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Paradise City Art Buzz

Stories and perspectives for those who love living with handmade objects and fine art.

What’s Cooking? Knock on Wood!

What's Cooking? Knock on Wood!

What is so very irresistible about running your fingers along a polished piece of wood? In the hands of a master, wood comes alive.

Its solid nature takes on many beautiful forms; its fluidity is accentuated by carving, sanding and rubbing. Our homes and furnishings are largely built of wood, and we find solace in natural woodlands. Even fire, the very source of civilization, comes from wood.

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What’s Cooking? Lend Us Your Ears!

What's Cooking? Lend Us Your Ears!

A new pair of earrings is an almost irresistible purchase at Paradise City, even when you can’t attend a show. Whether you are participating in digital workplace conferences, Facetiming with your family, or “meeting up” with friends for a Zoom cocktail hour, a new pair of earrings conveys a buoyant attitude, a colorful accent and a fresh perspective when you look in the mirror or show your face to the world.

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What’s Cooking? Table for Two!

What's Cooking? Table for Two!

It started with a potholder. We use Ann Brauer’s wonderful patchwork potholders every day – and noticed that they were due for replacement. Hey, we could even spring for a fresh new color scheme.

Once you get on that train of thought, you start thinking about all the little things that would make your kitchen or dining experience that much… better. You may already be a serious cook, or you’re simply spending a lot more time in the kitchen now. Our cooking and dining Marketplace is loaded with ideas.

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What’s Cooking? Birdwatching!

What's Cooking? Birdwatching!

We woke up this morning to a symphony of birdsong outside our windows. From the soft cooing of mourning doves and the piercing melodies of the eastern bluebird to the complex arrangements offered by the northern mockingbird, the spring air is filled with song. That’s the inspiration for our first themed Marketplace, which centers on our fine feathered friends. Let Paradise City artists take you on your own flight of fancy. In painting, sculpture, jewelry, home furnishings, works for the garden and more, you’ll get to experience the whole panoply of avian splendor.

Dozens of artists and makers on the Marketplace incorporate bird imagery into their work. For some it’s a central theme – for others, a creative sidetrack.

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Out of Bounds: Making A Creative Leap

Out of Bounds: Making A Creative Leap

Few artists are content with monotony. They experiment with style, color, form, and sometimes even medium. Sometimes creating in an entirely new medium can be purely intellectual effort: what would happen if I tried this?

But for some of Paradise City’s longest tenured exhibitors, there are all kinds of other motivations. Sometimes the artists are rediscovering an old love, finally feeling the freedom to create in the way they’d always wanted to. The irritating necessities of life can push all of us in a direction we didn’t necessarily foresee. But at a certain point, we all have to at least try to do what makes us happy and fulfilled.

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