Friday, August 22, 2014

Personalities in the Art World at the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show

The theme of the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show was ARTiculture and this display really lived up to the name. Showing various artists, it was really such a fun portion of the show. 
Cool, right ? 
Not shocked we have some ribbon winners for this display. 



I know I am bad, but he reminded me of Larry from The Three Stooges! And yes, Larry was my favorite! 
But of course it is Rodin ! 



I really loved this with the doves. So pretty, 

The Girl with the Pearl Earring is one of my favorite works of art and movies 

I hope my photos interest you in paying a visit to the Philadelphia Flower Show. If you are into flowers or art in general, you will enjoy it very much. Each year they really make you shake your head when you see what they can come up with! 


Today's Words of Wisdom: It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger. -Andy Warhol





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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Photo Gallery Thursday "US Open Grey Goose Honey Deuce Cocktail"

I cannot believe the US Open starts next week! Summer is gone! But we still have time to enjoy this fun cocktail by one of the long time US Open sponsors, Grey Goose! Please be sure you are of age if you choose to enjoy this cocktail! A bit strong for me, but I do love the idea with the melon balls as tennis balls! 

Ingredients

GREY GOOSE® Original 1 ¼ Parts
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Chambord® ½ Parts
Crushed Ice
Honeydew Melon Balls
Preparation

Fill a chilled highball glass with crushed ice and add GREY GOOSE® Vodka.
Top with lemonade to just below the rim and then add Chambord®.
Garnish with honeydew melon balls.







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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Goodbye McCormick and Schmick's in New York City

As of June of 2014, the McCormick and Schmick's is no more! I am a HUGE fan of seafood, I would eat it daily if I was allowed, and one of my fave places in the city to eat was McCormick and Schmick's. The location near Radio City was great for me, as my bus leaves right near that area. I was working on this review for you, when I noticed it had closed since I had last visited. The restaurant is a chain owed by Landry's Select Club, which also closed Gramercy Vic & Anthony's. They still operate in the city Morton's Steakhouse, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. I dined at Bubba Gump's once, that was enough for me.
McCormick and Schmick's has locations in other cities, I would go in another if I saw one while traveling. The decor was really nice, and I brought many friends here during our trips to the city.  

New England Clam Chowder is one of my favorites. When I was little, we stayed at a Howard Johnson's and I asked for it for breakfast. The lady actually brought it to me! Guess that was the signs of a foodie starting very young!!  
Panko crusted fish was really very tasty with a mango salsa  
Raw oysters just melted in your mouth!  
A branzino, which is an Italian seabass, is quite a presentation to the table  
This was my last meal at this location, stuffed shrimp with a sweet potato mashed and vegetables. I was really disappointed as it was served to me cold, and that shouldn't be. I am not the type to complain, but I should have because the meals here are not cheap. I just felt maybe I wouldn't be going back again. Then I find out they closed. You can't run a restaurant just so-so in New York City. There are so many other options, and people talk. My other favorite seafood restaurant is City Lobster and Steakhouse, they are always packed, and offer 3 course specials which helps travelers a great deal.  

You can check out the McCormick and Schmick's website for other locations in the USA. 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday's Quote of the Day for August 19th

We have a new feature on the blog and I hope you like it. I am a HUGE fan of quotes. I just find them to be fabulous, and they can really get you through a difficult day. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to quotes, and you can check that out HERE, if you wish. I love to print them out and display in my home in various rooms, and at my desk at work. I find they really make you think, and are so uplifting to the thoughts in your head. When we read about positive things, we look at life in a more positive way. Eleanor Roosevelt has some of the BEST quotes, and this first one for the feature is one of my faves! 

Hope your Tuesday is a most amazing one!! 





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Monday, August 18, 2014

Whitney Museum to Extend Hours for Jeff Koons Exhibit


WHITNEY MUSEUM TO OPEN ON
MONDAYS BEGINNING LABOR DAY;
FRIDAY HOURS EXTENDED

NEW YORK, August 18, 2014—In response to the popularity of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, the Whitney Museum of American Art will expand its operations to six days per week by opening on Mondays from 11 am–6 pm starting on September 1, 2014 (Labor Day). The Museum has already extended its Friday hours, opening at 11 am, two hours earlier than usual. The new schedule will continue for the duration of the exhibition, which will close on October 19.

“Lucid, challenging, brilliantly installed,” according to The New York Times, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist’s groundbreaking work. By reconstituting all of his most iconic pieces and significant series in a chronological narrative, the retrospective allows visitors to understand Koons’s remarkably diverse output as a multifaceted whole. This also marks the artist’s first major museum presentation in New York, and the first time nearly the entirety of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building has been filled with a single artist’s work. It will also be the final exhibition to take place there before the Museum opens its new building in the Meatpacking District in spring 2015.

Additionally, three exhibitions featuring the Museum’s permanent collection are currently on view in the fifth floor and fifth-floor mezzanine galleries: Shaping A Collection: Five Decades of Gifts honors benefactors who were instrumental in expanding the Whitney’s collection and includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Agnes Martin, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol; Edward Hopper and Photography pairs Hopper paintings from the Whitney’s collection with works by six contemporary photographers—Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, William Eggleston, Steve Fitch, Todd Hido, and Stephen Shore; and Collecting Calder presents a selection of Alexander Calder sculptures and drawings.

ABOUT THE WHITNEY

Founded in 1930, the Whitney Museum of American Art is the world’s leading museum of twentieth-century and contemporary art of the United States. In addition to its landmark exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial, the Museum is known internationally for events and educational programs of exceptional significance and as a center for research, scholarship, and conservation. While its vibrant roster of exhibitions and events continues uptown in the Museum’s current home at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, the Whitney is in the process of constructing a new building, designed by Renzo Piano, in downtown Manhattan. Ground was broken in May 2011, and the Whitney’s new home is projected to open to the public in spring 2015.

Museum hours (effective September 1) are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm, Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, closed Tuesday. General admission: $20. Full-time students and visitors ages 19–25 and 65 & over: $16. Visitors 18 & under and Whitney members: FREE. Admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm. For general information, please call (212) 570-3600 or visit whitney.org.

You can check out my visit of the exhibit HERE and I am glad to see the extended hours as there was quite a line when I was there on a Wednesday afternoon! This is really a fabulous exhibit not to be missed!! 





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