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Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Painting the town to celebrate new shop - This is Dorset

Painting the town to celebrate new shop - This is Dorset

Painting the town to celebrate new shop

BUDDING businessman Ben Hodson is one of four traders told: “You’re Hired!”

The 21-year-old will now get £1,000 from Bournemouth council to help set up a shop.

The scheme is supposed bring long-neglected shops back into life around Pokesdown station.

If the four winners are still going after six months, they get another £1,000.

Ben and the other winners had to submit business plans then last week passed a Dragons Den-style interview.

His shop, Red Tail Studios, will sell art material and clothes printed with unique designs by local artists.

Ben, from Southbourne, told the Daily Echo: “It’s a service you can’t really get on your own.

“The area is definitely developing and I want to take part in the events.”

The council wanted traders who fit the area’s growing reputation for independent arts, crafts and vintage shops.

Another winner was Cotton Candy Design, co-founded by Cara Lloyd-Hopkins, 39, from Charminster.

The shop will sell handmade and ‘up-cycled’ products like furniture, handbags and cushions.

David Mitchell, also known as Dame Kitty from cabaret restaurant Rubyz, is opening an upmarket charity shop for Kitty’s Wish Foundation.

He said: “Our investment will include a complete re-fit of the shop which will greatly improve the look of the street.”

Last year’s version of the scheme led to the creation of two shops that are still trading, Kaotic Handbag and What Alice Found.

Sally Turner, Boscombe’s regeneration officer and one of the interview judges, said: “This project is about the long term.”

She said traders must attend a “scary” business workshop to check their preparation and they are supported after the October opening deadline.


BmthNewshound says...
3:43pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Good Luck to these new businesses. I know from my own experience that starting a new business is tough going but its worth it. BmthNewshound

Redtail studio says...
5:18pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Thank you, we're looking forward to it Redtail studio

Redtail studio says...
5:18pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Thank you, we're looking forward to it Redtail studio

itsmestupid says...
6:19pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Good Luck, I hope you do really with your new venture. itsmestupid

The Seasider says...
6:19pm Tue 5 Jun 12

A great initiative, the council should be congratulated for putting togeather a scheme to encourage start-ups. Good luck with the new ventures. The Seasider

MissBu says...
7:41pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Here's to you Ben. Hope this new venture really works for you. Well done. MissBu


Painting from the heart - Deccan Herald

Primitive art

Puerta del Sol is quite truly the heart of Madrid. Steeped in history and dotted with prominent sights, it pulsates day-long with locals and tourists, all happily soaking in merry Spanish vibes.

In sunny springtime I was one among them, watching the converging of people and browsing through the atmospheric radial streets around Sol that have all forms of entertainment wrapped in their folds.

I let my eyes wander through all things wonderfully vibrant, from the arts to shopping, from cinema to architectural beauties. On one of the streets here I found artists engrossed with paint and brush; and while swiftly viewing their works, my gaze got transfixed on paintings clustered under a board that said ‘pintura naif’.

These were canvases where happy, bright colours had been used for idealised portrayals — almost child-like in perspective — of city-life and countryside. The depictions were simple and real and I enjoyed looking at the works, which had me smiling often. It was the innocence of everyday living that had captured my imagination and as I saw the canvas developing, I felt I was looking at a bedtime story coming alive.

There was a hen and her brood here, a grandma there, a shining sun, swaying green fields and a bright red tractor parked somewhere in between. I was intrigued and wanted to know what ‘pintura naf’ meant.

Looking around

I walked up to one of the painters to enquire. And in that engaging Spanish lilt his explanation of the two words made it all fall in place. “Pintura is painting and naf is nave. What I’m doing is also called contemporary primitive art,” he smiled. “I went to no school. I paint from my heart,” he said and got back to the canvas.

Painting from the heart, the expression the painter used, is so true to primitive or untutored art.

It’s a genre where no restriction of formal form comes into play, thus the simplicity of outlook. In this idiom you express it as you feel it and more than often it’s a romanticised depiction: timeless and optimistic.

The nave artist, usually self-taught, leads a spectator to a distinctively realistic scenario, yet tremendously individual. Typically, it’s his visualisation of a particular vista, season, event, custom… and these are almost always brimming with hope, for the artist prefers seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses!

“The reason why a nave canvas is abuzz with cheerful hues, has tones of satire, but overall is wrapped in lots of love that brings happiness to the soul,” the Madrid painter had warmly explained to me via an impromptu translator, one among the many bystanders appreciating the art woks.

Across the world examples of primitive art are available, and though each
society uses local symbolism in their versions, the spontaneity and spirit is universal. The features of this art include bold depictions, shying away from abstract thought and most essentially the constant use of primary colours from the palette.

Nave artists are also considered keepers of tradition. Spanish nave art, for example, is said to have found its niche around the end of the 19th century, when the kingdom began witnessing political and economic disturbances. The constant unrest and decaying of society roused nave artists to safeguard Spanish culture. Thus artists began portraying Spain’s history, royalty, village life, towns, customs, architecture, etc.

In present times, when the world is getting shrunk, where information travels faster than light and technology becomes defunct in a matter of a few days, primitive artists remind us of bygone times when living was less frenzied and small pleasures delighted. As my translator in Madrid put it, “Artists of this century will capture today. And even today, they can see joy in the mundane.”

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