February is upon us and thoughts turn to love… Valentine’s Day, a hallmark holiday that relies on sweethearts.
Art in one form or another has always been a lasting show of love throughout the ages. The Taj Mahal was built to show Mughal Emperor Sha Jahan’s love for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Maha. Dante’s love for Beatrice was epic and he wrote one of the most romantic poems La Vita Nuova after she greeted him. Jewelry is another way of showing one’s affection, love and devotion that will last more than just 1 day (dinner at a romantic restaurant) or however long the roses will stay fresh or the chocolates will last as I limit my intake to a couple per day.
So if you are looking for something a little more unusal as a token of your love, why not think out of the box. Art or wearable art jewelry.
CCCP gallery has an opening on Feb 5th from 6 – 8pm. The exhibit is entitled “Hearthrob”. Jene and I will be there as he has one of his prints exhibited in the show. A funky little gallery just off the beaten track in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. – 38 Marcy Street – on the corner of Hope.
Barking Lizards Gallery 231 Bedford Aveneue, also in Williamsburg section, has floral art prints and one of a kind jewelry pieces ranging in price. Also hanging in their window is one of the most beautiful stained glass pieces ever “Sombero” I would love to have Robert Wilson’s art hanging in my window (hint, hint).
Of course, Barking Lizards has several of my fine art floral prints as well as my jewelry “Wearable Art” – a large selection of my handcrafted earrings.
Other photography prints of limited editions can also be purchased directly through my website, MaryWehrhahn.com
How can I not mention my own love, fine art photographer Jene Youtt Photography. For Valentine’s Day Barking Lizards has his “Bleeding Hearts” exhibited. Many of his images have won international juried competitions and photograph magazine awards over the years. One of his dance images has just been selected by PDN’s juried show entitled “Motion”. Numerous framed prints have been purchased through Galleries in New York, New Jersey and Kyoto, Japan. You can click onto his website Jene Youtt Photography.com contact him directly or purchase images also at Ward-Nasse Gallery 178 Prince Street, NYC
Of course there is also the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery 546 Broadway (btw Spring & Prince) PH -5B where the works of 10 artists can be viewed through the month of February. Jene and I met the French abstract painter Phillipe Leroy (PHL) at the opening, as well as photographer Drew Tal.
Not only can you impress your loved one with a work of art but you will also be supporting the arts. Art is something that separates us from the animals (I’m not saying it makes us better than animals).
Another unique gift is a fine art portrait photo session with Labor Of Love Pix we have 2 locations, one in midtown Manhattan and one in Fair Lawn, NJ.
So think about a more lasting gift of love this year… and “Let your love flow”