Storm King Art Center

Last month we made our way to the Storm King Art Center located in Hudson, NY.

This extraordinary site is a 500-acre outdoor museum - it houses large scale sculptures. It is an amazing experience to interact with these pieces in nature. For years we’ve driven by this Art Center and we’re so thrilled we were able to finally visit. I can’t wait to go back again! Use the link above to check it out for yourself.

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Til next time - go exploring - get out in nature and have some fun!

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Always Art

Since the Chalet is chockablock full of Art I am often asked for my sources. Now, I won’t go piece by piece through all the rooms… because that is way more than a single post that’s a book unto itself my friends - but, I thought I would pick a few spaces around the Chalet and share where I found them.

Master Hall Gallery

Master Hall Gallery

The hallway has been curated in various ways. Through thrifting - the Steamship, The Arc de Triomphe, The Chalets and more. I purchased through Retailers - Painting of Camille Monet La Japonaise. The photograph of Central Park was bought on the street in NYC. I’ve been fortunate to acquire works directly from the Artists - Bright Floral by Renee Gibson, Pink Flowers by Anna Nord, Sunset Fog by Leigh Viner. I’ve received delightful gifts - the Bermuda watercolor, the Chalet drawing, the Kings Highway Label a beautiful Irish landscape. And there’s more…pieces I photographed/printed and framed, pieces that belonged to my mother, a photograph of my husbands ancestors farm, a piece my son created.

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The Art in the Master is a mix - The Eiffel Tower is by Leigh Viner, The Paris Map a gift, I purchased the wonderful pink Cherry Blossom Grove during a local Art Festival. The bird is one of two paintings that belonged to my Aunt. The small drawing at top right is a post card of a James Abbott McNeill Whistler work The Little Mast I picked up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The other Paris scenes were thrifted in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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This grouping in my sons room is from two places: Society 6 and my brain. Lego Batman and the Dinosaur were brought through the on-line retailer. The clipper ship is a photograph I snapped on my iPhone while shopping - it is actually the carved top of a box. I liked it and since my son didn’t need a box - I turned it into wall art.

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The Portrait gallery started with Rembrandt’s painting The Man with the Golden Helmet. It is a canvas my father received for opening a bank account in the 1960’s. It’s an honest to goodness painting my friends - a copy of a master. He has always hung in this spot in the Chalet but, once we painted the hall last spring I needed to decide what this wall would become. I am thrilled every time I walk by this group that includes family photographs, a print of the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, a modern print of George Washington, a print of an auburn haired young lady my Grandfather gave me and a print of the painting of newsboy Jimmy O’D from the Montclair Art Museum. Nothing here is thrifted.

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In the Livingroom is where you’ll find one of my favorite pieces; a collage of blue on the mantel by artist Allison Ford.

You can also see the corner gallery reflected in the mirror. This gallery is made up of mostly thrifted items, I do have another piece in that mix by Leigh Viner a one-of-kind original painting of Hermes store front, the London scene of the Double-Decker bus was purchased on Art.com as was the Empire State Building print, there is a small piece of the York Cathedral Church I purchased through the Etsy site Milras and quite a few pieces were gifts.

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The art at the top of the Diningroom wall is by artist Lisa Congdon Birch Forest No. 7. I purchased it years ago through 20x200 this incredible site has been offering affordable art directly from the artists who create it since 2007. Leigh Viner created these beautiful pink flowers and I love how they pop. I thrifted other works or created them myself. A snow scene was a gift from my Mother-In-Law. The Davos print from All Posters.com. My Uncle created the sketch of the tree top view from our neighbors home. Just out of view there is a lovely floral watercolor by artist Erisha - A Thing Created. I also own an amazing modern pointillism by my dear friend and talented artist Ekaterina Ermilkina.


Here’s a list of my thrifting haunts:

New Jersey:

Black Rose Antiques & Collectables - Phillipsburg Mall 1200 Rt 22 East Phillipsburg NJ 08865 - 908.859.6083

Cape May Antique Center - 1228 NJ-109 Cape May NJ 08204 - 609.898.4449

Days of Olde Antique Center - 110 S New York Road Galloway NJ 08205 - 609.652.7011

Hamburg Antique Center - 1 Main Street Hamburg NJ 07419 - 973.823.9700

Lafayette Mill Antique Center - 12 Morris Farm Road Lafayette Township NJ 07848 - 973.383.0065

The Antique Center of Red Bank - 2 locations: building II 195 West Front Street 732.842.3393 / building III 226 West Front Street Red Bank NJ 07701 - 732.842.4336

Tomato Factory Design and Antiques Center - 2 Somerset St Hopewell NJ 08525 - 609.466.9833

Scranberry Coop - 42 Main Street Andover NJ 07821 - 973.786.6414

Valley Vintage - 168 S Valley Road West Orange NJ 07052 - 973.323.1711

Pennsylvania:

the Olde Engine Works Marketplace - 62 N 3rd Street Stroudsburg PA 18360 - 570.421.4340

Pocono Peddlers Village Antique Mall - 246 Stadden Road Tannersville PA 18372 - 570.629.6366

New York :

Gristmill Antiques - 2250 NY-7 Troy NY 12180 - 518.663.5115

Pretty Funny Vintage - 80 S Broadway Tarrytown NY 10591 - 914.631.3368


Happy shopping and remember to #saynotoemptywalls !!!

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van Gogh

My son - who always has the best ideas - suggested I share a piece about Vincent van Gogh. I so hope you enjoy!

I can’t tell you how many images I’ve taken of this painting Roses over the years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art it’s one of my favorites. I recently watched Loving Vincent this film is incredible. Oil paintings come to life. If you have not watched you really should. Not only is it incredible to view but, it offers a different take on the painters life.

I love the above painting Oleanders so much I have a framed copy in the Chalet.

I took these images just a few weeks ago on the July 13, I was in the city to celebrate my birthday and what better way to spend an afternoon than wandering around the best place on earth! I’m excited to be sharing a piece about my visits to the Met in the upcoming weeks… I hope you’ll look for it!

The Self Portrait with a Straw Hat has a painting on obverse The Potato Peeler - it was extremely difficult to photograph - so I am sharing my image and the image from the Met Museum.

There are so many works by this amazing soul… I thought I would share some options that were available at the Kiosk outside the Gallery. You can find much more at the Met Museum Store.

Three Ink over Graphite works that hang in my sisters powder room.

Three Ink over Graphite works that hang in my sisters powder room.

The above images are from a 2006 Engagement Calendar - I love the variety of works included.

I hope you enjoyed this peek at this brilliant talent. Who is your favorite artist?

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Til next time!

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