Did any of you grow up listening to musicals? My family took a lot of roadtrips when I was young, and my parents always had Broadway soundtracks on hand – Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and my all time favorite – Les Miserables. I could listen for hours and hours (usually with my favorite Eponine solos on repeat… I’m sure my parents loved hearing “On My Own” for the millionth time – I’m a sucker for the tragic characters), singing along at the top of my lungs. I may have even earned the lead role in our church’s play by auditioning as Cosette, singing “Castle on a Cloud” when I was ten. (Are you wondering now why I haven’t followed my calling to Hollywood? I know, right? Me too.) I’ve seen Les Mis on stage a few times – once on that big ol’ NYC Broadway one. I’m really hoping that this new movie version starring Anne Hathaway as Fantine lives up to this beautiful play. What do y’all think of the cast?
Just a little sneak peek of some decor inspiration I used while planning for the New City Arts Forum dinner this weekend. Are you coming? It’s going to be amazing. These amazing ladies are catering, Skyline is providing lighting, and two local florists are decking out the space in gorgeous blooms. I’m excited about this project – the space is a secret until the evening of the dinner (so fun!) and since we’ll be serving artists and art-lovers, the decor will be creative, interactive, and a bit out of the box. Can’t wait to share the finished product!
* I seem to have misplaced the sources for these images! If you know, please let me know, so I can credit properly.*
The colorful landscapes of artist Michele Norris are not exactly new to me, but I can’t help but post about my love for them. A few years ago, I had the great pleasure of working for an art gallery which represented Michele. Her pieces, with their bold brush strokes and dripping paint, speak to the movement and spirit of her land and seascapes. As she herself writes, “The landscape moves beyond simply the illustration of an actual location and begins to symbolize thought, emotion and energy.” One of these pieces (the one above) is especially meaningful to me: It hangs on my dining room wall. This landscape spoke to me. It looks just like a small field overlooking Lake Michigan in Door County, Wisconsin (my favorite place in the world, but that’s another post) where I have shared some of the most meaningful moments of my life. I love this painting. Isn’t it a gift how art brings life to an otherwise dull room (or dull moment for that matter)? Please do check out Michele’s work if you have a moment.
All images of Michele’s work from her website.