On our recent visit to our vacation home in Cartagena, Colombia, South America, the visual excitement started immediately upon arrival as we took in a myriad of colorful, graphic signs advertising local businesses and products.
In the old city, the 500-year-old wall has protected the
historic center architecture while making room for its share of
traditional, Spanish influenced trade signs.
wall is the gleaming Plaza shopping mall with more contemporary style
signs, still retaining a Latin beat. Among my favorites is the wordless
No Honking sign showing a vintage horn in a circle with a red line
crossing it out.
The party bus poster comes alive with an image
of a big bowl of fruit balanced on the head of a lady in classic local
Postobon, a favorite soft drink, is well represented
in frequent festive signs inviting you to quench your thirst while
satisfying your craving for sugar. If you don't have a
craving for sugar, try the agua mineral con gas (sparkling) or sin gas (non-carbonated).
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A second visit to NYC's Winter Antiques Show offered another opportunity to enjoy more outstanding exhibits, and a chance to chat with friends.
Visitors to the show included veteran show manager Sanford Smith, chatting with dealer Barbara Pollack, Ms. Velvor Rhone wearing her dazzling Hermes scarf, and a very young, smartly dressed collector of the future.
|Suzanne Courcier and Robert W. Wilkins, Yarmoth Port, MA, are the ultimate authorities in the world of authentic Shaker furnishings. A major sale of the show was their spectacular Shaker case piece with an intense chrome yellow painted surface.|
|Al Katz has significantly raised the level of folk art connoisseurship with his outstanding discoveries, such as this irresistible Tobacco Shop Trade Stimulator: "The Comical Bust" (Sold) now inviting visitors into his exhibit.|
|Hannah, Gigi and Arthur Liverant displaying a copy of their 2013 calendar, "The Swimsuit Edition"|
Friday, February 1, 2013
Cold winds and grim weather are no match for the warm and glamorous Winter Antiques Show at NYC's freshened up Park Avenue Armory. Blanche and I exhibited at WAS, as we are wont to call it, for 19 years! The show was in its heyday then, before NYC became nearly overpopulated with year round antiques and art shows. Originally started 59 years ago (No, Blanche and I were not there then) as a way to cast away Society's January blues and raise money for the East Side House Settlement, it soon became one of a few world class antiques shows. It is pure pleasure to visit the event now as an attendee, although it is hard not to see the well masked fatigue in the dealers' faces that only those who have participated in this 2-week marathon can imagine. Still the show of shows, the event, like Tina Turner, just keeps on rolling.
|Edwin Hild of Olde Hope Antiques, New Hope, PA. is pictured in their booth filled with Americana treasures, including a pure form Windsor arm chair, an outstanding chest of drawers in original paint, and a smashing game board.|
|Nathan Liverant & Son Antiques, Colchester, CT., the distinguished purveyor of 18th- and 19th-Century American furniture, paintings, silver and glass since 1920, provided importance and luster to the show, as always.|