“Inspiration comes of working every day.” ~ Charles Baudelaire
I had a most delightful plane trip yesterday returning to Steamboat Springs, Colorado from the East Coast. For two hours of it, my head was stuck between the catalog pages of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store. Reading the captions of the products in this catalog is like an abbreviated course in art history. For instance, I learned:
- Vera Neumann’s designs (American Artist1907-1933) became symbolic of American enterprise and optimism in the Truman era.
- Arthur George “Art” Smith (1917-1982) created his craft at the center of Greenwich Village where he led a bohemian life and
became known as one of the most creative jewelry designers of the time.
- It was common practice for the Greeks in the Hellenistic times, to bury the wealthy with their most valuable jewelry of gold, precious medals and stones.
- Jefferson R Burdick (American 1900-1963) began at the age of 10 procuring one of country’s most valuable collections of American paper ephemera, which included paper dolls, souvenir cards, greeting and playing cards.
The Metropolitan Museum Art Store works closely with art historians to bring products to consumers that are artfully crafted in the
design of the finest master artists from around the world. Gifts include jewelry, cards, art books, Christmas ornaments, calendars sculpture, scarves and art activity sets to engage children in creating art.
Now is the time to begin thinking about Christmas buying for your circle of art friends or family. The catalog can be ordered by calling 1-800-662-3397. Mail order and on-line ordering is available. For more information, visit http://store.metmuseum.org/.
My trip to the East Coast included visiting arts scenes and artists working in many mediums. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing more information on writers, potters, and towns that I encountered along the way. It was a very fulfilling trip. Good to be away and good to be back!
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