It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a live show. Grizzly Bear has been a favorite of mine since I saw them open for The National back in 2009 in NYC.
They recently released a new album after 5 years, Painted Ruins, which was recorded not far from Kingston, NY. Grizzly Bear decided to ‘warm-up’, start their tour & showcase a few of the new songs at Kingston’s BSP. What a great venue. Wherever you stood, whether in the very back, the far left or smack in the middle, it was a great view and exceptional sound.
With opener Delicate Steve, the mood was set. We settled to the front-side of floor and watched Grizzly Bear set off their latest tour. I loved every song. Every harmony. Even the trapeze girl twirling around while Ed Droste serenaded us.
Go see them. They are a great, great band. They will be back in the US in November for a few shows. Selling out fast.
Went to the Brooklyn Museum to see Kehinde Wiley’s work today. It’s truly a good way to get to know this artist and his craft. There’s no denying that Wiley is an incredibly talented artist and painter. Most recently he’s been doing sculptures and stained glass pieces, but his paintings were definitely the highlight for me. His large canvases take full command of the room. His use of bright, saturated colors and intricate patterns reel you in. I was mesmerized and inspired. If you have a chance, go see it… you won’t regret it. The exhibit runs through May 24th.
Below you will see images of the exhibit and detail of his work.
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.
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:
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.