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Linda Stamberger

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Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mural sparks search for art class of '95 - This is Gloucestershire

Mural sparks search for art class of '95 - This is Gloucestershire

STUNNING bike murals have been rediscovered during a revamp at the former Stroud Saddlery shop.

The artwork was originally painted for the Big Bike Company in Cainscross Road by pupils from Marling School next door.

  1. Bryan Billau with one of the murals painted by Marling School pupils in 1997.

The boys were invited to decorate the giant wall when Bryan Billau opened the business about 17 years ago.

"I remember looking at this big white space and thinking that just through the wall was Marling School," he said.

"Then I hit on the idea of asking pupils there to come up with some artwork. I believe it turned into an A-Level project at the time."

Now he is organised building work in preparation for a new tenant and has uncovered the striking murals.

"I'd be interested to know where the teenagers who painted them are now and if they've gone on to become artists," Mr Billau said.

He is liaising with the grammar school's staff to find the art class of 1995.


Collector donates US$167.5M in art to Hong Kong museum - CNN

Hong Kong (CNN) -- A huge trove of artwork from the world's premier collection of Chinese contemporary art has been donated to a new visual culture museum in Hong Kong.

The donation features 1,463 pieces of artwork by 310 artists, including many critically-acclaimed names such as Ai Weiwei, Fang Lijun, Zhang Xiaogang, Gu Wenda, Zeng Fanzhi, and Xu Bing, according to museum authorities.

Valued at a total of HK$1.3 billion (US$ 167.5 million) by auction house Sotheby's, the works stem from a celebrated private collection amassed over the past three decades by Uli Sigg, a former Swiss ambassador to China and a renowned art collector.

Sigg's collection is internationally acclaimed not only for being the world's largest trove of Chinese contemporary art, but also for its comprehensiveness and historical importance in documenting the development of contemporary art in China.

"The period 1979 - 2009 in China is a unique moment in art history. Given both the fact that many works, especially from the first ten years of this period were destroyed due to lack of interest from collectors and institutions, and the subsequent boom in the market for these works, it would be impossible to now build a collection similar in depth, scope and quality," Lars Nittve, the M+ museum's executive director, said in a statement.

"By joining forces with M+, the art works will ultimately come full circle back to China as I have always hoped they would," Sigg added. He said his donation is intended to "enable these artists to have a space within M+ where they will communicate with an international audience, and where they will meet with a Chinese public."

The donation, which will form part of M+'s permanent collection, provides a tremendous boost to the yet-as-unbuilt museum, which is intended to be the flagship facility in an ambitious government-led project to create a contemporary arts complex called the West Kowloon Cultural District. The high-profile project has experienced repeated delays, scrapped plans, high staff turnover, and many rounds of public consultations since its announcement in 1998.

Sigg's contribution is the "most important development to date for the West Kowloon project," said Claire Hsu, co-founder and executive director of Asia Art Archive. "It's extremely significant in the sense that it's an encyclopedic collection—he went about collecting it as if he was an institution as opposed to [assembling] a personal collection."

In a talk at the Asia Society in November, Nittve said he was discussing with major Asian art collectors the possibility of donations, given the museum had HK $1.7 billion in seed funding -- an amount that would not go far in purchasing top-notch Chinese contemporary art, which has shot up in price in recent years. A Zhang Xiaogang painting set an auction record of HK$ 79 million (US$ 10 million) for Chinese contemporary art in April 2011.

"It will be wonderful to have such an important collection in a public institution which can properly commit to its display and conservation for generations well beyond ours," said Yana Peel, a Hong-Kong-based contemporary arts philanthropist and founder of Outset Contemporary Arts Fund. Peel called Sigg's donation "transformational for the museum and for our community."

M+ has also acquired 47 works from Sigg's collection for HK$ 177 million (US$ 22.8 million) under a split gift-purchase agreement.

The museum is slated to open in 2017.


National Gallery of Canada announces top three works in nation-wide art contest for teens - So You Want To Be An Artist? - Yahoo Finance

Artwork by winners and nine finalists are displayed at the Gallery until July 3.

OTTAWA, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) today announced the names of the winning artists in its second annual on-line contest, So You Want To Be An Artist? The contest is intended to enhance the enjoyment of art among young people all over Canada, while providing them with an opportunity to share their talent, ideas and opinions in a manner that helps them feel connected to the Gallery. A jury of experts met on June 4 to decide on the top three artworks among the 12 that had garnered the most on-line votes in April. The winner of the 1st prize is Paula Rayo of London, ON for her creation, The Memoirs of War (Souvenirs de guerre). Andrew An of Delta, BC has won 2nd prize for his work, Snowboarding (Planche à neige), and 3rd prize goes to Niki Watts of Hagensborg, BC for her submission, Thunder Dancer (Danseur-tonnerre).

