Monday, December 6, 2010

Love the Arts

Growing up in Virginia, I was surrounded by the arts. Beginning when I was just a little baby, my Mom would take me to work with her. She was a curator at our local art museum, The Chrysler Museum of Art  in Norfolk, Virginia. She tells me stories of how she would let me crawl around the art exhibits; and I would always stop, sit up, and admire particular paintings and sculptures that would draw my attention. It was from that very young age that my Mom concluded that I had "an eye" for the arts.

I find it very important to support the arts in any way that you can; by attending an art opening, seeing an independent film, or visiting a local museum, just to name a few. For me as a Mom of two very young boys, James 2 years old and Oliver 8 months old, it is hard for me to go out on my own to art openings, movies, and museums. Any chance we get for a "date night," I am the first one suggesting that we go and support our local arts. One of our favorite nights for a "date night" is the first Thursday of every month in Laguna Beach. It is called "The Art Walk". All of the galleries stay open late for exhibit openings, demonstrations, refreshments, music, and conversation for all to enjoy. It is a very popular and fun night in Laguna.

A couple of years ago, I discovered a fantastic way to support the arts without having to leave the comfort of my home: Etsy has been described as "The Organic Ebay." The company's vision is "to build a new economy and present a better choice: Buy, Sell, Live Handmade." Etsy embraces the individual artist and provides forums of support to help one live their artistic dream. Etsy's support is drawn from its' invaluable network of virtual labs, blogs, classrooms, chat rooms, forums, videos, and articles. When you visit Etsy, you will find thousands of handmade works of art, and at costs way below retail. Etsy has recently expanded to the vintage and antique market; where people can sell any items that are over 10 years old. So, as you are going to down your list of gifts to buy your loved ones this holiday season, please remember to support the arts and buy handmade!

Recently, I joined Etsy and opened a shop called james oliver, life's little treasures. You can find a link to my shop by clicking on the Shop tab at the top or side of my blog. I will be adding lots and lots of treasures to the shop this week; so please stop by again soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things on Etsy right now. Enjoy the Love my friends! xoxo

Vintage is for Lovers


  1. I love the image of you as a little baby, crawling around the museum, and sitting up to look at art that moved you in some way...

    I'm also a big fan of Etsy - it rules, and I've met some really talented folks that way, too.



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