Dr. Oliver Bronson House & Art Exhibit

Today I got to visit the Dr. Oliver Bronson in the city of Hudson. Seldom do they open the doors for the public, so I feel very lucky to have experienced it this weekend. Adding to the treat, the city invited 3 known artists to show within the house’s walls. The artist chose not to be tagged and titled as any other gallery, making each piece blend exquisitely with the historic home.

Valerie Hammond’s pop of color and delicate work felt like a door into a dark and fascinating (sometimes terrifying) world. It really enhanced the surrealness of the environment surrounding it.

Kiki Smith’s drawings where really fragile yet depicted some interesting and complex characters. They where a perfect fit with its harsh yet beautiful home.

Seton Smith’s photographs displayed the hazy beauty of this grand structure. A great compliment to the exhibit.

I was incredibly please and enjoyed every minute of this gem. Thank you Hudson for organizing such a great group of artist, they were made for this historic property.

Built in 1812, the Dr. Oliver Bronson’s was declared a national historical landmark in 2003 and has been going through renovations since. If you want to help and become part of this incredible piece of history’s facelift, you can make a donation to Historic Hudson, Inc. 

Fun Fact: The Oliver-Bronson house was in the 2012 Bourne Legacy film as Shearing’s (Rachel Weisz) home.

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Philly’s 9th St. Italian Market

If you ever spend some time in Philadelphia, I highly recommend starting your morning at the Philly Italian Market. Bill and I got ourselves a cappuccino at the most Italian place Ive been to in a long time, then strolled down 9th street and saw hundreds of fruit, millions of kinds of veggies, fresh fish and creepy seafood crawlers, handmade pastas and all kinds of meats. IT WAS THE BEST. If I lived in Philly, I would be a regular at this place.

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crafty crafty

I’ve been mixing my knitting skills with a bit of sewing to make some snazzy pillows. I’m currently making some hand-knit as well as full fabric pillow covers which I’ll soon post on my etsy store. The store currently has some cozy knits for this lingering winter if you need a beanie or cowl!

Bit of a preview of the things Ill be posting below:

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Francis Simeni and SENSEI

I just got back from Francis Simeni’s art opening at Sensei’s new gallery. And what a room! Joe Latimore scored a sweet second floor large space in Chinatown. Francis’s large colorful paintings look amazing and I’m very excited for the Sensei crew. You should stop by and show your support.

Sensei Gallery
278 grand st.
Chinatown, NY.

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Cay-161 & Bill Cunningham

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Photo by ©Bill Cunningham

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Otsego Lake

Cooperstown, NY. What a great town! In just a little over 3.5 hour drive from NYC sits this Baseball obsessed village (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame!). Cooperstown is also right on Otsego Lake. This 9 mile long, motorboat-friendly lake (which is related to the Finger Lakes in upstate NY) is a gorgeous getaway. I can only imagine what this place would look like during the Autumn season. After some research, we stumbled upon http://cooperstownluxury.com/, rented a home for a group of 10+ friends and headed north. Bill Miller is an incredible host and his homes are cozy, beautiful and perfect. He also has recommended we stay at his other property across the lake during the autumn and winter seasons (heated pool!). Oh, and the drive through route 145 is simply stunning. Some pictures from our rendezvous below.

Our home for the weekend

Our home for the weekend

3 min exposure

3 min exposure

1968 Chriscraft

1968 Chriscraft

Kingfisher Tower castle

Kingfisher Tower castle

Kingfisher Tower castle

Kingfisher Tower castle

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1968 Chriscraft

1968 Chriscraft

1968 Chriscraft

1968 Chriscraft

1968 Chriscraft

Herringbone stone house 1811

Herringbone stone house 1811

Herringbone stone house 1811

Herringbone stone house 1811

Herringbone stone house 1811

Herringbone stone house 1811

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great restaurant and service in Cooperstown!

DELICIOUS restaurant. Ika is a great hostess.

Cooperstown Diner