Summertime Blues!

Cool, smooth, and oh so soulful, blues are easy to love. In the summer, we are drawn to the blue of the sea, a clear azure sky, a vase full of royal blue delphiniums, blue shutters on a weathered beach cottage, iridescent butterfly wings, a bowl of fresh-picked blueberries. Blue is a cool, refreshing, sophisticated color, easy to decorate with and pleasing to wear.

This Marketplace Pop-Up Collection, Summertime Blues, is full of fresh and colorful ways to bring the beauty of blue into your life year-round. Wrap yourself in an indigo-dyed scarf, hang a photograph of summer by the ocean to inspire you in January, store fruit in a sky-blue ceramic berry bowl, or put on a pair of dangling lapis lazuli earrings. Look at this collection as the Paradise City cure for the summertime blues!

Some necklaces seem meant to be worn with a gauzy dress on a seaside deck sipping a cold margarita. Sheila Fernekes’ beaded beauty in varying shades of blue is definitely one of these. The abstract nature photography by Jeffrey Green can be interpreted in many ways, but this one suggests the rippled surface of a deep ultramarine lake. Peter Handler is a master of color, and his stylish peacock blue Caruso Chair is one of his iconic designs.

The essence of summertime blues is captured by Karen and Geoff Caldwell in their leaded glass window decorated with fauna and flora of the beach. Amy Hudon gives us a double dose of blue in her azurite leaf drop earrings, embellished with sapphires. Mother and daughter team Joan and Jen Ecker of Fat Hat Clothing Co. make the most of periwinkle blue in their easy-to-wear swing jacket. And Lindsey Epstein applies the difficult crystalline glaze technique to give her robin’s-egg-blue vase added dimension. Browse through this collection of dozens of artists in the Paradise City Marketplace who have a special place in their hearts for the color blue.

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