More than 198 talented teens across the country, aged 16 to 19 years, entered the contest and submitted their creations, along with an artist statement, on line. The artwork covered an array of diverse and wide-ranging themes: identity and culture, justice and human rights, fighting prejudice, and preserving the environment. The winning entries, along with those of the finalists - which received a total of 37,948 votes during the designated period - are displayed at the National Gallery of Canada, on the Artissimo wall, until Tuesday, July 3. They can also be viewed on line at

All five members of the jury - comprised of Peter Simpson, Arts-editor-at-large for The Ottawa Citizen; Claude Deschênes, cultural reporter for Télévision de Radio-Canada; interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu; illustrator/graphic designer Jonathan Cruz; and Kim Morgan, artist and NSCAD professor - were impressed with the young artists' creativity and talent. "The impressive level of creativity and technical expertise reflected in each artwork presented a challenge for the jury of experts in choosing the three winners," explained Gary Goodacre, NGC Manager, Youth and School Programs.

The other finalists are:

Gabrielle Brochu, Entends ma prière (Hear my Prayer) - Acrylic and India ink
Lysandra Coules, Strength Shield (Écran de force) - Photography
Dominique Cyr, If Only We Knew the Truth (Si seulement nous connaissions la vérité) - Oil
Jessica Desrochers, Le droit d'aimer (The Right to Love) - Charcoal, graphite and ink
Sophie Masson, C'est moi, just me ! - Oil
Sydney McKenna, Within Her Roots (Dans ses racines) - Ink, acrylic, watercolour and graphite on wood
Erica Phillips, Totem (Mât totémique) - Digital proof on canvas
Josh Tiessen, Overshadowed (Éclipsé) - Acrylic on fibreboard
Sofia Becerra, Portrait of Humanity (Portrait d'humanité) - Acrylic on canvas

Prizes Awarded to the Winners
The winner of the first prize, which includes round-trip travel to Ottawa, will be afforded an opportunity for a behind-the-scenes visit to the NGC and given a chance to meet professionals working at the Gallery. Paula Rayo will also have her portfolio reviewed by an expert and be awarded a $500 gift certificate for art supplies. Andrew An, the 2nd-prize winner, will receive a $1,000 gift certificate for art supplies and Niki Wattas, who won 3rd prize, will be given a $500 gift certificate, also for art supplies.

The Gallery thanks its sponsors
Gift certificates for art supplies for the top three winners were generously offered by the Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa. CanvasPop graciously provided vouchers to the top 12 finalists to reproduce their artwork on canvas.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the largest collection of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. It also maintains Canada's premier collection of European art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, major works of American, Asian and Indigenous art, as well as an internationally renowned collection of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is increasing access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. This is done by maintaining the largest touring art exhibition program in the world. For more information, go to



Winners of Post painting competition set to meet Queen - Nottingham Evening Post

The big day has arrived for the winners of a competition to paint a picture celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Lynette Pinchess talks to two very excited young girls...

  1. Flag day: Megan Curry, nine, left, and Abigail Stephen, ten, are the winners of the Post’s royal painting competition. Their prize is the chance to meet the Queen when she visits the city today.

CURTSEYS perfected, resplendent in new frocks and excitement bubbling over, Abigail Stephen and Megan Curry are ready for the very special task that lies ahead of them today.

As winners of a competition to paint a royal picture, Abigail, ten, and Megan, nine, each have the honour of presenting a posy of flowers to welcome the Queen and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, to the city.

Abigail, from Wollaton, said: "I'm very very excited. The best part is giving the flowers and wearing my new dress. I feel really royal in it. It's really nice and I feel really privileged."

The Fernwood Junior School pupil has been practising her curtsey ever since she discovered she was going to meet the Queen. "My curtsey is good – I think I've nailed it," she said.

She has a couple of questions lined up for Her Majesty. "I'd like to ask if she is looking forward to the Olympics and if she enjoyed the Jubilee concert. I watched it and I think her favourite was the song Gary Barlow did – I really liked it."

Abigail's patriotic painting of the Queen with two corgis, bunting and balloons, came top out of more than 4,000 entries.

She added: "I never imagined this – it's like a dream. When I was told at school I cried in front of my class. I was amazed. The night I found out I'd won I didn't sleep at all. My friends are really happy for me and want my autograph."

