chestnut, and on into the night. That last is not a flavor, though there is one called secret breakfast. On her last visit to the shop, Mrpotani tried the brown butter and loved it.
Monday, March 29, 2010
On at Grey Art Gallery, New York University, from April 20 to July 10: Lil Picard and Counterculture New York. It features paintings, sculptures, drawings, and collages, as well as journals, photographs, fashion journalism, and art criticism by artist and critic Lil Picard (1899-1994), who was active in the Downtown New York art scene in the 1950's, '60's, and '70's. An early feminist, Picard used multimedia installations to examine the trauma of the Vietnam War and other political issues.
Cy DeCosse, who takes mysteriously beautiful photos of flowers, has a show called Fifteen Flowers, at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis from April 9 to May 14. This card for the show came in the mail today and took my breath away. www.weinstein-gallery.com
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
A young Estonian postcrosser sent this postcard she picked up on a recent visit to Stockholm. She wrote that she didn't really understand what an altered card was but hoped this would qualify. She's got a fun, 'girly' kind of blog at www.bowtiediary.blogspot.com.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
For many years now friends Jody and Yue have used a card created by their daughter Vera for the family New Year's card. I didn't expect one this year so it was a total surprise to open this "very belated" card in today's mail, complete with a note from the artist--and wishes for a harmonious 2010. Another welcome harbinger of spring!
Monday, March 22, 2010
A Finnish postcrosser made this evocative card, on the theme of 'old mail', using bits and pieces from the 2009 Helsinki Historical Calendar. She said that the calendar was too amazing to throw away and she used it to make cards. This one incorporates a New Year greeting. All of the text is in Swedish. Lovely, lovely!
There's nothing like a thatched house. I know, I used to live in one. This card, from a postcrosser in Khabarovsk, Russia, shows a house in the village of Bobrivnyk. She also affixed a Russian bus ticket to the back of the postcard. Love it!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Lynn (below) also sent this card showing a 1927 woodcut called Jug Hollow. It's by wood sculptor Wharton Esherick, whose hilltop studio/residence in Paoli, Pennsylvania, is now a musuem. Esherick's motto was, "If it isn't fun, it isn't worth doing." Lynn, who did woodworking herself, is a big Esherick fan.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
These are two of ten cards Mrpotani picked up at various shows in San Francisco and used to send a long message. She numbered the cards one to 10 and mailed them together. Amazingly, they all arrived here in the same mail delivery. I picked two faves to post.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Paper and Bronze, at the George Adams Gallery in New York until March 27, features new work by Lesley Dill. I haven't made it to NY of late but Dill's work is always worth a look. The cast bronze piece shown, called Rapture, stands 72 inches high.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Friend Olga Bajusova is having a show of her enchanting illustrations, animation storyboards, etchings, and other work from her portfolios at the WNY Book Arts Center in Buffalo, New York. The show runs till April 10. Her husband Jozef Bajus emailed that a March 13 showing of the Slovak animation Strigonove Vianoce (Christmas Wizard), which features illustrations and sets by Bajusova, was a great success. Congratulations, Olga!
The Bethlehem Area Public Library is advertising a benefit fashion show and luncheon on April 28 with postcards. I was lucky to get hold of a couple,as they're now all gone. Let's hope that means lots of money for some of the struggling libraries of cash-strapped Pennsylvania!
A French postcrosser cleverly altered this postcard poster by Gustav Klimt and wrote: Imagine living in a time when Klimt made the posters for the next art exhibition. Most of her message, though, was about her fascination for Leipzig, which this year marks the 325th birthday anniversary of Bach and the 200th of Schumann.