When in DC ...
Couldn't resist this card. I also picked up one of the outgoing Bush but no need to post that here .... :)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This is by Fritz Scholder, a highly controversial Native American artist. I don't know what it is about this card but I like it ... maybe the idea of evil finding love after all? Or the idea of evil desiring beauty despite itself? Or even beauty falling for evil? Or maybe it's just the love, pure and simple? I don't know and have not read the official interpretations ... but I like it :) From the National Museum of the American Indian in DC.
I picked this and two other similar cards up at the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, DC. The card has two parts held together by a rivet. You can rotate the top, plastic part for a special optical effect. By Ges. Geschutzt. (By the way, we almost missed the Hirshorn, which would have been a mistake! Even my kids were enjoying the modern art installations -- and the gift shop help many treasures you don't see elsewhere on the Mall!)
This neat art card has an interesting feature; you fold it on the bend and use the attached sticky tape to make it a normal sized postcard. I should have copied the back as well, which shows a b&w line drawing of the artist. I picked this up at the National Museum of Art in Washington, DC.
We saw Mei and Tian Tian at the National Zoo when we visited Washington! They are truly adorable! We also learned that these pandas are only here "on loan" to us from China as "ambassadors of conservation." What a fantastic gift!
One morning while my sons were attending Super Saturday classes at UNC Asheville, my husband, daughter and I visited a Farmer's Market that takes place on the UNC Asheville campus each Saturday. A young man was among the varied sellers; he had several tables out with lovely plates, bowls and other finery. I overheard another customer say the magic words "buy one get one free," and then quickly decided I must have two of his wonderful rice bowls to decorate my office. So I purchased the bowls, which now greet me every time I walk into my office ... and also picked up this postcard! It is to promote the artist's showing at The Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery. Love local arts!
I picked this neat card up while my kids were attending Super Saturday classes at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. It is to promote "Environmental Impressions," A Collection of Linocuts by Monica Miller for her B.A. Art Exhibition. Support the local arts, I say! :)
This is a greeting card, from an ink and watercolor painting by Janice Peroni. Janice is a quadripleglic who paints with restricted use of her arms and hands. I love the colors, which is why it's included here :) Plus, I admire people who move beyond their limitations to inspire those of us not similarly challenged! :)
This is not a postcard, but a greeting card entitled "Skating in Sunlight" painted by Gertrude Dorman Doll, who was paralyzed by polio but retains use of her lower arms and hands. It reminds me of many fun times ice skating in on Strawbridge Lake in Moorestown, New Jersey :)
Monday, March 17, 2008
An official postcrossing card ... I love it! For a fascinating photo-journal of a family's tour through this beautiful region of Europe, visit www.slowphotos.com/photo/showgallery.php?cat=3588. I spent hours there just looking at photos and now am slowly making my way through the written journal of this family's 14-month tour of Europe! I think this area of southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland must house the most beautiful places on Earth!
This from my penpal in Finland. When I first saw the card I thought it was an official postcrossing card ... and I was not happy because I'm not fond of animal cards. But then ... I saw it was a happy Easter card from my friend! She says that this is much more a symbol of Easter in Finland rather than our USA Easter Bunny. Now I love this card! :)
Saturday, February 23, 2008
wish I knew what this said :) I need to ask my penpal! But I love this oversized, colorful card with art (or perhaps the text?) by Marleena Ansio. In any case, it is a fun card for my collection :) (Note: If you can read Finnish and can tell me what this means, please leave a comment! Thanks!)
'This site specific installation utilises the nature of the Water Tower for a dynamic yet subtle display. Bathed in light, this iconic structure is animated as night falls, with a gentle rippling lighting scheme which can be seen from a distance, like an abstract lighthouse on the skyline." Love this beautiful card, also marked on back "Blackpool Festival of Light."
"This memorial to the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade stands on St. George's Quay in Lancaster, once England's fourth largest slaving port. ... To view and download information, education resources, a town trail and new writings visit www.lancsmuseums.gov.uk/abolished." Thanks to Kerstin in England for this awesome card!
This card is nothing special at first glance. But what my penpal Aila shared makes it extraordinary! She says that Aland, a group of isles between Sweden and Finland, is part of the Finnish state but still has some of its own rules and laws. People in Aland, though, speak Swedish only--and most folks there want Aland to be part of Sweden. She further explains that a person in Aland who speaks Finnish can't find work, except for maybe in agriculture. Now this is what penpals and postcards is all about! I would have never enjoyed this postcard as much without the commentary! Thanks Aila :)