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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.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Small artwork can loom large -

Small artwork can loom large -

Big may be better in certain circumstances, but I want to argue that small is mighty. Exhibit A is Manifest Gallerys Magnitude 7.8 show. All entries in the juried exhibition must be seven inches or smaller.

The eighth edition offers 37 works by 28 artists whittled down from 432 works submitted by 183 artists.

I like small work. I like the experience of getting up close and personal with a piece of art. Glimpsing a big painting from the gallery door may be enough for me, but small works force me to come in to really look.

For Magnitude 7.8 I came armed with an arsenal of synonyms for small: little, miniscule, miniature, diminutive, intimate, wee, petite, dainty, dinky, tiny, teeny, teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy.

What I didnt come with was an expectation that a group show held together by something as artificial as size would point out any trends in art. But maybe the trends were only a particular partiality of the judges.

Whatever, as they say, realism was the predominant style. This trend was also evident in the Rites of Passage 8 exhibition of works by current or recent undergraduates installed in Manifests Main Gallery, also worth a look.

Another trend was about a formal element: presentation. Again, it could just be the judges bias since it clearly wasnt because these artists know each other. They come from 16 different states and two Canadian provinces plus Latvia and Argentina. It cant be in the water, but its definitely in the air.

Several artists used devices to make their pieces stand out literally project from the wall by using thick blocks of wood as the support.

In Ben Hosacs really teeny beach scene San O (2006), the block is one-inch thick and the oil painting only two-inches wide. Coming up close to see the work the presumably Pacific Ocean beach since hes from Orange, California, sandy beach, and a limitless sky makes me feel that Ive shrunk like Alice in Wonderland.

Going a step further, the support isnt seen at all. The artwork floats off the wall and into our space.

Eileen MacArthurs does this with #4, 50 Paintings of Photographs (2009). And you stand where the photographer stood when the shot was taken: up against the girder of a bridge. In the distance is a causeway with blurred images of vehicles. Even though the painting is very small, just 4 x 6, I felt that my nose was almost touching the steel.

Miniaturizing something can be dangerous. Whats more adorable than OshKosh Bgosh coveralls on a three-month old or Converse high tops on a toddler? But teensy can easily become too cute by half.

Petite doesnt mean a work always feels diminutive. Theres the matter of scale. Think about something you might have only seen in a photograph. It looks big, monumental, but when you see it, it could be quite dinky. That happens here, too.

Seeing Bethany DeVries six-inch-square Clementine on the Manifest website and ignoring the shows theme, the peeled orange looks enormous. Shes positioned it in the foreground so you are inches away. In reality, it is about life size, but with a punch beyond its size.


Broadwalk Centre unveils children's artwork (From Harrow Times) - Harrow Times

Broadwalk Centre in Edgware unveils children's artwork

The Broadwalk Centre in Edgware has unveiled a display of artwork created by schoolchildren.

On Tuesday the centre revealed the exhibit to celebrate the six decades of the Queen’s reign.

Children from six schools each created a piece representing a different decade of the reign and these were then mounted onto a huge banner which was unveiled by a Henry VIII look-a-like.

Dina Mistry, marketing manager at the Broadwalk Centre, said: “We are thrilled at the way this celebratory artwork has turned out.

“It is still on display in the shopping centre for all our visitors to view. We would like to once again thank all the schools, teachers and pupils involved as without their involvement we would not have been unable to run this event.”

The schools involved were Edgware Primary School, Rosh Pinah Primary School in Edgware, Aylward School in Stanmore, Deansbrook Junior School in Mill Hill, Frith Manor School in Mill Hill and Orion Primary in Colindale.


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