London couple builds their own affordable two-bedroom house on a tiny plot.

A young couple’s dream of escaping ever rising rents in London by building their own home for just £160,000 turns into both a nightmare and an obsession on tonight’s episode of Grand Designs. Design engineer Joe Stuart, 26, and his Swedish girlfriend, service designer Lina Nilsson, were…

News from Frieze 2017 NYC

ART Art from Frieze 2017 NYC (Editor’s Note)  As I entered the tent this year at Frieze 2017, NYC – an announcement came over the speakers that the event was closing early as a safety precaution due to high winds and rain.  I ran through the event as…

ASPEN ART MUSEUM – Big City Art in a Tiny Mountain Town

ART IN THE MOUNTAINS THE ASPEN ART MUSEUM Previously housed in a converted hydroelectric plant at 590 North Mill Street, the new Aspen Art Museum (AAM) opened its new facility to the public at 637 East Hyman Avenue on August 9, 2014. The building was designed by architect Shigeru Ban…

My Favorite Artist: Giorgio Morandi

Giorgio Morandi (July 20, 1890 – June 18, 1964) was an Italian painter and printmaker who specialized in still life. His paintings are noted for their tonal subtlety in depicting apparently simple subjects, which were limited mainly to vases, bottles, bowls, flowers and landscapes. Morandi taught himself to etch by studying…

My Favorite Designer / Milton Glaser

ART I (heart) NY artist Milton Glaser  Does Shakespeare,  through “Theater Posters” (Portrait Art Posters) Theatre for a New Audience is an organization that produces adventurous Shakespearean and contemporary theatre. Its mastermind, Jeffrey Horowitz, likes the idea of also producing modern portraits of the Bard. Years ago he…

My Favortite Hotel / Pencione Bencista

Spend one evening at Pencione Bencista and you will wish it could have been longer. The views are breathtaking and the rooms full of antiques. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The evening meal was delicious, they actually ring a bell to tell you dinner is served! Plus taking…

ART DEPT: Creating a Niche Gallery

Questions ask of several galleries:  How and why did you get interested in the MENASA region for artists? When did you start representing artists from these countries? How do you choose your artists? Are you interested in a special medium, topic, style, or form of expression? Do you often travel…

DESIGN / Mechanical Watches = Jewelry for Men

Mechanical Watches are a great jewelry gift for men, they will actually wear them and be proud to show them off to other men!   Tesla Watch by ThinkGeek from ThinkGeek Tesla came up with all sorts of inventions and has sort of become the poster scientist for awesomeness now…

FOOD / Blossom Restaurant NYC – Cashew Cream Ravioli

Cashew Cream Ravioli Stuffed with smoked tempeh, spinach, pine nuts & cremini mushrooms.   VEGAN FOOD at Blossom Restaurant in NYC.  This vegan food was worth making the trip over to Chelsea. (They also have a location in the Upper West Side.) Lasagna is my favorite food in the world so…

Pie Fight

Originally Published in the NYTimes / August 6, 1989 HOT SPRINGS, Ark.— A pie fight here has the elements of a slapstick comedy except for one thing: Nobody is throwing pies. But two families are fighting for the recipes for the 14 kinds of pie that have made the 45-year…

TRAVEL / Best Day to Book a Flight in Advance!

(This article was reprinted from NerdWallet.com by LAUREN SCHWAHN) It depends on where and when you travel, but for domestic flights, aim for 54 days in advance. For international flights, start searching earlier. Domestic flights (within the continental U.S.) When: Between 21 and 105 days in advance; in…