Part of Abigail's prize was choosing a new outfit for the momentous occasion, supplied by Debenhams, and she opted for a cream and gold dress with black and gold lacy shoes.

She will present the Queen with a posy in the Council House foyer under the proud gaze of her father Bruce while mum Ruth waits outside in the crowd.

Ruth said: "She is extremely excited – it's the children's equivalent of winning the lottery. She can't wait, she's just so pleased to have won as she's never won anything before.

"It's fantastic to be involved in the Jubilee celebrations in a way that will be so memorable for the rest of her life.

"She's never said she's nervous but on the day I think there will be some nerves."

The Duke of Edinburgh will not be joining the royal party as planned due to his recent illness.

Ruth said: "Abigail has been very concerned about Prince Philip and hopes he is feeling better."

Children in Notts were challenged to paint a picture inspired by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by Notts Lord Lieutenant, Sir Andrew Buchanan.

After the news that Prince William and Princess Catherine would also be visiting, Sir Andrew offered a second child the opportunity to present a posy to Kate – and Megan's painting showing the monarch surrounded by diamonds, flags and trees caught his eye.

Very little sleep was predicted in the Curry household last night as Megan, of Beeston, willed the big day to arrive. She couldn't wait to dress up in her brightly coloured floral dress and sparkly shoes.

She said: "I'm very excited at meeting Kate. I want to ask her what it's like being royalty.

''My dress is very, very, colourful and pretty. It's going to be brilliant." Megan's parents Toni and Jason will join her at the celebrations, her dad in the Council House and mum outside. Toni said: "She's very excited. We're very proud of her. She's not nervous, she's a very confident little girl. We've had one or two practices at curtseying."

Megan is the envy of friends at John Clifford School. "Her school is very excited. Everyone wants to come with her," added Toni.

QUEEN'S VISIT: Crowds of 35,000 expected today

QUEEN'S NOTTINGHAM VISIT: Details of route revealed

QUEEN'S VISIT: Prince Philip to miss Nottingham visit

QUEEN'S VISIT: Road closures


Chris Brown spotted 'admiring' Rihanna from across the room as exes cross paths at NYC club - New York Daily News

Chris Brown spent the first half of Monday night with his current girlfriend — and the second half with his ex.

The controversial R&B artist launched his first art show — a collaboration with pop artist Ron English called “Dum English” — at Opera Gallery in SoHo, and a herd of industry pals came out to support the budding Picasso. Along with DJ Khaled , Busta Rhymes, actress Tika Sumpter and stylist June Ambrose, Brown’s girlfriend, petite model Karrueche Tran, was also at the gallery all evening.

A source at the event says Tran stayed by the 23-year-old Brown’s side for much of that time and the two shared “multiple embraces.” At one point, Brown smiled while plying the biracial beauty with a glass of Champagne. They swayed together to music played by DJ M.O.S. and Tran hung on Brown’s every word as he told guests about his artwork, which includes a piece entitled “Hell-no Kitty” — his homage to the Hello Kitty character.

The couple didn’t stick together the entire evening, however. According to a second source, Brown showed up at Avenue nightclub in Chelsea around 1:30 a.m. with “a bunch of friends [and\] a couple of girls,” although Tran wasn’t one of them.

About 45 minutes later, Brown’s ex-girlfriend Rihanna entered the same club “with her large posse of socialites,” including comedian Aziz Ansari . The source says the singer-turned-actress, who recently appeared in the flick “Battleship,” was dressed in a pinup-style white dress, black sunglasses and Converse sneakers. The Barbadian beauty’s group took a table directly across from Brown’s entourage.

That’s when things got interesting. Our source said Brown could be seen “admiring Rihanna from his table across” the room. Her beauty apparently made him thirsty, because he “started the party with shots of Patron” tequila and Ace of Spades Champagne.

Soon after that, a second source tells us RiRi and company started dancing on top of the banquettes.

As if on cue, those in Brown’s party did the same, directly facing Rihanna’s group, in a dance-off.

Despite the “You Got Served”-style theatrics, our sources say neither Brown nor Rihanna approached each other or had any kind of face-to-face interaction.

Brown was the first to call it a night at 3:30 a.m. Rihanna left closer to 4.

The former couple have crossed paths more than once over the past couple weeks — at nightclubs SL, 40/40 and now Avenue — but when it comes to the public eye, Brown seems to be sending the message that he’s in a relationship with Tran for the time being.

A spokesperson for Brown did respond to our request for comment by deadline.

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