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 By Elissa Tracy    News    February 15, 2024 

The Art of Timeless Style: Vintage Clothing

In an era dominated by “Fast Fashion,” there’s a growing appreciation for the charm and authenticity that comes with vintage clothing. The Nashville Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show, scheduled for February 16-17 at the Fairgrounds Nashville...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    February 8, 2024

The Art Of Collage Art and Gel Press Printing

Collage, as an art form and technique, involves assembling individual pieces or materials into a new body of artwork with a predominantly two-dimensional character. An authentic collage artist uses photographs from books and magazines as found...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    February 1, 2024

The Art of Romance: Valentines Day!

Yes! Yes! Yes! It’s almost that time - Valentine’s Day. The card isle is filled with people picking up and putting down cards,(some smiling or furrowed brows) searching for the perfect words to convey love. Before the mad rush for the perfect...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    January 25, 2024

The Art of Ice and Snow Sculptures: Frozen Elegance

Snow harbors a certain beauty all by itself and one way artistically to reimagine snow, is through the art of ice and snow sculpting. Ice sculptures stand as ephemeral masterpieces, captivating audiences with their beauty carved in frozen elegance....

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    January 11, 2024

The Art Of Podcasting

As the new year unfolds with calendars, goals, and agendas, the pursuit of joy extends to various forms of entertainment. The latest Golden Globe Awards underscores an ongoing list of new entertainment to watch. However, beyond movies, TV series,...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    January 4, 2024

The Art Of Quilted Jackets and Coats

The resurgence of quilted jackets and coats is a trend transformed from humble family heirlooms adorning beds and sofas to mainstream fashion statements. This trend gained a lot of traction in 2023 and it still strong for 2024 morphing from once...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    December 28, 2023

The Art of Transition in Home and Fashion: Color Is Back

A dynamic shift is underway in 2024, signaling a departure from the stark minimalism and monochromatic palettes that have defined the past decade. Emerging trends suggest a resurgence of opulence, with a particular emphasis on the infusion of jewel-t...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    December 21, 2023

The Art of Hospitality: Creating a Warm and Welcoming Home for Holiday Guests

There are many quotes about entertaining guests for more than a few days, warning that if you make it too comfortable for them, they will not want to leave. Benjamin Franklin famously quipped that a house guest is like a fish: Each begins to stink...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    December 14, 2023

Life as Art

This particular time of year has always struck me as odd, especially mid-December. It’s a time filled with the hustle of finishing decorations and Christmas shopping, yet there’s also the waiting period for Christmas Day to arrive. This season is...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    December 7, 2023

The Art of Calligraphy: Creative Writing with Various Pens

Calligraphy, the ancient art of beautiful writing, originates from the Greek words “Kallos” and “Graphe.” It resides not only in the elegance of its decorative strokes but also in the wide array of pens and tools that artists can explore to b...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    November 30, 2023

The Art Of Gift Wrapping

Beyond the anticipation of what lies within, the presentation itself has become an art form. From ancient traditions to the modern evolution of gift wrapping, it’s all in the details of creativity, culture, and expression. Gift wrapping, in its...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    November 22, 2023

Life as Art

As the last bite of pumpkin pie is savored, and the Thanksgiving leftovers find their way into the fridge, families across the nation start on the next festive journey—the Great Christmas Shopping Expedition! Amidst the frenzy of gift lists and...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    November 16, 2023

The Art of Pies

Few creations manage to straddle the line between art, science, and entertainment quite like the humble pie. A gastronomic marvel, pies have been enchanting taste buds and sparking debates on the perfect crust-to-filling ratio for centuries. This...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    November 9, 2023

Life as Art

Art of Live Performance Theater: The Vital Role of Small Plays in Community Theater Community theater is a vibrant mixture blended together by the passion and dedication of local artists, actors, directors, and technicians. Within this mix, small...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    November 2, 2023

November Start- All Saints' Day: A Celebration of Thankfulness and Gratitude

November marks the beginning of a season of gratitude and holiday celebrations. It commences with November 1st, the observance of All Saints’ Day, cherished by Catholics and Anglican Christians alike. This is succeeded by All Souls’ Day, or Dia...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    October 26, 2023

Get the Decorating Started: How Early is Too Early for Christmas Decor?

With the holidays around the corner, what is considered too early to start Christmas decorating? For a select few, celebrating Christmas once a year is not enough. Some time ago, I stumbled upon a visual tour of Frank Bianco (aka Frankie Christmas)...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    October 19, 2023

Mailboxes: Functional Artistry in Daily Life

One element most often overlooked in home design, yet undeniably significant, is the mailbox. It stands as the first impression, greeting us and our guests as we approach the driveway. This humble servant entrusted with our most vital...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    October 12, 2023

All Reasons To Love Fall

As the summer heat begins to wane and leaves start their color transformation, the world outside undergoes a spectacular metamorphosis. The transition from the vibrant greens of summer to the warm, earthy hues of fall brings about an awe-inspiring...

 

Mastering Canine Portraiture

This past week was a difficult one for our family as one of our two beloved Siberian Huskies passed away. She was a red husky with light blue eyes and at 16 years old, she had lived a very robust life. Nevertheless, it’s not an easy thing. My...

 

Suspended In Time-Painting Time Frame

Recently, I was asked, “How long should it take to finish a painting?” Unless you work for someone where you are under a distribution timeline, then the simple answer to the question is: whenever you, the artist, think it’s done. Instead of...

 

Art Journalist- Artists and the Importance of Journaling

In the mind of an artist, an endless stream of ideas circulates—a library of colors, themes, and projects all calling for expression. Amidst this creative disorder, one invaluable tool emerges as the keystone of the artistic process—the pocket...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    September 7, 2023

Fall Style

Fall Style Our day begins with a simple yet essential ritual: selecting our attire. Even for those not into fashion per say, this daily choice speaks volumes about our identity, mood, and style. As September initiates the fall season, this years...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    August 31, 2023

The Mobile Artistry of Alexander Calder: Sculpting Movement and Elegance

Various types of art have the capacity to bring forth many types of emotions. Mobile art, in particular, can be described as happy, fun and magical. It suits all ages but its quite plausible that the initial image could be that of a mobile...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    August 24, 2023

The Positivity of the Concrete Jungle: LA LA Land's Art and Culture

Returning to Los Angeles for a visit after residing in a small town is akin to plunging into an icy bath – simultaneously shocking, invigorating, and slightly stinging. It’s arguable that big cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago each...

 
 By Elissa Tracy    News    August 17, 2023

Cardboard Art: Transforming the Mundane into the Extraordinary

At first glance, cardboard boxes may appear rather mundane and unremarkable. Often seen as utilitarian products primarily used for shipping and storing, these brown corrugated paper pulp creations have, in fact, evolved into a perfect medium for...

 

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