Happy Holidays

December 24, 2008

It’s that time of year again – the holidays are upon us. With last minute shopping, errands and wrapping presents almost out of the way, it’s now time to visit with family, friends and loved-ones.

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Surprise them all by suggesting a nice (and warm) trip to see the Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibition, Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique, because really who wants to ring in the New Year with a cold brought on by the Cleveland sub-zero weather, when they could ring it in with memories of beautiful luxury goods and jewelry – that everyone can enjoy!

There certainly are a lot of ways to celebrate the holidays in this wonderful city, but why not try something new: somethat that has not been here forever, and will not be here for long! Begin a new tradition and visit the Cleveland Museum of Art around the holidays. The permanent collection is always free and it’s the final weeks to see Artistic Luxury – something you do not want to miss.

Have a safe and happy holiday season and wonderful New Year.

Stephen

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The Butterfly Brooch is back!

December 22, 2008

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Yes, the exhibition is winding down, but the wealth of knowledge and inspiration surrounding this show definitely has not.

You should try to join me on stage in our Recital Hall to experience another in our highly popular artist dialogues tonight, Wednesday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art with local jewelry designing legend and educator, John Paul Miller.

John Paul Miller

John Paul Miller

John Paul Miller, born in Pennsylvania Dutch Country in 1918, took art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art as a child. His talents and passion for art and design led him to attend CIA where he simultaneously earned a degree and taught courses. A year after graduation, Miller enlisted in the Army where his artistic talents did not go to waste. He painted a number of murals while at Fort Knox and was a member of a team of writers and illustrators that produced illustrations and maps for tanks on the battlefield.

After his service, Miller returned to CIA and taught a variety of courses including design, filmmaking, and metalry. His teaching career at CIA spanned 40 years.

Miller is recognized in the metalsmithing field for his research and work in the ancient technique of granulation. He began mastery of this technique through trial and error and built an affinity for working in gold. He works in granulation to create objects that inspired him as a child — small creatures, crabs, spiders, beetles and snails — beautifully enameling these creatures into a life of their own.

Just as in the work of Fabergé, Tiffany and Lalique, John Paul Miller has drawn his own inspiration from nature and the world around him to create fantastic gold and enameled works of art. This dynamic discussion of Miller’s work in the context of those featured in Artistic Luxury provides a unique opportunity to hear how these earlier master artists have directly influenced Miller — and maybe one or two things he could have probably taught them.

Stephen

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