To celebrate my first Mothers Day, I am having a 4 generations girls weekend. Grammy, mom, Riley and I are heading to the coast of Maine to spend the night and shop the antique capital of Maine, 25 antique stores line a 2.3 mile stretch of Route 1 in Wells, Maine. I will be bringing the ladies by Cattail Farm Antiques, a 3-story, restored barn with nearly 10,000 square feet of fun and funky architectural pieces, garden objects, estate and vintage jewelry, glassware, lighting, cottage decor and of coarse, Danny’s art.
April 26th, 2011 | Published in Uncategorized
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011
Answering that question never seemed too big of a deal. I mean Good Twin could draw a freaking unicorn at age 4! No doubt she was gifted – but if Good Twin was “the Artist,” what does that make Bad Twin?
Twins are type cast. The harmless intent to characterize twins, for identification purposes I guess, limited our possible growth.
When we were in High School we had a few shirts that were identical except for the color. There was a strict rule that whom ever was dressed and in the bathroom first wore the shirt. The other one had to change.
I never realized the affect of the differentiation until I left for college. It was like we were two plants in one pot. After transplanting we were able to stretch out and fill in the space that the other one always occupied.
Our separation allowed us to wear the same shirt. We are the same. We are both artists. She sings like an angel and I’m a rock star when I belt out Karaoke.
Today, I am an Artist. Now you all know that Good Twin was a great inspiration, confidence builder and helped me open up my Etsy Shop.
But what you don’t know is that there was someone else who let me jump on the artist-wagon. Danny O invited me to participate in Woodshed two years ago based on a gut feeling that I would, his words, “bring it.” The Woodshed is a collaborative of artists that invade a gallery and take it over as a studio space. The week long creative marathon let me run amongst some pretty talented artists and I kept up the pace.
It was there that I sold my first piece of artwork right off the gallery wall.
Thank you Danny O. More than you will ever know, thank you. I didn’t have the courage to take the reigns but then you smacked the horses ass and sent me off for a wild ride!
Now… I’d like to welcome Danny O to Etsy!
I love you Danny. Good Twin and I have never been closer. I feel like an Artist.
Today is an emotional day,
April 19th, 2011 | Published in New paintings
We scored loads of vintage paper and book covers from roadsides and/or transfer stations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts over the last couple of weeks on a road trip and Danny has been turning them into pictorial journals of our travels. Last week he sketched a Celtics/ 76ers game at the TD Boston Garden, Opening Day at Fenway Park and captured a Jewish wedding in an old sketch book.
Woodshed III -100 Hours in the Woodshed, is a biennial collage marathon and exhibition, gathering 30 artists from all over the country, who, over the coarse of 100 hours create an art-show’s-worth of collage art at the gallery.
Drop by and watch artists at work.
Kickoff party Thursday, January 27, 5-7 PM
Opening Reception Tuesday, February 1 5-7 PM.
Former Fort Point Artists, Danny O, Jeff Smith, Claire Eder, Sean O’Brien, Melora Kuhn, Lana C Kaplan, Steve Morrell, Josh Jefferson, Shane Murray, Joseph Kennard, Mark Holstein will be creating and showing.
January 27 – February 20
July 5th, 2010 | Published in Uncategorized
14th, 15th & 16th, Boston, MA
31st Annual Fort Point Arts Community Open Studios
Danny O & Dan Osterman
Larry Plitt Gallery @ Fort Point Framers
300 Summer Street, Boston
Opening Reception October 14th
October 14 -November 30
16th & 17th, Wellfleet, MA
10th Annual Wellfleet Oysterfest Arts & Crafts Fair
10th, 11th & 12th, North Hampton, NH
Holiday Seacoast Fine Art & Gift Market
Route 1 (144 Lafayette Rd), North Hampton, NH
Formerly Rollin’s Furniture
Framed in salvaged doors, found on the way home from the hospital with his wife and newborn daughter, Riley Shaw, Tablescapes is a collection of tabletop collages, oil paintings and monoprints. Please join us Saturday evening, June 19 at Hudson’s in Williamstown, MA to view Danny O’s spring 2010 collection.
Danny and I submitted some of our honeymoon photographs and a story I wrote to the editor of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. It was published in their Island Weddings & Celebrations 2010 issue. Here’s the story that was published.
“The hardest part of planning our wedding was deciding on where to go on our honeymoon. We knew we wanted to be on the coast, since our first two dates were spent taking one another to the beaches of our childhood summers. Danny took me to Nantasket Beach in Hull to comb for washed-up balls. (He is an artist and holds the Guinness World Record for the largest ball mosaic – 11,430 discarded balls.) I, more of the naturalist, took him combing along the shore near Rye, New Hampshire, for driftwood. Together we collaged a heart of driftwood and photographed it.
We live in Brookline and have never particularly liked leaving New England in the summer, but I wanted to feel as if I had left the area. I also did not want to go anywhere I had already been, and I had never been to the Vineyard. Danny thought it was a great idea; he had visited the Island about half a dozen times and it had always been one of his favorite spots.
The day after the wedding, which was in Hull, we took our truck on the ferry and spent the following week exploring the Vineyard. Instead of staying at a B&B where we did not think our accumulated driftwood collection would be welcomed on the front porch, we rented a cabin at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground in Tisbury. I woke the first morning to coffee and breakfast from Beetlebung Coffee House in Vineyard Haven, his-and-her T-shirts from The Black Dog for our tourist portrait, and the banisters of our cabin’s front porch strung with the ribbons and wrappings from our wedding presents. I had awakened to romance – and the Vineyard kept providing it.
Romance – and sweet, quiet comfort. We felt a world away from home with no commercial chains, just mom-and-pop shops and an air of community that is quickly disappearing on the mainland. The wooden boat makers at Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway in Vineyard Haven were generous enough to allow Danny to pick through their scrap pile for wood for his art projects.
We were not just greeted in shops, but spoken to and then introduced to other locals and artists. The artisan community was thriving; we visited the Flea and Fine Arts Market at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs and the Vineyard Artisans Festival in West Tisbury. Of coarse New England has great seafood, but how many places will sell you a shark off the wall like Stanley Larson of Menemsha Fish Market did? A blue wooden shark, seasoned by six years of Vineyard weather, is the perfect keepsake.
We woke early each morning to explore the Island, finding plenty to do without venturing back to camp until well after dark. Our eyes feasted on the changing landscape. We enjoyed the unpretentious air of the Vineyard and picked up a hitchhiker who graciously thanked us with vegetables from his garden. We body surfed in the warm waters, and I discovered an abundance of starfish in the tidepools of Aquinnah. We collected and combed up-Island shores and made another heart on the beach-but this time of white stones rather than driftwood. Hopefully, when we return next summer, with our honeymoon newborn, our heart will still be there – and when our child grows up, he or she will recall wonderful childhood summers on the Vineyard.”
February 8th, 2010 | Published in Uncategorized