Monday, November 29, 2010


This will be a quick post today...

I just want to say CONGRATULATIONS to my good friends Denise and Janet. Denise for her work being on display at the Collage Gallery, 24 Railroad Avenue, Warwick NY, and Janet for her artist reception and new venue at the Art To Wear store, 75 Main St Ste 6, Cold Spring, NY. I wish you both the very best in your new endeavors.
 Happy Birthday Biff!!! 
 Best... Canace

Sunday, November 21, 2010

HIGH FALLS MERCANTILE....... and me :o)

 About a month or so ago my friend Denise said she would accompany me to pick up my new printers cabinet (more on that later) and while we were out and up that way she said I must go see these incredible tool sculptures at High Falls Mercantile in High Falls, N.Y.

She actually had told me about them prior to that and I had perused their website... in total awe. Imagine taking old tools and creating beautiful sculptures with them and seeing the art in their simple yet elegant forms.  Hard to imagine unless you look on their website and/or visit the store. All I could say (a little jealously) to Larry, the owner/designer was that it was pure genius.

Walking through High Falls Mercantile was simply breathtaking with all of the magic that is created there. I can't even begin to describe it... you must visit their website and see some of the incredible/unusual/magical things that they have. The store is owned and operated by both Larry Ruhl and Jeff Serouya and their combined efforts and incredible taste make this a must see.

I'm rambling aren't I? It's so hard to describe this store... the antiques.. the new... the fragrance and colors.... and let's not forget sweet Cait who is their shopkeeper (in charge ;o) ) who greets you with her genuine smile when you first enter the store.  Let's just say it's an experience..... a lovely sensory experience tucked in the woods of High Falls, N.Y.

Okay, back to that day with Denise.  We went to the mercantile and we were both so excited .. first pointing to this piece.. then another.. and another. Then Denise remarked that she thought my work would fit right into the whole feel of the mercantile... both my jewelry and assemblages. It had never occurred to me until she said that... and frankly I agreed. ...  their aesthetic... my aesthetic... so in tune.

Soooo... long story shortened...  I am so pleased that I now have some of my work in the High Falls Mercantile. Here are some pictures to whet your appetite. I hope that one day you will be able to experience the mercantile yourself but at the very least go spend some time on their website.
Look at these amazing tools as sculptures beautifully displayed by Larry.
 Talk about a statement piece!
 OH.... and look! Here are some jewelry pieces by Canace!  ;o)
 How do you take such elegance and good taste and make it so homey and inviting?
 Ahhh... the fragrance of these very unique soaps, colognes, potpourri etc. etc.
 And here's sweet Cait with her welcoming smile!

 This exquisite pottery immediately took me back to my grandmother's kitchen... so affordable too!
 What a treasure trove of eye candy to inspire you...
 And a few more examples of the genius of Larry and his tool sculptures...
 More fragrance.. oh... and look... is that one of Canace's assemblages on the top shelf???
 And last, but not least in my opinion.... my delight in seeing one of my assemblages in their beautiful front window!

 Many thanks to Larry, Jeff and Cait for including my work in their extraordinary shop as well as making it a fun experience every time I visit.

I  need more soap!!!

All best... Canace

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Assemblages .... with all those goodies

Yep... I actually do used the little treasures that I collect! :o)

I just completed 3+ new assemblages and they are happily residing in a local shop waiting for someone to take them home. I thought I'd share the latest pieces with you. They measure approx. 14"x20". Hope you like them.

This one is entitled "Learning"
 Then comes: "Knowlege"
And finally: "Wisdom"
All best... Canace

Monday, November 1, 2010

Somebody Stop Me!!!

Okay, I know I'm not alone in this because there are way too many people out there de-stashing all the time. I can't count the number of times I've said to myself... 'You have to stop buying stuff for the studio.... you have enough!'

Weeellll.....there was this yard sale that was a combination 'cleaning out the attic/garage/basement estate sale.' Could you have resisted? And as it turns out it was someone I knew who was so very generous with me.. and my addiction.

I guess I'm a hopeless junkaholic.... there's no hope for me. I can't resist old hardware etc. etc. etc.....  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. I've spent the past 2 days washing everything because I refuse to put it away all dusty/greasy/nasty.

It was all worth it.... I feel like King Tut!

Best... Canace

p.s. I have tried to respond to comments and it won't let me do it so please don't think I'm ignoring what you have to say. I appreciate every one of your comments.
Apparently it's a known problem with blogspots and they're working on it.

And now the goodies..... can't wait to put together some new assemblages with these.